May 4, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT
Juventus don’t play until Monday night, but they’ve already laid claim to the Serie A title. Their next closest challenger, Roma, fell helplessly at the feet of bottom side Catania, losing 4-1 in Sicily.
That leaves Roma sitting on 85 points, while Juve have already claimed 93. With just two games left for the giallorossi, it no longer matters how Juventus fare, as it’s impossible for Roma to catch them.
This scudetto is the third straight for the Old Lady, the most successful club in Italy. While many fans will claim it is the 32nd title for Juventus, in the official record it counts as the 30th, as the titles won in 2005 and 2006 were stripped in the wake of the calciopoli scandal.
What matters is this: Juventus have more scudetti than any other club in Italy. The Milan clubs, Internazionale and AC Milan, come closest with 18 apiece. No other club is even in the double-digits.
Fans of Italian soccer (Juventini excepted, of course) hope for a closer race next season. Roma will undoubtedly reinforce their squad and continue improving under Rudi Garcia. Smart transfers for Napoli and another season under Rafa Benítez should lift them higher. Both Milan clubs should undergo drastic changes in the offseason, and could find themselves back in the mix.
Meanwhile, fans of the Old Lady will continue to press for more. They last won the Champions League in 1996 and, after failing to make it past the group stages this season, are undoubtedly looking to improve on the European stage.
But for now, they should enjoy their victory parade and the scudetto celebrations, as the side have certainly earned it this season.
Oct 23, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers likes what Mario Balotelli has to offer, but he’s unsure if the forward will last a while at Anfield.
Oct 23, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
Will the Blues lose their first game of the season away at Old Trafford on Sunday? JPW and Prindi analyze that and more.
Oct 23, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Little Eddie won’t have a say in who he supports, but it’s all for a good cause.
Oct 23, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT
Free agent Valdes arrives to “train with the first team” at United.
Oct 23, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT
Gulati: “Jurgen is our coach and technical director, and I fully expect that to be the case through to the 2018 World Cup.”
Oct 23, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
With Costa struggling to make the bench, plus Remy out, Chelsea are running out of strikers.
Oct 23, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT
Howard: “I know what he likes to do, but that doesn’t mean I will always be capable of stopping him.”
Oct 23, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
Atlanta Falcons owner urges Beckham to link up with Miami Dolphins to sort out MLS stadium mess.
Oct 23, 2014, 9:36 AM EDT
A gang of 100 local men reportedly ambushed Everton fans outside city center pub.
Oct 23, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
Will Saints swoop to sign former Liverpool star?
Oct 23, 2014, 8:34 AM EDT
Liverpool’s players react to Real Madrid humbling, as growing pains continue to spiral out of control.
Oct 23, 2014, 7:54 AM EDT
After two draws in October, the USA drops six places in latest world rankings.
Oct 22, 2014, 11:04 PM EDT
How did the Galatasaray supporters pull off this Tifo before Wednesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund? How?!?
Oct 22, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT
The pair of Premier League clubs remaining in the competition face quite different tests on Thursday.
Oct 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT
Perhaps it isn’t the sexiest year for rookies in Major League Soccer, but there’s a quartet of names set to stick around for a while.
Oct 22, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT
“I had hope, it maybe didn’t look like it, but it happened,” Wenger said.
Oct 22, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT
“So overall, it’s a squad with a lot of experience playing at the highest level, and this will be another great benchmark for us,” Klinsmann said.
Oct 22, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
Of course many are claiming this “is the beginning of end” for Balotelli on Merseyside. That seems a bit much.
Oct 22, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Here’s the bar, Week 33 of Major League Soccer: Please feel free to raise it.
Oct 22, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
We are at the halfway point in Groups A-D, and some English clubs are concerned about their fortunes to be sure.
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