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Sunday May 5 2013
Serie A Week 35: Did You Know?

Juventus do a Scudetto double after a decade, Miroslav Klose makes history and Edinson Cavani gets a century as Susy Campanale sums up the week's intriguing stats.

Juventus celebrate their 29th Scudetto31st if you count the two stripped in the Calciopoli scandal – thanks to an eighth consecutive victory and third straight clean sheet. The Bianconeri also won the Scudetto on May 5 2002, when surpassing Inter on the last day of the season. This is Juve’s fourth title in a 20-team League after 1950, 1952 and 2012.

Ignoring the Calciopoli titles, the last time Juventus confirmed their status as Champions of Italy was in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Old Lady have won two on the bounce on several occasions: 1959-61, 1971-73, 1976-78, 1980-82, 1996-98 and 2001-03. The only time they’ve had more than two on the trot was a run of five from 1930-35.

Antonio Conte has now won seven Scudetti with Juventus – five as a player. Andrea Pirlo has won the Serie A title for the last three years running, as he was in the Milan champions of 2011. Gigi Buffon took his title tally up to four, all of them with Juventus.

With 26 wins after 35 rounds, Juve set a new club record in the 14 Leagues with 20 teams, already one more than in 1949-50.

Paul Pogba ruined the party by earning Juve’s first red card of the season. Arturo Vidal’s 10th League goal of the campaign made him the first to reach double figures and confirmed Juve have received more penalties than any other team – 11. The Chilean has scored five goals in the last four games.

Kwadwo Asamoah became the first African player to win a Scudetto for the Bianconeri – fellow Ghanaian Stephan Appiah had his 2004-05 title stripped.

Palermo had won three of their previous four trips to Turin, losing 3-0 last season. The Sicilians haven’t scored in their last four encounters with Juve, home and away, conceding seven. The Rosanero had been unbeaten in five rounds, in which they notched up 11 points, and had scored in their last five.

Miroslav Klose made history as the first Lazio player ever to score five goals in a single game. Before this, he hadn’t managed a hat-trick for the club either. The last Serie A man to net five in one match was Roberto Pruzzo in Roma 5-1 Avellino on February 16 1986.

Lazio had failed to score in six of their previous eight games, but broke that drought in some style. Bologna’s run of five consecutive draws came to a halt.

Edinson Cavani celebrated his 101st goal in 135 official games for Napoli. All seven of his top flight hat-tricks have been at the San Paolo. El Matador put eight goals past Inter in their last nine meetings in all competition. The Partenopei have lost just one of the last 17 rounds, 2-0 at Chievo on March 10, along with 11 wins and six draws.

Inter haven’t conquered the San Paolo in Serie A since October 2007, scraping two points from seven visits. The Nerazzurri hadn’t had a spot-kick since the 3-1 win at Juventus on November 3, going without for 23 rounds.

With 14 defeats, this equals the Nerazzurri’s worst campaigns under Massimo Moratti set in 1998-99 and 2011-12. They’ve lost six of the last eight rounds. Cristian Chivu celebrated his 200th Serie A appearance, his debut being in Roma 5-0 Brescia on September 14 2003.

Roma faced Fiorentina three times this season between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, winning all of them. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has scored five of Roma’s last eight Serie A goals. The Giallorossi kept their fourth clean sheet in the last 21 games, conceding 31 goals, and have lost just one of the last 11 matches, winning seven. The Viola had failed to find the net just once in the previous 14 rounds.

Fiorentina’s only other loss at the Franchi this season was 2-0 to Pescara in January along with 12 wins and four stalemates. Vincenzo Montella has never beaten Roma as an opposition Coach, managing two draws from five attempts. Aurelio Andreazzoli has an average of two points per game on the Giallorossi bench, earning 24 in 12 rounds.

Milan have only failed to win one of the six games this season in which Mario Balotelli was on target, drawing the seventh. SuperMario scored in all of the home games he featured in this season. This was their 10th win in the last 11 Serie A home ties, but only the fourth clean sheet during that period.

Torino scraped just one point from the last six games and lost four on the bounce. The Granata conceded 17 goals in the final seven minutes of their matches this season. Milan, meanwhile, scored 22 in the last 15 minutes.

With 18, Antonio Di Natale has netted more braces than any other player over the last five Serie A seasons. Toto scored in nine of his last 14 meetings with Sampdoria and now has 173 Serie A goals. For the fourth year running, Di Natale has amassed at least 20 goals per season.

Udinese registered a fifth consecutive victory for the first time since May 2009, when it was six on the bounce, and confirmed their unbeaten League home run of 10 wins and seven stalemates. They conceded after 359 minutes of football. Samp are without a win in eight rounds, scraping just three points, and have won just one of their last eight encounters with Udinese including five defeats. Eder’s sixth goal of the season equals his personal best set with Brescia in 2010-11.

Catania set a new club record by reaching 51 points in a single Serie A season. This beats the previous best of 48. Gonzalo Bergessio celebrated his debut Serie A hat-trick, taking his total tally to 24.

Siena had never previously lost a Serie A fixture in Catania, managing a win and four draws. The Elefantini ended their five-game winless streak, but Robur suffered a third consecutive defeat in which they failed to score and conceded eight.

Genoa have gone from failing to win in eight games to registering two consecutive victories, something they hadn’t managed all season. The Rossoblu have scored in all but one of their last seven home matches, but also kept just one clean sheet. Antonio Floro Flores got his second goal in three games, while Marco Borriello went up to 70 in his career. Andrea Bertolacci set a new personal best with his fourth of the campaign.

Pescara are relegated into Serie B after their 25th defeat of the season – just two shy of Venezia’s record in 1950. They have the worst attack (26) and defence (74). Giuseppe Sculli’s 38th Serie A goal was his first since Genoa 2-0 Palermo on May 13 2012.

Parma-Atalanta hasn’t ended with a share of the spoils since a 2-2 in October 2004, followed by three home wins and two for the visitors. The Ducali had fired blanks in their previous four matches.

Cagliari have fired blanks in their last four encounters with Chievo, home and away, earning two draws and as many defeats. The Flying Donkeys have failed to score in their last four Bentegodi outings. The Sardinians have never won a League game in Verona, managing five draws and five losses. Luca Rossettini marked his 100th Serie A appearance.

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