The Coppa Italia and the League success: the 1970s


The 1970s were among the darkest in Fiorentina’s history. Among the more positive events worth remembering there is Giancarlo Antognoni’s debut; one of the players to play the most games for the club, 341, his debut came on October 15th 1972 in Verona-Fiorentina match which finished 1-2. Another memorable positive was the winning of trophies, the Coppa Italia in 1974/75 and the Italian-English League Cup on 1975/76. The former was a surprise: in the big final in Rome on June 28th 1975, the Viola beat the firm favourites Milan 3-2 after an exciting game that saw the Viola take the lead through a Casarsa spot kick; Milan then equalised through Bigon; Fiorentina again took the lead through Guerini, before the second equaliser from Chiarugi; finally Paolo Rosi, who had been on the pitch just a few minutes, scored the winner. The Viola made it to the final after having topped their group, which saw them drawn with Palermo, Ternana, Foggia and Alessandria; and then a final group with Roma, Napoli and Torino. The second trophy was won by beating the London based side West Ham 1-0 in both the first and second legs. The first leg was decided by a Guerini goal, and a Speggiorn strike sealed the return game. Also worthy of mention were the dramatic league campaigns of 1971/72 and 1977/78, on both of which occasions Fiorentina avoided relegation in the last game of the season.  In the first instance they drew 1-1 in Turin against Juventus, and on the second occasion it was a 0-0 draw at home against Genoa, the Rossoblu having an apparently valid Pruzzo goal disallowed. With the game ending in a draw it was the Genoa-based club that descended into Serie B instead of the Viola.
  

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