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How Juventus Lined Up In FIFA 07 After Being Relegated To Serie B

Jack Kenmare

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How Juventus Lined Up In FIFA 07 After Being Relegated To Serie B

It remains one of the biggest scandals in football history.

In 2006, Italian giants Juventus were relegated to Serie B when a number of illegal telephone interceptions highlighted a network of relations between club officials and referee organisations.

A number of clubs, including Juve, were accused of rigging games by selecting favourable referees. The Calciopoli match-fixing scandal was born.

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Image credit: PA

It rocked the footballing world. Juventus were given the ultimate penalty when FF prosecutor Stefano Palazzi called for the Italian club to be relegated to Serie B with a nine-point deduction.

Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi recently opened up on almost ending his life following the scandal.

"I was ashamed even to walk down the street and at that moment I contemplated many things, even suicide," said Moggi in the Netflix documentary Bad Sport.

"It's as if I was at the top of a tree and everyone below was taking aim, ready to take shots at me. The first 10 days were horrific.

"Television stations, radio and newspapers were constantly talking about 'the scandal etc', but I never took advantage of anyone or anything.

"Being portrayed as a thief was really painful. I felt really beaten down, like an entire house had crashed on top of me."

As a result, the club 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 joined Barcelona.

It didn't stop there. Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined great rivals Inter Milan and former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu left to join Fiorentina.

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Image credit: EA Sports


But what remained was a strong group 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 country mile.

Gianluigi Buffon: (92)

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Image credit: EA Sports

Alessandro Del Piero: (87)

Looking at that team, the likes of Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet, who were 87 and 89 rated respectively, also stand out alongside Mauro Camoranesi and the highly-rated Valeri Bojinov, who had a potential rating of 93 in-game.


David Trezeguet: (89)

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Image credit: EA Sports
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Just look at the strength and depth in this Juventus side, who stormed the Serie B league, picking up 86 points and losing just four times in 42 games.

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Image credit: EA Sports

The greatest Serie B side of all time? Almost certainly.

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Topics: Football, FIFA, Serie A, Juventus

Jack Kenmare
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