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About Stefano Ursolini

The son of a leading Florentine art dealer, Stefano initially worked in the Uffizi Gallery. He went into journalism and soon became a popular stringer writing on Tuscan wines, art and football. Stefano lives with his partner Umberto in the Santa Croce quarter of Florence. A dedicated supporter of AC Fiorentina his elegant articles on the Viola as well as the Serie A have earned him an appreciative global audience. More Posts

Kurt Hamrin

The passing of Kurt Hamrin this weekend was probably not covered by the British sporting medusa but he was a legend for Fiorentina and Sweden. He and Gabriel Batistuta were joint Viola capocannoniere (top scorers) with 151 goals. Kurt Hamrin – known as the ‘Little Bird’ – played [...]

February 5, 2024 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Fiorentina 1 FC Basel 2 (Conference semi final)

Fiorentina were expected to beat FC Basel but lost to two late goals. A couple of months ago la Viola were storming up serie a and looked to be a real force but throughout this competition the Swiss side have been unpredictable. They took the long route to the semis and – in the last round [...]

May 12, 2023 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Hearts 0 Fiorentina 3

Last night I watched on TV with my father Fiorentina beat Hearts 3-0 at Tynecastle in the Europa Conference Tournament. The guys on the Rust sport desk told me there are already too many tournaments across sport and this one, a junior branch of the junior Europa League, seems another. Hearts [...]

October 7, 2022 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Fiorentina 2 Roma 0

Fiorentina easily disposed of Roma last night. We were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes, converted by Nico Gonzalez and later Giacometti Bonaventura added a second. Roma – managed by Jose Mourinho and with some well known Premiership names in the team  (Chris Smalling, Rui Patricio [...]

May 10, 2022 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Torino 4 Fiorentina 0

The Italian incubo means “nightmare” and crollo “collapse” or “meltdown”.   Both words are apt to describe Fiorentina’s defeat yesterday in the rearranged match at Torino. Fiorentina fielded a strong team with Italian international Castrovili alongside [...]

January 11, 2022 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Fiorentina 2 Sassuolo 2

I do not follow rugby- our Italian team always seems to finish bottom in the Six Nations – but I  did read the post yesterday about Harlequins with interest. Fiorentina do put winning before entertaining but you are normally assured a good game because they are so unpredictable. One person [...]

December 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

View from abroad: Fiorentina 4 Milan 3/Clermont Ferrand 1 Nice 2

Once again we saw an exciting spectacular – this time between la Viola and serie a leaders Milan. Fiorentina were at one stage leading 3-0 but Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat trick for the Rossoneri and we were hanging on. Star striker 21 year old Vlahavic has a reputed £80m price tag. There [...]

November 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Juventus 1 Fiorentina 0

It’s bad enough to lose to arch enemy Juventus but to do so in the 91st minute to a goal from ex-Viola Juan Caudrado is what you English say is the biscotti … I have followed the argument in the Rust whether a coach/manager makes a difference. In Fiorentina’s case the appointment of [...]

November 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Roma 3 Fiorentina 1

Last night Fiorentina lost 3-1 to Roma in a thriller at the Olimpico. It was Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Roma and there were several faces familiar in their red and yellow strip to English fans; Patricio (Wolves) in goal, Mikitaryan in midfield and now Tammy Abraham from Chelsea. They [...]

August 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

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