2006–07 Serie A

Serie A
Season 2006–07
Champions Internazionale
15th title
Relegated Chievo
Ascoli
Messina
Champions League Internazionale
Roma
Lazio
Milan
UEFA Cup Palermo
Fiorentina
Empoli
Matches played 380
Goals scored 969 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Francesco Totti (26)
Highest scoring Roma 7–0 Catania
Average attendance 19,720

The 2006–07 Serie A season (officially known as the Serie A TIM 20062007) began 2 September 2006. It was scheduled to begin on 26 and 27 August, but was then postponed due to the 2006 Italian football scandal. It was the 104th Italian championship held, the first without the presence of Juventus, and the 75th Serie A league, the first being held in 1929. 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.

Events

2006 Italian football scandal

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, 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 2007

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 Inter

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 battle

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 loser of this match will be relegated. 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 details

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 sponsoring

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 table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Internazionale (C) 38 30 7 1 80 34 +46 97 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage[lower-alpha 1]
2 Roma 38 22 9 7 74 34 +40 75
3 Lazio 38 18 11 9 59 33 +26 62[lower-alpha 2] 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Milan 38 19 12 7 57 36 +21 61[lower-alpha 2] 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage[lower-alpha 1]
5 Palermo 38 16 10 12 58 51 +7 58 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round
6 Fiorentina 38 21 10 7 62 31 +31 58[lower-alpha 2]
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 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
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 38 12 15 11 52 50 +2 40[lower-alpha 2]
15 Siena 38 9 14 15 35 45 10 40[lower-alpha 3]
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 2007–08 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:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Milan qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage instead of third qualifying round since they won 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.
  2. 1 2 3 4 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.

Top goalscorers

26 goals
20 goals
19 goals
18 goals
17 goals
16 goals
15 goals

Results

Home \ Away[1] ASC ATA CAGCTNCHVEMPFIOINTLAZLIVMESMILPALPARREGROMSAMSIETORUDI
Ascoli 13 21 22 30 01 11 12 22 02 11 25 32 00 23 11 11 01 02 22
Atalanta 31 33 11 10 00 22 11 00 51 32 20 11 11 11 21 32 31 12 12
Cagliari 10 20 01 02 00 02 11 02 22 20 22 10 00 02 32 10 22 00 21
Catania 33 00 01 20 21 01 25 31 32 22 11 12 20 14 02 42 11 11 10
Chievo 10 22 00 21 00 01 02 01 21 11 01 01 10 32 22 11 12 30 20
Empoli 41 20 10 21 11 12 03 11 22 31 00 20 20 33 10 20 10 00 11
Fiorentina 40 31 10 30 10 20 23 10 21 40 22 23 10 30 00 51 10 51 20
Internazionale 20 21 10 21 43 31 31 43 41 20 21 22 20 10 13 11 20 30 11
Lazio 31 10 00 31 00 31 01 02 10 10 00 12 00 00 30 10 11 20 50
Livorno 00 42 21 41 02 00 10 12 11 21 00 12 30 11 11 10 00 11 10
Messina 12 00 22 11 21 22 22 01 14 01 13 20 11 20 11 02 10 03 10
Milan 10 10 31 30 31 31 00 34 21 21 10 02 10 31 12 10 00 00 23
Palermo 40 23 13 53 11 01 11 12 03 30 21 00 34 43 12 20 21 30 20
Parma 10 31 21 11 22 31 20 12 13 10 41 02 00 22 04 01 10 10 03
Reggina 21 11 21 01 11 41 11 00 23 22 31 20 00 32 10 01 01 11 11
Roma 22 21 20 70 11 10 31 01 00 20 43 11 40 30 30 40 10 01 31
Sampdoria 20 21 11 10 30 12 00 02 20 41 31 11 11 32 00 24 00 10 33
Siena 01 11 00 11 21 20 11 12 21 00 31 34 11 22 01 13 02 10 22
Torino 10 12 10 10 10 10 01 13 04 00 11 01 00 11 12 12 10 12 23
Udinese 00 23 31 01 21 01 10 00 24 40 10 03 12 33 11 01 10 30 20

Source: lega-calcio.it (in Italian)
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Attendances

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:[4]

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.

See also

Footnotes

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