Our football match prediction:
Fiorentina will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 3-0 loss to Inter when they take on Sampdoria at their Stadio Artemio Franchi. The Viola are no longer considered favourites to secure a top-four finish as they kicked off the new Serie A campaign with a severely-weakened squad. Several first-team regulars left the club in the summer transfer window and Croatian attacker Nikola Kalinic is on the verge of joining AC Milan. Anyhow, Fiorentina will give 100% in order to beat Sampdoria on Matchday 2, but Sunday’s football match against La Samp will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Sampdoria came from behind to beat Benevento in the opening game of the season, with experienced attacker Fabio Quagliarella scoring a brace for Marco Giampaolo’s troops and given the current situation at Fiorentina, share of spoils appears on the cards in this one.
Highlighted Player (Matias Fernandez):
Matias Fernandez was born in Argentina but there was never a doubt that he would turn up for Chile. The 30-year-old attacking midfielder started his senior professional career with Colo-Colo in 2004 and was pivotal to the Chilean club winning the 2006 Clausura tournament. He would then go on to sign for Spanish side Villarreal after spurning advances from many top clubs. But his time at Villarreal was mostly spent on bench eventually leaving for Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2009. He remained an important part of their attacking unit and started earning plaudits for his skills. In 2012 he moved to Italian club Fiorentina. The versatile midfielder is renowned for his dribbling skills and as a free-kick specialist. He already has 71 caps with the Chilean national team and has appeared in the 2010 World Cup and four Copa America tournaments so far. Fernandez was also chosen as ‘South American Footballer of the Year’ in 2006.
Highlighted Team (Sampdoria):
Sampdoria is an Italian football club from Genoa which is currently playing in the highest Italian football division: the Serie A. The club colours of Sampdoria are blue and white and is known under the nickname Blucerchiati. Sampdoria host it’s home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which is located in Genua. Interesting detail is that their biggest city rival Genoa is playing their home games in Stadio Luigi Ferraris as well.In the past Samdporia was playing in the Serie B and Serie A on and off. After the big successes in the end of the eighties the club became a stable team in the Serie A. Sampdoria managed to win the Scudetto once in 1991, the Coppa Italia 4 times in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994 and the Europe Cup II in 1990.There are a lot of important players in football history that played for Sampdoria such as: Seedorf, Gullit, Mancini, Poli, Vieri, Zenga, Falcone, Karembeu, Vialli, Klinsmann and Veron.