One for the calcio geeks, as Susy Campanale lists the most eye-catching, significant and compelling statistics that the 2013-14 season has produced.
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. 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 is the first Torino Capocannoniere since Ciccio Graziani got 21 goals in 1976-77, but he netted 14 of his 22 in 2014. He is also the first Italian to top the charts since Antonio Di Natale scored 28 for Udinese in 2010-11.
Against Livorno on March 22, Immobile became the first Torino striker to net a hat-trick since Carlos Aguilera in Roma 4-5 Torino on May 9, 1993.
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. Immobile has taken eight penalties between Serie A and B, but converted only five successfully.
Juventus are the first Serie A side ever to win all their home games. 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.
The Bianconeri had not won three Scudetti in a row since they strung together five from 1931 to 1935, when current President Andrea Agnelli’s grandfather Edoardo was the patron.
The last tacticians to win three consecutive titles were Roberto Mancini at Inter from 2006 to 2008 - taking Calciopoli into account as the 2006 edition was handed to them by the courts - and Fabio Capello with Milan from 1992 to 1994. Before Antonio Conte, the only other Juve Coach to have won three in a row was Carlo Carcano from 1931 to 1934.
Ex-Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been in each of the last four Scudetto winning teams.
Juventus have only lost the first game of the season once in 31 years between Serie A and B, in 2010 against Bari, along with 22 victories and eight draws. They’ve won 11 of the last 13 openers, keeping seven clean sheets.
Carlos Tevez is the top scoring Juventus player in Serie A since Alessandro Del Piero had 21 and David Trezeguet 20 in 2007-08.
Against Sassuolo in December, Tevez celebrated his first League hat-trick since Manchester City’s 6-1 against Norwich on April 14, 2012.
By Week 14, the Old Lady was the only side to have scored in every round.
Gianluigi Buffon kept a Serie A clean sheet for 745 minutes of football (12 hours and 25 minutes) and is now sixth in the all-time record books on a par with Luca Marchegiani. Sebastiano Rossi remains top with 929 minutes for Milan in 1993-94.
In Juventus-Napoli, Fernando Llorente became the first ever Spanish player to score against a Spanish goalkeeper in the Italian top flight.
In December Juventus became the first side in Serie A history to win eight on the bounce without conceding a goal.
For the first time since May 1960, the club scored at least three goals in five consecutive top flight games from Week 16-20.
Juventus beat Torino’s all-time Serie A record of 15 consecutive home wins, set in 1975-76. The Bianconeri’s previous club best was 91 points under Fabio Capello in 2005-06, while Inter had the all-time Serie A record of 30 victories in 2006-07.
The last time the Turin outfit did the double over Milan in a single season was in 1994-95, winning 1-0 in Turin and 2-0 at San Siro.
Juventus found the net for 43 rounds on the trot, shattering the previous club record of 35 set from April 1957 to April 1958.
Arturo Vidal scored against Inter home and away, the first Juve player to do the Derby d’Italia double since Mauro Camoranesi in 2007-08.
There have been 76 official matches at the Juventus Stadium, resulting in 57 home wins, 16 draws and only three losses to Inter, Sampdoria and Bayern Munich. The Bianconeri scored in 72 of those games, firing blanks against Siena, Lazio, Bayern Munich and Benfica.
Defeat at Napoli in March saw Juve fire blanks for the first time in 43 rounds after a total 88 goals – a Serie A record. The Old Lady hadn’t failed to net in 22 consecutive Serie A away matches, scoring 39 times. The last time Juventus lost 2-0 on their travels in Serie A, Gigi Del Neri was still the Coach in a trip to Lecce on February 20, 2011.
The Bianconeri were Winter Champions for the 27th time and in 21 instances went on to take the Scudetto.