Serie A

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Serie A (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛːrje ˈa]), currently called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by Telecom Italia Mobile, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top echelon of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since 1929. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new league, the Lega Serie A, has been created for the 2010-11 season. It was once regarded as one of the most elite leagues of the footballing world. Historically, Serie A has produced the highest number of European Cup finalists and the most victories in the competition. In total Italian clubs have reached the final of the competition on a record twenty-six different occasions, winning the title twelve times.[1] Currently, Serie A is ranked 4th among European leagues according to UEFA's league coefficient, which is based on the performance of Italian clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League.[2] It also ranked 4th in world according to the first trends of the 2010 IFFHS rating.[3]

In its current format, the Italian Football Championship was revised from having regional and interregional rounds, to just one solid league from the 1929–30 season onwards; the Serie A system carries on today. The championship titles won before 1929 are officially recognised by FIGC as a championship in the same way the ones since then are. The 1945–46 season, when the league was played over two geographical groups due to WWII destructions, is not statistically considered, even if its title is fully official.[4]

The league hosts three of the world's most famous clubs as Juventus, Internazionale and Milan, all founding members of the G-14 a group representing the largest and most prestigious European football clubs; Serie A was the only league to produce three founding members.[5] More players have won the coveted Ballon d'Or award while playing at a Serie A club than any other league in the world.[6] Milan is one of two clubs with the most official international titles in the world.[7] Juventus, Italy's most successful club of the 20th century[8] and the most successful Italian team[9], is tied for third in Europe and sixth in the world in the same ranking. The club is also the only one in the world to have won all official international competitions.[10][11] Internazionale, following their achievements in the 2009-10 season, became the first Italian team to have achieved The Treble.

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