2016 – 2017 Serie A season

Serie A 2017 football

There may not be a more dominant European team in domestic competition than the “Old Lady”, Juventus. What Massimiliano Allegri’s team has done in Italy is noteworthy: the team won its sixth consecutive Scudetto, the trophy awarded every year to the winner of the Serie A.

Teams like Roma and Napoli represented a threat throughout the whole season, but the truth is that Juve’s triumph was never under serious danger. This team is just too much for Italian clubs to handle. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala were two of the most prolific strikers in the league, Gianluigi Buffon proved he still belongs in the goalkeeping elite, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci formed a formidable back three and the midfield was dominated by the likes of Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic and company.

Best player (overall): Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus)

Coming from Napoli in a very controversial transfer saga in the summer of 2016, the Argentine Higuaín put fans on the bag with his fantastic goalscoring prowess: he put 24 goals in he table for La Vecchia Signora in 38 rounds. He was the personification of durability, he did not miss a game and formed a very good attacking combo with fellow countryman Paulo Dybala.

Edin Dzeko and his 29 goals, Dybala and breakout star Dries Mertens received honorable mentions for their contributions to their respective teams, but Higuaín took Juventus’ offense to another level that helped them achieve another league title and reach the UEFA Champions League final.

Best players (by position)

Best goalies: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Wojciech Szczęsny (AS Roma).

Best defenders: Kostas Manolas  (AS Roma), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Dani Alves (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta)

Best midfielders: Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), José Callejón (Napoli), Borja Valero (Fiorentina), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Sergej Milinkovic – Savic (Lazio)

Best attackers: Andrea Belloti (Torino), Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Edin Dzeko (AS Roma), Mauro Icardi (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Keita Baldé (Lazio), Mohammed Salah (AS Roma).

Best coaches:

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Luciano Spalletti (AS Roma)

Maurizio Sarri (Napoli)

Sinisa Mihajlovic (Torino)

Simone Inzaghi (Lazio)

Recognized captains:

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Daniele de Rossi (AS Roma)

Mauro Icardi (Inter)

Senad Lulic (Lazio)

Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta)

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