2018–19 Serie A

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Serie A
Season2018–19
Dates18 August 2018 – 26 May 2019
Matches played150
Goals scored412 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerKrzysztof Piątek
(11 goals)[1]
Biggest home winFiorentina 6–1 Chievo
(26 August 2018)
Internazionale 5–0 Genoa
(3 November 2018)
Biggest away winFrosinone 0–5 Sampdoria
(15 September 2018)
Highest scoringSassuolo 5–3 Genoa
(2 September 2018)
Longest winning run8 games
Juventus
Longest unbeaten run15 games
Juventus
Longest winless run15 games
Chievo
Longest losing run7 games
Chievo
Highest attendance78,725
Internazionale 1–0 Milan
(21 October 2018)
Lowest attendance7,000
SPAL 1–0 Parma
(26 August 2018)
Total attendance3,541,691
Average attendance25,479
All statistics correct as of 9 December 2018.

The 2018–19 Serie A is the 117th season of top-tier Italian football, the 87th in a round-robin tournament, and the 9th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. Juventus are the seven-time defending champions. The season is scheduled to run from 18 August 2018 to 26 May 2019.[2]

Events[edit]

Hellas Verona and Benevento immediately returned to Serie B after finishing 19th and 20th while Crotone, finishing in 18th place, were relegated after two seasons in the top flight.

On 28 April, Empoli earned the right to come back to Serie A after one year of relegation.[3] On 18 May 2018, Parma achieved promotion having finished second in the 2017–18 Serie B season, just three seasons after their bankruptcy relegation to Serie D.[4] The last team promoted, after 2 years of absence, was Frosinone, who defeated Palermo in the Serie B play-off finals 3–2 on aggregate.[5]

On 23 July, Parma were handed a 5-point deduction for the 2018–19 Serie A season, following text messages from Parma player Emanuele Calaiò "eliciting a reduced effort" from two players of Spezia during the 2017–18 season, a match Parma won 2–0 to secure promotion to this season.[6] On 9 August, Parma had the 5-point deduction expunged.[7]

On 14 August, the day of the Ponte Morandi bridge collapse in Genoa, the Italian Football Federation announced a minute's silence would be added for the victims of the collapse before all Serie A matches during the opening weekend that succeeded the incident.[8] On 16 August, the Lega Serie A postponed the opening matches for both Genoese clubs Genoa and Sampdoria that were originally scheduled for 19 August.[9]

On 13 September, Chievo was deducted 3 points after being found guilty of false accounting.[10]

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2017–18 season
Atalanta Bergamo Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 21,300 7th in Serie A
Bologna Bologna Stadio Renato Dall'Ara 38,279 15th in Serie A
Cagliari Cagliari Sardegna Arena 16,233 16th in Serie A
Chievo Verona Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 38,402 13th in Serie A
Empoli Empoli Stadio Carlo Castellani 16,284 Serie B Champions
Fiorentina Florence Stadio Artemio Franchi 43,147 8th in Serie A
Frosinone Frosinone Stadio Benito Stirpe 16,227 Serie B Playoff winner
Genoa Genoa Stadio Luigi Ferraris 36,685 12th in Serie A
Internazionale Milan San Siro 80,018 4th in Serie A
Juventus Turin Juventus Stadium 41,507 Serie A Champions
Lazio Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,698 5th in Serie A
Milan Milan San Siro 80,018 6th in Serie A
Napoli Naples Stadio San Paolo 60,240 2nd in Serie A
Parma Parma Stadio Ennio Tardini 27,906 2nd in Serie B
Roma Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,698 3rd in Serie A
Sampdoria Genoa Stadio Luigi Ferraris 36,685 10th in Serie A
Sassuolo Sassuolo Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
(Reggio Emilia)
23,717 11th in Serie A
SPAL Ferrara Stadio Paolo Mazza 16,164 17th in Serie A
Torino Turin Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino 27,994 9th in Serie A
Udinese Udine Stadio Friuli 25,132 14th in Serie A

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Atalanta Italy Gian Piero Gasperini Argentina Alejandro Gómez Joma Radici Group
Bologna Italy Filippo Inzaghi Switzerland Blerim Džemaili Macron Liu·Jo
Cagliari Italy Rolando Maran Italy Daniele Dessena Macron Ichnusa
Chievo Italy Domenico Di Carlo Italy Sergio Pellissier Givova Paluani
Empoli Italy Giuseppe Iachini Italy Manuel Pasqual Kappa Computer Gross
Fiorentina Italy Stefano Pioli Argentina Germán Pezzella Le Coq Sportif Save The Children
Frosinone Italy Moreno Longo Italy Daniel Ciofani Zeus Sport Banca Popolare del Frusinate
Genoa Italy Cesare Prandelli Italy Domenico Criscito Lotto Giocheria
Internazionale Italy Luciano Spalletti Argentina Mauro Icardi Nike Pirelli
Juventus Italy Massimiliano Allegri Italy Giorgio Chiellini Adidas Jeep
Lazio Italy Simone Inzaghi Bosnia and Herzegovina Senad Lulić Macron Marathonbet
Milan Italy Gennaro Gattuso Italy Alessio Romagnoli Puma[11][12] Fly Emirates
Napoli Italy Carlo Ancelotti Slovakia Marek Hamšík Kappa Lete
Parma Italy Roberto D'Aversa Portugal Bruno Alves Erreà Cetilar
Roma Italy Eusebio Di Francesco Italy Daniele De Rossi Nike Qatar Airways
Sampdoria Italy Marco Giampaolo Italy Fabio Quagliarella Joma Invent Energy
Sassuolo Italy Roberto De Zerbi Italy Francesco Magnanelli Kappa Mapei
SPAL Italy Leonardo Semplici Italy Mirco Antenucci Macron Tassi Group
Torino Italy Walter Mazzarri Italy Andrea Belotti Kappa Suzuki
Udinese Italy Davide Nicola Switzerland Valon Behrami Macron Dacia

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Napoli Italy Maurizio Sarri Mutual consent 23 May 2018[13] Pre-season Italy Carlo Ancelotti 23 May 2018[14]
Bologna Italy Roberto Donadoni 24 May 2018[15] Italy Filippo Inzaghi 13 June 2018[16]
Cagliari Uruguay Diego López 30 May 2018[17] Italy Rolando Maran 7 June 2018[18]
Sassuolo Italy Giuseppe Iachini 5 June 2018[19] Italy Roberto De Zerbi 13 June 2018[20]
Udinese Croatia Igor Tudor 7 June 2018 Spain Julio Velázquez 7 June 2018[21]
Chievo Italy Lorenzo D'Anna Sacked 9 October 2018[22] 20th Italy Gian Piero Ventura 10 October 2018[23]
Genoa Italy Davide Ballardini 9 October 2018[24] 11th Croatia Ivan Jurić 9 October 2018[24]
Empoli Italy Aurelio Andreazzoli 5 November 2018[25] 18th Italy Giuseppe Iachini 6 November 2018[26]
Chievo Italy Gian Piero Ventura Resigned, consensual resolution 13 November 2018[27] 20th Italy Domenico Di Carlo 13 November 2018[28]
Udinese Spain Julio Velázquez Sacked 13 November 2018 17th Italy Davide Nicola 13 November 2018[29]
Genoa Croatia Ivan Jurić 7 December 2018[30] 14th Italy Cesare Prandelli 7 December 2018[30]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus 15 14 1 0 32 8 +24 43 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Napoli 15 11 2 2 32 14 +18 35
3 Internazionale 15 9 2 4 27 13 +14 29
4 Milan 15 7 5 3 24 18 +6 26
5 Lazio 15 7 4 4 22 18 +4 25 Qualification to Europa League group stage
6 Torino 15 5 7 3 19 16 +3 22 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
7 Atalanta 15 6 3 6 29 20 +9 21
8 Roma 15 5 6 4 26 20 +6 21
9 Sassuolo 15 5 6 4 24 22 +2 21
10 Parma 15 6 3 6 16 19 −3 21
11 Sampdoria 15 5 5 5 23 19 +4 20
12 Fiorentina 15 4 7 4 21 16 +5 19
13 Cagliari 15 3 8 4 15 19 −4 17
14 Empoli 15 4 4 7 19 26 −7 16
15 Genoa 15 4 4 7 20 30 −10 16
16 SPAL 15 4 3 8 14 24 −10 15
17 Udinese 15 3 4 8 13 21 −8 13
18 Bologna 15 2 5 8 13 24 −11 11 Relegation to Serie B
19 Frosinone 15 1 5 9 11 33 −22 8
20 Chievo[a] 15 0 6 9 12 32 −20 3
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2018. Source: Serie A, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw. (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played).[32]
Notes:
  1. ^ Chievo was deducted 3 points after being found guilty of false accounting.[31]

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Atalanta146131314161715141089117
Bologna161418181818151617171716181818
Cagliari191512121616171314121413131313
Chievo14202020202020202020202020202020
Empoli2108161717181818181818171714
Fiorentina1083535376689101212
Frosinone201619191919191919191919191919
Genoa1191571176119101314141415
Internazionale171171596533223333
Juventus31111111111111111
Lazio151916854744454455
Milan121714141213111012545544
Napoli4253222223322222
Parma81217171012109111312116910
Roma55991410967896778
Sampdoria13181348985571112121011
Sassuolo662643488967889
SPAL734268131413151515151516
Torino181310101515121210117101166
Udinese971111711141516161617161617
Leader
UEFA Champions League Group stage
UEFA Europa League Group stage
UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
Relegation to Serie B
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2018. Source: Lega Serie A, ESPN Italian Serie A

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ATA BOL CAG CHV EMP FIO FRO GEN INT JUV LAZ MIL NAP PAR ROM SAM SAS SPA TOR UDI
Atalanta 0–1 4–0 4–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 0–0
Bologna 1–2 0–0 0–3 a 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1
Cagliari 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–0
Chievo 1–5 2–2 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–2
Empoli 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
Fiorentina 2–0 a 1–1 6–1 0–3 1–1 3–0 1–0
Frosinone 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–5
Genoa 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2
Internazionale 2–0 2–1 3–0 5–0 a 1–0 0–1 2–2
Juventus 2–0 3–1 a 1–1 1–0 2–0 a 3–1 2–1 2–0 a
Lazio 1–0 1–0 4–1 0–3 1–1 1–2 a 2–2 4–1
Milan 2–2 3–1 2–1 a 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–2 0–0
Napoli 0–0 5–1 1–0 4–0 a 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–0
Parma a 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 2–1 2–2
Roma 3–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 a 4–1 0–2
Sampdoria 4–1 1–1 a 0–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–4
Sassuolo 2–2 3–1 3–3 5–3 1–0 1–1 1–4 0–0
SPAL 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–2
Torino 1–1 3–2 2–1 a 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–0
Udinese 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2018. Source: Serie A
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Club Against Result Date
Slovenia Josip Iličić Atalanta Chievo 5–1 (A) 21 October 2018
Belgium Dries Mertens Napoli Empoli 5–1 (H) 2 November 2018
Colombia Duván Zapata Atalanta Udinese 3–1 (A) 9 December 2018
Note

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Number of teams by region[edit]

Number of teams Region Team(s)
4  Emilia-Romagna Bologna, Parma, Sassuolo and SPAL
3  Lazio Frosinone, Lazio and Roma
 Lombardy Atalanta, Internazionale and Milan
2  Liguria Genoa and Sampdoria
 Piedmont Juventus and Torino
 Tuscany Empoli and Fiorentina
1  Campania Napoli
 Friuli-Venezia Giulia Udinese
 Sardinia Cagliari
 Veneto Chievo

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