If I am honest, there is no real reason behind my decision to start with Fiorentina, other than the fact that I wanted a challenge, and I wanted to take a Serie A team on! I have worked with Napoli, Roma, Juventus, and I didn't want to take on Inter as I felt I'd be copying Neal slightly. I have also been a big fan of the gigliati since I was old enough to understand football fully. They're a great team and I hope I can bring success and glory to the people of Florence.
A bit about fiorentina.
Fiorentina, originally founded in 1926, are a professional football team from Italy, they play in the Serie A (Italy's top division) and have spent most of their time in the top flight. Only four other teams have spent longer in this league.
Fiorentina have won two Italian Championships, in 1955–56 and again in 1968–69, as well as winning six Coppa Italia trophies and one Italian Super Cup. 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 UEFA Cup, finishing as runners-up in the 1989–90 season.
Since 1931, the club have played at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, which currently has a capacity of 47,282. The stadium has used several names over the years and has undergone several renovations. Fiorentina are known widely by the nickname Viola, a reference to their distinctive purple colours.
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina's home ground.