Melinda Gallo is a writer who has been living in Florence since 2004. In her blog, Living in Florence (www.melindagallo.com/blog), she recounts her life in a city that she loves and appreciates more every day.
Part of living abroad for an extended period is getting to know the local sports teams, and Florence has many to follow, from water polo and rugby to, of course, soccer. Browse back issues of TF for other students' experiences, whether discovering Florence's museum of soccer (TF 114) or
Season ends in a draw For the last game of the season, the Fiorentina played against Brescia, though neither team had anything to fight for: Fiorentina could not reach the European qualifications and Brescia was headed for the Serie B. After only two minutes, left-winger Juan Manual Vargas scored
The Fiorentina was founded by Marquis Luigi Ridolfi in 1926 by uniting two different soccer teams: PGF Libertas Firenze and Club Sportivo Firenze. Even though the Fiorentina was not established until 1926, soccer was introduced to Florence in 1898. The city's first team had an English name, the '
Fiorentina suffers a loss at Franchi On April 10, the current top-ranking team, Milan, came to Franchi Stadium to play against the Fiorentina. After only eight minutes of play, Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf scored a goal for Milan. The Fiorentina tried to even the score, to no avail, and
Primavera wins Coppa Italia Primavera 2010-2011 After their March 16 draw in Florence, the Fiorentina and Roma met again on March 30 for the finals of the Coppa Italia Primavera. Swiss striker Haris Seferovic scored the first goal after 27 minutes of play, putting the Fiorentina in the lead.
The Fiorentina hoped to do better against Roma on March 20th than the Primavera did on Wednesday. In the 21st minute of the first half, Adrian Mutu kicked the ball between Roma goalkeeper Doni's legs to score a goal. Only six minutes later, Roma was awarded a penalty kick
The Fiorentina went to Verona on March 13 to win an important match against Chievo. Head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said in a press conference the day before the match, ‘I have faith in my players.' After many missed opportunities to score a goal in the first half, Juan Manuel
Fiorentina defender Manuel Pasqual celebrated his 29th birthday on March 13. Originally from a town outside of Venice, Pasqual arrived in Florence six years ago. Since he has been with the team, he has appeared in over 138 matches. Viola striker Babacar celebrated his 18th birthday on March 16. French
The Primavera team made it to the finals of the Coppa Italia Primavera 2010-2011. The first of two matches was played at Franchi Stadium against Roma on March 16 in front of over 11,000 fans. Not until the second half did Federico Carraro score the goal that put
Petra Casini had always dreamed of making her own path in life, one that would not involve her family business of stone cutting. She spent her entire life surrounded by stones: she was born and raised in Idar-Oberstein, the capital of Germany's gemstone industry, and comes from a
Rieko Hayashi had always dreamed of living abroad, which is why she studied English and European culture at university. While most of her classmates traveled the world before starting their careers, Rieko went straight to work. During her vacations, she traveled to more than 20 countries, and was eventually inspired