The Calciopoli scandal of 2006 was severe enterprise.
One of many greatest match-fixing investigations within the historical past of recent soccer ended with a number of golf equipment having the guide thrown at them, and almost put one or two out of enterprise for good.
Two groups had been banned from Europe, Reggina and AC Milan got hefty factors deductions, whereas Juventus – together with Fiorentina and Lazio – had been booted from the highest flight altogether. Solely Juve’s relegation caught after attraction, nonetheless.
As the specter of one other Juve relegation lingers on account of their involvement within the Tremendous League fiasco, it is an attention-grabbing interval in Italian soccer historical past to revisit.
Juventus have been threatened with expulsion from Serie A if they do not withdraw from the Tremendous League.
Actual Madrid, Barcelona & Juventus have refused to desert European Tremendous League and intend to proceed pursuing it in future.
The Premier League will hand substantial fines to Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, Man Metropolis & Tottenham for his or her involvement within the Tremendous League.
Chelsea have retained the Girls’s Tremendous League title in some model, romping to a 5-0 victory over Studying.
It is remembered because the darkest interval in Juventus’ lengthy and illustrious historical past, even when it was a reasonably short-lived one. The knock-on results could be felt for years later, however even a nine-point deduction could not preserve them in Serie B for lengthy.
That they had an exodus of prime expertise, however having simply completed prime of Serie A, there was greater than sufficient left within the tank to fish them out of the hearth. And when the likes of Napoli and Genoa realised they had been going through up in opposition to a crew that also boasted Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero, the grins at Juve’s misfortune rapidly dissipated.
They took simply 4 matches to wipe out the factors deficit that was imposed on them, although they obtained off to a stumbling begin away to Rimini, who now play in Serie D.
Beginning the season with Del Piero up entrance and Chiellini out at left-back, the lesser-known Matteo Paro obtained them off to a robust begin, earlier than Adrian Ricchiuti struck again and secured one of the crucial well-known ends in their historical past.
Life outdoors the highest flight was clearly a tradition shock to Didier Deschamps and his crew, however they did not take lengthy to get going. A 2-1 victory over Vicenze, with David Trezeguet and Del Piero on the scoresheet, obtained the monkey off their again, and so they did not look again from there.
Any questions that Juventus had been there to remain had been just about dissolved by Christmas. The Vicenze win was adopted by seven successive victories wherein they did not concede a single objective – a document run of 712 minutes which nonetheless stands to this present day.
They stuttered over the festive interval, however their high quality obtained them via the opposite facet. You marvel how issues would have gone for Juve had their core group of stars not determined to stay round, however Del Piero and Trezeguet, equipped by the ever-present Nedved, made for a power to be reckoned with.
The trio netted 46 league targets between them as Juventus stormed via their remaining video games. Whereas there have been some hiccups alongside the way in which, they misplaced simply 4 video games from begin to end, and made positive of their promotion with a thumping 5-1 win over Arezzo.
It was arguably their finest efficiency of the season, with Del Piero and Chiellini netting braces to convey the nightmare to an finish. A 2-0 win at residence to Mantova made positive of the title, and Juventus had been again within the big-time as Serie B champions…not that there was an excessive amount of fanfare to their trophy presentation.
Regardless of the threats from Serie A, it appears unlikely Juventus can be again in Serie B any time quickly. However the precedent has been set for what we will count on in the event that they do, and it does not precisely bode effectively for subsequent season’s promotion hopefuls.