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Thursday August 23 2018
Biraghi: ‘Fiorentina aiming for Europe’

Fiorentina full-back Cristiano Biraghi wants to improve on last year and “that means qualifying for Europe”.

The Viola beat Arezzo in their final pre-season friendly last night, and the defender spoke to reporters after the match.

“The team is good, these friendlies are needed to understand where we need to improve,” Biraghi said, as quoted by Firenze Viola.

“Now we’re serious, we’re ready for Sunday. The level of Serie A has risen this year and every game will be difficult.

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Friday May 11 2018
Fiorentina 'resist Chiesa temptation'

Fiorentina will “resist all temptation” to sell Federico Chiesa, said director general Pantaleo Corvino, while Coach Stefano Pioli is staying.

Chiesa has long been hot property on the transfer market despite being only 20 and this season contributed six goals and eight assists in 34 Serie A games.

“We are in the position to resist all temptation to sell Chiesa,” assured Corvino on Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday April 12 2018
Pioli gets tattoo for Astori

After Cristiano Biraghi, now Fiorentina Coach Stefano Pioli has chosen to remember Davide Astori forever with a tattoo in his honour.

The 31-year-old captain died in his sleep last month ahead of a planned Serie A match against Udinese.

This week, teammate Biraghi showed on social media that he had a tattoo to remember Astori by, namely a black ribbon in sign of mourning and the hashtag #DA13 – representing his initials and the number of his jersey.

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Tuesday April 10 2018
Biraghi gets Astori tattoo

Fiorentina full-back Cristiano Biraghi will always keep captain Davide Astori with him after getting a tattoo.

Biraghi unveiled the ink on his Instagram page today.

It is a black ribbon, the sign of mourning, with the hashtag #DA13 on it – Davide Astori’s initials and shirt number.

“Forever on and within me,” wrote Biraghi.

Astori died in his sleep last month in the team hotel awaiting a match with Udinese, aged just 31.

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Tuesday March 20 2018
Suspensions confirmed for Week 30

The Lega Serie A has officially confirmed the suspensions for Week 30, with Torino’s M’Baye Niang among those banned.

There were no red cards in Serie A this weekend, but a number of players picked up a booking which triggered a one-game ban.

Fiorentina pair Cristiano Biraghi and Marco Benassi are both banned for Week 30, as is Torino forward M’Baye Niang.

Also banned for Week 30 are Antonin Barak of Udinese, Lazio defender Wallace, Spal’s Jasmin Kurtic, Aleandro Rosi of Genoa and Bologna goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

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Thursday October 12 2017
Biraghi: 'Death threat for Fantasy Football'

Fiorentina defender Cristiano Biraghi reveals the social media abuse players receive. “Someone wished death upon my family because of Fantasy Football.”

The left-back made two errors in the defeat to Chievo and found himself on the end of extraordinary insults.

“I am ready to accept insults if they are just about my performance,” Biraghi told Il Brivido Sportivo.

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Tuesday September 19 2017
Serie A Team of Week 4

With Inter, Juve and Napoli all winning it’s as you were at the top of Serie A, as Dave Taylor selects his best XI from Week 4.

Samir Handanovic [Inter]

Thanks to several superb saves the 33-year-old Slovenian won the points for Inter. Outstanding on three separate occasions from Aleksandar Tonev, he also kept the visitors in the game with a fabulous finger tip save from Marcus Rohden’s dynamic header. Excellent.

Alessandro Florenzi [Roma]

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Tuesday August 15 2017
Viola close to Pezzella

Fiorentina are in a flurry of transfer activity, as after signing Cristiano Biraghi, they are close to a deal for Real Betis defender German Pezzella.

Fans were furious with the Viola for a lack of incoming talent during the summer, but director of sport Pantaleo Corvino is making up for lost time.

Today Biraghi was officially signed from Pescara, on loan with obligation to buy for a reported total of €3m.

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Tuesday August 15 2017
Official: Fiorentina sign Biraghi

Fiorentina announced a deal to sign Cristiano Biraghi from Pescara for €3m and he will undergo a medical tomorrow.

It is a loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season.

According to Sportitalia, the operation costs €1m for the loan plus another €2m to make it permanent.

The left-back turns 25 next month and came through the Inter academy.

Biraghi went on to play for Catania, Chievo, Granada and since last summer has been at Pescara.

He is a former Italy Under-21 international with one goal in 22 caps.

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Wednesday April 26 2017
De Sciglio, Sosa miss Crotone

Jose Sosa and Mattia De Sciglio will both miss Milan’s trip to Crotone, as the Week 34 suspensions are confirmed.

There were no red cards in Serie A during Week 33, but four players crossed the disciplinary threshold after one booking too many.

Rossoneri pair Sosa and De Sciglio are both banned for next weekend after their fifth bookings of the season in the defeat to Empoli.

Cristiano Biraghi of Pescara and Bologna’s Blerim Dzemaili are also sidelined for a week after a 10th booking of the campaign.

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