Sam Griswold

Sam Griswold is a writer/translator and above all student in Middlebury College's Italian Master's program who, after spending two years of high school in Florence, somehow keeps finding his way back here.

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Florentine rugby finesse

After a 34-year exile I Medicei Rugby Club has won promotion to the top Italian division after a 38–14 playoff victory over L’Aquila. The team rejoiced alongside the 1,000-strong fans ...

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Vivicittà Half Marathon: standing up to bullying

On Sunday, April 9, the Vivicittà Half Marathon will take place in the streets of Florence—to have fun and to put an end to bullying.

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Back on track

Fiorentina picked up back-to-back wins in the Serie A as they beat Catania at home on November 1, and then a week later picked up three points away to Udinese on November 8. The Viola were deserved 3-1 winners against Catania; however the match was in question

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Chasing points

On October 20, the Fiorentina earned a crucial Champions League away victory and picked up a vital three points in Budapest by prevailing 4-3 in a thrilling encounter with Hungarian hosts Debrecen.   The Viola entered the match with high hopes for earning the crucial three points, but the

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Azzurri painted purple

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino was Italy's hero on October 10 as his last-minute equalizer against Ireland earned the Azzurri a 2-2 draw in Dublin and ensured the defending World Cup Champions a place at this summer's World Cup in South Africa. Gilardino, who was brought on

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Viola is magic

Magical night A turbulent two weeks ended in marvelous fashion for Fiorentina, who won a historic 2-0 victory over English and European giants Liverpool in the second game of the Champions League group phase. Nineteen-year-old Stevan Jovetic was the hero of the night, scoring both goals before

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A window of opportunity

Following the club's unfortunate exit from the Champions League and the upcoming transfer window in January 2009, the Fiorentina may be forced to part ways with more than a few players mid-season.   At the top of the transfer list are strikers Giampaolo Pazzini and Pablo Osvaldo, both

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Viola UPDATE

Serie A:    ROMA 1 - 0 FIORENTINA   Fiorentina fell the to its third consecutive road defeat, losing 1-0 in Rome on November 30. After a balanced and well-played first half, Roma were the stronger team in the second period, taking the lead while limiting the Viola'

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Tuscany takes on the Serie B

With Fiorentina playing this season in the Champions League and Siena holding their own in the Serie A, it is easy to overlook many of the professional clubs playing throughout Tuscany. It is a sign that there is some remarkable premier football being played in the region. With four teams

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Shattered dreams

Fiorentina bid farewell to this year's Champions League campaign after an entertaining 2-1 defeat at the hands of French champion Lyon. The Viola now have to secure at least a draw in their final group match against Steaua Bucharest for a spot in this year's UEFA Cup. &

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Viola UPDATE

Serie A: Cagliari 1 – 0 Fiorentina The Fiorentina fell to yet another road defeat on November 16, this time to lowly Cagliari. Playing again without talisman Adrian Mutu, who ...

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Viola UPDATE

Serie A: Fiorentina 0 - 0 Inter Fiorentina and Inter played to an entertaining 0-0 draw on October 29, before a near capacity crowd in Florence's Franchi stadium. The Viola, who were without their two top scorers, Gilardino and Mutu, had the better of the play, but neither side

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Gonzaga does a double

It was a fine week for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs as they beat California State University 2-1 on Wednesday to win the Fiorenza International School Calcetto Cup before a dedicated group of supporting students from both schools.   The final match was an intense, lively encounter between the two

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Viola Update

Italian Serie A: Fiorentina 3-0 Reggina Fiorentina returned to Serie A action on October 18 with a convincing 3-0 victory over a 10-player Reggina. After failing to score for Italy ...

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