The 2012–13 Serie B (known as the Serie bwin for sponsorship reasons) is the 81st season since its establishment in 1929. A total of 22 teams will contest the league: 15 of which returning from the 2011–12 season, 4 of which promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and three relegated from Serie A. Puma replaced Nike as manufacturer of the official Serie B match ball, a relationship that continues today.
The league will feature three clubs relegated from Serie A: Novara returned to the second division after only a single season in the top flight, whereas Lecce and Cesena were relegated after a two-year stint.
Four teams were promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione, one of them returning to Serie B after a significant absence and one of them will play Serie B for the first time in their history, Pro Vercelli after 64 years, Ternana after 6 years, while Spezia will take part to Serie B after 4 years. The fourth promoted team, Virtus Lanciano will make debut in Serie B.
Grosseto and Lecce were provisionally, not yet enforceable, condemned to relegation to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, due to a large match fixing scandal involving Italian football; both clubs appealed the decision to the Italian Football Federation's Court of Justice, so the decision is on hold at the moment (Italian football justice is composed by three degrees of trial). In appeal, Grosseto was acquitted from all charges and readmitted to Serie B, whereas Lecce's relegation was confirmed. Lecce already announced its intention to appeal the decision at the TNAS (National Sports Arbitration Court, at the Italian Olympic Committee level), but not blocking the relegation being immediately enforceable. On 23 August 2012, FIGC officially communicated that Vicenza were to replace Lecce, and there has been a possibility of extending the transfer window as regards Grosseto and Vicenza.
Updated to games played on 19 May 2013.
Source: Serie B
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
1.^ Ascoli and Varese were docked 1 point due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
2.^ Modena and Reggina were docked 2 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
3.^ Novara was docked 3 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
4.^ Bari was docked 7 points: 2 points due to financial irregularities and 5 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
5.^ Grosseto was docked 6 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
6.^ Crotone was docked 2 points due to financial irregularities.
7.^ No relegation playoffs will be held as Virtus Lanciano is more than 4 points clear of 4th-last place. (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.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.
The higher placed team plays the second leg of the promotion playoff at home. If scores are tied after both games in the semifinals the higher placed team progresses to the final. The same conditions apply to the final except for there being extra time played if scores are tied after both games, the higher placed team will be promoted if scores are still level at the end of this period.
Updated to games played on 18 May 2013.
Source: Serie B
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.