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Know about Serie A, History, Format, Facts, Stats and everything

Serie A

The Italian top-flight league in football has been renowned for its tactical play. The games in Serie A are generally slow-paced, but it’s a feast for one who loves tactical games.

The league has many renowned clubs like Juventus, Internazionale, AC Milan, Napoli, Lazio, and many more.

History of Serie A

The history of Serie A dates back way back to the late 1800s. Initially, the games, clubs, and competition were more on the basis of regions, and from 1898 to 1922, the regionals format continued.

It took almost 7 years from 1922 to convince different regional clubs to merge into each other and be a part of one team. Basically, that’s how Serie A emerged.

Over the years, the league never had a fixed number of participating teams till the recent past. Since 2004, the number of participating teams hasn’t changed.

YearsNumber of teams
1929-193418
1934-194316
1946-194720
1947-194821
1948-195218
1967-198816
1988-200418
20004-present20

In 1929, Serie B was also introduced, which to this date serves as a second-tier league. The third-tier league was also started a few years later and it has the name ‘Serie C’.

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Relegation and promotion

The bottom three sides at the end of the season straight away face relegation and will play Serie B for the next season. The champions and runner-ups of Serie B are rewarded with the spot in Serie A, while the third team entering the top flight is decided on the basis of two-legged playoff games between 3rd and 6th placed teams and 4th and 5th placed teams.

European Qualification

Serie A

The top 4 teams of Serie A at the end of the season get a ticket for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the next season. The fifth-placed team enters into UEFA Europa League.  

A fair competition in Serie A

Despite the fact that Juventus has won 9 consecutive titles since the 2011-12 season, there hasn’t been a kind of monopoly by Juventus with market value.

Juventus couldn’t win 2020-21 as Inter Milan thwarted their unbeaten run and grabbed the scudetto. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus complicated matters for them. This departure has also opened the doors for other teams to win the league. Fans would rather prefer a fair competition than a lopsided title race.

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Stats of Serie A

A total of 66 clubs has played Serie A since 1929. Inter Milan is the only club to have played all the 90 seasons.

ClubParticipation
Internazionale90
Juventus89
Roma89
Milan88
Fiorentina84
Lazio79
Torino78
Napoli76
Bologna75
Atalanta61
Genoa55

Most Titles won by a club in Serie A

TeamNational titles
Juventus36
Internazionale19
AC Milan18
Genoa9
Bologna7
Torino7
Roma3
Fiorentina2
Lazio2
Napoli2
Cagliari1
Hellas Verona1
Sampdoria1
Atalanta0
Empoli0
Salernitana0
Sassuolo0
Spezia0
Udinese0
Venezia0

Most Appearances

PlayerAppearanceGoals
Gianluigi Buffon6570
Paolo Maldini64729
Francesco Totti619250
Javier Zanetti61512
Gianluca Pagliuca5920
Dino Zoff5700
Pietro Vierchowod56238
Roberto Mancini541156
Silvio Piola537274
Enrico Albertosi5320

Most Goals

PlayerGoalsAppearance
Silvio Piola274537
Francesco Totti250619
Gunnar Nordahl225291
Giuseppe Meazza216367
José Altafini216459
Antonio Di Natale209445
Roberto Baggio205452
Kurt Hamrin190400
Giuseppe Signori188344
Alessandro Del Piero188478
Alberto Gilardino188502

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Saurabh Karmarkar
Saurabh Karmarkarhttp://thesportslite.com/
An ardent Test cricket fan, a loyal Bayern Munich supporter who loves to write about sports and a fitness enthusiast.
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