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When you look at the Serie A stat columns you’re not surprised to see guys like Edinson Cavani, Antonio Di Natale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic potting goals for fun. You’re not surprised to see that Lucio leads the league in interceptions, Gennaro Gattuso has the most tackles won, Amauri has thanked his teammates the most after flailing at a ball, and Francesco Totti has the most frowns committed. But what do the stats have to say about some of the less celebrated players in the league?

The “Wow, His Team Wouldn’t Score A Single Goal Without Him” Category

Andrea Cossu - Cagliari

The diminutive Cossu is enjoying the best season of his career. He leads the league in assists with 12. But what’s more impressive is that he’s assisted on 38% of his team’s goals. I guess that could be expected when you’ve made an astonishing 232 crosses, which of course is tops in the Serie A. He’s also drawn 61 fouls, 4th most, and taken probably all of the resulting free kicks as well.

Marco Di Vaio - Bologna

The definition of a team playing for a striker but hey, someone has to score on that team right? Di Vaio finds himself 4th in Serie A’s goalscoring leader board, nestled cozily between Eto’o and Ibrahimovic. The ex-Juventus hitman has 14 out of his team’s meager 26 goal output and has even been merciful enough to hand out 2 assists. He’s been involved in 61% of his team’s goals. To put that into perspective, Edinson Cavani and Antonio Di Natale have ratios of 60% and 54% respectively. Not bad company.

Honourable mention goes to Sergio Pellissier (Chievo) who has 9 goals and 5 assists. His ratio sits at an impressive 51%. And he’s really fast too.

The Defensive (Varying Degrees) Category

Mehdi Benatia - Udinese (Rock Steady Defender)

The 23-year-old has been integral to Udinese’s successful implementation of a three man defense. He’s 5th in tackles, 7th in clearances and 2nd in interceptions. And he’s even found time to score a couple goals. Solid.

Domenico Criscito - Genoa (All-Around Defender)

Even though Criscito has been capped numerous times for the Azzurri, and is generally well regarded, the numbers put him up there with the top defenders in Italy. Perhaps his best attribute is his stamina (giggle). The slender left back has played every minute of every Serie A fixture for Genoa who is second only to Milan (really? Milan?) in goals against. He’s 2nd in tackles won (and headbutts with zero) behind the maniacal Gattuso. He’s 18th in crosses and 16th in clearances. And he’s gentle - only 27 fouls committed all year.

Federico Balzaretti - Palermo (Attacking Defender)

The second best attack in Italy is buoyed greatly by its two fullbacks and Balzaretti is one of them. The left back has somehow managed to rank 8th in passes completed while also delivering 5 assists. He’s also 15th in crosses put in and ranks 1st in the “Fabio Hairstyle” rankings.

The “Monster In The Middle” Category

Kwadwo Asamoah - Udinese

Anyone who watched Ghana in the World Cup knows how good Asamoah is but he still doesn’t get enough credit for being part of the engine that drives the Udinese goal scoring machine. Kwadwo can pass (4 assists and ranks 24th in passes completed) and he can fight in the middle of the park (22nd in tackles won and 5th in fouls drawn). What else do you want out of a center mid?

Giuseppe Colucci - Cesena

Not sure if he’s actually a good player or not but he’s received 7 yellows and 2 reds so he must be a monster of some sort. He’s committed 50 fouls so far this year and is 14th in (clean) tackles won. He’s 9th in fouls drawn but something tells me it’s not because he’s especially shifty or creative. When he’s not impersonating Gattuso, he’s actually found time to complete the 2nd most passes in the league and if it weren’t for his suspensions, he’d probably have a full 25 games played.

The “If Only He Was Healthy” Category

Sebastian Giovinco - Parma

The Atomic Ant has played only about 1400 of a possible 2250 minutes this year but has still managed 5 goals, 2 assists and 144 crosses which puts him 6th. He’s also been fouled at an unsurprisingly alarming rate. By the way, his 1400 minutes are three times as much as he ever saw at Juventus and Parma only has to pay 3 million euros to secure half of Giovinco’s rights. But… that’s… another column. Moving on.

Dejan Stankovic - Inter

The only way to stop Stankovic this year has been to injure him. Despite playing barely half of the available minutes for Inter, the hardened Serb has come up with 5 goals and 4 assists. He’s top 30 in shots on target with 19 and top 50 in passes completed.

Stats certainly don’t mean everything but it’s interesting to see how some lesser known players rank up against the usual suspects.

All stats are courtesy of Corriere Dello Sport

One Response so far.

  1. Ted says:

    where do you guys get these stats from?

    i would really like know!

    grazie.

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