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Monday May 19 2014
Serie A Week 38: Did You Know?

Juventus set a new top 10 European League tally, Ciro Immobile top without penalties in the most prolific Serie A for 62 years in Susy Campanale's final season stats.

Juventus become the first Serie A side ever to maintain a perfect home record. They also set a new all-time record of 102 points among the top 10 European Leagues. The previous triple-figures were Benfica on 101 in 1990-91 (calculating three points for a win), Real Madrid on 100 in 2011-12 and Barcelona on 100 in 2012-13. Only Celtic have done better with 103 points in the 2001-02 Scottish Premier League.

Antonio Conte has earned 83 victories in three top flight campaigns, second only to Jose Mourinho in that same period through major European Leagues.

Juve maintained 22 clean sheets in 38 games, more than any other club in the top five European Leagues this season.

This has been the most prolific Serie A campaign since 1951-52 with a grand total 1,035 goals – an average of 2.7 per game. Napoli scored more in the first half than any other side, bagging 43 before the break. However, for the first time since Serie A returned to 20 teams in 2004-05, there are three clubs who avoided relegation despite amassing fewer than 40 points.

Ciro Immobile becomes the first Torino player to win the Capocannoniere title since Ciccio Graziani got 21 goals in 1976-77. He is also the first Italian to top the charts since Antonio Di Natale got 28 for Udinese in 2010-11. With 22 goals, this is the lowest figure for a Capocannoniere since Alessandro Del Piero’s 21 for Juventus in 2007-08.

However, Immobile is the first to achieve top spot without penalties since David Trezeguet for Juventus in 2001-02, when he shared the title with Piacenza’s Dario Hubner on 24 goals. The last lone Capocannonieri without spot-kicks were Graziani with 21 in 1976-77 and Pierino Prati with 15 for Milan in 1967-68.

Fernando Llorente netted 16 goals in his debut Serie A season, three of them past Cagliari. The Sardinians terminated the campaign with just one away victory (2-1 at Genoa), eight draws and nine defeats. Cagliari visited Juve 34 times, managing two wins in 1968 and 2009, 13 stalemates and 19 losses.

Udinese have their worst Serie A placement for four years and with 22 fewer points than last season. Sampdoria picked up 36 points in Sinisa Mihajlovic’s 26 games in charge and for the second year running they finish in front of local rivals Genoa. Of Stefano Okaka’s five goals this term, four were away from home. Eder has scored five goals against favourite victims Udinese in just six Serie A encounters.

Antonio Di Natale went up to 193 Serie A goals, 12 behind Roberto Baggio’s tally, thanks to his seventh hat-trick. His most recent League treble was in a 7-0 victory at Palermo on February 27 2011. Between Serie A and Coppa Italia, Di Natale has put 17 goals past Sampdoria, who become his favourite career targets.

Samp have the worst disciplinary record of the season with 10 red cards.

Catania went out with three consecutive victories, the first time they had achieved this run since January 2013, and Gonzalo Bergessio scored in all of them. Maurizio Pellegrino concluded the campaign unbeaten with four wins and two draws at the helm. Francesco Lodi scored his 23rd Serie A goal, but it was his first from open play since October 2009, which oddly was also against Atalanta.

Atalanta had their best run of wins for 64 years with 15 successes, beaten only by 17 in 1949-50 and 16 in 1947-48. The Orobici haven’t conquered Catania since a 2-1 result in 2007, managing just one point from the subsequent five attempts. Moussa Kone scored his debut Serie A goal at the eighth appearance.

Roma hadn’t experienced three defeats on the bounce since February 2011. For only the second time this season, they fired blanks in two consecutive rounds. Nonetheless, the Giallorossi celebrate two new club records with 26 wins and 85 points.

Genoa finally ended their negative streak of two draws and five defeats since beating Lazio 2-0 on March 26. Yoannis Fetfatzidis has two goals from his maiden Serie A season.

For the first time in 2014, Chievo were able to celebrate two wins on the trot. The Flying Donkeys had failed to find the net at the Bentegodi for 342 minutes of football before Victor Obinna’s brace took him to 14 Serie A career goals. The Nigerian striker hadn’t scored in this competition since Inter’s 4-0 thrashing of Roma on October 19 2008. Marco Andreolli also netted against his old club, as he hadn’t scored since Chievo’s 2-1 loss at Catania on November 18 2012.

Fiorentina ended the campaign with one point from their last three home fixtures and for the second year running finished fourth in Serie A. They are the only side this season to pick up more points on their travels than on home turf (34 to 31).

Giuseppe Rossi completed his season with 16 Serie A goals, bagging two in the last three appearances. Ante Rebic broke his duck at the fourth game. The Viola converted 11 penalties this season, more than any other team in the top five European Leagues.

Torino extended their unbeaten run to five wins and three draws, but this was not enough to qualify for Europe.

Lazio fail to qualify for Europe after three consecutive continental campaigns. Lucas Biglia scored his second Serie A goal. Bologna left the top flight with one win from 15 rounds, losing nine of them, and go into Serie B for the first time since 2005.

Milan hadn’t failed to qualify for Europe since 1997-98, when they finished 10th. The last time both the Rossoneri and Manchester United missed out on continental competition was 28 years ago.

Clarence Seedorf won 11 of his 19 Serie A games as Coach, drawing two and losing the other six. Sulley Muntari set a new personal best of five goals in a single season, while Nigel De Jong netted for the second time in the last three rounds. The Rossoneri’s San Siro clean sheet was terminated after 448 minutes of football by Simone Zaza’s ninth Serie A goal. Sassuolo saw out the campaign with four wins, a draw and two losses, but found the net in all of those games for a total 14 goals.

Napoli equalled last season’s club record of 23 Serie A victories, but 77 League goals and 104 in all competition are both new top tallies for the Partenopei. Jose Callejon contributed with 20 of those overall goals, 15 of them domestically. Duvan Zapata scored three goals in the last two rounds, while Dries Mertens went up to 11 in his debut Serie A season.

Verona have a disastrous record at the San Paolo, scraping two draws and 10 defeats between Serie A and B since their 2-1 victory in 1983. Hellas set a new club record of 62 goals in a single top flight campaign.

Amauri hadn’t found the net in his previous eight appearances and curiously his last double was also against Livorno on January 11. Parma return to Europe for the first time since 2006-07, but Torino’s drought drags on from 1993-94.

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Have your say...
I like what FT have done with the team by team round ups of the season. Shame they're not open for comments. Not much I disagree with in Susy's review of Milan's season. However how she chose Kaka as Milan's player of the season is beyond me! If I had to pick the best of a very bad bunch then it would probably be Poli.
on the 20th May, 2014 at 1:44pm

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