ACF Fiorentina is an Itialian football club from Florence which was founded in 1926. The club plays its football in the Italian Serie A, the highest league in the country. Fiorentina’s home colours are purple, which is where their nickname, Viola, comes from.
Fiorentina’s home stadium is the Stadio Artemio Franchi which seats over 47,000 spectators.
The club has two Serie A titles to their name, the most recent win coming in 1969. Viola have won the Coppa Italia on 6 occasions, most recently in 2011 as well as the Supercoppa Italiana in 1996. They have also finished as runners up in the European Cup and UEFA Cup.
In 2002, after years as a successful Serie A side, Fiorentina were admitted in the Serie C2, the fourth tier of club football after they were re-established following their bankruptcy. The club managed to return to Serie A in 2005.
In recent history Fiorentina have proven themselves to be one of the top sides in the Serie A, consistently finishing in European qualifying positions, however they have failed to make the leap to title contenders.
The club is currently managed by Vincenzo Montella and the club captain is Manuel Pasqual. Fiorentina possesses many talented and experienced players such as Alberto Aquilani, Massimo Ambrosini, Mario Gomez and Juan Manuel Vargas.
Notable former managers of Fiorentina include Sven-Goran Eriksson, Giovanni Trapattoni, Fatih Terim, Roberto Manchini, Dino Zoff and Cesare Prandelli.
Giancarlo Antognoni is Fiorentina’s leading appearance maker, having played 341 times for the club between 1972 and 1987. The club’s all-time top goal scorer is Argentine Gabriel Batistuta with 168 goals to his name.
Noteworthy players to have worn the Viola shirt include Luca Toni, Adrian Mutu, Hidetoshi Nakata, Rui Costa, Roberto Baggio and more recently Stevan Jovetic. Brazilian legends Dunga and Socrates also had spells with the club.
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