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The Yank’s Guide To Serie A: Fiorentina

Nickname(s): The Purples

All-Time Ranking: 5th

2007/2008 Finish: 4th

2008/2009 Position (as of 04/07): 5th

Coach: Cesare Prandelli

Key Players: Alberto Gilardino, Dario Dainelli, Adrian Mutu

History:

Fiorentino (ACF) was founded in 1926 and only four clubs have spent more time in Serie A since. Though they have only captured the league title twice, they have hoisted the trophy on six occassions. They also have had some success in continental tournaments, including the 56/57 European Cup where they finished as runners-up.

ACF has played at the large Stadio Artemio Franchi since 1931 and fans have filled that venue for years to see Serie A stars like Giancarlo Antognoni, Roberto Baggio, Gabriel Batistuta and Luca Toni play for the Purple over the years. Although the squad was penalized due to the 2006 match-fixing scandal, they have returned to prominence. 

American Sports Doppleganger:

Fiorentina has never been able to compete over the long haul with the likes of , Milan and Inter. Despite its well-established history, the squad has struggled to crack into the “elite” catergory. Thus, I think the Purple are much like the Atlanta Braves of MLB because both are always good, but neither is usually good enough to win consistently.