2006–07 Serie A

The 2006–07 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 105th season of top-tier Italian football, the 75th in a round-robin tournament. It was scheduled to begin on 26 and 27 August, but was postponed to 2 September 2006 due to the Calciopoli, which led to the absence of Juventus. On 22 April 2007, Internazionale became Serie A champions after defeating Siena, as Roma's loss to Atalanta left Inter with a 16-point advantage with five matches to play.

Serie A
Season2006–07
ChampionsInternazionale
15th title
RelegatedChievo
Ascoli
Messina
Champions LeagueInternazionale
Roma
Lazio
Milan
UEFA CupPalermo
Fiorentina
Empoli
Intertoto CupSampdoria
Matches played380
Goals scored969 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorerFrancesco Totti
(26 goals)
Highest scoringRoma 7–0 Catania
Average attendance19,720
2006–07 Serie A teams distribution

EventsEdit

2006 Italian football scandalEdit

Following the Serie A scandal of 2006, Juventus was relegated to Serie B and deducted 9 points. Fiorentina, Milan and Lazio, were deducted 15, 8 and 3 points respectively but were not relegated. Consequently, Lecce, Messina and Treviso, originally slated for relegation to Serie B, were retained in Serie A, but after Fiorentina and Lazio we're not relegated result in relegation of Lecce and Treviso, thereby keeping the top table at 20 teams.

As part of another inquiry, Reggina were handed a 15-point penalty but were allowed to remain in Serie A.[1] This penalty was reduced to 11 points on appeal.

League halting of February 2007Edit

On 2 February 2007, police officer Filippo Raciti was killed outside the Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania, in football-related violence during the Sicilian derby between rivals Catania and Palermo.[2] The match, originally scheduled for 4 February at 3pm, was exceptionally advanced on Friday at 6pm under request of Catania because of the simultaneity with the St. Agatha local celebrations.

The dramatic Sicilian derby events, which followed the murder of Ermanno Licursi, an amateur club manager, beaten to death during a riot in a Terza Categoria league match, led Commissioner Luca Pancalli to call a stop to all football matches in Italy, including Serie A fixtures. Pancalli noted how the league fixtures would not start again until a solution to the violence issue in Italian football is found. The week after, a special law by the government enforced the measures to be taken against violence in football stadia and forbade the presence of supporters inside stadia which didn't agree with mandatory security dispositions, thus enabling Italian football to go on with half of the matches played without audience.

Following the events, Catania was prohibited to play its home matches at Stadio Angelo Massimino for the remaining part of the season, and the club was also forced to play its home matches in neutral grounds without spectators (a porte chiuse, behind closed doors). Several other Italian stadia were closed too because of security reasons, and reopened only once they would have passed several safety requirements. All stadiums were successfully reopened for April, with Stadio Massimino's exception. Catania's home matches were successively allowed to be attended by spectators, yet on neutral ground, as from 13 May.

Dominant InterEdit

With their victory over Siena on 22 April 2007, Internazionale captured the 2006–07 Serie A title (the 15th Scudetto in their club history) by moving 16 points clear of second-place Roma with five matches to play. Inter's dominant effort marked the defence of the title they were awarded in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal, and their first Scudetto claimed on the field since 28 May 1989.[3] Clinching with five matches remaining, Inter tied the Serie A record for earliest title claim (along with Torino in the 1947–48 Serie A). The team also broke the record for most consecutive wins with a 17 match winning streak.

Relegation battleEdit

With Messina and Ascoli already relegated, there was only one relegation slot left to be decided in the last matchday, with Parma (39 points), Chievo (39), Catania (38), Siena (37) and Reggina (37) involved in the battle. The key match in the relegation battle was widely expected to be Catania–Chievo, to be played in Bologna because of the forced closure of Stadio Angelo Massimino by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) following the February 2007 infamous riots in the Sicilian derby. The match ended in a 2–0 win for Catania; due to the contemporary wins of Parma, Siena and Reggina, Chievo were therefore relegated to Serie B.

Team detailsEdit

Club City Stadium 2005–06 season Team season
Ascoli Ascoli Piceno Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca 10th in Serie A Season
Atalanta Bergamo Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Serie B Champions Season
Cagliari Cagliari Stadio Sant'Elia 14th in Serie A Season
Catania Catania Stadio Angelo Massimino Serie B Runners-up Season
Chievo Verona Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi 4th in Serie A Season
Empoli Empoli Stadio Carlo Castellani 7th in Serie A Season
Fiorentina Florence Stadio Artemio Franchi 9th in Serie A Season
Internazionale Milan San Siro Serie A Champions Season
Lazio Rome Stadio Olimpico 16th in Serie A Season
Livorno Livorno Stadio Armando Picchi 6th in Serie A Season
Messina Messina Stadio San Filippo 17th in Serie A Season
Milan Milan San Siro 3rd in Serie A Season
Palermo Palermo Stadio Renzo Barbera 5th in Serie A Season
Parma Parma Stadio Ennio Tardini 8th in Serie A Season
Reggina Reggio Calabria Stadio Oreste Granillo 13th in Serie A Season
Roma Rome Stadio Olimpico 2nd in Serie A Season
Sampdoria Genoa Stadio Luigi Ferraris 12th in Serie A Season
Siena Siena Stadio Artemio Franchi 15th in Serie A Season
Torino Turin Stadio Olimpico di Torino Serie B Playoff Winners Season
Udinese Udine Stadio Friuli 11th in Serie A Season

Personnels and sponsoringEdit

Team Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Ascoli   Marco Giampaolo Legea Pompea
Atalanta   Stefano Colantuono Asics Sit in Sports
Cagliari   Franco Colomba
  Marco Giampaolo
Asics Tiscali
Catania   Pasquale Marino Legea Sp Energia Siciliana
Chievo   Giuseppe Pillon Lotto Banca Popolare di Verona
Ferroli
Empoli   Luigi Cagni Asics Frutta
Computer Gross
Fiorentina   Cesare Prandelli Lotto Toyota
Internazionale   Roberto Mancini Nike Pirelli
Lazio   Delio Rossi Puma INA Assitalia
Livorno   Daniele Arrigoni
  Fernando Orsi
Legea Banca Carige
Milan   Carlo Ancelotti Adidas bwin
Messina   Alberto Cavasin Legea Caffe Miscela D'Oro
Parma   Claudio Ranieri
  Stefano Pioli
Erreà None
Palermo   Francesco Guidolin Lotto None
Reggina   Walter Mazzarri Onze Gicos
Roma   Luciano Spalletti Diadora None
Sampdoria   Walter Novellino Kappa ERG
Siena   Mario Beretta Legea Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Torino   Alberto Zaccheroni
  Gianni De Biasi
Asics Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, Beretta
Udinese   Alberto Malesani Lotto Gaudi

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Internazionale (C) 38 30 7 1 80 34 +46 97 Qualification to Champions League group stage[a]
2 Roma 38 22 9 7 74 34 +40 75
3 Lazio[b] 38 18 11 9 59 33 +26 62 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
4 Milan[b] 38 19 12 7 57 36 +21 61 Qualification to Champions League group stage[a]
5 Palermo 38 16 10 12 58 51 +7 58 Qualification to UEFA Cup first round
6 Fiorentina[b] 38 21 10 7 62 31 +31 58
7 Empoli 38 14 12 12 42 43 −1 54
8 Atalanta 38 12 14 12 56 54 +2 50
9 Sampdoria 38 13 10 15 44 48 −4 49 Qualification to Intertoto Cup third round[4]
10 Udinese 38 12 10 16 49 55 −6 46
11 Livorno 38 10 13 15 41 54 −13 43
12 Parma 38 10 12 16 41 56 −15 42
13 Catania 38 10 11 17 46 68 −22 41
14 Reggina[b] 38 12 15 11 52 50 +2 40
15 Siena[c] 38 9 14 15 35 45 −10 40
16 Torino 38 10 10 18 27 47 −20 40
17 Cagliari 38 9 13 16 35 46 −11 40
18 Chievo (R) 38 9 12 17 38 48 −10 39 Relegation to Serie B
19 Ascoli (R) 38 5 12 21 36 67 −31 27
20 Messina (R) 38 5 11 22 37 69 −32 26
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Milan qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage instead of third qualifying round as the title holders.
  2. ^ a b c d Fiorentina were docked 15 points, Reggina 11 points, Milan 8 points and Lazio 3 points, all for involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
  3. ^ Siena were given a one-point deduction for a delay in payment of social security contributions.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Internazionale44313121112111111111111111111111111111
Roma21421233333322222222222222222222222222
Lazio[a]1718181191011131313121077557556466654433333343333
Milan[b]18171213131415121416161515151514131299975546665644434444
Palermo32132312221233333333333333344455656765
Fiorentina[c]20202020202019192020191818181616151414151313131289778777767556
Empoli5565688991086568118865644465556566575677
Atalanta1358107556455886691177899991011101011109998888
Sampdoria121211121111128101210131412119568101012111011899998101089999
Udinese1388644445711710912106710875777788789881010101010
Livorno16910107567767444771091212121112111211121111101111111213111211
Parma914171818181617161514161617181818191918191818181919191918181818171317131512
Catania779912121011119696544444458881012101212141514141112141613
Reggina[d]1919191919192020191917191919191919181819171615141415151615171616181415171714
Siena[e]810778676454891091212131311111010131313131314121212121518151815
Torino101516161613131515141514131110811101114151516161714161413131415151714121316
Cagliari1416131414151414121113111113131314151513141414151617141517151313131611161117
Chievo1111141717171818181820201716171717171616161717171516171716161717161816181418
Ascoli1513151515161716171718172020202020202020202020202020202020202020202020202019
Messina662459910889121214141516161717181919191818181819191919191919191920
Leader and Champions League group stage
Champions League group stage
Champions League third qualifying round
UEFA Cup first round
Intertoto Cup third round
Serie B
  1. ^ Lazio were docked 3 points for their involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
  2. ^ Milan were docked 8 points for their involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal. Milan qualified for the Champions League group stage as the holders.
  3. ^ Fiorentina were docked 15 points for their involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
  4. ^ Reggina were docked 11 points for their involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
  5. ^ Siena were given a one-point deduction for a delay in payment of social security contributions.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Francesco Totti Roma 26
2   Cristiano Lucarelli Livorno 20
3   Christian Riganò Messina 19
4   Rolando Bianchi Reggina 18
5   Nicola Amoruso Reggina 17
  Gionatha Spinesi Catania
7   Adrian Mutu Fiorentina 16
  Tommaso Rocchi Lazio
  Luca Toni Fiorentina
10   Zlatan Ibrahimović Internazionale 15
11   Vincenzo Iaquinta Udinese 14
  David Suazo Cagliari
  Hernán Crespo Internazionale
  Luca Saudati Empoli

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ASC ATA CAG CTN CHV EMP FIO INT LAZ LIV MES MIL PAL PAR REG ROM SAM SIE TOR UDI
Ascoli 1–3 2–1 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–5 3–2 0–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–2
Atalanta 3–1 3–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 5–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 3–1 1–2 1–2
Cagliari 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 3–2 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1
Catania 3–3 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–5 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–4 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–0
Chievo 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–0
Empoli 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–3 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Fiorentina 4–0 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–3 1–0 3–0 0–0 5–1 1–0 5–1 2–0
Internazionale 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–3 3–1 3–1 4–3 4–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–1
Lazio 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 5–0
Livorno 0–0 4–2 2–1 4–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
Messina 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–4 0–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–0
Milan 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–1 3–1 0–0 3–4 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–3
Palermo 4–0 2–3 1–3 5–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 3–0 2–1 0–0 3–4 4–3 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–0
Parma 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–3 1–0 4–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–4 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–3
Reggina 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1
Roma 2–2 2–1 2–0 7–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 4–3 1–1 4–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 0–1 3–1
Sampdoria 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–4 0–0 1–0 3–3
Siena 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 3–4 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–0 2–2
Torino 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 0–4 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–3
Udinese 0–0 2–3 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–4 4–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–0
Source: lega-calcio.it (in Italian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

AttendancesEdit

Serie A attendances have dropped marginally. Higher attendances in the last couple of weeks increased the final season average for Serie A to 19,720. These are the average Serie A team attendances for the 2006–07 season:[5]

Club Average
Attendance
Highest
Attendance
Game
Ascoli 7,209 15,000 vs Milan
Atalanta 12,246 24,000 vs Milan
Cagliari No official attendance
Catania 16,185 20,000 vs Palermo
Chievo 6,719 13,000 vs Ascoli
Empoli 5,351 12,000 vs. Fiorentina
Fiorentina 30,000 41,000 vs. Milan
Internazionale 48,000 64,000 vs. Torino
Lazio 25,000 61,000 vs. Roma
Livorno 8,500 13,000 vs Sampdoria
Messina 11,500 17,500 vs. Milan
Milan 47,000 79,000 vs Internazionale
Palermo 24,000 35,000 vs Catania
Parma 15,000 20,000 vs Internazionale
Reggina 12,500 21,000 vs Milan
Roma 38,689 61,292 vs Lazio
Sampdoria 19,000 27,000 vs Internazionale
Siena 8,000 14,000 vs Internazionale
Torino 20,500 24,000 vs Internazionale
Udinese 14,500 20,000 vs Internazionale

Catania hosted Ascoli, Fiorentina, Inter, Lazio, Reggina, Roma, Siena and Torino at neutral venues without fans, and Milan and Chievo in Bologna, but with fans welcome.

Milan outnumbered every other team for the highest number of season ticket holders with 37,000, with Inter not far behind with 35,000 season ticket holders.

The lowest attendance for the season was recorded in the Ascoli vs Cagliari match, in the final day of the league, that attracted a mere 2,800 people.

Number of teams by regionEdit

Region Number of teams Teams
1   Tuscany 4 Empoli, Fiorentina, Livorno and Siena
2   Lombardy 3 Atalanta, Internazionale and Milan
  Sicily 3 Catania, Messina and Palermo
4   Lazio 2 Lazio and Roma
5   Calabria 1 Reggina
  Emilia-Romagna 1 Parma
  Friuli-Venezia Giulia 1 Udinese
  Liguria 1 Sampdoria
  Marche 1 Ascoli
  Piedmont 1 Torino
  Sardinia 1 Cagliari
  Veneto 1 Chievo

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Reggina to stay in Serie A" Archived 2006-08-20 at the Wayback Machine, The World Game, 18 August 2006.
  2. ^ "Italian league halted by violence".
  3. ^ "Inter-Roma match recap", Channel 4, 18 April 2007.
  4. ^ Sampdoria then qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup first round.
  5. ^ Serie A attendances - Season 2006-07

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