The Reason Why Juventus Were Relegated To The Serie B In 2006

In 2006, Juventus was relegated to Serie B and two Serie A titles that they had won were taken from them. This was a penalty for their involvement in a match-fixing scandal known as “Calciopoli.” Other Italian teams like AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggiana were also involved in the scandal but were only fined and had some points deducted.

Many key players left Juventus afterwards- Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson to Real Madrid, Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimović to Inter Milan, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta to Barcelona and Adrian Mutu to Fiorentina.

Some other ‘big names’ like Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Pavel Nedvěd, David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Mauro Camoranesi remained at the club and took part in the 2006-07 Serie B season.

Despite starting with a 9-point deduction, Juventus finished top of the Serie B with 85 points and Del Piero emerged Serie B top scorer with 21 goals. And so they gained promotion back to Italy’s top-flight division.

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