The league football in Italy started back in 1898, under FIGC. It was back then, nothing more than a regional competition; before in 1921, the league suddenly saw an increase in the number of clubs. This incensed a debate between the FIGC and the main teams. As a result, in 1921, a separate league was held, which only comprised of the main teams. A year later though, FIGC finally agreed to reduce the number; however, both North and South played in different divisions. The first Serie A championship was held in 1929, and Inter Milan were crowned the Champions. If a club manages to win 10 Serie A titles, it gets the privilege of wearing a star on its crest. Juve have three while Milan clubs have one star on their crest.
4) Era of the Northern domination
The Italian league was at one point the league to be in. While Juve’s predominance over the title has somewhat waned the interest, in reality, the Italian league remains a force with top clubs like Napoli and the two Milan clubs. The duration from the 80s to 00s was the era of the Italian football, with the likes of Milan, Napoli, Fiorentina all fighting for titles. However, the northern part of Italy dominated the Serie A during this era. The likes of Juve, Milan clubs, Genoa and Torino have won 99 titles out of a possible 113 amongst themselves.
The Italian clubs have been home to the most BallonD’ors winners than any other league in Europe. The likes of Marco Van Basten, Ronaldo, Ruud Gullit and Kaka were all at Italian clubs when they won the Ballon d’Or. However, with the decline in recent seasons, they have failed to keep up with the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Nevertheless, the last BallonD’or winner came from an Italian club when Kaka won the prestigious award in 2007.
The Italian league has never been away from the controversy. The infamous Calciopoli incident of 2006 cost Juve their Serie A title and the Bianconeri were even relegated to Serie B, while Milan too were guilty of influencing the referees, which cost them a penalty of 30 points. The likes of Lazio and Fiorentina were banned from European competitions. Such scams have taken much of the fan interest away with them, with Serie A now struggling to fill their stadiums on match days.
1) Home to many legends
One thing Italian football can definitely boast about is that they have been home to some of the most influential players of the game. The likes of Zidane, Ronaldo, Kaka all made their names in Italy before moving on while Zanetti, Totti, De Rossi and Maldini are a few examples of loyalty in football. Moreover, managers from Italy are some of the best in the world. Arrigo Sacchi changed the game in many ways during his time with Milan in the 80s while Carlo Ancelotti has enjoyed more Continental success than anyone else. The upcoming group is also very impressive with Allegri and Antonio Conte the flag bearer of coaching success in Italy.