Things to Know:
The team was awarded in Bari on May 14th 2006 for the Serie A’s victory. In the same day the biggest issue on Juventus’s history was about to happen. The 2006 Italian football scandal, or Calciopoli in the Italian-speaking world, involved Italy’s top professional football leagues, Serie A and Serie B. The scandal was uncovered in May 2006 by Italian police, implicating Juventus F.C. and other major teams including Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina when a number of illegal telephone interceptions showed a thick network of relations between team managers and referee organizations, being accused of rigging games by selecting favourable referees. The scandal first came to light as a consequence of investigations of prosecutors on the Italian football agency GEA World. Transcripts of recorded telephone conversations published in Italian newspapers suggested that, during the 2004–05 season, Juventus general managers Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo had conversations with several officials of Italian football to influence referee appointments. The name Calciopoli (which could be translated as “Footballville”) is an ironic adaptation of Tangentopoli (“Bribesville”), which is the name that was given to some corruption-based clientelism in Italy during the Mani pulite investigation in the early 1990s. On 4 July 2006, the Italian Football Federation’s prosecutor Stefano Palazzi called for all four clubs at the centre of the scandal to be thrown out of Serie A. Palazzi called for Juventus “being excluded from the Serie A Championship and assigned to a lower category to Serie B with 6 points deducted”, without a specific division stated, while for Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio to be downgraded to last place in the 2005–06 championship and relegation to Serie B. He also asked for point deductions to be imposed for the following season for the clubs (three for Milan and 15 for both Fiorentina and Lazio). The prosecutor also called for Juventus to be stripped of its 2005 and 2006 titles. The sentence was long disputed because of the severity of the punishment meted out to Juventus compared to the other teams involved. According to the court, the conduct of team managers was considered in all cases. While not real match-fixing, it was a violation of sporting principles. In the case of Juventus, their conduct seemed to be designed to influence match results, while in the case of other teams, the evidence against them was not considered as strong. Juventus’ representatives considered this assumption totally arbitrary and argued that the case against them was never proven. The clubs sent down to Serie B were initially expected to have a difficult road back to the top flight. They would have had to finish in the top two of Serie B to be assured of promotion and also had to avoid finishing in the bottom four to avoid being relegated to Serie C1. Juventus, for example, were initially docked 30 points – the equivalent of having ten wins nullified. This made it very likely that they would not return to Serie A until 2008 at the earliest. The point penalty, however, was reduced to nine points, giving Juventus a fighting chance at promotion. They went on to win Serie B in the 2006–07 season to make a swift return to Serie A. The relegation of Juventus also prompted a mass exodus of important players such as Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram and Zlatan Ibrahimović. Some thirty other Serie A players who participated at the 2006 FIFA World Cup opted to move to other European leagues in the wake of the scandal. Juventus’ entire board of directors resigned on 11 May, while Moggi resigned shortly after Juventus won the 2006 Serie A championship on 14 May. On the Borsa Italiana, Italy’s stock market, Juventus shares had lost about half their 9 May value by the 19 May.