The 2006-07 Serie A season began in the shadow of two seismic events in Italia football – the Calciopoli affair that relegated Juventus to Serie B for the first time, and the national team’s stunning World Cup 2006 success.
Having gone to Germany reeling from the erupting scandal, the Azzurri produced a series of sterling displays, full of dogged determination. The run to a fourth World Cup was highlighted by a brilliant win against the hosts in the semi-final and a dramatic penalty shootout victory over France in the final, as Marcello Lippi masterminded an unforeseen triumph.
Back home, the Calciopoli storm was raging and when the dust settled, Juve were demoted from the top flight and four more Serie A clubs were docked points. That left Inter as the team-in-waiting and Roberto Mancini’s side responded with a dominant season, claiming the Scudetto with a 12-point gap on second placed Roma. At the bottom, Chievo, Ascoli and Messina bowed out.
The season was marred by the death of police officer Filippo Raciti in February after violence erupted between supporters of Catania and Palermo. The season was briefly halted, and then ordered to be played behind closed doors, before the authorities relented and allowed football to resume under stricter safety regulations.
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