Serie A, named for sponsorship reasons Serie A TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), is the highest Italian football league. 20 clubs play from August to May on 38 matchdays a total of 380 matches. The games are played in the afternoons and early evenings of Saturdays and Sundays.
The Italian Serie A enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s best football leagues. Ever since, big international stars like Marco van Basten, Lothar Matthäus, and Ronaldinho as well as homegrown stars such as Franco Baresi, Francesco Totti, and Alessandro del Piero have made the Serie A one of the most watched leagues in the world (click here to see where you can watch the Serie A live on TV). In the season 2013–2014, the average Serie A match attendance was 23,481 (previous season 24,655). Behind the Spanish La Liga, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, and the Portuguese League the Italian Serie A ranks fifth in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years.
The UEFA Financial Fair Play rules have led to a shift in the financial behavior of Italian clubs. After some clubs had been spending the highest salaries in world football for many years, nowadays even the big clubs face the challenge to renegotiate contracts with their players, asking them to accept a lower salary in order to cut costs. Players like Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) have agreed to the reduced proposal while others have left the Serie A like Wesley Sneijder who was transerred from Internazionale to Galatasaray. Still, numerous top stars call Serie A their home turf like Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Marek Hamsik, Gonzalo Higuaín (SSC Napoli), Daniele de Rossi (AS Roma), Carlos Tevez (Juventus) and Diego Milito (Internazionale).
Click here for further facts about Serie A
Click here for an overview of Serie A teams and players
Click here for a map showing Serie A teams