2013-14 SERIE A REVIEW

Serie A 2013-14 season review

The 2013-14 Serie A season welcomed new faces, witnessed new records and embraced new surprises in an unforgettable year.

Football Italia reflects on a campaign that saw Antonio Conte’s Juventus juggernaut face up to Rudi Garcia’s Roma revelation in the title race, Rafa Benitez make a mark with Napoli and Fiorentina’s philosophy continue to flourish.

Meanwhile, the two Milan giants ran through difficult moments, Calcio’s Coach-merry-go-round was also in full swing whilst the race for Europa League qualification included a few names otherwise expected to be involved in the battle against relegation.

Rating the Champions

Juventus set a new League record for points won on their way to a third successive Scudetto. Who were Antonio Conte’s key men in securing the Old Lady’s success? Read more

Player of the Season - Carlos Tevez

Mehdi Benatia, Jose Callejon, Andrea Pirlo, Ciro Immobile, Borja Valero, Arturo Vidal and Luca Toni all had excellent seasons, but Juventus’ Carlos Tevez stood out above them all. Read more

Capocannoniere - Ciro Immobile

From young gun to top flight flop, back through Capocannoniere and Italy’s World Cup hope, Ciro Immobile was only the move in 2013-14. Read more

Coach of the Season - Rudi Garcia

Consecutive years of summer promise withering into calcio chaos had Roma fans not holding much hope for Rudi Garcia. Yet, the Frenchman restored more than credibility to the capital. Read more

Young Player of the Season - Paul Pogba

Athletic, confident on the ball and calm beyond his years, Paul Pogba cemented an early season spot in the first team with Juventus to become a leading figure in their title push. Read more

Team of the Season

Only 11 spots were up for grabs in Football Italia’s Team of the Season - find out who made the cut and who didn’t. Read more

Quotes of the Season

Rudi Garcia’s Yaya Touré prophecy, Max Allegri warning Clarence Seedorf and the Turin Derby Flame War as Susy Campanale picks the quotes of the season. Read more

Stats of the Season

One for the calcio geeks, as Susy Campanale lists the best statistics that the 2013-14 season has produced. Read more

Club by club review

Every Serie A side’s campaign has been assessed by our team of experts, from the clubs who enjoyed record-breaking runs to those who endured forgettable form.

JUVENTUS - 1st - Pts 102 P 38 W 33 D 3 L 2 F 80 A 23

A new League points record and a third consecutive Scudetto for the first time in the club's history since the 1930s, it was almost the perfect season for Antonio Conte's Juventus. Read more

 

ROMA- 2nd - Pts 85 P 38 W 26 D 7 L 5 F 72 A 25

Rudi Garcia arrived at a club with low expectation and transformed them into credible title challengers with an eye-catching style of play. Read more

 

NAPOLI - 3rd - Pts 78 P 38 W 23 D 9 L 6 F 77 A 39

Rafa Benitez's debut season with Napoli showed signs of great promise, but inconsistency against Serie A's smaller sides proved costly. Read more

 

FIORENTINA - 4th - Pts 65 P 38 W 19 D 8 L 11 F 65 A 44

Vincenzo Montella’s side were consistent and care-free, but there’s a sense of what might have been had Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez avoided injury. Read more

 

INTER - 5th - Pts 60 P 38 W 15 D 15 L 8 F 62 A 39

It has been a season of transition for Inter, with new owner Erick Thohir’s first few months matched only with inconsistency on the pitch. Read more

 

PARMA - 6th - Pts 58 P 38 W 15 D 13 L 10 F 58 A 46

A club record unbeaten run put Parma and Roberto Donadoni well and truly back on the Serie A map and back into European football. Read more

 

TORINO - 7th - Pts 57 P 38 W 15 D 12 L 11 F 58 A 48

Inspired by strike duo Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci, Torino surged up the table after a slow start to only narrowly miss out on Europe. Read more

 

MILAN - 8th - Pts 57 P 38 W 16 D 9 L 13 F 57 A 49

A miserable year for Milan began badly and never improved. A change in Coach midseason only brought chaos for the club. Read more

 

LAZIO - 9th - Pts 56 P 38 W 15 D 11 L 12 F 54 A 54

A difficult start to the campaign resulted in Edy Reja’s return to the bench, but inconsistency and issues between President and fans affected progress. Read more

 

VERONA - 10th - Pts 54 P 38 W 16 D 6 L 16 F 62 A 68

Expected to be heavily involved in the relegation battle, Andrea Mandorlini’s outfit surprised everyone with their form, which almost took them to Europe. Read more

 

ATALANTA - 11th - Pts 50 P 38 W 15 D 5 L 18 F 43 A 51

A new club record set for consecutive wins this season, Atalanta pushed away from relegation trouble to make a late European push. Read more

 

SAMPDORIA - 12th - Pts 45 P 38 W 12 D 9 L 17 F 48 A 62

For the state Sinisa Mihajlovic found Sampdoria in, midtable is a huge achievement, even if patchy form still meant end-of-season frustration. Read more

 

UDINESE - 13th - Pts 44 P 38 W 12 D 8 L 18 F 46 A 57

Perhaps a year too long or one player too many sold for Francesco Guidolin to again work his magic with Udinese, in what proved to be a tough season. Read more

 

GENOA - 14th - Pts 44 P 38 W 11 D 11 L 16 F 41 A 50

Gian Piero Gasperini steadied the ship and briefly returned optimism to Genoa, but their year still ended directionless. Read more

 

CAGLIARI - 15th - Pts 39 P 38 W 9 D 12 L 17 F 34 A 53

Off-the-field distractions from their President and an uneasy midseason change in Coach distracted from Cagliari’s on-field approach. Read more

 

CHIEVO - 16th - Pts 36 P 38 W 10 D 6 L 22 F 34 A 54

The Flying Donkeys were in real relegation trouble for periods of the 2013-14 season, but found form and goals just when it mattered. Read more

 

SASSUOLO - 17th - Pts 34 P 38 W 9 D 7 L 22 F 43 A 72

Eusebio Di Francesco described Sassuolo’s successful bid against relegation in their debut Serie A campaign as ‘miraculous’, and he wasn’t wrong. Read more

 

CATANIA - 18th - Pts 32 P 38 W 8 D 8 L 22 F 34 A 66

Too many changes in Coach and not enough recruitment in the transfer market blighted Catania’s survival bid from the off. Read more

 

BOLOGNA - 19th - Pts 29 P 38 W 5 D 14 L 19 F 28 A 58

Selling Alessandro Diamanti in midseason saw form and inspirited desert Bologna when they needed it most. Read more

 

LIVORNO - 20th - Pts 25 P 38 W 6 D 7 L 25 F 39 A 77

Serie A proved too much for Livorno, who changed manager as many times as they managed to record a clean sheet in the top flight. Read more