Tucked away in north-west Italy in September 2006, Italy greats Gianluigi Buffon and Alessandro del Piero step out in entrance of 10,000 followers for the outlet league sport of the season.
Juventus are embarking on their first campaign in Serie B, Italy’s 2nd tier, and the 1-1 blueprint in opposition to minnows Rimini modified into as soon as one other low point in a scandal that shook European football.
„That humiliation like a flash turned infuriate and we had the prefer to portray we had been stronger than what had befell to us,“ Juve season tag-holder Maurizio Giovannelli tells BBC Sport.
„It one way or the other gave us the power to form an unprecedented winning generation which is never any longer yet done as we snarl time, to be playing in Champions League finals and switch out to be, all over all all over again, one in all the pinnacle 5 groups in the sector.
„The most major driving factor for this unprecedented winning cycle is without a doubt that sense of humiliation we felt taking place to Serie B.“
Half of that humiliation modified into as soon as having two first-role finishes stripped from them – together with the 2006 Serie A title, which modified into as soon as handed to Inter Milan, the group they face on Sunday. This week, Juventus made one other charm to contain that trophy taken a long way flung from the Nerazzurri.
So, how did the 35-time Italian and two-time European champions discontinue up being relegated 13 years ago?
Alongside AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio, Juventus had been one in all the final observe clubs in Italian football to face allegations.
In scenes which could no longer explore out of role in a gangster film, transcripts from phone faucets had been printed.
At one discontinue of the line had been key figures in Italian football, at the other had been refereeing officials. They had been allegedly being compelled to favour decided clubs, with the claims most productive uncovered unintentionally as prosecutors investigated claims of doping at Juve.
Juve traditional manager Luciano Moggi modified into as soon as at the centre of the scandal, though he has always denied any wrongdoing. He, Italian football federation (FIGC) president Franco Carraro and vice-president Innocenzo Mazzini ended up resigning from their roles.
„The story modified into as soon as love the eruption of a volcano,“ Roberto Beccantini, who worked as a correspondent for La Stampa newspaper in Italy all thru the scandal, tells BBC Sport.
„Juventus is a membership that divides Italy extra than any other, and one which always had energy with the Agnellis as owners.
„Also, it fervent Moggi.
„And produce no longer neglect that 2006 modified into as soon as the twelve months of the World Cup in Germany. A lot of the politicians, journalists and showmen decided to cheer in opposition to our national group.“
The Azzurri made gentle of the troubles and went your entire technique that summer time, lifting the World Cup for the fourth time.
‚It modified into as soon as love a gang war‘
The story of Moggi and Juventus chairman Antonio Giraudo being investigated by prosecutors is terribly outstanding.
They had allegedly detained referee Gianluca Paparesta and his two assistants in a changing room after Juve’s 2-1 loss at Reggina in November 2004, and had been stated to contain berated the officials for no longer favouring Juve all thru the sport. They hiss this modified into as soon as the case.
Italian newspapers also printed wiretaps of Moggi allegedly making an try to position stress on the vice-chairman of Uefa’s referees‘ commission and of calls made to executive minister Giuseppe Pisanu.
„It modified into as soon as love a gang war,“ says Beccantini.
„The shock at the time is unassuming to imagine. Half the nation modified into as soon as delighted that Juventus had been punished, while the other half of – the Juventina – modified into as soon as mad and spoke of conspiracy.
„Despite the indisputable reality that we contain had scandals love doping, faux passports and making a bet, I believe this is the final observe wearing scandal the nation has considered.“
For his allotment, Moggi modified into as soon as handed a lifestyles ban from Italian football.
|Original punishment||Final punishment||Other punishments|
|Juventus||Relegated to Serie B, -30 points||Relegated to Serie B, -9 points||Stripped of 2004-05 Serie A title, downgraded to bottom of 2005-06 desk|
|AC Milan||-15 points||-8 points||Deducted 30 points from 2005-06 season|
|Fiorentina||Relegated to Serie B, -12 points||-15 points in Serie A||Out of 2006-07 Champions League|
|Lazio||Relegated to Serie B, -7 points||-3 points in Serie A||Out of 2006-07 Uefa Cup|
|Reggina||-15 points||-11 points||€100,000 brilliant|
‚The cardboard Scudetto‘ – archaic wounds reopened
While Buffon, Del Piero, Giorgio Chiellini, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet – all world stars and among the most primary of their generation – decided to stay with Juve in the 2nd division, plenty of mountainous-establish avid gamers had been picked off by Europe’s elite clubs.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira joined rivals Inter Milan for a combined £23m, Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson went to Valid Madrid for a total of £13.7m, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta joined Barcelona for £13m, while Adrian Mutu went to Fiorentina for £5.5m.
Despite beginning bottom of the desk on minus nine points, Juve misplaced true four of their 42 fits all season, rock climbing to the pinnacle to change into champions and return to Serie A at the most major try.
They’re going to play desk-topping Inter Milan on Sunday (19: 45 BST) in a match with an engaging backdrop after Juve’s resolution this week to realize a brand unusual pitch to the Italian Olympic Committee’s Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport tribunal to strip Inter of the 2005-06 title.
Juventus done high that twelve months however had the title revoked. Second-positioned AC Milan had been also docked points, which technique third-positioned Inter had been declared champions.
Giovannelli says Inter had been awarded the „cardboard Scudetto“ and that they had been „never punished“ for claims made in opposition to them in later years. They hiss any wrongdoing.
Beccantini provides: „The competition between the 2 is terribly no longer easy and runs very deep. Inter didn’t deserve the Scudetto of 2006.
„Moggi’s defence lawyers stumbled on – a pair of years later – phone calls between of us at Inter and referee designators.
„This didn’t basically mean guilt however it without a doubt would had been sufficient to steer decided of the awarding of the championship to Inter.
„Juventus does no longer demand for the Scudetto of Calciopoli to be returned. They most productive demand for it to be a long way flung from Inter, who produce no longer deserve it.“
Info of the Calciopoli scandal listed here had been first published by BBC Sport on 14 July 2006.