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The rise of Italian tennis and why it matters

On September 12, Italian tennis was in an unrivalled win-win situation. To a nation it really didn’t matter who out of Flavia Pennetta or Roberta Vinci walked away with the ...

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Italian football: not just a man’s game

The ‘men only’ world of European football is seemingly coming to an end. The clubs of the ‘Old Continent’, such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, have established solid, successful women’s teams and the fan base that follows women’s football is increasing&

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Summer nightlife spots in Prato

Prato has long lived in its neighbor’s shadow. But the second largest city in Tuscany has recently undergone a modern revival with the opening of new locales. With hip crowds and refreshing venues, the city center of Prato may be this summer’s best-kept secret, and

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Fiorentina 2014-15 season review

That which starts sweet ends bitter. And that which starts bitter ends sweet.   Fiorentina supporters will identify strongly with that sentiment when looking back on their team’s season as they head into what should be a summer of change for la Viola. After a rocky start to

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New stadium plans for Fiorentina

With renovations expected both on the pitch and off, this summer could feature big changes for Fiorentina.   Like many other big European clubs, Fiorentina expect to have the normal comings and goings in personnel during the summer transfer period. They also continue to look into changes to their stadium. &

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Basketball in Florence

Aside from soccer, one of Italy’s favorite sports is pallacanestro, or basketball. In fact, this season, there are three Italians playing in the US National Basketball Association: Marco Belinelli, Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari.     In the 1980s, Florence was a basketball hub, with famous Americans running

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Rugby in Florence

When you think of sports in Florence, the first thing that comes to mind is invariably Fiorentina. However, unbeknownst to many, right next door to the Artemio Franchi is Firenze ...

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Match preview, March 5, 2015: Fiorentina v. Juventus

This Thursday, the Juventus Stadium plays host to one of the two semi-finals matches in the Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri welcome rivals Fiorentina to Turin. The relationship between the two teams hasn’t been the same since the controversial transfer of Roberto Baggio from Fiorentina to Juventus.  

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Match report, March 1, 2015: Fiorentina 1-0 Inter

Since the dawning of 2015, Fiorentina have been a roll, having not lost a game in the New Year. The Viola has won seven out of their last ten matches in all competitions, with three draws. On Sunday, they took a difficult journey up north to face Inter Milan.  

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Match preview February 19, 2015: Fiorentina v. Tottenham

Fiorentina have travelled 750 miles north for a Europa League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. Thursday’s encounter will be the first of two legs to be contested, with White Hart Lane being the venue for the first meeting.   Tottenham have been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride

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Welcome to the Hall of Fame Viola

Batistuta’s tears, Albertazzi’s genius, the black and white images of a super team of the past. And then the two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, the words of the ...

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Azzurri bite the dust, again

Once again, Italy has failed to reach the final-16 of the World Cup (for a second consecutive time). A disastrous result for the Nazionale that, just eight years ago, lifted the World Cup up into the sky and gifted a smile of hope to an entire nation, which was

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Viola in vain

Fiorentina fans arrived in their droves in Rome yesterday for the Coppa Italia final against Napoli.   Following sad scenes of a firefighter being hit by a flare and reports of injuries caused by shootings in the vicinity of the Stadio Olimpico, the match got underway after an hour's

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Batistuta’s back

Batistuta will return to the hallowed turf of the Franchi stadium for one match only.   It will be a journey back in time for fans of the much loved football star. On May 19 at 8pm, a charity match will kick off between teams Nazionale Cantanti and italy's

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Diego Della Valle

The man dubbed by The New Yorker as the ‘Italian Ralph Lauren,’ Diego Della Valle has been a familiar face at the Artemio Franchi soccer stadium in Campo di Marte since he and his younger brother, Andrea, bought the ACF Fiorentina football club in 2002, rescuing it from

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The sweet taste of victory

It was a historic match. The odds were against Fiorentina after the first half with Juventus up 2–0, but an epic comeback in the second half resulted in a magical day for all Fiorentina supporters. Giuseppe Rossi scored his first Serie A hat trick, which, with Joaquin’

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Viola Corner

Injury woes and recoveries Croatian striker Ante Rebic and Slovenian midfielder Josip Ilicic have been struck by injuries, causing a headache for Fiorentina manager Montella. Fortunately, Juan Cuadrado and Giuseppe Rossi have both recovered from their respective injuries, while superstar Mario Gomez is still out.   European high Fiorentina was

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Stronger than injuries and controversy

After major injuries to key players, Fiorentina regrouped to take their recent matches.     Fiorentina 3-0 Paços de Ferreira In the opening Europa League clash against Portuguese team Paços de Ferreira, the injuries suffered and the two-match disqualification incurred the match against Cagliari

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Gino Bartali

On August 11, 2013, during the celebrations of the 69th anniversary of the Allied liberation of Florence, Rabbi Joseph Levi announced that he hoped the late Gino Bartali, one of Italy’s most famous and popular cycling champions from the early 1930s to the mid 1950s, would soon be

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Adversaries be warned

After an exciting summer transfer market session, which saw Fiorentina acquire the likes of world-class players such as former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, the Tuscan outfit opened its Serie A season with two victories against Catania and Genoa.   Fiorentina 2 - 1 Catania Fiorentina kicked off with a

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Chopping and changing

While the 2012/13 Serie A season may have finished, and the Viola players are taking a well-earned rest after their successful campaign, ACF Fiorentina’s board members have been busy reinforcing the squad ahead of the 2013/14 season, which will include games at a European level.

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