2003–04 Serie A
The 2003–04 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 102nd season of top-tier Italian football, the 72nd in a round-robin tournament. It contained 18 teams for the 16th and last time from the 1988–89 season. With the bottom three being relegated, the 15th placed side would face the sixth-highest team from Serie B, with the winner playing in the Serie A in the subsequent 2004–05 season.
|Goals scored||816 (2.67 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Andriy Shevchenko |
|Biggest home win||Internazionale 6–0 Reggina|
(22 November 2003)
Roma 6–0 Siena
(22 February 2004)
|Biggest away win||Bologna 0–4 Roma|
(23 November 2003)
|Highest scoring||Brescia 4–4 Reggina|
(21 September 2003)
|Longest unbeaten run||Milan|
|Longest winless run||Ancona|
|Highest attendance||78,334 |
Milan v Internazionale
|Lowest attendance||3,774 |
Empoli v Udinese
As usual, the top two teams would progress directly to the UEFA Champions League group stage, while third and fourth place would have to begin in the third qualifying round. The UEFA Cup places would be awarded to fifth and sixth place, and the winners of the Coppa Italia.
Milan won their 17th scudetto; Roma impressed and were pushing for the title until the last few weeks of the season; Internazionale only made it to the Champions League ahead of Parma and Lazio on the last day thanks to Adriano, who had been signed from Parma earlier in the season; Lazio won the Coppa Italia against Juventus, handing Udinese the UEFA Cup spot; Ancona were relegated with only two wins, the joint lowest tally ever (Brescia's 12 points in 1994–95 Serie A is still the lowest ever); Empoli and Modena were also relegated; Perugia lost their play-off with Fiorentina, who returned to Serie A after a two-year absence.
Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko of Milan was the top scorer, with 24 goals. The 2003–04 league was the last professional season in the career of former European Footballer of the Year and Italian international Roberto Baggio, who finished among the tournament's top ten scorers with 12 goals, and among the all-time top five scorers in Serie A, with 205 career goals. It was also the last Serie A season for Baggio's former teammate Giuseppe Signori, who then moved to the Superleague Greece. Signori ended his career in Italy as the seventh highest scorer ever in Serie A.
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, following provisional measures 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.
Personnel and sponsoringEdit
(as of 16 May 2004)
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|Team||Head Coach||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Ancona*||Giovanni Galeone||Le Coq Sportif||Banca Marche|
|Bologna||Carlo Mazzone||Macron||Area Banca|
|Brescia||Gianni De Biasi||Kappa||Banca Lombarda|
|Chievo||Luigi Del Neri||Lotto||Paluani|
|Parma||Cesare Prandelli||Champion||Parmalat · Cariparma|
|Reggina||Giancarlo Camolese||Asics||Credit Suisse|
|Siena*||Giuseppe Papadopulo||Lotto||Monte Paschi Vita|
|Udinese||Luciano Spalletti||Le Coq Sportif||Bernardi|
(*) Promoted from Serie B.
- Ancona appointed Leonardo Menichini as successor to Luigi Simoni, but he was sacked in end September and replaced him by Nedo Sonetti. Sonetti lasted 15 games before being replaced by Giovanni Galeone.
- Bologna sacked Francesco Guidolin before start of season and replaced by former Brescia boss Carlo Mazzone.
- Brescia appointed Gianni De Biasi as manager before start of season, following the departure of Carlo Mazzone to Bologna.
- Empoli appointed Daniele Baldini as successor to Silvio Baldini, but he was sacked in end October and replaced him with Attilio Perotti.
- Internazionale sacked Héctor Cúper in October and replaced him by Alberto Zaccheroni.
- Modena appointed Alberto Malesani as successor to Gianni De Biasi, but he was sacked in end March and he was replaced by Gianfranco Bellotto.
- Reggina appointed Franco Colomba as the new manager during pre-season, but he was sacked in end November and replaced him by Giancarlo Camolese.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Milan (C)||34||25||7||2||65||24||+41||82||2004–05 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Juventus||34||21||6||7||67||42||+25||69||2004–05 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|5||Parma||34||16||10||8||57||46||+11||58||2004–05 UEFA Cup First round|
|15||Perugia (R)||34||6||14||14||44||56||−12||32||Qualification play-offs|
|16||Modena (R)||34||6||12||16||27||46||−19||30[c]||2004–05 Serie B|
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.
|Home \ Away||ANC||BOL||BRE||CHV||EMP||INT||JUV||LAZ||LCE||MIL||MOD||PAR||PER||REG||ROM||SAM||SIE||UDI|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
|Fantini 47'||do Prado 82'|
|Jon Dahl Tomasson||Milan|
Number of teams by regionEdit
|Region||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Emilia-Romagna||3||Bologna, Modena and Parma|
|Lombardy||3||Brescia, Internazionale and Milan|
|3||Lazio||2||Lazio and Roma|
|Tuscany||2||Empoli and Siena|
- Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio – La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005