2000–01 Serie A
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|Goals scored||845 (2.76 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Hernán Crespo |
The 2000–01 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 99th season of top-tier Italian football, the 69th in a round-robin tournament. It was contested by 18 teams, for the 13th consecutive season since 1988–89.
Roma won its first Scudetto since 1982–83, its third title overall. Juventus finished second, and these two teams automatically qualified for the first group stage of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League. Lazio, the defending champions, and Parma finished third and fourth respectively, to enter the third qualifying round of the same competition. Internazionale and Milan finished fifth and sixth respectively, and qualified for the 2001–02 UEFA Cup along with Fiorentina, the winners of the Coppa Italia. Brescia gained entry into the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Vicenza, Napoli and Bari were automatically relegated to Serie B. Reggina and Hellas Verona were forced to contest a relegation tie-breaker after finishing level on points, with Verona winning on away goals to relegate Reggina.
In the middle of the season, the old quota system was abolished, meaning that each team was no longer limited to having no more than five non-EU players and using no more than three in each match.
Concurrent with the abolition of the quota system, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) investigated footballers from South America and Africa who had used fake passports in order to enable their teams to field them as Europeans. Alberto, Warley, Alejandro Da Silva and Jorginho of Udinese, Fábio Júnior and Gustavo Bartelt of Roma, Dida of Milan, Álvaro Recoba of Inter, Thomas Job, Francis Zé and Jean Ondoa of Sampdoria, and Jeda and André Leone of Vicenza were all handed bans in July 2001, ranging from six months to one year. However, most of these bans were subsequently reduced.
Personnels and sponsoring
|Team||Head coach||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Bari|| Eugenio Fascetti |
|Fiorentina|| Fatih Terim |
|Hellas Verona||Attilio Perotti||Lotto||Amica Chips/NET Business|
|Internazionale|| Marcello Lippi |
|Juventus||Carlo Ancelotti||Lotto||TELE +|
|Lazio|| Sven-Göran Eriksson |
|Lecce||Alberto Cavasin||Asics||Banca 121|
|Milan|| Alberto Zaccheroni |
|Napoli*|| Zdeněk Zeman |
|Parma|| Alberto Malesani |
|Roma||Fabio Capello||Kappa||INA Assitalia|
|Reggina||Franco Colomba||Asics||Caffe Mauro|
|Udinese|| Luigi De Canio |
(*) Promoted from Serie B.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming manager||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Fiorentina||Giovanni Trapattoni||End of contract||30 June 2000||Fatih Terim||1 July 2000||Pre-season|
|Perugia||Carlo Mazzone||End of contract||30 June 2000||Serse Cosmi||1 July 2000||Pre-season|
|Brescia||Nedo Sonetti||End of contract||30 June 2000||Carlo Mazzone||1 July 2000||Pre-season|
|Napoli||Walter Novellino||End of contract||30 June 2000||Zdeněk Zeman||1 July 2000||Pre-season|
|Internazionale||Marcello Lippi||Sacked||10 October 2000||Marco Tardelli||11 October 2000||15th|
|Napoli||Zdeněk Zeman||Sacked||14 November 2000||Emiliano Mondonico||15 November 2000||18th|
|Lazio||Sven-Göran Eriksson||Resigned||9 January 2001||Dino Zoff||10 January 2001||5th|
|Parma||Alberto Malesani||Sacked||10 January 2001||Arrigo Sacchi (caretaker)||10 January 2001||10th|
|Parma||Arrigo Sacchi||End of caretaker spell||29 January 2001||Renzo Ulivieri||30 January 2001||8th|
|Fiorentina||Fatih Terim||Sacked||27 February 2001||Luciano Chiarugi (caretaker)||28 February 2001||10th|
|Fiorentina||Luciano Chiarugi||End of caretaker spell||6 March 2001||Roberto Mancini||7 March 2001||11th|
|Milan||Alberto Zaccheroni||Sacked||12 March 2001||Cesare Maldini||13 March 2001||9th|
|Udinese||Luigi De Canio||Sacked||20 March 2001||Luciano Spalletti||21 March 2001||12th|
|Bari||Eugenio Fascetti||Sacked||8 May 2001||Arcangelo Sciannimanico||9 May 2001||18th|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Roma (C)||34||22||9||3||68||33||+35||75||Qualification to Champions League first group stage|
|3||Lazio||34||21||6||7||65||36||+29||69||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|5||Internazionale||34||14||9||11||47||47||0||51||Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|8||Brescia[b]||34||10||14||10||44||42||+2||44[a]||Qualification to Intertoto Cup third round|
|9||Fiorentina[c]||34||10||13||11||53||52||+1||43||Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|14||Hellas Verona[e]||34||10||7||17||40||59||−19||37[d]||Relegation tie-breaker|
|15||Reggina (R)||34||10||7||17||32||49||−17||37[d]||Serie B after tie-breaker|
|16||Vicenza (R)||34||9||9||16||37||51||−14||36[f]||Relegation to 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. (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played).
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Atalanta finished ahead of Brescia on head-to-head points: Atalanta 2–0 Brescia, Brescia 0–3 Atalanta.
- Brescia gained entry to the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Atalanta declined.
- Fiorentina gained entry to the 2001–02 UEFA Cup as the 2000–01 Coppa Italia champions.
- Lecce finished ahead of Reggina and Hellas Verona on head-to-head points: Lecce: 10 pts, Reggina: 4 pts, Hellas Verona: 2 pts.
- Hellas Verona winner of 2000–01 Relegation tie-breaker against Reggina.
- Vicenza finished ahead of Napoli on head-to-head points: Vicenza 2–0 Napoli, Napoli 1–2 Vicenza.
Positions by round
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.
|Leader and UEFA Champions League first group stage|
|Qualification to Champions League first group stage|
|Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|Qualification to Intertoto Cup third round|
|Relegation to Serie B|
- Highest number of wins: Roma (22)
- Lowest number of losses: Juventus, Roma (3 each)
- Highest number of draws: Atalanta, Brescia (15 each)
- Lowest number of wins: Bari (5)
- Highest number of losses: Bari (24)
- Lowest number of draws: Bari, Udinese (5 each)
- Highest number of goals for: Roma (68)
- Lowest number of goals against: Juventus (27)
- Lowest number of goals for: Bari (31)
- Highest number of goals against: Bari (68)
- Best goal difference: Roma (35)
- Worst goal difference: Bari (−37)
|Zanchetta 42' |
|7||Marco Di Vaio||Parma||15|
Number of teams by region
|Region||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Lombardy||4||Atalanta, Brescia, Internazionale and Milan|
|2||Apulia||2||Bari and Lecce|
|Emilia-Romagna||2||Bologna and Parma|
|Lazio||2||Lazio and Roma|
|Veneto||2||Hellas Verona and Vicenza|
References and sources
- Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio – La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005
- Tim Parks, A Season with Verona (London: Vintage, 2002) – A personal account by a celebrated English author and fan of the fortunes of Hellas Verona that season, including the team's narrow avoidance of relegation.
- "Italians bar non-EU imports". UEFA.com. 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- "Milan challenge non-EU rule". BBC Sport. 2000-11-03. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- "Fake passport scandal hits Serie A". BBC News. 2000-10-08. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- "Lazio hit with passport charges". BBC News. 2001-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- Kennedy, Frances (2001-06-28). "Players banned over false passport scandal". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 "Norme organizzative interne della F.I.G.C. - Art. 51.6" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.