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After the 2006 Italian football scandal was uncovered by police when a number of illegal telephone interceptions highlighted a network of relations between team managers and referee organizations, a number of teams, including Juventus, were accused of rigging games by selecting favourable referees.
Juventus were given the ultimate penalty when FF prosecutor Stefano Palazzi called for the Italian giants to be relegated to Serie B with a six point deduction. It was one of the biggest scandals in football history and the Old Lady suffered big consequences, but how did they line-up in the second division of Italian football?
Didier Deschamps' side lost plenty of talent because of their demotion to Serie B.
Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson moved to Real Madrid, while Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta went to rivals Barcelona.
Key players like Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Inter Milan and Adrian Mutu left to join Fiorentina, but what remained was a very strong bunch of players worthy of winning any league.
If we look back to when Juventus appeared as a Serie B side on FIFA 2007, the likes of 92-rated Gianluigi Buffon and 87-rated Alessandro Del Piero stand out a mile.
Gianluigi Buffon: (92)
Alessandro Del Piero: (87)
Then you look at the likes of Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet, who were 87 and 89 rated respectively. Not to mention Mauro Camoranesi and the highly rated Valeri Bojinov, who had a potential rating of 93.
David Trezeguet: (89)
Just look at the state of this Juventus side, who in reality stormed the Serie B league, picking up 86 points and losing just four games in 42 fixtures.
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