2015-16 SERIE A REVIEW

Serie A 2015-16 season review

An extraordinary comeback from Juventus shattered records and Napoli dreams, though Gonzalo Higuain wrote his name into the all-time Serie A history books with 36 goals in 35 games. Inter and Fiorentina early promise evaporated, as Roma were revitalised by Luciano Spalletti and January signings.

There was still no joy for Milan, who sacked yet another Coach and ended up behind Sassuolo in the standings. Carpi and Frosinone were short-lived in Serie A, but Palermo clung on despite nine changes of management and saw Verona go down.

Relive the highs, lows and extraordinary in-between moments in Football Italia’s season review of 2015-16.

Rating the Champions

Juventus seemed done for after stars walked away and a disastrous start, but went on to win their fifth straight Scudetto. Read more

Player of the Season - Gianluigi Buffon

SuperGigi confirmed at the age of 38 that he's one of the best in the world by setting a new all-time Serie A record for minutes without conceding. Read more

Capocannoniere - Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain broke Gunnar Nordahl's Serie A record, set in 1949-50, with an amazing 36 goals in 35 appearances. Read more

Coach of the Season - Massimiliano Allegri

If Max Allegri hadn't already won over the Juventus fans, then keeping his head in a crisis and completing an epic comeback must've done. Read more

Young Player of the Season - Gianluigi Donnarumma

You've got to be special if you become a Serie A regular for Milan aged 16, when your peers are still at school. Read more

Team of the Season

It was tough cutting Football Italia’s Team of the Season down to just 11 names. Who proved worthy of a spot in 2015-16's dream line-up? Read more

Club by club review

Every Serie A side’s campaign has been assessed by our team of experts, from the clubs who enjoyed record-breaking runs to those who endured forgettable form.

JUVENTUS - 1st - Pts 91 P 38 W 29 D 4 L 5 F 75 A 20

Juventus shattered records with an amazing comeback, including a run of 25 wins in 26 rounds. Read more

 

NAPOLI - 2nd - Pts 82 P 38 W 25 D 7 L 6 F 80 A 32

The Scudetto proved beyond Maurizio Sarri's men, who were Winter Champions, but they still made history as a team and with Gonzalo Higuain. Read more

 

ROMA - 3rd - Pts 80 P 38 W 29 D 7 L 6 F 80 A 32

A difficult start prompted the dismissal of Rudi Garcia and they were reborn under Luciano Spalletti. Read more

 

INTER - 4th - Pts 67 P 38 W 20 D 7 L 11 F 50 A 38

Considering Roberto Mancini's men were top of the table until January, fourth could be considered a disappointment. Read more

 

FIORENTINA - 5th - Pts 46 P 38 W 18 D 10 L 10 F 60 A 42

Paulo Sousa's men played some sparkling football and were Serie A leaders for the first time since 1999, but strength in depth proved costly. Read more

 

SASSUOLO - 6th - Pts 61 P 38 W 16 D 13 L 9 F 49 A 40

Sassuolo showed what could be achieved with planning, stability, a fine Coach and an eye for young Italian talent by beating Milan to sixth place. Read more

 

MILAN - 7th - Pts 57 P 38 W 15 D 12 L 11 F 49 A 43

Another desperately disappointing campaign with Sinisa Mihajlovic sacked to make way for Cristian Brocchi, but the results are the same. Read more

 

LAZIO - 8th - Pts 54 P 38 W 15 D 9 L 14 F 52 A 52

Stefano Pioli failed to recapture the heady highs of last season, as perhaps expectations were too high. Read more

 

CHIEVO - 9th - Pts 50 P 38 W 13 D 11 L 14 F 43 A 45

The Donkeys keep on Flying every season as one of Serie A's most consistent mainstays and had an extremely comfortable campaign. Read more

 

EMPOLI - 10th - Pts 46 P 38 W 12 D 10 L 16 F 40 A 49

Despite losing their Coach and several top stars to Napoli, the Tuscans bounced back brilliantly under Marco Giampaolo's guidance. Read more

 

GENOA - 11th - Pts 46 P 38 W 13 D 7 L 18 F 45 A 48

Genoa had a topsy-turvy season, but ended on a high with their huge Derby della Lanterna victory. Read more

 

TORINO - 12th - Pts 45 P 38 W 12 D 9 L 17 F 52 A 55

Toro recovered from a rough start and welcomed home returning hero Ciro Immobile, but new young talents keep getting churned out. Read more

 

ATALANTA - 13th - Pts 45 P 38 W 11 D 12 L 15 F 41 A 47

Despite a 14-round streak without a single victory and some big January exits, Atalanta rallied behind Edy Reja. Read more

 

BOLOGNA - 14th - Pts 42 P 38 W 11 D 9 L 18 F 33 A 45

Roberto Donadoni completely transformed the Felsinei after a disastrous start under Delio Rossi and even stopped the Juventus march. Read more

 

SAMPDORIA - 15th - Pts 40 P 38 W 10 D 10 L 18 F 48 A 61

It was a campaign that started badly under Walter Zenga and ended worse, as Vincenzo Montella and the club showed a lack of identity. Read more

 

PALERMO - 16th - Pts 39 P 38 W 10 D 9 L 19 F 38 A 67

Despite President Maurizio Zamparini enacting nine changes of management, the Sicilians somehow survived a truly surreal season in Serie A. Read more

 

UDINESE - 17th - Pts 39 P 38 W 10 D 9 L 19 F 35 A 60

Never have the Friulani struggled this badly in recent years and with Antonio Di Natale leaving too, it has to be a wake-up call for the club. Read more

 

CARPI - 18th - Pts 38 P 38 W 9 D 11 L 18 F 37 A 57

It was a valiant effort from the top flight newcomers, who kept the fairy-tale alive to the very last match. Read more

 

FROSINONE- 19th - Pts 39 P 38 W 8 D 7 L 23 F 35 A 76

The Canarini bowed out of their debut Serie A experience with heads held high, but the worst defensive record eventually proved costly. Read more

 

VERONA - 20th - Pts 28 P 38 W 5 D 13 L 20 F 34 A 63

Few expected this nightmare season, which saw Hellas wait until February for their first win and wave goodbye to Luca Toni. Read more