Group Stage Roundup The group stage of this season's Coppa Tradizione has come to a close. Here's how things turned out: First, let's do a Serie-by-Serie breakdown to see how each league performed: Serie A: 6 in first, 1 in second, 3 in third, 1 in fourth Serie B: 2 in first, 5 in second, 1 in third, 2 in fourth (Inside Serie B recap from heznfire can be found here) Serie C: 0 in first, 2 in second, 4 in third, 4 in fourth Serie A vs. Serie B: 6-2-5 Serie A vs. Serie C: 9-3-1 Serie B vs. Serie C: 7-2-3 Serie B played outstanding, matching Serie A with 7 teams advancing and nearly downing the top-tier league head-to-head. The gap between the two Serie leagues appeared to be closing last year, and now Serie B is on the verge of outperforming Serie A in a future Coppa. Serie C lagged behind in third, but managed to send 2 teams through. Groups B, D, and the shorthanded H finished in A-B-C order. Key Takeaways 1) The vaunted "Group of Death," otherwise known as Group A, lived up to its hype. The two Serie A clubs finished in third and fourth, while former Serie A vet kaptainkracker1 and Dinamo Moscow took the group with 3 hard-earned wins. 2) The Moscow Machine, aka shiftee and CSKA Moscow, continued their group stage dominance. shiftee is the only manager to have won his group each season, and did so with authority in scoring 12 goals. He is now 12-0-0 in group play in 4 Coppa seasons, yet has never made it to the Quarterfinals. 3) hokie79 is still the little brother to HokieNYC. Despite both finishing with 6 points, and Fulham even upsetting Sunderland, it was Fulham who finished third and Sunderland in first. Looks like hokie79 will have to put this shirt back on. 4) kaptainkracker1 wasn't the only former Serie A veteran to win his group. snake3249 lead Sao Paulo to the top of Group F with 3 victories. The Brazilian club's 10 goals was second-most in the group stage, with Luis Fabiano leading all players with 6 goals. 5) Despite getting placed into the "Group of Life" in Group G, Broncos218 and Werder Bremen didn't get by easy. The slumping club had two 1-goal wins and a draw to win the group, while redwings8831 and LA Galaxy had their hopes dashed in a final day thrashing against Santos FC and Roger. 6) With 4 Serie A teams failing to advance, the top league matches their high from the Season 3 Coppa. And with 7 teams advancing from Serie B, the mid-level league shattered their previous high of just 4 from a season ago. 7) Thankfully, with Friz and Spartak Moscow being forced to miss the knockout stage and therefore this season's Coppa entirely, the rest of us only have to deal with 2 remaining Moscow clubs. Exactly what kind of training are you guys putting your players through up there? Lady Byng Trophy In hockey, the Lady Byng trophy is given to the player who shows the best sportsmanship. When hokie79 laid down after going up 4 against danwin and Athletic Club on the final matchday, hokie79 stuck to his sportsmanship ideals rather than attempting to score once more. Despite the relaxed rules regarding scorelines in the Coppa, Fulham was so set on only winning by 4 that it cost the club a trip to the knockout stage. So as compensation, Fulham will have to have to settle for the Lady Byng Trophy. Biggest Matchday 3 Group-Changers Stade Rennes 2-0 PSV Eindhoven With Serie C's Stade Rennes and Isaac Oyer facing off against RedAL925, a PSV Eindhoven win was expected and would have led the Serie A side to the next stage. But wait, it's the Group of Death! No result comes easy, and Stade Rennes proved their worth in this match. Goals in the 70th and 80th minutes was all Stade Rennes needed, as the French club finished in second with 4 points, 1 ahead of PSV Eindhoven. B. M'gladbach 3-0 TSG Hoffenheim In the shortened Group H, a Matchday 1 draw between B. M'gladbach and Bologna meant rschwep and @BigSmooth would have their fate in the group determined by goal differential, assuming they each would win their second match. With both clubs wanting to face the Group G runner-up, the 3 goals from B. M'gladbach in the final matchday was one more than Bologna could manage against newcomer LAC27 and TSG Hoffenheim. Everton 2-0 VfB Stuttgart Entering the match, Everton and Geneseo98 had 3 points, while Frenchie1916 and VfB Stuttgart had 2. The German club needed a victory, but a goal in the 7th minute for Everton set the tone early on. VfB Stuttgart were unable to recover, and now find themselves with more time for golf. That's it for this season's Coppa group stage roundup. Be on the lookout for the Round of 16 preview, which will be released closer to the round's opening date (July 11th).