For the first time since 1969, we have won the Serie A title! A great achievement in such a well-contested season and along with the domestic title came two other domestic trophies.
The months of April and May were the spells of both jubilation and disappointment as we secured two trophies but was knocked out of Europe’s most prestigious award in the semi-finals by Tottenham Hotspur.
In April, a 6-1 aggregate domination of the Spanish giants Atlético Madrid opened up to a clean sheet run of four consecutive games which included the retainment of the TIM Cup against AC Milan near the end of the month in which Tom Mrmic led us to cup glory.
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to Spurs in the first leg in our final match of April, our Champions League fate was set in stone at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium early on in May with a repeat scoreline of a 2-1 defeat. The loss in Europe seemed to be a catalyst for us to push on and win the Serie A title, however. Five goals went in against Empoli before the title-deciding crunch match against Milan. Yannick Carrasco and Riccardo Borgarello with his first-ever goal in a Fiorentina shirt sealed the competition’s fate with a 3-2 victory. This was closed off and clinched in the final three fixtures of which we picked up maximum points.
With regards to the final league table, after our victory against Milan in late May, the Rossoneri dropped further points in their next fixture away to Roma which gifted us the league title by a six-point margin. We were by no means the top scorers in the division this year, but our leading defensive record thanks to Neves and Bettella as well as Boskovic maintained an incredible goal difference.
Qualifying for the Champions League in 2025/26 will now be ourselves, Milan, Juventus and Inter. For the Europa League, Roma, Udinese and Napoli - who made an outstanding comeback given their early season positioning - have all taken their spots.
At the bottom of the table, it remains that only one of the teams promoted from Serie B last season - Benevento Calcio - will stay in the top-flight for a second season as both Parma and Perugia join SPAL 2013 for the 2025/26 Serie B campaign.
With no remaining fixtures, we take a look at the seasonal stats of our players:
In the goalkeeping department, despite having both Nikola Boskovic and Stefano Gori who signed from Pisa Calcio at the beginning of this season, I only used Boskovic in all competitions. After signing from my old club AC Oulu for just €1.8M, Boskovic is now rated at €33M, but obviously I would push for a much higher fee if anybody came in with an offer.
In the defence, this season we used nine different defenders across the back four. Davide Bettella, who signed this season for his Atalanta release clause of €14M was the most present of the defenders as he appeared in a total of 55 times in all competitions. He played mostly alongside Amadeu Neves, who was bought in January 2024 to repair a weak inherited defence alongside Cas Maatman. Nicoló Armini and Cas Maatman were the only other two centre-backs out of the defenders list. Armini will be returning back to his parent club Bayern Munich this summer as his loan spell has ended here after 30 appearances (mostly sub appearances). Maatman still has two more years on his current contract after signing for €16.25M from PSV in January 2024, but his lack of appearances make him vulnerable for replacement in the future.
On the left side of the defence, Lewis Gibson turned out to be an absolute steal from Everton last summer. Signing for only €4.2M, it is unbelievable that no other English side would have wanted to snatch up such a talented English player at that price. Despite his dominance in the starting eleven, our very own academy graduate Vanni Vezzosi was also key this season at times. On the right side, Leonardo Venturelli dominated the right-back position throughout, with Daniel Rietveld and Danilo Bologna only making a spatter of appearances in comparison.
Moving on into midfield and it is clear to see that Yannick Carrasco’s talent has not faded at all despite him turning 32 in September. He became our second-highest goalscorer this season with 19 goals in all competitions behind Davide Merola. After signing on a free transfer in 2023, he is not valued at €35M despite his age. Following up Carrasco is Rostislav Hora. Hora joined us for €2.5M from AC Oulu and has maintained his classy performances despite being just 18 years old. He is now valued at €47M but it will take possibly a nine-figure sum to take him off our hands at this rate. Tom Mrmic also starred significantly following his arrival from Cologne for just €3.7M. Mattias Svanberg, Theo and our 16-year-old academy player Massimiliano Scanu all appeared intermittently throughout this season.
Andy Frankel on the right-wing perhaps did not live so much up to his price-tag as I had hoped, however, he is still very young and still developing at a good rate. Mamadou Kanté often proved to be a very effective substitute for an inefficient matchday Frankel.
Paolo Filpo on the left-wing also brought great back-up for the all-firing Carrasco. Wilson Gutiérrez also had a fantastic season as the team’s number 10.
Moving finally onto forwards, Davide Merola built further on his 2023/24 exploits with an incredible season in all competitions. Signing for €2.4M from Inter in January 2024, Merola’s goalscoring record for Fiorentina now stands at 46 goals in 73 appearances in all competitions. This season, he was pipped to the Serie A top scorer award by one goal as he firmly stamped himself as one of the division’s best. At the other end of the spectrum is perhaps one of the most disappointing signings of my career with Alberto Cerri. After joining in the backlight of outstanding and consistent scoring form at Bologna in Serie B for €7M, Cerri failed to score a single Serie A goal this season. With 21 appearances to his name, the 6’4” striker only managed to score two goals. Riccardo Borgarello was our third-choice striker and never made one start throughout this season. He finished 2024/25 with one goal in ten substitute appearances.
Turning to international football with Finland’s quest for the nation’s first ever World Cup qualification, Germany suffered even more despite not even being present in this round of fixtures.
Following Macedonia’s draw and victory over Belarus this month, Germany have been left at the bottom of Group 8, nine points adrift of the top two in both ourselves and Norway.
In our fixtures against Norway, both were tales of late winners. In the first match, Joel Pohjanpalo netted the winner in the 94th minute of the game to win 3-2 in Norway, whereas in Finland it was Svendsen who scored late-on in the 93rd minute to give Norway a 3-2 victory in Finland!
This round of fixtures leaves Norway at the top of the group by goal difference, having conceded two goals less than us. We are level on points with Norway in 2nd place. Macedonia currently hold a 1-1-1 record and sit on four points in 3rd place. The most stunning photo that is circling worldwide, though, is Germany laying at the bottom of the group on zero points, with even Belarus ahead by one point. It certainly asks questions of if Germany will fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in the nation’s long and successful history.
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We shall have to see where it leads once again, certainly opening up to a turning point though you may think?
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Thank you so much for your very kind comment, it really means a lot to hear people have been paying attention all this time!
To answer your question about leagues: I loaded up all the Scandinavian leagues (Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden) to their lowest possible divisions (I didn't use downloadable playable leagues) so I could pick the best players who had a suitable reputation to join. After that, it was mainly all the big league from all over Europe.
Now I'm in Italy, I only have the Scandinavian leagues set up to their top division and have removed Iceland completely, but kept all the big European leagues.