Ten things you need to know about AC Milan v Fiorentina

Ten things you need to know about AC Milan v Fiorentina

29/09/2019 10:44

1) Fiorentina's first-ever Serie A match was away to AC Milan on 20 September 1931. It finished 1-1, with Magnozzi scoring for the Rossoneri and Prendato for the Viola.

2) Fiorentina have 13 pieces of silverware in the trophy cabinet (two league titles, six Coppa Italias, an Italian Super Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, a Mitropa Cup, an Italo-Italian Cup, a Grasshoppers Cup) and two of them came after beating AC Milan in the final. On 28 June 1975 the Viola triumphed 3-2 against the Rossoneri in the Coppa Italia final in Rome and on 25 August 1996 we beat the then-Italian champions 2-1 at the San Siro to claim the Super Cup.

3) Vincenzo Montella is, with Beppe Chiappella, one of just two Viola coaches to have beaten AC Milan at San Siro in Serie A two seasons in a row. Beppe achieved the feat in 1965-66 (2-1 with  Merlo netting twice) and 1966-67 (2-0, Hamrin and Brugnera) while Vincenzo recorded successive victories in 2012 (3-1) and 2013 (2-0). Adding in Delio Rossi's success at the Meazza in 2011/12 makes the only time Fiorentina have beaten the Rossoneri on their own patch in three back-to-back seasons.

4) Montella's record in six league meetings with AC Milan during his first spell in charge of the Viola, from 2012 to 2015, reads won three, drawn two and lost one. Two of those victories (3-1 on 11 November 2012 and 2-0 on 2 November 2013) came at the Meazza.

5) AC Milan and Fiorentina have a bit of history... in sharing goalkeepers, from Toros to Buffon, Fiori and Storari. There have also been legends such as Enrico Albertosi (who made his Viola debut in 1959 and helped the Rossoneri win their 10th Scudetto in 1979), Giovanni Galli (who came through the Viola youth ranks until 1986 then spent four years in Milan, winning in Italy and Europe), Francesco Toldo (who began in the AC Milan academy before playing for Fiorentina from 1993 to 2001) and Andrea Pazzagli (who grew up in Florence and joined Arrigo Sacchi's side in 1989, going on to win a European Cup and two Intercontinental Cups).

6) There have been plenty of coaches to work at both clubs too. Austrian Herman Felsner was the first, followed by Giuseppe Bigogno, Guido Ara, the Hungarian Lajos Czeizler and the Argentine Luis Carniglia. In the '70s there was Nils Liedholm, Gigi Radice and Nereo Rocco and in more recent times Arrigo Sacchi (Fiorentina Primavera coach in 1983/84), Fatih Terim, Giovanni Trapattoni, Sinisa Mihajlovic... and Vincenzo Montella, who sat in the Rossoneri dugout from June 2016 to November 2017.

7) The most recent AC Milan v Fiorentina fixture was on 22 December 2018. Federico Chiesa struck the winner from long range in the 73rd minute.

8) One of Fiorentina's most impressive victories at the San Siro came on 20 September 1987, when Ramon Diaz and Roberto Baggio got the goals in a 2-0 success. That day Sven Goran Eriksson's young, exciting Viola side inflicted the only defeat of the season (excluding the win awarded to Roma) on Sacchi's Milan with the three Dutchmen, who would go on to claim their 11th league title, at the expense of Napoli.

9) 3-1 is Fiorentina's biggest win margin against the Rossoneri in Milan, a result they have achieved three times: on 25 October 1942 (goals by Bollano, Suppi and Gei), 26 September 1998 (Batistuta hat-trick) and 11 November 2012 (Aquilani, Borja Valero and El Hamdaoui). Batistuta is the only Viola player to have scored a hat-trick away to AC Milan.

10) Finally, we couldn't not mention Davide Astori. The Viola skipper was born in San Giovanni Bianco in the province of Bergamo and joined AC Milan at a young age before playing his trade for Cagliari, Roma and Fiorentina. Davide made 109 competitive appearances for the Viola and scored three goals. He also played 14 times and scored once for Italy.

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