2002–03 Serie A

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Serie A
Season 2002–03
Champions Juventus
27th title
Relegated Atalanta
Piacenza
Como
Torino
Champions League Juventus (1st group stage)
Internazionale (1st group stage)
Milan (1st group stage via UEFA Champions League)
Lazio (3rd qualifying round)
UEFA Cup Parma (first round)
Udinese (first round)
Roma (first round) (via Coppa Italia)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 789 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Italy Christian Vieri (24)
Biggest home win Milan 6–0 Torino
(6 October 2002)
Biggest away win Torino 0-4 Juventus
(17 November 2002)
Torino 0–4 Parma
(1 December 2002)
Chievo 0-4 Parma
(16 March 2003)
Highest scoring Parma 4-3 Brescia
(6 November 2002)
Empoli 3–4 Internazionale
(6 November 2002)
Juventus 4-3 Chievo
(24 May 2003)

In the 2002–03 season, the Serie A, the major football Italian professional league, was composed by 18 teams, for the 15th consecutive time from season 1988–89.

The first two teams qualified directly to UEFA Champions League, teams ending in the 3rd and 4th places had to play Champions League qualifications, teams ending in the 5th and 6th places qualified to UEFA Cup (another spot was given to the winner of Coppa Italia), while the last four teams were to be relegated in Serie B.

Juventus won its 27th national title, with Inter Milan placed second. Milan and Lazio were admitted to the Champions League preliminary phase, whereas Parma, Udinese and Roma (through the Coppa Italia finals) obtained a spot to the next UEFA Cup. Brescia and Perugia were admitted to play the UEFA Intertoto Cup, after ChievoVerona renounced to play it.

Piacenza, Torino, Como and Atalanta were relegated to Serie B, with the latter after having lost a relegation play-off against Reggina.

Rule changes[edit]

Unlike La Liga, which imposed a quota on the number of non-EU players on each club, Serie A clubs could sign as many non-EU players as available on domestic transfer. But for the 2003–04 season a quota was imposed on each of the clubs limiting the number of non-EU, non-EFTA and non-Swiss players who may be signed from abroad each season,[1] following provisional measures[2] introduced in the 2002–03 season, which allowed Serie A & B clubs to sign only one non-EU player in the 2002 summer transfer window.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Torino Italy Giancarlo Camolese Sacked 25 October 2002 16th Italy Renzo Ulivieri 26 October 2002
Reggina Italy Bortolo Mutti Sacked 7 November 2002 16th Italy Luigi De Canio 8 November 2002
Como Italy Loris Dominissini Sacked 25 November 2002 18th Italy Eugenio Fascetti 25 November 2002
Piacenza Italy Andrea Agostinelli Sacked 3 February 2003[3] 16th Italy Luigi Cagni 3 February 2003[4]
Torino Italy Renzo Ulivieri Sacked 24 February 2003 17th Italy Renato Zaccarelli 24 February 2003
Torino Italy Renato Zaccarelli Sacked 15 April 2003 18th Italy Giacomo Ferri 15 April 2003
Atalanta Italy Giovanni Vavassori Sacked 21 April 2003 15th Italy Giancarlo Finardi 21 April 2003

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Chairman Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Atalanta Italy Ivan Ruggeri Italy Giancarlo Finardi Asics Promatech
Bologna Italy Renato Cipollini Italy Francesco Guidolin Macron Area Banca
Brescia Italy Luigi Corioni Italy Carlo Mazzone Umbro Banca Lombarda
Chievo Italy Luca Campedelli Italy Luigi Del Neri Joma Paluani
Como Italy Enrico Preziosi Italy Eugenio Fascetti Erreà Temporary
Empoli Italy Fabrizio Corsi Italy Silvio Baldini Erreà Sammontana
Inter Italy Massimo Moratti Argentina Hector Cuper Nike Pirelli
Juventus Italy Vittorio Chiusano Italy Marcello Lippi Lotto Fastweb
Lazio Italy Sergio Cragnotti Italy Roberto Mancini Puma Siemens
Milan Italy Silvio Berlusconi Italy Carlo Ancelotti Adidas Opel
Modena Italy Romano Amadei Italy Gianni De Biasi Erreà Immergas
Parma Italy Stefano Tanzi Italy Cesare Prandelli Champion Parmalat
Perugia Italy Luciano Gaucci Italy Serse Cosmi Galex Toyota
Piacenza Italy Fabrizio Garilli Italy Luigi Cagni Lotto Lpr Brakes
Reggina Italy Pasquale Foti Italy Luigi De Canio Asics Caffe Mauro
Roma Italy Francesco Sensi Italy Fabio Capello Kappa Mazda
Torino Italy Attilio Romero Italy Giacomo Ferri Asics Ixfin
Udinese Italy Franco Soldati Italy Luciano Spalletti Le Coq Sportif Bernardi

Final classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus (C) 34 21 9 4 64 29 +35 72 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Internazionale 34 19 8 7 64 38 +26 65
3 Milan 34 18 7 9 55 30 +25 61 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Lazio 34 15 15 4 57 32 +25 60
5 Parma 34 15 11 8 55 36 +19 56 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round
6 Udinese 34 16 8 10 38 35 +3 56
7 Chievo 34 16 7 11 51 39 +12 55
8 Roma 34 13 10 11 55 46 +9 49 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round 1
9 Brescia 34 9 15 10 36 38 −2 42 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
10 Perugia 34 10 12 12 40 48 −8 42 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 2
11 Bologna 34 10 11 13 39 47 −8 41
12 Modena 34 9 11 14 30 48 −18 38
13 Empoli 34 9 11 14 36 46 −10 38
14 Atalanta (R) 34 8 14 12 35 47 −12 38 Relegation play-off
15 Reggina 34 10 8 16 38 53 −15 38
16 Piacenza (R) 34 8 6 20 44 62 −18 30 Relegation to Serie B
17 Como (R) 34 4 12 18 29 57 −28 24
18 Torino (R) 34 4 9 21 23 58 −35 21

Source: Lega Serie A
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Roma qualified for the first round of the 2003-04 UEFA Cup as Coppa Italia runner-up because the winner, Milan, qualified for Champions League through championship position.
2Perugia gained entry to the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Chievo renounced.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ATA BOL BRE CHV COM EMP INT JUV LAZ MIL MOD PAR PER PIA REG ROM TOR UDI
Atalanta 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–4 1–3 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0
Bologna 2–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–0
Brescia 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–1
Chievo 4–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–4 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–4 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 3–2 3–0
Como 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–2
Empoli 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–4 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–2 1–3 1–1 1–1
Internazionale 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 3–3 1–0 1–2
Juventus 3–0 1–1 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 5–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Lazio 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 3–0 4–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1
Milan 3–3 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 6–0 1–0
Modena 0–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Parma 2–1 1–2 4–3 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–2
Perugia 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–3 4–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2
Piacenza 2–0 3–1 1–4 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–4 0–1 2–3 4–2 3–3 1–1 5–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0
Reggina 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–3 2–1 3–2
Roma 1–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–0 3–1 4–1
Torino 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–4 2–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–1
Udinese 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1

Source: lega-calcio.it (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.

Overall[edit]

Relegation play-off[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Reggina 2-1 Atalanta 0-0 2-1

Atalanta B.C. relegated to Serie B.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Italy Christian Vieri Internazionale 24
2 Romania Adrian Mutu Parma 18
3 Italy Filippo Inzaghi Milan 17
4 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 16
Italy Giuseppe Signori Bologna 16
6 Brazil Adriano Parma 15
Argentina Claudio López Lazio 15
8 Italy Dario Hübner Piacenza 14
Italy Francesco Totti Roma 14
10 Argentina Antonio Di Natale Empoli 13
11 Italy Roberto Baggio Brescia 12

Transfer[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Italy blocks non-EU players". UEFA.com. 2003-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Italians bar non-EU imports". UEFA.com. 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Piacenza Sack Agostinelli". Soccerway. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cagni returns as Piacenza sack Agostinelli". Soccerway. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005

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