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Juventus Football Club S.p.A.

Traditional Juventus football shirt

Juventus were founded as Sport Club Juventus in late 1897 by pupils from the Massimo D'Azeglio Lyceum school in Turin and then renamed as 'Foot-Ball Club Juventus' two years later. The club joined the Italian Football Championship in 1900. It is the most popular team in Italy as measured by supporters clubs and the largest as measured by turnover, although match attendances are only 4th or 5th highest in Serie A. The club claims a figure of 170 million 'tifosi' (supporters) worldwide.

Website: 
www.juventus.com

A.C. Milan | Associazione Calcio Milan S.p.A

Traditional AC Milan Shirt

The club was founded in 1899 by English lace-maker Herbert Kilpin, Alfred Edwards, and four other Englishmen, initially as a cricket club but soon changing to football (or calcio in Italian). Milan have won 17 league titles (only Juventus have won more) and five Coppa Italia. European titles include 7 European Cups and 2 Cup Winners' Cups. Home matches are played at the San Siro (Capacity: 80,018) which is municipally owned and shared with Internazionale. The club was involved in the 1980 Totonero scandal and were relegated to Serie B as punishment, for the first time in their history.

Website: 
www.acmilan.com

A.S. Roma SpA | Associazione Sportiva Roma

Traditional AS Roma football shirt

A.S. Roma was founded in 1927 by Italo Foschi, with the merger of three older Italian Football Championship clubs from the city of Rome; Roman FC, SS Alba-Audace and Fortitudo-Pro Roma SGS. The purpose of the merger was to give Rome a strong club to rival that of dominant Northern Italian clubs of the time. Honours include 3 Italian Championships (Serie A), 9 Coppa Italia trophies and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1960–61). Home matches are played at the municipally owned Stadio Olimpico (Capacity: 72,700).

Website: 
www.asroma.it

Italian Football Club Match Attendances 2006-2009

AC Milan headed the list of top Italian Football Clubs as ranked by average domestic league attendances, Serie A and Serie B, in season 2008/09. Second ranked was Internazionale and third Napoli. Serie A was formed in 1929 and is currently comprised of twenty teams. The championship winners (the 'scudetto') for 2008/09 were Inter-Milan. Serie B (also called the 'campionato cadetto') comprises of twenty-two teams. At the end of the season, three teams are promoted to Serie A and four teams are relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. The top two teams are automatically promoted.

Serie A The Fastest Growing League

Serie A was the fastest growing league in Europe in the 2007/8 season reveals the latest Deloitte Football Finance report. Total revenue increased by €357m (34 per cent) to €1.4 billion. The change of mix of clubs in Serie A for 2007/08, notably Juventus' return, contributed two-thirds of the increase. The other clubs increased revemues by c. €120m aided by new broadcasting contracts. La Liga recorded a 8 per cent (€112m) growth in revenue to €1.4 billion, placing it joint second with the Bundesliga which grew by 4 per cent (€59m).

Serie A Clubs Form Their Own Premiership

Italian football clubs look likely to adopt the English Premiership model after 19 of the 20 Serie A clubs voted to break away from the Lega Calcio. The underlying issue is television rights. Serie A clubs sell their rights individually, rather than collectively, which means that the biggest sides such as Juventus or AC Milan earn in excess of £85m for their domestic rights, while smaller clubs, such as Chievo, only receive around £4m. In exchange for this arrangement, Serie A clubs contribute a lump sum to their counterparts in Serie B.