2008–09 Serie A
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|Dates||30 August 2008 – 31 May 2009|
|Goals scored||988 (2.6 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Zlatan Ibrahimović |
|Biggest home win||Sampdoria 5–0 Reggina|
|Biggest away win||Roma 0–4 Internazionale|
Siena 1–5 Milan
Palermo 0–4 Catania
|Highest scoring||Udinese 6–2 Cagliari|
The 2008–09 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 107th season of top-tier Italian football, the 77th in a round-robin tournament. It began on 30 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009, with the announcement of the list of fixtures made on 25 July 2008. 20 teams competed in the league, 17 of which returned from the previous season, and three (Chievo, Bologna and Lecce) were promoted from 2007–08 Serie B.
20 clubs represented 13 different regions. The most represented region was Lombardy with three teams: Atalanta, A.C. Milan, and Inter Milan. Piedmont, Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio and Sicily featured two teams each while Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Apulia, Calabria, and Sardinia were represented by one team each. There was a record number of southern teams in the top division with six teams: Cagliari, Catania, Lecce, Napoli, Palermo, and Reggina.
The new match ball was the Nike T90 Omni.
The 2008–09 season saw new rules relating to the transfer of player registration introduced. Clubs without non-EU players in their squad were allowed three incoming non-EU player transfers (whereas previously only newly promoted clubs could have three). Clubs with one non-EU player were allowed two such transfers and clubs with two non-EU players were permitted one transfer and a further one if they cancelled the registration of one of their non-EU players or that player gained EU nationality. Clubs with three or more non-EU players were given two conditional quotas with the caveat that the release (as opposed to transfer) of two non-EU players as free agent would only allow for one further non-EU signing.
Three teams were promoted from Serie B: Chievo, Bologna, and Lecce. The first two earned direct promotion, while Lecce won the promotional playoffs, defeating AlbinoLeffe 2–1 on aggregate in a two-legged playoff final.
|Atalanta||Bergamo||Atleti Azzurri d'Italia||26,393||9th in Serie A|
|Bologna||Bologna||Renato Dall'Ara||39,444||2nd in Serie B|
|Cagliari||Cagliari||Sant'Elia||23,486||14th in Serie A|
|Catania||Catania||Angelo Massimino||23,420||17th in Serie A|
|Chievo||Verona||Marc'Antonio Bentegodi||39,211||Serie B Champions|
|Fiorentina||Florence||Artemio Franchi (Florence)||47,282||4th in Serie A|
|Genoa||Genoa||Luigi Ferraris||36,685||10th in Serie A|
|Internazionale||Milan||San Siro||80,074||Serie A Champions|
|Juventus||Turin||Olimpico di Torino||27,500||3rd in Serie A|
|Lazio||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||72,700||12th in Serie A|
|Lecce||Lecce||Via del Mare||33,876||Serie B Playoff Winners|
|Milan||Milan||San Siro||80,074||5th in Serie A|
|Napoli||Naples||San Paolo||60,240||8th in Serie A|
|Palermo||Palermo||Renzo Barbera||37,242||11th in Serie A|
|Reggina||Reggio Calabria||Oreste Granillo||27,454||16th in Serie A|
|Roma||Rome||Stadio Olimpico||72,700||2nd in Serie A|
|Sampdoria||Genoa||Luigi Ferraris||36,685||6th in Serie A|
|Siena||Siena||Artemio Franchi (Siena)||15,373||13th in Serie A|
|Torino||Turin||Olimpico di Torino||27,500||15th in Serie A|
|Udinese||Udine||Friuli||41,652||7th in Serie A|
Personnel and sponsoring
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Internazionale (C)||38||25||9||4||70||32||+38||84||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|4||Fiorentina||38||21||5||12||53||38||+15||68[b]||Qualification to Champions League play-off round|
|5||Genoa||38||19||11||8||56||39||+17||68[b]||Qualification to Europa League play-off round[c]|
|6||Roma||38||18||9||11||64||61||+3||63||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|10||Lazio||38||15||5||18||46||55||−9||50||Qualification to Europa League play-off round[c]|
|18||Torino (R)||38||8||10||20||37||61||−24||34||Relegation to 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.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Juventus finished ahead of Milan on head-to-head points: Juventus 4–2 Milan, Milan 1–1 Juventus.
- Fiorentina finished ahead of Genoa on head-to-head points: Fiorentina 1–0 Genoa, Genoa 3–3 Fiorentina.
- Lazio qualified for the play-off round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League by winning the 2008–09 Coppa Italia.
- Napoli finished ahead of Sampdoria on head-to-head points: Napoli 2–0 Sampdoria, Sampdoria 2–2 Napoli.
Source: gazzetta.it (in Italian)
|Marco Di Vaio||Bologna|
|10||Alessandro Del Piero||Juventus||13|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Siena||Mario Beretta||Contract expired||27 May 2008||Marco Giampaolo||27 May 2008|
|Cagliari||Davide Ballardini||Contract expired||27 May 2008||Massimiliano Allegri||29 May 2008|
|Internazionale||Roberto Mancini||Sacked||29 May 2008||José Mourinho||2 June 2008|
|Lecce||Giuseppe Papadopulo||Contract expired||23 June 2008||Mario Beretta||23 June 2008|
|Palermo||Stefano Colantuono||Sacked||4 September 2008||Davide Ballardini||4 September 2008|
|Bologna||Daniele Arrigoni||Sacked||3 November 2008||Siniša Mihajlović||3 November 2008|
|Chievo Verona||Giuseppe Iachini||Sacked||4 November 2008||Domenico Di Carlo||4 November 2008|
|Torino||Gianni De Biasi||Sacked||8 December 2008||Walter Novellino||8 December 2008|
|Reggina||Nevio Orlandi||Sacked||16 December 2008||Giuseppe Pillon||16 December 2008|
|Reggina||Giuseppe Pillon||Sacked||25 January 2009||Nevio Orlandi||25 January 2009|
|Lecce||Mario Beretta||Sacked||9 March 2009||Luigi De Canio||9 March 2009|
|Napoli||Edoardo Reja||Sacked||10 March 2009||Roberto Donadoni||10 March 2009|
|Torino||Walter Novellino||Sacked||24 March 2009||Giancarlo Camolese||24 March 2009|
|Bologna||Siniša Mihajlović||Sacked||14 April 2009||Giuseppe Papadopulo||14 April 2009|
|Juventus||Claudio Ranieri||Sacked||18 May 2009||Ciro Ferrara||18 May 2009|
- ^1 Juventus youth sector chief Ciro Ferrara was originally appointed on a temporary basis for the two final weeks of the season. The appointment was made permanent on 5 June 2009.
Number of teams by region
|Region||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Lombardy||3||Atalanta, Internazionale and Milan|
|2||Lazio||2||Lazio and Roma|
|Liguria||2||Genoa and Sampdoria|
|Piedmont||2||Juventus and Torino|
|Sicily||2||Catania and Palermo|
|Tuscany||2||Fiorentina and Siena|
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