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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

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

The final : an Italian view

There  has always been a respect from Italians for f English football.  The word mister is often used to describe the Italian manager , the Juventus jersey of black and white stripes came from England ‘s oldest football club Notts. County and clubs Milan and Genoa have British not Italian [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Euros: from an Italian perspective

It’s not just in The Rust that Italy are regarded as team of the tournament. The team, without a big name, have discovered the right mix under Robert Mancini and are unbeaten in 31 games. Last night’s performance against Austria (2-1 after extra time) was more – as you say – [...]

June 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Ciao from Florence

We had a more severe lockdown than you maybe because we Italians are not too good at respecting the law! Messaging  my friends and colleagues on the National Rust, I understand  that at every level English lockdown is a matter of interpretation, usually in favour of the person deciding. As with [...]

May 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Fiorentina 0 Genoa 0

The high hopes of new owner US media billionaire Rocco Commisso are dissipating. We are still mid-table and the only real evidence of  his financial backing is we still have Federico  Chiesa. Over the last few years there  has been a revolving door of talented players from Florence like Alonso [...]

January 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file: Milan 1 Fiorentina 3

I see it as my role to report on my beloved Viola but I appreciate many readers prefer a more general update on Serie A. So I will begin by saying this is the worst Milan side I have ever seen. In the Berlusconi era, Milan fielded Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Basten, Baresi, Maldini, Donadoni, Shevchenko [...]

September 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina 0 Juventus 0

Like OGC Nice we have a new billionaire owner one Rocco Commisso who made his fortune (7 billion Euros estimate) in American media and TV. He is not of Florence but wanted to acquire a Serie A team. When you have a rich owner you cannot just complete in the market but also offer sufficient solid [...]

September 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File

Conscious that not every one in the UK who reads the Rust is as interested in Fiorentina as myself I do try to find a British angle. Over the last few years the Viola have acquired successfully from Premiership clubs – Alonso, Salah, Borja Valero, Kataniklic, Claudio Sanchez, Pizarro. Last [...]

February 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

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