Everything about the Italian Serie A
You can't call yourself a football fan if you don't know Italian Serie A! When you take a look at Serie A table history you’ll see lots of well-known names. Italian clubs have very professional players, loyal fans, and the highest average attendants among other leagues in Europe. When Cristiano Ronaldo and some other famous players were added to the team, the Italian Serie A gained a lot of fan base in few years.
Although, the real shining of Serie A was In the 1980s and 90s.Serie A was generally considered to be the best league among other leagues and also Italian clubs were dominating the world of football in those years.
Italian teams have a total of 12 champions league wins and 9 Europa league wins that put Serie A in the list of one of the most titled leagues along with the Spanish la Liga and English premiere league.
All you need to know about Serie A
Now we are going to give a short explanation of everything about the Italian Serie A, different perspectives of this league and its ups and downs history.
The history of Italian Serie A
Serie A began in 1898, but it wasn't as it structured today. From 1898 to 1922, the competition was among just regional groups. Ever-growing teams attending regional championships made the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) split the CCI (Italian Football Confederation) in 1921. In 1926, due to internal crises and fascist pressures, the FIGC changed internal settings, adding southern teams to the national division. Torino was the champion in the 1948–49 season following a plane crash near the end of the season in which the entire team was killed.
You may also like to know about Serie A title history as well as Serie A logo history. About Serie A title history, it's worth mentioning that since the 1923–24 season, Serie A championship title is often referred to as the scudetto which is the Italian word for small shield and it'll be awarded to the winner to wear on the shirt.
Through the years, Serie A logo has changed a lot. First, in 1996 it was a simple ball and some colors of the Italian flag. Then, its shape changed and the league's name was added to it and the word "TIM" which was referred to Telecom Italia, the league's major sponsor, was written below it.
The other fact about Serie A logo history is that before 1996 the league just used a modified version of the FIGC (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio - Italian Football Federation) logo.
From 2006 to 2009 a new logo was introduced for the league but it didn't last much.
Serie A winners history
since the beginning of Serie A, 89 seasons has taken place and during this period,16 teams have won it.
At the top of the list of Italian Serie A winners' history, there is Juventus with 36 wins. In the second place, there is Inter and A.C. Milan with 18 wins each. after those two, Genoa is in third place with nine wins and the fourth place belongs to Torino, Bologna, and Pro Vercelli with 7 wins each. Other teams t had won the title are Roma with 3 wins, Lazio, Fiorentina, Napoli with 2 wins and Cagliari, Casale, Novese, Hellas Verona, and Sampdoria with 1 win.
You may also find it interesting to know that according to Italian Serie A table history the record of the most continuous win for Serie A championship is held by Juventus with 9 continuous wins from 2012 to 2020. The second place belongs to Inter with 5 continuous wins.
Referring to Serie A champions list Turin is the most titled city with 48 league wins (36 by Juventus,7 by Torino)
The next places in order, belong to:
Milan with 36 league wins (18 by Inter,18 by Milan)
According to Italian Serie A champions list Piedmont is the most titled region with 52 league wins (Juventus, Torino, Pro Vercelli, Casale, Novese) following with Lombardy (Inter, Milan) with 36 league wins in the second place and Liguria (Genoa, Sampdoria) in the third place with 10 league wins.
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Best teams of Serie A
Serie A has many powerful teams but the most famous one are commonly known as "7 Sisters" - the main 7 teams which dominated the Italian football and captured the Italian Serie A champions list in the 1990s. Those are:
Juventus football club also known as Juve has won 36 official league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles, and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, being the record holder for all these competitions. Juventus is the 2 time UEFA champions league winner and 3 times The UEFA Europa League winner.
Internazionale Milano or simply Inter or Inter Milan has 18 league titles,7 Coppa Italia and 5 Supercoppa Italiana. They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010. The club had won 3 UEFA Europa League titles too.
Roma has participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except in the 1952 season. Roma has won Serie A three times, in 1941–42, 1982–83, and 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.
Associazione Calcio Milan commonly known as A.C. Milan has won one FIFA Club World Cup, seven European Cup/Champions League titles. With 18 league titles, Milan is also the joint-second most successful club in Serie A, along with local rivals Internazionale and behind Juventus.
ACF Fiorentina Fiorentina has won two Italian Championships, as well as six Coppa Italia trophies and one Supercoppa Italiana. On the European stage, Fiorentina won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1960–61 and lost the final one year later.
The 1990s have been the most successful period in Lazio's history, seeing them win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 1999, the Serie A title in 2000, and reaching their first UEFA Cup final in 1998.
the club won eight trophies between 1992 and 2002, a period in which it achieved its best-ever league finish. The club has won three Coppa Italia, one Supercoppa Italiana, two UEFA Cups, one European Super Cup, and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
Best players of Serie A
Here are some of the most inspiring and influential players of Serie A:
Everybody knows Buffon! This Italian goalkeeper is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. He began his professional career with Parma and then transferred to Juventus for the rest of his career.
Talk about techniques! Pirlo had an iconic, unique style of play that saw him win almost everything possible during his career. He played a major role in Juventus's success and he was probably one of the best players of that club and now he is the coach of his club.
Not only an expert in chip goal but Totti also was fantastic with passing. Former Italian footballer is one of the most charitable footballers of all time who is known for his fantastic playing in Roma. He played for Roma for 25 years winning a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles
Just like Totti, Maldini is another loyal footballer that spent all of his career in one club. He played for Milan for almost 25 years. Maldini competed in a record eight Champions League finals, lifting the cup in five of them. He is the oldest player ever to score in a final and is the owner of the fastest goal in European final history—an effort 51 seconds in 2005 final against Liverpool.
Cannavaro is one of the greatest defenders of all time. he played in Napoli, Parma, Inter, and Juventus. Fabio Cannavaro is one of the two defenders in history to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
There are a lot of other wonderful players such as Alessandro Del Piero, Javier Zanetti, dino zoff, and also Serie A had amazing foreign players such as van Basten, Maradona, Rigkarrd and so on.
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Scandals in Italian Serie A
Serie A was the best league in the world but in the '00s things started to change. It was in 2006 that for the first time some news about scandal in Serie A was published and it pushed Italian football into darkness. The Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
The investigation into the scandal showed that some Italian clubs, including major ones, had been found in relationships with various refereeing organizations. Juventus, Fiorentina, Milan, Lazio, and Reggina were all accused and found guilty. The punishments were different and depended on the level of participation but the most severe punishment was handed out to Juventus.
Juventus were relegated to stripped of the 2004-2005 league title, relegated to Serie B and deducted 9 points at the start of the season. Their Champions League qualification was also taken from them.
That crisis resulted in some punishments for other teams as well as initial verdicts which handed out to some individuals such as:
- Luciano Moggi: five-year ban from football and five years and four months imprisonment; acquitted in 2015
- Antonio Giraudo: five-year ban from football and three years imprisonment; acquitted in 2015
- Tullio Lanese: two years and six-month ban from football
About 20 more players were also faced with severe punishments.
It was Inter Milan and AC Milan that benefited from Juventus's absence. Inter Milan won four league titles in a row before AC Milan claimed it from them in 2010-2011. Of coarse, as Juventus saved its core it succeded to return to Serie A again.
In the last five seasons, there have been serious questions over the quality of Serie A, Juventus has monopolized the league each season winning it at a canter and some of the giants of the game are competing such as Inter and AC Milan. Wealthy owners saved these clubs for many years now, but they just can't compete.
Football once again has evolved and Inter and AC Milan are unable to compete in the marketplace.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League has also seen income to these two greats fall. AC Milan has not been featured in the Champions League since 2013-2014 and Inter Milan has not been featured since 2011-2012. This season is the third successive season that neither Milan club has qualified for the competition and with the way the league is shaping up this season it will be four in a row come May.
Since 2010, no Italian team has won the Champions League. Juventus came runners up in 2015. Except for that Italy has only gone as far as the quarter-finals on three separate occasions. Inter 2010, Milan 2011, and Juventus 2012.
In their places in Serie A, Roma and Napoli have appeared again. They have pushed Juventus all the way in the last few seasons. Actually It hurts to see clubs like Inter and AC not playing in the top competition in Europe.
As a matter of fact, its not possible to explain everything about the Italian Serie A in a short article but all these ups and downs clearly shows that Italian Football is one of the many models of how corruption deeply destroys institutions. overally, if we want to make a list of the best leagues of all time, Serie A is up there, and based on the recent years of the football world, Serie A is reaching it's way to the top again.
Although, COVID 19 did hit Italy very hard, but nothing is predictable. Therefore, we should wait and see what will happen to this controversial league in the near future.