Serie A: the first tier of Italian football

Serie A is the Top Italian Football League. In this top-tier soccer competition 20 clubs play to win the title (“scudetto”). Serie A was founded in 1898 and it is still played today. At the end of the 19th century Italy had commercial traffic with England, the country where football was born, and thanks to these trade relations, football spread also in Italy. The first clubs were: Genoa (founded in 1893); Turin, that had 4 clubs, Ascoli (in 1898) and AC Milan in 1899. In 1900 Palermo and Lazio had their teams too.

After the first two years the strongest teams were Juventus and Genoa which shared the first championship with Pro Vercelli. But with the passing of time, the most successful team turned out to be Juventus with 36 titles, then Inter with 19 “scudetti” and Milan with 18 victories, followed by Genoa with 9 titles and Bologna, Pro Vercelli and Turin with 7 “scudetti”.

Over the years, Italian football experienced difficult periods due to some players that were investigated and arrested in 1982 or “Calciopoli”, in 2006, with the relegation of Juventus to Serie B.

Serie A has hosted great champions like Baggio, Totti, Del Piero, Maldini, the goalkeepers Zoff and Buffon, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane, Pirlo, Cannavaro, Maradona and many others.

But we cannot forget talented players like Gigi Riva and Silvio Piola. Piola holds the record for scored goals both when he wore Lazio uniform and in Serie A, while Gigi Riva, the scorer of Cagliari team, became famous for his spectacular goals. An example is the goal scored during the match Vicenza vs Cagliari in January 18, 1970, a fantastic overhead kick that became the symbol of Italian football.

At the moment Milan is in pole position in the 2021-2022 Serie A championship and in the event of victory it would win its nineteenth title.

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