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Sunday September 24 2017
Gasp: 'Fiorentina can't blame ref'

Gian Piero Gasperini insists “it takes some serious courage to blame the referee” after Atalanta’s draw with Fiorentina. “We deserved more.”

The Viola had taken the lead through Federico Chiesa’s stunner, but Papu Gomez saw a penalty parried and the hosts had two strong penalty appeals rejected.

In the final minute, Remo Freuler drilled in for the equaliser from the edge of the box.

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Wednesday September 20 2017
Fiorentina player ratings

A disciplined Fiorentina display nonetheless saw them lose to Juventus, but how did Football Italia rate the Viola?

Words: Gaby McKay

Marco Sportiello - 5

The goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent Mario Mandzukic’s winner, but flapped at a couple of crosses in the first half.

Vincent Laurini - 4

Dealt well with Mario Mandzukic in the first half, but had to go off shortly after the break.

German Pezzella - 6.5

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Monday September 18 2017
‘Dybala? Viola must stop Juve first…’

Fiorentina goalkeeper Marco Sportiello calls Paulo Dybala “a great player” but “we have to stop Juventus first…”

The Viola take on the champions in Turin on Wednesday night, with Dybala having already scored eight Serie A goals this season.

“He’s a great player in great form,” Sportiello acknowledged on TgR Toscana.

“I think we have to stop Juve first though, before the Argentine. The Bianconeri have world class players, but we’ll try.

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Saturday July 15 2017
Pioli shakes up Viola 'keepers

Stefano Pioli warned Marco Sportiello will be Fiorentina’s first choice goalkeeper this season and expects another defender to arrive.

The Viola beat Trentino Team 11-0 in today’s friendly with Ianis Hagi bagging a brace.

“Clearly I have announced the hierarchy of goalkeepers to the squad. Sportiello will be the first choice,” said the Coach, shelving Ciprian Tatarusanu.

“I always work with the idea a goalkeeper is slightly ahead of the other, then it’s up to them to maintain or overturn that status.”

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Friday March 31 2017
Tatarusanu: 'No Sportiello problems'

Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatrusanu insists he's not phased by the arrival of Marco Sportiello, 'I'm a professional.'

The Viola brought in some competition for the number one spot in January with the arrival of Sportiello from Atalanta.

"Everyone I work with know that I have always acted with great professionalism," the Romanian told Corriere dello Sport. "My only goal is to do better, without limits.

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Wednesday January 18 2017
‘Tatarusanu is underrated’

New Fiorentina goalkeeper Marco Sportiello believes Ciprian Tatarusanu, his rival for the gloves, is “underrated”.

The 24-year-old has joined the Viola from Atalanta, on loan with an option to buy, and was officially presented to the media today.

“Firstly I’d like to thank Fiorentina for the trust they’ve shown in me,” Sportiello began the Press conference by saying.

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Wednesday January 18 2017
Fiorentina 'ready for Kalinic offer'

Fiorentina are 'ready' for an offer from China for Nikola Kalinic, but deny any fresh updates on the situation.

The Viola unveiled new goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who has arrived on loan from Atalanta and took the chance to clarify the situation surrounding the Croatian striker. 

"Sportiello has already demonstrated his full potential," DS Carlos Freitas told the Press conference. "He is in the national team and we are convinced that he can grow and this is good for Fiorentina.

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Wednesday January 18 2017
Lezzerini joins Avellino

Fiorentina goalkeeper Luca Lezzerini has signed for Serie B side Avellino on loan.

The player will be unveiled at a press conference at 2.15pm CET.

A Viola youth product, the 21-year-old made his Serie A debut in November 2015, coming on to replace Ciprian Tatarusanu against Frosinone.

With the arrival of Marco Sportiello from Atalanta, the Tuscan side are now able to let Lezzerini gain some valuable experience in Campania.

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Friday January 13 2017
Official: Atalanta sign Gollini

Atalanta have officially confirmed the signing of Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a two-year loan with an option to buy.

The 21-year-old arrives as a replacement for Marco Sportiello, whose transfer to Fiorentina was confirmed earlier today.

“Atalanta BC announces the signing of the player Pierluigi Gallini from Aston Villa,” the Orobici announced in a statement on their website.

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Friday January 13 2017
Official: Sportiello joins Fiorentina

Fiorentina have officially confirmed the signing of Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, on loan with option to buy.

The 24-year-old is seen as one of the most promising young ‘keepers in Italy, and was heavily linked with Napoli in the summer.

However, it has today been announced that he’ll join the Viola, on what will initially be a loan deal.

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