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Wednesday October 17 2018
Fiorentina and Cagliari remember Astori

Davide Astori spent most of his career between Fiorentina and Cagliari, so when they face off this weekend there will be a joint commemoration.

The defender died suddenly in his sleep on March 4 in the Fiorentina team hotel in Udine, aged just 31.

The two clubs he represented the most were Cagliari on 179 appearances and 109 games for the Viola.

As the two clubs come together on Sunday for a Serie A match at the Stadio Franchi, it will be used as the ideal opportunity to honour Astori.

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Wednesday October 17 2018
Chiesa: ‘Happy at Fiorentina’

Federico Chiesa assures he’s “happy here at Fiorentina”, and believes his €60m price tag is “exaggerated”.

The Italian international has been linked with a host of top clubs, including Juventus, Inter and Napoli.

The Partenopei had a bid rejected in the summer, and it’s thought there is a €60m asking price for the Viola’s brightest talent.

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Tuesday October 16 2018
Agent: ‘Biraghi the new Grosso’

Cristiano Biraghi's agent insists Inter “didn’t make a mistake” in getting rid of his client, who he calls “the new Fabio Grosso”.

The Fiorentina left-back scored his first goal for Italy on Sunday night, grabbing a late winner against Poland in the Nations League.

The 26-year-old came through the Nerazzurri youth system, but after several loans and co-ownerships he joined Pescara and then the Viola.

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Monday October 15 2018
'Fiorentina play for someone, not something'

Vitor Hugo believes Fiorentina are a team ‘different to all the others’ as ‘we play for someone, not something’ in Davide Astori.

Fiorentina tragically lost Astori to cardiac arrest earlier in the year but have soldiered on, winning the first five games without their captain and starting this season strongly as they find themselves just two points off a Champions League spot in Serie A.

“It’s a difficult thing to explain, but Davide is really still with us,” Vitor Hugo told Corriere di Fiorentino.

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Sunday October 14 2018
Biraghi dedicates winner to Astori

Cristiano Biraghi dedicated his Italy winner against Poland to former Fiorentina teammate Davide Astori. “It’s thanks to him that I’m here.”

Biraghi played alongside Astori at Fiorentina last season, until the defender’s tragic death on the eve of their match against Udinese in March.

“Astori is a part of me, like all my Fiorentina teammates and all those who played with him,” the Italy hero told Rai Sport after Sunday’s game.

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Sunday October 14 2018
'Meant to walk with Astori together'

Davide Astori’s partner Francesca Fioretti gave a deeply moving insight into life after the Fiorentina captain’s sudden death. “We were meant to walk together.”

The Fiorentina and Italy defender died in his sleep in the team hotel in Udine the night before a Serie A match on March 4, 2018. He was only 31 years old and it’s still not entirely clear what caused his heart to stop.

He left behind girlfriend Francesca Fioretti and their infant daughter Vittoria.

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Thursday September 27 2018
Youthful Fiorentina can go far

Fiorentina have the talent pool, the Coach and the confidence to play a big part in the race for Europe, explains Anthony Barbagallo.

Despite losing 2-1 to Inter, Fiorentina should be satisfied with their efforts so far in the new Serie A season. Currently sitting in joint fourth place, the Viola look on course to play a serious part in the race for Europe. Finishing in fifth or sixth spot will meet the club’s objective in qualifying for the Europa League, however, the way the Tuscan club has performed so far suggests that a top-four finish is not impossible.

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Tuesday September 18 2018
De Rossi: ‘Roma can do it again’

Captain Daniele De Rossi sees no reason Roma can’t repeat last season’s Champions League heroics - “last year, in theory, the group was even tougher…”

The Giallorossi reached the semi-finals of the competition last year, before being beaten 7-6 on aggregate in a thrilling tie against Liverpool.

Today the midfielder sat alongside Coach Eusebio Di Francesco at the Press conference ahead of the Real Madrid match, and was asked if those feats could be repeated.

“Why not?” De Rossi asked.

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Friday September 14 2018
‘Soul of Florence in Astori armband’

Fiorentina captain German Pezzella believes the “soul of Florence” is in the Davide Astori tribute armband.

The Viola were finally given approval to wear the special band in tribute to their former captain this week, following the introduction of standardised armbands.

Astori tragically died earlier this year, and his successor has been wearing a ‘DA 13’ tribute for the first three weeks of the season.

“Inside that armband is the soul of Florence,” Pezzella told Corriere dello Sport.

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Thursday September 13 2018
Pjaca: 'Fiorentina can beat Napoli'

Marko Pjaca believes Napoli “are still Scudetto contenders, but at the same time Fiorentina can win this game and it’s what we want to do.”

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“Napoli are strong and it’ll be difficult, but we have started the season very well and want to continue like this,” the former Juventus winger told Sky Sport Italia.

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