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The 2012–13 Serie B (known as the Serie bwin for sponsorship reasons) is the 81st season since its establishment in 1929. A total of 22 teams will contest the league: 15 of which returning from the 2011–12 season, 4 of which promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and three relegated from Serie A. Puma replaced Nike as manufacturer of the official Serie B match ball, a relationship that continues today.

Serie B
Season2012–13
ChampionsSassuolo
PromotedSassuolo
Verona
Livorno (by Play-off)
RelegatedVicenza
Ascoli
Pro Vercelli
Grosseto
Matches played451
Goals scored1,149 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorerDaniele Cacia
(24 goals)
Biggest home winBrescia 5–0 Crotone
Sassuolo 5–0 Cesena
Biggest away winSpezia 0–6 Novara
Highest scoringCittadella 2–6 Novara
Longest winning run5 games
Livorno
Sassuolo
Longest unbeaten run12 games
Livorno
Longest winless run9 games
Empoli
Spezia
Longest losing run6 games
Novara

The league will feature three clubs relegated from Serie A: Novara returned to the second division after only a single season in the top flight, whereas Lecce and Cesena were relegated after a two-year stint.

Four teams were promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione, one of them returning to Serie B after a significant absence and one of them will play Serie B for the first time in their history, Pro Vercelli after 64 years, Ternana after 6 years, while Spezia will take part to Serie B after 4 years. The fourth promoted team, Virtus Lanciano will make debut in Serie B.

Grosseto and Lecce were provisionally, not yet enforceable, condemned to relegation to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, due to a large match fixing scandal involving Italian football; both clubs appealed the decision to the Italian Football Federation's Court of Justice, so the decision is on hold at the moment (Italian football justice is composed by three degrees of trial). In appeal, Grosseto was acquitted from all charges and readmitted to Serie B, whereas Lecce's relegation was confirmed. Lecce already announced its intention to appeal the decision at the TNAS (National Sports Arbitration Court, at the Italian Olympic Committee level), but not blocking the relegation being immediately enforceable.[1] On 23 August 2012, FIGC officially communicated that Vicenza were to replace Lecce, and there has been a possibility of extending the transfer window as regards Grosseto and Vicenza.[2]

Changes from last seasonEdit

Team changesEdit

From Serie BEdit

Promoted to Serie A
Relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione

To Serie BEdit

Relegated from Serie A
Promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione (Girone A)
Promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione (Girone B)

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2011–12 season
Ascoli Ascoli Piceno Cino e Lillo Del Duca 20,550 15th in the Serie B
Bari Bari San Nicola 58,270 13th in the Serie B
Brescia Brescia Mario Rigamonti 23,486 8th in the Serie B
Cesena Cesena Dino Manuzzi 23,860 20th in the Serie A
Cittadella Cittadella Pier Cesare Tombolato 7,623 16th in the Serie B
Crotone Crotone Ezio Scida 9,631 11th in the Serie B
Empoli Empoli Carlo Castellani 19,795 18th in the Serie B
Grosseto Grosseto Carlo Zecchini 9,909 14th in the Serie B
Juve Stabia Castellammare di Stabia Romeo Menti 7,642 9th in the Serie B
Livorno Livorno Armando Picchi 19,238 17th in the Serie B
Modena Modena Alberto Braglia 21,151 12th in the Serie B
Novara Novara Silvio Piola 17,875 19th in the Serie A
Padova Padua Euganeo 18,060 7th in the Serie B
Pro Vercelli Vercelli Silvio Piola 8,000 The Prima Divisione/A play-off winners
Reggina Reggio Calabria Oreste Granillo 27,454 10th in the Serie B
Sassuolo Sassuolo
(playing in Modena)
Alberto Braglia 21,151 3rd in the Serie B
Spezia La Spezia Alberto Picco 10,000 The Prima Divisione/B Champions
Ternana Terni Libero Liberati 22,000 The Prima Divisione/A Champions
Varese Varese Franco Ossola 8,213 5th in Serie B
Verona Verona Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 38,402 4th in the Serie B
Vicenza Vicenza Romeo Menti 12,200 19th in the Serie B
Virtus Lanciano Lanciano Guido Biondi 5,553 The Prima Divisione/B play-off winners

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Reggina Roberto Breda End of contract 30 June 2012 Before the start
of the season
Davide Dionigi 3 July 2012[3]
Cesena Mario Beretta End of contract 30 June 2012 Nicola Campedelli 1 July 2012[4]
Sassuolo Fulvio Pea End of contract 30 June 2012 Eusebio Di Francesco 1 July 2012[5]
Varese Rolando Maran Signed by Catania 30 June 2012 Fabrizio Castori 1 July 2012[6]
Empoli Alfredo Aglietti End of contract 30 June 2012 Maurizio Sarri 1 July 2012[7]
Modena Cristiano Bergodi End of contract 30 June 2012 Dario Marcolin 12 July 2012[8]
Padova Alessandro Dal Canto End of contract 30 June 2012 Fulvio Pea 1 July 2012[9]
Grosseto Francesco Statuto End of caretaker spell 30 June 2012 Francesco Moriero 1 July 2012[10]
Cesena Nicola Campedelli Sacked 10 September 2012[11] 21st Pierpaolo Bisoli 11 September 2012[11]
Grosseto Francesco Moriero Sacked 1 October 2012[12] 20th Mario Somma 1 October 2012[12]
Pro Vercelli Maurizio Braghin Sacked 15 October 2012[13] 18th Giancarlo Camolese 15 October 2012[13]
Novara Attilio Tesser Sacked 31 October 2012[14] 20th Giacomo Gattuso 31 October 2012[14]
Novara Giacomo Gattuso Sacked 18 November 2012[15] 21st Alfredo Aglietti 18 November 2012[15]
Grosseto Mario Somma Sacked 18 November 2012[16] 22nd Lamberto Magrini 19 November 2012[17]
Padova Fulvio Pea Sacked 17 December 2012[18] 5th Franco Colomba 17 December 2012[18]
Grosseto Lamberto Magrini Sacked 18 December 2012[19] 22nd Leonardo Menichini 18 December 2012[19]
Pro Vercelli Giancarlo Camolese Sacked 3 January 2013[20] 21st Maurizio Braghin 3 January 2013[20]
Spezia Michele Serena Sacked 4 January 2013[21] 12th Gianluca Atzori 4 January 2013[21]
Vicenza Roberto Breda Sacked 28 January 2013[22] 20th Alessandro Dal Canto 28 January 2013[22]
Grosseto Leonardo Menichini Sacked 10 February 2013[23] 22nd Francesco Moriero 11 February 2013[24]
Spezia Gianluca Atzori Sacked 23 February 2013[25] 13th Luigi Cagni 23 February 2013[25]
Ascoli Massimo Silva Sacked 20 March 2013[26] 16th Rosario Pergolizzi 20 March 2013[26]
Modena Dario Marcolin Sacked 20 March 2013[27] 12th Walter Novellino 20 March 2013[27]
Padova Franco Colomba Sacked 20 March 2013[28] 8th Fulvio Pea 20 March 2013[28]
Ascoli Rosario Pergolizzi Sacked 13 April 2013[29] 19th Massimo Silva 13 April 2013[29]
Varese Fabrizio Castori Sacked 17 April 2013[30] 7th Andrea Agostinelli 17 April 2013[30]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sassuolo (C, P) 42 25 10 7 78 40 +38 85 Promotion to 2013–14 Serie A
2 Hellas Verona (P) 42 23 13 6 67 32 +35 82
3 Livorno (O, P) 42 23 11 8 77 47 +30 80 Qualification for promotion Playoffs
4 Empoli 42 20 13 9 69 51 +18 73
5 Novara 42 19 10 13 73 46 +27 64[a]
6 Brescia 42 15 17 10 58 50 +8 62
7 Varese 42 16 13 13 55 53 +2 60[b]
8 Modena 42 15 12 15 52 51 +1 55[c]
9 Ternana 42 12 17 13 37 38 −1 53[d]
10 Bari 42 16 12 14 55 47 +8 53[d][e]
11 Padova 42 12 17 13 47 51 −4 53[d]
12 Crotone 42 14 13 15 45 56 −11 53[d][f]
13 Spezia 42 12 15 15 52 58 −6 51
14 Cesena 42 12 14 16 46 58 −12 50[g]
15 Cittadella 42 12 14 16 48 61 −13 50[g]
16 Juve Stabia 42 12 14 16 54 65 −11 50[g]
17 Reggina 42 12 15 15 42 51 −9 49[c]
18 Virtus Lanciano 42 9 21 12 50 60 −10 48[h]
19 Vicenza (R) 42 10 12 20 41 58 −17 42 Relegation to 2013–14 Lega Pro Prima Divisione
20 Ascoli (R) 42 11 9 22 48 67 −19 41[b]
21 Pro Vercelli (R) 42 8 9 25 37 67 −30 33
22 Grosseto (R) 42 7 13 22 44 72 −28 28[i]
Updated to match(es) played on 19 May 2013. Source: Serie B
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; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Novara was docked 3 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
  2. ^ a b Ascoli and Varese were docked 1 point due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
  3. ^ a b Modena and Reggina were docked 2 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
  4. ^ a b c d TER: 11pts ; BAR: 10pts ; PAD: 8pts ; CRO: 2pts
  5. ^ Bari was docked 7 points: 2 points due to financial irregularities and 5 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
  6. ^ Crotone was docked 2 points due to financial irregularities.
  7. ^ a b c CES: 8pts ; CIT: 5pts ; JST: 2pts
  8. ^ No relegation playoffs will be held as Virtus Lanciano is more than 4 points clear of 4th-last place.
  9. ^ Grosseto was docked 6 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.

Promotion PlayoffsEdit

The higher placed team plays the second leg of the promotion playoff at home. If scores are tied after both games in the semifinals the higher placed team progresses to the final. The same conditions apply to the final except for there being extra time played if scores are tied after both games, the higher placed team will be promoted if scores are still level at the end of this period.

  Semifinals Two-legged Final
                         
3 Livorno 1 1 2  
6 Brescia 1 1 2  
    3 Livorno 1 1 2
  4 Empoli 1 0 1
4 Empoli 1 4 5
5 Novara 1 1 2  

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ASC BAR BRE CES CIT CRO EMP GRO JST LIV MOD NOV PAD PVE REG SAS SPE TER VAR HEL VIC VLN
Ascoli 1–3 2–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–4 1–4 2–3 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 2–4 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–5 0–0 1–1
Bari 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–3 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 3–3 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 4–3
Brescia 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 5–0 0–3 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–0
Cesena 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 1–3 3–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–4 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–1
Cittadella 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 2–6 3–3 3–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–0
Crotone 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–2 1–0 3–3 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 3–3 1–0 0–0
Empoli 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 5–0 2–1 4–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2
Grosseto 2–1 4–3 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–2
Juve Stabia 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–0 2–4 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 2–1
Livorno 3–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 4–2 4–0 2–2 1–2 1–3 3–2 2–0 3–3 3–2 1–5 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0
Modena 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–0 3–3 3–0 2–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–2
Novara 1–0 0–1 4–2 0–1 0–1 5–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1
Padova 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 0–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1
Pro Vercelli 3–1 2–1 2–3 1–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–4 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–2
Reggina 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1
Sassuolo 1–0 2–1 1–1 5–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–2 0–0 4–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Spezia 4–3 3–2 3–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 0–6 2–3 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1
Ternana 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 4–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–2
Varese 2–0 2–2 3–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 3–0 2–0 3–0 3–4 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–2
Hellas Verona 3–1 1–0 4–2 1–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0
Vicenza 1–0 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–5 2–1 1–2 3–3 3–3 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–1
Virtus Lanciano 1–1 0–3 0–2 3–3 3–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 18 May 2013. Source: Serie B
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorersEdit

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