Although England is the birthplace of football as we know it, there’s no country in the world more enthusiastic about the sport than Italy. No wonder – Gli Azzurri is one of the most successful teams in the world, and the rest of the major teams in the country having won almost 50 major trophies, which makes the country the second most successful country in European football, only bested by Spain. Serie A is followed not only by the locals but by millions of fans all over the world.
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With such a rich football culture and a long history of the sport, Italy has gathered a few “best of” moments in football. Here are some of the most interesting ones gathered in one place.
Most consecutive Championship wins
Juventus are the team with the most championship wins on record (32). During their history, the team has won five consecutive Italian championships twice – between the 1930–31 and the 1934–35 seasons, as well as the 2011–12 and 2015–16 seasons. Juve is tied for this record by Torino FC (the 1942–43 season, as well as the 1945–46 to 1948–49 seasons, with a World War in between), and Inter Milan (between the 2005–06 and the 2009–10 seasons).
Inter Milan, by the way, holds the record of being the team with the most seasons in Serie A – 85.
Most consecutive wins
Inter is a team with many records under its belt. Among others, it holds the ‘title’ of winning the most consecutive games in one season – 17, in the 2006-2007 season. The highest number of matches won by Inter during a season is 30 (non-consecutive) – out of its 38 matches in the same 2006-2007 season, the team won 30 times.
Juve and its multiple records
As you might expect, Juve – the team with the most consecutive championship wins – has several other records under its belt. Among others, it has won the most games during a single season (38 matches in the 2013-2014 season), the most home wins (19 matches during the same season), the most games won (1496), and the most goals scored (4804) over its existence.
Individual player records
Enough about the teams, though – let’s take a look at the players. Milan defender Paolo Maldini holds the record for the most appearances during a career – he played 647 times during his 25 years on the field. He is not active at this time, but Francesco Totti is – he is the active player with the most appearances, with 607 games under his belt. The same Totti is the active player with the most goals on record (250 goals in 207 apps). He is not the biggest goalscorer of Italian football – this ‘title’ is held by Silvio Piola, who scored 274 times in his 537 matches between 1929 and 1954.
Most red cards
This is a negative record, but still worth mentioning: former Uruguayan player Rónald Paolo Montero Iglesias holds the record for the player with the most red cards received in Serie A. The player was sent off the field 21 times during his career, and 16 of these times during his nine years at Juve.