2018–19 Serie A
The 2018–19 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 117th season of top-tier Italian football, the 87th in a round-robin tournament, and the 9th since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. Juventus were the seven-time defending champions and defended their title following their victory against Fiorentina on 20 April 2019. The season was run from 18 August 2018 to 26 May 2019.
|Dates||18 August 2018 – 26 May 2019|
|Goals scored||1,019 (2.68 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fabio Quagliarella|
|Biggest home win||Fiorentina 6–1 Chievo|
(26 August 2018)
Inter 5–0 Genoa
(3 November 2018)
|Biggest away win||Frosinone 0–5 Sampdoria|
(15 September 2018)
Frosinone 0–5 Atalanta
(20 January 2019)
|Highest scoring||Sassuolo 5–3 Genoa|
(2 September 2018)
Sassuolo 2–6 Atalanta
(29 December 2018)
Sassuolo 3–5 Sampdoria
(16 March 2019)
|Longest winning run||8 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||27 games|
|Longest winless run||18 games|
|Longest losing run||7 games|
Inter 1–0 Milan
(21 October 2018)
SPAL 1–0 Parma
(Bologna, 26 August 2018)
On 28 April, Empoli earned the right to come back to Serie A after one year of relegation. On 18 May 2018, Parma achieved promotion having finished second in the 2017–18 Serie B season, just three seasons after their bankruptcy relegation to Serie D. The last team promoted, after 2 years of absence, was Frosinone, who defeated Palermo in the Serie B play-off finals 3–2 on aggregate.
On 23 July, Parma were handed a 5-point deduction for the 2018–19 Serie A season, following text messages from Parma player Emanuele Calaiò "eliciting a reduced effort" from two players of Spezia during the 2017–18 season, a match Parma won 2–0 to secure promotion to this season. On 9 August, Parma had the 5-point deduction expunged.
On 14 August, the day of the Ponte Morandi bridge collapse in Genoa, the Italian Football Federation announced a minute's silence would be added for the victims of the collapse before all Serie A matches during the opening weekend that succeeded the incident. On 16 August, the Lega Serie A postponed the opening matches for both Genoese clubs Genoa and Sampdoria that were originally scheduled for 19 August.
On 26 May, Atalanta finished third and secured a place in the Champions League group stage, both for the first time in their history. Meanwhile, Empoli which were one point above the relegation zone ahead of Genoa, were eventually relegated to Serie B after they were defeated by Internazionale, while Genoa drew with Fiorentina.
This was also the last season of iconic Roma captain Daniele De Rossi that left the team after 18 seasons, while veterans Sergio Pellissier (from Chievo), Andrea Barzagli (from Juventus) and Emiliano Moretti (from Torino) retired from professional football at the end of the season.
Stadiums and locations
|Team||Home city||Stadium||Capacity||2017–18 season|
|Atalanta||Bergamo||Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia||21,300||7th in Serie A|
|Bologna||Bologna||Stadio Renato Dall'Ara||38,279||15th in Serie A|
|Cagliari||Cagliari||Sardegna Arena||16,233||16th in Serie A|
|Chievo||Verona||Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi||38,402||13th in Serie A|
|Stadio Carlo Castellani||16,284||Serie B champions|
|Fiorentina||Florence||Stadio Artemio Franchi||43,147||8th in Serie A|
|Frosinone||Frosinone||Stadio Benito Stirpe||16,227||Serie B playoff winners|
|Genoa||Genoa||Stadio Luigi Ferraris||36,685||12th in Serie A|
|Sampdoria||Genoa||Stadio Luigi Ferraris||36,685||10th in Serie A|
|Internazionale||Milan||San Siro||80,018||4th in Serie A|
|Milan||Milan||San Siro||80,018||6th in Serie A|
|Juventus||Turin||Juventus Stadium||41,507||Serie A champions|
|Torino||Turin||Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino||27,994||9th in Serie A|
|Lazio||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||72,698||5th in Serie A|
|Roma||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||72,698||3rd in Serie A|
|Napoli||Naples||Stadio San Paolo||60,240||2nd in Serie A|
|Parma||Parma||Stadio Ennio Tardini||27,906||2nd in Serie B|
|Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore
|23,717||11th in Serie A|
|SPAL||Ferrara||Stadio Paolo Mazza||16,164||17th in Serie A|
|Udinese||Udine||Stadio Friuli||25,132||14th in Serie A|
Personnel and kits
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Napoli||Maurizio Sarri||Mutual consent||23 May 2018||Pre-season||Carlo Ancelotti||23 May 2018|
|Bologna||Roberto Donadoni||24 May 2018||Filippo Inzaghi||13 June 2018|
|Cagliari||Diego López||30 May 2018||Rolando Maran||7 June 2018|
|Sassuolo||Giuseppe Iachini||5 June 2018||Roberto De Zerbi||13 June 2018|
|Udinese||Igor Tudor||7 June 2018||Julio Velázquez||7 June 2018|
|Chievo||Lorenzo D'Anna||Sacked||9 October 2018||20th||Gian Piero Ventura||10 October 2018|
|Genoa||Davide Ballardini||9 October 2018||11th||Ivan Jurić||9 October 2018|
|Empoli||Aurelio Andreazzoli||5 November 2018||18th||Giuseppe Iachini||6 November 2018|
|Chievo||Gian Piero Ventura||Resigned, consensual resolution||13 November 2018||20th||Domenico Di Carlo||13 November 2018|
|Udinese||Julio Velázquez||Sacked||13 November 2018||17th||Davide Nicola||13 November 2018|
|Genoa||Ivan Jurić||7 December 2018||14th||Cesare Prandelli||7 December 2018|
|Frosinone||Moreno Longo||19 December 2018||19th||Marco Baroni||19 December 2018|
|Bologna||Filippo Inzaghi||28 January 2019||18th||Siniša Mihajlović||28 January 2019|
|Roma||Eusebio Di Francesco||7 March 2019||5th||Claudio Ranieri||8 March 2019|
|Empoli||Giuseppe Iachini||13 March 2019||17th||Aurelio Andreazzoli||13 March 2019|
|Udinese||Davide Nicola||20 March 2019||16th||Igor Tudor||21 March 2019|
|Fiorentina||Stefano Pioli||Resigned||9 April 2019||10th||Vincenzo Montella||10 April 2019|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Juventus (C)||38||28||6||4||70||30||+40||90||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|5||Milan||38||19||11||8||55||36||+19||68||Ineligible for UEFA competitions|
|6||Roma||38||18||12||8||66||48||+18||66||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|7||Torino||38||16||15||7||52||37||+15||63||Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round|
|8||Lazio||38||17||8||13||56||46||+10||59||Qualification for the Europa League group stage|
|18||Empoli (R)||38||10||8||20||51||70||−19||38||Relegation to Serie B|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw. (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played).
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Atalanta finished ahead of Internazionale on head-to-head points: Atalanta 4–1 Internazionale, Internazionale 0–0 Atalanta.
- Milan excluded from UEFA competitions over financial fair play violation.
- Lazio qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2018–19 Coppa Italia.
- Sassuolo finished ahead of Udinese on goal difference: Sassuolo –7, Udinese –14.
- Positions determined by head-to-head points: Parma: 9 pts; Cagliari: 7 pts; Fiorentina: 1 pt.
- Genoa finished ahead of Empoli on head-to-head points: Genoa 2–1 Empoli, Empoli 1–3 Genoa.
- Chievo were deducted 3 points after being found guilty of false accounting.
Positions by round
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.
|Leader and UEFA Champions League group stage|
|UEFA Champions League group stage|
|UEFA Europa League group stage|
|UEFA Europa League second qualifying round|
|Relegation to Serie B|
1 Piątek played for Genoa until matchday 20 and scored 13 goals.
|5||Rodrigo De Paul||Udinese||8|
|Josip Iličić||Atalanta||Chievo||5–1 (A)||21 October 2018|
|Dries Mertens||Napoli||Empoli||5–1 (H)||2 November 2018|
|Duván Zapata||Atalanta||Udinese||3–1 (A)||9 December 2018|
|Josip Iličić||Atalanta||Sassuolo||6–2 (A)||29 December 2018|
|Duván Zapata4||Atalanta||Frosinone||5–0 (A)||20 January 2019|
4 Player scored four goals ; (H) – Home (A) – Away
|Most Valuable Player||Cristiano Ronaldo||Juventus|
|Best Young Player||Nicolò Zaniolo||Roma|
|Best Goalkeeper||Samir Handanović||Internazionale|
|Best Defender||Kalidou Koulibaly||Napoli|
|Best Midfielder||Sergej Milinković-Savić||Lazio|
|Best Striker||Fabio Quagliarella||Sampdoria|
Number of teams by region
|4||Emilia-Romagna||Bologna, Parma, Sassuolo and SPAL|
|3||Lazio||Frosinone, Lazio and Roma|
|Lombardy||Atalanta, Internazionale and Milan|
|2||Liguria||Genoa and Sampdoria|
|Piedmont||Juventus and Torino|
|Tuscany||Empoli and Fiorentina|
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