2003–04 Serie A

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Serie A
Season 2003–04
Champions Milan
17th title
Relegated Perugia
Modena
Empoli
Ancona
Champions League Milan (1st group stage)
Roma (1st group stage)
Juventus (3rd qualifying round)
Internazionale (3rd qualifying round)
UEFA Cup Parma (first round)
Lazio (first round)
Udinese (first round)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 811 (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko (24)
Biggest home win Internazionale 6-0 Reggina
(22 November 2003)
Roma 6-0 Siena
(22 February 2004)
Biggest away win Bologna 0-4 Roma
(23 November 2003)
Highest scoring Brescia 4-4 Reggina
(21 September 2003)
Longest unbeaten run Milan
19 games
AC Milan's 17th scudetto celebrations

The 2003-2004 season in Italian Serie A football contained 18 teams for the 16th and last time from the 1988-89 season. With the bottom three being relegated, the 15th placed side would face the 6th highest team from Serie B, with the winner playing in the Serie A in 2004-2005.

As usual, the top two teams would progress directly to the UEFA Champions League group stage, while 3rd and 4th place would have to begin in the 3rd qualifying round. The UEFA Cup places would be awarded to 5th and 6th place, and the winners of the Coppa Italia.

AC Milan won their 17th scudetto; Roma impressed and were pushing for the title until the last few weeks of the season; Internazionale only made it to the Champions League ahead of Parma and Lazio on the last day thanks to Adriano, who had been signed from Parma earlier in the season; Lazio won the Coppa Italia against Juventus, handing Udinese the UEFA Cup spot; Ancona were relegated with only two wins, the joint lowest tally ever (Brescia Calcio's 12 points in Serie A 1994-95 is still the lowest ever); Empoli and Modena were also relegated; Perugia lost their play-off with Fiorentina, who returned to Serie A after a two-year absence.

Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko of Milan was the top scorer with 24 goals. The 2003-2004 league was the last professional season in the career of former European Footballer of the Year and Italian international Roberto Baggio, who finished among the tournament's top ten scorers with 12 goals, and among the all-time top five scorers, with 205 career goals. It was also the last Serie A season for Baggio's former teammate Giuseppe Signori, who then moved to the Greek Super League. Signori ended his career in Italy as the seventh highest scorer ever in Serie A.

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.

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Ancona Italy Giovanni Galeone Le Coq Sportif Banca Marche
Bologna Italy Carlo Mazzone Macron Area Banca
Brescia Italy Gianni de Biasi Kappa Banca Lombarda
Chievo Italy Luigi Del Neri Lotto Paluani
Empoli Italy Attilio Perotti Erreà Sammontana
Inter Italy Alberto Zaccheroni Nike Pirelli
Juventus Italy Marcello Lippi Nike Fastweb
Lazio Italy Roberto Mancini Puma Parmacotto
Lecce Italy Delio Rossi Asics Salento
Milan Italy Carlo Ancelotti Adidas Opel
Modena Italy Alberto Malesani Erreà Immergas
Parma Italy Cesare Prandelli Champion Parmalat · Cariparma
Perugia Italy Serse Cosmi Galex Toyota
Reggina Italy Giancarlo Camolese Asics Credit Suisse
Roma Italy Fabio Capello Diadora Mazda
Sampdoria Italy Walter Novellino Asics ERG
Siena Italy Giuseppe Papadopulo Lotto Monte Paschi Vita
Udinese Italy Luciano Spalletti Le Coq Sportif Bernardi

Managerial changes[edit]

Final classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Milan (C) 34 25 7 2 65 24 +41 82 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Roma 34 21 8 5 68 19 +49 71
3 Juventus 34 21 6 7 67 42 +25 69 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Internazionale 34 17 8 9 59 37 +22 59
5 Parma 34 16 10 8 57 46 +11 58 2004–05 UEFA Cup First round
6 Lazio 34 16 8 10 52 38 +14 56
7 Udinese 34 13 11 10 44 40 +4 0501
8 Sampdoria 34 11 13 10 40 42 −2 46
9 Chievo 34 11 11 12 36 37 −1 44
10 Lecce 34 11 8 15 43 56 −13 41
11 Brescia 34 9 13 12 52 57 −5 40
12 Bologna 34 10 9 15 45 53 −8 39
13 Reggina 34 6 16 12 29 45 −16 34
14 Siena 34 8 10 16 41 54 −13 34
15 Perugia (R) 34 6 14 14 44 56 −12 32 Serie A qualification
16 Modena (R) 34 6 12 16 27 46 −19 30 Relegation to Serie B
17 Empoli (R) 34 7 9 18 26 54 −28 30
18 Ancona (R) 34 2 7 25 21 70 −49 13

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Udinese gained entry to the 2004-05 UEFA Cup as Coppa Italia 2003-04 finalists Lazio and Juventus qualified for the 2004-05 UEFA Cup through championship's placement and to 2004-05 Champions League respectively.
(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] ANC BOL BRE CHV EMP INT JUV LAZ LCE MIL MOD PAR PER REG ROM SAM SIE UDI
Ancona 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3
Bologna 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–1 3–1 2–0
Brescia 5–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 4–4 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–2
Chievo 1–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–1 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–0
Empoli 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–3 3–3 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–0
Internazionale 3–0 4–2 1–3 0–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 2–1 6–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–2
Juventus 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 5–1 1–3 1–0 3–4 1–3 3–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 4–2 4–1
Lazio 4–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 4–1 0–1 2–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–2 2–2
Lecce 3–1 1–2 1–4 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 2–1
Milan 5–0 2–1 4–2 2–2 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–2
Modena 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 0–1
Parma 3–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–0 2–2 0–3 3–1 0–0 3–0 3–0 1–2 1–4 1–0 1–1 4–3
Perugia 1–0 4–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 3–3 2–2 3–3
Reggina 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–1
Roma 3–0 1–2 5–0 3–1 3–0 4–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 3–1 6–0 1–1
Sampdoria 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–3
Siena 3–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 4–0 0–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–4 4–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0
Udinese 3–0 1–3 4–3 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1

Source: lega-calcio.it (Italian)
^ 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.

Serie A qualification[edit]

Perugia had to play a qualification match with 6th-placed team of Serie B, Fiorentina.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Perugia 1-2 Fiorentina 0-1 1-1

A.C. Perugia relegated to Serie B, while ACF Fiorentina was promoted to Serie A.

Leading scorers[edit]

Place Scorer Scored Team
1 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 24 Milan
2 Italy Alberto Gilardino 23 Parma
3 Italy Francesco Totti 20 Roma
4 Uruguay Javier Chevantón 19 Lecce
5 Brazil Adriano 17 Inter; Parma
6 France David Trézéguet 16 Juventus
7 Italy Antonio Cassano 14 Roma
8 Italy Fabio Bazzani 13 Sampdoria
Italy Christian Vieri 13 Inter
10 Italy Roberto Baggio 12 Brescia
Italy Andrea Caracciolo 12 Brescia
Italy Dino Fava 12 Udinese
Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson 12 Milan

Season transfers[edit]

References[edit]

  • Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005

Footnotes[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. 

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