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The lowdown on Europa Conference League finalists Fiorentina
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Andy Sims
Press Association
Fiorentina face West Ham in Prague (Marco Bucco/AP)
Fiorentina face West Ham in Prague (Marco Bucco/AP)

West Ham face Fiorentina in the final of the Europa Conference League in Prague on Wednesday night.

Here, we shine the spotlight on the Italian outfit.


In qualifying for the showpiece in Prague, Fiorentina became the first team to reach all four finals of the major European competitions. 

They lost in the European Cup final to Real Madrid in 1957 and won the inaugural European Cup Winners' Cup in 1961 by beating Rangers 4-1 on aggregate in the final. 

Their last appearance in a European showpiece was a defeat by fierce rivals Juventus in the 1990 UEFA Cup final.


Vincenzo Italiano, 45, spent most of his playing career as a midfielder with Verona. 

As a coach, he led Spezia to promotion to Serie A in 2020 and kept them up the following season before moving to Fiorentina, where he guided the club back into Europe for the first time since 2017.


Fiorentina enjoyed a fine end to their Serie A campaign, winning eight, drawing four and losing just two matches since March to secure an eighth-placed finish. 

They also reached the Coppa Italia final, where they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Champions League finalists Inter Milan.


Italiano’s free-flowing side are the top scorers in the Conference League with 36 goals, at an average of just over two-and-a-half per match. 

He also deploys a high defensive line in a bid to squeeze the opposition and control the tempo of the match while dominating possession.

Key men

Morocco World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat could be playing his final match for the Italians amid reported interest from Barcelona and Manchester United. 

Fellow midfielder Antonin Barak is one of Serie A's most creative players but could be an injury doubt for the final.


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