Serie A

Sport: Soccer
Country: Italy Italy
Founding year: 1929
Teams: 20
Teams promoted / relegated: 3

The Italian Serie A, officially known as the Lega Calcio Serie A TIM, is the top level of domestic football in Italy. It is considered as one of the three best dometic leagues in entire Europe and has a worldwide following. The Italian top flight is comprised of 20 teams.

The Serie A’s current structure took shape from 1929. Between 1898 and 1922 it was played in regional groups but from 1929 it has been played as a nationwide domestic league. The championship title is known as the scudetto (little shield) because since the 1924-25 season the winning team will bear a small coat of arms with the Italian tricolour on their strip in the following season.

For most of the history of the Serie A, it has been contested by 16 or 18 teams. Since 2004-2005 however, 20 teams have been featuring in the Italian top flight. The season usually runs from August to May of the following year with each team having to play 38 matches, 19 at home and 19 away from home. The winner of the league is the team with the maximum points.

The top two teams in the league qualify for the UEFA Champions League while the third and the fourth ranked team have to go through a qualifying round to enter Europe’s top tier club competition.

Teams finishing in fifth and sixth in the Italian Serie A feature in the UEFA Cup.

The most successful club in the history of the Italian Serie A are Juventus, who have won a total of 27 championships. AC Milan are next in line with 17 followed by Inter Milan with 16.

In 1958, thanks to Umberto Agnelli, the honor of Golden Star for Sports Excellence (“Stella d’Oro al Merito Sportivo” in Italian) was introduced to recognize sides that have won multiple championships or other honours by the display of gold stars on their team crests and jerseys (one star for ten titles).

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Standings table 2018/2019

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 Juventus Juventus 38 28 6 4 70 30 90
2 SSC Napoli SSC Napoli 38 24 7 7 74 36 79
3 Atalanta BC Atalanta 38 20 9 9 77 46 69
4 Inter Milan Inter Milan 38 20 9 9 57 33 69
5 AC Milan AC Milan 38 19 11 8 55 36 68
6 AS Roma AS Roma 38 18 12 8 66 48 66
7 Torino FC Torino 38 16 15 7 52 37 63
8 SS Lazio Lazio 38 17 8 13 56 46 59
9 Sampdoria Sampdoria 38 15 8 15 60 51 53
10 Bologna FC Bologna 38 11 11 16 48 56 44
11 Sassuolo Sassuolo 38 9 16 13 53 60 43
12 Udinese Calcio Udinese 38 11 10 17 39 53 43
13 Società Polisportiva Ars et Labor 2013 SPAL 38 11 9 18 44 56 42
14 Parma FC Parma 38 10 11 17 41 61 41
15 Cagliari Calcio Cagliari 38 10 11 17 36 54 41
16 ACF Fiorentina Fiorentina 38 8 17 13 47 45 41
17 Genoa CFC Genoa 38 8 14 16 39 57 38
18 Empoli FC Empoli 38 10 8 20 51 70 38
19 Frosinone Calcio Frosinone 38 5 10 23 29 69 25
20 Chievo Verona Chievo 38 2 14 22 25 75 17

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