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Associazione Sportiva Roma crashed down to earth following its previous two remarkable seasons, where it had won Serie A in 2000–01 and finished a close second in 2001–02. Despite the acquisition of Pep Guardiola as central midfielder, he did not apparently fit into Fabio Capello's first-team plans. The squad was essentially the same as the year before, and Guardiola's absence from the starting XI spoke volumes about the reputation of the Roma players at the time. However, things began to go against Roma following its tense competition in Serie A with Juventus. Suspecting things were amiss, both chairman Franco Sensi and manager Capello publicly condemned the judgements, and given the Calciopoli scandal in 2006, chances are they had a point.

Roma
2002–03 season
PresidentFranco Sensi
ManagerFabio Capello
StadiumStadio Olimpico
Serie A8th
Coppa ItaliaRunners-up
UEFA Champions LeagueSecond group stage
Top goalscorerLeague:
Francesco Totti (14)

All:
Francesco Totti (20)
Average home league attendance57,160[1]

Due to all the 'misfortune' with decisions, Roma's season soon descended into complete darkness, the only highlight of the season being the qualification for the Coppa Italia final, which they lost to Milan. In the league, only a strong final third of the season saved eighth place, with only Francesco Totti reaching his normal level.

PlayersEdit

Squad informationEdit

Last updated on 31 May 2003
Appearances include league matches only
No. Name Nat Position(s) Date of birth (Age at end of season) Signed from Signed in Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Francesco Antonioli   GK (1969-09-14)14 September 1969 (aged 33)   Bologna 1999 102 0
12 Carlo Zotti   GK (1982-09-03)3 September 1982 (aged 20)   Palermo 2001 1 0
22 Ivan Pelizzoli   GK (1980-11-18)18 November 1980 (aged 22)   Atalanta 2001 24 0
Defenders
2 Cafu   RB / RWB (1970-06-07)7 June 1970 (aged 33)   Palmeiras 1997 163 5
4 Luigi Sartor   LB / RB / CB (1975-01-30)30 January 1975 (aged 28)   Parma 2002 12 0
5 Jonathan Zebina   CB / RB (1978-07-19)19 July 1978 (aged 24)   Cagliari 2000 65 0
6 Aldair   CB (1965-11-30)30 November 1965 (aged 37)   Benfica 1990 330 15
13 Leandro Cufré   LB (1978-05-09)9 May 1978 (aged 25)   Gimnasia La Plata 2002 8 0
19 Walter Samuel   CB (1978-03-23)23 March 1978 (aged 25)   Boca Juniors 2000 92 8
23 Christian Panucci   RB / CB (1973-04-12)12 April 1973 (aged 30)   Monaco 2001 60 2
26 Damiano Ferronetti   LB (1984-11-01)1 November 1984 (aged 18)   Youth Sector 2002 1 0
31 Traianos Dellas   CB (1976-01-31)31 January 1976 (aged 27)   Perugia 2002 10 1
32 Vincent Candela   LB / LWB (1973-10-24)24 October 1973 (aged 29)   Guingamp 1997 190 14
Midfielders
7 Diego Fuser   RW / CM (1968-11-11)11 November 1968 (aged 34)   Parma 2001 15 2
8 Francisco Lima   DM / CM (1971-04-17)17 April 1971 (aged 32)   Bologna 2001 55 0
11 Emerson   DM / CM (1976-04-04)4 April 1976 (aged 27)   Bayer Leverkusen 2000 72 10
15 Olivier Dacourt   AM / CM (1974-09-25)25 September 1974 (aged 28)   Leeds United 2003 18 0
17 Damiano Tommasi   DM / CM (1974-05-17)17 May 1974 (aged 29)   Hellas Verona 1996 216 12
20 Davide Bombardini   LM (1974-06-21)21 June 1974 (aged 29)   Palermo 2002 8 0
21 Alberto Aquilani   CM / AM (1984-07-07)7 July 1984 (aged 18)   Youth Sector 2002 1 0
25 Gianni Guigou   DM (1975-02-22)22 February 1975 (aged 28)   Nacional 2000 36 1
27 Daniele De Rossi   DM / CM (1983-07-24)24 July 1983 (aged 19)   Youth Sector 2001 4 2
Forwards
9 Vincenzo Montella   CF / ST (1974-06-18)18 June 1974 (aged 29)   Sampdoria 1999 107 53
10 Francesco Totti (Captain)   AM / LW / SS / CF / ST (1976-09-27)27 September 1976 (aged 26)   Youth Sector 1992 241 66
18 Antonio Cassano   ST / SS (1982-07-12)12 July 1982 (aged 20)   Bari 2001 49 14
24 Marco Delvecchio   CF / ST (1973-04-07)7 April 1973 (aged 30)   Internazionale 1995 211 59
30 Massimo Marazzina   CF / ST (1974-07-16)16 July 1974 (aged 28)   Chievo 2003 7 0
Players transferred during the season
28 Josep Guardiola   DM / CM (1971-01-18)18 January 1971 (aged 32)   Brescia 2002 4 0
33 Gabriel Batistuta   CF / ST (1969-02-01)1 February 1969 (aged 11)   Fiorentina 2000 63 30
36 Daniele Cerejido   RW / ST (1981-01-23)23 January 1981 (aged 22)   Youth Sector 2003 1 0

CompetitionsEdit

OverallEdit

Competition Started round Current
position
Final
position
First match Last match
Serie A Matchday 1 8th 14 September 2002 24 May 2003
Coppa Italia Round of 16 Runners-up 4 December 2002 31 May 2003
Champions League Group stage Second group stage 17 September 2002 19 March 2003

Last updated: 31 May 2003

Serie AEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
6 Udinese 34 16 8 10 38 35 +3 56[a] 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round
7 Chievo 34 16 7 11 51 39 +12 55
8 Roma 34 13 10 11 55 46 +9 49[b] 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round
9 Brescia 34 9 15 10 36 38 −2 42[c] 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
10 Perugia 34 10 12 12 40 48 −8 42[d] 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
Source: 2002–03 Serie A, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw. (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played).[2]
Notes:
  1. ^ UDI 1–1 PAR; PAR 3–2 UDI
  2. ^ Roma qualified for the first round of the 2003-04 UEFA Cup as Coppa Italia runner-up because the winner, Milan, qualified for Champions League through championship position.
  3. ^ BRE 3–1 PER; PER 0–0 BRE
  4. ^ Perugia gained entry to the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Chievo renounced; then they qualified to the 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
34 13 10 11 55 46  +9 49 9 5 3 34 19  +15 4 5 8 21 27  −6

Last updated: 24 May 2003.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by roundEdit

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH
ResultWLLWWWDDDDLDLWWLLLWDDLWDLWDWLWWWDL
Updated to match(es) played on 24 May 2003. Source: Competitive matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

Coppa ItaliaEdit

Round of 16Edit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

FinalEdit

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Real Madrid 6 2 3 1 15 7 +8 9
  Roma 6 2 3 1 3 4 −1 9
  AEK Athens 6 0 6 0 7 7 0 6
  Genk 6 0 4 2 2 9 −7 4

Second group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Valencia 6 2 3 1 5 6 −1 9
  Ajax 6 1 5 0 6 5 +1 8
  Arsenal 6 1 4 1 6 5 +1 7
  Roma 6 1 2 3 7 8 −1 5

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Serie A Coppa Italia Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Francesco Antonioli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK   Carlo Zotti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 GK   Ivan Pelizzoli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF   Cafu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF   Luigi Sartor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF   Jonathan Zebina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF   Aldair 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 DF   Leandro Cufré 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF   Walter Samuel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF   Christian Panucci 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF   Damiano Ferronetti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF   Traianos Dellas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF   Vincent Candela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 MF   Diego Fuser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF   Francisco Lima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 MF   Emerson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF   Olivier Dacourt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 MF   Damiano Tommasi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF   Davide Bombardini 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF   Alberto Aquilani 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF   Gianni Guigou 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF   Daniele De Rossi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW   Vincenzo Montella 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 FW   Francesco Totti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 FW   Antonio Cassano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 FW   Marco Delvecchio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW   Massimo Marazzina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW   Daniele Cerejido 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
28 MF   Josep Guardiola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW   Gabriel Batistuta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source: Competitions

GoalscorersEdit

Rank No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
1 10 FW   Francesco Totti 14 3 3 20
2 18 FW   Antonio Cassano 9 1 4 14
3 9 FW   Vincenzo Montella 9 2 0 11
4 24 FW   Marco Delvecchio 4 4 1 9
5 11 MF   Emerson 2 3 1 6
33 FW   Gabriel Batistuta 4 1 1 6
7 17 MF   Damiano Tommasi 3 0 0 3
8 19 DF   Walter Samuel 2 0 0 2
27 MF   Daniele De Rossi 2 0 0 2
10 2 DF   Cafu 0 1 0 1
23 DF   Christian Panucci 1 0 0 1
25 MF   Gianni Guigou 1 0 0 1
31 DF   Traianos Dellas 1 0 0 1
32 DF   Vincent Candela 1 0 0 1
Own goal 2 1 0 3
Totals 55 16 10 81

Last updated: 31 May 2003

Clean sheetsEdit

Rank No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
1 1 GK   Francesco Antonioli 1 0 5 6
2 22 GK   Ivan Pelizzoli 4 1 0 5
Totals 5 1 5 11

Last updated: 31 May 2003

Disciplinary recordEdit

No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
                               
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.stadiapostcards.com/A02-03.htm
  2. ^ Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 "Norme organizzative interne della F.I.G.C. - Art. 51.6" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.