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The 2008–09 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 107th season of top-tier Italian football, the 77th in a round-robin tournament. It began on 30 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009, with the announcement of the list of fixtures made on 25 July 2008. 20 teams competed in the league, 17 of which returned from the previous season, and three (Chievo, Bologna and Lecce) were promoted from 2007–08 Serie B.

Serie A
Season2008–09
ChampionsInternazionale
17th title
RelegatedTorino
Reggina
Lecce
Champions LeagueInternazionale
Juventus
Milan
Fiorentina
Europa LeagueGenoa
Roma
Lazio
Matches played380
Goals scored988 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorerZlatan Ibrahimović
(25 goals)
Biggest home winSampdoria 5–0 Reggina
Biggest away winRoma 0–4 Internazionale
Siena 1–5 Milan
Palermo 0–4 Catania
Highest scoringUdinese 6–2 Cagliari
Average attendance25,324

20 clubs represented 13 different regions. The most represented region was Lombardy with three teams: Atalanta, Milan and Internazionale. Piedmont, Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio and Sicily featured two teams each while Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Apulia, Calabria, and Sardinia were represented by one team each. There was a record number of southern teams in the top division with six teams: Cagliari, Catania, Lecce, Napoli, Palermo, and Reggina.

The new match ball was the Nike T90 Omni.

On 16 May 2009, Internazionale won the league by holding an unassailable lead after Milan's loss away to Udinese.

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Rule changesEdit

The 2008–09 season saw new rules relating to the transfer of player registration introduced. Clubs without non-EU players in their squad were allowed three incoming non-EU player transfers (whereas previously only newly promoted clubs could have three). Clubs with one non-EU player were allowed two such transfers and clubs with two non-EU players were permitted one transfer and a further one if they cancelled the registration of one of their non-EU players or that player gained EU nationality. Clubs with three or more non-EU players were given two conditional quotas with the caveat that the release (as opposed to transfer) of two non-EU players as free agent would only allow for one further non-EU signing.[1]

TeamsEdit

Three teams were promoted from Serie B: Chievo, Bologna, and Lecce. The first two earned direct promotion, while Lecce won the promotional playoffs, defeating AlbinoLeffe 2–1 on aggregate in a two-legged playoff final.

Club City Stadium Capacity 2007–08 season
Atalanta Bergamo Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 26,393 9th in Serie A
Bologna Bologna Renato Dall'Ara 39,444 2nd in Serie B
Cagliari Cagliari Sant'Elia 23,486 14th in Serie A
Catania Catania Angelo Massimino 23,420 17th in Serie A
Chievo Verona Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 39,211 Serie B Champions
Fiorentina Florence Artemio Franchi (Florence) 47,282 4th in Serie A
Genoa Genoa Luigi Ferraris 36,685 10th in Serie A
Internazionale Milan San Siro 80,074 Serie A Champions
Juventus Turin Olimpico di Torino 27,500 3rd in Serie A
Lazio Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,700 12th in Serie A
Lecce Lecce Via del Mare 33,876 Serie B Playoff Winners
Milan Milan San Siro 80,074 5th in Serie A
Napoli Naples San Paolo 60,240 8th in Serie A
Palermo Palermo Renzo Barbera 37,242 11th in Serie A
Reggina Reggio Calabria Oreste Granillo 27,454 16th in Serie A
Roma Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,700 2nd in Serie A
Sampdoria Genoa Luigi Ferraris 36,685 6th in Serie A
Siena Siena Artemio Franchi (Siena) 15,373 13th in Serie A
Torino Turin Olimpico di Torino 27,500 15th in Serie A
Udinese Udine Friuli 41,652 7th in Serie A

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Internazionale (C) 38 25 9 4 70 32 +38 84 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Juventus 38 21 11 6 69 37 +32 74[a]
3 Milan 38 22 8 8 70 35 +35 74[a]
4 Fiorentina 38 21 5 12 53 38 +15 68[b] 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Genoa 38 19 11 8 56 39 +17 68[b] 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[c]
6 Roma 38 18 9 11 64 61 +3 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
7 Udinese 38 16 10 12 61 50 +11 58
8 Palermo 38 17 6 15 57 50 +7 57
9 Cagliari 38 15 8 15 49 50 −1 53
10 Lazio 38 15 5 18 46 55 −9 50 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[c]
11 Atalanta 38 13 8 17 45 48 −3 47
12 Napoli 38 12 10 16 43 45 −2 46[d]
13 Sampdoria 38 11 13 14 49 52 −3 46[d]
14 Siena 38 12 8 18 33 44 −11 44
15 Catania 38 12 7 19 41 51 −10 43
16 Chievo 38 8 14 16 35 49 −14 38
17 Bologna 38 9 10 19 43 62 −19 37
18 Torino (R) 38 8 10 20 37 61 −24 34 2009–10 Serie B
19 Reggina (R) 38 6 13 19 30 62 −32 31
20 Lecce (R) 38 5 15 18 37 67 −30 30
Source: lega-calcio.it ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
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; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b JUV 4–2 MIL; MIL 1–1 JUV
  2. ^ a b FIO 1–0 GEN; GEN 3–3 FIO
  3. ^ a b Lazio qualified for the play-off round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League by winning the 2008–09 Coppa Italia.
  4. ^ a b NAP 2–0 SAM; SAM 2–2 NAP

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ATA BOL CAG CTN CHV FIO GEN INT JUV LAZ LCE MIL NAP PAL REG ROM SAM SIE TOR UDI
Atalanta 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 4–2 1–0 2–0 3–0
Bologna 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–4 5–2 0–3
Cagliari 0–1 5–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–4 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0
Catania 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–3 3–2 0–2
Chievo 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2
Fiorentina 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–2
Genoa 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 3–3 0–2 3–2 0–1 4–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–0
Internazionale 4–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0
Juventus 2–2 4–1 2–3 1–1 3–3 1–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–2 1–0 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
Lazio 0–1 2–0 1–4 1–0 0–3 3–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–3
Lecce 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 1–3 1–1 3–3 2–2
Milan 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–3 3–0 2–1 5–1 5–1
Napoli 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–2
Palermo 3–2 4–1 5–1 0–4 3–0 1–3 2–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 5–2 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–2
Reggina 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 2–2 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2
Roma 2–0 2–1 3–2 4–3 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–4 1–4 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–1
Sampdoria 1–0 2–0 3–3 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 2–2 0–2 5–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 2–2
Siena 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–2 1–5 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1
Torino 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 1–3 0–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–0
Udinese 3–0 1–0 6–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–3 2–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–0
Source: lega-calcio.it ‹See Tfd›(in Italian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorersEdit

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Siena   Mario Beretta[2] Contract expired 27 May 2008   Marco Giampaolo[2] 27 May 2008
Cagliari   Davide Ballardini[3] Contract expired 27 May 2008   Massimiliano Allegri[4] 29 May 2008
Internazionale   Roberto Mancini[5] Sacked 29 May 2008   José Mourinho[6] 2 June 2008
Lecce   Giuseppe Papadopulo[7] Contract expired 23 June 2008   Mario Beretta[7] 23 June 2008
Palermo   Stefano Colantuono[8] Sacked 4 September 2008   Davide Ballardini[8] 4 September 2008
Bologna   Daniele Arrigoni[9] Sacked 3 November 2008   Siniša Mihajlović[9] 3 November 2008
Chievo Verona   Giuseppe Iachini[10] Sacked 4 November 2008   Domenico Di Carlo[10] 4 November 2008
Torino   Gianni De Biasi[11] Sacked 8 December 2008   Walter Novellino[11] 8 December 2008
Reggina   Nevio Orlandi[12] Sacked 16 December 2008   Giuseppe Pillon[13] 16 December 2008
Reggina   Giuseppe Pillon[14] Sacked 25 January 2009   Nevio Orlandi[14] 25 January 2009
Lecce   Mario Beretta[15] Sacked 9 March 2009   Luigi De Canio[16] 9 March 2009
Napoli   Edoardo Reja[17] Sacked 10 March 2009   Roberto Donadoni[17] 10 March 2009
Torino   Walter Novellino[18] Sacked 24 March 2009   Giancarlo Camolese[18] 24 March 2009
Bologna   Siniša Mihajlović[19] Sacked 14 April 2009   Giuseppe Papadopulo[19] 14 April 2009
Juventus   Claudio Ranieri[20] Sacked 18 May 2009   Ciro Ferrara[1][21] 18 May 2009
  • ^1 Juventus youth sector chief Ciro Ferrara was originally appointed on a temporary basis for the two final weeks of the season. The appointment was made permanent on 5 June 2009.[22]

Number of teams by regionEdit

ReferencesEdit

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