When a group of young friends met with a shared passion to create a sports club in the city centre of Turin on November 1, 1897, they had no idea they were establishing what would become the greatest football team in Italy.
From humble beginnings, Juventus – the Latin word for youth – gradually grew into a force which is now the most successful club in Italian football, having spent the majority of their history in the top division, Serie A.
They won their first national championship in 1905, but it wasn’t until Fiat owner Edoardo Agnelli gained control of the club in 1923 and built a new stadium, that Juventus’ success really took hold. A second Scudetto followed in 1925-26 before they won five consecutive titles from 1930-31 through to 1934-35 – a feat they matched this season.
They continued to win league championships, their 10th arriving in 1957-58 which allowed them to add a gold star to the club badge, before Juve transferred their domestic success to the continental stage. They became the first Italian club to win a major European trophy when Giovanni Trapattoni led them to the 1977 UEFA Cup and, with the likes of Paolo Rossi, Zbigiew Boniek and Michel Platini in the side, they secured the European Cup in 1985.
The star names continued to arrive during the 1990s – Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli, Alessandro Del Pierro, Zinedine Zidane and future Spur Edgar Davis to name but a few – and another European Cup was added in 1995-96 along with three more league titles.
A difficult period in the club’s history followed as they were one of five clubs linked to the 2006 Italian football scandal, the result of which saw them relegated to Serie B for the first time and stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Scudettos. But, despite an exodus of top players, Juventus returned to the top flight at the first attempt and were back in Champions League competition by 2008-09.
In September, 2011, they moved into the new Juventus Stadium and, with new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as manager, went unbeaten throughout the 2011-12 season to secure another Serie A title. That was the first of five straight league triumphs, their 2013-14 success being their 30th Scudetto, although attempts to be crowned Champions of Europe again in 2014-15 ended when they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final.
Regarded as one of the most gifted midfielders in Europe, Pogba played seven first team games for Manchester United before joining Juventus in July, 2012. A skilful player with an eye for spectacular goals, he has now won four Serie A titles in four years with Juve and starred in their run to the Champions League Final in 2014-15, losing to Barcelona. A French international with 29 caps to his name.
Highly-rated striker who has capped off his first season at Juventus by finishing as the club’s 17-goal top scorer and helping them to the Serie A title. Started his career with Instituto de Cordoba in his homeland of Argentina before joining Palermo in July, 2012. Arrived at Juve last summer and celebrated his fine season with his first cap for his country in October, 2015.
Five-time championship winner since joining Juventus in July, 2010, having previously featured for the likes of Inter, Treviso, Pisa and Bari. A commanding, tough-tackling centre-half, he has made over 200 appearances for the club, including playing 35 Serie A games this season, more than any other outfield player in the Juventus squad. He won his first Italy cap in March, 2010, and has gone on to play 55 for his country, featuring in their squads at the World Cups of 2010 and 2014 and Euro 2012.
League apps: 513, Goals: 208
Nobody has scored more goals or played more games for Juventus then the great Alessandro Del Piero. During his 19 seasons with the club – 11 as captain – he played 705 matches, scoring 290 goals in all competitions, winning the Italian Footballer of the Year award twice (1998, 2008). He won six Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and the 1995-96 Champions League while with Juve, while also representing Italy at three World Cups and four European Championships, winning the 2006 World Cup.
League apps: 330, Goals: 0
Widely considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game, his career spanned 22 years including 11 highly successful ones with Juventus. Joining from Napoli in 1972, he went on to win six Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia twice and the UEFA Cup in 1977. Zoff played a total of 479 games for Juventus and his 330 Serie A appearances came consecutively – a club record - while he also managed them for two years between 1988-90, guiding them to the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup in his final season in charge. He featured 112 times for Italy, winning the 1968 European Championships and 1982 World Cup.
League apps: 259, Goals: 35
A hard-tackling, technically skillful and elegant midfielder, he was regarded as one of the finest in his position in the world during the early 1980s and won everything there was to win with Juventus. Tardelli scored in the 1977 UEFA Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao to help Juve win their first European title and went on to lift the Cup Winners’ Cup (1984), the European Cup (1985), five Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias during his 10-year spell with the club. He also scored in the 1982 World Cup Final as Italy beat West Germany 3-1.
Juventus opened their new stadium in September, 2011, with a friendly against Notts County, the side which their famous black and white striped shirts come from. Having worn pink shirts for the first few years of their existence, Juventus asked one of their team members, Englishman John Savage, if he had any contacts in England who could supply new shirts. He had a friend in Nottingham who, being a County supporter, shipped out the black and white shirts to Turin – and they have worn those colours ever since.
The opening ceremony match ended 1-1, with our current Academy Goalkeeping Coach Rob Burch playing in goal for the Magpies and saving a penalty – although he was beaten by Luca Toni from the rebound.
In 1985, under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni, Juventus became the first club in the history of European football to have won all three major competitions organised by UEFA - European Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup.
Gianluigi Buffon remains the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in history, following his €53 million transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001. This season he set a new record for the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A history, keeping a clean sheet for over 12 league matches (973 minutes).
Juventus secured their fifth consecutive Serie A title in 2015-16 as their domination of Italian football shows no signs of subsiding. Last summer, they lost the services of three influential players in the form of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez, yet manager Massimiliano Allegri reshaped his squad and moulded them into another championship-winning side.
Incredibly, Juve lost their opening two games of the campaign and three of their first six, but then embarked on a staggering 15-game winning run to climb to the top of the table in February – and they never looked back. In the end, they won 29 of their 38 league games to leave themselves nine points clear of second-placed Napoli.
They have also reached the Coppa Italia final where they are due to face AC Milan on Saturday, May 21, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
In the Champions League, Juventus beat Manchester City home and away as they topped Group D, and led Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate going into stoppage time in the second leg of their quarter-final, only for the Germans to snatch a dramatic late equaliser and then win through in extra time.
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