2014–15 Serie A
The 2014–15 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 113th season of top-tier Italian football, the 83rd in a round-robin tournament, and the fifth since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. It began on 30 August 2014.
|Dates||30 August 2014 – |
31 May 2015
Parma (to L.N.D.)
|Goals scored||1,024 (2.69 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Mauro Icardi|
(22 goals each)
|Best goalkeeper||Gianluigi Buffon|
(18 clean sheets)
|Biggest home win||Inter 7–0 Sassuolo|
(14 September 2014)
Juventus 7–0 Parma
(9 November 2014)
|Biggest away win||Palermo 0–4 Lazio|
(29 September 2014)
Empoli 0–4 Cagliari
(25 October 2014)
Cagliari 0–4 Fiorentina
(30 November 2014)
|Highest scoring||Parma 4–5 Milan|
(14 September 2014)
|Longest winning run||8 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||20 games|
|Longest winless run||18 games|
|Longest losing run||6 games|
Milan 1–1 Internazionale
(23 November 2014)
Chievo 2–1 Cesena
(9 November 2014)
A total of 20 teams compete in the league: 17 sides from the 2013–14 season and three promoted from the 2013–14 Serie B campaign. Juventus were the defending champions, successfully defending their title for the fourth consecutive time. On 2 May 2015, Juventus won the scudetto for the fourth consecutive time.
The season will feature the return of Palermo after only one season in the second division and Empoli, whose last appearance was in the 2007–08 season. Cesena, the play-off winner, returned to the top level after two years in Serie B.
The pre-season saw two ownership changes: Cagliari was sold from Massimo Cellino to Milanese entrepreneur Tommaso Giulini, a former board member at Internazionale. Sampdoria was sold by Edoardo Garrone (son of the late Riccardo Garrone) to Rome-based film businessman Massimo Ferrero.
The season was also influenced by serious financial problems surrounding Parma, involving two controversial takeovers during the season, its last chairman Giampietro Manenti being arrested on 18 March 2015 under accusation of money laundering, and the club being ultimately declared insolvent by the local court on the very next day.
The Serie A this season had the most goals on average than any of the five other top leagues in Europe.
Number of teams by regionEdit
|Number of teams||Region||Team(s)|
|3||Emilia-Romagna||Cesena, Parma and Sassuolo|
|Lombardy||Atalanta, Internazionale and Milan|
|2||Lazio||Lazio and Roma|
|Liguria||Genoa and Sampdoria|
|Piedmont||Juventus and Torino|
|Tuscany||Empoli and Fiorentina|
|Veneto||Chievo and Hellas Verona|
Stadiums and locationsEdit
|Team||Home city||Stadium||Capacity||2013–14 season|
|Atalanta||Bergamo||Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia||26,542||11th in Serie A|
|Cagliari||Cagliari||Stadio Sant'Elia||16,000||15th in Serie A|
|Cesena||Cesena||Stadio Dino Manuzzi||23,900||Serie B playoffs winner|
|Chievo||Verona||Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi||38,402||16th in Serie A|
|Empoli||Empoli||Stadio Carlo Castellani||16,800||2nd in Serie B|
|Fiorentina||Florence||Stadio Artemio Franchi||47,282||4th in Serie A|
|Genoa||Genoa||Stadio Luigi Ferraris||36,685||13th in Serie A|
|Hellas Verona||Verona||Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi||38,402||10th in Serie A|
|Internazionale||Milan||San Siro||80,018||5th in Serie A|
|Juventus||Turin||Juventus Stadium||41,254||Serie A champions|
|Lazio||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||72,698||9th in Serie A|
|Milan||Milan||San Siro||80,018||8th in Serie A|
|Napoli||Naples||Stadio San Paolo||60,240||3rd in Serie A|
|Palermo||Palermo||Stadio Renzo Barbera||36,349||Serie B Champions|
|Parma||Parma||Stadio Ennio Tardini||27,906||6th in Serie A|
|Roma||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||72,698||2nd in Serie A|
|Sampdoria||Genoa||Stadio Luigi Ferraris||36,685||12th in Serie A|
|Sassuolo||Sassuolo1||Mapei Stadium||23,717||17th in Serie A|
|Torino||Turin||Olimpico di Torino||27,994||7th in Serie A|
|Udinese||Udine||Stadio Friuli||30,642||14th in Serie A|
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
- Additionally, referee kits are now being made by Diadora, and Nike has a new match ball, the Ordem Serie A.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Udinese||Francesco Guidolin||Appointed as technical supervisor||20 May 2014||Pre-season||Andrea Stramaccioni||4 June 2014|
|Milan||Clarence Seedorf||Sacked||9 June 2014||Filippo Inzaghi||9 June 2014|
|Lazio||Edoardo Reja||Resigned||12 June 2014||Stefano Pioli||12 June 2014|
|Cagliari||Ivo Pulga||Sacked||20 June 2014||Zdeněk Zeman||20 June 2014|
|Juventus||Antonio Conte||Resigned||15 July 2014||Massimiliano Allegri||16 July 2014|
|Chievo||Eugenio Corini||Sacked||19 October 2014||17th||Rolando Maran||19 October 2014|
|Internazionale||Walter Mazzarri||Sacked||14 November 2014||9th||Roberto Mancini||14 November 2014|
|Cesena||Pierpaolo Bisoli||Sacked||8 December 2014||19th||Domenico Di Carlo||8 December 2014|
|Cagliari||Zdeněk Zeman||Sacked||23 December 2014||18th||Gianfranco Zola||24 December 2014|
|Atalanta||Stefano Colantuono||Sacked||4 March 2015||17th||Edoardo Reja||4 March 2015|
|Cagliari||Gianfranco Zola||Sacked||9 March 2015||18th||Zdeněk Zeman||9 March 2015|
|Cagliari||Zdeněk Zeman||Resigned||21 April 2015||19th||Gianluca Festa||22 April 2015|
|Team||Previous owner||New owner||Date|
|Cagliari||Massimo Cellino||Tommaso Giulini||11 June 2014|
|Sampdoria||Edoardo Garrone||Massimo Ferrero||12 June 2014|
|Parma||Tommaso Ghirardi||Dastraso Holding Ltd.||20 December 2014|
|Dastraso Holding Ltd.||Giampietro Manenti||9 February 2015|
|Giampietro Manenti||Under provisional accounting||19 March 2015|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Juventus (C)||38||26||9||3||72||24||+48||87||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|3||Lazio||38||21||6||11||71||38||+33||69||Qualification to Champions League play-off round|
|4||Fiorentina||38||18||10||10||61||46||+15||64||Qualification to Europa League group stage[a]|
|6||Genoa[b]||38||16||11||11||62||47||+15||59||Ineligible for UEFA competitions|
|7||Sampdoria||38||13||17||8||48||42||+6||56||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[a]|
|18||Cagliari (R)||38||8||10||20||48||68||−20||34||Relegation to Serie B|
|20||Parma (R, L, R, R)||38||6||8||24||33||75||−42||19[c]||Relegation to Serie D|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) draw. (Head-to-head record is applied for clubs with the same number of points only once all matches between said clubs have been played.).
(C) Champion; (L) Liquidated; (R) Relegated.
- Since the winners of the 2014–15 Coppa Italia (Juventus) qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the fifth-placed team and the spot originally meant for the fifth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was given to the highest placed team that has obtained an UEFA license and not already qualified for European competition.
- Genoa failed to obtain a UEFA license from Italian Football Federation. Therefore, they were barred to participate in European competitions. Genoa appealed the decision, but the appeal was denied.
- Parma was docked 7 points for failing to pay over players' wages. Later the club announced bankruptcy, and it was recreated without professional status.
Positions by roundEdit
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches were not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match was scheduled for matchday 29 (Fiorentina vs Sampdoria), but then postponed and played between matchdays 30 and 31, it was added to the standings for matchday 30.
|2015–16 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|2015–16 UEFA Champions League Play-off round|
|2015–16 UEFA Europa League Group stage|
|2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
|Relegation to 2015–16 Serie B|
Most clean sheetsEdit
- As of matches played on 31 May 2015.
|2||Morgan De Sanctis||Roma||16|
|Mauro Icardi||Internazionale||Sassuolo||7–0||14 September 2014|
|Albin Ekdal||Cagliari||Internazionale||4–1||28 September 2014|
|Filip Đorđević||Lazio||Palermo||4–0||29 September 2014|
|Gonzalo Higuaín||Napoli||Hellas Verona||6–2||26 October 2014|
|Fabio Quagliarella||Torino||Sampdoria||5–1||1 February 2015|
|Domenico Berardi||Sassuolo||Milan||3–2||17 May 2015|
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