Since its foundation in 1898 to the present day, the Italian football championship Serie A has been a league where the dominant forces are often changed due to the quality of the teams. From Van Basten's Milan to Del Piero's Juventus, from Maradona's Napoli to Mourinho's Inter the Serie A has had many great teams throughout the years. The competitive nature of the Italian league had been shaded by Juventus' dominance in the 10s years of the 21st century but in the last 4 years, we have seen a step back to the basics in the Italian peninsula - Napoli, Milan, Inter and Juventus won the last 4 titles.
Serie A's historical records include a lot more than the football giants nowadays. For example, Genoa, which is currently not among the best teams in the country, has won the league, not once or twice, but as many as 9 times (the last time was in the season 1923/ 24). Moreover, Genoa is one of the few times that have won Serie A in almost all formats of the competition.
For 6 seasons until 1903, the name of the competition was Campeonato Italiano di Futbol. Subsequently, different names have taken turns for the different league formats - "Prima Categoria", "Prima Divisione" and "Divisione Nazionale". The last change of the league name came in the 1929/30 season when the "Serie A" officially became the highest tier of Italian football.
The championship's top scorer became no other player but the emblematic Inter footballer - Giuseppe Meazza. The Serie A has always been a magnet for football stars, and some of the greatest footballers of all time have been part of the Serie A's magic - Diego Maradona, Marco Van Basten, Oliver Birkhoff, Michel Platini, Gabriel Batistuta, Alessandro Del Piero, Paolo Rossi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo. Each of them won the top goalscorer prize and left a mark in the history of Italian football.
Serie A Statistics:
A team with most titles - Juventus (36)
A player with most goals - Silvio Piola (274)
A player with most matches - Gianluigi Buffon (657)
Most expensive incoming transfer - Cristiano Ronaldo (€117 million from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018)
Most expensive outgoing transfer - Romelu Lukaku (€113 million from Inter to Chelsea in 2021)