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In the 2002–03 season, the Serie A, the major football Italian professional league, was composed by 18 teams, for the 15th consecutive time from season 1988–89.

Serie A
Season2002–03
ChampionsJuventus
27th title
RelegatedAtalanta
Piacenza
Como
Torino
Champions LeagueJuventus
Internazionale
Milan
Lazio
UEFA CupParma
Udinese
Roma
Matches played306
Goals scored789 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerChristian Vieri
(24 goals)
Biggest home winMilan 6–0 Torino
(6 October 2002)
Biggest away winTorino 0–4 Juventus
(17 November 2002)
Torino 0–4 Parma
(1 December 2002)
Chievo 0–4 Parma
(16 March 2003)
Highest scoringParma 4–3 Brescia
(6 November 2002)
Empoli 3–4 Internazionale
(6 November 2002)
Juventus 4–3 Chievo
(24 May 2003)
Highest attendance78,843
Milan v Internazionale
Lowest attendance350
Torino v Udinese

The first two teams qualified directly to UEFA Champions League. Teams finishing in third and fourth position had to play Champions League qualifications. Teams finishing in fifth and sixth positions qualified to UEFA Cup (another spot was given to the winner of Coppa Italia). The bottom four teams were to be relegated in Serie B.

Juventus won its 27th national title, with Internazionale placing second. Milan and Lazio were admitted to the UEFA Champions League preliminary phase, whereas Parma, Udinese and Roma (through the Coppa Italia finals) obtained a spot to the next UEFA Cup. Brescia and Perugia were admitted to participate in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, after Chievo declined to participate.

Piacenza, Torino, Como and Atalanta were relegated to Serie B, with the latter after having lost a relegation play-off against Reggina.

Contents

Rule changesEdit

Unlike La Liga, which imposed a quota on the number of non-EU players on each club, Serie A clubs could sign as many non-EU players as available on domestic transfer. But for the 2003–04 season a quota was imposed on each of the clubs limiting the number of non-EU, non-EFTA and non-Swiss players who may be signed from abroad each season,[1] following provisional measures[2] introduced in the 2002–03 season, which allowed Serie A & B clubs to sign only one non-EU player in the 2002 summer transfer window.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Torino   Giancarlo Camolese Sacked 25 October 2002 16th   Renzo Ulivieri 26 October 2002
Reggina   Bortolo Mutti Sacked 7 November 2002 16th   Luigi De Canio 8 November 2002
Como   Loris Dominissini Sacked 25 November 2002 18th   Eugenio Fascetti 25 November 2002
Piacenza   Andrea Agostinelli Sacked 3 February 2003[3] 16th   Luigi Cagni 3 February 2003[4]
Torino   Renzo Ulivieri Sacked 24 February 2003 17th   Renato Zaccarelli 24 February 2003
Torino   Renato Zaccarelli Sacked 15 April 2003 18th   Giacomo Ferri 15 April 2003
Atalanta   Giovanni Vavassori Sacked 21 April 2003 15th   Giancarlo Finardi 21 April 2003

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Chairman Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Atalanta   Ivan Ruggeri   Giancarlo Finardi Asics Promatech
Bologna   Renato Cipollini   Francesco Guidolin Macron Area Banca
Brescia   Luigi Corioni   Carlo Mazzone Umbro Banca Lombarda
Chievo   Luca Campedelli   Luigi Del Neri Joma Paluani
Como   Enrico Preziosi   Eugenio Fascetti Erreà Temporary
Empoli   Fabrizio Corsi   Silvio Baldini Erreà Sammontana
Internazionale   Massimo Moratti   Héctor Cúper Nike Pirelli
Juventus   Vittorio Chiusano   Marcello Lippi Lotto Fastweb
Lazio   Sergio Cragnotti
  Ugo Longo
  Roberto Mancini Puma Siemens Mobile
Milan   Silvio Berlusconi   Carlo Ancelotti Adidas Opel
Modena   Romano Amadei   Gianni De Biasi Erreà Immergas
Parma   Stefano Tanzi   Cesare Prandelli Champion Parmalat
Perugia   Luciano Gaucci   Serse Cosmi Galex Toyota
Piacenza   Fabrizio Garilli   Luigi Cagni Lotto Lpr Brakes
Reggina   Pasquale Foti   Luigi De Canio Asics Caffe Mauro
Roma   Francesco Sensi   Fabio Capello Kappa Mazda
Torino   Attilio Romero   Giacomo Ferri Asics Ixfin
Udinese   Franco Soldati   Luciano Spalletti Le Coq Sportif Bernardi

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus (C) 34 21 9 4 64 29 +35 72 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Internazionale 34 19 8 7 64 38 +26 65
3 Milan 34 18 7 9 55 30 +25 61
4 Lazio 34 15 15 4 57 32 +25 60 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
5 Parma 34 15 11 8 55 36 +19 56[a] 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round[b]
6 Udinese 34 16 8 10 38 35 +3 56[a]
7 Chievo 34 16 7 11 51 39 +12 55
8 Roma 34 13 10 11 55 46 +9 49 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round[b]
9 Brescia 34 9 15 10 36 38 −2 42[c] 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
10 Perugia 34 10 12 12 40 48 −8 42[c] 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round[d]
11 Bologna 34 10 11 13 39 47 −8 41
12 Modena 34 9 11 14 30 48 −18 38[e]
13 Empoli 34 9 11 14 36 46 −10 38[e]
14 Reggina 34 10 8 16 38 53 −15 38[e] Relegation play-off
15 Atalanta (R) 34 8 14 12 35 47 −12 38[e] Relegation to Serie B after Relegation play-off
16 Piacenza (R) 34 8 6 20 44 62 −18 30 Relegation to Serie B
17 Como (R) 34 4 12 18 29 57 −28 24
18 Torino (R) 34 4 9 21 23 58 −35 21
Source: Lega Serie A
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) tiebreaker for relevant positions 3) head-to-head points and goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b UDI 1–1 PAR; PAR 3–2 UDI
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ a b BRE 3–1 PER; PER 0–0 BRE
  4. ^ Perugia gained entry to the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Chievo renounced.
  5. ^ a b c d MOD: 10 pts; EMP: 9 pts; ATA: 7 pts; REG: 5 pts

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ATA BOL BRE CHV COM EMP INT JUV LAZ MIL MOD PAR PER PIA REG ROM TOR UDI
Atalanta 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–4 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0
Bologna 2–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–0
Brescia 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–1
Chievo 4–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–4 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–4 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 3–2 3–0
Como 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–2
Empoli 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–4 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–2 1–3 1–1 1–1
Internazionale 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 3–3 1–0 1–2
Juventus 3–0 1–1 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 5–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Lazio 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 3–0 4–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1
Milan 3–3 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 6–0 1–0
Modena 0–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Parma 2–1 1–2 4–3 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–2
Perugia 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–3 4–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2
Piacenza 2–0 3–1 1–4 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–4 0–1 2–3 4–2 3–3 1–1 5–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0
Reggina 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–3 2–1 3–2
Roma 1–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–0 3–1 4–1
Torino 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–4 2–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–1
Udinese 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: lega-calcio.it (in Italian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

OverallEdit

Relegation play-offEdit

Reggina0–0Atalanta

Atalanta1–2Reggina
Natali   18' Cozza   33'
Bonazzoli   85'

Reggina won 2 – 1 on aggregate.

Atalanta relegated to Serie B.

Top goalscorersEdit

Number of teams by regionEdit

TransferEdit

References and sourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Italy blocks non-EU players". UEFA.com. 2003-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. ^ "Italians bar non-EU imports". UEFA.com. 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  3. ^ "Piacenza Sack Agostinelli". Soccerway. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Cagni returns as Piacenza sack Agostinelli". Soccerway. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005

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