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Coppa Italia Final 2023: Fiorentina v Inter

What is the Coppa Italia?

The Coppa Italia is Italy’s knockout cup competition. The tournament is open to all professional Italian football clubs, including teams from the Serie A, Serie B, Serie C, and Serie D leagues.

The tournament was first held in 1922, and it has since become one of the most prestigious domestic cups in Italian football. It is organized by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The Coppa Italia is played in a knockout format, with the winner of each match advancing to the next round. The tournament begins with the qualifying rounds, which are contested by the lower-tier clubs. The top-tier teams enter the competition in the round of 16, and from there on, it’s a single-elimination tournament.

The winner of the Coppa Italia earns a spot in the following season’s UEFA Europa League. If the Coppa Italia winner has already qualified for the Europa League through their league performance, the spot is awarded to the next best-placed team in the league that hasn’t already qualified.

coppa italia 2023

When will the Coppa Italia final be played?

ACF Fiorentina v Inter 

24th May 2023 at 21:00 CEST

Where will the Coppa Italia final be played? 

Fiorentina and Inter will contest the Coppa Italia Final at the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome. This stadium has hosted the final 25 times already, after first hosting it in 1953. The Stadio Olimpico is the home stadium of both Roma and Lazio, the two major football clubs in Rome. The stadium has a seating capacity of over 70,000 spectators and has also hosted several major international football events, including the 1960 Summer Olympics and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Fiorentina’s road to the Coppa Italia Final

Fiorentina’s journey started off in the Round of 16, where Antonín Barák’s effort on the 25th minute was enough to earn a spot in the quarter finals.  There, they faced Torino and once more were superior. A 2-1 victory, with goals from Luka Jović and Jonathan Ikoné, ensued and sent them through to the semi finals.

The semi finals of the Coppa Italia are a two-legged affair, and Fiorentina came up against Cremonese. In the first leg, relegation threatened Cremonese offered no malice, despite home advantage. Fiorentina swept them aside 2-0, with goals by Arthur Cabral and Nicolás González. With one foot in the final, the second leg ended 0-0, securing Fiorentina’s spot at the Stadio Olimpico, were stiffer opposition awaits!

Arthur Cabral Game-Scored Ball

Inter’s road to the Coppa Italia Final

Inter’s path to the final was tougher than Fiorentina’s. A 2-1 win over Parma was secured at extra time in the Round of 16. Franceso Acerbi’s goal on the 110th minute earned them a spot in the quarter finals and it set the wheels in motion.

Up next: Atalanta. An even game was only settled after Matteo Darmian found the net, and next Inter would face old rivals Juventus in the two-legged semi finals, and these turned out to be as dramatic as can be.

The first leg in Turin was goalless until a final 15 minute frenzy of activity. Juan Cuadrado gave Juventus the lead on the 83rd minute, but it far from over yet. Romelu Lukaku dispatched a penalty on the 95th minute, balancing the scales, and no less than 3 red cards were brandished following a fourore that came after the penalty.

Cuadrado’s Game-Scored Ball

Lukaku’s Game-Scored Ball

Lukaku was sent off for his celebrations, only for his red card to be rescinded, making him eligible to play in the second leg.

The highly anticipated San Siro leg was decided by a Federico Dimarco goal on the quarter hour mark… and that game-scored ball was made redeedmable to Fan Token holders, just as Lukaku’s first leg leveller, via Fan Rewards.

Federico Dimarco Game-Scored Ball

While it can be said that Fiorentina had an easier semi-final tie, both sides will be geared up for an epic final at the Olimpico.

Roll of Honour

Over the years, some of the most successful clubs in the Coppa Italia include Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Roma. Juventus is the most successful team in the competition’s history, having won the cup a record 14 times.

Here’s a breakdown of the most successful teams in the Coppa Italia:

  1. Juventus – 14 titles
  2. AS Roma – 9 titles
  3. Internazionale – 7 titles
  4. Fiorentina – 6 titles
  5. Napoli – 6 titles
  6. AC Milan – 5 titles
  7. Lazio – 7 titles
  8. Torino – 5 titles
  9. Sampdoria – 4 titles
  10. Parma – 3 titles

Other teams to have won the Coppa Italia include Atalanta, Bologna, Cagliari, Genoa, Hellas Verona, Palermo, Perugia, Piacenza, Pro Vercelli, SPAL, Udinese, and Vicenza.

Earn the Coppa Italia Final game-scored balls

Throughout the latter stages of the Serie A and Coppa Italia, Fan Token holders have been able to redeem the game-scored balls from certain matches.

All the balls from the semi finals became Socios.com Collectibles, and we’ll also make the Coppa Italia Final game-scored balls available too.

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