2002–03 A.S. Roma season

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Roma
2002–03 season
President Franco Sensi
Manager Fabio Capello
Stadium Stadio Olimpico
Serie A 8th
Coppa Italia Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Second group stage
Top goalscorer League:
Francesco Totti (14)

All:
Francesco Totti (20)
Average home league attendance 57,160[1]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Associazione Sportiva Roma crashed down to earth following its previous two remarkable seasons, where it had won Serie A in 2000–01 and finished a close second in 2001–02. Despite the acquisition of Pep Guardiola as central midfielder, he did not apparently fit into Fabio Capello's first-team plans. The squad was essentially the same as the year before, and Guardiola's absence from the starting XI spoke volumes about the reputation of the Roma players at the time. However, things began to go against Roma following its tense competition in Serie A with Juventus. Suspecting things were amiss, both chairman Franco Sensi and manager Capello publicly condemned the judgements, and given the Calciopoli scandal in 2006, chances are they had a point.

Due to all the 'misfortune' with decisions, Roma's season soon descended into complete darkness, the only highlight of the season being the qualification for the Coppa Italia final, which they lost to Milan. In the league, only a strong final third of the season saved eighth place, with only Francesco Totti reaching his normal level.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Last updated on 31 May 2003
Appearances include league matches only
No. Name Nat Position(s) Date of birth (Age at end of season) Signed from Signed in Apps. Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Francesco Antonioli Italy GK (1969-09-14)14 September 1969 (aged 33) Italy Bologna 1999 102 0
12 Carlo Zotti Italy GK (1982-09-03)3 September 1982 (aged 20) Italy Palermo 2001 1 0
22 Ivan Pelizzoli Italy GK (1980-11-18)18 November 1980 (aged 22) Italy Atalanta 2001 24 0
Defenders
2 Cafu Brazil RB / RWB (1970-06-07)7 June 1970 (aged 33) Brazil Palmeiras 1997 163 5
4 Luigi Sartor Italy LB / RB / CB (1975-01-30)30 January 1975 (aged 28) Italy Parma 2002 12 0
5 Jonathan Zebina France CB / RB (1978-07-19)19 July 1978 (aged 24) Italy Cagliari 2000 65 0
6 Aldair Brazil CB (1965-11-30)30 November 1965 (aged 37) Portugal Benfica 1990 330 15
13 Leandro Cufré Argentina LB (1978-05-09)9 May 1978 (aged 25) Argentina Gimnasia La Plata 2002 8 0
19 Walter Samuel Argentina CB (1978-03-23)23 March 1978 (aged 25) Argentina Boca Juniors 2000 92 8
23 Christian Panucci Italy RB / CB (1973-04-12)12 April 1973 (aged 30) France Monaco 2001 60 2
26 Damiano Ferronetti Italy LB (1984-11-01)1 November 1984 (aged 18) Italy Roma Primavera 2002 1 0
31 Traianos Dellas Greece CB (1976-01-31)31 January 1976 (aged 27) Italy Perugia 2002 10 1
32 Vincent Candela France LB / LWB (1973-10-24)24 October 1973 (aged 29) France Guingamp 1997 190 14
Midfielders
7 Diego Fuser Italy RW / CM (1968-11-11)11 November 1968 (aged 34) Italy Parma 2001 15 2
8 Francisco Lima Brazil DM / CM (1971-04-17)17 April 1971 (aged 32) Italy Bologna 2001 55 0
11 Emerson Brazil DM / CM (1976-04-04)4 April 1976 (aged 27) Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2000 72 10
15 Olivier Dacourt France AM / CM (1974-09-25)25 September 1974 (aged 28) England Leeds United 2003 18 0
17 Damiano Tommasi Italy DM / CM (1974-05-17)17 May 1974 (aged 29) Italy Hellas Verona 1996 216 12
20 Davide Bombardini Italy LM (1974-06-21)21 June 1974 (aged 29) Italy Palermo 2002 8 0
21 Alberto Aquilani Italy CM / AM (1984-07-07)7 July 1984 (aged 18) Italy Roma Primavera 2002 1 0
25 Gianni Guigou Uruguay DM (1975-02-22)22 February 1975 (aged 28) Uruguay Nacional 2000 36 1
27 Daniele De Rossi Italy DM / CM (1983-07-24)24 July 1983 (aged 19) Italy Roma Primavera 2001 4 2
Forwards
9 Vincenzo Montella Italy CF / ST (1974-06-18)18 June 1974 (aged 29) Italy Sampdoria 1999 107 53
10 Francesco Totti (Captain) Italy AM / LW / SS / CF / ST (1976-09-27)27 September 1976 (aged 26) Italy Roma Primavera 1992 241 66
18 Antonio Cassano Italy ST / SS (1982-07-12)12 July 1982 (aged 20) Italy Bari 2001 49 14
24 Marco Delvecchio Italy CF / ST (1973-04-07)7 April 1973 (aged 30) Italy Internazionale 1995 211 59
30 Massimo Marazzina Italy CF / ST (1974-07-16)16 July 1974 (aged 28) Italy Chievo 2003 7 0
Players transferred during the season
28 Josep Guardiola Spain DM / CM (1971-01-18)18 January 1971 (aged 32) Italy Brescia 2002 4 0
33 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina CF / ST (1969-02-01)1 February 1969 (aged 34) Italy Fiorentina 2000 63 30

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position
Final
position
First match Last match
Serie A Matchday 1 8th 14 September 2002 24 May 2003
Coppa Italia Round of 16 Runners-up 4 December 2002 31 May 2003
Champions League Group stage Second group stage 17 September 2002 19 March 2003

Last updated: 31 May 2003

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
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
4 Lazio 34 15 15 4 57 32 +25 60 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
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 BRE 3–1 PER
PER 0–0 BRE
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 MOD: 10 pts
EMP: 9 pts
ATA: 7 pts
REG: 5 pts
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 runners-up because the winner, Milan, qualified for the Champions League as the winners of the competition.
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 summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
34 13 10 11 55 46  +9 49 9 5 3 34 19  +15 4 5 8 21 27  −6

Last updated: 24 May 2003.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H A H
Result W L L W W W D D D D L D L W W L L L W D D L W D L W D W L W W W D L

Last updated: 24 May 2003.
Source: Competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Coppa Italia[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 6 2 3 1 15 7 +8 9
Italy Roma 6 2 3 1 3 4 −1 9
Greece AEK Athens 6 0 6 0 7 7 0 6
Belgium Genk 6 0 4 2 2 9 −7 4

Second group stage[edit]

Group B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Valencia 6 2 3 1 5 6 −1 9
Netherlands Ajax 6 1 5 0 6 5 +1 8
England Arsenal 6 1 4 1 6 5 +1 7
Italy Roma 6 1 2 3 7 8 −1 5

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Serie A Coppa Italia Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Italy Francesco Antonioli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK Italy Carlo Zotti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 GK Italy Ivan Pelizzoli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Brazil Cafu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF Italy Luigi Sartor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF France Jonathan Zebina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 DF Brazil Aldair 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 DF Argentina Leandro Cufré 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF Argentina Walter Samuel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Italy Christian Panucci 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF Italy Damiano Ferronetti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF Greece Traianos Dellas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF France Vincent Candela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 MF Italy Diego Fuser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF Brazil Francisco Lima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 MF Brazil Emerson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF France Olivier Dacourt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 MF Italy Damiano Tommasi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF Italy Davide Bombardini 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF Italy Alberto Aquilani 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Uruguay Gianni Guigou 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF Italy Daniele De Rossi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Italy Vincenzo Montella 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 FW Italy Francesco Totti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 FW Italy Antonio Cassano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 FW Italy Marco Delvecchio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW Italy Massimo Marazzina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
28 MF Spain Josep Guardiola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW Argentina Gabriel Batistuta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source: Competitions

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
1 10 FW Italy Francesco Totti 14 3 3 20
2 18 FW Italy Antonio Cassano 9 1 4 14
3 9 FW Italy Vincenzo Montella 9 2 0 11
4 24 FW Italy Marco Delvecchio 4 4 1 9
5 11 MF Brazil Emerson 2 3 1 6
33 FW Argentina Gabriel Batistuta 4 1 1 6
7 17 MF Italy Damiano Tommasi 3 0 0 3
8 19 DF Argentina Walter Samuel 2 0 0 2
27 MF Italy Daniele De Rossi 2 0 0 2
10 2 DF Brazil Cafu 0 1 0 1
23 DF Italy Christian Panucci 1 0 0 1
25 MF Uruguay Gianni Guigou 1 0 0 1
31 DF Greece Traianos Dellas 1 0 0 1
32 DF France Vincent Candela 1 0 0 1
Own goal 2 1 0 3
Totals 55 16 10 81

Last updated: 31 May 2003

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
1 1 GK Italy Francesco Antonioli 1 0 5 6
2 22 GK Italy Ivan Pelizzoli 4 1 0 5
Totals 5 1 5 11

Last updated: 31 May 2003

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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