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Sunday May 11 2014
Serie A Week 37: Did You Know?

Javier Zanetti's 19-year stretch, Juventus break Inter's all-time Serie A record and club bests for Verona, Napoli and Fiorentina in Susy Campanale's stats.

Javier Zanetti said goodbye to Inter after 857 games, 614 of them in Serie A excluding play-offs, but remains behind Paolo Maldini’s all-time record of 647 top flight appearances.

Juventus set an all-time Serie A record of 99 points, going two better than Roberto Mancini’s Inter in 2006-07. The Bianconeri boast the most prolific attack (77 goals) and strongest defence (23) this season. Daniel Osvaldo hadn’t scored in Serie A since Roma’s 1-0 win away to Fiorentina on May 4 2013.

Roma had been unbeaten in 22 competitive home matches, drawing only three of them. It’s the first time the Giallorossi have failed to score since a 1-0 defeat to Napoli on March 9, netting 23 in the following 10 games. The Lupi hadn’t lost two Serie A rounds on the trot since February 2013.

Inter broke their winless home streak after a loss and three stalemates. Rodrigo Palacio’s 12th Serie A brace took his career tally to 64, but is still two shy of his personal best of 19 goals set with Genoa in 2011-12. Hernanes scored against his old club with only his second goal in a Nerazzurri jersey, the first at San Siro. Mateo Kovacic became the first player of the Serie A season to provide three assists in a single game, but had only managed two in the previous 43 games.

Lazio’s 3-1 victory in 2013 was the only success in their last 15 trips to play Inter, along with six draws and eight losses. The last time they conceded four here was a 4-3 defeat in 2007. Edy Reja has never conquered San Siro against Inter, managing two draws with Vicenza and five defeats. The Aquile picked up just one win in their last four away fixtures.

Clarence Seedorf’s record on the Milan bench is nine defeats, two draws and 10 victories in all competition. The Rossoneri suffered a second consecutive away loss. Mario Balotelli has rattled the woodwork seven times this domestic season, more than any other player.

Atalanta ended their winless streak of one point from five rounds, but hadn’t beaten Milan in Bergamo since a 2-1 result in 2008, followed by a draw and three defeats. German Denis went up to 61 Serie A goals, while Franco Brienza hadn’t scored in the top flight since his Palermo faced Milan on October 30 2012.  

Verona match their Serie A club record of 10 home wins in a single season, set in 1957-58, 1983-84 and 1986-87. Hellas registered their second consecutive draw after a 3-3 at Lazio, extending the unbeaten run to four rounds. Udinese have never won away to Verona in the top flight, managing only five draws and seven losses.

Luca Toni’s 129th Serie A goal puts him on a par with Roberto Bettega in the all-time charts. He has 20 this season, seven in the last seven rounds. Emil Hallfredsson sets a new personal best with his second of the campaign.

Antonio Di Natale rose to 190 Serie A strikes, level with Kurt Hamrin in seventh place in the all-time charts, netting three in the last two games. Emmanuel Badu got his name on the scoresheet for the second match in a row and now has five in his Serie A career.

Torino amassed 17 points in the last seven rounds, but haven’t beaten Parma since a 1-0 result in 2002, followed by three draws and seven losses. Ciro Immobile’s Capocannoniere bid ends at 22 goals, 14 of them scored in 2014.

The Ducali are without an away victory in six attempts, managing just two points. Parma need one more goal to match the club record of 57 set in 2007-08. Jonathan Biabiany’s sixth of the season equals his personal best set in 2009-10 and 2011-12.

Bologna suffered their fourth relegation into Serie B, though they last experienced the drop in 2005. Archimede Morleo marked his 100th Serie A appearance with his first goal. Catania are relegated for the fifth time, the most recent being in 1984, and had been in the top flight for eight consecutive years. This was their first away victory of the season after five draws and 19 defeats. Fabian Monzon got his second Serie A goal, the 34th for Gonzalo Bergessio.

Cagliari have an abysmal record against Chievo, failing to score in their last six encounters – home and away – for three draws and as many defeats. The Flying Donkeys secured their Serie A status for the second year running with Eugenio Corini on the bench. Dario Dainelli has put two of his 10 career Serie A goals past Cagliari, who become his favourite targets.

Livorno are doomed to the drop for the seventh time, the most recent relegation in 2010. The Amaranto have the worst defensive record in the Division with 75 goals and have conceded in each of their last 26 official matches for a total 59 goals.

Fiorentina set a new club record with their 10th away victory of the season. The Viola have a 100 per cent record in their last seven meetings with Livorno, home and away. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado went up to 19 Serie A goals, 11 of them this term and two in as many games.

Sampdoria have lost five of the last six games, but hadn’t conceded this many at Marassi since a 5-0 defeat to Milan on October 31 2007. The last time Napoli netted five on their travels was a 5-3 at Torino on March 20 2013. Pawel Wszolek broke his Serie A duck at the 18th appearance.

Napoli set a new club record of 10 away victories in a top flight campaign and for the first time in their history have won three years running at Samp. Marek Hamsik broke his goal drought that had lasted since a 2-1 win over Catania on November 2 2013. Duvan Zapata’s only previous Serie A goals were a brace against Catania. Jose Callejon has scored 14 Serie A goals in his debut season, 19 in all competition.

Sassuolo secured safety in their debut top flight campaign thanks to 13 points in the last six rounds. Antonio Floro Flores has seven goals this term, 46 in his career. Davide Biondini has scored twice this season – once for Genoa and once against them, as he joined Sassuolo on loan in January. Nicola Sansone has seven this term, two for Parma and five at the Neroverdi.

Alberto Gilardino climbed to 174 Serie A goals, while it was Emanuele Calaiò’s second of the campaign, 34 overall.

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Have your say...
how do you gather all this information?!?!?!?!?!
on the 12th May, 2014 at 5:12pm
Including by his own fans. The result has been that like with other players in the team he's struggled for confidence this season. I would say however that Constant's strength has never been defending. If its a choice between Abate who can't defend and Constant who can't defend I can't see why Seedorf doesn't go with the Italy full back. Finally Kaka should've been taken off sooner. The lack of game time given to Saponara this season is a joke given what he produced last season (in Serie B).
on the 12th May, 2014 at 10:05am
Great to see SES back. The pace he injected into the play completely transformed Milan in the second half. Its a shame he didn't use the lay off to learn how to use his left foot! Mexes and Rami were liabilities as usual. The former incapable of keeping his head and the latter trying stupid passes at the back. We need two new CBs this summer. I'm not sure if there'll be a blog on the incident with Constant. It was obviously an absolute disgrace. That player has got a lot of stick this season.
on the 12th May, 2014 at 9:57am
Apparently Milan have thrown away something like 21 points from a winning position this season. That's the difference between where we are now and 3rd placed Napoli. 9 defeats from 21 games is not a great record and probably not something to build on next season. You can't blame Seedorf since he had zero experience. He's also had to put up with Berlusconi's attempts to de-stabilise the team. What the Great Leader hopes to gain from that I have no idea but its time he also moved on.
on the 12th May, 2014 at 9:53am
Thanks for always putting up these stats, they always make interesting reading.
on the 11th May, 2014 at 10:21pm

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