Fiorentina renovated the stadium ahead of the 1990 World Cup. / FCB PHOTOMONTAGE

The Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Italy, and formerly known as the Comunale and Giovanni Berta, is the home ground of ACF Fiorentina. It opened on 13 September 1931 and is one of the Tuscan capital's great architectural works of the twentieth century.

Treble history

Fiorentina renovated the field for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. While still called the 'Comunale,' the stadium hosted three group stage matches and the quarter-final between Diego Maradona's Argentina and Yugoslavia, a game that was decided on penalty kicks after ending in a goalless draw.

Barca last played there in the third game of the 2008/09 season at a memorial game marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Artemio Franchi — the former president of the Italian Football Federation and UEFA. Pep Guardiola — who was in his first season as coach and would go on to lead Barça to a historic first Treble that same season — was behind the bench as Barça triumphed 3–1 on goals from Carles Puyol, Jeffren Suárez and Bojan Krkic.

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