Serie A: Team of the Year 2012/13
We look at the best XI from the 2012/13 season in Serie A
Juventus comfortably won the Serie A title this season, with many of their stars impressing, however many other players also showed off their talents in the division.
Here we assemble the best XI from the Serie A in the 2012/13 season:
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus
The veteran ‘keeper was once again, a vital cog in Antonio Conte’s Juventus, as they claimed their second successive Scudetto. With Juventus only conceding 21 goals, and with 19 clean sheets, his stats speak for themselves.
Right-back: Stephan Lichtsteiner - Juventus
The Switzerland international has become one of the best wing-backs in world football since joining Juventus from Lazio in 2011. With the highest successful cross percentage in Europe, he has been a vital part of Juve’s team for the past two seasons, and is currently the best wing-back in Italy
Centre-back: Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus
The Italy international has again been in fine form this season, being one of the stand-out defenders in Serie A, and the Champions League. Although Buffon deserves a lot of credit for keeping 21 clean sheets, the figure wouldn’t be so high without Chiello marshalling defence.
Centre-back: Gonzalo Rodriguez - Fiorentina
When the Argentina international joined Fiorentina from Villarreal in the summer of 2012, the Viola’s new signing was doubted, as many thought that he couldn’t take the step up to
the defensive pressures in Italy, but since, he has proved all his critics wrong. Scoring as many goals in his first season in Serie A as he had in eight years with Villarreal, albeit most of them from direct free-kicks, he has popped up with important goals as well as game-saving interceptions.
Left-back: Vasilis Torosidis - Roma
Although he has only been in Serie A since January, the Greece international has wasted little time in announcing himself as one of Serie A’s best full-backs. Being equally useful in defence and attack, he is arguably the reason for Roma’s upturn in form, which saw them push for a Champions League place and set up a Copa Italia final date with Lazio. His outstanding goal against Inter in the semi-final showcases the Greek’s talent.
Centre-midfield: Andrea Pirlo – Juventus
Juve’s old master has been a key player for Juve again this season in Serie A and Champions League. His ability to dictate play and control the midfield are one of the factors in what make Juventus such dangerous opponents. His ability to change a game with a single pass has been showcased this year, as he was the main player in Juve’s 3-0 destruction of Chelsea, and also in Juve’s wins over Inter and AC Milan. With 5 goals and six direct assists in Serie A this season, he has been pivotal to Juve’s success
Centre-midfield: Arturo Vidal – Juventus
Voted Juve’s player of the season and it is clear to see why. Vidal is the best ball winner in Europe, and has developed into a modern day great since Juve picked him up for a bargain £9 million. The 25 year old is still a couple of years from his peak and will only get better. With 10 goals and 8 direct assists this season, he has been Juve’s biggest sole goal contributor in the league this season, and there for a massive influence on Juve’s success.
Centre-midfield: Marek Hamsik – Napoli
The Slovakia international is the most common fixture in the Serie A team of the week, being selected 11 times for his outstanding performances. With 11 goals and 14 direct assists, he is Napoli’s second highest goal contributor, just behind a certain Edinson Cavani. With a similar style to that of the great Pavel Nedved, at still only 25 years old, he has confirmed his intention to stay at Napoli for the majority of his career, and should one day be one of Serie A’s all time legends.
Right-wing: Stephan El Sharaawy – AC Milan
El Sharaawy has rose to prominence this season after a string of performances that can be considered of the same level as that of Lionel Messi. Since the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he has been able to flourish and be recognised as one of the brightest young talents in the world, after also breaking into the Italy national team as a first choice winger. With 16 goals and four direct assists, he has been Milan’s top goal contributor this season and one of the best players in Serie A.
Centre-forward: Edinson Cavani - Napoli
Looking set to pick up the golden boot for Serie A, Cavani has had another unbelievable season for Fiorintina. With 28 goals in Serie A this season, he has been the best forward, and with hat-tricks coming against Roma, Lazio and Inter, he is not one to shy away from the big stage, and in fact, often performs better. With also four assists, he has shown that for a penalty box predator, he can also create chances as well as take them. His defensive work-rate is also very high for a striker and he often leads the counter attack with his power and lightning pace.
Left-wing: Erik Lamela – Roma
The young Argentine’s meteoric rise has started after his breakthrough season at Roma. In the 2011/12 season, he looked immature and greedy, but since the New Year, and a change of playing style, he has flourished at Roma and has become one of their most important players, and also one of the most explosive forces in Serie A.
With 15 goals and three assists, he is Roma’s second highest goal contributor, behind the legendary Francesco Totti. He has also been called up for his country and is now a full Argentina international.
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