Italy: Serie A
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For the whole first circle of the current Italian championship the club from Naples was practically the only leader of the champions’...
Italy: Serie A
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We present to your attention the names of the head coaches of the teams who had taken in two previous championships of...
Italy: Serie A
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Three months ago at the beginning of the group stage of the UEFA champions League that has already finished, the primary favorites...
Italy: Serie A
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Out of 3 historical grandees of Italian football during this season Milan has already fallen into the shadows and now is taking...
Italy: Serie A
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During last summer shoulder season the head coach of Inter Milan became one of the most experienced specialists of calcio Luciano Spalletti. And then...
The Italian Series A at the moment is the fourth on its status football championship in Europe. Despite its importance the Italian club football is experiencing now hard times as it has given palm of victory to the German, Spanish and English clubs, constantly being at a disadvantage on Euro stadiums. Home championship became less popular among the fans: it is hard to enjoy now the filled stadiums even at matches with participation of grandees. And we still remember the times when the Italian clubs were the strongest in Europe.
Series A at the beginning of the 21st century was considered to be one of the strongest and richest leagues in the world, the Italian clubs were regularly gaining the success in Europe and stars preferred to go to Italy, but not England. Everything changed from the middle of 2000 when troublous times came to the Championship of Italy that led to continuous decrease in League’s level.
There are a lot of reasons. These are scandals with fixed matches that had strongly influenced on the image of the championship and frightened off potential sponsors, and old fashioned infrastructure giving in German Bundesliga and France Ligue 1, empty stadiums, and an economic crisis. We can continue this list but the main problem will be the same - lack of money and without money it is difficult now to invite stars and to create the strong championship.
And this money in Series A appeared only recently that gives a hope for returning of the Italian League on previous level. Well, money… So far only Milan clubs have got money as they were bought by the Chinese billionaires. But renewal of the titled Milan and Inter is already a shift and if to add Roma and Napoli that are also demonstrating some progress and also steadily prospering Juventus then we will receive rather interesting championship. Don’t forget about Fiorentina and Lazio.
All the best teams of the Italian Series A are the hosts of huge stadiums which as it was already told, quite often stay semi-vacant.
By the way, grandees from Milan and Roma are unique clubs which share stadiums among themselves. Usually all world grandees have their own stadiums. This is one more characteristic feature of the Italian club football. Series A and especially the lowest Leagues have a lot of similar "neighbors". Similar practice allows clubs to save on the maintenance of stadiums, sharing all expenses for two, and even for three owners.
One more problem that has shattered the Italian club football today is Calciopoli- a scandal of fixed matches in Series A. This case was called in honor of the former president of Juventus and it lasted for many years. But in 2006 everything ended with the sanctions that were inflicted on the leading Italian clubs. Besides, corruption scandal imposed a black spot on reputation of the Italian football and we still see some consequences even today.
Calciopoli resulted in following decisions:
• Milan - removal of 8 points, one game without fans;
• Fiorentina - removal of 15 points, ban from Euro cups for season 2006/2007;
• Lazio - removal of 3 points, two games without fans, ban from Euro cups for season 2006/2007.
This scandal will allow Inter Milan to dominate wholly in the Italian football for four years and to demonstrate the strongest series of victories in its history. Milan and Lazio still can't recover completely from scandal and restore their former leading positions. And as we see, Juventus has won on this scandal. The club was reorganized, got rid of most of the veterans who weren’t bringing any benefit and after five years' reorganization returned on the leading positions.
Many fans have left the idols after scandal and haven’t forgiven that scandal. And clubs got off with the punishment easily as thanks to appeal claims sanction for clubs were reduced very quickly. All fans remember those, sacred for them, idols who were creating the history of the Italian football last century and began to hate corrupt officials who blurred the reputation of clubs.
And the Italian football had enough significant people. Here are champions on scored goals and the played matches in Series A.
Champions by the number of played matches:
Best goal scorers:
The Italian Series A as one of the leading and most famous championships in the world enjoys wide popularity among the football betting fans. It is all about a brand of the Italian championship. It has lot of constancy which can bring huge money to the players who know these facts.
The following 20 teams will take part in the 86th season of the Italian championship which have started on the 19th of August:
In comparison with last season Empoli, Pescara and Palermo are not present this season as they have flown into Series B but some teams will substitute them: Verona which came back after year, the debutant Benevento and SPAL that hasn’t been playing in Series A for 49 years.
If you don’t think about the transfer work of Milan (next subsection will be devoted to this football club) then the Italian clubs behaved themselves very shy at the transfer market though all grandees have made several important purchases. We will note the most important transactions:
Six years in a row Juventus becomes the champion of Italy and we doubt that something will prevent it from getting the 7th trophy. This season the main opponent of Juventus is considered to be Napoli – the team is well played, stable, progressing, and headed by Mauricio Sarri for long time. Though it is hard to tell that Napoli is a good rival difference in a class is noticeable. Little can prevent the football club from Turin to win the seventh Scudetto in a row. And may be next season the new champion will appear.
Milan is growing but they need time. Roma received the new coach Di Francesco who had managed to create an interesting project in Sassuolo and has to achieve the same success in Rome. There is still Inter which is headed by Spalletti. So fight for the future title will be serious and in this season we will witness serious battle for places in the Champions League between Roma, Napoli, Milan and Inter.
Now there are four berths in Italy to the Champions League: one by all means will be taken by Juventus, and three will shared among above-mentioned teams. Who will become odd is difficult to predict.
Last season the Bosnian Edin Džeko whose 29 goals have helped Roma to take the second place in final standings. Then goes Dries Mertens from Napoli with 28 goals and the third was the forward from Torino Andrea Belotti – 26 goals.
According to bookmakers, this season the highest chances to become the top scorer has Gonzalo Higuaín.
Higuain is really the favorite of a goal-scorers race in Series A but not as obvious as can seem. Each of the listed above players can score more than others but we recommend to risk and bet on André Silva. So, why not?
Everything flows, everything changes including football. Football is dynamic and that is why we love it. But some people live in the past that is why some stereotypes appear. If we speak about Series A, then it is possible to name three solid stereotypes of players concerning betting on the Championship of Italy:
1. Series A is full of fixed matches. Suspicious matches really exist but where they don’t occur? They are everywhere such is our reality. Times of Calciopoli have gone.
2. Low scoring results. The era of great Italian defenders has ended with the retirement of Maldini and Nesta. Now they score a lot in Series A. Last season the Championship of Italy became the most resultstive among top European Leagues.
3. Juventus always wins. No team can win constantly including Juventus. It is not clever to bet blindly on victories of the football club from Turin with the coefficients. Betting against Juve is much more perspective.
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