The golden decade with the second Scudetto and 4 further trophies: 1960/70


After winning their first Scudetto, Fiorentina finished in second position for four consecutive seasons, and ended the 1958/59 season having scored 95 goals, which remains to this day a record in the club’s history in the single round Serie A league with 18 teams. In Europe, Fiorentina became a competitor in the European Cup, making it all the way to the final in the 1956/57 season, where they were defeated 0-2 by Real Madrid, playing in Madrid on May 30th 1957.
In 1960/61, a league season spent predominantly in the shadows and finishing in seventh place was a big contrast to an excellent run in the Coppa Italia and in the Cup Winners Cup.  That season is remembered as one of two in which Fiorentina won two titles (the other being in 1965/66). The positive result in the Coppa Italia came on June 11th 1961, where Fiorentina Lazio 2-0 in the final with goals by Petris and Milan, after having knocked out Messina in the last-sixteen (2-0), Roma in the quarter-finals (6-4), and Juventus in the semi-final (3-1).
In the Cup Winners Cup Fiorentina overcame Luzern (3-0 in Switzerland, 6-2 in Italy), and the Yugoslavians of Dinamo Zagreb (3-0 in Italy, and losing 1-2 in Yugoslavia). In the final they defeated the Scottish side Glasgow Rangers, winning the first leg in Scotland (2-0 on May 17th 1961) and the return leg in Florence 2-1 ten days later.

But the decade 1960-70 was destined to go down in history as the best period for the Tuscan club: in 1961/62 Fiorentina were once again a finalist, this time in the Cup Winners Cup, but were defeated 0-3 by Atletico Madrid in a replay of the final (September 5th 1962 in Stuttgart), the first game having ended 1-1 (May 10th 1962 in Glasgow). In 1963/64 Kurt Hamrin established a new record in the Italian Serie A league for a single round: in the match Atalanta-Fiorentina on February 2nd 1964, which finished 1-7, he scored five goals, which set the record for the most goals scored by a single player in an away game. In 1965/66 the Viola won their third Coppa Italia, beating Catanzaro 2-1 after extra time in the final played in Rome on May 19th 1966: Hamrin opened the scoring, Marchioro equalised, and Bertini got the decisive goal from a penalty. Also in 1966 the Viola won the Mitropa Cup, beating the Czechoslovakian side Jedonta Trencin in the final: 1-0 through a Brugnera goal (June 19th 1966). The decade ended with the side winning its second Scudetto in the 1968/69 season, coached by Bruno Pesaola and with Nello Baglini as president. The title was made certain on May 11th 1969, with a 2-0 win over Juventus in Turin, thanks to goals by Chiarugi and Maraschi. In that season, just like that of the first Scudetto, Fiorentina lost just the one game, on November 3rd 1968, 1-3 to Bologna, in Florence. Top goal scorer of the league winning season was Maraschi with 14 goals. The ever-present players were Superchi, Ferrante, De Sisti and Maraschi.  Fiorentina ended the season with no away defeat, a record in the 16 team Serie A which would subsequently be equalled by Perugia in 1978/79 and Milan in 1987/88.




With victory in the final against Glasgow Rangers, Fiorentina, coached that year by Hidegkuti (the Hungarian hero of the 1954 World Cup), clinched their first international success.

The Viola, after having knocked out Luzern in the quarter-finals and Dinamo Zagreb in the semi-finals, played the first of the two leg final against the Scottish side, Glasgow Rangers on May 17th in Glasgow, and two goals for Luigi Milan set the score on 2-0. The return leg at the Franchi stadium saw another goal by Milan and a temporary equaliser by Scott, before Kurt Hamrin set the final score of 2-1.

Just like that the Viola won the first Cup Winners Cup in their history.

Fiorentina - Cup Winners Cup Final 

 Albertosi
 Robotti
 Castelletti
 Gonfiantini
 Orzan
 Rimbaldo
 Hamrin
 Micheli
 Da Costa
 Milan
 Petris
 
 Coach Hidegkuti

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