1. Juventus (87 points) – In his first season, Max Allegri led the Bianconeri to their 4th straight Scudetto. Juve were at the top of the table pretty much all of the season and pulled away from 2nd place Roma in early 2015. Juventus will look to complete a historic treble on Saturday June 6th against Barcelona. The strongest team in Italy won again; hopefully next year they’ll be more of a challenge for the Scudetto.
Offseason – Juve have already signed Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala and Sami Khedira. With no real ‘needs’ they’ll look to add depth and maybe go for another big signing (in addition to Dybala) as they’ve been linked to Cavani and Witsel. Their main goal this summer though is to keep their stars: Pogba, Vidal, Tevez.
2. Roma (70 points) – Rudi Garcia guided the Giallorossi to a 2nd place finish for the second year in a row. Their form in the beginning of 2015 was very disappointing but they finished the season well enough to beat city rivals Lazio to clinch 2nd place and an automatic birth to the Champions League group stage. Roma will want to take that next step and challenge Juventus next season.
Offseason –Both outside back spots could be improved unless they end up starting Florenzi at right back regularly. They’ll look to sign a goalkeeper. Will have to resolve the situations of Nainngolan, Astori and Ibarbo with Cagliari. Goalkeepers Handanovic, Cech and Perin have all been linked to Roma. Mattia Destro is on loan at Milan (who have an option to buy him) but his future is uncertain at the moment.
3. Lazio (69 points) – Stefano Pioli did a fantastic job to lead Lazio to a 3rd place finish and clinch Champions League football. They lost in the Coppa Italia Final to Juventus but the season will still be considered a success. They’ll need to play in the Champions League play-off to make the group stage but let’s hope they represent Serie A well!
Offseason – Lotito will definitely want to progress to the Champions League group stage and will look to improve the squad this summer. With Champions League play secured the big question will be if they’ll now be able to keep Felipe Anderson. They could look to improve the left back spot, maybe pair De Vrij with another quality center back and do well to replace Felipe Anderson if they sell him.
4. Fiorentina (64 points) – La Viola overtook Napoli after the last match of the season to finish in 4th place. They made the semi-final of the Europa League and qualified for that competition next year. They’ll take part in the International Champions Cup over the summer.
Offseason – There is some speculation about coach Vincenzo Montella’s future, which has been linked to both Milan and Napoli. We’ve yet to see Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez start up front together for La Viola, hopefully it’ll happen next season. Alberto Aquilani seems set to leave the club. They are reportedly leading the race for Empoli midfielder Mirko Valdifiori, who could be a great signing.
5. Napoli (63 points) – Rafa Benitez is on his way out at Napoli after a disappointing season. Napoli had a chance to steal 3rd place from Lazio as they squared off in the last match of the season, and Napoli almost pulled off a miraculous comeback but eventually fell to a 4-2 defeat. Napoli lost in the Europa League semi-final to Dnipro, which was very disappointing. Napoli will look to get back into the top 3 next season for a Champions League spot.
Offseason – With Benitez leaving, the first piece of business for Aurelio De Laurentiis is to find the right coach. Sampdoria’s Mihajlovic is the favorite at the moment with Spaletti, Di Matteo and Prandelli also being linked to the job. The other big question regards the future of Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon, who’ve both been linked to moves away from the club. Without Champions League play there’s a good chance they do leave the club. The main thing Napoli needs to focus on is improving their defense. They conceded 54 goals, the most out of any team that finished in the top half of the table.
6. Genoa (59 points) – Gian Piero Gasperini did a fine job to lead the Rossoblu to a 6th place finish. Unfortunately they might not be rewarded as they’ve been denied a UEFA license to participate in the Europa League. They appealed the original decision and a final decision on the license is expected this week.
Offseason – Goalkeeper Mattia Perin has drawn some interest from some top clubs but he seems set to stay with a contract extension imminent. Central midfielder Andrea Bertolacci’s co-ownership with Roma has to be resolved this summer, with reports of Milan being interested in him. He’s had a great season and if he leaves, Genoa will need a solid replacement for him. M’baye Niang has done very well on his loan from Milan and Genoa would like to renew his loan or buy him but Milan might bring him back. Iago Falque and Diego Perotti have both had very good seasons and could draw interest from some bigger clubs.
7. Sampdoria (56 points) – Coach Sinsa Mihajlovic is set to leave the club but he’s done a good job over the last two seasons. Owner Massimo Ferrera has a great, outgoing personality and has put a significant amount of money into the club. New singings Luis Muriel and Samuel Eto’o helped the Bluerchiati to a 7th place finish. If Genoa get denied for the UEFA license, Sampdoria will take their place in the Europa League.
Offseason – Paulo Sousa has been linked to the coaching job but the latest reports say that Walter Zenga is the favorite to become the new Sampdoria coach. Massimo Ferrera has said that he’d love to bring Mario Balotelli to the club and while that sounds a bit ridiculous I wouldn’t be surprised if Sampdoria makes a splash on a big signing this summer. Striker Stefano Okaka has been linked to both Southampton and Sunderland, while Crystal Palace are interested in Eder.
8. Inter (55 points) – After Walter Mazzari was sacked in November, Roberto Mancini made his return to the club. Despite signing Shaqiri, Brozevic, Santon and Podolski (on loan) in January, the Nerazzurri had a disappointing season and missed out on European competition.
Offseason - After being hit with a FFP fine, I’m not sure how much money Inter will have to spend this summer. They are looking to extend the contract of joint Capocannoniere, Mauro Icardi, who has drawn interest from Chelsea & Atletico Madrid. They’ve been trying to negotiate a deal to sign Man City’s Yaya Toure but he’s just announced he plans to stay at the English club. Inter have also been trying to sign Man City striker Stevan Jovetic. They’ve also been linked to Kondongbia, Allan and Felipe Melo. Liverpool have been reported to want Mateo Kovacic but Inter intends to keep him. Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has been linked to Roma and Man United. To end on a good note: Inter are expected to receive €11 milion from Sunderland for Ricky Alvarez since they avoided regulation.
9. Torino (54 points) – After an impressive 7th place finish last season, Giampiero Ventura led the Granata to a 9th place finish this year. After an impressive Europa League run to the Round of 16, Torino just missed out on a European spot for next season. This season should definitely be considered a success especially since Torino sold their two best players last summer, Cerci & Immobile. They also beat city rivals Juventus in Serie A for the first time since 1995.
Offseason – Their wing-back pairing of Matteo Darmian and Bruno Peres was hands down the best in the league this season and both of them have been linked to bigger clubs. 27 year-old center back Kamil Glik has been linked to Man City, Man United and Tottenham. It looks like Torino may be selling their best players again this summer so hopefully they sign viable replacements.
10. Milan (52 points) – A different club legend on the sidelines, another very disappointing season for Milan. It’s the 2nd year in a row that the Rossoneri haven’t qualified for European competition. Their defense was very poor this year and they had the most red cards (13) in the league. No matter who owns the club and who’s the coach, Milan need to improve their squad and compete for a European spot next season.
Offseason – Pippo Inzaghi will almost definitely be sacked, as Milan are trying to convince Carlo Ancelotti to return. Mihajlovic, Emery, Montella, Sarri and even Conte are other names that have been linked to the coaching job. While reports that Thai businessman Mr.Bee would buy shares of the club have died down, there’s still a chance Berlusconi sells a minority stake. Berlusconi is reportedly willing to have a transfer budget of over €100 million if Ancelotti returns with a transfer target list that includes: Bacca, Mandzukic, Gundhogan, Mario Suarez, Jackson Martinez and even possibly an Ibrahimovic return! While that list sounds great they’re going to need to improve their defense, which let up to 50 goals, to have more success. Bonera, Mexes, De Jong, Essien and Pazzini are all on expiring contracts and are expected to leave the club this summer according to http://www.milannews.it.
11. Palermo (49 points) - In their first season back in Serie A, Giuseppe Iachini did a commendable job to easily avoid relegation and finish in 11th place. The Rossonero had two players with double digits this season: Paulo Dybala had 13 goals and 10 assists and Franco Vazquez had 10 goals and 10 assists. Palermo will look to avoid relegation and finish mid-table again next season.
Offseason - Star striker Paulo Dybala has already completed a move to Juventus but Palermo got a good price for him considering his contract expires next summer. They'll certainly be looking to sign a viable replacement. Franco Vazquez has been linked to some bigger clubs but president Zamparini says he doesn't want to sell. EPL club Crystal Palace made an offer for left back Achraf Lazaar in January and could try to sign him again this summer.
12. Sassuolo (49 points) - Eusebio Di Francesco did well this year to easily avoid relegation and has signed a contract extension until 2017. The attacking trio of Nicola Sansone, Domenico Berardi & Simone Zaza has been great over the last two years but they'll be split up this summer. The Neroverdi have made a name for themselves in Serie A and you can expect them to avoid relegation again next season.
Offseason - Journalist Gianluca DiMarzio has reported that Berardi & Zaza both might be set to join Juventus. Berardi is co-owned between Juve & Sassuolo while Juve have an option to buy Zaza this summer for €15 million or €18 million next summer. Whether one or both of them leave, Sassuolo will need to find replacements who can score goals. Right back Sime Vrsaljko has drawn interest from bigger clubs including Milan, Juventus and even Barcelona. They could also look to find an improvement over Paolo Cannavaro at the center back position.
13. Hellas Verona (46 points) - 2nd year in a row they've avoided relegation. 38 year old Luca Toni had an unbelievable season sharing the Capocannoniere with 22 goals. Andrea Mandorlini has done well the last 2 seasons to avoid relegation and finish mid-table.
Offseason - Luca Toni has been linked to newly-promoted Carpi and Sydney FC but seems likely to stay. The versatile Jacopo Sala has played very well the last 2 seasons and has been linked to Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham. They’re also been some reports that they could try to sign Romulo back from Juventus. Hellas should invest in their central defense this summer.
14. Chievo Verona (46 points) – Even though they don’t play the most attractive soccer, the Flying Donkeys also seem to avoid the drop. Alberto Paloschi led the team with 9 goals. Head coach Rolando Maran has signed a 3-year contract extension.
Offseason – Maxi Lopez will return from his loan at Torino and Chievo will have to decide whether to sell or keep him. Chievo will look to make some cheap, shrewd signings to continue to stay up in Serie A.
15. Empoli (42 points) – Maurizio Sarri did a phenomenal job this season to help Empoli easily avoid relegation. Gli Azzurri played attractive football this year. Center back Daniele Rugani was the only player to play every single minute of this Serie A campaign and he did so without receiving a single booking. Midfielder Mirko Valdifiori completed the second most passes in the league (2692) and had the most key passes per game (2.5) according to WhoScored. 35 year old Massimo Maccarone led the team with 10 goals.
Offseason – Maurizio Sarri could possibly get an offer from a bigger club. The club has revealed they will exercise the option to buy Riccardo Saponara from Milan for €4 million but after having a great season he’s drawn interest from Lazio. Valdifiori played well to earn his first cap for Italy and has drawn interest from Fiorentina and Napoli. If they sell their better players, Empoli will need to sign capable replacements to avoid relegation.
16. Udinese (41 points) – After just one season, Andrea Stramaccioni will part ways with the club. Antonio Di Natale had another commendable season and surpassed Roberto Baggio on the all-time Serie A goalscorers list. Central midfielder Allan had a very good season. Overall, Stramaccioni did not do well and Udinese had a disappointing season.
Offseason – The priority is to find a new coach. Di Natale has offers from America and Dubai and his future is undecided. If Toto decides to leave it will be very difficult to find a replacement who can score like him. Udinese have already reportedly rejected an offer from Inter for Allan. Roma are interested in their goalkeeper Karnezis.
17. Atalanta (37 points) – Edy Reja helped Atalanta avoid relegation. Mauricio Pinilla and German Denis both scored great bicycle kick goals, which are contenders for goal of the season. Goalkeeper Marco Sportiello did very well this season and Liverpool are reported to be interested in him. Midfielder Daniele Baselli has been linked to Milan for at least a year and a deal could finally happen this summer.
18. Cagliari (34 points) – The season started with Zdenek Zeman, then after they fired him, Cagliari hired Gianfranco Zola, then they went back to Zeman and they finished the season with Gianluca Festa. The coaching carousel didn’t do a good enough job to avoid relegation though, although they did end the year with some dignity by defeating Udinese 4-3 in the last match of the season. Marco Sau was their leading scorer with 7 goals. Captain Daniele Conti is leaving the club after 16 years. Cagliari will have to resolve the futures of Nainngolan, Astori and Ibarbo who are all at Roma. They will look to bounce back up to Serie A next season.
19. Cesena (24 points) – The Seahorses just didn’t have enough to avoid the drop. They were expected to be relegated but they fought hard each week. Their leading goal scorer Gregoire Defrel has been recently linked to Milan. One of their best performers this season, Carlos Carbonero, was on loan from Roma. They’ll look to gain promotion again but it won’t be easy.
20. Parma (17 points) – Disaster. That would be an understatement of Parma’s season. After missing out on the Europa League because they were denied a UEFA license last year, the club has just fallen apart. After not paying the players, the club declared bankruptcy and went into the hands of the FIGC. Players have terminated their contracts and players have been sold for as little as €500. The first four auctions have seen no bidder and if nobody buys the club it will drop to Lega Pro. It’s sad to see a storied club fall from grace. The future of Parma looks very bleak.