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The 2017–18 Serie B (known as the Serie B ConTe.it for sponsorship reasons) was the 86th season since its establishment in 1929.

Serie B
Season2017–18
ChampionsEmpoli
PromotedEmpoli
Parma
Frosinone (by play-off)
RelegatedVirtus Entella
Novara
Pro Vercelli
Ternana
Bari
Cesena
Avellino
Matches played462
Goals scored1,182 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorerFrancesco Caputo
(26 goals)
Biggest home winPerugia 5–0 Carpi
(18 November 2017)
Biggest away winVirtus Entella 1–5 Perugia
(27 August 2017)
Perugia 1–5 Pro Vercelli
(8 October 2017)
Bari 0-4 Empoli
(27 January 2018)
Cremonese 0-4 Foggia
(7 April 2018)
Highest scoringEmpoli 5–3 Cesena
(18 November 2017)
Longest winning run6 games
Empoli
Longest unbeaten run28 games
Empoli
Longest winless run18 games
Cremonese
Longest losing run5 games
Perugia
Ternana
Highest attendance33,567
Bari 1–0 Foggia
(26 November 2017)
Lowest attendance912
Frosinone 2–1 Cittadella
(4 September 2017) (Match played in Avellino)
Total attendance3,194,526
Average attendance6,930[1]

A total of 22 teams contested the league: 15 returning from the 2016–17 Serie B season, 4 promoted from 2016–17 Lega Pro (Cremonese, Venezia, Foggia, Parma), and 3 relegated from 2016–17 Serie A (Empoli, Palermo, Pescara).

Contents

TeamsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2016–17 season
Ascoli Ascoli Piceno Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca 10,887 15th in Serie B
Avellino Avellino Stadio Partenio 10,215 17th in Serie B
Bari Bari Stadio San Nicola 58,270 12th in Serie B
Brescia Brescia Stadio Mario Rigamonti 16,743 14th in Serie B
Carpi Carpi Stadio Sandro Cabassi 5,510 7th in Serie B
Cesena Cesena Stadio Dino Manuzzi 23,860 13th in Serie B
Cittadella Cittadella Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato 7,623 6th in Serie B
Cremonese Cremona Stadio Giovanni Zini 20,641 Lega Pro/A Champions
Empoli Empoli Stadio Carlo Castellani 16,800 18th in Serie A
Foggia Foggia Stadio Pino Zaccheria 16,798 Lega Pro/C Champions
Frosinone Frosinone Stadio Benito Stirpe[2] 16,125 3rd in Serie B
Novara Novara Stadio Silvio Piola 17,875 9th in Serie B
Palermo Palermo Stadio Renzo Barbera 36,349 19th in Serie A
Parma Parma Stadio Ennio Tardini 27,906 2nd in Lega Pro/B
Perugia Perugia Stadio Renato Curi 23,125 4th in Serie B
Pescara Pescara Stadio Adriatico 20,515 20th in Serie A
Pro Vercelli Vercelli Stadio Silvio Piola 5,500 16th in Serie B
Salernitana Salerno Stadio Arechi 31,300 11th in Serie B
Spezia La Spezia Stadio Alberto Picco 10,290 8th in Serie B
Ternana Terni Stadio Libero Liberati 17,460 18th in Serie B
Venezia Venice Stadio Pierluigi Penzo 7,450 Lega Pro/B Champions
Virtus Entella Chiavari Stadio Comunale 5,535 10th in Serie B

Number of teams by regionsEdit

Number of teams Region Team(s)
3   Emilia-Romagna Carpi, Cesena and Parma
2   Apulia Bari and Foggia
  Campania Avellino and Salernitana
  Liguria Spezia and Virtus Entella
  Lombardy Brescia and Cremonese
  Piedmont Novara and Pro Vercelli
  Umbria Perugia and Ternana
  Veneto Cittadella and Venezia
1   Abruzzo Pescara
  Lazio Frosinone
  Marche Ascoli
  Sicily Palermo
  Tuscany Empoli

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team President Manager Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Ascoli   Francesco Bellini   Serse Cosmi Nike
Avellino   Walter Taccone   Claudio Foscarini Givova Sidigas
Bari   Cosmo Antonio Giancaspro   Fabio Grosso Zeus Birra Peroni
Brescia   Alessandro Triboldi   Ivo Pulga Acerbis UBI Banca[3]
Carpi   Claudio Caliumi   Antonio Calabro Givova Gaudì Jeans
Cesena   Giorgio Lugaresi   Fabrizio Castori Lotto PLT puregreen
Cittadella   Andrea Gabrielli   Roberto Venturato Boxeur Des Rues Ocsa
Cremonese   Luigi Simoni   Andrea Mandorlini Garman Ilta Inox S.p.A.
Empoli   Fabrizio Corsi   Aurelio Andreazzoli Joma Gensan
Foggia   Lucio Fares   Giovanni Stroppa Nike Tamma
Frosinone   Maurizio Stirpe   Moreno Longo Legea Banca Popolare del Frusinate
Novara   Carlo Accornero   Domenico Di Carlo Joma Banca Popolare di Novara
Palermo   Maurizio Zamparini   Roberto Stellone Legea Sicily by Car, Bisaten
Parma   Jiang Lizhang   Roberto D'Aversa Erreà Aon,Cetiliar
Perugia   Massimiliano Santopadre   Roberto Breda FG Sport Piccini
Pescara   Daniele Sebastiani   Giuseppe Pillon Erreà O.M.A.
Pro Vercelli   Massimo Secondo   Gianluca Grassadonia Errea PGO Group S.p.A.
Salernitana   Marco Mezzaroma & Claudio Lotito   Stefano Colantuono Givova Seleco
Spezia   Andrea Corradino   Fabio Gallo Acerbis Arquati, Credit Agricole - Carispezia
Ternana   Stefano Bandecchi   Luigi De Canio Zeus Unicusano
Venezia   Joe Tacopina   Filippo Inzaghi Nike
Virtus Entella   Antonio Gozzi   Alfredo Aglietti Acerbis Duferco Energia, Pensa Benessere

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Ascoli   Alfredo Aglietti End of contract 1 June 2017 Pre-season   Fulvio Fiorin &   Enzo Maresca 1 June 2017[4][5]
Bari   Stefano Colantuono End of contract 13 June 2017   Fabio Grosso[6] 13 June 2017
Brescia   Luigi Cagni End of contract 3 June 2017   Roberto Boscaglia 3 June 2017[7]
Carpi   Fabrizio Castori[8] Mutual consent 12 June 2017   Antonio Calabro[9] 14 July 2017
Frosinone   Pasquale Marino[10] Mutual consent 14 June 2017   Moreno Longo[11] 14 June 2017
Novara   Roberto Boscaglia[7] Signed by Brescia 3 June 2017   Eugenio Corini[12] 14 June 2017
Pro Vercelli   Moreno Longo[13] Signed by Frosinone 14 June 2017   Gianluca Grassadonia[14] 14 June 2017
Spezia   Domenico Di Carlo[15] End of contract 14 June 2017   Fabio Gallo[16] 14 June 2017
Perugia   Cristian Bucchi[17] Signed by Sassuolo 20 June 2017   Federico Giunti[18] 23 June 2017
Empoli   Giovanni Martusciello Mutual consent 20 June 2017   Vincenzo Vivarini[19] 21 June 2017
Palermo   Diego Bortoluzzi End of contract 21 June 2017   Bruno Tedino[20] 22 June 2017
Ternana   Fabio Liverani End of contract 30 June 2017   Sandro Pochesci[21] 9 July 2017
Cesena   Andrea Camplone[22] Sacked 30 September 2017 22nd   Fabrizio Castori[23] 1 October 2017
Brescia   Roberto Boscaglia[24] 12 October 2017 15th   Pasquale Marino[24] 12 October 2017
Perugia   Federico Giunti 24 October 2017 15th   Roberto Breda 26 October 2017
V. Entella   Gianpaolo Castorina 5 November 2017 19th   Alfredo Aglietti[25] 6 November 2017
Ascoli   Fulvio Fiorin 7 December 2017 22nd   Serse Cosmi[26] 7 December 2017
Salernitana   Alberto Bollini 11 December 2017 11th   Stefano Colantuono[27] 12 December 2017
Empoli   Vincenzo Vivarini 16 December 2017 5th   Aurelio Andreazzoli[28] 17 December 2017
Pro Vercelli   Gianluca Grassadonia 16 December 2017 20th   Gianluca Atzori 17 December 2017
Brescia   Pasquale Marino[29] 15 January 2018 17th   Roberto Boscaglia[29] 15 January 2018
Pro Vercelli   Gianluca Atzori[30] 22 January 2018 22nd   Gianluca Grassadonia[30] 22 January 2018
Ternana   Sandro Pochesci[31] 29 January 2018 20th   Ferruccio Mariani[32] 30 January 2018
Novara   Eugenio Corini[33] 4 February 2018 16th   Domenico Di Carlo[34] 5 February 2018
Ternana   Ferruccio Mariani[35] 21 February 2018 22nd   Luigi De Canio[35] 21 February 2018
Pescara   Zdeněk Zeman[36] 6 March 2018 13th   Massimo Epifani[36] 6 March 2018
  Massimo Epifani[37] 1 April 2018 16th   Giuseppe Pillon[37] 1 April 2018
Avellino   Walter Novellino[38] 3 April 2018 18th   Claudio Foscarini[39] 3 April 2018
Cremonese   Attilio Tesser[40] 23 April 2018 14th   Andrea Mandorlini[40] 23 April 2018
Palermo   Bruno Tedino[41] 28 April 2018 3rd   Roberto Stellone[41] 28 April 2018
Brescia   Roberto Boscaglia[42] 29 April 2018 13th   Ivo Pulga[42] 29 April 2018
Virtus Entella   Alfredo Aglietti[43] 6 May 2018 20th   Gennaro Volpe[43] 6 May 2018
Pro Vercelli   Gianluca Grassadonia 7 May 2018 22nd   Vito Grieco[44] 7 May 2018

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Empoli (C, P) 42 24 13 5 88 49 +39 85 Promotion to Serie A
2 Parma (P) 42 21 9 12 57 37 +20 72[a]
3 Frosinone (O, P) 42 19 15 8 65 47 +18 72[a] Qualification to promotion play-offs[b]
4 Palermo 42 18 17 7 59 39 +20 71
5 Venezia 42 17 16 9 56 42 +14 67
6 Cittadella 42 18 12 12 61 48 +13 66
7 Bari[c] (R) 42 18 13 11 59 48 +11 65 Relegation to Serie D[d]
8 Perugia 42 16 12 14 67 58 +9 60 Qualification to promotion play-offs[b]
9 Foggia 42 16 10 16 66 68 −2 58
10 Spezia 42 13 14 15 46 45 +1 53
11 Carpi 42 12 16 14 32 46 −14 52
12 Salernitana 42 11 18 13 51 58 −7 51
13 Cesena[e] 42 11 17 14 55 61 −6 50 Club dissolved
14 Cremonese 42 9 21 12 48 47 +1 48[f]
15 Avellino (R) 42 11 15 16 49 60 −11 48[f] Relegation to Serie D[d]
16 Brescia 42 11 15 16 41 52 −11 48[f]
17 Pescara 42 11 15 16 50 64 −14 48[f]
18 Ascoli (O) 42 11 13 18 40 60 −20 46 Qualification to relegation play-out[g]
19 Virtus Entella (R) 42 10 14 18 41 54 −13 44[h]
20 Novara (R) 42 10 14 18 42 52 −10 44[h] Relegation to Serie C
21 Pro Vercelli (R) 42 9 13 20 47 70 −23 40
22 Ternana (R) 42 7 16 19 62 77 −15 37
Source: Lega Serie B
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw.[45]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Parma is ahead of Frosinone on on head-to-head goal difference: Parma 2–0 Frosinone, Frosinone 2–1 Parma.
  2. ^ a b If the third-placed team finishes more than 14 points ahead of the fourth-placed team, then the promotion play-offs are not played and the third-placed team is promoted to Serie A.
  3. ^ Bari was deducted two points for administrative irregularities. The team was reestablished in 2018 after the bankruptcy of the previous legal person
  4. ^ a b Bari and Avellino were excluded from the league after the season for financial issues.
  5. ^ A.C. Cesena bankrupted in mid-2018. A.S.D. Romagna Centro Cesena, another team from Cesena was renamed to Cesena F.C. which would participate in 2018–19 Serie D
  6. ^ a b c d Head-to-head points: Cremonese 10 pts, Avellino 8 pts, Brescia 7 pts, Pescara 6 pts.
  7. ^ If the 18th-placed team finishes more than 4 points ahead of the 19th-placed team, then the relegation play-out is not played and the 19th-placed team is relegated to Serie C.
  8. ^ a b Virtus Entella is ahead of Novara on on head-to-head points: Virtus Entella 2–1 Novara, Novara 0–1 Virtus Entella.

Promotion play-offsEdit

Six teams may contest the promotion playoffs depending on the point differential between the third and fourth-placed teams. It begins with a preliminary one-legged round played at the home venue of the higher placed team, involving the teams placed fifth to eight. The two winning (or higher placed team from regular season if a match ends with a draw) teams advance to play the third and fourth-placed teams in the two-legged semifinals. Those winning teams advance to the two-legged final where the winner is promoted to play in Serie A the following year. In the two-legged rounds, the higher seeded team plays the second game at home.


  Preliminary Round     Two-Legged Semifinals     Two-legged Final
                                   
        5 Venezia 1 0 1  
  5 Venezia 3     4 Palermo 1 1 2    
  8 Perugia 0         4 Palermo 2 0 2
      3 Frosinone 1 2 3
        6 Cittadella 1 1 2    
  6 Cittadella 2     3 Frosinone 1 1 2  
  7 Bari 2  

Relegation play-outEdit

Two teams contested the relegation playout in a two-legged round. The higher placed team played the second leg at home.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Virtus Entella (19) 0–0 Ascoli (18) 0–0 0–0

Top goalscorersEdit

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ASC AVE BAR BRE CRP CES CIT CRE EMP FOG FRO NOV PAL PAR PER PES PVE SAL SPE TER VEN VET
Ascoli 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 3–3 1–1
Avellino 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 3–2 5–1 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0
Bari 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 4–2 1–0 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 1–0
Brescia 0–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–0
Carpi 4–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0
Cesena 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–3 3–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–0 4–3 0–0 3–0
Cittadella 3–2 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 4–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–1
Cremonese 1–2 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–3 0–0 2–3 1–1 1–0 3–3 5–1 0–1
Empoli 3–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 5–3 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–3 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–1
Foggia 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 1–3 2–3 0–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Frosinone 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 0–0 2–4 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 3–0 4–0 0–0 1–1 4–2 2–1 4–3
Novara 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–1
Palermo 4–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–0 0–3 1–1 3–3 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0
Parma 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 2–0 3–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–1
Perugia 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 5–0 0–3 1–3 1–0 2–4 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–2 1–5 1–1 3–0 2–3 1–1 2–0
Pescara 0–1 2–1 2–2 0–3 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 5–1 3–3 1–0 2–2 1–4 0–2 3–1 1–0 3–2 3–3 1–0 2–2
Pro Vercelli 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 5–2 1–2 1–4 2–1 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–1
Salernitana 0–0 2–0 2–2 4–2 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–3 3–2 1–0
Spezia 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 4–2 4–0 5–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
Ternana 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–3 4–3 2–2 4–2 2–3 0–1
Venezia 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–0
Virtus Entella 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–5 0–0 3–2 0–2 0–1 3–1 0–0

Updated to games played on 18 May 2018.
Source: Eurosport.com (Italian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

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