2016–17 Serie B

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Serie B
Season 2016–17
Champions SPAL
Promoted SPAL
Hellas Verona
Benevento (by play-off)
Relegated Trapani
Vicenza
Pisa
Latina
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,021 (2.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Giampaolo Pazzini
(23 goals)
Biggest home win Virtus Entella 4–0 Brescia
(29 October 2016)
Cittadella 5–1 Hellas Verona
(18 November 2016)
Benevento 4–0 Brescia
(19 November 2016)
SPAL 4–0 Ternana
(24 December 2016)
Trapani 4–0 Bari
(18 March 2017)
Biggest away win Avellino 0–5 Perugia
(4 March 2017)
Highest scoring Ternana 4–3 Novara
(29 October 2016)
Benevento 3–4 Bari
(24 February 2017)
Longest winning run 5 games
Cittadella
SPAL
Longest unbeaten run 12 games
Pro Vercelli
SPAL
Longest winless run 15 games
Pisa
Longest losing run 6 games
Ternana
Highest attendance 22,671
Bari 2–0 Brescia
(27 February 2017)
Lowest attendance 1,566
Virtus Entella 4–1 Cittadella
(18 May 2017)
Total attendance 3,192,945
Average attendance 6,911

The 2016–17 Serie B (known as the Serie B ConTe.it for sponsorship reasons) was the 85th season since its establishment in 1929. A total of 22 teams were contesting the league: 15 returning from the 2015–16 season, 4 promoted from Lega Pro, and 3 relegated from Serie A.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2015–16 season
Ascoli Ascoli Piceno Del Duca 20,550 15th in Serie B
Avellino Avellino Partenio 26,000 14th in Serie B
Bari Bari San Nicola 58,270 5th in Serie B
Benevento Benevento Ciro Vigorito 12,847 Lega Pro/C Champions
Brescia Brescia Mario Rigamonti 16,308 11th in Serie B
Carpi Carpi Stadio Sandro Cabassi 4,144 18th in Serie A
Cesena Cesena Dino Manuzzi 23,900 6th in Serie B
Cittadella Cittadella Pier Cesare Tombolato 7,623 Lega Pro/A Champions
Frosinone Frosinone Stadio Matusa 10,000 19th in Serie A
Hellas Verona Verona Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 38,402 20th in Serie A
Latina Latina Domenico Francioni 6,850 16th in Serie B
Novara Novara Silvio Piola 17,875 8th in Serie B
Perugia Perugia Renato Curi 28,000 10th in Serie B
Pisa Pisa Arena Garibaldi 14,869 Lega Pro Play-off Winners
Pro Vercelli Vercelli Silvio Piola 5,500 17th in Serie B
Salernitana Salerno Arechi 37,245 18th in Serie B
SPAL Ferrara Paolo Mazza 17,955 Lega Pro/B Champions
Spezia La Spezia Alberto Picco 10,000 7th in Serie B
Ternana Terni Libero Liberati 17,500 12th in Serie B
Trapani Trapani Provinciale (Erice) 7,000 3rd in Serie B
Vicenza Vicenza Romeo Menti 17,163 13th in Serie B
Virtus Entella Chiavari Comunale 5,535 9th in Serie B

Number of teams by regions[edit]

Number of teams Region Team(s)
3  Campania Avellino, Benevento and Salernitana
 Emilia-Romagna Carpi, Cesena and SPAL
 Veneto Cittadella, Hellas Verona and Vicenza
2  Lazio Frosinone and Latina
 Liguria Spezia and Virtus Entella
 Piedmont Novara and Pro Vercelli
 Umbria Perugia and Ternana
1  Apulia Bari
 Lombardy Brescia
 Marche Ascoli
 Sicily Trapani
 Tuscany Pisa

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team President Manager Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Ascoli Canada Francesco Bellini Italy Alfredo Aglietti Nike Fainplast
Avellino Italy Walter Taccone Italy Walter Novellino Givova Metaedil.com
Bari Italy Gianluca Paparesta Italy Stefano Colantuono Umbro Apulia
Benevento Italy Oreste Vigorito Italy Marco Baroni Frankie Garage Sport IVPC-Energia Pulita
Brescia Italy Alessandro Triboldi Italy Luigi Cagni Acerbis Banco di Brescia
Carpi Italy Claudio Caliumi Italy Fabrizio Castori Givova Azimut Investments
Cesena Italy Giorgio Lugaresi Italy Andrea Camplone Lotto
Cittadella Italy Andrea Gabrielli Italy Roberto Venturato Garman Siderurgica Gabrielli
Frosinone Italy Maurizio Stirpe Italy Pasquale Marino Legea Gala
Hellas Verona Italy Maurizio Setti Italy Fabio Pecchia Nike Metano Nord
Latina Italy Pasquale Maietta Italy Vincenzo Vivarini Givova Sarchioto
Novara Italy Massimo De Salvo Italy Roberto Boscaglia Joma Banca Popolare di Novara
Perugia Italy Massimiliano Santopadre Italy Cristian Bucchi Frankie Garage Sport Piccini
Pisa Italy Giuseppe Corrado Italy Gennaro Gattuso Kappa Toscana Aeroporti
Pro Vercelli Italy Massimo Secondo Italy Moreno Longo Erreà Amteco
Salernitana Italy Marco Mezzaroma Italy Alberto Bollini Givova Caffe Motta
SPAL Italy Walter Mattioli Italy Leonardo Semplici HS Football
Spezia Italy Matteo Volpi Italy Domenico Di Carlo Acerbis Carispezia
Ternana Italy Simone Longarini Italy Fabio Liverani Macron
Trapani Italy Vittorio Morace Italy Alessandro Calori Joma Ustica Lines
Vicenza Italy Alfredo Pastorelli Italy Vincenzo Torrente Macron Banca Popolare di Vicenza
Virtus Entella Italy Antonio Gozzi Italy Gianpaolo Castorina Acerbis

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Ascoli Italy Devis Mangia Sacked 10 May 2016 Pre-season Italy Alfredo Aglietti 16 June 2016
Frosinone Italy Roberto Stellone Sacked 15 May 2016[1] Italy Pasquale Marino 6 June 2016[2]
Hellas Verona Italy Luigi Delneri Sacked 23 May 2016[3] Italy Fabio Pecchia 1 June 2016
Perugia Italy Pierpaolo Bisoli Sacked 24 May 2016 Italy Cristian Bucchi 15 June 2016
Virtus Entella Italy Alfredo Aglietti Resigned 26 May 2016 Italy Roberto Breda 1 July 2016
Avellino Italy Attilio Tesser Signed by Cremonese 31 May 2016 Italy Domenico Toscano 4 June 2016
Latina Italy Carmine Gautieri Sacked 12 June 2016 Italy Vincenzo Vivarini 13 June 2016
Benevento Italy Gaetano Auteri Sacked 14 June 2016 Italy Marco Baroni 1 July 2016
Novara Italy Marco Baroni Signed by Benevento 30 June 2016 Italy Roberto Boscaglia 1 July 2016
Pro Vercelli Italy Claudio Foscarini Signed by Livorno 30 June 2016 Italy Moreno Longo 1 July 2016
Ternana Italy Roberto Breda Signed by Virtus Entella 30 June 2016 Italy Christian Panucci 1 July 2016
Bari Italy Andrea Camplone Contract expired 30 June 2016 Italy Roberto Stellone 4 July 2016
Brescia Italy Roberto Boscaglia Signed by Novara 30 June 2016 Italy Cristian Brocchi 11 July 2016
Ternana Italy Christian Panucci Sacked 14 August 2016[4] Italy Benito Carbone 14 August 2016
Vicenza Italy Franco Lerda Sacked 2 October 2016 21st Italy Pierpaolo Bisoli 3 October 2016[5]
Cesena Italy Massimo Drago Sacked 30 October 2016 19th Italy Andrea Camplone 31 October 2016[6]
Bari Italy Roberto Stellone Sacked 7 November 2016 16th Italy Stefano Colantuono 7 November 2016
Avellino Italy Domenico Toscano Sacked 29 November 2016 19th Italy Walter Novellino 29 November 2016
Salernitana Italy Giuseppe Sannino Resigned 29 November 2016 14th Italy Alberto Bollini 30 November 2016
Trapani Italy Serse Cosmi Sacked 30 November 2016 22nd Italy Alessandro Calori 4 December 2016
Ternana Italy Benito Carbone Resigned 21 January 2017[7] 21st Italy Carmine Gautieri 22 January 2017[8]
Ternana Italy Carmine Gautieri Resigned 5 March 2017 22nd Italy Fabio Liverani 6 March 2017[9]
Brescia Italy Cristian Brocchi Sacked 12 March 2017 19th Italy Luigi Cagni 12 March 2017[10]
Vicenza Italy Pierpaolo Bisoli Sacked 18 April 2017[11] 19th Italy Vincenzo Torrente 19 April 2017[12]
Virtus Entella Italy Roberto Breda Sacked 30 April 2017 10th Italy Gianpaolo Castorina 30 April 2017[13]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 SPAL (C, P) 42 22 12 8 66 39 +27 78 Promotion to Serie A
2 Hellas Verona (P) 42 20 14 8 64 40 +24 74[a]
3 Frosinone 42 21 11 10 57 42 +15 74[a] Qualification to promotion play-offs
4 Perugia 42 15 20 7 54 40 +14 65[b]
5 Benevento[c] (O, P) 42 18 12 12 56 42 +14 65[b]
6 Cittadella 42 19 6 17 60 54 +6 63
7 Carpi 42 16 14 12 41 40 +1 62
8 Spezia 42 15 15 12 38 34 +4 60
9 Novara 42 15 11 16 48 50 −2 56
10 Salernitana 42 13 15 14 44 44 0 54[d]
11 Virtus Entella 42 13 15 14 54 51 +3 54[d]
12 Bari 42 13 14 15 39 44 −5 53[e]
13 Cesena 42 12 17 13 51 48 +3 53[e]
14 Avellino[f] 42 13 13 16 40 55 −15 50[g]
15 Brescia 42 11 17 14 49 58 −9 50[g]
16 Ascoli 42 10 19 13 44 49 −5 49[h]
17 Pro Vercelli 42 10 19 13 35 45 −10 49[h]
18 Ternana[i] 42 13 10 19 42 53 −11 49[h]
19 Trapani[i] (R) 42 10 14 18 45 55 −10 44 Relegation to Serie C
20 Vicenza (R) 42 9 14 19 33 52 −19 41
21 Latina[j] (R) 42 6 21 15 38 50 −12 35[k] Relegation to Serie D[l]
22 Pisa[m] (R) 42 6 21 15 23 36 −13 35[k] Relegation to Serie C
Source: Lega Serie B
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw.[16]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Hellas Verona is ahead of Frosinone on head-to-head goal difference: Hellas Verona 2–0 Frosinone, Frosinone 1–0 Hellas Verona.
  2. ^ a b Perugia is ahead of Benevento on head-to-head points: Perugia 3–1 Benevento, Benevento 0–0 Perugia.
  3. ^ Benevento was deducted one point.
  4. ^ a b Salernitana is ahead of Virtus Entella on head-to-head points: Salernitana 1–1 Virtus Entella, Virtus Entella 0–1 Salernitana.
  5. ^ a b Bari is ahead of Cesena on head-to-head points: Bari 2–1 Cesena, Cesena 1–1 Bari.
  6. ^ Avellino was initially deducted three points due to match fixing. The deduction was later changed to two points.[14]
  7. ^ a b Avellino is ahead of Brescia on head-to-head points: Avellino 1–1 Brescia, Brescia 0–2 Avellino.
  8. ^ a b c Head-to-head points: Ascoli 7 pts, Pro Vercelli 7 pts, Ternana 3 pts. Ascoli is ahead of Pro Vercelli on head-to-head record: Ascoli 3–1 Pro Vercelli, Pro Vercelli 1–1 Ascoli.
  9. ^ a b Since the difference between the 18th-placed team and the 19th-placed team was five points, there was no play-out and the 19th-placed team was relegated directly.
  10. ^ Latina was initially deducted seven points. The deduction was later changed to four points.
  11. ^ a b Latina is ahead of Pisa on overall goal difference.
  12. ^ Latina was declared insolvent and excluded from the Italian football league system.[15] The team was later refound in Serie D.
  13. ^ Pisa was deducted four points.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

According to the regulations, third-placed Frosinone would have avoided the play-offs if they had ended the regular season 10 points clear of fourth place. However, in the last round, Perugia and Benevento won their matches to leave the gap at nine points.[17]

Six teams contested the promotion playoffs. A preliminary one-legged round, played at the home venue of the higher placed team, involved the teams from 5th to 8th place. The two winning teams played against the 3rd and 4th-placed teams in two-legged semifinals. The higher placed team played the second leg of the promotion playoff at home.

  Preliminary round     Semifinals     Two-legged final
                                   
        7 Carpi 0 1 1  
  6 Cittadella 1     3 Frosinone 0 0 0    
  7 Carpi 2         7 Carpi 0 0 0
      5 Benevento 0 1 1
        5 Benevento 1 1 2    
  5 Benevento 2     4 Perugia 0 1 1  
  8 Spezia 1  

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Italy Giampaolo Pazzini Hellas Verona 23
2 Italy Fabio Ceravolo Benevento 20
3 Italy Francesco Caputo Virtus Entella 18
Italy Mirco Antenucci SPAL
5 Italy Federico Dionisi Frosinone 17
6 Italy Daniel Ciofani Frosinone 16
Italy Massimo Coda Salernitana
8 Italy Kevin Lasagna Carpi 14
Italy Andrea Caracciolo Brescia
Italy Camillo Ciano Cesena
11 Italy Gianluca Litteri Cittadella 13
Italy Matteo Ardemagni Avellino
Italy Samuel Di Carmine Perugia
14 Uruguay Pablo Granoche Spezia 12
Italy Daniele Cacia Ascoli
Bulgaria Andrey Galabinov Novara
Uruguay Felipe Avenatti Ternana

Source: [18]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ASC AVE BAR BEN BRE CRP CES CIT FRO HEL LAT NOV PER PIS PVE SAL SPA SPE TER TRA VIC VET
Ascoli 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–4 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–4 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–1
Avellino 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–5 1–0 3–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–2
Bari 0–1 2–1 0–4 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–1
Benevento 0–0 2–1 3–4 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–0
Brescia 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 4–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–2
Carpi 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–4 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1
Cesena 2–2 3–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1
Cittadella 0–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 0–3 4–1 2–3 2–3 5–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–1
Frosinone 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–0
Hellas Verona 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–0
Latina 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1
Novara 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–0
Perugia 0–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 3–2 0–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0
Pisa 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1
Pro Vercelli 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–0
Salernitana 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–2 2–0 2–3 1–1
SPAL 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–1 4–0 2–1 3–0 2–2
Spezia 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–4 3–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0
Ternana 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 4–3 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–0
Trapani 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–0
Vicenza 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–4 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–2
Virtus Entella 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 4–0 2–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–1

Updated to games played on 27 February 2018.
Source: [1]
^ 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.

Attendance data[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Bari 342,944 22,671 13,519 16,331 −23.7%
2 Hellas Verona 310,246 20,848 12,342 14,774 −18.8%1
3 Cesena 259,125 17,048 11,177 12,339 +1.1%
4 Salernitana 229,398 19,709 8,120 10,924 −10.1%
5 Perugia 196,959 12,811 7,641 9,379 +1.5%
6 Benevento 170,722 11,521 6,807 8,130 +94.1%2
7 SPAL 165,302 9,238 6,411 7,872 +53.4%2
8 Vicenza 163,626 10,697 6,249 7,792 +1.5%
9 Brescia 161,791 14,358 6,441 7,704 +0.5%
10 Spezia 149,151 8,690 6,335 7,102 −2.2%
11 Pisa 143,326 8,645 2,722 6,825 +8.5%2
12 Frosinone 124,378 7,229 5,340 5,923 −18.7%1
13 Ascoli 115,848 7,128 4,784 5,517 −16.1%
14 Avellino 107,462 9,500 3,500 5,117 −19.0%
15 Trapani 106,215 6,345 4,322 5,058 −0.6%
16 Novara 88,259 7,402 3,644 4,203 −14.0%
17 Ternana 84,216 9,939 2,166 4,010 +16.9%
18 Cittadella 63,981 5,967 2,120 3,047 +55.6%2
19 Pro Vercelli 60,147 4,582 2,218 2,864 −6.0%
20 Latina 51,467 4,485 1,867 2,451 −21.4%
21 Carpi 51,089 3,683 1,643 2,433 −72.9%1
22 Virtus Entella 47,293 4,505 1,566 2,252 +3.7%
League total 3,192,945 22,671 1,566 6,911 −3.5%

Updated to games played on 18 May 2017
Source: [19]
Notes:
1: Team played last season in Serie A.
2: Team played last season in Lega Pro.

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