The Fiorentina of via Bellini

Fiorentina was established on August 26th 1926 from the merging of Libertas and Club Sportivo Firenze; Carlo Capskay sat on the bench and the team’s strip was white and red stripes, the two colours of the merged clubs. The first base was the pitch in via Bellini which remained Fiorentina’s home until September 1931, when the current Franchi stadium, designed by the architect Pier Luigi Nervi, was inaugurated with the match Fiorentina-Admira. The first official match arrived on October 3rd 1926, in the national league, and it was an immediate victory, 3-1 over Pisa. In the early years of its history Fiorentina was presided over by the marquis Luigi Ridolfi who took the side to the Serie A by the end of the 1930/31 season, after two years in the second tier. The game that clinched promotion was the penultimate of the league on June 21st 1931, as the Viola beat Liguria 1-0 with a 43rd minute goal by Staffetta. On September 20th 1931 Fiorentina played their first game ever in the single round Serie A drawing 1-1 in Milan against the Rossoneri, with the first Viola goal scored by Prendato. Two months later, on November 15th, there came the first game in the Azzurri shirt for a Fiorentina player, Alfredo Pitto, in the match Italy-Czechoslovakia 2-2 played in Rome. In its first season in the serie A Fiorentina finished in fourth place, led by the 25 goals by its first big signing: the centre-forward of the World Cup winner Uruguay, Pedro Petrone. The following seasons saw Fiorentina establish itself in the serie A alongside other big teams: after Petrone’s departure, Fiorentina discovered in Viani II its new goal scorer and in the World Cup winner Mario Pizzolo, its new leader. The best finish was recorded in the 1934/35 season, when the Tuscan side ended the tournament in third place. On June 16th 1935 Fiorentina played their first European game, winning 2-0 in Budapest over Ujpest Dozsa in the Mitropa Cup. On December 26th 1935 Fiorentina made its debut in the Italian Cup, beating Sestrese 8-0 which to this day remains the greatest margin victory for the viola in this competition. In 1937/38 Fiorentina was relegated to the serie B for the first time: the mathematical certainty arrived on April 10th 1938, after a 1-1 draw with Livorno with only two games left in the league. For the Gigliati it was the beginning of a new cycle.   

Fiorentina was established of August 26th 1926 and played in the 1st Division league (the current serie B). They were placed in Group C and finished 6th out of 10 teams. (They played in a red and white strip)

The first Viola team:



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