Ten things you need to know about Fiorentina v Inter

Internazionale are the visitors the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday night – and we’ve put together this list of ten key stats on the match-up to get you in the mood for the game.

1.    Fiorentina have had the better of Inter over the course of the 88 times this fixture has been played in Florence, with 32 wins, 36 draws and 20 defeats. One of these games was played in the old Divisione Nazionale (1928) and six took place in the Coppa Italia – the Viola have the better record in the cup too, with three wins, two draws and one defeat.

2.    Fiorentina’s biggest ever home league win over Inter was a 5-0 thrashing on 11 May 1952, with Egisto Pandolfini (brace), Andre Roosenburg, Lefter Kucukandonyadis and Giancarlo Vitali grabbing the goals.
3.    The first Fiorentina player to really star in match-ups against Inter was Vinicio Viani. The Viareggio-born forward scored an impressive seven goals in the first 13 games between Fiorentina and Ambrosiana Inter, as they were known then. Viani was also the scorer of the first hat-trick in the fixture, in Fiorentina’s 4-2 away win over Inter on 28 November 1933 (the Hungarian Giovanni Nekadoma got the Viola’s fourth).
4.    On the subject of league hat-tricks against Inter, the other Fiorentina players to have achieved this feat are Renato Gei (Fiorentina 4-1 Ambrosiana in March 1942), Claudio Desolati (Fiorentina 3-0 Inter on 15 June 1977) and Nicola Kalinic (Inter 1-4 Fiorentina on 27 September 2015). Gabriel Batistuta also scored a Coppa Italia hat-trick against the Nerazzurri in Fiorentina’s 3-1 win over Inter on 15 February 1996 to send the Viola through to the final against Atalanta.
5.    Fiorentina’s leading scorer in matches against Inter is, of course, Gabriel Omar Batistuta with 11 goals. The Argentina also scored four times against Inter in the Coppa Italia in 1996, making for a total of 15 goals against the Nerazzurri. Vinicio Viani (7) and Beppe Virgili (6) complete the podium.
6.    Of all the memorable Fiorentina v Inter matches, three stand out. The first was a 2-2 draw on 16 May 1971, when Pino Brizi equalised for the Viola in the 90th to stave off relegation. Then there was the 4-2 win on 3 January 1982, which propelled Fiorentina towards top spot at the halfway point of the season. The third was the 4-3 win on 12 February 1989, with goals from Roberto Baggio, Enrico Cucchi and Stefano Borgonovo (2) condemning Inter to one of the few defeats they suffered in their record-breaking Scudetto triumph that season. Fiorentina – led by Sven-Goran Eriksson – had already beaten Inter a few months previously in the Coppa Italia that season: the game was played on 28 September 1988, at a neutral ground in Piacenza, with the Viola winning 4-3 through Borgonovo, Luca Mattei and Baggio (2).
7.    Fiorentina’s 2-1 defeat by Inter on 13 December 1987 is also worthy of note. It was played just days after the death of former Fiorentina president Pier Cesare Baretti – and there were poignant scenes as a bunch of flowers was laid in the stands in honour of the late Baretti. The 2-0 defeat by Inter on 2 December 2007 was another match packed with emotion, taking place less than a week after the death of Manuela Caffi, the wife of Viola coach Cesare Prandelli. You could hear a pin drop during the minute’s silence observed by everyone in the Franchi before kick-off.
8.    Fiorentina’s 4-1 win over Inter in Week 25 of the 2012/13 season saw one of the most memorable fan contributions in the history of this fixture. Around the 70-minute mark (after Adem Ljajic had scored the Viola’s fourth), the fans struck up the chant of “the ball’s the yellow thing”, putting a witty spin on the Nerazzurri failure to get a foothold in the game.
9.    One thing you might not know is that the original version of the Fiorentina anthem “Canzone Viola” was sung by Inter players. They were called in to sing on the recording made by the musician Narciso Parigi in a Milan studio.
10.    The last league meeting of Fiorentina and Inter at the Stadio Artemio Franchi ended in a spectacular 3-3 draw. Stefan De Vrij scored an own goal in the first minute to give Fiorentina the lead, but this was cancelled out by Matias Vecino on six minutes – before Matteo Politano gave Inter a 2-1 lead five minutes before half time. Ivan Perisic extended the visitors’ lead from the spot just after the restart, but then Luis Muriel pulled out back on 74 minutes, setting the stage of Jordan Veretout to snatch the equaliser with a penalty in the 11th minute of second-half stoppage time. Seven additional minutes were given to start with, but this was extended to 13 minutes for the VAR review around the penalty.

Published: Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:34:00 +0100

Source: Fiorentina Official website en.violachannel.tv