2012–13 Serie B
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: 16 of which returning from the 2011–12 season, 4 of which promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and two relegated from Serie A. Puma replaced Nike as manufacturer of the official Serie B match ball, a relationship that continues today.
|Champions||Sassuolo (1st title)|
Livorno (by Play-off)
|Goals scored||1,149 (2.55 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Daniele Cacia|
|Biggest home win||Brescia 5–0 Crotone|
Sassuolo 5–0 Cesena
|Biggest away win||Spezia 0–6 Novara|
|Highest scoring||Cittadella 2–6 Novara|
|Longest winning run||5 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||12 games|
|Longest winless run||9 games|
|Longest losing run||6 games|
The league featured two clubs relegated from Serie A: Novara returned to the second division after only a single season in the top flight, whereas 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. 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.
Changes from last season
From Serie B
- Promoted to Serie A
- Relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione
To Serie B
- Relegated from Serie A
- Promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione (Girone A)
- Promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione (Girone B)
Stadia and locations
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Reggina||Roberto Breda||End of contract||30 June 2012||Before the start|
of the season
|Davide Dionigi||3 July 2012|
|Cesena||Mario Beretta||End of contract||30 June 2012||Nicola Campedelli||1 July 2012|
|Sassuolo||Fulvio Pea||End of contract||30 June 2012||Eusebio Di Francesco||1 July 2012|
|Varese||Rolando Maran||Signed by Catania||30 June 2012||Fabrizio Castori||1 July 2012|
|Empoli||Alfredo Aglietti||End of contract||30 June 2012||Maurizio Sarri||1 July 2012|
|Modena||Cristiano Bergodi||End of contract||30 June 2012||Dario Marcolin||12 July 2012|
|Padova||Alessandro Dal Canto||End of contract||30 June 2012||Fulvio Pea||1 July 2012|
|Grosseto||Francesco Statuto||End of caretaker spell||30 June 2012||Francesco Moriero||1 July 2012|
|Cesena||Nicola Campedelli||Sacked||10 September 2012||21st||Pierpaolo Bisoli||11 September 2012|
|Grosseto||Francesco Moriero||Sacked||1 October 2012||20th||Mario Somma||1 October 2012|
|Pro Vercelli||Maurizio Braghin||Sacked||15 October 2012||18th||Giancarlo Camolese||15 October 2012|
|Novara||Attilio Tesser||Sacked||31 October 2012||20th||Giacomo Gattuso||31 October 2012|
|Novara||Giacomo Gattuso||Sacked||18 November 2012||21st||Alfredo Aglietti||18 November 2012|
|Grosseto||Mario Somma||Sacked||18 November 2012||22nd||Lamberto Magrini||19 November 2012|
|Padova||Fulvio Pea||Sacked||17 December 2012||5th||Franco Colomba||17 December 2012|
|Grosseto||Lamberto Magrini||Sacked||18 December 2012||22nd||Leonardo Menichini||18 December 2012|
|Pro Vercelli||Giancarlo Camolese||Sacked||3 January 2013||21st||Maurizio Braghin||3 January 2013|
|Spezia||Michele Serena||Sacked||4 January 2013||12th||Gianluca Atzori||4 January 2013|
|Vicenza||Roberto Breda||Sacked||28 January 2013||20th||Alessandro Dal Canto||28 January 2013|
|Grosseto||Leonardo Menichini||Sacked||10 February 2013||22nd||Francesco Moriero||11 February 2013|
|Spezia||Gianluca Atzori||Sacked||23 February 2013||13th||Luigi Cagni||23 February 2013|
|Ascoli||Massimo Silva||Sacked||20 March 2013||16th||Rosario Pergolizzi||20 March 2013|
|Modena||Dario Marcolin||Sacked||20 March 2013||12th||Walter Novellino||20 March 2013|
|Padova||Franco Colomba||Sacked||20 March 2013||8th||Fulvio Pea||20 March 2013|
|Ascoli||Rosario Pergolizzi||Sacked||13 April 2013||19th||Massimo Silva||13 April 2013|
|Varese||Fabrizio Castori||Sacked||17 April 2013||7th||Andrea Agostinelli||17 April 2013|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Sassuolo (C, P)||42||25||10||7||78||40||+38||85||Promotion to Serie A|
|2||Hellas Verona (P)||42||23||13||6||67||32||+35||82|
|3||Livorno (O, P)||42||23||11||8||77||47||+30||80||Qualification to promotion play-offs|
|19||Vicenza (R)||42||10||12||20||41||58||−17||42||Relegation to Lega Pro Prima Divisione|
|21||Pro Vercelli (R)||42||8||9||25||37||67||−30||33|
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; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
- Novara was docked 3 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
- Ascoli and Varese were docked 1 point due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
- Modena and Reggina were docked 2 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
- TER: 11pts ; BAR: 10pts ; PAD: 8pts ; CRO: 2pts
- Bari was docked 7 points: 2 points due to financial irregularities and 5 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
- Crotone was docked 2 points due to financial irregularities.
- CES: 8pts ; CIT: 5pts ; JST: 2pts
- No relegation playoffs will be held as Virtus Lanciano is more than 4 points clear of 4th-last place.
- Grosseto was docked 6 points due to the 2011 Italian football scandal.
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.
- As of 13 May 2013.
- 24 goals
- 22 goals
- 21 goals
- 20 goals
- 19 goals
- 18 goals
- 17 goals
- 16 goals
- 15 goals
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