Fiorentina versus Juventus circa 1983

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Antonioni with his flowing locks
Is all over the pitch
All of the Viola in the stadium
Know that they are rich

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 To have a jewel
That shines so bright
In the Florence night
Forget about the Old Lady
Antonioni sees them right

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 He orchestrates everything
That happens for the team
Orders, shouts, encourages
This boys the boss’s dream

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Platini can’t get near him
Gentile is passed by
Scirea has to come out from the back
To try and stop this guy

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 As the sweeper is out of position
The Viola penetrate
Before the Old Lady can regain her composure
Fiorentina celebrate

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 End to end excitement
There’s no time to think
Your sure to miss the action
If you even blink

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Rossi a nations hero
Darts both here and there
Boniek the Pole
Is like a cheetah
With deceptive pace and flair

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 But its Antonioni who catches the eye
As he pulls the strings
He aware of almost everything
That is happening

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 All around him journeymen
Do as they are told
A midfield general is a fitting term
For one so brave and bold

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 The Viola hold him in high esteem
As indeed they should
When the Old Lady came calling
He declined, they knew he would

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The Fiorentina faithfull
Know that it is he
Alone who can raise them
From the dregs
Of serie A mediocrity

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 peace.



I went to see Fiorentina v Juve about 1983 just after Italy had won the World Cup. As Platini, Rossi, Zoff, Boniek and co came up from the tunnel behind the goal, the Fiorentina fans pelted them with anything that they could lay their hands on!!! Less than six months previously these very same players had been national hero’s but in Juve shirts all that is forgotten! I have never been so frightened at a match as on this very scary occasion. Juve in Florence are hated with a passion that is not normal and yes the firecrackers and flares were there in great abundance.

The game itself was fantastic and ended in a four all draw. Antonioni was just everywhere as was Scirea the fantastic Juve sweeper who is sadly no longer with us.

Leaving Florence that night by train to catch a flight from Rome to London overnight, the sheer buzz of this game was with me all the way to Rome and its something I’ll never ever forget. Sadly Italy, even then had very serious hooligan problems which have never gone away judging by this weeks events in Turin and Milan.



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