1987–88 Serie A

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Serie A
Season1987 (1987)–88
Dates13 September 1987 – 15 May 1988
ChampionsMilan
11th title
RelegatedAvellino
Empoli
European CupMilan
Cup Winners' CupSampdoria
UEFA CupNapoli
Roma
Internazionale
Juventus
Matches played240
Goals scored504 (2.1 per match)
Top goalscorerDiego Maradona
(15 goals)
Longest winning run18 matches
Napoli
Longest unbeaten run19 matches
Milan
Longest winless run5 matches
Avellino
Longest losing run14 matches
Pescara
All statistics correct as of 15 May 1988.

The 1987–88 Serie A was won by Milan.

Teams[edit]

Pescara, Pisa and Cesena had been promoted from Serie B.

Season summary[edit]

The summer of 1987 brought several notable players into the Italian championship: Vincenzo Scifo (for Internazionale), Ian Rush (Juventus), Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten (Milan).[1] The reigning champions Napoli started well leading the league after five matches.[2] Inter and Juventus had several issues.[3]

Napoli retained top-place in autumn and winter, suffering only one defeat in the first 20 games.[4][5][6] In March Napoli began to struggle, and ultimately only won 2 of the 10 remaining fixtures. Milan who had been in second place for much of the season were able to reduce the points deficit with a prolonged undefeated run.[7][8] Their head-to-head match, played on 1 May 1988, ended in a 3–2 win for Milan putting them 1 point ahead in the title race with two games remaining to play.[9] Milan drew their final games, but Napoli did worse, losing both matches.[10] It led to Milan's 11th title and its first since 1979.[11] This season was the last with 16 teams playing, as two relegations and four promotions from Serie B meant that from 1988–89 their would be 18 clubs in the top flight.

Final classification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Milan (C) 30 17 11 2 43 14 +29 45 Qualification to European Cup
2 Napoli 30 18 6 6 55 27 +28 42 Qualification to UEFA Cup
3 Roma 30 15 8 7 39 26 +13 38
4 Sampdoria 30 13 11 6 41 30 +11 37 Qualification to Cup Winners' Cup
5 Internazionale 30 11 10 9 42 35 +7 32 Qualification to UEFA Cup
6 Juventus[a] 30 11 9 10 35 30 +5 31
7 Torino 30 8 15 7 33 30 +3 31
8 Fiorentina 30 9 10 11 29 33 −4 28
9 Cesena 30 7 12 11 23 32 −9 26
10 Hellas Verona 30 7 11 12 23 30 −7 25
11 Como 30 6 13 11 22 37 −15 25
12 Ascoli 30 6 12 12 30 37 −7 24
13 Pisa 30 6 12 12 23 30 −7 24
14 Pescara 30 8 8 14 27 44 −17 24
15 Avellino (R) 30 5 13 12 19 39 −20 23 Relegation to Serie B
16 Empoli[b] (D, R) 30 6 13 11 20 30 −10 20
Source: 1987–88 Serie A,RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw.[12]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Juventus won the UEFA Cup qualification match against Torino 0–0*(4:2) then qualified to 1988–89 UEFA Cup.
  2. ^ Empoli was penalised of 5 points from the start of the season.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ASC AVE CES COM EMP FIO INT JUV MIL NAP PES PIS ROM SAM TOR VER
Ascoli 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1
Avellino 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–0
Cesena 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Como 3–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1
Empoli 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–0
Fiorentina 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0
Internazionale 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 4–2 3–1 0–1 1–1
Juventus 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 4–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0
Milan 2–0 3–0 3–0 5–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–0
Napoli 2–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–1 2–3 6–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 4–1
Pescara 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–0
Pisa 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–0
Roma 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 5–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0
Sampdoria 2–0 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–1
Torino 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 1–1
Hellas Verona 2–1 4–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 0–2
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

UEFA Cup qualification[edit]

Juventus qualified for 1988–89 UEFA Cup.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Argentina Diego Maradona Napoli 15
2 Brazil Careca Napoli 13
3 Italy Pietro Paolo Virdis Milan 11
Italy Giuseppe Giannini Roma
5 Italy Gianluca Vialli Sampdoria 10
6 Netherlands Ruud Gullit Milan 9
Austria Walter Schachner Avellino
Italy Alessandro Altobelli Internazionale
Austria Toni Polster Torino

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gianni Brera (12 September 1987). "I giorni del calcio". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 1.
  2. ^ Gianni Mura (13 October 1987). "Il fenomeno Napoli". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 23.
  3. ^ Gianni Brera (27 October 1987). "Qualcosa di travolgente". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 45.
  4. ^ Gianni Brera (3 November 1987). "Maradona padre nostro". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 35.
  5. ^ Gianni Brera (24 November 1987). "Caro Napoli, vai troppo forte". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 33.
  6. ^ "Da Boniperti complimenti al Napoli". la Repubblica (in Italian). 24 December 1987. p. 19.
  7. ^ Gianni Brera (22 March 1988). "Favole per la primavera". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 23.
  8. ^ Gianni Mura (19 April 1988). "Vi dà fastidio lo scudetto bis?". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 34.
  9. ^ Licia Granello (3 May 1988). "Ma non è ancora scudetto". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 34.
  10. ^ Gianni Mura (15 May 1988). "La rivoluzione del sor Capanna". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 23.
  11. ^ Massimo Agostini (17 May 1988). "Juve, ancora lacrime". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 26.
  12. ^ "Norme organizzative interne della F.I.G.C. - Art. 51.6" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

Sources[edit]

  • Panini Group, ed. (1988). Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio 1989 (in Italian). Modena.

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