FIORENTINA A.C.


1993-1994


Fiorentina vs Reggiana


Match Worn Shirt


Robbiati Anselmo


Did you Know?

This shirt was worn by Anselmo Robbiati during the Italy Cup game between Fiorentina and Reggiana which took place in Firenze, “Stadio Artemio Franchi”, on October 6th 1993. Fiorentina defeated Reggiana 2-0 and at the end of the game Robbiati swapped his shirt with a Reggiana’s player whom we got it from. Robbiati signed for Fiorentina in 1993, then in Serie B, being instrumental in the viola’s successful 1993–94 campaign, which saw them win the Serie B title and obtain promotion to Serie A. He stayed at Fiorentina until 1999; despite often not being featured in the starting lineup, in 1996 he won the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana, and he also achieved some success even at the continental level, scoring the decisive goal in the return leg of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16 fixture against Sparta Prague. Fiorentina were ultimately defeated by the eventual champions Barcelona FC in the semi-finals of the tournament.

FIORENTINA A.C.


1998-1999


Vicenza vs Fiorentina


Match Worn Shirt


Batistuta Gabriel


Did you Know?

While playing for Argentina in the 1991 Copa América, the vice-president of Fiorentina was impressed by Batistuta’s skills and signed him. He had a fine start in Serie A, scoring 13 goals in his debut season. However, the following season, in 1992–93, Fiorentina lost in the relegation battle and were demoted to Serie B, despite Batistuta’s 16 league goals. The club returned to Serie A after one season in Serie B, with the contribution of 16 goals from Batistuta and the management of Claudio Ranieri, as Fiorentina captured the 1993–94 Serie B title. At Fiorentina, Batistuta found his best form. He was the top scorer of the 1994–95 Serie A season with 26 goals, and he broke Ezio Pascutti’s 32-year-old record by scoring in all of the first 11 matches of the season. In the 1995–96 season, Batistuta, alongside Rui Costa and Francesco Baiano, helped the club to go on a 15-match unbeaten run, as they eventually ended the season with a fourth-place league finish. Fiorentina also won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana over A.C. Milan; in the two-legged Coppa Italia final against Atalanta, Batistuta scored a goal in each fixture as Fiorentina won 3–0 on aggregate. The next season was less successful, as Fiorentina finished in a disappointing ninth place in the league, although the team managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, losing out to eventual champions Barcelona, despite scoring a goal in a 1–1 away draw in the first leg. Scoring over 20 league goals in each of the next three seasons – made all the more impressive given Serie A was the strongest league in the world and the hardest to score in with the best defences – as well as spectacular powerful strikes against Arsenal and Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, Batistuta came third for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999. Batistuta and Ronaldo were the two best strikers in Serie A, with their duels the most anticipated in Italy. After his failure to win the Italian championship with Fiorentina, Batistuta started considering a transfer to a bigger team. In an effort to keep Batistuta, Fiorentina hired Giovanni Trapattoni as coach and promised to do everything to win the Scudetto. After an excellent start to the season, Batistuta suffered an injury that kept him out of action for more than a month. Losing momentum, Fiorentina lost the lead and finished the season in third place, although the result enabled them to participate in the Champions League the following season. In addition to the fans erecting a life-size bronze statue of him in Florence, Bastituta was inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2014. An emotional Batistuta told the audience at the ceremony: “From the moment I arrived at Fiorentina I wanted a place in the history of the club – and now I can say I have succeeded.”

Things to Know:

This shirt was worn by Gabriel Batistuta during the Serie A’s game between Vicenza and Fiorentina which took place in Vicenza, “Stadio Romeo Menti”, on September 20th 1998. Fiorentina defeated Vicenza 2-1 and Batistuta scored the first goal after one minute of the first half. The shirt was was swapped with a Vicenza’s player who we got it from. 

FIORENTINA A.C.


2000-2001


Match Worn Shirt


Nuno Gomes 

Did you Know?

After three seasons at Benfica, in which he scored over 60 goals in over 100 appearances, his Euro 2000 exploits earned Gomes a €17 million move to ACF Fiorentina in the season 2000-2001. He won the Coppa Italia over Parma F. C. in his first year, scoring in a 1–1 draw in the second leg of the final at home, which allowed his team to clinch the title 2–1 on aggregate; however, his second season was less successful, as financial collapse by the Viola and their subsequent relegation precipitated a 2002 return to his previous club.

FIORENTINA A.C.


2000-2001


Match Worn Shirt


Toldo Francesco

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Toldo joined Fiorentina in 1993, and became the Viola club’s starter for eight seasons, winning the Coppa Italia twice, the Supercoppa Italiana, and playing in one edition of the UEFA Champions League. In 2000, Toldo was named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year for his performances. One year before Fiorentina faced bankruptcy, Toldo and Rui Costa were sold to Parma for a combined 140 billion lire in June 2001 (55 billion lire for Toldo; about €28.4 million in fixed exchange rate). It made the club a net profit in 2000–01 financial year, instead of a net loss. However, both players refused to join. Toldo himself would be the replacement of departing goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, whom Toldo refused to live under the expectation of. Eventually, Toldo joined Internazionale instead of Parma for the same fee; Parma signed Sébastien Frey from Inter instead of Toldo; Buffon joined Juventus from Parma; and Edwin van der Sar went to Fulham from Juventus.


FIORENTINA A.C.


2001-2002


Match Worn Shirt


Adriano Leite Ribeiro


Did you Know?

Adriano was loaned to Fiorentina for the 2001–02 season, after which a two-year co-ownership deal with Parma was agreed, for €8.8 million, in order to acquire Fabio Cannavaro which also included another half of Matteo Ferrari for €5.7 million. He formed an impressive striking duo with Adrian Mutu, scoring 22 goals in 36 appearances. He missed the month of November 2003 due to injury.

Things to Know:

This season the team lost the Italian Supercup against Roma A.S. and due the 18th position at the end of the season it went down to Serie B. An unhappy way to celebrate the 75th team’s anniversary  

FIORENTINA A.C.


2001-2002


75th Anniversary


Match Worn Shirt


Baronio Roberto

Did you Know?

Florentia Viola was the newly founded club that replaced bankrupt A.C. Fiorentina A.C. in the Italian domestic league system. Playing at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Florentia retained the support Fiorentina had had, and set Serie C2 spectator records due to the interest from fans accustomed to see Gabriel Batistuta, Rui Costa and a team challenging Italy’s top clubs. With Serie B set for an expansion to 24 clubs for 2003-04, owner family Della Valle successfully argued that Florentia should be granted the 24th slot on the basis of ‘historical merits’. It was widely seen as the Italian football federation compensated Florentia for being relegated two series instead of the normal one in case of bankruptcy. Florentia also won the rights to use the original Fiorentina name, the club being renamed ACF Fiorentina’ prior to the 2003-04 season.

FLORENTIA VIOLA (Ex FIORENTINA A.C.)


2002-2003


Serie C


Match Worn Shirt


Di Livio Angelo

FLORENTIA VIOLA (Ex FIORENTINA A.C.)


2002-2003


Serie C


Match Worn Shirt


Di Livio Angelo 


Things to Know:

In 1999, Angelo Di Livio moved to Fiorentina, where he captained the team to win the Coppa Italia during the 2000–01 season. In 2002, when AC Fiorentina went bankrupt and was reborn as Florentia Viola in Serie C2, Di Livio showed his dedication by being the only player to stay with the team, as he played through the depths of Italian football on the climb back to Serie A in 2004, finally retiring after the conclusion of the 2004–05 Serie A season.


FIORENTINA A.C.


2004/2005


Fiorentina vs Lecce


Match Worn Unwashed Shirt


Miccoli Fabrizio


Did you Know?

This shirt was worn by Fabrizio Miccoli during the Serie A game between Fiorentina and Lecce which took place in Firenze, “Artemio Franchi” Stadium, on October 31st 2004. Fiorentina defeated Lecce 4-0 and at the end of the game Miccoli swapped his shirt with a Lecce’s player whom we got it from. Miccoli joined Fiorentina in the summer of 2005. Half of his registration rights was sold to the team for €7 million. Once in Florence, Miccoli showed his good qualities once again, helping Fiorentina to salvation on the last day of the season, scoring a goal to send Brescia to Serie B. At the end of the season, there was a blind auction between Fiorentina and Juventus to decide his ownership, and Juventus won it by a lump sum of approximately €6.7 million for three players (Miccoli (€2.39M), Enzo Maresca (€7,000) and Giorgio Chiellini (€4.3 million)). Therefore, Miccoli had to return to Turin, but he was sent on loan to Benfica. Juventus also had to pay agent fee of €250,000 for Miccoli’s new three-year contract.