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Since 1992 there was a membership of buddies of Fiorentina in Arta! – 2024-05-30 10:44:23

2024-05-30 10:44:23

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Fiorentina entered greater than some other time in our lives and within the sports activities information of Greece because it was introduced that they’ll face Olympiacos within the Convention League ultimate that can happen on Might 29 on the AEK “Opap Area” stadium.

Not that they have been an unknown workforce, however they didn’t have the recognition of different Italian and international groups. And but, in Arta, it has been working since 1992 “Affiliation of Associates of Fiorentina Artas” and the distinctive title “Viola Membership Artas”. If the Italians discover out, possibly it should appear unusual to them too, the place in a distant nation city there’s a membership of buddies of their very own workforce, the one one apparently in Greece.
It might be that the “Affiliation of Associates of Fiorentina Artas” has not been energetic for some years now, as its founder, the lawyer Kostas Petropoulos, a revered lawyer of Arta, authorized advisor of the municipality of Artaion and president of the native Renaissance, is not alive. Nonetheless, the exercise he displayed within the 90s, making efforts to twin Florence with Arta and Fiorentina with the Renaissance, and the visits that exchanged delegations of the 2 sides, have historic worth and particularly now that Fiorentina will come to Greece for the ultimate with Olympiakos.
The problem got here to our consideration in a dialogue with the well-known political editor of “Vima” Aris Ravanos, who comes from Arta and is a fan of his hometown and the Renaissance. He remembered, as a scholar on the time, that there was this membership of buddies of Fiorentina in Arta. Mrs. Lefki Petropoulos, a instructor within the public schooling of Arta and daughter of the late Kostas Petropoulos, who was the initiator of the inspiration of the membership, gave us precious data. Chatting with “HA”, Mrs. Petropoulou additionally emphasised the next: “My father liked Italy very a lot and wished to review there. He finally studied legislation in Athens, however he typically visited the neighboring nation, he favored Italian soccer and was a fan of Florence. Therefore his love for Fiorentina. Since there have been Artians who had studied in Italy, they determined to discovered the Affiliation of Associates of Fiorentina in Arta. I used to be a scholar on the time and I keep in mind that our household went to Florence and hosted a consultant of Fiorentina in Arta. My father’s dream was to twin the 2 cities in addition to their groups, however he did not make it, as a result of after some years he handed away.” When requested what he sees concerning the ultimate with Olympiacos, he advised us: “My son and my husband are Olympiacos. They’re ready to have fun profitable the cup. I, as a member of the membership of buddies of Fiorentina and as a Greek girl, will say let the perfect man win”.

Italian channel broadcast concerning the go to of a delegation from Arta to Florence in 1993. On the left and subsequent to the presenter (standing) is the president of Arta Associates Fiorentina Costas Petropoulos

“Viola Membership Artas” was based on February 22, 1992 by choice quantity 16/1992 of the Multi-Member Court docket of First Occasion of Artas and numbered over 100 members. The president was the lawyer Kostas Petropoulos, the vice chairman was Angelos Ioannou, the overall secretary was Vasilios Panagiotopoulos, the treasurer was Georgios Kostavasilis and the member was Rena Lambrakis. The membership did numerous actions of social and charitable content material, depositing the revenue for such functions. It had its places of work on Spyrou Lambrou Avenue.
In his first founding declaration, he additionally solutions the query why he turned a membership of buddies of Fiorentina and never of one other Italian workforce similar to Inter, Milan, Juventus, Roma, Lazio, noting amongst different issues: “The selection of this explicit soccer workforce was made for emotional causes. The founding core of this affiliation admired this workforce from his youth. Fiorentina just isn’t restricted to its soccer actions, however has a wealthy social and cultural work to indicate. It has adopted orphanages, which function with its personal funding. It organizes vocational coaching seminars for younger people who find themselves in want and for immigrants from third nations, it develops social reintegration applications for younger drug addicts and people launched from reformatories…”. At one other level it’s emphasised that “we need to give soccer its actual social dimension, away from fanaticism, racist attitudes. Our membership believes, and can develop its actions there, that soccer is an expression of social life, like theatre, music, dance”.

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Christmas 1993 sending a greeting card to Fiorentina

Arta was visited by a delegation of Fiorentina buddies, hosted by the native membership. The truth is, in the summertime of 1992, the consultant of “Viola” visited the then mayor of Artas, the late Kosta Vaya, and offered him with a workforce plaque. The identical was carried out with a delegation from Arta in Florence, the place Costas Petropoulos additionally met with the president of Fiorentina, the world-famous movie producer Mario Ceki Gori. The truth is, within the archive of the affiliation there are additionally paperwork of the correspondence that existed with the then mayor of Florence, but in addition the president of the workforce there, with the purpose of twinning the 2 cities and the groups. The truth is, Mario Ceki Gori, responding on October 6, 1992, to the invitation of the mayor of Arta, Costa Vagia, to go to Arta, emphasised that his obligations didn’t enable him to answer the invitation on the time, however he famous that he felt proud that there was a Fiorentina membership in Arta, inviting and the mayor to go to Florence. However on November 5, 1993, Mario Ceki Gori handed away.
Who would have thought then, within the 12 months 1992, when the “Affiliation of Associates of Fiorentina” was based in Arta, that 32 years later, “Viola” would play within the ultimate of a European competitors towards Olympiacos on the AEK stadium. But when the Italians discover out now that there’s such a membership in a provincial city in Greece, they’ll absolutely be shocked. In spite of everything, life writes the perfect eventualities.

From the printed version of “The Continental Battle”

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