Serie A teams
AC Milan or simply known as Milan was founded in 1899. The club has spent its entire history, with an exception of two seasons, in the top-flight of Italian football. AC Milan’s 18 FIFA and UEFA trophies are the fourth highest out of any club and the most out of any Italian club. Milan has won a joint-record three Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup. They have won seven Champions League titles, the UEFA Super Cup a joint-record five times and the Cup Winners’ Cup twice. With 19 league titles, Milan is tied in second place with rivals Inter Milan. They have also won the Coppa Italia five times, and the Supercoppa Italiana seven.
Inter Milan or commonly referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter was founded in 1908. the club has won 33 domestic trophies, including 19 Serie A titles, 8 Coppa Italia and 6 Supercoppa Italiana. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the record at that time. They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010. Their latest win completed an unprecedented Italian seasonal treble, with Inter winning the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto the same year. Milan has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
S.S.C Napoli or simply known as Napoli was founded in 1926. Napoli saw relatively little success in its early years, winning one Coppa Italia in 1962. Napoli then saw increased success in the 1980s, after the club acquired Diego Maradona. During his time in Naples, Maradona helped the team win several trophies, which led to the club retiring his number 10 jersey. During this period, Napoli won their sole league titles, in 1987 and 1990. Following his departure, however, Napoli struggled financially. The club has stabilized recently, which has led to renewed on-field success, winning 2012, 2014, and 2020 Coppa Italia titles.
Juventus FC or simply known as Juventus or Juve was founded in 1897. Nicknamed the Old Lady, the club has won 36 official league titles, 14 Coppa Italia titles and nine Supercoppa Italiana titles, being the record holder for all these competitions. They have also won two Intercontinental Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, and two UEFA Super Cups. The club’s fan base is the largest at the national level and one of the largest worldwide. Unlike most European sporting supporters’ groups, which are often concentrated around their own club’s city of origin, it is widespread throughout the whole country. Juventus players have won eight Ballon d’Or awards, four of these in consecutive years.
S.S. Lazio or simply known as Lazio was founded in 1900. The club had their first major success in 1958, winning the domestic cup. In 1974, they won their first Serie A title. The 1990s were the most successful period in Lazio’s history, with the team reaching the UEFA Cup final in 1998, winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 1999, and clinching the Serie A title in 2000. Due to a severe economic crisis in 2002 that forced president Sergio Cragnotti out of the club along with several star players being sold, Lazio’s success in the league declined. Despite the lower funds, the club has won four Coppa Italia titles since then; in 2004, 2009, 2013 and 2019.
A.S. Roma or simply known as Roma was founded in 1927. Roma have participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except for the 1951–52 season. Roma have won the Serie A three times, in 1941–42, 1982–83 and 2000–01, as well as nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. In European competitions, Roma has won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1960–61 and were runners-up in the 1983–84 European Cup and the 1990–91 UEFA Cup. Since 1953, Roma have played their home matches at the Stadio Olimpico, a venue they share with city rivals, Lazio. With a capacity of over 72,000, it is the second-largest of its kind in Italy, with only the San Siro able to seat more. Having a strong local rivalry, Roma and Lazio contest Derby della Capitale.
Lecce will play in Serie A in 2022-23, the highest level of the Italian football pyramid, after being promoted from Serie B. Lecce plays its home games at Stadio Via del Mare, which seats 31,533 people. The club was founded in 1908 and has spent much of its recent history bouncing between Italy’s second level and Serie A, where it debuted in the 1985-86 season. Its best Serie A finish is ninth, which it achieved in 1988-89.
Spezia Calcio was formed in 1906 by Swiss financier Hermann Hurni, who as a student played for the early Crystal Palace amateur teams in London. Spezia eventually returned to Serie A in 2020, precisely 100 years after their first appearance at the top level, as the winner of the promotion Play-Offs, guaranteeing a second Serie A tenure for the 2021-2022 season. Spezia clinched their third consecutive Serie A berth for the 2022-2023 season on May 15, 2022.
Sampdoria was created in 1946 by the amalgamation of two previous sports teams, Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria, with roots dating back to the 1890s. Sampdoria play at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, which seats 36,536 people and is shared by Genoa Cricket and Football Club. The Derby della Lanterna is a heated rivalry between the two teams that has been played in Serie A for the most of its existence.
ACF Fiorentina or commonly referred to as Fiorentina was founded in 1926. Fiorentina has won two Italian Championships as well as six Coppa Italia trophies and one Supercoppa Italiana. On the European stage, Fiorentina won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1960–61 and lost the final one year later. Fiorentina is one of the fifteen European teams that played the finals in all three major continental competitions: the Champions League, the UEFA Cup Winners and the UEFA Cup.
Atalanta Bergamo Calcio commonly referred to as Atalanta was founded in 1907. In Italy, Atalanta is sometimes called the queen of the provincial clubs to mark the fact that the club is the most consistent among Italian clubs not based in a regional capital, having played 61 seasons in Serie A. Atalanta has a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Brescia. The club is also famed for its youth academy, which has produced several notable talents who have played in the top leagues of Europe.
Hellas Verona FC or known as Hellas Verona or simply Verona was founded in 1903. The club have a fierce rivalry with Chievo Verona. This match is known as the Derby della Scala. Since 1963, the club have played at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, which has a capacity of 39,211. The ground was shared with Hellas’s rivals, Chievo Verona until 2021.
Torino FC commonly referred to as Torino or simply Toro was founded in 1906. Torino are among the most successful clubs in Italy with seven league titles, including five consecutive league titles during the 1940s. The Grande Torino, as the team was known, was widely recognised as one of the strongest footballing sides of the period, until the entire team was killed in the 1949 Superga air disaster. They have also won the Coppa Italia five times, the last of which was in the 1992–93 season. Internationally, Torino won the Mitropa Cup in 1991 and were finalists in the UEFA Cup in 1991–92.
U.S. Sassuolo Calcio or simply known as Sassuolo was founded in 1920. Sassuolo have played in Serie A from the 2013–14 season, joining a select group of teams playing in the Serie A but not belonging to a provincial capital city. Sassuolo’s famous green kit originates from a donation from English side Lancaster Rovers FC. During a tour of Italy in 1921, the Rover’s side were unable to fulfil a fixture with Sassuolo and as a way of apology, donated their green shirts for Sassuolo to keep.
Udinese Calcio commonly referred to as Udinese was founded in 1896. The traditional team home kit is black and white striped shirt, black shorts, and white socks. Therefore Udinese is also known as the Little Zebras. They play their games in the tadio Fríuli which seats 25,144 spectators.
Bologna F.C. 1909 commonly referred to as Bologna was founded in 1909. Bologna were founding members of Serie A, and won many of their league championships during the late 1930s. The club ceded any league dominance by 1964, when they won their last league title to date. They won their two Coppa Italia titles in the 1970s, before battling relegation throughout the latter part of the 20th century. Bologna have participated in 73 Serie A seasons, which is the ninth-most in Italian football history. The club have played in the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara since 1927, which is the tenth-largest stadium by capacity in Serie A.
Empoli F.C. was founded in 1920 and are nicknamed The Blues. the side is part of a select group of Italian football clubs that do not belong to a provincial capital city that have participated in the top-flight. Empoli has spent most of its history in professional football. In Europe, participation in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup was the best result.
Salernitana is a football club in Salerno, Campania, Italy. The original club was created in 1919 and has since been reconstituted three times, most recently in 2011. The present club is the successor of the defunct Salernitana Calcio 1919 and debuted in Serie D in 2011-12. Salernitana returned to Serie A in 2021, after a 23-year absence, after finishing second in Serie B.
Cremonese is a football club in Cremona, Lombardy, Italy. Cremonese debuted in Serie A in 1929-30, but fell into a protracted era of decline, languishing in the lower levels until the late 1970s. They were promoted to Serie A in 1984, having one-year stints in 1984-85, 1989-90, and 1991-92.
A.C. Monza was formed in 1912 as Monza F.B.C. and came close to promotion to Serie A on several times in the 1970s. They encountered financial difficulties at times throughout the first two decades of the twenty-first century, and were declared bankrupt twice, in 2004 and 2015. Following Silvio Berlusconi’s ownership of the club in 2018, Monza returned to Serie B in 2020 after a 19-year hiatus, and was promoted to Serie A for the first time in 2022. No Italian team has played longer Serie B seasons (40) without competing in Serie A until their promotion.