2006–07 Serie B
Hellas Verona (via play-off)
|Goals scored||1,061 (2.3 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Alessandro del Piero (20 goals)|
The 2006–07 Serie B season is the 75th season since its establishment in 1929. It started on September 9, 2006 and ended on June 10, 2007. The 22 clubs in Serie B each played 42 matches during the regular season.
The 2006–07 season marked the first Serie B appearance for two clubs, Frosinone and then 27-time Italian champions Juventus, whose involvement in the league was a direct result of the 'Calciopoli' rulings and not competition in the previous Serie A season.
A.C. Arezzo began the season with a six-point deficit and Juventus F.C. a nine-point deficit, due to their involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal. In addition, U.S. Triestina Calcio were docked one point because of financial irregularities, and Pescara Calcio were penalized one point for late tax payments.
Despite the large deficit at the start of the league, Juventus coasted through the season with ease and became the first team mathematically promoted to the Serie A for the 2007–08 season with a 5–1 away win at Arezzo on 19 May 2007, with three games remaining in the schedule. One week later, they clinched the title of Serie B champions for 2006–07 with a 2–0 home win against Mantova. Juventus were awarded the first-ever Ali della Vittoria (Wings of Victory) Cup, designed this year for the winner of the Serie B championship.
On the last day of the season Napoli played Genoa. Napoli only needed a draw for automatic promotion, while Genoa needed a win to guarantee promotion. The match ended 0–0 and Napoli were promoted. However, Piacenza only managed a 1–1 draw with Triestina, leaving it ten points behind Genoa. A gap of ten or more points between the third and fourth-placed teams meant that no playoffs would be held, and Genoa became the third team promoted to Serie A.
Both Napoli and Genoa were promoted from Serie C1 to Serie B, and from Serie B to Serie A in successive seasons.
On 12 May 2007 Pescara became the first team mathematically relegated to Serie C1 for the 2007–08 season with a 3–1 loss at Piacenza on Day 38 of the schedule. One week later, Crotone was also mathematically relegated with a 2–0 loss at Trieste. On the last match day, Arezzo became the third team relegated despite winning 3–1 at Treviso, as both Spezia and Hellas Verona won their games. Tied 2–2 with Juventus, Spezia was only seconds away from relegation, but a dramatic goal on the 91st minute by Nicola Padoin condemned Arezzo and qualified Spezia for the playoffs.
The fourth team to be relegated was decided in a two-legged playoff between Verona and Spezia. The first leg ended in a 2–1 win for Spezia, and a 0–0 tie in the return match condemned Verona to play Serie C1 in the 2007–08 season.
These are the 22 teams which took part in the Serie B 2006–07:
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Juventus (C, P)||42||28||10||4||83||30||+53||85[a]||Promotion to Serie A|
|18||Hellas Verona (R)||42||12||12||18||34||46||−12||48[f]||Qualification for Relegation play-off|
|20||Arezzo (R)||42||12||15||15||42||46||−4||45[h]||Relegation to Serie C1|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
- Juventus started the season with a penalization of 30 points, which was later reduced to 9 on appeal.
- Third-placed team Genoa were directly promoted without a play-off being played as they finished 10 points ahead of fourth-placed Piacenza.
- RIM 2–0 BRE; BRE 0–2 RIM
- VIC: 9 pts ; FRO: 8 pts ; TRE: 7 pts ; BAR: 6 pts
- CES 1–0 MOD; MOD 0–1 CES
- TRI 1–1 VER; VER 0–1 TRI
- 1-point deduction
- 6-points deduction
- 1-point deduction for late tax payment
- First leg: June 15, Stadio Alberto Picco, La Spezia
- Second leg: June 21, Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
Last updated June 10, 2007
|Alessandro Del Piero|
|Papa Waigo N'Diayè|
|Antonio Floro Flores|
- 2006–07 Serie B Squads (www.footballsquads.co.uk)