Serie A has been there since 1898, actually for 123 years to this date, and is considered the top tier of Italian football league system. In this post, we are to Serie A champions history or in other words top teams that won the most Serie A championships.
As soon as we speak of a Serie A winners list, names like Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan may come to your mind, you’re right; they are among the
top teams that won the most Serie A championships
, but they are not the only Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won, though actually topping the list.
There are still other top Italian teams who have won some or a handful of Serie A titles during their history. What are those clubs and how many Serie A titles have they won?
Here comes a list of Italian football champions with Juventus and Inter Milan topping the list, but what about the rest of the list? Stay with us to know.
So, with that said,Juventus
are the indisputable champions of Italian football. As referred in the title, they have won 36 Serie A titles to this date starting from 1905 and with their latest Serie A title won in 2019-20 season. They have also finished runners-up in the Italian top-tier competitions 21 times and again more than any other Italian club to this date.
So, if we just had a list of Italian clubs who had finished runners-up the most in Serie A instead of a list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won, then again Juventus would have topped the list. The interesting fact about Juventus is that they have also won the most number of consecutive Serie A titles on the list of Serie A winners list: 9 consecutive Serie A titles from 2011 to 2020 that turns them to the indisputable champions of Italian football in the last decade, too.
So, if we just had a list of Italian clubs who had finished runners-up the most in Serie A instead of a list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won, then again Juventus would have topped the list. The interesting fact about Juventus is that they have also won the most number of consecutiveSerie A
titles on the list of Serie A winners list: 9 consecutive Serie A titles from 2011 to 2020 that turns them to the indisputable champions of Italian football in the last decade, too.
Actually the second Italian club with most Serie A titles won in the history of the competition, Inter Milan have actually won 19 Serie A titles to this date, as it’s clear from the title. They also finished runners-up 15 times in Serie A competitions. None of their records actually surpass those of Juventus, but still they are in front of other top Italian clubs - although by a narrow margin - and currently occupy the second position on the list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won.
We said by a narrow margin, and we should say that’s right because AC Milan is only one title behind Inter and they may take over anytime soon that we will update you with if that actually happens. Inter Milan have not won as many consecutive titles as Juventus, but they have actually one record of consecutive Serie A titles wins in their history: They won four consecutive Serie A titles from 2006 to 2010 starting from the year Juventus was relegated toSerie B
(2006) due to scandals and continuing for three more years after that. Inter Milan have also won 7 Italian Cups and 5 Italian Super Cups to this date.
Just one Serie A title behind Inter Milan, AC Milan is actually the third club on the
list of Italian football champions
with the most number of Serie A titles won. Just like Inter, AC Milan have also one record of consecutive Serie A titles wins to their name: They won four Serie A titles from 1991 to 1995. And again just like Inter, they have also finished runners-up 15 times in Serie A competitions in their history.
Founded in 1899 just one year after Serie A was founded, AC Milan were relegated to Serie B twice in their history: Once in 1979-80 and another time in 1981-82 season, however, they remained only one season in Serie B, and soon got back to where they belonged to: Serie A.AC Milan
have also won 5 Italian Cups and 7 Italian Super Cups in their history - in fact to this date - and, with 5 UEFA Super Cups won so far, they hold the record of most number of UEFA Super Cups wins jointly with the top La Liga club, Barcelona. This is as Inter have never won even a single UEFA Super Cup in their history.
The next club on our list of
Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won
, Genoa is actually the first club on the list with less than 10 Serie A titles won. In other words, the three clubs mentioned above, namely Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, are currently the only Italian clubs with more than 10 Serie A titles. That, however, may change which we will update you with. Ok, let’s get back to Genoa.
Founded in 1893, actually four years before Serie A was founded,Genoa
have also finished runners-up four times in Serie A competitions. They have also two consecutive Serie A titles wins to their name: Once from 1898 to 1900 and another time from 1902 to 1904. If they just won the 1901 Serie A title which actually AC Milan snatched away, they would have a record of seven consecutive Serie A titles wins to their name and could actually be the second consecutive Serie A titles winner after Juventus; they could also be among the Italian clubs with equal or more than 10 Serie A titles won.
Genoa have won one Italian Cup in their history actually in 1936-37 season, but they have never won an Italian Super Cup to this date. They have also won six Serie B titles and one Serie C title to their name which means they have been relegated six times from Serie A and one time from Serie B in their history.
Occupying the fifth position on the list of top teams that won the most Serie A championships jointly with Bologna and Pro Vercelli,Torino
have won 7 Serie A titles to this date. From among all these 7 titles, four were consecutive; actually the Serie A titles Torino won from 1945 to 1949. They also finished runners-up 8 times in Serie A competitions.
Founded in 1906 as Football Club Torino and renamed to Torino FC in 2005, Torino have also won 5 Italian Cups but no Italian Super Cup in their history. Their best shot at the Italian Super Cup was in 1993 where they finished as runners-up. Torino have also won three Serie B titles which means they have been relegated at least three times from Serie A, however, the real number is even higher; they have actually been relegated from Serie A six times and in 1958-59, 1988-89, 1995-96, 1999-2000, 2002-03, and 2008-09 seasons. They have actually played 12 seasons in Serie B in three of them, namely 1959-60, 1989-90 and 2000-01 seasons, they finished first and in another three of them, namely 1998-99, 2005-06, and 2011-12 seasons, they finished either 2nd or 3rd and were promoted to Serie A again.
Another top Serie A club who have also played in Serie B and Serie C just like Torino, Bologna is our next team on
Serie A winners list
with 7 Serie A titles won so far. Aside from two consecutive Serie A titles won in 1935-36 and 1936-37 seasons, Bologna have no other Consecutive title wins to their name, and as mentioned above they have also played in Serie B and Serie C which means they have been relegated at least once from both Serie A and Serie B leagues.
Well, the real numbers are 4 and 2; we mean Bologna were relegated four times from Serie A to Serie B, namely in 1981-82, 1990-91, 2004-05, and 2013-14 seasons, and two times from Serie B to Serie C actually in 1982-83 and 1992-93 seasons; that said, you could probably guess that early 1980s and 1990s were actually two turbulent decades for Bologna as it was really so: They were relegated from Serie A to Serie B in 1981-82 season and in the next season (1982-83) they were relegated again toSerie C
. However, the next season, actually 1983-84 season, they were promoted again to Serie B, and just four seasons later in 1987-88 season they were promoted once more to Serie A.
And in 1990s? Well,Bologna
could remain just three seasons in Serie A until 1990-91 season that they were relegated again to Serie B. And just two seasons later they were relegated to Serie C, however, two seasons later in 1994-95 season they got promoted again to Serie B and the next season, actually 1995-96 season, they were promoted again to Serie A. Bologna have finished runners-up four times in Serie A competitions and have also won two Italian cups to this date; actually in 1969-70 and 1973-74 seasons.
The only club on our list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won who have won more than 5 Serie titles to this date but are not currently competing in Serie A, Pro Vercelli are by now a competent in the third tier of Italian football league system, Serie C. Just like Bologna,Pro Vercelli
have also experienced turbulent periods during their history, but unfortunately, overall, they have declined and even have experienced relegations to Serie C2 and the Italian football amateur tier, Serie D, sometime during their history, though they were at least strong enough to get back to Serie C.
Pro Vercelli’s golden era was actually before 1922 when football was not that professional. The club won all its Serie A titles before 1922 with 5 of them being consecutive: Actually the titles they won from 1908 to 1913. However, as football advanced, Pro Vercelli did not, and maybe that’s why they were relegated multiple times to Serie D in their history and it took them 64 years to get back to Serie B - actually in 2011-12 season; the success that didn’t last long as they were relegated the next season to Serie C again where they are competing now. Unlike other clubs already mentioned on the list, Pro Vercelli have never won an Italian cup in their history, but they have actually won one Serie B and fourSerie D
titles in addition to the 7 Serie A titles they have already won.
Maybe the unluckiest club in the
Serie A champions history
, AS Roma have won only 3 Serie A titles to this date but they have finished runners-up as many as 14 times in the same league. If they could just convert some of those runners-ups to winners actually, then they would have a much better position than their current position (8th) on the list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won. In fact, if they had won as many Serie A titles as the times they have finished runners-up in the Italian league (14), they would have now been on the fourth position on the list instead.
have only been relegated once in their history; actually in 1950-51 season where they finished 19th on the league table and were relegated to Serie B along with Genoa who had finished 20th at the bottom of the table. Founded in 1927, AS Roma have actually competed for 88 years in Serie A and as could be inferred from what we said above, one year in Serie B.
Although, concerning the number of Serie A titles won, AS Roma do not have a very good position on the list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won, they are way better than some of the clubs above them on the list. Just consider that they have only been relegated once in their history and to Serie B - not Serie C or D, and that they are the second Italian club after Juventus to have won the most number of Italian Cups: Actually 9 from 1938 to 2008.
The one and only club on the list of
Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won
resembling AS Roma the most in terms of the number of Serie A titles won and the times they have actually finished runners-up in the same league, Napoli have won only 2 Serie A titles but they have finished runners-up in the same competition 8 times. As you see, somehow or other like AS Roma, the timed Napoli finished as runners-up are 4 times higher than the times they actually win a Serie A title, and again like AS Roma, if they could convert some of those runners-ups to actual winners, they would have a better place on the list of Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won.
is actually the club with the most number of finished-as-runners-up times among the rest of the clubs on the list. An on the list altogether, they are only behind Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and AS Roma in the same regard. Napoli have won a total of 6 Italian Cups in their history which means they are behind Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma, and Lazio in this regard and share their position with Fiorentina who also have won the same number of Italian Cups to this date.
Napoli have also won two Italian Super Cups, one UEFA Cup and one International Football Cup in their history and have competed majorly in Serie A since their foundation in 1926, though they have also been relegated to Serie B and even Serie C a few times during their history.
Delving more into Serie A champions history, We reach another top Serie A club:Lazio
. They have actually won 2 Serie A titles to this date and in terms of the number of times they have finished as runners-up in the same competition, they are behind Napoli with the number of their runners-up finishes being 6, however, concerning the number of Italian Cups, they are one in front of Napoli with 7 Italian Cups won to this date. And with 5 Italian Super Cups, they are by a wider margin in front of Napoli who have only won one of such trophy.
Founded in 1900, Lazio have also won one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one UEFA Super Cup in 1998-99 season and 1999, respectively. Lazio have been relegated to Serie B a few times during their history, namely in 1960-61, 1966-67, 1970-71, 1979-80, and 1984-85 seasons, but never to a lower tier than that. In this regard, they are again in a better position than Napoli who were relegated once to Serie C in their history.
And here comes the last team on the list of Italian football champions with more than one Serie A title to their name:Fiorentina
. Fiorentina have actually won two Serie A titles in their history, actually in 1955-56 and 1968-69 seasons, and have finished runners-up in the same competition for five times four of which were consecutive. Fiorentina, as a club, is as old as Napoli; it was founded in 1926, but unlike Napoli, it has been majorly a Serie A club, though it has spent 5 seasons in Serie B and one in Serie C during its history - for your information, it has actually spent 85 seasons in Serie A.
Concerning the number of Italian Cups Fiorentina have won, they are no less than Napoli: They have actually won 6 Italian Cups and one Italian Super Cup in their history. They have also won three Serie B titles, one Serie C2 title, and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to this date. Notable players like Gabriel Batistuta, Roberto Baggio, andMohamad Salah
have played for Fiorentina sometime during their careers.
Well, the clubs are Cagliari,Casale
, Novese, Hellas Verona, and Sampdoria. From among these clubs the only club that has also finished as runners-up is Cagliari and only for once in 1969-70 season. Just like Pro Vercelli, the two clubs, Casale and Novese are not currently competing in Serie A. Casale is in Serie D and Novese have competed the latest time in Prime Categoria which is actually 3 tiers below Serie D.
They say Novese have never played in Serie A or Serie B. So, how are they a Serie A title winner? The truth is that they actually won a Prima Categoria title in 1922 and at the time Prmia Categoria was actually the top division of Italian football league system just like what Serie A is today - Serie A actually existed at the time but not with its today’s structure. Among the clubs mentioned above, onlySampdoria
won both the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup sometime during their history; the former four times and in 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, and 1993-94 seasons and the latter only once in 1991. And among all the clubs on the list, Sampdoria is actually the youngest club with its foundation dating back to 1946.
Number one on the list of
Italian clubs with most Serie A titles won
, Juventus is actually in front of other top Italian clubs by a wide margin. The closest club to it is Inter Milan who have won only 19 Serie A titles to this date which is around the half of titles that Juventus have won. And the rest of top Italian clubs? They have won even less Serie A titles than Inter Milan.