Five things you need to know about Fiorentina v Bologna

Five things you need to know about Fiorentina v Bologna

28/07/2020 09:49

Fiorentina take on Bologna at the Franchi in their penultimate Serie A match of the 2019/20 season on Wednesday night – and we’ve put together this rundown of five key facts and stats on the game to tide you over until kick-off.

1.    Fiorentina and Bologna have faced off in Florence on 73 occasions. Sixty-seven of those games have been in Serie, with Fiorentina winning 37, drawing 17 and losing 13. There was one meeting in the Divisione Nazionale (a 3-2 win for Bologna back on 25 November 1928), in addition to four Coppa Italia clashes (one win and three draws for the Viola) and one match-up in the Anglo-Italian Cup (a 1-1 draw on 17 May 1973). Overall, Fiorentina’s home record against Bologna reads 38 wins, 21 draws and 14 defeats, with 101 goals scored versus 65.

2.    Matches between Fiorentina and Bologna have always been known as the “Apennines Derby” on account of the proximity of the provinces of Florence and Bologna, which are only about 100 kilometres away from each other. The two cities are separated by the Northern Apennines.

3.    The first Fiorentina v Bologna match in Serie A took place on 11 October 1931 and ended with a 3-1 win for the visitors. Giuseppe Galluzzi got the goal for Fiorentina, while Gastone Baldi, Carlo Reguzzoni and Francisco Fedullo scored for Bologna, who would finish second in the league at the end of the season. Fiorentina – coached by the Austrian Hermann Felsner – finished fourth, spurred on by Serie A top scorer Pedro Petrone, who netted 25 times (the same number as Bologna’s Angelo Schiavio).

4.    There was another 3-1 home defeat for Fiorentina on 27 October 1968, in Week 5 of the 1968/69 Serie A season. It turned out to be the only defeat suffered by Bruno Pesaola’s side as they roared to their second league title. Lucio Mujesan, Giuseppe Savoldi and Faustino Turra scored for Bologna, with Mario Maraschi netting for Fiorentina. The Viola’s next league defeat only arrived in Week 5 of the 1969/70 season (a 1-0 home loss to Cagliari).

5.    The Fiorentina v Bologna match played on 14 April 2019, part of Week 32 of the 2019/20 season, was the first game of Vincenzo Montella’s second spell as Fiorentina coach (it finished 0-0. Montella had replaced Stefano Pioli, who had resigned after the 1-0 home defeat by Frosinone. Meanwhile, the Bologna v Fiorentina game on 5 January 2020 (1-1, goals from Marco Benassi and Riccardo Orsolini) saw Beppe Iachini take charge of the side for the first time following the firing of Vincenzo Montella after the 4-1 home defeat by Roma.

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