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The best leagues in the world - Part three

Italy's Serie A reaches the top three in the best leagues in the world behind the Premier League and La Liga. Top clubs grace the grasses of Italy all battling it out to be crowned champions while teams challenge at the bottom to prevent relegation to Serie B. Match fixing scandals have ruined the league's reputation in the past but Juventus have been rejuvenated under Antonio Conte and are back battling for the Serie A crown once again.

NAME: Serie A

RANKING: #3

COUNTRY: Italy

NUMBER OF TEAMS: 20

BEST THREE PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – AC Milan – 29 goals – 10 assists

2. Wesley Sneijder – Inter Milan – 2 goals – 6 assists

3. Thiago Silva – AC Milan – 3 goals – 0 assists

CURRENT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

AC Milan – 18 time champions – Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

LIKELY LEAGUE WINNERS THIS SEASON

Juventus - 1st - 65 points

AC Milan - 2nd - 64 points

BEST THREE CLUBS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Juventus – 1st – Antonio Conte

2. AC Milan – 2nd – Massimiliano Allegri

3. Napoli – 4th – Walter Mazzarri

MAIN STRENGTHS

• 7 teams able to battle for the title

• Emerging talent

• World class players

• Tactical clashes

• Relegation threatened teams close together on points

WEAKNESSES

• Inconsistency of some teams (eg. Inter Milan)

• Harsh club presidents

• Fan violence

• Match fixing scandals

• Non EU rulings

MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYERS

1. Hernan Crespo – Parma to Lazio - £48,000,000

2. Gianluigi Buffon – Parma to Juventus - £47,000,000

3. Christian Vieri – Lazio to Internazionale - £40,000,000

BEST HOME GROWN PLAYERS

1. Giuseppe Meazza – Various clubs – 511 games – 314 goals

2. Filippo Inzaghi – AC Milan – 296 games – 125 goals

3. Alessandro Nesta – AC Milan – 318 games – 10 goals

BEST UP AND COMING PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Erik Lamela – Roma – 5 goals – 5 assists

2. Fabio Borini – Roma – 10 goals – 0 assists

3. Luc Castaignos – Inter Milan – 1 goal – 0 assists

What league will finish in the top four? French, German, Dutch are still available and the race for the top five is on

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By Marcus Banks


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