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Historical Ranking: ITALY

A historical ranking of football clubs competing in Italy.

[Updated to: end of 2012-2013 season]

Rank Club Points
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Juventus
AC Milan
Internazionale
Torino
AS Roma
Genoa
Bologna
Fiorentina
Lazio
Napoli
Sampdoria
Atalanta
Parma
Verona
Bari
Brescia
Vicenza
Palermo
Cagliari
Udinese
586
512
466
262
258
242
236
232
223
207
178
156
124
118
116
111
109
108
106
106
Rank Second Tier Clubs Points
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
Pro Vercelli
Modena
Como
Padova
Venezia
Catania
Livorno
Novara
Lecce
Ascoli
Cesena
Pescara
Perugia
Pisa
Reggiana
Catanzaro
Varese
Cremonese
Pro Patria
Reggina
Salernitana
Avellino
92
85
71
71
71
70
67
63
61
58
56
53
52
49
48
46
44
43
42
41
38
37
Rank Third Tier Clubs Points
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
Empoli
Siena
Chievo
Ternana
Spezia
Prato
Crotone
Albinoleffe
Sassuolo
Cittadella
Grosseto
Savona
Viareggio
Frosinone
Nocerina
Pavia
Barletta
Gubbio
Juve Stabia
L’Aquila
Carrarese
Trapani
Virtus Lanciano
Benevento
Carpi
FeralpiSalò
Latina
Lumezzane
Paganese
Pontedera
San Marino
Südtirol
Virtus Entella
37
36
35
32
23
13
10
9
9
7
7
7
6
5
5
5
4
3
3
3
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Rank Non-league & Defunct Clubs with 10+ Points
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Triestina
SPAL 1907
Foggia
Alessandria
Messina
Lucchese
Piacenza
Monza
Mantova
Taranto
Ancona
Casale
Sambenedettese
Pistoiese
Cosenza
Legnano
Treviso
Arezzo
Lecco
Liguria
Fanfulla
Vigevano
Rimini
Marzotto
Novese
Ravenna
81
59
50
48
46
42
42
40
33
33
28
26
23
22
21
21
21
20
19
14
13
12
11
10
10
10

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The About a Ball ranking is a progressive points scoring system devised our statisticians to grade each league club according to their historical achievements since the beginning of organised football in this country. We felt the need for such a ranking after hearing numerous lower division chairmen claiming that their club is one of the biggest in the country and should rightfully be in the top division. However, there are only 20 places in Serie A and therefore only 20 clubs deserve to occupy them, so we decided to find out which clubs really are sleeping giants and which are currently flying well above their historical status.

How it works

Points awarded as follows:

Champions Cup Win +15
Other European Trophy Win +10
League Championship +10
FA Cup Win +6
League Cup Win +3
Second Level Division Win +3
Lower Division Win +1
Season in top division +2
Season in 2nd division +1
Bonuses: Super Cup; Club Cup; Double +1

Notes: The scores include any points scored by a club under a former name. In cases where clubs have merged or re-formed, the new club has been awarded the points accumulated by its previous incarnations wherever there is a continuation or substantial link between the old and new clubs.

Criticisms and Improvements

There is no account taken of when the points were scored so a team (i.e. Torino) could have scored most of their points a long time ago but are still ranked high up today. The teams did not all join the league at the same time so founder members have scored their points over a much longer period of time than the newer clubs. The old clubs will have benefited from the points for a large number of seasons in the top divisions and therefore be above clubs with a more impressive record over a shorter period. My system takes account only of on the pitch successes and not off the pitch factors such as attendance and annual budget which could indicate a big club. The About a Ball system could be improved (and also complicated) by including points for average attendances and annual budget/profit, dividing points totals by the number of years clubs have been in the league, or by giving less weight to points scored a long time ago. However, we feel that the passage of time should not be taken into account because staying power and longevity are indicators of a great club. Equally, small clubs enjoying a current period of success are not guaranteed to remain big. All in all, we are satisfied that the ranking shows the relative playing merits of the current league clubs based on historical success, and identifies clubs currently under or over achieving.

Conclusions

It is clear that Juventus are by far the most successful Italian football club ever, which came as no surprise. They are predictably followed by the illustrious Milan pair, with AC Milan being comfortably ahead of Inter. Then there’s a considerable gap back to Torino, Roma, Genoa, Bologna and Fiorentina, which confirms the traditional dominance of teams from the industrial triangle in the north-west of the country. Familiar names fill the next few places down to Atalanta in 12th – the highest club never to have won the scudetto. Fourteen of the historical top 20 clubs are currently playing in Serie A. The other 6 are all currently playing in Serie B. The ‘smallest’ club currently in Serie A is Chievo at 46th in our ranking, closely followed by Siena at 45th, which would put them both in Lega Pro 1.

There are 79 other clubs that have registered points under our system but are currently outside the top four divisions or have ceased to exist. In fact, eight of them have enough points to consider themselves Serie B level clubs.

It is strictly forbidden to copy or reproduce these tables without permission. Any breach of copyright may lead to prosecution. The tables will be updated annually and any feedback on the results/corrections to data is welcome.

aboutaball.com 2013

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