2004–05 Serie A
The 2004–05 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) was the 103rd season of top-tier Italian football, the 73rd in a round-robin tournament. It was expanded to contain 20 clubs, which played 38 matches against each other, rather than the 34 matches in previous seasons, while relegations were reduced to three. The Coppa Campioni d'Italia was presented to the winners on the pitch for the first time.
|Champions||Not awarded (Juventus were stripped of their title)|
|Goals scored||960 (2.53 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Cristiano Lucarelli |
|Highest scoring||Parma 6–4 Livorno|
The first two teams qualified directly to UEFA Champions League, teams ending in the third and fourth places had to play Champions League qualifications, teams ending in the fifth and sixth places qualified to UEFA Cup (another spot was given to the winner of Coppa Italia), while only the last three teams were to be relegated in Serie B, the Italian second division, following a regulations change.
Juventus finished as champions; however, they were later stripped of the title due to their involvement in the Calciopoli. Runners-up Milan were also implicated in the scandal and that season's title was not awarded to any club. Udinese qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history. Palermo, in its first Serie A campaign in over 30 years, finished in sixth place, qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the first time in its history. Roma qualified for the UEFA Cup as the runners-up in the Coppa Italia because the cup winner, Internazionale, had already qualified for the Champions League.
Two teams, Brescia and Atalanta, were directly relegated to Serie B, while the third relegation place was to be decided among three teams (Fiorentina, Bologna and Parma), counting only the so-called classifica avulsa; that is, the table composed solely by the six matches between the three teams. Bologna and Parma had fewer points, and played the relegation tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was won by Parma, who were defeated 0–1 at home but won 0–2 away in the return match. This method of classifying teams on equal points totals was abolished for the 2005–06 season.
Personnel and sponsoring
(*) Promoted from Serie B.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Juventus||38||26||8||4||67||27||+40||86||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|3||Internazionale||38||18||18||2||65||37||+28||72||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|5||Sampdoria||38||17||10||11||42||29||+13||61||Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|8||Roma||38||11||12||15||55||58||−3||45||Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|13||Lazio||38||11||11||16||48||53||−5||44||Qualification to Intertoto Cup third round|
|18||Bologna (R)||38||9||15||14||33||36||−3||42||Serie B after tie-breaker|
|19||Brescia (R)||38||11||8||19||37||54||−17||41||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).
- Juventus were stripped of the title during the 2005–06 Serie A season, because of the 2006 Italian football scandal
- Roma gained entry to the 2005–06 UEFA Cup as 2004–05 Coppa Italia runners-up: champions Internazionale qualified to the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League.
- Lazio gained entry to the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup after Messina and Livorno renounced.
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 qualification to Champions League group stage|
|Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|Qualification to UEFA Cup first round|
|Relegation to 2005–06 Serie B|
|10||David Di Michele||Udinese||15|
|11||Alessandro Del Piero||Juventus||14|
|13||Valeri Bojinov||Lecce, Fiorentina||13|
Number of teams by region
|Region||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Lombardy||4||Atalanta, Brescia, Internazionale and Milan|
|2||Tuscany||3||Fiorentina, Livorno and Siena|
|3||Emilia-Romagna||2||Bologna and Parma|
|Lazio||2||Lazio and Roma|
|Sicily||2||Messina and Palermo|
References and sources
- "Norme organizzative interne della F.I.G.C. - Art. 51.6" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
- Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio 2006, Panini Edizioni, Modena, November 2006