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July 14, 2011

Italy: final table of 2010-11 Serie A, with clubs playing in Europe in UEFA competitions for 2011-12 / Plus, map with location of clubs in 2011-12 Serie A, with attendance data.

Filed under: Football Stadia,Italy — admin @ 7:31 pm

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Italian clubs playing in Europe in 2011-12




(Note: to see my latest map-and-post on Italian football, click on the following, category: Italy.)

From wsc.co.uk, on 1 Aug. 2011, by Geoff Bradford, ‘Italy’s match-fixing investigation will run and run‘.

Milan won their first Scudetto in 7 seasons under their first-year manager Masimilliano Allegri. Allegri was hired after two successful seasons at the small provincial club Cagliari Calcio. Under Allegri, the Sardinia-based Cagliari finished in 9th place twice despite minimal resources, earning Allegri 2 straight Panchina d’Oro (Golden bench) awards, which are voted on by Serie A managers. Milan hired Allegri in June 2011. Allegri shored up Milan’s defense, and a solid back four built around Centre Back Thiago Silva, plus a very good year for Zlatan Ibrahimović (who scored 14 goals and recorded 11 assists), helped Milan secure the title after 5 consecutive seasons in which the Scudetto was in the hands of their local rivals Internazionale.

The first chart (click on image above) shows the 7 Italian clubs who have qualified for Europe in 2011-12, including the 3 that have automatically qualified for the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League Group Stage – Milan, Internazionale, and Napoli. Milan won the European title most recently in 2007 (Milan have won 6 European titles). Internazionale won the European title two seasons ago in 2010 (Inter have won 3 European titles). Napoli have no European titles, although they did win the 1989 UEFA Cup. Napoli return to the Champions League-level of the European format for the first time since 1990-91, when the Maradona-less squad exited in the 2nd round of the European Cup to Spartak Moscow.

Udinese beat out Lazio for 4th place on goal difference, and now have shot at making their second appearance in the Champions League Group Stage (their first appearance was in 2005-06, when they finished 3rd in their group). But they are an unseeded team in the draw, so Udinese might end up playing a huge club like Arsenal or Bayern Munich. The draw is set for 5th August, see this ‘2011-12 UEFA Champions League/Play-off round‘, from en.wikipedia.org.

The three Italian clubs who have qualified for 2011-12 UEFA Europa League qualifiers are: 5th place finisher Lazio, 6th place finisher Roma, and 8th place finisher Palermo, who, as Coppa Italia finalists, inherited the Coppa Italia winner’s spot (from Internazionale).

Palermo play the first leg of their Europa League 3rd qualifying round on Thursday, 28 July. The draw is on 15 July, with Palermo being in the category of seeded teams {see this}.

For Lazio and Roma, they will play in the Europa League Play-off round – to see the teams qualified so far {click here}. Draw for the Europa League Play-off round is 5 August.

One note: Juventus opens their new, 42,500-capacity stadium, temporarily being called Juventus Arena on 8 September, {see this, from Serie A official site [in Italian]}

Below is the second chart, which shows the locations of the 20 clubs in the 2011-12 season of Serie A. Listed are average attendances (home league matches), along with percent-change and percent-capacity data, from last season (2010-11).

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Milan
Photo of Milan supporters’ giant banners at San Siro originally from UltrasMilan.it, via European Ultras.com, here. Photo of interior of San Siro by Alessandro Mogliani at en.wikipedia.org, here. Photo of Massimiliano Allegri by Giusseppe Cacaace/AFP via Sports.Yahoo.com, here.
Photo of Zlatan Ibrahimović by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio.com, here. Photo of Alexandre Pato from OleOle.com, here.
Photo of Robinho by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio.com, here. Photo of Thiago Silva by AP via DailyMail.co.uk, here.
Photo of 2011-12 Milan home jersey from forums.hardwarezone.sg, here. Exterior photo of San Siro from Kvitters.com, here.

Internazionale
Photo of Inter fans with giant banner in Curva Nord of San Siro by batrax at Flickr.com, here. Interior photo of San Siro from SanSiro.net. Exterior photo of San Siro from Kvitters.com, here.

Napoli
Photo of stands at Stadio San Paolo from StadiumVibe.com, here. Interior photo of Stadio San Paolo by Inviaggiocommons at en.wikipedia.org, here. Aerial image of Stadio San Paolo from Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Udinese
Photo of Udinese fans from Getty Images via IndiaTimes.com, here. Interior photo of Stadio Friuli by Martaudine at it.wikipedia.org, here. Aerial image of Stadio Friuli from Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Lazio
Photo of Lazio fans in Curva Nord by Andrea Buratti at en.wikipedia.org, here. Second photo of Lazio fans from EuropeanUltras.com, here. Aerial image of Stadio Olimpico from Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Roma
Photo of Roma fans in Curva Sud of Stadio Olimpico from ASRomaLive.com, here. Interior photo of Stadio Olimpico during an AS Roma match by Gaúcho at de.wikipedia.org, here. Aerial image of Stadio Olimpico from Bing.com/maps/Bird’s eye satellite view, here.

Palermo
Photo of Palermo fans from Getty Images via IndiaTimes.com, here. Interior photo of Stadio Renzo Barbera from StadionWelt.de via FussballTempel.net, here. Aerial image of Stadio Renzo Barbera by Vito Ruggiero at Panoramio.com, here.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2011-12 Serie A‘.
Thanks to European-Football-Statistics site for attendance figures.
Thanks to Eric Gaba for the base map of Italy, ‘Italy topographic map-blank.svg‘.

October 11, 2010

Italy: Serie A, 2010-11 season – Stadia map.

Filed under: Football Stadia,Italy — admin @ 4:50 pm

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(Note: to see my latest map-and-post on Italian football, click on the following, category: Italy.)
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Thanks to Eric Gaba (aka Sting), for the base map…Eric Gaba’s page -User: Sting, at Wikimedia Commons.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2010-11Serie A‘ .

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Inter, Stadio Giusseppe Meazza [aka San Siro]: unattrributed at stretfordender.info.
Milan, Stadio Giusseppe Meazza [aka San Siro]: unattributed at zerozerofootbasll.com [incl. 30-photo gallery].

Brescia, Stadio Mario Rigamonti: unattributed at breciaoggo.it [enlarged here, in Fotogallery].

Udinese, Stadio Friuli: Bing.com/maps/bird’s eye satellite view: here.

Juventus, Stadio Olimpico di Torino: unattributed at jcf.fi.
Chievo Verona, Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi: Bing.com/Bird’s Eye satellite view [view to the west], here.

Parma, Stadio Ennio Tardini: bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Fiorentina, Stadio Artemio Franchi: Bing.com/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Bologna, Stadio Renato Dal’Ara: Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye View [view to the west], here.

Cesena, Stadio Dino Manuzzi: Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view [view to the west], here.

Bari, Stadio Via del Mare: Bing.com/Bird’s Eye view [facing west], here.

Lecce, Stadio Via del Mare: Bing.com/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Genoa, Stadio Luigi Ferraris: camallo65 at Panoramio.com, here.
Sampdoria, Stadio Luigi Ferraris, unattributed at bigsocer.com via xiongdudu.com, here photo I used is halfway down page; on this multiple-page thread at xiongdudu.com there are lots of photos of Stadio Luigi Ferraris [which I feel is one of the few truly great stadiums which hosts top flight football in Italy].

Cagliari, Stadio Sant’ Elia, aerial photo by Cristiano Cani at Flickr.com, here.

Roma, Stadio Olimpico: asromalive.com.
Lazio, Stadio Olimpico: Bing.com/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.

Napoli, Stadio San Paolo: Bing.com/Bird’s Eye satellite view [view to the west], here.

Palermo, Stadio Renzo Barbera: photo by daniele chiovaro at Panoramio.com, here.

Catania, Stadio Angelo Massimino: footballpictures.net.

July 23, 2010

Italy: the 3 clubs promoted from Serie B to Serie A for the 2010-11 season.

Filed under: Football Stadia,Italy — admin @ 6:46 pm

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The map page shows the 3 clubs in Italy that won promotion from Serie B to Serie A, in May, 2010. Three photos of each club’s stadium are shown.

Yo-yo club Lecce are back, once again, in the Italian top flight, after having won the 2009-10 Serie B title. US Lecce are from Lecce, Apulia (population 94,000 {2009 figure}), which is near the Italian peninsula’s boot-heel tip, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Lecce first gained promotion to Serie A in 1985, but were relegated the following season, setting a pattern that stubbornly persists. Lecce got promoted back to the top tier 2 seasons later, in 1988. A 9th place finish, in 1988-89, is to this day Lecce’s highest placement. But after a three-season spell in the first division they were relegated again, in 1991. They won promotion again in 1994, but finished dead last with only 11 points in 1993-94. Back-to-back relegations saw Lecce in Serie C by 1996. Then back-to-back promotions put Lecce back in Serie A in 1997, for their fourh spell in a 13-year period. Lecce were relegated once again the following season (in 1998). Lecce bounced right back to Serie A the next year, and had another 3-year stint in the top level. That takes us to 2002. 2003 saw Lecce back in Serie A (their sixth spell in the top flight). For the third time, Lecce had a 3-season run in Serie A, and were relegated in 2006. A two-year stint in Serie B ensued, with promotion to Serie A in 2008. Relegation in 2009. Promotion in 2010. So in August, 2010, Lecce will thus begin their 8th spell in Serie A in just 25 years.

Lecce’s kit {US Lecce 10/11 kits, here (Football Shirt Culture.com)} features their retina-searing red-and-yellow-vertical-striped jerseys, which are subtly balanced off by dark royal blue pants, and a classy wolf-and-fruit-tree-in-gold-on-a-navy-shield as their crest. Only Italians could pull off red and yellow stripes and not look clownish (Ghana national team away kit notwithstanding).

Lecce dew only 12,171 per game for their last season in Serie A, in 2008-09. But during their previous 3-season spell before that, from 2003-04 to 2005-06, Lecce were drawing in the low 16,000 to high 15,000 range. So it looks like Lecce supporters are tiring of the club’s perpetual comings and goings to and from the top flight. Lecce’s stadium, the Stadio Via del Mare, capacity 33,876, has a running track. Ugh. On the map page, take a look at the middle photo of Lecce’s stadium, and that yawning gap between the stands and the pitch.

Second place in the 2009-10 Serie B was Cesena. This makes back-to-back promotions for Cesena. AC Cesena are from the small city of Cesena (population, 95,000 [2009 figure}), which is in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, 15 km. (9 miles) from the Adriatic Sea coast. Which makes me wonder why they have a seahorse in their crest, seeing as how Cesena is not actually a coastal city. Cesena drew 11,272 per game last season, which was second best in Serie B [Torino drew highest in the Italian second division. 2009-10 Italian attendance figures here (E-F-S site)]. Here is an article on Cesena’s promotion, from SoccerLens.com, ‘Cesena’s Fairytale’, by GT (2nd June, 2010).

Cesena play in the 23,860-capacity Stadio Dino Manuzzi, which is unusual for a municipal stadium in Italy in that it has no unsightly and atmosphere-deadening running track. I find it ironic that this part of Emilia-Romagna (the eastern, Romagna half), which has very little history of top-flight football, has built a municipal stadium that is pretty decent and has no running track. After all, Italy is the land of the running track stadium (rivaled only by Brazil for that dubious distinction). In Italy, it is often the case that the city, not the football club, owns the stadium. Fine. [16 of the 17 stadiums in Serie A this coming season are municipally-owned, with the exception being Rome's Stadio Ilimpico, and that is owned by the Italian National Olympic Committee.] But that is no excuse for all the god-awful running tracks ruining the atmosphere at top-flight Italian football matches. Why on earth are running tracks so necessary ? Where is the mass audience for track and field ? And it’s not like Italy has a great track-and field tradition. I mean how often do you ever see an Italian win a medal in the Summer Olympics in track and field, for crying out loud ? How on earth can the capital, Rome, allow a situation where it’s two first division clubs, AS Roma and SS Lazio, play on stadium with a running track ?

OK, digression here…here are the track and field medals from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics {click here (ESPN)}. As you can see, I am totally wrong on this, because Italy won a gold medal in race walking. So you see, it was all worth it to ruin the atmosphere in virtually half the Italian top flight football matches, for about 70 years, by having facilities with running tracks. Because there is nothing more prestigious than winning an Olympic gold medal in race walking. They don’t call race walking the Beautiful Stroll for nothing.

Third place in the 2009-10 Serie B went to Brescia. Brescia Calcio are from Brescia, Lombardy, a city of around 190,000, 82 km. (51 miles) east of Milan. Brescia are back in the top tier for the first time since 2005, which was one year after legendary Italian international Roberto Baggio retired. He had turned his back on the limelight and pressures of Milan club football (with stints at AC Milan and at Inter), to happily play out the tail end of his career for Brescia, a small and up to that point unfashionable club in the foothills of the Alps.

Here is a nice Youtube video, by iiFAZZA10 – ’10 piu bei gol di (10 beautiful goals of) Roberto BAGGIO’ [note: numbers 10, 8, 5, 3 and 2 are from Baggio's Brescia days] {click here}].

Circa 2000 to 2004, Baggio basically kept Brescia up in Serie A (Baggio scored 45 goals in 95 games for Brescia), to the point where they became popularly known as “Baggio’s Brescia”, and when he exited, the modestly supported club went straight back to Serie B the following season. Brescia were averaging in the 7,000s, in Serie B, a decade ago, and were drawing in the 15-17,000 per game range when Baggio was there, from 2000 to 2004. The club has an even smaller fan base now, averaging only 3,937 per game last season (and drew only 2,996 in 2008-09), but, like Bari and Parma last year, Brescia will probably see a large increase in attendance for their return to Serie A.

Bescia’s stadium. Stadio Mario Rigamonti has an actual capacity of 27,592, but it’s current capacity has been restricted to 16,308 (that will probably change to a higher capacity now that Brescia are back in Serie A). The stadium originally had a running track, but it was removed and grass was planted there. However, seats still remain very far away from the pitch.

For the 2010-11 Serie A season, there are 8 stadiums with running tracks, and 9 clubs playing on pitches poisoned by running tracks… Roma, Lazio, Catania, Lecce, Bari, Napoli, Bologna, Chievo Verona, and Udinese. And although the putrid orange track itself is gone at Brescia’s stadium, the huge gap between seats and pitch remains, so you would have to lump Brescia in with the other 9 running-track-afflicted clubs. By way of comparison, for the 2010-11 La Liga season in Spain, there are 3 clubs who must play on pitches ringed by running tracks, UD Alméria, RCD Mallorca, and Real Sociedad. In England, not a single Premier League stadium has a running track, and this has been the case for years. In fact, you would have to go all the way down to the Conference National, which is the 5th Level in the English football league system, to find a club playing on a pitch with a running track (the Welsh club Newport County) [note: Rotherham United and Brighton & Hove Albion play at stadiums with running tracks, but in both cases these clubs (from League Two and League One, respectively) are playing there because of stadium problems, and next season Brighton will move into a new, running track-free stadium].

Hats off to the people running things in Palermo, Cagliari and Florence (Fiorentina), because these three clubs play in stadia where the local authorities had the good sense to remove the the running tracks and build stands closer to the pitch. Heck, the folks in Palermo figured this out way back in the late 1940s, because the Stadio Renzo Barbera there had it’s running track removed and stands built closer to the pitch in 1948. Why the people who run the other Italian municipalities which have top flight representation have never seen fit to do the same for their stadiums is beyond me. Italian calcio fans deserve better than this.
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Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org and it.wikipedia.org, 2010-11 Serie A. Thanks to Eric Gaba. aka Sting, for the brilliant blank topographic map of Italy, ‘Sting’- location maps at Wikimedia.
Thanks to European-Football-Statistics.co.uk, for the attendance figures, E-F-S site. Thanks to Soccerway.com, for the final table.

September 22, 2009

Italy: 2009-10 Serie A.

Filed under: Italy — admin @ 10:07 am

(Note: to see my latest map-and-post on Italian football, click on the following, category: Italy.)
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The map shows the clubs in the 2009-10 Serie A season.  It is the 78th season of the competition. Reigning champions are Internazionale.

In the gallery below are the top 6 drawing clubs from the 2008-09 Serie A season. Stadium names, locations, and their capacities are listed, along with the clubs’ average gates.

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Thanks to the E-F-S site,  for the attendance figures {click here}.   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org {click here (set at Serie A 2009-10 page).   Thanks to Eric Gaba, aka Sting;  and NordNordWest,  for the map,  ’Italy relief location map’,  at wikimedia.org {click here}. 

June 23, 2009

Italy: the 3 promoted clubs at the end of the 2008-’09 season, from Serie B to Serie A.

Filed under: Football Stadia,Italy — admin @ 4:40 am

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The map shows the three clubs which have won promotion from Italy’s Serie B to the Serie A,  for the 2009-2010 season. 

Serie B winners in 08/09 were AS Bari,  the biggest club from the province of Apulia [Italian: Puglia ],  which is located in the “boot-heel” of the Italian peninsula,  on the Adriatic Sea.  Bari has spent 28 seasons in Serie A,  and are back in the top flight after an eight year absence.  The club’s last four-season spell in the top tier ended in 2000-’01;  they drew 26,415 per game in 97/98,  their first season back up.  Bari saw a 300 percent increase at the gate in 08/09 (15,345 per game) versus 07/08 (3,773 per game).  The club plays at the Stadio San Nicola,  which was built for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.  The city of Bari has a population of 320,676 (2008 figure),  and is 220 kilometers (137 miles) east of Naples.

Second place in Serie B in 08/09 were Parma FC,  who bounce straight back up to Serie A.  The club has had difficuties ever since their former owning company collapsed in the wake of the Parmalat scandal of late 2003.  But from the early 1990′s through to the early 2000′s,  the club amassed an impressive trophy haul,  with 3 Coppa Italia Titles (1992, 1999, and 2002);  2 UEFA Cup Titles (1995 and 1999);  and the 1993 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Title.  Parma also finished in 2nd place,  just 1 point behind Juventus,  in the 1996-’97 Seria A season.  During this time period their turnstile count peaked at 25,364 per game in 1993-’94.   Parma’s average attendance their last season in Serie A (07/08) was 15,427 per game.  The city of Parma is in the region of Emilia-Romagna,  115 km. (72 mi.) southeast of Milan,  and has a population of 178,000 (2007 figure).

The third and final promotion place in Serie B in 08/09 was decided by promotion playoffs.  AS Livorno,  Brescia,  Empoli FC,  and US Grosseto competed for the qualification.  Livorno survived a 0-2 first leg deficit away to second division upstarts Grosseto,  going on to win 4-1 in the second leg.  Then the club from the Tuscan port city took a 2-2 aggregate v. Brescia and trounced them at their Stadio Armando Picchi, 3-0 last Saturday to win promotion straight back to Serie A.   Here are the highlights of Livorno 3-0 Brescia (20 June, 2009) {click here (Youtube)}.

AS Livorno are known for their considerable contingent of left-wing supporters {see this}.  Livorno have spent 16 seasons in Serie A,  with their best season being a second place finish in 1942-’43 (when they lost the title to Torino by 1 point).  The club’s high at the turnstiles was in 2004-’05,  when in their first season back in Serie A for 55 years, they averaged 15,334 per game.  But by 07/08,  when they were relegated,  Livorno were only averaging 9,901 per game.  The city of Livorno has a population of 160,000 (2007 figure),  and is 145 km. (90 mi.) southeast of Genoa.

[Note: on the map I have shown the 6 largest metropolitan ares in Italy {see this (Mongabay.com)}.

Thanks to CityDistance Tool @ Geobytes.com {click here}.   Thanks to the E-F-S site, for gate figures {click here }.   Thanks to WorldStadiums site {click here (set at Stadiums in Europe)}.   Thanks to Stadium.Football.co.uk {click here (set at European Stadiums)}.   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Wikipedia {click here (set at Serie A 2009-10)}.

August 26, 2008

Italy: Serie A, Clubs in the 2008-09 Season (with 07/08 Final Standings Chart, and 07/08 Attendance Map.)

Filed under: Italy — admin @ 3:41 pm

(Note: to see my latest map-and-post on Italian football, click on the following, Category: Italy.)
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The 2008-’09 Season of Italy’s Serie A starts the weekend of 30th-31st August.  Internazionale (called “Inter Milan” by many in the English-speaking world, but by no one in Italy) are winners of the last 3 championships…one via the courts, the last two on the pitch.  But they still saw fit to sack their manager, and hire Jose Mourinho.  You can read about it in this preview (from the CNN site) {Click here).

Here are the final standings from 07/08 {Click here (Wikipedia)}.

Here are the leading goal scorers from 07/08 {Click here (ESPN Soccernet)}.

Thanks to the Colours Of Football site, for the kits {Click here}.  Thanks to football-shirts.co.uk  for the Chievo away kit.

Thanks to Demis, for the base map {Click here}.

August 22, 2008

Italy: Serie A, Clubs in the 2008-09 Season (with 07/08 attendances).

Filed under: Italy — admin @ 3:00 pm

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(Note: to see my latest map-and-post on Italian football, click on the following, category: Italy.)

Italy’s Serie A will start it’s 77th season on 30th August.  This map shows the 20 clubs in the league this season.  Club crests are sized to reflect 07/08 average attendances.

Last season,  Serie A averaged 23,180 per game.   This figure was up 25.5% from 06/07,  but this can be viewed as an expected increase,  as the pro game in Italy has recovered somewhat as the widespread fan disaffection in the wake of 05/06, and the “calciopoli” scandals wanes.   Also,  three clubs were promoted (Napoli especially) which that draw much better than the average promoted clubs. 

Whether top flight Italian football can get back to it’s peak modern gate figures, of 1991-’92, when Serie A drew 34,002, remains to be seen.  But a more reasonable goal would be the 25,400 per game that the league drew in 02/03, 03/04, and 04/05.

Thanks to Demis, for the base map {Click here}.

Thanks to European Football Statistics, for the attendance figures  {Click here}.

May 25, 2008

UEFA Euro 2008: Italy. National Team- Squad Map.

Filed under: Italy,UEFA Euro 2008 — admin @ 6:28 am

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On Tuesday, Italian National Team coach Roberto Donadoni announced his squad for Euro 2008.  {Click here, for an article on this, from the CNN world sport site.} 

Thanks to (http://www.demis.nl) for the blank map of Italy. 

Thanks to the UEFA site, for the Euro 2008 Italian National Team uniforms  {click here, for the UEFA site}.

Photo credits are on the map.

March 6, 2008

Italy: 2007-08 Serie A- Zoom map.

Filed under: Italy,Zoom Maps — admin @ 9:50 am

Please note: there is a more recent map-and-post on Italian 1st division football, here- category: Italy.
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Italian football has been played in an organized form since 1898.  But for the first three decades, it was within regional leagues.  The Serie A was created in 1929, and unified the regional leagues.

[The "consecutive seasons" category, on this map, goes back to the 1929-30 season.]

Click here, for the official website of professional Italian football (lega-calcio[dot]it).

Click here, for Wikipedia’s entry on the Serie A

This map shows all the clubs in the 2007-08 Season of the Serie A.   One new addition to my zoom map format is the inclusion of away kits.

Inter (ie., “Inter Milan”) are on their way to their second straight Title (third straight, if you count the title that was stripped from Juventus for referee-tampering, and awarded to Inter, for the 2005-’06 season {see this}).  Inter had a slip, though, losing their first league game last Sunday, at Napoli, 1-0.  Second place Roma gained ground, after thrashing Parma 4-0, but are still 6 points behind Inter.

The battle for Champions League spots is going to go down to the wire (4 Champions League places are awarded to Italy:  the first 2 places in Serie A advance to the CL Group Stage, while 3rd and 4th places go into the 3rd Round CL Qualifiers).  Basically, 3 clubs will be fighting for the last 2 spots.  Juventus holds 3rd place by 1 point over 4th place Fiorentina, who have just increased their lead over 5th place AC Milan to 4 points.  It looks like AC Milan is faltering, with 4 draws in their last 5 games (plus being eliminated from the Champions League by Arsenal, on Tuesday):  expect wholesale changes in the off-season, if the Milanese giants fail to make it to the Champions League (which they won last year).  Fiorentina is a welcome surprise.  The Florentine club has been playing an exciting brand of football, and last weekend stunned Juve by coming back from a 2-1 deficit, to win 2-3.

Italy’s domestic league is currently ranked #3 for European competitions, by UEFA, behind #1 Spain, and #2 England.   Like Spain and England, Italy currently has 4 Champions League spots, and 3 UEFA Cup spots  {see this}. 

Click here, for the Serie A Table.

Thanks to (http://www.colours-of-football.com) for the kits.

February 19, 2008

2007-’08 Champions League- Round Of 16 (Knockout Round), February/ March 2008.

Filed under: Italy,UEFA Champions League — admin @ 11:45 am

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The Champions League resumes this week, with the first leg of the Round of 16.  Here are the matchups.ch_lge1.gif

ESPN2 is showing Liverpool v. Inter Milan on Tuesday, and Arsenal v. AC Milan on Wednesday;  ESPN Classic is showing AS Roma v. Real Madrid on delay, on Tuesday.  So I thought I’d put together a couple little charts on these 3 Italian clubs (plus Lazio, who share a stadium with Roma).   Click on the 2 titles below, for the 2 thumbnail charts…

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Thanks to http://www.colours-of-football.com for the kits.

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