Serie A Season Review
The Serie A season is finally over, and we've enjoyed a record-breaking season. In this article, we'll analyze the Italian domestic campaign and take a look at awards, the champion, relegated clubs, and more.
Fourth Straight Scudetto for Inter
In perhaps the most incredibly one horse race Serie A has ever seen, Internazionale Milano stormed to their fourth straight Serie A title under manager Giuseppe Bergomi. This year, however, was special. Aside from being undefeated, they set multiple records in the process, being: greatest margin of victory (28 points), largest points total (110), and most wins (36).
Three teams must suffer the ignominy of relegation to the Serie B. This year, Siena and Empoli, quite honestly, went down without a fight, finishing with merely 16 and 22 points respectively. Genoa was sent down on the final day. They were tied with Catania on points but head to head sent them spiraling down to the second division.
Destro Defends Golden Boot Title
Mattia Destro stormed to his second straight Serie A Golden Boot award by scoring 30 times in 33 appearances, bettering his last season's tally of 29 by 1. Parma's two strikers Alberto Paloschi and Ishak Belfodil finished a distant 2nd and 3rd respectively, scoring 20 and 19 goals. Destro has fast become an Italian star, and with 10 goals in 10 caps for Italy, he will look to impress at this summer's European Championship.
Inter Dominates Team of the Year
No less than five Inter players worked their way into the Serie A Team of the Year. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Giuseppe Bellusci, and Andrea Ranocchia were all picked, highlighting Inter's defensive brilliance, and Lorenzo Insigne and Mattia Destro exemplified the Nerazzurri's attacking potency. An important fact is that all of Inter's outfield Team of the Year players are Italian internationals that will hope to have impressed enough to make the squad for the European Championship this summer.
Though the Serie A isn't over, the Italian domestic season isn't entirely over. The Coppa Italia final next Sunday will be contested between Inter Milan and Juventus and will fully wrap up Italian Calcio for the season as the final trophy is given. After that, the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday between our champions Inter and English giants Arsenal will warp up the season as a whole.