2015–16 Serie A
The 2015–16 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 114th season of top-tier Italian football, the 84th in a round-robin tournament, and the 6th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. Juventus were the defending champions. The campaign began on 22 August 2015 and ended on 15 May 2016.
|Dates||22 August 2015 – |
15 May 2016
|Goals scored||979 (2.58 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Gonzalo Higuaín |
|Best goalkeeper||Gianluigi Buffon |
(21 clean sheets)
|Biggest home win||Napoli 6–0 Bologna|
(19 April 2016)
|Biggest away win||Goal difference of 4|
|Highest scoring||Sampdoria 5–2 Carpi|
(23 August 2015)
Lazio 5–2 Hellas Verona
(11 February 2016)
|Longest winning run||15 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||26 games|
|Longest winless run||22 games|
|Longest losing run||5 games|
Internazionale 1–0 Milan
(13 September 2015)
Internazionale 0–0 Juventus
(18 October 2015)
|Lowest attendance||0 (behind closed doors)|
Palermo 2–2 Atalanta
(20 April 2016)
On 28 April 2015 Carpi obtained its first promotion ever to Serie A, after debuting in Serie B the year before, becoming the 64th team to participate in Serie A since the 1929–30 season. On 16 May, Frosinone also earned its first promotion to Serie A, becoming the 65th to participate. On 9 June 2015 Bologna won Serie B play-off, returning to the Serie A after just one year.
This season of Serie A was the first season to have goal-line technology implemented after severe complaints from various teams' general managers (first Adriano Galliani) in relation to controversial ghost goals during recent seasons of Serie A.
On 14 May, Gonzalo Higuaín broke Gunnar Nordahl's record for most goals scored in Serie A (20 teams championship) in a season (35 in 1949–50) and equaled Gino Rossetti's record in 1928–29 (that was composed of 32 teams, instead) by scoring 36 goals and winning the Capocannoniere.
Three Serie A icons also retired at the end of the season; the Verona captain Luca Toni, who scored 157 goals in 324 league appearances and was twice the league's top scorer, as well as Gianpaolo Bellini, the left-back who spent his entire career with Atalanta, making 435 appearances with the club. Both players also scored in their final games with their clubs on 8 May 2016, Toni in a 2–1 win over champions Juventus and Bellini in a 1–1 draw with Udinese; and on 14 May, Christian Abbiati for Milan in the last fixture of the season at home against Roma, however, he did not get any playing time, totaling 281 league appearances for the club.
Stadiums and locations
Personnel and kits
- Additionally, referee kits are now being made by Diadora, and Nike has a new match ball, the Ordem Serie A.
†Torino to appear Nyalakan Nyali branding to promote Suzuki branding in Indonesia.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Napoli||Rafael Benítez||Signed for Real Madrid||25 May 2015||Pre-season||Maurizio Sarri||12 June 2015|
|Udinese||Andrea Stramaccioni||Resigned||1 June 2015||Stefano Colantuono||4 June 2015|
|Sampdoria||Siniša Mihajlović||Signed for Milan||1 June 2015||Walter Zenga||4 June 2015|
|Milan||Filippo Inzaghi||Sacked||4 June 2015||Siniša Mihajlović||16 June 2015|
|Empoli||Maurizio Sarri||Signed for Napoli||5 June 2015||Marco Giampaolo||9 June 2015|
|Fiorentina||Vincenzo Montella||Sacked||8 June 2015||Paulo Sousa||21 June 2015|
|Carpi||Fabrizio Castori||Sacked||28 September 2015||20th||Giuseppe Sannino||29 September 2015|
|Bologna||Delio Rossi||Sacked||28 October 2015||18th||Roberto Donadoni||28 October 2015|
|Carpi||Giuseppe Sannino||Sacked||3 November 2015||20th||Fabrizio Castori||3 November 2015|
|Palermo||Giuseppe Iachini||Sacked||10 November 2015||12th||Davide Ballardini||10 November 2015|
|Sampdoria||Walter Zenga||Sacked||10 November 2015||10th||Vincenzo Montella||15 November 2015|
|Hellas Verona||Andrea Mandorlini||Sacked||30 November 2015||20th||Luigi Delneri||1 December 2015|
|Palermo||Davide Ballardini||Sacked||11 January 2016||16th||Fabio Viviani (caretaker)||11 January 2016|
|Roma||Rudi Garcia||Sacked||13 January 2016||5th||Luciano Spalletti||13 January 2016|
|Palermo||Fabio Viviani (caretaker)||End of caretaker spell||18 January 2016||14th||Giovanni Tedesco||26 January 2016|
|Palermo||Giovanni Tedesco||End of interim spell||10 February 2016||14th||Giovanni Bosi||10 February 2016|
|Palermo||Giovanni Bosi||Sacked||15 February 2016||15th||Giuseppe Iachini||15 February 2016|
|Palermo||Giuseppe Iachini||Sacked||10 March 2016||17th||Walter Novellino||10 March 2016|
|Udinese||Stefano Colantuono||Sacked||14 March 2016||16th||Luigi De Canio||15 March 2016|
|Lazio||Stefano Pioli||Sacked||3 April 2016||8th||Simone Inzaghi (caretaker)||3 April 2016|
|Palermo||Walter Novellino||Sacked||11 April 2016||18th||Davide Ballardini||12 April 2016|
|Milan||Siniša Mihajlović||Sacked||12 April 2016||6th||Cristian Brocchi||12 April 2016|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Juventus (C)||38||29||4||5||75||20||+55||91||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|3||Roma||38||23||11||4||83||41||+42||80||Qualification to Champions League play-off round|
|4||Internazionale||38||20||7||11||50||38||+12||67||Qualification to UEFA Europa League group stage|
|6||Sassuolo||38||16||13||9||49||40||+9||61||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|18||Carpi (R)||38||9||11||18||37||57||−20||38||Relegation to Serie B|
|20||Hellas Verona (R)||38||5||13||20||34||63||−29||28|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Since the winners of the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, Juventus, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to fifth-placed team and the spot awarded to the fifth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the sixth-placed team.
- Empoli ahead of Genoa on head-to-head goal difference; Empoli +1, Genoa –1.
- Torino ahead of Atalanta on head-to-head points; Torino 6 pts, Atalanta 0 pts.
- Palermo ahead of Udinese on head-to-head points; Palermo 6 pts, Udinese 0 pts.
Positions by round
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches were not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.
|Leader and 2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage|
|2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage|
|2016–17 UEFA Champions League play-off round|
|2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage|
|2016–17 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round|
|Relegation to 2016–17 Serie B|
|Nikola Kalinić||Fiorentina||Internazionale||4–1||27 September 2015|
|Suso||Genoa||Frosinone||4–0||3 April 2016|
|Dries Mertens||Napoli||Bologna||6–0||19 April 2016|
|Gonzalo Higuaín||Napoli||Frosinone||4–0||14 May 2016|
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