AP Interview: Fiorentina’s American owner is a soccer lifer

ROME (AP) — From Calabria to Pennsylvania, then the Bronx and beyond, new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has been on the move his entire life.

Whether it was acclimating to the United States after immigrating at the age of 12, climbing the corporate ladder toward becoming the billionaire chairman of cable television company Mediacom, or fulfilling his dream of running a soccer club in the country where he was born, Commisso’s intinctive charm and charisma have always been factors in his success.

So has his talent for playing the accordion.

Back in 1963, just a week after moving from Pennsylvania to the Bronx, Commisso won a talent show for his accordion mastery and gained the notice of a local movie theater
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