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Montella reacts to defeat at Verona


Vincenzo Montella refused to criticise his Fiorentina side’s effort as they were beaten 1-0 by Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t think it was a high-quality game today,” he said after the game. “We put the effort in and kept showing that we didn’t want to lose right until the end. Verona were better than us at times. They’ve caused every team they’ve played so far problems, so I wasn’t expecting anything different today. I expected a higher standard, but I think the team responded in the right way in terms of the effort.”

Montella singled out Sebastian Cristoforo for praise after the Uruguayan came back into the Viola midfield after a long spell out of the team.
“I want to give credit to Cristoforo, because he has not played much football at all,” he said. “He left every drop of sweat out there so I want to congratulate him because it was quite possible that we wouldn’t have been able to give 100% today because he hadn’t played for so long.”
There were a smattering of boos from the travelling fans at the end of the game, with Montella acknowledging that nobody wants to see the Viola lose.
“I heard them and I understand them,” he said. “They cheered us on all game and have done all season so I think they are entitled to express their dissatisfaction in such a civil way. We’ll do everything to give them back that enthusiasm that only wins can create. Nobody likes losing, but we’ve produced seven or eight top performances this season and nobody was expecting that.”

Published: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:33:00 +0100

Source: Fiorentina Official website

Champions League: Billets RB Leipzig – SL Benfica, 2019-11-27, Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Allemagne

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#OneTeam, Dragowski on becoming a keeper, his idols and Ribery’s impact

Bartlomiej Dragowski took part in our #OneTeam Q&A session alongside Fiorentina Women’s FC goalkeeper Stephanie Ohrstrom on Thursday, answering questions sent in by fans in a live social media broadcast.

There were plenty of questions sent in for both keepers, with Dragowski touching on everything from his hometown club, his childhood idols and his best mate in the Viola dressing room.

We’ve picked out a few of the best questions below.
What’s the key to becoming a successful goalkeeper?
“That’s a good question but there’s no one answer. It’s important to give 100% in everything you do, every day, in training. Our position is a very individual position. You spend a lot of time doing nothing and that means you need to be focused mentally. You have to work on that too – you can’t forget about the mental side of things.”
Do you have a favourite ever save?
“All saves are good. I’m always happy when the ball doesn’t go in because sometimes a good save can lead to a goal. For a keeper, the best thing is to get a clean sheet. I prefer to go all game without facing a shot, though! When the team is playing well, I’m more relaxed.”
Which team do you support?
“I was always a fan of my hometown club: Jagiellonia Bialystok. I started training there when I was young and it was there that I started out as a player. I’m still a big fan. They’re not doing badly this year but they can always do better.”
Who was your goalkeeping idol growing up?
“My idol was Artur Boruc. I tried to copy everything he did when I was younger. Nowadays I have a few goalkeepers I like to observe: [Marc-Andre] ter-Stegen, Alisson, Ederson. I try to learn something different from all of them and incorporate that into my own game.”
How important is it for a goalkeeper to be good with their feet and was that hard for you?
“Well, I started out as an outfield player, on the wing, but I would only run forwards! I wasn’t so good as dropping back. It’s important for goalkeepers to be good with their feet nowadays – some keepers are like playmakers for their teams now. They start moves off and virtually all moves go through the keeper.”

Who’s your best friend in the squad?
“We’ve finally signed another Polish player in Szymon Zurkowski. He’s speaks my language and we’ve know each other for a while. That said, I get on well with all of the lads in the dressing room.”
How big an impact has Franck Ribery had this season?
“He’s the kind of player that can make the difference. He’s got huge quality. In the dressing room he’s a fantastic person. It’s hard to put it into words. He’s really important for the team. Away from the pitch he’s always making jokes, laughing, making people laugh… He’s great.”

Published: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:39:00 +0100

Source: Fiorentina Official website

Fiorentina launch official TikTok account

ACF Fiorentina have announced the launch of a new official club account on TikTok, the leading social network for sharing short videos.

As part of the club’s international brand development strategy and new social media content creation and digital innovation initiatives, Fiorentina will use TikTok to reach and engage with a new online audience.

Launched in 2017, the company acquired in the same year before being renamed TikTok in 2018. It now operates across over 150 countries, has been translated into 75 languages and has quickly become a favourite platform for users to express their creative sides.
The new Fiorentina account began posting content yesterday and will share short videos shining a light on club life both on and off the pitch, with each video accompanied by a different song.
Click here to check out the Fiorentina TikTok account.

Published: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:21:00 +0100

Source: Fiorentina Official website

Five things you need to know about Hellas Verona v Fiorentina

Fiorentina travel to Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon looking to bounce back from defeat to Cagliari last time out and begin a crucial run of fixtures with a win.

Ahead of the game, we’ve put together these five key facts you should know about the fixture.

1)    Hellas Verona and Fiorentina have faced off at the Stadio Bentegodi (and the Stadio Comunale) before it, on 35 occasions in Serie A, Serie B, the Coppa Italia and the old Divisione Nazionale. The Viola have the best of the record so far with 14 wins, ten draws and 11 defeats, plus 46 goals for and 43 against. The first Verona v Fiorentina fixture in the top tier of Italian football took place back on 17 November 1957, ending in a 1-0 win for Fiorentina courtesy of a goal from Francisco Ramon Lojacono. Part of that Verona side were Francesco Rosetta, who had won the Scudetto with Fiorentina two years previously, and Osvaldo Bagnoli, who would lead Verona to Scudetto glory as manager in the 1984/85 season.
2)    Giancarlo Antognoni has an indelible bond with Hellas Verona and the Stadio Bentegodi. It was away at Verona that Antognoni made his debut, on 15 October 1972, in a 2-1 win for the Viola. From the very beginning, it was clear that Antognoni (who, unusually, was wearing the No.8 shirt that day), was going to be some player. Fast forward 15 years to 15 March 1987: Verona and Fiorentina play out a 2-2 draw, with Antognoni scoring what would be the final away goal of his Viola career with a shot from outside the area. Antognoni’s final goal for the club came a month later, at home against Empoli, sticking away the rebound after his initial effort had been kept out from the penalty spot.
3)    Trips to play away at Hellas Verona have seen some of the most memorable goals in Fiorentina history. The first goal worthy of note was scored on 7 November 1976: Antognoni stepped up over a free-kick on the edge of the area, before striking the ball with the outside of his foot to dispatch an arching, serving shot that Verona keeper Franco Superchi was powerless to keep out (Superchi was, incidentally, part of the Fiorentina side that won the Scudetto in 1968/69). The other goal deserving of a mention was scored by Eraldo Pecci on 28 October 1984 – direct from a corner. Fiorentina ended up losing the game 2-1, and indeed Hellas went on to clinch Scudetto glory at the end of the season, but that goal from Pecci – regardless of whether you think it was luck, coincidence or sheer brilliance – will live long in the memory.
4)    The Verona v Fiorentina match on 3 March 2002 will go down in history as the final league victory of AC Fiorentina, before the club went bankrupt a few weeks later. It was a 2-1 win with Domenico Morfeo and Adriano getting the goals for the Viola, while a young Adrian Mutu scored for Verona. In the next nine games, Fiorentina could only manage two draws and seven defeats, finishing the season in penultimate position.
5)    Fiorentina have won their last six matches against Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi, with the most recent victory the 5-0 thrashing on 10 September 2017, when the Viola scorers were Giovanni Simeone, Cyril Thereau (penalty), Jordan Veretout, Gil Dias and the late Davide Astori. It was the last of Astori’s three goals for Fiorentina. The other two both came at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, against Crotone and Inter.

Published: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:59:00 +0100

Source: Fiorentina Official website