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Friday November 8 2013
Four-za Serie A!

How does Serie A rank statistically against the other top Leagues in Europe so far this season? Varun Mathure looks at the numbers.

Until this past weekend, Roma were the only team across the big five European Leagues to have won each of its games in this first part of the season.

The two goals that the Giallorossi have conceded this term over 11 games are also the fewest in the ‘big five’. Incidentally, next on the meanest defence list are Rudi Garcia’s former side Lille who are second in Ligue 1.

A good indicator of the forte of a championship is to study the top four. In terms of the strength of the top four, Italy has an enviable record as compared to the rest of the continents leading top tiers.

Italy’s top four sides have lost a combined three games, which is three fewer than the next best League Spain where the top four have lost six games. While the elite groups in England, France and Germany have each lost seven encounters.

The wins column doesn’t look bad either as Serie A’s top four have won 34 of the 44 games, in England it is 26 of 40, Spain 38 of 48, Germany 32 of 44 and finally France where the top four have won just 29 of the 48 games.

In terms of points, Serie A’s top four have netted an average of 2.48 points per game. Again this number is the best in Europe, as La Liga’s top four average 2.46, Bundesliga teams have an average of 2.29, the Premier League’s big four have 2.12 and Ligue 1 sides come last with a measly 2.06.

There has been a lot made of Italy being one the most entertaining Leagues this season and the goals have certainly been flying in. Serie A’s cream has scored a combined 99 goals between them at an average of 2.25 goals per game.

Spain predictably comes out on top here, with the top four netting 114 goals at a rate of 2.38 per tie, the goal-filled Bundesliga just edges out Serie A with 102 goals at 2.32, the Premier League group has scored just 64 goals – though this figure is greatly brought down by Tottenham – at a rate of 1.6. Ligue 1 is last again with 75 goals at 1.56.

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Have your say...
Agree with Commonsense.

I beleive that TECHNICALLY players in Serie A are better GENERALLY than the premier league. I saw Chievo vs Fiorentina recently, and Cheivo did NOT play like a Sunderland who are in a similar position to them. The premier league in England in my view is exciting, end to end and anyone can beat anyone, but Serie A is progressing well, and it is great to see Roma and Napoli up there for the Scuddeto!...
on the 11th November, 2013 at 4:47pm
For the amount of limited funds the seria a has had which is limited, They the clubs have been budgeting and carefully selling players and acquiring new ones. WHICH IN TURN ALSO changed and shifted the catenaccio system into a more entertaining attacking style of soccer which in turn is getting a more wider fan base globally . Seria A is slowly coming back in all its glory. The last 3 years seria a owes Juventus some appreciation for their slow but progressive comeback.
on the 9th November, 2013 at 1:59am
The problem with the analysis that Europa League being the true barometer of league strength is the lack of commitment Serie A teams have to it. I won't say that Serie A teams don't take it seriously, but league games are prioritized over Europa League.
on the 9th November, 2013 at 1:51am
I agree with Simon Phukan,

It is the mid level teams playing in the Europa league that actually determine how high in rankings a team would go. So Emphasis needs to be put on who is representing Serie A in the Europa league. I think best teams for next season on current form would be
Roma, Napoli, Juve for champions league.
Inter, Fiorntina, Lazio for Europa league. I believe that would be the best exhibits for Serie A
on the 8th November, 2013 at 3:52pm
I love SerieA, as it introduced me to the world of football while it has dwindled in terms of fanfare. Stll entertaining. I hope Roma can replicate this form next season in the champions league.
Serie A needs good coefficients in Europe to get back to the top 3.
Roma
Napoli
Juventus .......for champions league
Inter
Fiorentina
Lazio/Sassulo/Milan....for Europa League.
That will be the best representatives for Serie A next season. No Udinese bad habit of disappointing and being dead-weight
on the 8th November, 2013 at 3:46pm
Oh and one more thing to help the league? Have Roma bring home a scudetto baby!!!! Daje Roma!!

That will shake things up in the eyes of a lot of casual fans.
on the 8th November, 2013 at 3:03pm
Agree this doesn't show much, but i'm tired of eharing about Serie A's decline so thanks for this.

Serie A is making some right moves. Foreign investment (yes it's not ideal but hey, it's working for the top English clubs) as well as plans for some teams to build new stadiums. An influx of talent from abroad, Higuain, Llorente, Tevez, Reina. Let's get some stricter rules and penalties for racist ultras (ban them, don't have an empty stadium that is the dumbest idea ever.
on the 8th November, 2013 at 3:00pm
Well, Italian team needs to do better in Champions League and Europa League football....Though in recent past Milan and Inter has won the Champions League in 2007 and 2010 but overall its not doing as good and Premier League and La Liga

Also, its been a long time since any Italian club has won the Europa League....mid tier club in Italy are not competing well

Having said that...this year Italian team are performing much better...
on the 8th November, 2013 at 2:58pm
I have just wasted my time reading this. Thanks!
on the 8th November, 2013 at 2:58pm
I agree with Martin here, you can only compare different leagues based on European competition (ironically Italy's current best team aren't in Europe this season)

Im a huge Serie A fan and I believe the league is gradually on the rise again, and I will defend it in any argument but I cant take any satisfaction from these stats.
on the 8th November, 2013 at 2:47pm
@ Martin I think it does show something. A sense of delusion. How does a top 4 effectively running away with it bode well for Serie A particularly when those same teams are doing terribly in Europe? Serie A is not in a good state right now and there's no point glossing over it even with statistics which undermine the point in any event. There is deep rooted reform needed of Serie A including stadium ownership and generally making the stadiums more family rather hooligan friendly.
on the 8th November, 2013 at 2:30pm
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to second with @Martin(Juve Fan) here. These statistics show nothing, and some would argue, rather strongly, that those statistics actually indicate Serie A is definitively growing weaker in quality. Whether we like it or not, the true test in quality is in the UCL and EL - and we're not exactly making waves this season thus far. Juve did good against RM, but we seemed to be in a lower tier than RM who are obviously going thru a tough moment.
on the 8th November, 2013 at 2:17pm
The mid teams in Italy are much much better than in England France and Spain
on the 8th November, 2013 at 2:07pm
Very useless analysis. Means nothing in terms of team strength or entertainment. The entertainment comes from strong competition with more goals. And your analysis gives the reader the hint that it is not the case! I think Italian league is better int he past two years. But needs to become more entertaining and top teams need to be more competitive on European level.
on the 8th November, 2013 at 1:24pm
This is a pointless exercise that doesnt show anything. Only the champions league and europe league prove where serie a and calcio stand. If you were to judge it by these stats then the Scottish Prem would be the best in the world... It shows that the mid to low teams in Italy are further off the top than other mid to low teams in europe...
on the 8th November, 2013 at 12:34pm

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