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Monday May 20 2013
Serie A Week 38: Did You Know?

Edinson Cavani's a special Capocannoniere, Mario Balotelli is Milan's lucky charm, Sampdoria are Juve's curse and Inter set a new club record as Susy Campanale rounds up the final stats.

Edinson Cavani is only the second ever Capocannoniere to wear a Napoli shirt, following in the footsteps of Diego Armando Maradona in 1987-88. El Matador netted 11 goals in the final nine rounds and on 29 has been more prolific than anyone since Luca Toni’s 31 for Fiorentina in 2005-06. Roma become his favourite victims with nine goals past them in 12 meetings, including seven in the last five encounters.

Philippe Mexes had never previously scored in Serie A for Milan, but broke through with a crucial goal in his 39th game. The Rossoneri went behind on 15 occasions this season, ending with four wins, three draws and eight defeats. Claudio Terzi scored the 15th header conceded by Milan this term.

Milan have not lost any of the 13 games with Mario Balotelli on the pitch, winning nine and drawing four, while he scored 12 goals.

Siena have only ever beaten the Diavolo once, home and away, along with two draws and 15 defeats. That lone victory was 2-1 on home turf in April 2005, but lost the last nine on the bounce scoring six goals and conceding 24. Milan have won five of their last six visits to Siena, but didn’t keep a single clean sheet in that time. The Tuscans bowed out of Serie A with a sixth consecutive loss.

Adem Ljajic registered his debut Serie A hat-trick and has now found the net 10 times in the last 12 games. Mati Fernandez became the 16th different player to score for Fiorentina this season, more than any other club. The Viola notched up a fourth away win on the bounce, conceding just one goal.

Pescara end the campaign with nine consecutive home defeats, finding the net in only three of them. The Delfini also set a new all-time Serie A record with 28 losses in a single campaign, surpassing the 27 of Venezia in 1949-50. In the entire second half of the season, Pescara amassed two points from an available 57. Marco Vittiglio scored on his Serie A debut, aged 19.

Defeat at Marassi means Juventus have been unable to beat every team in Serie A this season and also failed to match the club record 28 wins set in 1949-50. The last side to get six points off Juve in a single campaign was Parma in 2010-11. The Bianconeri haven’t conquered Marassi in Serie A since a 1-0 result in March 2006, followed by three draws and two losses. This ends their run of five consecutive away victories, in which they’d scored nine and conceded one.

Home and away, Juventus haven’t got the better of the Blucerchiati in the last five meetings. Samp had been without a victory in 10 rounds, scraping just four points. Mauro Icardi put three goals past Juve, but hadn’t found the net since March 3 against Parma.

Inter set a new club record with their seventh home defeat of the season, beating the previous worst of six in 1955-56. Finishing in ninth place, it is the lowest position in the Moratti era.

Francesco Guidolin’s men qualify for Europe and set a new club record of eight consecutive victories. Inter-Udinese is the only Serie A match this season with three goals in the opening 15 minutes and it’s the first time the Biscione conceded three in the first half at home since May 2007 against Lazio. At 39 seconds, Giampiero Pinzi’s goal was only the third quickest of the campaign after Arturo Vidal against Inter and Antonio Nocerino with Pescara.

This season the Friulani put eight goals past Inter in two meetings, having won 3-0 in January. Udinese have won four of their last five encounters with the Nerazzurri, home and away. They also conquered San Siro last season, 1-0.

Antonio Di Natale concluded the campaign with 23 Serie A goals, though 16 of them were on home turf. Maurizio Domizzi had netted just once before this season, in a 3-2 win away to Roma on October 28. Both Gabriel Silva and Juan Jesus got their debut Serie A goals. Giampiero Pinzi also scored at San Siro this season against Milan on February 3.

Catania set a new club record with 56 points in a single Serie A season, demolishing the previous best of 48. The Elefantini have never won away to Torino, managing two draws and four losses. Rolando Bianchi said goodbye to the Granata with his 71st goal in 169 games for the club (73 in 173 matches including play-offs).

Napoli had not lost away to Roma since another 2-1 result in October 2009, earning a win and a draw. The Partenopei concluded the season with just two defeats in the last 21 rounds.

Lazio had beaten Cagliari in their last three meetings, home and away, scoring six goals and conceding one. Daniele Dessena got his third goal of the campaign, the most recent being in a 4-1 defeat to Udinese on December 2 2012.

Cyril Thereau set a new personal best with 11 Serie A goals and was involved in eight of Chievo’s last nine, scoring six and providing two assists. He was the only player to score in Chievo’s last five games. This was the first draw in Bergamo after four Atalanta wins and three for the visitors.

The Orobici ended the season on a streak of three points from seven games. Guglielmo Stendardo hadn’t been on a Serie A scoresheet since Lazio’s 2-0 win at Parma on February 14 2010.

Bologna had 34 attempts on goal against Genoa, yet failed to score. The last three Grifone games were all 0-0. Only one of the last eight meetings between these sides had been stalemates, a 1-1 in March 2011 along with four Genoa wins and three for Bologna in all venues.

Parma are unbeaten against Palermo in their last five encounters, home and away, earning four wins and a 0-0 draw in December 2011. The Ducali haven’t lost at the Barbera since December 2010, picking up two straight wins. Massimo Gobbi celebrated his first top flight goal since a 2-2 draw at Genoa on February 25 2012.

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Have your say...
@Domi,

Yes there is, me.

To be fair, you need to check if there's any clear non existent penalty gifted to Milan, also how many penalty gifted against Milan and how many penalty should be gifted to Milan but didn't. Get your fact straight.

Serie B? let me guess, are you an interista? I'm sorry for whats happen with Inter, but that's unavoidable since you treat your champion (Julio Cesar, Sneijder, etc) bad. Locker room's situation are crucial you know?

These important questions are answered. :)
on the 20th May, 2013 at 1:39pm
Serie A Week 38: Did You Know?

is there anybody who did not expect another help of the referee to help milan into the cl?

at least the referee had the instruction to wait until the final minutes...

how many penalties got milan gifted this season in order to manage this achievement?

are milan now going to be relegated to B in the summer? is this the reason wie allegri is not staying for next season and he already knows that?

does anyone know answers of this important questions?
on the 20th May, 2013 at 8:52am
Milan were incredibly lucky to win in Siena and if not for a non-existant penalty, they would be heading for the Europa League. Fiorentina can count themselves very unfortunate. As a Juventus fan I was very impressed with the Viola's performance in the 0-0 draw in Florence in September last year. Montella has done a superb job and their brand of attacking football has been a highlight of Serie A. Napoli and Milan rely heavily on one player, Fiorentina, like Juventus are more of a team.
on the 20th May, 2013 at 2:15am
Grazie Mille Mazzarri You brought us back to our glory days and we the Partenopei will for ever be grateful are success in the future will pay tribute to you for you left us with great times ahead . Good luck to you in your future. Wish you all the best! Will miss your passion. Ti Vogliamo Bene and will never forget the success we achieved under you guidance. Napula forever!
on the 20th May, 2013 at 2:03am

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