Sunday November 22 2015
Serie A Week 13: Did You Know?

Gigi Buffon's 20th anniversary tally, Mauro Icardi Century, Domenico Berardi sees red and Fiorentina Scudetto reminder in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Gigi Buffon marked the 20th anniversary of his Serie A debut, Parma 0-0 Milan on November 19 1995. Rossoneri goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma wasn’t born until four years later. Buffon is in his 21st top flight season with 567 games, conceding 475 goals and keeping 253 clean sheets. In all competition at club and international level he’s played 925 matches, conceded 779 goals and kept 388 clean sheets.

This was Buffon’s 552nd official appearance in a Juventus jersey, equalling the tally of legend Gaetano Scirea. Only Alessandro Del Piero has more with 705 games.

For the first time this season, Juventus managed three consecutive League wins. Juve have won each of their last six Serie A meetings with Milan, home and away, a run they had never achieved before. It’s also a new record negative streak for the Rossoneri against any top flight opponent.

Udinese’s 1-0 result remains Juve’s only home defeat in 54 home Serie A games, including seven draws and 47 victories.

Sinisa Mihajlovic has never beaten Max Allegri, scraping just two draws from seven attempts. The Rossoneri had been unbeaten in five rounds, including three wins. In 13 matches this term, Milan had superior possession in only five.

Paulo Dybala has found the net in each of his last three games against Milan, scoring in both for Palermo in 2014-15.

Inter had only once this season scored more than one goal per game, in a 2-1 victory away to Carpi, and never had a two-goal cushion at any stage until their 4-0 demolition of Frosinone. Jonathan Biabiany also got their first goal in the opening half-hour, meaning only Verona have failed to net in that period.

The Nerazzurri kept four consecutive clean sheets for the first time since April 2009. Roberto Mancini started 13 different line-ups in 13 games this season.

Mauro Icardi celebrated his 100th Serie A appearance with the 45th goal. He made his debut in Roma 1-1 Sampdoria on September 26 2012. Jeison Murillo celebrated his maiden Serie A goal, but Marcelo Brozovic scored his second in 23 games.

Fiorentina hadn’t shared the spoils in Serie A for 22 rounds, earning 15 wins and seven losses since the 2-2 at Udinese on March 22. Nikola Kalinic went up to nine goals in his last eight League outings.

The Viola have 28 points after 13 rounds – the exact same tally they had at this stage when they won the Scudetto in 1968-69.

Empoli are unbeaten in three away fixtures, winning one. They managed only one Serie A victory away to Fiorentina, 2-1 in 1997, along with four draws and four losses.

Marco Giampaolo’s men have conceded seven goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, more than any other side in that period.

Bologna are unbeaten under Roberto Donadoni with two wins and a draw, but for the first time in his tenure failed to keep a clean sheet. Donadoni has only once defeated Roma as a Coach, with Parma in 2012, along with three draws and nine losses.

Roma haven’t lost at the Stadio Dall’Ara since a 3-1 result in 2004, followed by three stalemates and four victories. Bologna conceded in each of their last 25 competitive meetings with Roma for a total 51 goals.

Mattia Destro netted his second goal against parent club Roma, having also scored while on loan at Milan in May.

Rudi Garcia’s men conceded six goals in the final 15 minutes, more than any other side this season. Miralem Pjanic has already matched his personal best in Serie A of six goals in 2013-14.

Roma were trailing at half-time only three times this season, finishing with two draws and a defeat.

Gianluca Rocchi also officiated the last Serie A game with three penalties, Juventus 3-2 Roma on October 5 2014.

Verona remain the only side still without a victory this season and they haven’t scored for 375 minutes of football. The last teams to be without a Serie A win in the opening 12 rounds were Ascoli and Chievo in 2006-07: both were relegated.

Napoli extend their unbeaten run to 12 wins and four draws in all competition, not conceding for 587 minutes of football. In Serie A alone, the 12-round positive streak is the best since 15 in 2009-10.

Gonzalo Higuain has scored 12 goals in 16 official appearances this season. Pipita got 10 in Serie A, two more than all of Hellas Verona put together. Of Lorenzo Insigne’s seven Serie A strikes, four were away from home.

For the first time since October 2014, Udinese manage a four-game unbeaten home run (two wins and two draws). They have kept a clean sheet at the Stadio Friuli for 284 minutes of football.

Stefano Colantuono had never previously beaten Vincenzo Montella, managing only one point from nine meetings.

Sampdoria are winless for almost a month with two points from four games. They hadn’t suffered two consecutive Serie A defeats since May 2014.

Lazio ended their run of three defeats on the bounce. It’s their first Olimpico stalemate since April, 1-1 with Chievo, followed by six wins and three losses.

Edoardo Goldaniga scored on his full Serie A debut with his first shot on goal. Palermo are Antonio Candreva’s favourite targets with four goals.

Palermo picked up a point on Davide Ballardini’s debut. He took over mid-season nine times in his top flight career, earning two wins, five draws and two defeats on his first appearance. The Rosanero’s last victory away to Lazio was 2-1 in 2008, followed by three draws and four defeats.

Atalanta fell to their first home defeat of the campaign after four victories and a draw. Torino ended a run of two points from six rounds. Their only other away success this season was 2-1 at Frosinone on August 23.

Cesare Bovo scored in two consecutive Serie A matches, something he hadn’t achieved since May 2011.

Genoa got back to winning ways after three draws and a defeat. They’ve never lost here to Sassuolo, winning two and drawing one.

Sassuolo scraped one point from their last four away fixtures. The Neroverdi had kept a clean sheet for 274 minutes of football.

Domenico Berardi has been sent off on three occasions (all straight reds) and booked 27 times in 71 Serie A games. The forward has received more cards than anyone else over the last three seasons. Genoa have the worst disciplinary record in the Division with six red cards.

Carpi have one point from the last six rounds and that was a 0-0 with Hellas Verona. Chievo celebrate after seven rounds without a win, including four losses. These two clubs had crossed paths before, but not since the 1993-94 Serie C1 campaign.

Roberto Inglese scored against his former club and for the first time in his top flight career managed a goal and assist in the same match.

Have your say...
Good article but you missed out something I think is impressive. Jorginho had completed 180 passes against Verona, which is the 2nd highest in the past few years (in major leagues), only second to Xabi Alonso. Just thought that was a record worth mentioning. Think he had the highest attempted aswell. Not bad at all
on the 23rd November, 2015 at 10:26pm
Small point of correction Susy. With Juve's relegation and season in Serie B, this is Buffon's 20th top flight season. Nonetheless congratulations to him. One of the best ever goalkeepers, if not the best. The shirt exchange with Donnarumma after the game almost felt like him passing the torch to his successor.
on the 23rd November, 2015 at 3:22pm

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