2004–05 A.S. Roma season

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Roma
2004–05 season
President Franco Sensi
Manager Cesare Prandelli
(until 12 September 2004)
Rudi Völler
(from 12 September 2004 to 3 October 2004)
Luigi Delneri
(from 3 October 2004 to 13 March 2005)
Bruno Conti
(from 13 March 2005)
Stadium Stadio Olimpico
Serie A 8th
Coppa Italia Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
Vincenzo Montella (21)

All:
Vincenzo Montella (23)
Average home league attendance 49,631[1]
Home colours
Away colours

Associazione Sportiva Roma endured possibly its most troubled season ever, in which the club almost went from a genuine title threat to relegation. Despite its eight place, the 18th placed Bologna was only a few points behind in the close table.

The problems started before the season began, with coach Fabio Capello signing for Juventus, and key players Emerson and Walter Samuel departing. That Samuel departed to Real Madrid was greeted with disappointment, but the move was thought to be necessary given the financial struggles of Roma. The moves for Capello and Emerson in contrast, were controversial, with Rome's mayor Walter Veltroni even having to step in to calm feelings down, when Capello had decided to buy Emerson to the Turin club.

Controversy resumed when Roma signed French defender Philippe Mexès from Auxerre, despite a rolling contract. Auxerre took Roma to UEFA court, and in July 2005, Roma was suspended from the transfer market for a full calendar year. In the midst of chaos, new coach Cesare Prandelli decided to resign when finding out his wife was seriously ill (she would survive another two years before dying), and Prandelli returned to football with Fiorentina one year later.

Rudi Völler, formerly a striker at the club, and the man in charge when Germany reached the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, took over, but the German did not last long, complaining of a lack of organisation. Former Chievo coach Luigi Delneri, who had been sacked from European champions Porto in pre-season, due to spending too much time in his native Italy, took charge, but the squad lacked confidence, and the scandals and internal fighting caused Roma to slip into the relegation fight. Former club midfielder Bruno Conti saved the club from relegation, owing much to striking duo Vincenzo Montella and Francesco Totti.

A notable incident during the season was referee Anders Frisk being hit by a coin in a Champions League fixture against Dynamo Kyiv, as Roma crashed out of the tournament in its initial phase. Another intrigue was the tug of war between captain Francesco Totti and young pretender Antonio Cassano, a battle Cassano lost. Due to Roma's transfer ban, the club could not get rid of Cassano until January 2006, when Real Madrid bought him.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Squad No. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Previous Club
Goalkeepers
1 Gianluca Curci Italy GK (1985-07-12)July 12, 1985 (aged 19) Roma Primavera
12 Carlo Zotti Italy GK (1982-09-03)September 3, 1982 (aged 22) Roma Primavera
22 Ivan Pelizzoli Italy GK (1980-11-18)November 18, 1980 (aged 24) Atalanta
Defenders
2 Christian Panucci Italy RB/CB (1973-04-12)April 12, 1973 (aged 32) Monaco
3 Abel Xavier Portugal RB/LB (1972-11-30)November 30, 1972 (aged 32) Hannover 96
5 Philippe Mexès France CB (1982-03-30)March 30, 1982 (aged 23) Auxerre
7 Luigi Sartor Italy RB/LB (1975-01-30)January 30, 1975 (aged 30) Parma
8 Matteo Ferrari Italy CB (1979-12-05)December 5, 1979 (aged 25) Parma
13 Cristian Chivu Romania CB/LB (1980-10-26)October 26, 1980 (aged 24) Ajax
19 Giuseppe Scurto Italy CB (1984-01-05)January 5, 1984 (aged 21) Roma Primavera
25 Leandro Cufré Argentina LB/CB (1978-05-09)May 9, 1978 (aged 27) Gimnasia La Plata
31 Traianos Dellas Greece CB (1976-01-31)January 31, 1976 (aged 29) Perugia
32 Vincent Candela France LB (1973-10-24)October 24, 1973 (aged 31) Guingamp
Midfielders
15 Olivier Dacourt France CM (1974-09-25)September 25, 1974 (aged 30) Leeds United
17 Damiano Tommasi Italy DM (1974-05-17)May 17, 1974 (aged 31) Hellas Verona
20 Simone Perrotta Italy CM (1977-09-17)September 17, 1977 (aged 27) Chievo
21 Gaetano D'Agostino Italy CM (1982-06-03)June 3, 1982 (aged 22) Roma Primavera
23 Alberto Aquilani Italy CM/AM (1984-07-07)July 7, 1984 (aged 20) Roma Primavera
27 Daniele De Rossi Italy DM (1983-07-24)July 24, 1983 (aged 21) Roma Primavera
28 Valerio Virga Italy CM (1986-06-06)June 6, 1986 (aged 18) Roma Primavera
28 Aleandro Rosi Italy RM (1987-05-17)May 17, 1987 (aged 18) Roma Primavera
30 Mancini Brazil AM (1980-08-01)August 1, 1980 (aged 24) Venezia
Forwards
9 Vincenzo Montella Italy CF (1974-06-18)June 18, 1974 (aged 30) Sampdoria
10 Francesco Totti (c) Italy FW (1976-09-27)September 27, 1976 (aged 28) Roma Primavera
11 Daniele Corvia Italy FW (1984-11-20)November 20, 1984 (aged 20) Roma Primavera
18 Antonio Cassano Italy FW (1982-07-12)July 12, 1982 (aged 22) Bari
24 Marco Delvecchio Italy CF (1973-04-07)April 7, 1973 (aged 32) Internazionale
26 Alessio Cerci Italy FW (1987-07-23)July 23, 1987 (aged 17) Roma Primavera
99 Mido Egypt CF (1983-02-23)February 23, 1983 (aged 22) Marseille

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position
Final
position
First match Last match
Serie A Matchday 1 8th 12 September 2004 29 May 2005
Coppa Italia Round of 16 Runners-up 19 November 2004 15 June 2005
Champions League Group stage Group stage 15 September 2004 8 December 2004

Last updated: 15 June 2005

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus 38 26 8 4 67 27 +40 0861 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Milan 38 23 10 5 63 28 +35 79
3 Internazionale 38 18 18 2 65 37 +28 72 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Udinese 38 17 11 10 56 40 +16 62
5 Sampdoria 38 17 10 11 42 29 +13 61 2005–06 UEFA Cup First round
6 Palermo 38 12 17 9 48 44 +4 53
7 Messina 38 12 12 14 44 52 −8 48
8 Roma 38 11 12 15 55 58 −3 0452 2005–06 UEFA Cup First round
9 Livorno 38 11 12 15 49 60 −11 45
10 Lazio 38 11 11 16 48 53 −5 0443 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
11 Lecce 38 10 14 14 66 73 −7 44
12 Cagliari 38 10 14 14 51 60 −9 44
13 Reggina 38 10 14 14 36 45 −9 44
14 Siena 38 9 16 13 44 55 −11 43
15 Chievo 38 11 10 17 32 49 −17 43
16 Fiorentina 38 9 15 14 42 50 −8 42
17 Parma 38 10 12 16 48 65 −17 42 Relegation tie-breaker
18 Bologna (R) 38 9 15 14 33 36 −3 42
19 Brescia (R) 38 11 8 19 37 54 −17 41 Relegation to Serie B
20 Atalanta (R) 38 8 11 19 34 45 −11 35

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 Juventus were stripped of the title during the 2005–06 Serie A season, because of the 2006 Italian football scandal
2Roma gained entry to the 2005–06 UEFA Cup as 2004–05 Coppa Italia runners-up: champions Internazionale qualified to the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League.
3Lazio gained entry to the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Messina and Livorno 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
38 11 12 15 55 58  −3 45 6 8 5 31 26  +5 5 4 10 24 32  −8

Last updated: 29 May 2005.
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 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H
Result W L D L D W D L W D L L W D W W L W D W W D D L W L L L L D L L L D L D W D

Last updated: 29 May 2005.
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 B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 2 1 13 7 +6 11
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
Italy Roma 6 0 1 5 4 16 −12 1

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
Defenders
Midfielders
Forwards
Players transferred out during the season

Source: Competitions

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
1 9 FW Italy Vincenzo Montella 21 1 1 23
2 10 FW Italy Francesco Totti 12 3 0 15
3 18 FW Italy Antonio Cassano 9 1 1 11
4 30 MF Brazil Mancini 4 1 0 5
5 16 MF Italy Daniele De Rossi 2 1 1 4
6 20 MF Italy Simone Perrotta 3 0 0 3
7 13 DF Romania Cristian Chivu 2 0 0 2
31 DF Greece Traianos Dellas 1 1 0 2
9 5 DF France Philippe Mexès 0 1 0 1
11 FW Italy Daniele Corvia 0 1 0 1
Own goal 1 0 1 2
Totals 55 10 4 69

Last updated: 15 June 2005

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank No. Pos Nat Name Serie A Coppa Italia UEFA CL Total
1 1 GK Italy Gianluca Curci 3 0 0 3
12 GK Italy Carlo Zotti 2 1 0 3
22 GK Italy Ivan Pelizzoli 3 0 0 3
Totals 8 1 0 9

Last updated: 15 June 2005

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player 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

Last updated:

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