|LXXXIX Edition (2020-21)|
|Association||Italian Football Federation (FIGC)|
6th October 1929
|Organized by||Lega Series A (LNPA)|
|Most laureate||Juventus FC (34 titles)|
|More presences||FC Internazionale (88 editions)|
|Decline||Italy Serie B|
La Italy Serie A - known for patronage reasons as Series A TIM- is the highest category in the Italian league system and the country's main club-level competition. It has been organized since 1946 by the Lega Nazionale Professionisti (LNP) after succeeding the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and becoming in 2010 the Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A (LNPA), commonly known as Serie A LeagueIt began to be played in the 1929-30 season: since then, it has been held without interruptions, with the exception of the period between 1943 and 1945 due to World War II. The competition is the successor and correlative of the Italian national Championships that emerged. in 1898, being one of the oldest league tournaments in Europe, although it is not so with its current unified format of 1929.
Serie A is considered one of the five major European leagues together with the English Premier League, the Spanish First Division, the German Bundesliga and the Ligue 1 France, occupying third place in the UEFA coefficient, and according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), it is the first most relevant league in the world.
Since its founding in October 1929, twelve clubs have been proclaimed champions, in a track record led by Juventus Football Club with 34 titles, followed by the two great Milan clubs, Football Club Internazionale, and Associazione Calcio Milan, with 16 and 15 titles respectively.
Juventus FC, the reigning champions who have linked nine consecutive "Scudetti" since the 2011-12 season, is the only club to have won all possible continental competitions, along with the world champion title. AC Milan is one of the four clubs with the most international titles and the second with the most European champion titles (7), while FC Internazionale is the first and only Italian club to have achieved the treble. The confrontation between "Bianconeri"And "Nerazzurri", Is known as the "Derby d'Italia", While the disputed between the two Milan clubs, is the "Derby della Madonnina". Together with the three great clubs in the north of the country, the Associazione Calcio Firenze Fiorentina, the Società Sportiva Lazio, the Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli and the Associazione Sportiva Roma are known as the “seven sisters” (it. Seven Sisters) of Italian football.
Serie A football clubs (Italy)
For the previous championships see Italian First Division
The championship started in 1898 as Federal Campionato (es. Federal Championship). The first dominator of the competition was Genoa Cricket & Football Club, winning six of the first seven editions. In addition to the Genoese club with nine championships in the amateur era, at that stage Pro Vercelli also stood out with seven conquests between 1908 and 1922. Between 1915 and 1919 the tournament was not played because of the First World War.
In 1929, with the professionalization of Italian football, it changed its name to Serie A or Campionato to girone unico (It is. Championship one round). During the 1930s, the Foot-Ball Club Juventus prevailed for five consecutive seasons (1935-XNUMX). For its part, Bologna became champion three more times. In this decade, players like Giuseppe Meazza stood out with Internazionale.
The 1943s were the golden age of the Associazione Calcio Torino, winning five championships. Between 1945 and XNUMX the competition had to be suspended again due to the Second World War.
Second half of the 20th century
During the fifties AC Milan and Juventus were the dominators. While the rosonero team had the Swedish forward formed by Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm; At Juventus, Omar Sivori, John Charles and Giampiero Boniperti stood out. In 1956 Fiorentina achieved its first championship.
The decade of the sixties the championships were very distributed. The Inter Milan of the Spanish Luis Suárez Miramontes was the main dominator with three shields and three other runners-up. For their part, Milan and Juventus each won two championships, while Fiorentina won in 1969. In addition, in 1970 Cagliari won their only championship.
The first half of the eighties was dominated by Juventus led by Trapattoni and led by Michel Platini. It also highlights the surprising triumph of Hellas Verona in 1985 and the first Scudetto obtained by SCC Napoli in 1987, led by Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona. The Neapolitan team would also win the championship in 1990. In 1988, the great Milan of Arrigo Sacchi, technical director, and the Dutch Van Basten, Gullit and Rikjaard, burst onto the scene. For its part, Inter acquired the Germans Matthaus and Klinsman, proclaiming themselves champion in 1989.
The nineties were dominated by Milan de Capello and Juventus, with the exception of the title obtained by Sampdoria in 1991, the first and only one for the Genoese team.
Starting in the 1994/95 season, the current scoring system was established, awarding 3 points for each victory. In this decade, Serie A was consolidated as the most powerful league in Europe; Their clubs won more European titles than other leagues and the best players of the moment, such as Zidane, Ronaldo, Weah and Batistuta, landed in Italy.
The first two seasons of the new century were dominated by the two teams from the Italian capital. Lazio led by Pavel Nedvěd and Alessandro Nesta took the title in 2000, while the Associazione Sportiva Roma prevailed in 2001. Juventus won the title in the following two years, thanks to signings such as Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram or Nedvěd himself, after the sale of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid Football Club for 73 million euros. In 2004, the Associazione Calcio Milan won the championship after five years.
Marked by the scandal of the "Calciopoli", where the title was revoked from the Juventine club in favor of Inter Milan, also caused the 2006-07 season to be the first in which Juventus FC was not present in Serie A as it was penalized with relegation to the Serie B. In addition, several teams started the championship with penalty points. Two of the most important players of the Turin club would end up signing for Inter Milan as Zlatan Ibrahimović and Patrick Vieira, making them the favorite to win the title. Finally, Inter would take the title with a record of 97 points.
In the 2007-08 season, Inter Milan was crowned champion again in the year of its centenary and managed to seal three consecutive championships, to add another two more in 2008-09 with José Maurinho as coach, and in 2009-10; the first to get it in the century XXI after Torino Football Club and Juventus Football Club as the only ones to win five titles in a row.
With Juventus back in Serie A and after a brief triumph by Associazione Calcio Milan in the 2010-11 campaign, the new decade of Italian football in decline begins, with the overwhelming dominance of a Juventus led by Antonio Conte alongside players like Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal. This Juventus in its first year coming from two seventh places is proclaimed undefeated champion after 38 days, a record for Italy of the new century after 23 wins and 15 draws in the 2011-12 season. The following year he wins again but leaving doubts about the number of defeats. In the 2013-14 season, Roma achieved the best season in their history, however, they failed to snatch the scudetto from Juventus, who won the championship after setting the best point record for a team from the main leagues in Europe with 102, product of 33 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses and winning all their home games.
The following year, in the 2014-15 season after the departure of Antonio Conte, Juventus signed Massimiliano Allegri. In that year, the coach made use of all the potential that his predecessor left him without removing tactical schemes, players or any iota of the characteristics that allowed Juventus to be crowned three-time champion; What's more, he endowed him with a new tactical scheme that allowed him to solve this year's games together with the previous one. This led to a new title, this time without opponents. Finally, Juventus entered a decline at the beginning of the following season, without any doubt due to the acclimatization of new players such as Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro or Kedhira and the march of their reference in the midfield Andrea Pirlo, the lung Arturo Vidal and the offensive Carlos Tevez. However, he achieved a quick recovery (25 games, 24 wins 1 draw), leaving Juventus mathematically leading in the 2015-16 campaign. In this way, Juventus is crowned five-time champion of Italian football, thanks to its two coaches (Antonio Conte, and Massimiliano Allegri), both with great merit, the new stadium, the team and the board.
Midway through the 2019-20 championship, there was an outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2, a global viral pandemic that reached Europe from Asia. As different countries of the continent were registering cases of contagion and deaths, the Sports organizations began to take preventive measures and several of the matches scheduled in Italy were played behind closed doors (without an audience), or canceled, to halt their progress, the concern and contagions did not cease, and there were cases in soccer players and managers The CONI and FIGC decided to suspend the competition pending new events, a decision that was also made by UEFA with the Champions League and the Europa League, or La Liga with the Spanish championship. , to cite cases of similar magnitude.
Throughout the history of the competition, sixty-seven different teams have participated, and the Football Club Internazionale is the only one that has always contested the category since its inaugural edition. They are followed by 85 from Juventus Football Club and Associazione Sportiva Roma - with only one being the one that did not play -, 84 from Associazione Calcio Milan and 80 from Associazione Calcio Fiorentina. They are the only five teams that have played 80 or more seasons of the highest category of Italian football.
The oldest playing field in Italy is the Luigi Ferraris Stadium, with origins in January 22, 1911 and used by Genoa Cricket & Football Club and Unione Calcio Sampdoria. On the other hand, the one with the least longevity is the Juventus Stadium inaugurated in 2011, at which time it replaced the old one Stadio delle Alpi, located on the same land.
Although in the first years only between four and six teams participated, later on, the number gradually increased to the current twenty teams.
In the 2017-18 season, Benevento Calcio is promoted for the first time with the lowest budget in its category.
Note: indicated in parentheses the number of contested seasons of the competition.
|2020-21 season teams|
|Atalanta BC||Benevento Calcio|
|Bologna FC||AC Milan|
|Cagliari C.||Parma Calcio|
|ACF Fiorentina||AS Roma|
|Genoa CFC||UC Sampdoria|
|Hellas Verona FC||US Sassuolo Calcio|
|FC Internazionale||Spice Football|
|Juventus FC||Torino FC|
|SS Lazio||Udinese Calcio|
The championship system is defined through clashes between all the clubs in round-trip matches, so that the club that obtains the highest score at the end of the tournament is proclaimed champion of Italy (it. campione d'Italia), receiving the trophy known as Italian Champions Cup (it. Coppa dei campioni d'Italia) and, since 1924, a badge in the form of a shield with the colors of the national flag, the Scudetto. In addition, the champion disputes the Italian Super Cup, against the winner of the Italian Cup that same season.
As of the 2017-18 season, the championship has six European seats: the first four classified will be those who have a place to play the Champions League, who qualify directly to the group stage. Finally, both the fifth and the sixth dispute the Europa League, together with the Cup champion.
- For a better detail of each edition and its historical champions see History of the Italian First Division
Serie A is the European competition from which its clubs have won the highest number of international awards with 50. It has also produced the highest number of FIFA World Player winners with 10 and also its clubs have reached the UEFA Champions League final 25 times, having won 12 of those finals. Their teams have reached more finals than any other league.
Note: Names and flags of the teams according to the time.
The record includes exclusively Serie A tournaments, since 1929, where Juventus FC dominates the historical record with 34 championships, followed by 16 from FC Internazionale and 15 from AC Milan. Taking into account the aggregate of the First Division of Italy, with its predecessor championships, the same three teams with 36, 18 and 18 championships respectively are the most successful.
|Club||Securities||Subtitles||Years of the championships|
|Hellas Verona FC|
|AS Livorno Calcio|
|LR Vicenza Virtus|
|AC Perugia Calcio|
- The 2004-05 and 2005-06 championships won by Juventus were not awarded to the Turin team due to the 'Calciopoli' scandal.
The 3952 points achieved by Juventus Football Club place it as the leader in the historical classification of the competition among the 68 teams that have ever participated in it. The second classified is the Football Club Internazionale, and the third, the Associazione Calcio Milan.Developed by Lega Serie A, it is based on the points achieved by each team in Serie A, based on the historical victory scoring system of two points, and establishing a historical record with the three point one. The following table covers the 1929-30 season through 2018-19.
The only club that has been present in all editions of the competition is the aforementioned FC Internazionale.
|Pos||Club||Seasons||Points||PJ||PG||PE||PP||Pts. × 3||Securities||% Success 1||% Success 2||Current Div|
|1.||Juventus FC||86||3952||2886||1583||786||517||5535||33||38.82||39.29||Serie A|
|2.||FC Internazionale||87||3705||2924||1444||817||663||5149||16||18.82||18.82||Serie A|
|3.||AC Milan||85||3596||2864||1377||850||637||4981||15||17.65||18.07||Serie A|
|4.||AS Roma||86||3290||2886||1211||868||807||4501||3||3.53||3.57||Serie A|
|5.||ACF Fiorentina||81||2976||2724||1078||835||811||4069||2||2.35||2.53||Serie A|
|6.||SS Lazio||76||2707||2586||973||768||849||3687||2||2.35||2.7||Serie A|
|7.||SSC Napoli||73||2686||2432||963||761||708||3650||2||2.35||2.82||Serie A|
|8.||Torino FC||75||2643||2496||913||818||765||3557||6||7.06||8.22||Serie A|
|9.||Bologna FC||72||2477||2422||862||761||799||3347||5||5.88||7.14||Serie A|
|10||UC Sampdoria||62||2098||2126||713||673||740||2812||1||1.18||1.67||Serie A|
Historic scorers table
- For complete details see Top scorers in the Italian First Division.
The Italian Silvio Piola is the top scorer in the competition with 274 goals, followed by his compatriot Francesco Totti and the Swede Gunnar Nordahl with 250 and 225 respectively. Italian Fabio Quagliarella is the active player with the most goals, with 173, while Nordic Nordahl has the best scoring record with 0,77 goals per game.
It should also be noted that the aforementioned Nordahl is one of the players who has scored the most goals in the top categories of European football, with 376 goals.
The records do not include matches from the previous championships of National Division, First Division, Premium Category, Italian Football Campionato y National Football Championship. Counting these records is Piola with 290 goals who tops the list, followed by Meazza's 262 and Totti's 250.
Final report: Accounted for matches and goals in play-off matches. On bold font active players in the competition.
Statistics updated until the last game played on March 21th 2021.
Players with the highest number of matches played
- For a complete detail see Players with the most appearances in the Italian First Division.
The player with the most appearances in the history of Serie A is the Italian Gianluigi Buffon with 653 games, six ahead of Paolo Maldini who played a total of 647 during the 24 seasons in which he was active, and both followed by Francesco. Totti and his 619 games, and Javier Zanetti's 615. As of 2021, they are the only four above 600 matches.
Below are the twenty players with the most appearances in Serie A.
Final report: Accounted for matches and goals in play-off matches. On bold font active players in the competition.
Statistics updated until the last game played on 1 January 2021.
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