2009–10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione

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Geographical distribution of 2009-10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione teams. Girone A teams are depicted with red dots, whereas Girone B ones were represented with yellow.

The 2009–10 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season will be the thirty-second football league season of Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione since its establishment in 1978, and the second since the renaming from Serie C to Lega Pro.

It will be divided into two phases: the regular season, played from 23 August 2009 to May 2010, and the playoff phase from May to June 2010.

The league will also be composed of 36 teams divided into two divisions of 18 teams each, whose teams will be divided geographically. Teams will play only other teams in their own division, once at home and once away for a total of 34 matches each.

Teams finishing first in the regular season, plus one team winning the playoff round from each division will be promoted to Serie B; teams finishing last in the regular season, plus two relegation playoff losers from each division will be relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In all, four teams will be promoted to Serie B, and six teams will be relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

Events[edit]

Start of season[edit]

The league was to feature four teams relegated from Serie B in 2008-09; Rimini, Pisa, Avellino, and Treviso. On July 9, the Covisoc (Commissione di Vigilanza sulle Società Calcistiche, Vigilancy Commission on Football Clubs) organization announced that Pisa, Avellino, and Treviso did not pass the financial requirements in order to be admitted to the league. The clubs were allowed to appeal the decision until July 11.[1] On July 10 Pisa announced they were not appealing the exclusion from the league due to their failure to meet the financial requirements.[2] The next day, Treviso and Avellino failed to appeal the exclusion as well.[3][4]

It is to feature six teams promoted from Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 2008-09; the three division winners - Varese, Figline & Cosenza, and the three playoff winners - Como, Giulianova & Pescina V.d.G..

The remaining 26 teams were to come from the teams that played in Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2008-09 that were neither promoted nor relegated. Of those, Venezia (17th in Girone A), and Perugia (8th in Girone B) were also listed by the Covisoc organization as not having met the financial requirements to be admitted. On July 11, Venice mayor Massimo Cacciari announced Venezia did not manage to fulfil the financial requirements to appeal the exclusion.[5] On the other hand, the commission did allow Perugia to remain in Prima Divisione on appeal.[6]

On July 30, 2009, the four vacancies created were filled by the following teams, all of which were destined to play in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2009-10 season before the call-up:

  • Potenza, which finished last in Prima Divisione 2008-09 - Girone B
  • Alessandria, which lost in the playoff finals in Seconda Divisione 2008-09 - Girone A
  • Andria, which lost in the playoff semi-finals in Seconda Divisone 2008-09 - Girone C
  • Viareggio, which lost in the playoff semi-finals in Seconda Divisone 2008-09 - Girone B

Exclusion of Potenza from the league[edit]

On March 19, 2010, after an investigation and a consequent trial at the Italian Football Federation Federal Court of Justice, Potenza was found guilt of match-fixing involving a 2008 league match against Salernitana and was punished with immediate exclusion from the league. It was the first time in Italian professional football that a club was excluded from a league during the season for a corruption case.[7] In April 1993 Unione Sportiva Arezzo was excluded from Serie C1 Girone A with still seven matches to go, but due to bankruptcy and subsequent failure of their license.

The verdict was however partly reverted on appeal later on April 2, when the Tribunale Nazionale di Arbitrato per lo Sport (National Arbitration Court for Sports) admitted Potenza back to the league in order to allow the club complete the season; however the club will nevertheless appear as last-placed in the final table, regardless of the results from the coming games, thus forcing Potenza to play in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2010–11 season.[8]

Girone A[edit]

Teams[edit]

Club City Stadium Capacity 2008–09 season
U.S. Alessandria Calcio 1912 Alessandria Stadio Giuseppe Moccagatta 8,182 2nd in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione A
A.C. Arezzo Arezzo Stadio Città di Arezzo 15,128 4th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Benevento Calcio Benevento Stadio Santa Colomba 18,975 2nd in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Calcio Como Como Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia 13,602 3rd in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione A
U.S. Cremonese Cremona Stadio Giovanni Zini 20,034 9th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
A.S.C. Figline Figline Valdarno Stadio Goffredo Del Buffa 1,700 1st in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione B
Foligno Calcio Foligno Stadio Enzo Blasone 5,650 15th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Calcio Lecco 1912 Lecco Stadio Rigamonti-Ceppi 4,977 15th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
A.C. Lumezzane Lumezzane Nuovo Stadio Comunale 4,150 10th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
A.C. Monza Brianza 1912 Monza Stadio Brianteo 18,568 13th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Novara Calcio Novara Stadio Silvio Piola 10,106 8th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Paganese Calcio 1926 Pagani Stadio Marcello Torre 3,700 13th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
U.S. Pergocrema 1932 Crema Stadio Giuseppe Voltini 4,095 11th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Perugia Calcio Perugia Stadio Renato Curi 28,000 7th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Aurora Pro Patria 1919 Busto Arsizio Stadio Carlo Speroni 4,000 2nd in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Sorrento Calcio Sorrento Stadio Italia 3,600 10th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
A.S. Varese 1910 Varese Stadio Franco Ossola 10,000 1st in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione A
F.C. Esperia Viareggio Viareggio Stadio dei Pini 7,000 2nd in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione B

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Novara (C) (P) 34 18 13 3 52 24 +28 67 Promotion to Serie B
2 Varese (P) 34 17 11 6 53 34 +19 62 Promotion to Serie B
3 Cremonese 34 16 13 5 62 47 +15 61 Qualification to Promotion play-off
4 Arezzo (R) 34 17 10 7 54 35 +19 61 Relegation to Serie D 2
5 Benevento 34 16 8 10 51 37 +14 56 Qualification to Promotion play-off
6 Lumezzane 34 14 10 10 47 38 +9 52
7 Figline (R) 34 12 10 12 45 44 +1 451 Relegation to Eccellenza 3
8 Alessandria 34 12 7 15 35 46 −11 43
9 Sorrento 34 10 11 13 44 45 −1 41
10 Monza 34 9 14 11 37 45 −8 41
11 Perugia (R) 34 12 6 16 31 38 −7 411 Relegation to Serie D 2
12 Como 34 9 13 12 27 34 −7 40
13 Foligno 34 10 9 15 53 56 −3 39
14 Viareggio 34 8 14 12 29 39 −10 38 Qualification to Relegation play-off
15 Pergocrema 34 9 9 16 35 43 −8 36
16 Pro Patria (R) 34 7 14 13 37 49 −12 35 Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
17 Paganese 34 8 9 17 33 48 −15 33 Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 4
18 Lecco (R) 34 8 7 19 34 53 −19 31 Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

Updated to games played on 9 May 2010.
Source: http://www.corrieredellosport.it/live/LegaPro1A/classifica.shtml
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

1.^ Figline and Perugia 1 point deduction due to financial irregularities.[9]
2.^ Perugia and Arezzo declared bankrupt and relegated to Serie D.
3.^ Figline was excluded by Federal Council's decision. Entered Eccellenza
4.^ Paganese reprieved from relegation to fill the vacancies created from Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2009-10.

Play-offs[edit]

Promotion[edit]

Semifinals
First legs played May 23, 2010; return legs played May 30, 2010
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Benevento (5) 3–4 (2) Varese 2–2 1–2
Arezzo (4) 2–3 (3) Cremonese 0–2 2–1
Final
First leg played June 6, 2010; return leg played June 13, 2010
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cremonese (3) 1–2 (2) Varese 1-0 0-2

Varese promoted to Serie B.

Relegation[edit]

First legs played May 23, 2010; return legs played May 30, 2010
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Paganese (17) 2–2 (14) Viareggio 1–1 1–1
Pro Patria (16) 3–3 (15) Pergocrema 2–2 1–1

Paganese and Pro Patria relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALE ARE BEN COM CRE FIG FOL LCO LUM MON NOV PAG PER PER PPA SOR VAR VIA
Alessandria 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0
Arezzo 3–0 1–0 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Benevento 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–2
Como 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1
Cremonese 1–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 5–1 4–3 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 4–1 2–0
Figline 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 3–3 4–2 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Foligno 2–0 1–4 2–0 3–0 1–2 3–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–2
Lecco 3–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–0
Lumezzane 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–0 1–4 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Monza 0–1 1–6 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–4 3–1 1–0
Novara 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Paganese 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0
Pergocrema 1–2 3–4 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0
Perugia 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 4–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0
Pro Patria 1–0 1–1 3–4 1–0 2–2 2–2 4–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0
Sorrento 2–2 3–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2
Varese 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 5–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 4–2 2–2 1–1 5–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 4–2
Viareggio 0–2 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 4–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1

Updated to games played on 9 May 2010.
Source: http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/risultati_classifiche/2010/calcio/serie-c1/gironea/index.shtml
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Girone B[edit]

Teams[edit]

Club City Stadium Capacity 2008–09 season
A.S. Andria BAT Andria Stadio degli Ulivi 24,000 5th in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione C
S.S. Cavese 1919 Cava de' Tirreni Stadio Simonetta Lamberti 16,000 6th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Cosenza Calcio 1914 Cosenza Stadio San Vito 24,000 1st in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione C
U.S. Foggia Foggia Stadio Pino Zaccheria 25,000 5th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Giulianova Calcio Giulianova Stadio Rubens Fadini 5,625 3rd in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione B
Delfino Pescara 1936 Pescara Stadio Adriatico 22,260 11th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
A.S. Pescina Valle del Giovenco Avezzano Stadio dei Marsi 4,500 4th in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione C
Calcio Portogruaro Summaga Portogruaro Stadio Pier Giovanni Mecchia 3,335 12th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Potenza S.C. Potenza Stadio Alfredo Viviani 6,000 18th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Ravenna Calcio Ravenna Stadio Bruno Benelli 12,020 3rd in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Real Marcianise Calcio Marcianise Stadio Progreditur 3,000 8th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
A.C. Reggiana 1919 Reggio Emilia Stadio Giglio 14,138 5th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Rimini Calcio F.C. Rimini Stadio Romeo Neri 9,768 18th in Serie B
SPAL 1907 Ferrara Stadio Paolo Mazza 19,000 6th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
Taranto Sport Taranto Stadio Erasmo Iacovone 28,000 12th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Ternana Calcio Terni Stadio Libero Liberati 22,000 9th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B
Hellas Verona F.C. Verona Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 39,211 7th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione A
S.S. Virtus Lanciano 1924 Lanciano Stadio Guido Biondi 8,000 14th in Lega Pro Prima Divisione B

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Portogruaro (C) (P) 34 16 11 7 39 26 +13 59 Promotion to Serie B
2 Pescara (P) 34 15 13 6 39 25 +14 58 Promotion to Serie B
3 Verona 34 13 16 5 38 20 +18 55 Qualification to Promotion play-off
4 Rimini (R) 34 15 6 13 39 36 +3 51 Relegation to Serie D 13
5 Reggiana 34 13 10 11 45 38 +7 49 Qualification to Promotion play-off
6 Ternana 34 14 7 13 34 34 0 49
7 SPAL 34 10 15 9 37 29 +8 45
8 Taranto 34 10 15 9 26 24 +2 45
9 Virtus Lanciano 34 9 17 8 31 36 −5 44
10 Cavese 34 9 16 9 25 25 0 43
11 Cosenza 34 10 13 11 43 45 −2 43
12 Real Marcianise (R) 34 11 11 12 44 40 +4 43 Excluded from professional football after bankruptcy15
13 Ravenna 34 9 13 12 38 36 +2 40
14 Andria BAT 34 9 13 12 31 35 −4 40 Qualification to Relegation play-off
15 Foggia 34 9 14 11 27 37 −10 4011
16 Pescina V.d.G. (R) 34 8 10 16 32 49 −17 34 Excluded from professional football after bankruptcy16
17 Giulianova (R) 34 6 14 14 28 42 −14 32 Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
18 Potenza (R) 34 8 10 16 30 48 −18 3412 Relegation to Eccellenza 14

Updated to games played on 9 May 2010.
Source: http://www.corrieredellosport.it/live/LegaPro1B/classifica.shtml
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

11.^ Foggia had 1 point deduction due to financial irregularities.[9]
12.^ Excluded from the league on March 20, 2010, with seven matches still to play. Readmitted to championship on April 1, 2010, but the team, although playing the remaining seven matches, will be ranked 18th at the end of the season and will be relegated to Lega Pro II Divisione.
13.^ Rimini declared bankrupt and relegated to Serie D.
14.^ Potenza declared bankrupt and relegated to Eccellenza.
15.^ Real Marcianise declared bankrupt. Although the highest level they can join is Eccellenza, they have not registered for a league and their future is in doubt.
16.^ Pescina declared bankrupt and folded at the end of the season.

Promotion Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals
First legs played May 23, 2010; return legs played May 30, 2010
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Reggiana (5) 0-2 (2) Pescara 0–0 0–2
Rimini (4) 0-1 (3) Verona 0–1 0-0
Final
First leg played June 6, 2010; return leg played June 13, 2010
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Verona (3) 2–3 (2) Pescara 2-2 0-1

Pescara promoted to Serie B.

Relegation[edit]

First legs played May 23, 2010; return legs played May 30, 2010
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Giulianova (18) 1–2 (14) Andria BAT 1–1 0–1
Pescina (16) 3–3 (15) Foggia 1–2 2–1

Giulianova and Pescina relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AND CAV COS FOG GIU PES PVG POR POT RAV RMA REA RIM SPA TAR TER VER VLN
Andria BAT 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–0
Cavese 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2
Cosenza 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–4 2–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Foggia 0–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–0
Giulianova 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–2
Pescara 1–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0
Pescina V.d.G. 1–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 3–2 2–1 3–3 2–1 2–0 0–3 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–0
Portogruaro 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1
Potenza 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–2
Ravenna 3–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1
Real Marcianise 3–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–2 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–0 3–3 4–0 1–0 2–2
Reggiana 1–1 1–0 5–2 3–4 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1
Rimini 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–0
SPAL 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1
Taranto 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1
Ternana 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–3 0–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–1
Verona 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 5–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2
Virtus Lanciano 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–5 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–3

Updated to games played on 9 May 2010.
Source: http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/risultati_classifiche/2010/calcio/serie-c1/gironeb/index.shtml
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = 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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