2007–08 Serie D

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Serie D, the fifth level of Italian Football, is composed of 162 teams divided into nine divisions of 18 teams each.

The regular Serie D season started September 2, 2007 and continued through to May 4, 2008 with each team playing 34 matches, two matches against every other team in the division. The nine division winners were automatically promoted to Serie C2 for the 2008-09 season, while the two last-placed teams were automatically relegated to Eccellenza.

After the regular season is complete, teams placed 13 through to 16 in each division played a double-leg series (13 vs 16, 14 vs 15) where the winners remained in Serie D the following season and the two losers were also relegated to Eccellenza for a total of 4 relegations in each division, 36 in total for the league.

The nine division winners entered a tournament to determine the over-all Serie D champion and was awarded the Scudetto Dilettanti.

Teams placed second through fifth in each division entered a playoff tournament after the regular season as well. The results of the playoffs provided a list, starting with the winner, by which vacancies could be filled in Serie C2, now called Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, if teams in the professional leagues above Serie D run into financial difficulties or are penalized.

Events and results[edit]

Promotions[edit]

On March 30, 2008, Alessandria from Girone A and Isola Liri from Girone G were mathematically ensured of the Serie D title in their respective divisions five weeks before the end of the regular season, thus winning promotion to Serie C2. To note, Isola Liri ensured a place in professional football for their first time.[1] They were followed on April 13 by Girone D and Girone E winners Giacomense and Figline,[2] on April 20 by Itala San Marco[3] and on April 27 by fallen giants Como and Cosenza.[4] On May 4 Sangiustese and Aversa Normanna won the last two remaining Serie C2 spots, winning their respective divisions just on the final matchday.[5]

In addition to the nine division winners, the top five teams in the promotional play-offs also won promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione to fill vacancies.

Relegations[edit]

Thirty-six teams were destined to be relegated to Eccellenza for the 2008-09 season. The two last-placed teams from each of the nine divisions were directly relegated - 18 in total. Of the 18 teams that lost in the relegation play-offs, nine were eventually selected to remain in Serie D for the 2008-09 season in order to fill the vacancies created when nine extra teams were called up from Serie D to Serie C2, now called Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

The nine vacancies in Serie C2 were created by the bankruptcies and other financial problems of nine teams in total that played in Serie B, C1 & C2 in 2007-08. As teams moved up to fill the void, nine spaces were left to be filled in Serie C2. As mentioned, five teams that played in Serie D in 2007-08 received extra promotions, while four teams initially relegated from C2 were called back.

After the 162-team list was set for the 2008-09 season, the league decided to place four of the nine financially troubled teams of the upper leagues in Serie D as well, resulting in a 166-team Serie D league for next season.

Final standings[edit]

Legend[edit]

Promoted - 1st place Playoff Promotions Relegated after playout Directly relegated Remains in D

Division winners[edit]

All teams promoted to Serie C2, now called Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

Division Winners
A
Alessandria
B
Como
C
Itala San Marco
D
Giacomense
E
Figline
F
Sangiustese
G
Isola Liri
H
Aversa Normanna
I
Cosenza

Scudetto Dilettanti[edit]

First round[edit]

  • division winners placed into 3 groups of 3
  • group winners and best second-placed team qualify for semi-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1. Itala San Marco (C) 4 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
2. Como (B) 3 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2
3. Alessandria (A) 1 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3
Como (B) 2–3 Itala San Marco (C) played May 11, 2008
Alessandria (A) 0–3 Como (B) played May 14, 2008
Itala San Marco (C) 1–1 Alessandria (A) played May 18, 2008

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1. Sangiustese (F) 4 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
2. Figline (E) 2 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
3. Giacomense (D) 1 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1
Giacomense (D) 1–2 Sangiustese (F) played May 11, 2008
Figline (E) 2–2 Giacomense (D) played May 14, 2008
Sangiustese (F) 0–0 Figline (E) played May 18, 2008

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1. Fortitudo Cosenza (I) 4 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4
2. Aversa Normanna (H) 3 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2
3. Isola Liri (G) 1 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3
Aversa Normanna (H) 3–0 Isola Liri (G) played May 11, 2008
Isola Liri (G) 1–1 Fortitudo Cosenza (I) played May 14, 2008
Fortitudo Cosenza (I) 4–3 Aversa Normanna (H) played May 18, 2008

Semi-finals[edit]

First legs played May 25, 2008; return legs played June 1, 2008

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sangiustese (F) 2-3 Aversa Normanna (H) 2-0 0-3
Itala San Marco (C) 1-4 Fortitudo Cosenza (I) 1-2 0-2

Final[edit]

Played June 9, 2008 in Tolentino, Marche

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Aversa Normanna (H) 3-1 Fortitudo Cosenza (I)

Winners: Aversa Normanna (H)

Promotion playoffs[edit]

Rules[edit]

  • promotion playoffs involved a total of 36 teams; four from each of the nine Serie D divisions (teams placed from 2nd through to 5th with one exception)
  • new for 2007-08, the Coppa Italia Serie D winner was directly admitted to the semi-final round. The 2007-08 cup winner was Como. Since they won direct promotion by winning Division B, the semi-final place was given to the losing finalist, Colligiana
  • since Colligiana finished 2nd in division E, teams finishing 3rd through 6th were admitted to the playoffs in that division
  • the first two rounds were one-legged matches played in the home field of the best-placed team.
  • games ending in ties were extended to extra time. New for the 2007-08 season, the higher classified team was declared the winner if the game was still tied after extra time. Penalty kicks were not taken.
  • Round one matched 2nd & 5th-placed teams, and 3rd & 4th-placed teams within each division, except for division E
  • The two winners from each division played each other in the second round.
  • The nine winners - one each from the nine Serie D divisions - were then split into three groups of three teams each. Every team played two matches, one against each of the other two opponents within the group. The three group winners qualified for the semifinal round, joining Colligiana
  • the semi-finals were two-legged matches, and the respective winners moved on to play in a one-legged final hosted in a neutral ground.
  • the tournament results provided a list, starting with the winner, by which vacancies could be filled in Serie C2, now called Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
  • ultimately, the top 5 tournament teams all won promotion to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione

First round[edit]

  • Played on May 11 & 12, 2008; single-legged matches played at best placed club home field
  • 2nd-placed team plays 5th-placed team, and 3rd plays 4th in each division
  • games ending in a tie are extended to extra time, if still tied, the higher-classified team wins
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Biellese (A2) 2-0 (A5) Savona
P.B. Vercelli (A3) 1-0 (A4) Lavagnese
Tritium (B2) 0-0(aet) (B5) Colognese
Turate (B3) 5-1 (B4) Solbiatese
Chioggia S. (C2) 2-0 (C5) Jesolo
Sambonifacese (C3) 2-2(aet) (C4) Sacile
Montichiari (D2) 4-2 (D5) Real Montecchio
Castellarano (D3) 1-0 (D4) Carpi
Pontedera E3) 2-3 (E6) Orvietana
Armando Picchi (E4) 5-0 (E5) Forcoli
Renato Curi (F2) 3-1 (F5) Grottammare
Campobasso F3) 2-1 (F4) Morro d'Oro
Castelsardo (G2) 1-1(aet) (G5) Villacidrese
Tavolara (G3) 1-2(aet) (G4) Alghero
Barletta (H2) 2-1(aet) (H5) Grottaglie
Bitonto (H3) 1-1(aet) (H4) Pomigliano
Bacoli Sibilla (I2) 1-0 (I5) Adrano
Nocerina (I3) 0-1 (I4) Siracusa

Second round[edit]

  • played May 18,19 & 21, 2008; single-legged matches played at best placed club home field
  • one team from each division moves on to third round
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Biellese (A2) 1-2(aet) (A3) P.B. Vercelli
Tritium (B2) 2-2(aet) (B3) Turate
Chioggia S. (C2) 0-1 (C3) Sambonifacese
Montichiari (D2) 3-1 (D3) Castellarano
Armando Picchi (E4) 1-1(aet) (E6) Orvietana
Renato Curi (F2) 2-0 (F3) Campobasso)
Castelsardo (G2) 0-3 (G4) Alghero
Barletta (H2) 1-0 (H3) Bitonto
Bacoli Sibilla (I2) 4-2(aet) (I4) Siracusa 

Third round[edit]

  • group winners qualify for semi-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1. Sambonifacese (C3) 6 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
2. P.B. Vercelli (A3) 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 -2
3. Armando Picchi (E4) 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1
Armando Picchi (E4) 1–2 Sambonifacese (C3) played May 25, 2008
P.B. Vercelli (A3) 0–0 Armando Picchi (E4 played May 28, 2008
Sambonifacese (C3) 2–0 P.B. Vercelli (A3) played June 1, 2008

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1. Montichiari (D2) 4 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2
2. Tritium (B2) 2 2 0 2 0 4 4 0
3. Bacoli Sibilla (I2) 1 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2
Montichiari (D2) 3–1 Bacoli Sibilla (I2) played May 25, 2008
Bacoli Sibilla (I2) 2–2 Tritium (B2) played May 28, 2008
Tritium (B2) 2–2 Montichiari (D2) played June 1, 2008

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1. Alghero (G4) 4 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
2. Barletta (H2) 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
3. Renato Curi (F2) 0 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2
Barletta (H2) 0–0 Alghero (G4) played May 25, 2008
Renato Curi (F2) 0–1 Barletta (H2) played May 28, 2008
Alghero (G4) 2–1 Renato Curi (F2) played June 1, 2008

Semi-finals[edit]

First legs played June 8, 2008; return legs played June 14 & 15, 2008

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alghero (G4) 0-2 Colligiana (Cup Runner-up) 0-0 0-2
Montichiari (D2) 2-5 Sambonifacese (C3) 2-2 0-3

Final[edit]

Played June 22, 2008 in Carpi, P. of Modena

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Colligiana (Cup Runner-up) 0-3 Sambonifacese (C3)

Due to vancancies created in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, the following five teams were ultimately promoted to play there for the 2008-09 season.

Tie-breakers[edit]

Girone C - 12th-13th place - played May 11, 2008

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Sandonà 1-4 Sanvitese

Sandonà forced to play in relegation playoffs

Relegation playoffs[edit]

Played May 18 & 25, 2008
in case of aggregate tie score, higher classified team wins
team highlighted in green saved, other is relegated to Eccellenza

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sanremese (A16) 3-5 (A13) Casale 1-3 2-2
Imperia (A15) 0-3 (A14) Novese 0-3[11] n/a
Fanfulla (B16) 6-1 (B13) Trento 2-0 4-1
Merate (B15) 1-3 (B14) US Sestese 0-2 1-1
Montecchio M. (C16) 4-1 (C13) Sandonà 1-1 3-0
Virtusvecomp (C15) 4-2 (C14) Este 0-0 4-2
Verucchio (D16) 5-6 (D13) Castellana 1-3 4-3
Cagliese (D15) 0-2 (D14) Russi 0-1 0-1
Torgiano (E16) 2-2 (E13) Sansepolcro 1-2 1-0
Montevarchi (E15) 3-2 (E14) Cecina 2-1 1-1
Tolentino (F16) 2-2 (F13) Luco Canistro 2-2 0-0
Narnese (F15) 1-2 (F14) Olympia Agnonese 0-1 1-1
Guidonia M. (G16) 1-3 (G13) Calangianus 0-1 1-2
Lupa Frascati (G15) 2-2 (G14) Morolo 2-0 0-2
Horatiana Venosa (H16) 2-3 (H13) Viribus Unitis 1-2 1-1
Matera (H15) 9-6 (H14) Quarto 5-1 4-5
Paternò (I16) 1-1 (I13) Sant'Antonio Abate 1-0 0-1
Castrovillari (I15) 3-1 (I14) Caserta 1-1 2-0

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Nocerina, ok nel derby. Siracusa ko" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 2008-03-30. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Giacomense e Figline promosse in C2" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 2008-04-13. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ "L' Itala San Marco promossa in C2" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Cosenza e Como, promozione in C2" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 2008-04-27. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Sangiustese e Aversa in C2" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 2008-05-04. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  6. ^ a b 3 points deducted.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i re-admitted to Serie D for 2008-09 to fill vacancies.
  8. ^ 1 point deducted.
  9. ^ 2 points deducted.
  10. ^ 6 points deducted.
  11. ^ Imperia did not play the match, and was consequently disqualified from the competition