Serie A

Italy is not only world-famous for its food but equally appreciated by football fans is their Serie A, also known, Serie A TIM. By which takes its name from its main sponsor. The Italian Serie A is currently the highest-ranking football competition in the Italian league system. Where the winner of a season picks up the Coppa Campioni d’Italia trophy. Plus, have you always wondered whats the shield looking emblem is on some Italian football clubs game jerseys? Is called the Scudetto that translates into “little shield”. Which get worn by the last years Italian Serie A winner. Which has been around since 1924, and worn for the first time by Genoa C.F.C. With that newfound knowledge, how about acquire further information about record keepers and past champions? So, let’s get the ball rolling with a brief but yet informative history exploration.

Quick history

The Italian Serie A is one of the oldest football competitions in Europe. However, as proven by the test of time, to keep things interesting and progressive, things do need to change from time to time. Which is the case for Italy’s top-level football as well. It all got on its way in 1898 when said League saw a different structure and presented in a regional groups format until 1922. Although Season 1921/22 showed some turmoil. Long story short, a split saw the day between North and South leagues due to a dispute between the clubs and the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC). Effectively creating another football federation in Italy, the Confederazione Calcistica Italiana (CCI). However, the separation only persisted for one year. And, the 2 divisions joined forces once again. Ultimately, forming the formation and structure, we find in modern Italian Serie A.

Serie A Table

How many teams include in the Italian Serie A

In its current format, we find 20 clubs. But, the number of teams has seesawing from its official beginning in 1929. Initially, the Italian Serie A contained 18 clubs between 1929 to 1934. By then it reduced to 16 competitive teams until 1943. Only to get increased to 20 in the year 1947. Which briefly got a boost to 21 teams for the season 1947/48. The following year the order was back, and the number 20 once more introduced from 1948 to 1952. Only to reduce to 18 in the years 1952 to 1967. But the indecisiveness revealed its face once more in 1967 to 1988 where the Italian Serie A had 16 clubs in it. But wait there is more, during the seasons from 1988 to 2004 they yet again increased the number to 18. Only to find its final resting number of 20 from 2004 and onwards.

A season of Italian Serie A

August is the month the Serie A starts. Wich knowns as the “Andata”, meaning to get things going, but when applied in a sports term it indicating the first leg or phase. The season then has a winter break, that normally starts in the first week of January and lasts for 2 weeks. That is then kicked off for its 19 remaining games in the second half. Also known as the “Ritorno”, that roughly translates to return. All in all, when a season of Italian Serie A is complete in May, the clubs have played each other 2 times. Once home and once away, taking the total to 38 matches. Where 1 point awards for a draw, while 3 point finds its place on the clubs score after they won. Which eventually lead to victory for the number one team or relegation to Serie B for the bottom 3 clubs.

Who owns the League?

The Italian Football Federation, also known as Federcalcio or FIGC for short, is ultimately the core owner. However, the Italian Serie A functions as its own entity in a company structure. As a result, there will be a President, a C.E.O, and board members forming the backbone of the operation. Meaning that all decisions regarding rules and regulations need to first pass by the board. Plus, all proposed changes need to get approved by the covenant body FIGC. On the other hand, the sponsor could also see themselves as one of the main contributors and reward reapers.serie a

Italian Serie A competition champions

Taking pole position in Italian Serie A is Juventus F.C, where they went all the way to the end of 35 seasons, as the winner. (1925/26, 1930/31, 1931/32, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1957/58, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1966/67, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1994/95, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19). Lining up on the second place, we find not 1 club but 2 with 18 wins. Which is A.C. Milan (1901/02, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1950/51, 1954/55, 1956/57, 1958/59, 1961/62, 1967/68, 1978/79, 1987/88, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04, 2010/11). But also FC Internazionale Milano (1909/10, 1919/20, 1929/30, 1937/38, 1939/40, 1952/53, 1953/54, 1962/63, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1970/71, 1979/80, 1988/89, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10).

Extraordinary moments in Italian Serie A

All clubs in Italian Serie A, like to start a season with a win. But to go undefeated for 10 consecutive games like A.S Roma did in 2013/14 gives you a leg up from rest of the competition. However, it didn’t last all the way to the end. Where A.S Roma ended up in 2nd place. Only to see Juventus F.C bring home the win, by which is a record by its own. As Juventus F.C. ended up taking a record of their own, by breaking the magical 100 barriers. Finishing up the season with 102, well-deserved points.

Top goal scorers and record keepers in Italian Serie A

Between 1929 to 1954 Italy’s own Silvio Piola connected 274 times. Effectively making him the best goals scorer of all time in the Italian Serie A. A staple in Italian football is Francesco Totti, where he during his professional football career 1992 to 2017 saw the ball hit the net on 250 occasions. Nesting its way into the 3rd position, we have the Capocannonieri recipient Gunnar Nordahl. Where he scored 225 goals from 1948 to 1958.

Live viewership and the home audience

Around 25,000 people on average leave there homes to go and see the thrill go down on the pitch on any given match day. Where the bigger clubs like Juventus F.C. and A.C. Milan has a place for around 40,000 ticket holders. While the smaller clubs are coming in much lower. Although, same reports tell us that roughly 100’s of million fans attend the same matches via the broadcasting networks, from all around the world. Where the UK counts for around 1.5 million of the views, on the higher traffic games.

Can you place bets on Italian Serie A?

Looking at any bookmaker and its odds offering, you are most definitely going to find all markets associated with this League. However, you will also find that even if you see all the markets, you expect to see. The number of combinations will be slightly lower, and it is more equal to the League One then the Premier League in the UK if we make a direct comparison. In the end, a fan of Italian football and like to combine that with some bets? Not a problem we say.