2002–03 Serie A
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|Dates||14 September 2002 – 24 May 2003|
|Goals scored||789 (2.58 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Christian Vieri |
|Biggest home win||Milan 6–0 Torino|
(6 October 2002)
|Biggest away win||Torino 0–4 Juventus|
(17 November 2002)
Torino 0–4 Parma
(1 December 2002)
Chievo 0–4 Parma
(16 March 2003)
|Highest scoring||Parma 4–3 Brescia|
(6 November 2002)
Empoli 3–4 Internazionale
(6 November 2002)
Juventus 4–3 Chievo
(24 May 2003)
|Highest attendance||78,843 |
Milan v Internazionale
|Lowest attendance||350 |
Torino v Udinese
The 2002–03 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 101st season of top-tier Italian football, the 71st in a round-robin tournament. It was composed by 18 teams, for the 15th consecutive time from season 1988–89.
The first two teams qualified directly to UEFA Champions League. Teams finishing in third and fourth position had to play Champions League qualifications. Teams finishing in fifth and sixth positions qualified to UEFA Cup (another spot was given to the winner of Coppa Italia). The bottom four teams were to be relegated in Serie B.
Juventus won its 27th national title, with Internazionale placing second and Milan third. Lazio was admitted to the UEFA Champions League preliminary phase, whereas Parma, Udinese and Roma (through the Coppa Italia finals) obtained a spot to the next UEFA Cup. Brescia and Perugia were admitted to participate in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, after Chievo declined to participate.
Unlike La Liga, which imposed a quota on the number of non-EU players on each club, Serie A clubs could sign as many non-EU players as available on domestic transfer. But for the 2003–04 season a quota was imposed on each of the clubs limiting the number of non-EU, non-EFTA and non-Swiss players who may be signed from abroad each season, following provisional measures introduced in the 2002–03 season, which allowed Serie A & B clubs to sign only one non-EU player in the 2002 summer transfer window.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Udinese||Giampiero Ventura||End of contract||30 June 2002||Pre-season||Luciano Spalletti||1 July 2002|
|Reggina||Franco Colomba||End of contract||30 June 2002||Pre-season||Bortolo Mutti||1 July 2002|
|Piacenza||Walter Novellino||End of contract||30 June 2002||Pre-season||Andrea Agostinelli||1 July 2002|
|Parma||Pietro Carmignani||End of contract||30 June 2002||Pre-season||Cesare Prandelli||1 July 2002|
|Lazio||Alberto Zaccheroni||End of contract||30 June 2002||Pre-season||Roberto Mancini||1 July 2002|
|Torino||Giancarlo Camolese||Sacked||25 October 2002||16th||Renato Zaccarelli (caretaker)||26 October 2002|
|Torino||Renato Zaccarelli||End of caretaker spell||29 October 2002||17th||Renzo Ulivieri||30 October 2002|
|Reggina||Bortolo Mutti||Sacked||7 November 2002||16th||Luigi De Canio||8 November 2002|
|Como||Loris Dominissini||Sacked||25 November 2002||18th||Eugenio Fascetti||25 November 2002|
|Piacenza||Andrea Agostinelli||Sacked||3 February 2003||16th||Luigi Cagni||3 February 2003|
|Torino||Renzo Ulivieri||Sacked||24 February 2003||17th||Renato Zaccarelli||24 February 2003|
|Torino||Renato Zaccarelli||Sacked||15 April 2003||18th||Giacomo Ferri||15 April 2003|
|Atalanta||Giovanni Vavassori||Sacked||21 April 2003||15th||Giancarlo Finardi||21 April 2003|
Personnel and sponsoring
(*) Promoted from Serie B.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Juventus (C)||34||21||9||4||64||29||+35||72||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|4||Lazio||34||15||15||4||57||32||+25||60||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|5||Parma||34||15||11||8||55||36||+19||56[b]||Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|8||Roma[c]||34||13||10||11||55||46||+9||49||Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|9||Brescia||34||9||15||10||36||38||−2||42[d]||Qualification to Intertoto Cup second round|
|10||Perugia[e]||34||10||12||12||40||48||−8||42||Qualification to Intertoto Cup third round|
|15||Atalanta (R)||34||8||14||12||35||47||−12||38||Serie B after tie-breaker[g]|
|16||Piacenza (R)||34||8||6||20||44||62||−18||30||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
- Milan qualified for the Champions League group stage as defending champions.
- Parma finished ahead of Udinese on head-to-head points: Udinese 1–1 Parma, Parma 3–2 Udinese.
- Roma qualified for the first round of the 2003-04 UEFA Cup as Coppa Italia runner-up because the winner, Milan, qualified for Champions League through championship position.
- Brescia finished ahead of Perugia on head-to-head points: Brescia 3–1 Perugia, Perugia 0–0 Brescia.
- Perugia gained entry to the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Chievo renounced; then they qualified to the 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round.
- Modena finished ahead of Empoli, Atalanta and Reggina on head-to-head points: Modena: 10 pts, Empoli: 9 pts, Atalanta: 7 pts, Reggina: 5 pts.
- Atalanta to 2003–04 Serie B after tie-breaker.
- Most wins - Juventus (21)
- Fewest wins - Como and Torino (4)
- Most draws - Lazio and Brescia (15)
- Fewest draws - Piacenza (6)
- Most losses - Torino (21)
- Fewest losses - Juventus and Lazio (4)
- Most goals scored - Juventus and Internazionale (64)
- Fewest goals scored - Torino (23)
- Most goals conceded - Piacenza (62)
- Fewest goals conceded - Juventus (29)
|Natali 18'||Cozza 33' |
Reggina won 2 – 1 on aggregate.
|4||Alessandro Del Piero||Juventus||16|
|10||Antonio Di Natale||Empoli||13|
Number of teams by region
|Region||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Lombardy||5||Atalanta, Como, Brescia, Internazionale and Milan|
|2||Emilia-Romagna||4||Bologna, Modena, Parma and Piacenza|
|3||Lazio||2||Lazio and Roma|
|Piedmont||2||Juventus and Torino|
References and sources
- "Italy blocks non-EU players". UEFA.com. 2003-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- "Italians bar non-EU imports". UEFA.com. 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- "Piacenza Sack Agostinelli". Soccerway. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- "Cagni returns as Piacenza sack Agostinelli". Soccerway. 3 February 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- With consequent qualification to UEFA Cup first round
- 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.
- Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005