Serie A's renaissance?

Updated 1225 GMT (2025 HKT) August 23, 2013
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Serie A champions Juventus are the only team in Italy's top division to own its stadium. The Juventus Stadium was opened in 2011 and holds 41,000 spectators. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images/file
Ahead of the new Serie A season, Juventus has bolstered its ranks with the signing of strikers Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente. Tevez endeared himself to Juve fans immediately by scoring the fourth goal in the team's 4-0 Italian Super Cup win over Lazio. Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Lazio fans have been punished for racism offenses on numerous occasions over the last 12 months. The club's famous Curva Nord, where Lazio's "ultra" fans sit, has been closed by authorities in an attempt to stamp out racist chanting. Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Napoli has invested heavily in new players during the transfer window in the hope it can launch a serious title challenge. Striker Gonzalo Higuain, seen here holding the club's new camouflage away kit, was signed from Real Madrid. Experienced manager Rafael Benitez, a European Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, has also been brought in as coach. CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images
Fiorentina has also been active in the transfer market, pulling off an impressive coup by signing striker Mario Gomez from European champions Bayern Munich. Claudio Villa/Getty Images/file
In the late 1980s/early 1990s Italy's top division was the envy of the planet. AC Milan boasting some of the game's finest players, including Dutchman Ruud Gullit who was purchased from PSV in 1987 for a then world record fee. Simon Bruty /Allsport/file