In terms of their affinity for the beautiful game, the only European country that comes close to England is Italy. From calcio's unification in 1929 to create a national competition, Serie A has risen to become one of the most revered leagues in world football and gained an avid viewership across the globe.
Over the years it has grown its reputation as the producer of some of the best teams in Europe – exemplified by them boasting the most European cup finalists. This historical precedent of quality is still very much alive today as the top teams are still regulars in the latter stages of both European competitions.
As well as quality teams, the league has been the playground in which many of the greatest managers in history cut their teeth before achieving success elsewhere. The tactical rigour of Serie A is unparalleled and has produced some of the finest innovators in the game such as Marcelo Lippi and Arrigo Sacchi.
If you’re on the hunt for a new league to broaden your knowledge of European football, or even just to indulge your passion for the game by watching more football, here are 5 reasons why you should consider tuning into Serie A this season.