Fiorentina’s spends per point in Serie A explains a lot
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by The Tito
7h ago
Photo by Leonello Bertolucci/Getty Images The Viola are a step away from joining the league’s elite, but that one step is a very, very big one. After seeing a discussion in the comments the other day about how much Serie A teams spend (and excellent work, wolfpackallday), I was inspired to pick up a dataviz project I’ve been kicking around for a couple of months. It’s pretty much the exact same thing, if I’m honest, and I’m a little embarrassed that it took me this long to finish it, but now that wpad has lit a fire under me, here you go. One of the best parts about following a team in any spo ..read more
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OFFICIAL: Fiorentina trade Gollini for Sirigu
Viola Nation
by The Tito
7h ago
Photo by Ben Gal/Orange Pictures Switching out the backup goalkeeper is Fiorentina’s first business of the window. With a week left in the January transfer window, we can finally report our first Fiorentina signing of the month: it’s goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. The veteran joins from Napoli, with Pierluigi Gollini going the other way. Sirigu is a Viola Official statement #ForzaViola #Fiorentina #ACFFiorentinahttps://t.co/PiZQw3Mnmr — ACF Fiorentina English (@ACFFiorentinaEN) January 25, 2023 At this juncture, it’s unclear if the 36-year-old is going to compete with Pietro Terracciano for ..read more
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Fiorentina 0-1 Torino: Player grades and 3 things we learned
Viola Nation
by The Tito
1w ago
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Nobody’s having fun right now. Player grades Pietro Terracciano—6: Made a couple of decent saves on Wilfried Singo and Samuele Ricci. Not much he could’ve done on Aleksey Miranchuk’s strike, although I’ve seen some folks criticize the Fun Dad a little bit for it. Really not the problem here. Lorenzo Venuti—6: Showed a surprising knack for crossing, creating several good opportunities by crowbarring in some hard, flat balls. Won some free kicks and generally looked competent going forward. A little shaky on the back foot, particularly in tracking Demba Se ..read more
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Fiorentina vs Torino: Lineups and how to watch
Viola Nation
by The Tito
1w ago
Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images Both teams drop a striker and add a winger. Late news Fiorentina mister Vincenzo Italiano opts for Christian Kouamé up front over Luka Jović, which also brings Riccardo Saponara into the XI. Lorenzo Venuti replaces the suspended Dodô. Torino boss Ivan Jurić has also sprung a surprise in attack, picking Demba Seck to add some pace. That’s not the only surprise, as Michel Adopo also gets the nod in midfield. Lineups Fiorentina (4-2-3-1): Terracciano; Venuti, Milenković, Igor, Biraghi; Amrabat, Duncan; Ikoné, Bonaventura, Saponara; Kouamé Torino ..read more
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SB Nation just shut down our podcast and a bunch of other stuff
Viola Nation
by The Tito
1w ago
Photo by Stephen Pond - PA Images via Getty Images Our beloved Viola Station is no more. This morning I got an email from Vox Media, which owns Viola Nation and its parent SB Nation. The two paragraphs informed me that, due to a downturn in advertising revenue across all platforms, our doofy little podcast is canceled as of 28 February 2023, although we’re welcome to keep recording until then. It’s not just us, though. Vox is cutting back a lot of coverage. Most notably, the company is shutting down all of its MLS sites and all of its NHL sites. Every soccer site on the network had its podcas ..read more
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Fiorentina vs Torino: Preview
Viola Nation
by The Tito
1w ago
Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images With the teams even in the table, this should be a match of fine margins. After a typically irritating loss against AS Roma, Fiorentina return home for a very different sort of clash against Torino, whom they’ll face again in the Coppa Italia 11 days after this one. In 160 previous meetings, the Viola hold a W54 D54 L52 edge, including W5 D3 L2 over their past 10 meetings in Serie A, although their most recent clash ended in a shameful 4-0 loss. The referee for this one is 34-year-old Federico Dionisi of L’Aquila. In 3 Serie A matches this year, he’s hand ..read more
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OFFICIAL: Benassi’s gone, but he’ll be back
Viola Nation
by The Tito
1w ago
Photo by MB Media/Getty Images The midfielder will try to haul Cremonese out of the drop zone, but we haven’t seen the last of him by a long stretch. Fiorentina continue to trim surplus midfielders from the roster. They’ve already shifted Szymon Żurkowski and Youssef Maleh, and it turns out that Marco Benassi is the next domino. He’s joined Cremonese on loan for the rest of the year in a dry loan with no possibility of making the move permanent. Benvenuto Marco #Benassi! ✍ ➡️ https://t.co/nwhhpvnttW#SolAmAi #ForzaGrigiorossi #DaiCremo #SerieATIM pic.twitter.com/23ARoyQf2f — U.S. Cremonese ..read more
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Fiorentina’s striker crisis by the numbers
Viola Nation
by The Tito
1w ago
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images The numbers agree with the eyeball test: the Viola center forwards have been pretty bad. It’s no secret that Fiorentina have desperately needed a striker since selling Dušan Vlahović a year ago. All of the players who’ve led the line—Krzysztof Piątek, Arthur Cabral, Luka Jović, and Christian Kouamé—have underwhelmed, although some have certainly been worse than others. How much worse? Let’s take a look at some numbers. From 10 January 2023 (post-Vlahović), Viola center forwards have scored a total of 11 goals from 17.3 xG in Serie A, according to fbref ..read more
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Viola Station 47 is all about Fiorentina tactics with Marco Lai
Viola Nation
by The Tito
2w ago
This, basically. | Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images Nothing like talking about Fiorentina’s philosophy with one of the sharpest minds out there. No Mike this week, so it’s just Tito in this one, but the presence of our most tactically-savvy guest ever should more than make up for it. Marco Lai (also subscribe to his Substack, because it’s consistently fascinating) is a certified match analyst who’s quickly become one of VN’s favorite social media presences due to his fantastic analysis of Serie A matches. We were lucky enough to track him down for a conversation about Fiorentina’s approach ..read more
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Fiorentina’s lack of transfer activity shouldn’t surprise anyone
Viola Nation
by The Tito
2w ago
Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images for Lega Serie A The Viola haven’t added a single player to the roster, and that’s exactly what we should’ve expected. The January transfer window is always an odd, liminal space. By the midway point of the season, most teams know what they are. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They know which positions need strengthening. They know which players are surplus. And, with the battle to qualify for Europe or avoid relegation really starting to heat up, the pressure to improve adds layers of intrigue and difficulty to any potential player deals. Serie ..read more
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