Monday November 4 2013
Serie A Week 11: Did You Know?

Susy Campanale rounds up the curiosities from Serie A Week 11, including the end of Roma's record streak, Milan's worst start since relegation and Sassuolo history.

Alessio Cerci ended Roma’s clean sheet after 743 minutes of football, as Parma’s Jonathan Biabiany was the only other man to score against them on September 16. This means Cagliari’s record in 1966-67 remains of one goal conceded in the opening 11 rounds. Morgan De Sanctis also fell short of Ivan Pelizzoli’s Roma record of 774 minutes unbeaten in 2003-04.

The Giallorossi’s run of 10 consecutive opening wins is still a Serie A record, but one shy of the top five European League best of 11 set by Tottenham in 1960-61. It’s also an Italian all-time record to have 31 points in Week 11. Including last term, the Lupi won 11 on the bounce.

Torino haven’t beaten Roma at home in Serie A since a 1-0 result in October 1990, followed by five losses and eight draws. The Granata extended their winless streak to five draws and two defeats. Alessio Cerci has already matched his personal best of eight goals in a top flight campaign, set last season, but this was the ex-Roma man’s first against his former club.

Milan are off to their worst start since 1981-82, when they were relegated to Serie B with nine points from 11 games (translated three points for a win). In Week 11 last season, Massimiliano Allegri’s side had 14 points. At this stage the Rossoneri had seven points in 2006-07, albeit starting from -8 due to Calciopoli, but the all-time record is seven points in Week 11 of 1938-39. With 19 goals conceded, they’ve only had worse defensive starts in 1941-42 (20) and 1932-33 (23).

Fiorentina have won their last three visits to San Siro and are unbeaten against Milan in over two years, registering three wins and two draws. It’s a particularly extraordinary run considering the Viola had lost seven in a row with the Rossoneri before that. Borja Valero has scored only three Serie A goals in his career, but two of them were away to Milan.

For the first time since joining the Rossoneri, Mario Balotelli has fired blanks for three League games on the bounce. The team had lost just one of the previous 17 Serie A home fixtures, along with three stalemates and 13 victories. Vincenzo Montella marked his 100th Serie A game as a Coach.

Napoli have gone unbeaten in 16 top flight home ties for the first time since 1989-90. The Partenopei have netted eight goals from outside the box this term, more than any other side in the top five European Leagues. Jose Maria Callejon scored three goals in 30 games for Real Madrid last season, but six in 11 appearances for Napoli.

Catania won just once at the San Paolo in Serie A, 1-0 back in 1961, along with a draw and 11 defeats. The Elefantini set a new club record by losing all six of their opening away games, but scored their first goal under Gigi De Canio to end a 300-minute drought.

Udinese hadn’t lost two consecutive home League ties since April 2011 against Roma and Parma. It’s also the first time they’ve fired blanks here twice in a row since March 2012.

Andrea Ranocchia is the first Italian to find the net for Inter this season, but he hadn’t scored since February 2013 against Chievo and now has nine in the top flight. Now the only sides still without a scorer from the Peninsula are Napoli and Catania.

Rodrigo Palacio has netted four in the last three rounds, taking his career tally to 54, while Ricky Alvarez is now on 11. Yuto Nagatomo marked his 100th Serie A appearance and is the third Japanese player to reach that milestone after Taka Morimoto and Hidetoshi Nakata. For the second year running, the Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their first six away games and this was the club’s 500th overall away victory in the top flight.

Juventus had not conquered the Stadio Tardini yet under Antonio Conte, picking up two draws and a defeat since their 2-1 result in 2010. They’re unbeaten against Parma in five meetings, home and away, including three wins. The Bianconeri found the net for the 24th round on the trot with a total 43 goals.

All five of Paul Pogba’s goals last season were scored in Turin, but all three this term were on their travels. Andrea Pirlo had never previously played as a substitute for Juve in 79 Serie A appearances. Parma’s last home loss was 3-1 to Roma on September 16, followed by three straight victories. Walter Gargano marked his 200th Serie A game.

Genoa have now won their last three visits to Lazio, netting a 2-1 result in 2011 and 1-0 in 2012. The Biancocelesti had been unbeaten on home turf since Juventus emerged with a 2-0 result on April 15, notching up seven wins and a draw in all competition. Federico Marchetti played his 100th match in a Lazio jersey.

Since taking over from Fabio Liverani, Gian Piero Gasperini has amassed 10 points from an available 15. Juraj Kucka has put two of his total six Serie A goals past Lazio, making them his joint favourite targets along with Roma. His debut strike also came against the Aquile in September 2011 and he hadn’t scored since February 17 with Udinese. Alberto Gilardino’s 164th Serie A goal puts him on a par with Roberto Boninsegna in the all-time charts.

Verona register a sixth consecutive home victory, matching the run set by Alberto Malesani’s side from November 2001 to February 2002. With 22 points after 11 rounds, it is their best start since the 1984-85 Scudetto-winning campaign. Including last term in Serie B, Hellas are unbeaten at the Bentegodi in 13, winning 10.

Luca Toni’s 114th Serie A goal puts him two shy of Sandro Mazzola’s total, but it is also his 225th in 500 domestic League games. Bosko Jankovic scored his 17th in the Italian League, but hadn’t found the net since Genoa 2-2 Siena on March 30. Cagliari have just one Serie A victory in Verona, 2-0 in 1972, along with six defeats and five stalemates.

Sassuolo celebrated their first ever Serie A away victory. The only team to have played in the top flight and never won on their travels was Ternana, who had 30 attempts.

Domenico Berardi got his maiden hat-trick and at 19 years and 94 days is the youngest player to bag a treble in the top five European Leagues this season. He’s also the second youngest player this Century to do it in Serie A after Francesco Grandolfo in Bologna 0-4 Bari on May 22 2011, when he was 18 years and 272 days old. Sampdoria have never beaten Sassuolo, earning two draws in their three encounters between Serie A and B.

Livorno got back to winning ways after three draws and four defeats. Paulinho’s seventh Serie A goal was his second in as many outings. Atalanta’s only top flight victory in Livorno was 2-0 in 1949, managing five stalemates and six defeats. The Orobici have scraped one win in their last nine away games, the 1-0 at Chievo joined by a draw and seven losses.

The last time Bologna and Chievo played a goalless draw, home or away, was at the Bentegodi in May 2009. In the following eight encounters there were a total 20 goals. The only Flying Donkeys victory at the Dall’Ara was 2-0 in September 2009. Stefano Pioli’s men kept a third consecutive clean sheet, but it is Chievo’s first since the opening weekend’s 0-0 at Parma.

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