One for the calcio geeks, as Susy Campanale lists the most eye-catching, significant and compelling statistics that the 2013-14 season has produced.
Roma have finished second in each of the last four seasons leading up to a World Cup - 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Daniele De Rossi scored in the season opener Livorno-Roma, his first Serie A goal since May 13, 2012, a 3-2 victory away to Cesena, ending a 25-round drought.
The Giallorossi had never managed a 100 per cent record after five rounds, let alone an all-time Serie A record of 10. It was still one shy of the top five European League best of 11 set by Tottenham in 1960-61. They hadn’t been on their own at the top of the table since April 18, 2010. Cagliari’s record in 1966-67 remains of one goal conceded in the first 11 rounds. Morgan De Sanctis also fell short of Ivan Pelizzoli’s Roma record of 774 minutes unbeaten in 2003-04.
Roma beat their club record of 17 home wins in a single season, set in 2000-01 and 2001-02, the tally of 24 overall victories, set in 2007-08 and 2009-10, and Luciano Spalletti’s total 82 points in 2007-08. However, they finished the campaign with three defeats on the bounce, something this side hadn’t experienced since February 2011.
Miralem Pjanic scored all six of this season’s goals on home turf and matched his personal best set with Olympique Lyonnais in 2009-10.
Juve maintained 22 clean sheets in 38 games, more than any other club in the top five European Leagues this season. The Giallorossi kept 21 clean sheets.
A 3-0 at Juve on January 5 was Roma’s first defeat under Rudi Garcia after 12 wins and five draws. The Lupi hadn’t lost in 19 League games, including last season. The last time the Giallorossi shipped three goals was 3-1 at Sampdoria on February 10, 2013, which was 31 rounds earlier.
Against Juventus, Roma had two red cards in a League match for the first time since a 4-1 defeat away to Atalanta on February 26 2012, when Dani Osvaldo and Marco Cassetti went off.
With only four goals conceded in the opening 14 games, Rudi Garcia’s men equalled the all-time Serie A record set by Inter in 1988-89 and Roma in 2003-04.
Week 6 against Bologna was the first time this season Roma had scored before half-time.
In Week 3, Juventus fell off the top of the table for the first time in 17 months. It would’ve been Napoli’s first time at the helm on their own for 23 years, but Roma ruined that for them by matching their tally.
Napoli earned their first victory away to Milan since a 2-1 result in April 1986, when Diego Armando Maradona was on the scoresheet, followed by nine draws and 10 defeats.
That season was also the last time they did the ‘double’. Gonzalo Higuain became the first Partenopei player to score in both season meetings with Milan since Maurizio Domizzi in 2007-08.
The Vesuviani went unbeaten in 16 top flight home ties for the first time since 1989-90. The Partenopei 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.
Netting braces in both Week 1 and 2, Marek Hamsik became the first player to do this since Alessandro Del Piero in 2002-03.
Jose Maria Callejon scored in each of his first three Serie A games, the first player to achieve this since Diego Milito and Mauro Zarate in 2008.
Against Torino in Week 9, Gonzalo Higuain became the first Napoli player with two Serie A penalties in a single game since Maurizio Domizzi against Juventus in 2007.
Dries Mertens is the first Belgian player to score at least four goals in a Serie A season since Luis Oliveira for Cagliari in 1999-00.
Napoli hadn’t done the League Double over Lazio since 1990-91.
The Partenopei hadn’t drawn a Serie A fixture away to Inter since another 0-0 in 1994, followed by 11 games with a grand total of 37 goals. The Partenopei’s previous top flight goalless draw was in Udine on February 25 2013, a gap of 46 rounds.