Monday May 9 2016
Serie A Week 37: Did You Know?

Luca Toni takes a bow, Gonzalo Higuain eyes the record, Francesco Totti hits 600 and Gianpaolo Bellini waves goodbye in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Luca Toni made his Serie A debut in Vicenza’s 2-0 defeat away to Milan on October 1, 2000, at the age of 23. He concluded his career with 324 competitive goals in 705 appearances. There were 242 in League competitions, 16 in 47 Italy caps.

Only 25 players have ever scored at least 150 goals and Toni is one of them. The veteran bagged 157 in 344 games. This was also Toni’s 100th competitive match in a Hellas jersey.

Juventus were defeated after 25 wins and a draw (0-0 at Bologna on February 19) since their last Serie A loss, 1-0 at Sassuolo on October 28.

The Bianconeri hadn’t conceded two League goals since their 3-2 victory at Carpi on December 20 2015, a gap of 20 rounds. Federico Viviani got the first Hellas goal from open play since February 20 against Chievo, as the next seven were set plays.

Verona hadn’t beaten Juventus, home and away in all competition, since a 2-0 Serie A result here in April 2000. That was followed by three draws and nine defeats.

Paulo Dybala has scored 21 official goals in 44 appearances for Juve, matching the tally set by Carlos Tevez in his debut campaign. Andrea Barzagli marked both his 150th Serie A game in a Juve jersey and his 35th birthday.

Gonzalo Higuain matches Antonio Valentin Angelillo’s tally of 33 goals in a single Serie A season, set with Inter in 1958-59. The all-time record still belongs to Gunnar Nordahl, who got 35 in 37 appearances for Milan in 1949-50. Nordahl also got 34 in 1950-51.

Torino v Napoli hasn’t been a draw since a 0-0 in 1995, followed by four wins each between Serie A and B.

Napoli set a new all-time club record of 79 Serie A points.

Bruno Peres has contributed three goals and two assists in the last six games. Marek Hamsik hadn’t provided two assists in a single Serie A match since January 2015 against Cesena

Genoa hadn’t won a Serie A Derby della Lanterna since another 3-0 hammering in September 2013, managing a draw and three defeats. This 3-0 equals the record for the heaviest ever ‘away’ derby victory for the Grifone.

Leonardo Pavoletti has scored 20 top flight goals in his career, all but one from inside the penalty area. Antonio Cassano marked his 400th Serie A appearance.

Samp have lost 17 games this season, already nine more than all of last term. For the second year running, the Blucerchiati will finish behind their city rivals in the table.

Since taking over from Walter Zenga, Vincenzo Montella has an average of 0.96 points per game.

Gian Piero Gasperini has won seven and lost six since the last draw, a 0-0 with Lazio on February 6.

Francesco Totti made his 600th Serie A appearance, all of them in the Roma jersey. Only Javier Zanetti (615) and Paolo Maldini (647) have managed more. He made his debut in a 2-0 away to Brescia on March 28, 1993.

In the last six games, Totti has averaged either a goal or an assist every 22 minutes for Roma. He netted four and set up two. This season Miralem Pjanic contributed 10 goals and 11 assists in Serie A. Antonio Rudiger celebrated his second Roma goal after netting against Milan in January.

Roma extended their positive streak to 13 wins and three draws. With 80 goals, it is the most prolific Lupi side in Serie A since 87 in 1930-31.

Radja Nainggolan didn’t score any Serie A goals this season under Rudi Garcia, but now has six since Luciano Spalletti took over in January and set a new personal best.

Chievo scraped just two draws from their last six top flight meetings with Roma, home and away. They also failed to find the net in 10 of their total 14 Serie A visits to the Olimpico. The Flying Donkeys have one points from the three rounds and one draw from three away fixtures.

Inter have won seven of their last eight home games. The Nerazzurri hadn’t enjoyed 20 top flight victories by Week 37 since 22 in 2010-11, which was also the last time they finished in the top four.

Mauro Icardi scored four goals in his total four top flight meetings with Empoli.

Empoli have lost 10 of their total 11 Serie A trips to San Siro, winning 1-0 in January 2004. Home and away in all competition, the Tuscans have managed one 0-0 draw and nine defeats since beating Inter 1-0 at the Castellani in April 2006.

Marco Giampaolo’s men suffered a sixth consecutive away defeat, one shy of the Serie A club record set from November 2005 to February 2006. At least they ended their away goal drought after 417 minutes. On six goals, Manuel Pucciarelli sets a new personal best in Serie A.

Fiorentina have just one win in the last 11 rounds, 3-1 over Sassuolo interrupting six draws and four losses. The Viola failed to find the net at the Stadio Franchi after a run of 44 goals in 22 Serie A home fixtures.

Manuel Pasqual waved goodbye to Fiorentina after 11 years and 356 appearances in the Viola jersey.

Palermo extended their unbeaten run to four rounds and the clean sheet to 305 minutes.

In the second half of the season, Paulo Sousa’s men picked up 15 fewer points than in the reverse fixtures early doors.

Jerry Mbakogu became the first player to waste two penalties in a single Serie A match since Massimo Maccarone in Siena’s 1-1 draw at Torino on September 23, 2007.

Lazio got back to winning ways after two consecutive away defeats, but are still 12 points worse off than at this stage last season.

Miroslav Klose has scored six goals in his last six Serie A appearances. For the third year running, Antonio Candreva gets into double figures in the Capocannoniere charts.

Bologna celebrated only one victory in the last 12 rounds, 2-0 over Genoa, along with five draws and six losses. The Rossoblu have given away nine penalties, more than any other side, and eight were converted.

Milan are unbeaten at the Stadio Dall’Ara in the top flight since a 2-0 result in 2002, emerging with seven victories and three stalemates.

Carlos Bacca has on average a goal every 177 minutes of competitive football this season. He is the second most decisive player in Serie A after Higuain, his goals directly contributing 24 points.

Cristian Brocchi has won two games on the Rossoneri bench, both 1-0 away from home, drawn two and lost one.

Amadou Diawara was sent off for two bookable offences in the opening 12 minutes, the quickest indirect red card of the Serie A season.

Milan have scored only 48 goals after 37 rounds, their worst attacking display in any of the 18 Serie A campaigns played with at least 20 teams.

Frosinone drop into Serie B after just one season in the top flight, their debut experience. The Canarini had just one point from the last four rounds, a 3-3 draw at Milan, and failed to score at the Matusa in 390 minutes of football.

Sassuolo have won three on the trot and kept three clean sheets in the last four games. Between Serie A and B, the Neroverdi faced Frosinone eight times, emerging with five victories and three stalemates.

One-club man Gianpaolo Bellini retired after 435 appearances in the Atalanta jersey and 11 goals. He converted his debut penalty, the first Serie A goal since April 2012 against Napoli. He now has six strikes in 279 top flight games.

Atalanta are five points better off than at this stage last season and end the campaign with a five-match unbeaten home run, including three wins.

Udinese mathematically secured safety, but have not won a Serie A trip to Bergamo for a decade, managing six draws from eight attempts.

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