Serie A: 12 Best Serie A Moments So Far This Year

Matteo BonettiContributor INovember 30, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 05:  Fernando Llorente of Juventus (L) celebrates his goal with team-mate Paul Pogba during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on November 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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The Serie A is chock full of colorful characters and bizarre subplots that litter the landscape with fantastic moments for the casual and hardcore viewer alike.

Here are 12 of the best and most interesting moments we've been delighted to witness this calendar year in Italy:

(NOTE: In no particular order)


12: Mario Balotelli Returns to Italy

After spending two turbulent years in Manchester, Super Mario returned to Milan, the team he supported as a youngster.

Even though it remains unclear just how long he'll even remain at the club, Balotelli has undoubtedly given Serie A one of the most marketable athletes worldwide.


11. Maurizio Zamparini Fires at Will

ST VEIT AN DER GLAN, AUSTRIA - JULY 14:  Coach Gennaro Gattuso (L) of Palermo speaks with President Maurizio Zamparini before the friendly match between US Citta di Palermo and Murau at Sportzentrum on July 13, 2013 in Sankt Lambrecht near St Veit an der
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Last season, Maurizio Zamparini fired five coaches, bringing his total tally to 41 coaches fired in the 26 years he has been a president. It was no surprise that Palermo was relegated and Zamparini decided to give Gennaro Gattuso a try at the helm. Needless to say, Rino was fired only a month into the Serie B season.


10. The Galliani/Berlusconi Saga

In recent days, the Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi situation has made the once-proud franchise of Milan a joke. Only a day after Galliani said he was resigning, President Berlusconi confirmed that he'll remain with the club.


9: The Azzurri Revival

The Italian national team is in the World Cup thanks to Cesare Prandelli's revival of the Azzurri since taking over for Marcello Lippi, who was stuck in his archaic ways with the 2010 World Cup squad which failed to make it out of a very easy group stage.

Italy is in good hands with Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi leading the attack
Italy is in good hands with Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi leading the attackClaudio Villa/Getty Images

Prandelli's very simple idea was to give a chance to malcontent outcasts such as Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli. Even though Fantantonio hasn't been called up in more than a year, Balotelli looks to spearhead the Azzurri forward in Brazil.

What does this have to do with Serie A? Well, the league is producing a plethora of young talented strikers who keep adding to the revolution on the Azzurri, where a potent offense takes precedence over a usual watertight defense.


8: Rudi Garcia

Rudi Garcia has been hailed as a genius in Rome
Rudi Garcia has been hailed as a genius in RomePaolo Bruno/Getty Images

It's incredible that it took a Frenchman to teach an Italian side how to defend. After the botched experiment of Zdenek Zeman, Garcia guided Roma to their best-ever start to a season and has them now second on the table only behind Juventus.

The signings of Gervinho, Mehdi Benatia and Kevin Strootman were also a masterclass as they didn't overspend on any of them.


7. Shrewd Summer Business

Despite the exits of the likes of Edinson Cavani, Erik Lamela, Stevan Jovetic and Marquinhos, teams such as Fiorentina, Roma and Napoli reinforced themselves wonderfully by making shrewd deals to improve the entire squad through depth.

More than anything, they managed to show that you can still build a competitive team without lavishly overspending.

It's no wonder that these teams are all at the top of the table now.


6. Fiorentina Comeback Win Against Juventus

After going 0-2 down to bitter rivals Juventus at home, Fiorentina had one of the most incredible comebacks in recent memory as they scored three goals in rapid succession and won the game 4-2 to the delight of fervent Viola fans.


5. Sassuolo Earn Serie A Promotion.

Sassuolo is now officially the smallest town ever to field a Serie A team.

The sleepy little town in the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy doesn't even have enough inhabitants to fill most Serie A stadiums, but it now has a team playing against some of the most storied ones in world football in Italy's top division.


4. End of the Moratti Era

New Inter owner Erick Thohir and Massimo Moratti
New Inter owner Erick Thohir and Massimo MorattiPier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

It was a sad day when long-time Inter president Massimo Moratti sold the majority of the Nerazzurri to Indonesian tycoon Erick Thohir. Even though Moratti will remain on the board as an honorary president, the team will have certainly lost a bit of the charm that came with that family being in control for multiple decades.

The good news is that the team has now received a cash influx from the Indonesian businessman and it'll be interesting to see how they operate in the January transfer window.


3. Paul Pogba's Unbridled Brilliance

The brilliance of Paul Pogba cannot be conceivably measured by any statistic. The 20-year-old maestro is so good in so many ways that Juventus know that a lavish offer can take him away from the Bianconeri.

For now, let's all enjoy the individual displays of pure genius while we can from the French midfielder. 


2. Moscardelli

A rare moment on the pitch for Moscardelli
A rare moment on the pitch for MoscardelliMario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

If you don't know who Davide Moscardelli is as a player, don't worry—he's quite irrelevant. However, the bearded striker affectionately known as Mosca has become an Internet sensation in Europe because of his staggering beard, which has led him to start his own humorous T-shirt company. 

In turn, plenty of comical Facebook pages and YouTube highlights clips have surfaced hailing him as a near-demigod.


1. The Rise of Serie A

Despite the brutal blow the league took during the dark days of Calciopoli, it seems that it's now finally on the rise. Compared to last season, teams at the top have all strengthened, giving the table an added element of parity while keeping a more balanced portfolio in terms of profit.