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The 2006–07 Serie B season is the 75th season since its establishment in 1929. It started on September 9, 2006 and ended on June 10, 2007. The 22 clubs in Serie B each played 42 matches during the regular season.

Serie B TIM
Season2006–07
ChampionsJuventus
PromotedJuventus
Napoli
Genoa
RelegatedPescara
Crotone
Arezzo
Hellas Verona (via play-off)
Matches played462
Goals scored1,061 (2.3 per match)
Top goalscorerItaly Alessandro del Piero (20 goals)
Serie B 2006–07 teams distribution

The 2006–07 season marked the first Serie B appearance for two clubs, Frosinone and then 27-time Italian champions Juventus, whose involvement in the league was a direct result of the 'Calciopoli' rulings and not competition in the previous Serie A season.

A.C. Arezzo began the season with a six-point deficit and Juventus F.C. a nine-point deficit, due to their involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal. In addition, U.S. Triestina Calcio were docked one point because of financial irregularities, and Pescara Calcio were penalized one point for late tax payments.

EventsEdit

PromotionsEdit

Despite the large deficit at the start of the league, Juventus coasted through the season with ease and became the first team mathematically promoted to the Serie A for the 2007–08 season with a 5–1 away win at Arezzo on 19 May 2007, with three games remaining in the schedule. One week later, they clinched the title of Serie B champions for 2006–07 with a 2–0 home win against Mantova. Juventus were awarded the first-ever Ali della Vittoria (Wings of Victory) Cup, designed this year for the winner of the Serie B championship.

On the last day of the season Napoli played Genoa. Napoli only needed a draw for automatic promotion, while Genoa needed a win to guarantee promotion. The match ended 0–0 and Napoli were promoted. However, Piacenza only managed a 1–1 draw with Triestina, leaving it ten points behind Genoa. A gap of ten or more points between the third and fourth-placed teams meant that no playoffs would be held, and Genoa became the third team promoted to Serie A.

Both Napoli and Genoa were promoted from Serie C1 to Serie B, and from Serie B to Serie A in successive seasons.

RelegationsEdit

On 12 May 2007 Pescara became the first team mathematically relegated to Serie C1 for the 2007–08 season with a 3–1 loss at Piacenza on Day 38 of the schedule. One week later, Crotone was also mathematically relegated with a 2–0 loss at Trieste. On the last match day, Arezzo became the third team relegated despite winning 3–1 at Treviso, as both Spezia and Hellas Verona won their games. Tied 2–2 with Juventus, Spezia was only seconds away from relegation, but a dramatic goal on the 91st minute by Nicola Padoin condemned Arezzo and qualified Spezia for the playoffs.

The fourth team to be relegated was decided in a two-legged playoff between Verona and Spezia. The first leg ended in a 2–1 win for Spezia, and a 0–0 tie in the return match condemned Verona to play Serie C1 in the 2007–08 season.

TeamsEdit

Final classificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Juventus (C, P) 42 28 10 4 83 30 +53 85[a] Promotion to Serie A
2 Napoli (P) 42 21 16 5 52 29 +23 79
3 Genoa (P) 42 23 9 10 68 44 +24 78[b]
4 Piacenza 42 20 8 14 57 50 +7 68
5 Rimini 42 17 16 9 55 38 +17 67[c]
6 Brescia 42 19 10 13 51 43 +8 67[c]
7 Bologna 42 18 11 13 52 43 +9 65
8 Mantova 42 15 19 8 47 36 +11 64
9 Lecce 42 17 7 18 56 53 +3 58
10 AlbinoLeffe 42 11 20 11 46 48 −2 53
11 Vicenza 42 12 14 16 42 43 −1 50[d]
12 Frosinone 42 12 14 16 44 54 −10 50[d]
13 Treviso 42 11 17 14 44 47 −3 50[d]
14 Bari 42 12 14 16 40 46 −6 50[d]
15 Cesena 42 12 13 17 51 66 −15 49[e]
16 Modena 42 12 13 17 38 46 −8 49[e]
17 Triestina 42 11 16 15 37 48 −11 48[f][g]
18 Hellas Verona (R) 42 12 12 18 34 46 −12 48[f] Qualification for Relegation play-off
19 Spezia 42 11 13 18 50 61 −11 46
20 Arezzo (R) 42 12 15 15 42 46 −4 45[h] Relegation to Serie C1
21 Crotone (R) 42 7 11 24 36 67 −31 32
22 Pescara (R) 42 5 10 27 36 77 −41 24[i]
Updated to match(es) played on October 9, 2008. Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio 2008 (in Italian). Panini Edizioni. November 2007.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Juventus started the season with a penalization of 30 points, which was later reduced to 9 on appeal.
  2. ^ Third-placed team Genoa were directly promoted without a play-off being played as they finished 10 points ahead of fourth-placed Piacenza.
  3. ^ a b RIM 2–0 BRE; BRE 0–2 RIM
  4. ^ a b c d VIC: 9 pts ; FRO: 8 pts ; TRE: 7 pts ; BAR: 6 pts
  5. ^ a b CES 1–0 MOD; MOD 0–1 CES
  6. ^ a b TRI 1–1 VER; VER 0–1 TRI
  7. ^ 1-point deduction
  8. ^ 6-points deduction
  9. ^ 1-point deduction for late tax payment

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALB ARE BAR BOL BRE CES CRO FRO GEN JUV LEC MAN MOD NAP PES PIA RIM SPE TRE TRI VER VIC
AlbinoLeffe 0–0 2–3 2–5 2–3 3–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–0
Arezzo 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–5 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–1
Bari 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0
Bologna 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1
Brescia 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–0
Cesena 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–4 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–2
Crotone 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–3 0–3 1–3 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–1
Frosinone 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2
Genoa 1–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 4–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–2 3–1 2–0
Juventus 1–1 2–2 4–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 5–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 2–3 1–0 5–1 1–0 2–1
Lecce 3–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 5–0 3–2 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–2
Mantova 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–1 4–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0
Modena 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1
Napoli 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 0–0
Pescara 2–3 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 2–3 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–6 0–1 0–2 0–5 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
Piacenza 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 3–0 3–1 0–2 3–2 3–4 5–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–3
Rimini 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1
Spezia 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 3–3 3–4 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–0
Treviso 3–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1
Triestina 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–3 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–3 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0
Verona 0–1 0–1 4–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1
Vicenza 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]

Relegation play-offEdit

First leg: June 15, Stadio Alberto Picco, La Spezia
Second leg: June 21, Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Spezia 2–1 Verona 2–1 0–0
Hellas Verona F.C. relegated to 2007–08 Serie C1.

Top goalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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