The return to Serie A and the first trophy: the Coppa Italia in 19

The purgatory of the second division lasted just 12 months. The 1938/39 season saw Fiorentina promoted once again to Serie A: the mathematical certainty came on May 28th 1939, with a 4-1 home win over Alessandria in the penultimate game of the season. Then came the first real trophy in the club’s history, the Coppa Italia of 1939/40. That year, in the league, the Viola team had a complicated season. Survival came only in the last game, and was achieved only on goal difference, after a change in coach, as Soutschek was replaced by Galluzzi. The road to the Coppa Italia began on Christmas Day in 1939, when the Viola crushed Cavagnaro 7-1. In the last 16 they eliminated Milan  (1-1 in Milan, 5-0 in the replay in Florence – at the time, unlike today, draws went to replays and not into extra time). In the quarter-finals it was Lazio’s turn to raise the white flag (4-1 to the Viola). In the semi-final Fiorentina dispatched Juventus with a clinical 3-0 victory; and in the final, on June 15th 1940, the Tuscan side beat Genoa 1-0 through a 26th minute goal by Celoria. Up until the suspension of the league to due to the war, Fiorentina finished in third (1940/41), ninth (1941/42) and sixth (1942/43).  

Fiorentina finished the league in 13th place avoiding relegation on goal difference. Yet they also won the Coppa Italia (the first trophy in the club’s history) by beating Genoa 1-0 through a Celoria goal on June 17th 1940.

Here is the team that won the Coppa Italia:

Fiorentina 1939/1940 

 Poggi II
 Menti II
 Coach Giuseppe Galluzzi

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