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2010–11 Serie A

2010–11 Serie A

The 2010–11 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 109th season of top-tier Italian football, the 79th in a round-robin tournament, and the 1st since its organization under a league committee separate from Serie B. It began on 28 August 2010 and ended on 22 May 2011.[14] Internazionale were the defending champions.

Milan won the 2010–11 Serie A and their 18th league title overall with a scoreless draw away to Roma on 7 May 2011.[15] This result ensured that with two rounds remaining Milan's nearest rival Internazionale could only draw level on points, and Milan holds the tiebreaker based on their better head-to-head record.[16] The result prompted celebrations at Milan's Piazza del Duomo.[17] The trophy was presented at Milan's next home game on 14 May.[18]

It was Milan's first Scudetto since 2004 and it ended a run of five successive Serie A titles by their rival Internazionale. It was the first league title for manager Massimiliano Allegri, winning in his first year with Milan and who was for many a surprise choice as manager.[19] Milan led the table for most of the season[15] and secured the title with two games remaining. Notably, they defeated defending champions Internazionale twice during the season and also did the same to third place challenger Napoli.[20] Milan were credited for strengthening their squad with Zlatan Ibrahimović and Robinho in the summer as well as picking up Antonio Cassano and Mark van Bommel in January.[20]

[[LINK|lang_en|Serie_A|Serie A]]
18th title
Champions LeagueMilan
Europa LeagueLazio
Matches played380
Goals scored955 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorerAntonio Di Natale
(28 goals)
Biggest home win
Biggest away winPalermo 0–7 Udinese
(27 February 2011)[13]
Highest scoringMilan 4–4 Udinese
(9 January 2011)
Internazionale 5–3 Roma
(6 February 2011)
← 2009–10
2011–12 →

Rule changes

The rules for the registration of non-EU (or non-EFTA or Swiss) nationals transferred from abroad were revised in the summer of 2010 and announced on 2 July 2010. Clubs could only sign one (rather than two previously) non-EU player and that player could only be signed if a current member of the squad who was not an EU national had been sold or sold abroad.[21][22] The late announcement of this rule change meant that some clubs had to cancel incoming transfers. Parma, for example, were to sign both Colombian Pablo Armero from Brazilian side Palmeiras, who subsequently signed for Udinese instead, and Brazilian agency player Zé Eduardo, but had to choose between them and eventually transferred the latter. Their outgoing transfer was Julio César de León, who moved to Chinese team Shandong Luneng Taishan.


The league featured 17 teams returning from the 2009–10 Serie A, plus three teams promoted from 2009–10 Serie B (two as direct promotions, one as playoff winners). On 30 May 2010, Lecce and Cesena won direct promotion to the Serie A by finishing first and second, respectively. Brescia became the third Serie B team promoted on 13 June 2010 by winning the promotion playoff final 2–1 on aggregate over Torino. It was a quick turn-around for Lecce, which spent only one year in Serie B after being relegated from the 2008–09 Serie A. Cesena last played in Serie A in 1990–91, while Brescia played five seasons in Serie B after being relegated from A in 2004–05.

ClubCityStadiumCapacity2009–10 season
BariBariSan Nicola58,27001010th in Serie A
BolognaBolognaRenato Dall'Ara39,44401717th in Serie A
BresciaBresciaMario Rigamonti16,308020Serie B Playoff Winners
CagliariCagliariSant'Elia23,48601616th in Serie A
CataniaCataniaAngelo Massimino23,42001313th in Serie A
CesenaCesenaDino Manuzzi23,860019Serie B Runners-up
ChievoVeronaMarc'Antonio Bentegodi39,21101414th in Serie A
FiorentinaFlorenceArtemio Franchi47,28201111th in Serie A
GenoaGenoaLuigi Ferraris36,6850099th in Serie A
InternazionaleMilanSan Siro80,074001Serie A Champions
JuventusTurinOlimpico di Torino27,9940077th in Serie A
LazioRomeOlimpico72,69801212th in Serie A
LecceLecceVia del Mare33,876018Serie B Champions
MilanMilanSan Siro80,0740033rd in Serie A
NapoliNaplesSan Paolo60,2400066th in Serie A
PalermoPalermoRenzo Barbera37,2420055th in Serie A
ParmaParmaEnnio Tardini27,9060088th in Serie A
RomaRomeOlimpico72,6980022nd in Serie A
SampdoriaGenoaLuigi Ferraris36,6850044th in Serie A
UdineseUdineFriuli41,65201515th in Serie A

Personnel and sponsorship

TeamHead CoachKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
BariItalyGiampiero Ventura
ItalyBortolo Mutti
BolognaItalyPietro Magnani
ItalyAlberto Malesani
BresciaItalyGiuseppe Iachini
ItalyMario Beretta
MassUBI Banca
CagliariItalyPierpaolo Bisoli
ItalyRoberto Donadoni
MacronDahlia TV
CataniaItalyMarco GiampaoloLegeaEnergia Siciliana
CesenaItalyMassimo FiccadentiAdidasTechnogym
ChievoItalyDomenico Di Carlo
ItalyStefano Pioli
Banca Popolare di Verona
FiorentinaSerbiaSiniša MihajlovićLottoSave The Children
GenoaItalyDavide BallardiniAsicsiZi Play
InternazionaleSpainRafael Benítez
JuventusItalyLuigi Del NeriNikeBetclic
LazioItalyEdoardo RejaPumaNo Sponsor
LecceItalyLuigi De CanioAsicsVeneto Banca
MilanItalyMassimiliano AllegriAdidasFly Emirates
NapoliItalyWalter MazzarriMacronLete
ParmaItalyFrancesco Guidolin
ItalyPasquale Marino
Banca Monte Parma
PalermoItalyDelio Rossi
ItalySerse Cosmi
Burger King
RomaItalyClaudio Ranieri
ItalyVincenzo Montella
SampdoriaItalyDomenico Di Carlo
ItalyAlberto Cavasin
KappaERG Mobile
UdineseItalyFrancesco GuidolinLottoDacia

Managerial changes

Outgoing head coach
Manner of departure
Date of vacancy
Incoming head coach
Date of appointment
MilanBrazilLeonardoMutual consent16 May 2010[23]ItalyMassimiliano Allegri25 June 2010[24]Pre-season
JuventusItalyAlberto ZaccheroniEnd of contract16 May 2010ItalyLuigi Delneri19 May 2010[25]Pre-season
UdineseItalyPasquale MarinoMutual consent16 May 2010[26]ItalyFrancesco Guidolin24 May 2010[27]Pre-season
ParmaItalyFrancesco GuidolinResigned16 May 2010[28]ItalyPasquale Marino2 June 2010[29]Pre-season
CagliariItalyGiorgio MelisEnd of caretaker spell16 May 2010ItalyPierpaolo Bisoli23 June 2010[30]Pre-season
SampdoriaItalyLuigi DelneriEnd of contract17 May 2010[31]ItalyDomenico Di Carlo26 May 2010[32]Pre-season
CataniaSerbiaSiniša MihajlovićResigned24 May 2010[33][34]ItalyMarco Giampaolo30 May 2010[35]Pre-season
ChievoItalyDomenico Di CarloResigned26 May 2010[36]ItalyStefano Pioli10 June 2010[37]Pre-season
InternazionalePortugalJosé MourinhoSigned by Real Madrid[38]28 May 2010[39]SpainRafael Benítez10 June 2010[40]Pre-season
FiorentinaItalyCesare PrandelliSigned by Italy30 May 2010[41]SerbiaSiniša Mihajlović3 June 2010[42]Pre-season
CesenaItalyPierpaolo BisoliEnd of contract30 May 2010ItalyMassimo Ficcadenti12 June 2010[43]Pre-season
BolognaItalyFranco ColombaSacked29 August 2010[44]ItalyPaolo Magnani (caretaker)29 August 2010[44]Pre-season
BolognaItalyPaolo MagnaniEnd of caretaker spell29 August 2010ItalyAlberto Malesani1 September 2010[45]9th
GenoaItalyGian Piero GasperiniSacked8 November 2010[46]ItalyDavide Ballardini8 November 2010[46]14th
CagliariItalyPierpaolo BisoliSacked15 November 2010[47]ItalyRoberto Donadoni16 November 2010[48]19th
BresciaItalyGiuseppe IachiniSacked6 December 2010[49]ItalyMario Beretta6 December 2010[50]17th
InternazionaleSpainRafael BenítezSacked23 December 2010[51]BrazilLeonardo24 December 2010[52]7th
CataniaItalyMarco GiampaoloMutual consent18 January 2011[53]ArgentinaDiego Simeone19 January 2011[54]15th
BresciaItalyMario BerettaSacked30 January 2011[55]ItalyGiuseppe Iachini30 January 2011[55]19th
BariItalyGiampiero VenturaMutual consent10 February 2011[56]ItalyBortolo Mutti10 February 2011[56]20th
RomaItalyClaudio RanieriResigned20 February 2011[57]ItalyVincenzo Montella (caretaker)21 February 2011[58]8th
PalermoItalyDelio RossiSacked28 February 2011[59]ItalySerse Cosmi28 February 2011[60]8th
SampdoriaItalyDomenico Di CarloSacked7 March 2011[61]ItalyAlberto Cavasin7 March 2011[61]14th
ParmaItalyPasquale MarinoSacked3 April 2011[62]ItalyFranco Colomba5 April 2011[63]16th
PalermoItalySerse CosmiSacked3 April 2011[64]ItalyDelio Rossi3 April 2011[64]8th

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Milan(C)38241046524+41822011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
4Udinese38206126543+2266[1]2011–12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5Lazio38206125539+1666[1]2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[2]
8Palermo38175165863−5562011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round[2]
18Sampdoria(R)38812183349−16362011-12 Serie B



Top goalscorers

As of 22 May 2011.[67]
1ItalyAntonio Di NataleUdinese28
2UruguayEdinson CavaniNapoli26
3CameroonSamuel Eto'oInternazionale21
4ItalyAlessandro MatriCagliari, Juventus20
5ItalyMarco Di VaioBologna19
6ItalyGiampaolo PazziniSampdoria, Internazionale17
7ItalyFrancesco TottiRoma15
8SwedenZlatan IbrahimovićMilan14
BrazilAlexandre PatoMilan
11ItalyAntonio Floro FloresUdinese, Genoa13


SerbiaMiloš KrasićJuventusCagliari3–3 [72]26 September 2010
ArgentinaJavier PastorePalermoCatania3–1 [73]14 November 2010
ItalyAntonio Di NataleUdineseLecce4–0 [74]14 November 2010
ItalyGiampaolo PazziniSampdoriaLecce3–2 [75]21 November 2010
ItalyAntonio Di NataleUdineseNapoli3–1 [76]28 November 2010
SerbiaDejan StankovićInternazionaleParma5–2 [77]28 November 2010
BrazilNenêCagliariCatania3–0 [78]12 December 2010
UruguayEdinson CavaniNapoliJuventus3–0 [79]9 January 2011
UruguayEdinson CavaniNapoliSampdoria4–0 [80]30 January 2011
ChileAlexis Sánchez4UdinesePalermo7–0 [81]27 February 2011
UruguayEdinson CavaniNapoliLazio4–3 [82]3 April 2011
ItalyFrancesco GrandolfoBariBologna4–0 [83]22 May 2011

4 Player scored four goals

Number of teams by region

RegionNumber of teamsTeams
1Emilia-Romagna3Bologna, Cesena and Parma
Lombardy3Brescia, Internazionale and Milan
3Apulia2Bari and Lecce
Lazio2Lazio and Roma
Liguria2Genoa and Sampdoria
Sicily2Catania and Palermo
Friuli-Venezia Giulia1Udinese


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