2003–04 Serie A

The 2003/04 season was the 73rd season of the Serie A and launched on 30 August 2003 with the match Reggina Calcio against the newly promoted Sampdoria. The season ended for the 2004 European Football Championship in Portugal on 16 May 2004. The Scudetto, the Italian league titles, won the AC Milan. Descent had the FC Modena FC Empoli and Ancona Calcio. The AC Perugia, which failed in the third round of the UEFA Cup at PSV Eindhoven, had in the relegation match against Fiorentina. Perugia lost to Fiorentina and followed the already established relegated to Serie B. scorer with 24 goals scored season Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan, Alberto Gilardino followed by the AC Parma.

  • 2.1 Relegation Game
  • 4.1 scorers

League reforming

For the season 2004 /05 Serie A should go with 20 clubs at the start.

Course of the season

First leader of the new season was Juventus after a 5-1 opening victory over FC Empoli. The Roma under Fabio Capello sat down early to the table top. Until shortly after the winter break, it was a three-way battle for the Scudetto before Juventus Turin finally had to say goodbye to the championship match with a 0-4 defeat on the 20th match day direct rivals AS Roma. But the Roma could not jeopardize the subsequent title holders AC Milan, was too great a distance, in the meantime was nine points. On the 32nd matchday Milan took a 1-0 victory in a direct duel against eventual runners-up AS Roma, their 17th league title perfectly. At the end of both clubs separated more than eleven points distance. Already on Matchday it came to the Milan derby to the first coach dismissal. AC Milan won 3-1 and caused quite the dismissal of Inter Milan coach Héctor Cúper. He was replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni, who after a good start to the season missed with Inter Milan in the course of the season following the table top and increasingly slipping into midfield threatened. On the penultimate day it came to a direct match between Inter Milan and AC Parma to a qualifying spot for the UEFA Champions League. Inter won 1-0 and moved up to fourth place, the one defended by a 3-2 away victory over Empoli on the final day. For coach Alberto Zaccheroni but this had no effect on a possible future at Milan's traditional club. Team boss Massimo Moratti ended the employment relationship with the master trainer of 1999 prematurely and committed to the new season Roberto Mancini as their new coach.

Italy's representatives in the UEFA Cup were the AC Parma, Lazio and Udinese Calcio. Of the climbers Sampdoria Genoa got off to the best placement, the U.S. Lecce also remained excellent, despite a false start of six defeats in seven games. The third promoted team AC Siena secured also prematurely at 33 Round with a 3-1 success in a relegation battle at FC Modena, in the league, while the losing competitor had to join the in the second division. There, the season also AC Perugia found himself again at the end. Perugia, which was excreted straight into the third round of the UEFA Cup against PSV Eindhoven, had to wait until the 22nd Round of victory. Even longer for a victory waited the Movers Ancona Calcio. On the 29th Round defeated one FC Bologna and secured the first "triple ". Ancona spent the entire season in the relegation zone and had 29 times the inherent " Red Lantern". In addition, one rose with only two wins and 13 points as one of the worst teams in the history of Serie A from.


Insolvency of a tradition Association

The AC Parma still had during the season, sign due to a debt mountain of € and the bankruptcy of the food group Parmalat, which won the majority of the club, insolvency 309.5 million.

Riots in the Roman town of Derby

The Roman town of Derby was canceled due to violent unrest from both Fanlagern on 21 March 2004 and are scheduled on April 14. When the riots more than 176 fans and 153 police officers were injured.

Performance in the European Cup

Unlike in the previous season, as the Serie A of the four semi-finalists presented three teams, cutting off the Italian representative was mixed. No Italian club reached the semi-finals. Lazio Rome adopted as a group Last early in the first round of the UEFA Champions League, Inter Milan was allowed after leaving the UEFA Cup game. There came against Olympique Marseille (0-1, 0-1) in the quarterfinals of the corner. Udinese Calcio bye in round one, the AC Parma emphasized the sail in round three, as at Genclerbirligi Ankara after a 1-0 first leg victory, the resignation was sealed with a 0-3 defeat. In the Champions League, it sat in the quarter-finals for the Italian defending champions AC Milan, despite a 4:1. Victory in the first leg, a 0-4 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna. The Spaniards had already thrown a previous round Juventus out of the tournament.

Final Table

In case of equality, the direct comparison decides

Relegation game

AC Perugia - Fiorentina (0:1, 1:1)

Cross Table

The cross table presents the results of all games this season represents the home team is listed in the left column, the visiting team on the top line.

Spectator 2003/ 04

Top scorers

Scorer in the 2003/04 season was, as in the season 1999/2000, the Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan champions. He was followed by a " newcomer " on Alberto Gilardino, who shot 21 -year-old AC Parma with his 23 matches in the UEFA Cup. He formed together with Adriano, who was signed during the season from Inter Milan, the most prolific strike partnership with a total of 40 hits. The duo Shevchenko / Tomasson managed together on 36 goals this season. Filippo Inzaghi, who with his gates secured the Champions League triumph last season, Milan, came because of a persistent knee injury on only 14 missions, where he scored three goals. The top scorer last season, Christian Vieri could not maintain the high level of the previous year and brought it to 13 goals this season. Roberto Baggio and Andrea Caracciolo secured each with their 12 goals this season Brescia Calcio premature relegation.

Coach dismissals / change

After losing the Milan derby (1-3 ) on Matchday Héctor Cúper was dismissed as manager at Inter Milan. He was replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni, who won the title with Milan in 1999. Zaccheroni made ​​it after a good debut and temporary case of the European Cup places, in a playoff to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, to be achieved. However, he was only entitled to give a brief interlude and had to make Roberto Mancini space for the new season. When the failed ex- champions Juventus coach Marcello Lippi resigned after three years and inherited Giovanni Trapattoni, who in Portugal drew a line after Vorrundenaus after the 2004 European Football Championship. Lippi's successor at Juve was Fabio Capello, who was defeated in the championship race with the AS Roma v AC Milan.

14 of 18 teams alternated during or shortly after the end of the season from their Train team. The climbers AC Siena and Lecce you had to find a new trainer despite relegation for the new season. The AC Chievo Verona lost his coach Luigi Delneri to the Champions League winners FC Porto. Delneri led the team in 2001 in the Serie A and the European Cup twice secured participation. The AC Parma dismissed after failing to qualify for the Champions League and the impending insolvency coach Cesare Prandelli.

Champion team

(in brackets the matches and goals are specified)