For many years, Juventus have been dominating Italy’s top division and currently hold an impressive nine titles in a row, with their latest victory coming last season when they clinched another Scudetto title. Yet despite having such an incredible run of success, there has always been strong competition between them and some of Italy’s other historic teams like AC Milan or Inter Milan to name but two. So who will be crowned champions this year?
Juventus FC: The Old Lady of Italian Football
Juventus Football Club, commonly known as the ‘Old Lady of Italian Football‘, is a professional football club based in Turin, Italy. Founded in 1897, the club has maintained a strong presence in the top divisions of Italian football and is one of the more successful sides in European football. Throughout its rich history, Juventus have won a record thirty-five Serie A titles, twelve Coppa Italia trophies, seven Supercoppa Italiana titles, two UEFA Champions League titles, two Intercontinental Cups and three UEFA Cups.
Juventus’ remarkable success across various competitions has established the club as a powerhouse in Italian football. Juventus are often referred to as ‘The Old Lady of Italian Football’ due to their history of wins and strong legacy.
Formerly known as ‘Atomico’ and then ‘Calcio Torino’, the club was renamed as ‘Juventus’ after splitting away from their parent company in 1950. Since then, the club has grown from strength to strength, provided support and representation to the wider local community while continually coming out on top amongst their peers in Italy. Juventus have been competing in Serie A since 1929 and are currently the reigning champions of Italy.
The team is managed by Maurizio Sarri, who arrived at the club in 2019 following a successful stint with Napoli and previous history of working with Chelsea. The side contains some of Europe’s finest ball-playing talents such as Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo and took home the 19/20 season’s title after just one season under Sarri’s stewardship.
Juventus’ immediate past coach Max Allegri delivered another league title to the club’s collection but failed to make it past the quarterfinals stage of any European competition during his five-year term; a record which Maurizio Sarri will be keen to remove. Despite this, there can be no denying that Juventus have remained firmly at the top of Italian football for years, a testament to their superb team-building when coupled with fine coaching and great players.
The Old Lady of Italian Football will continue to build upon their tremendous legacy and victories achieved throughout their long-standing history. With a great coaching staff and some of Europe’s most talented players all onboard, there is no doubt that Juventus are striking a course for even more success in Italy and beyond.
AC Milan: The team that knows how to win
AC Milan has become synonymous with success in Italian football. From its inception in 1899, the club has gone on to win an astonishing 18 Serie A titles, and a further five Coppa Italia trophies. This impressive tally of silverware makes AC Milan one of the most successful teams in Italian footballing history, with only Juventus able to rival them in terms of achievements.
Their most recent triumph came in the 2010/11 season, when they sealed a dramatic victory in the Serie A title race. Despite trailing rivals Inter Milan by 7 points with just three games remaining, they managed to reel in the gap and claim the trophy on the final day. It was a remarkable achievement, and yet another demonstration of AC Milan’s ability to find success when it matters most.
Throughout their history, AC Milan have been renowned for their tactical acumen and their ability to identify and purchase top-quality players. This has enabled them to consistently remain at the top of Italian football for over a century. From their iconic attacking duo of Kaka and Andrea Pirlo in the early 2000s, to the current pairing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hakan Calhanoglu, AC Milan have had some of the best players in world football playing for them over the years.
It is no wonder then that AC Milan is often referred to as ‘The Team That Knows How To Win’. Their long list of honours and consistent successes speak for themselves, and it is fair to say that they are one of the most decorated clubs in the world.
Indeed, the only thing more impressive than their trophy cabinet is their ability to stay at the top regardless of who they have playing for them. It is no surprise that they are currently the reigning champions of the Italian Serie A.
Inter Milan: A club with a rich history
Inter Milan is one of the most successful and iconic clubs in Italy, with a rich and storied history. Founded in 1908 as Football Club Internazionale Milano, the club originally played home matches at San Siro before temporarily moving to Littoriale Stadium due to financial hardship. Through dedication and world-class players, Inter Milan quickly gained popularity throughout the country and earned international renown.
As ranks began to swell, Inter Milan moved into the modern San Siro Stadium and began a golden age of successes throughout the 1900s. The success of Inter Milan did not come easy, however. During this time period, fierce rivalries with other Italian powerhouse clubs developed, and there were numerous legacies carved out. From 2006-2010 under the brilliant leadership of Roberto Mancini, Inter Milan achieved a period of sustained domestic dominance winning four Serie A titles in five years.
However, the pinnacle of Inter Milan’s history came during their Treble season when they won the UEFA Champions League, Serie A, and Coppa Italia in 2009–10 with Jose Mourinho as their manager. Under Mourinho, Diego Milito scored both goals in an epic 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final—the pinnacle of modern-day Inter Milan history.
Today, after returning to form following a brief decline in recent years, Inter Milan are again competing for the top honor in Italian soccer—the famed Scudetto—and are hoping to continue their historic run of domestic dominance. In 2020 under first-time manager Antonio Conte, who led Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles from 2012-2014, Inter Milan once again became champions of the Italian Serie A—marking their 19th Scudetto win and establishing themselves as “Il Più Grande” or “the greatest” club in Italian football.
AS Roma: A team on the rise
AS Roma is a team that has been on the rise in recent years. Since the appointment of Luciano Spalletti as manager in 2016, the club has gone from strength to strength, having finished as runner-up in the 2016-17 Serie A season, and narrowly losing in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool in 2018.
The team has a lot to be proud of and a passionate fanbase. Led by world-renowned striker Edin Dzeko and an experienced Italian midfield, the club’s potential is being realized. Roma have added quality to their squad this season including Cengiz Under and Justin Kluivert to name a few, making them a formidable opponent for any team in Serie A.
The league title is always a hotly contested prize every season and Roma have made their mark as contenders. Last season, Roma were only eclipsed by a Juventus side that had won their seventh consecutive title and thirty-third overall.
This year, however, with other powerhouses such as Internazionale and Napoli looking to challenge the established order and lesser teams such as Atalanta having made impressive gains; anything could happen. What sets Roma apart from their rivals, however, is their sheer determination and never-say-die attitude.
This ambition is demonstrated by their European successes, most notably their run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018 where they lost out to eventual winners Liverpool. It was an incredible achievement for the club and showed that even teams from outside of Italy can compete on the European stage.
Roma came very close to ending Juventus’ stranglehold on the Serie A title last season, but ultimately failed to do so by four points. That being said, last season was undoubtedly proof that Roma are a team on the rise and will be aiming for top spot this season. With their ambition and excellent recruitment strategy, there is every possibility that they could be crowned Italian Champions come May 2019.
Napoli: The southern powerhouse
Napoli: The Southern Powerhouse. It’s no secret that Napoli is one of Italy’s top teams in soccer. It’s a sleeping giant in Italy, and its passionate and devoted supporters make it one of the most unique and beloved teams in the entire country.
Napoli has been one of the top teams in Italy since the formation of Serie A in 1929. The team has been a consistent force in the Italian league ever since. Though Napoli had some lean years during its time in Italy, they have been a powerhouse in recent years.
Led by coach Maurizio Sarri and former superstars Marek Hamšík and Gonzalo Higuaín, the team became a juggernaut in Serie A.
Despite narrowly missing some of the most important trophies in Italian soccer, Napoli continued to pursue its goal of becoming champions of the highest division. In 2020–21 season, Napoli achieved unprecedented success, breaking records…
This milestone was made possible due to incredible performances from Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, and Kalidou Koulibaly; these three players were vital pieces to Napoli’s success during this historic season. All along, Napoli have the passionate supporters behind them; their dedicated fans have been a key factor to the team’s success with their overwhelming devotion and support. Together, they have been instrumental in building a strong team that continues to amaze every year.
Even though other teams may be more popular in Italy, Napoli’s fans have plenty to be proud of with their current fortunes. To this day, they remain as one of the strongest teams in Italian Serie A and are truly deserving champions for the coming seasons.