The official emblem of the city of Florence, a red fleur-de-lis on a white field, has been pivotal in the all-round symbolism of the club.

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The following season, Cecchi Gori bought other important players, namely Swedish midfielder Stefan Schwarz. The club again proved its mettle in cup competitions, winning the Coppa Italia against Atalanta and finishing joint-third in Serie A. In the summer, Fiorentina became the first non-national champions to win the Supercoppa Italiana, defeating Milan 2–1 at the San Siro.

Fiorentina have had many managers and head coaches throughout their history. Below is a chronological list from the club's foundation in 1926 to the present day.[14]

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Full Name : ACF Fiorentina Team Colours : purple Nicknames : viola Stadium : Stadio Artemio Franchi, Viale Manfredo Fanti, Florence Capacity : 47,200 Official Website : violachannel.tv

The stadium is close to Florence's second train station: Firenze Campo di Marte (head up Largo Gennarelli). From the main station, Santa Maria Novella, you can either take a train to Campo di Marte or take bus numbers 7, 17 or 20.

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To engineer a resurrection of the club after the disappointing season, the Della Valle family invested heavily in the middle of 2012, buying 17 new players and appointing Vincenzo Montella as head coach. The team began the season well, finishing the calendar year in joint third place and eventually finishing the 2012–13 season in fourth, enough for a position in the 2013–14 Europa League.

The following years were strange for Fiorentina, who vacillated between high finishes and relegation battles. Fiorentina also bought two interesting players, El Puntero Ramón Díaz and, most significantly, the young Roberto Baggio.

The logo introduced by owner Flavio Pontello in 1980 was particularly distinct, consisting of one-half of the city of Florence's emblem and one-half of the letter "F", for Fiorentina. People disliked it when it was introduced, believing it was a commercial decision and, above all, because the symbol bore more of a resemblance to a halberd than a fleur-de-lis.[15]

In 2002 financial irregularities forced the team to reinvent itself and submit to relegation to Serie C1. Fiorentina returned to Serie A in 2004 after a dramatic re-ascent of the tables and a change of name (briefly playing as Florentia Viola).

ACF Fiorentina,[1][2] commonly referred to as simply Fiorentina [fjorenˈtiːna], is a professional Italian football club from Florence, Tuscany. Founded by a merger in 1926, and refounded in 2002 following bankruptcy, Fiorentina have played at the top level of Italian football for the majority of their existence; only four clubs have played in more Serie A seasons.

Ticket information is available online from the club website's in the 'Biglietti' section. There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices, and a list of outlets in Florence where tickets can be purchased.

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Florence is one of Italy's most celebrated holiday destinations; a beautiful art city with a colourful past. Reached easily from the UK via the nearby Pisa airport, Florence makes an ideal destination for a weekend break, giving you the chance to catch a top Serie A match and take in some of the sites.

Florence is home to some of the worlds top galleries and also has some striking architecture including the magnificent Duomo and Campanile. Being the regional capital of Tuscany, there is also much to do in the surrounding area, the towns of Siena and Pisa are close by as well as the beautiful Tuscan hills.

Fiorentina score five against ten-man Qarabag to remain top of group J in the Europa League.

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Based In Florence, the current football club was officially founded in 2002, but Fiorentina are actually among the historic greats of Italian football, with two championships to their name.

After several years of runner-up finishes, Fiorentina dropped away slightly in the 1960s, bouncing from fourth to sixth place, although the club won the Coppa Italia and the Mitropa Cup in 1966.

When Fiorentina was founded in 1926, the players wore red and white halved shirts derived from the colour of the city emblem.[16] The more well-known and highly distinctive purple kit was adopted in 1928 and has been used ever since, giving rise to the nickname La Viola ("The Purple (team)"). Tradition has it that Fiorentina got their purple kit by mistake after an accident washing the old red and white coloured kits in the river.

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Gheorghe Hagi's son Ianis has said he has settled in well at Fiorentina and hopes to make his Serie A debut soon.

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In the second half he teed up Marco Benassi for the Granata's second, with Khouma Babacar providing Fiorentina fans with some consolation at the death.

Fiorentina's 1995–96 season was disappointing in the league, but they did reach the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final by beating Gloria Bistrița, Sparta Prague and Benfica. The team lost the semi-final to the eventual winner of the competition, Barcelona (away 1–1; home 0–2). The season's main signings were Luís Oliveira and Andrei Kanchelskis, the latter of whom suffered from many injuries.

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Iago Falque scored one goal and set up another as Torino reached eighth place with a 2-1 Serie A victory over Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico.

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During this period, on 24 September 2009, Andrea Della Valle resigned from his position as chairman of Fiorentina, and announced all duties would be temporarily transferred to Mario Cognini, Fiorentina's vice-president until a permanent position could be filled.[9]

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Interestingly, the Italian national squad's training base is at Coverciano, close to Florence. For the dedicated fan, there is a museum there dedicated to football, the Museo del Calcio.

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Fiorentina has won two Italian Championships, in 1955–56 and again in 1968–69, as well as six Coppa Italia trophies and one Supercoppa Italiana. On the European stage, Fiorentina won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1960–61 and lost the final one year later. They finished runners-up in the 1956–57 European Cup, losing against Real Madrid, and also came close to winning the 1989–90 UEFA Cup, finishing as runners-up against Juventus.