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Who and what links Spurs with Juventus?

01 August 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday’s clash with Juventus at Wembley will represent only the third time we’ve faced the famous ‘Old Lady’ in our history.

We met the reigning Serie A champions as recently as last summer during our pre-season International Champions Cup campaign in Melbourne, Australia, but you have to go all the way back to May, 1960, for our first encounter with the Bianconeri.

One of two post-season friendlies played by Bill Nicholson’s side after a third place finish in the First Division in 1959-60, the other being a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on May 2, we visited Juve on May 25, 1960, but suffered a 2-0 defeat in front of a crowd recorded as being 40,000-strong. Our team was: Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower, Norman, Marchi, Medwin, White (Harmer), R Smith (Saul), Mackay, Jones.


The aforementioned International Champions Cup outing (pictured, above) was one of two matches we played Down Under last summer and ended in a 2-1 defeat on July 26. There were 31,447 people inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground as Erik Lamela cancelled out early goals from Paulo Dybala and Medhi Benatia for our particularly young side, but we were unable to fashion an equaliser and Juve ran out 2-1 winners. Our team was: Vorm, Trippier (Walkes 63), Ball (Amos 79), Carter-Vickers, Miller (Yedlin 46), Mason (c, Winks 46), Wanyama, Son (Lamela 46), Carroll (Edwards 63), Chadli (Onomah 46), Janssen (Harrison 63).

Four players, meanwhile, have been on the books of both Juventus and Spurs during their careers.


Edgar Davids (pictured, above), the legendary former Dutch international midfielder, joined us from Inter Milan in 2005 and played 44 times in our colours over the next 18 months, bringing his vast experience to our side and also adding his name to the scoresheet away at Wigan Athletic in November, 2015. He had been with Juve between 1997 and 2004 and won three Serie A titles with them (1997-98, 2001-02 and 2002-03) plus the Italian Super Cup in 2003.


Our former captain Tony Marchi (above), normally utilised as a half back, netted seven goals in 260 senior outings in our colours between 1950 and 1965. That spell was broken up when Juventus swooped for his services during the summer of 1957 and we received a club record transfer fee at the time of £35,000. He was loaned out to AC Lanerossi Vicenza for the 1957-58 season and to AC Torino for the following campaign before returning to us during June, 1959, without playing a game for Juve. He subsequently appeared in our European Cup Winners' Cup Final-winning side of 1963.


Spanish attacker Yago Falque (above) was on the books of Juventus as a youngster and joined us, initially on loan, from the Italian side in August, 2011. He never made a senior appearance for Juve but played 11 times for our first team, his debut coming against PAOK Salonika in the Europa League in September, 2011, with his last game coming away at Everton in December, 2012 – the one and only time he featured in the Premier League. He had loan spells at Southampton, Almeria and Ray Vallecano before leaving us for Genoa in 2014.


Swiss international left-back Reto Ziegler (above), meanwhile, made 35 appearances for us after arriving from Grasshopper Zurich in 2004, scoring in a 5-2 home win over Everton on New Year’s Day, 2005. He spent time on loan at Hamburg, Wigan Athletic and Sampdoria before joining the Italian side permanently in 2007 and enjoying a successful four-year spell with them. Juve bought him in 2011 but he never played a competitive game for them, although he did feature against AC Milan in the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy in August, 2011, and the TIM Trophy the following pre-season. He spent time out on loan at Fenerbahce, Lokomotiv Moscow and Sassuolo before returning to Switzerland with FC Sion in 2015.

In addition, a former coach also connects us with Juventus. Ex-Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Bury player Jesse Carver took over as coach of Juve between 1949 and 1951, with the team winning 51 of their 76 games during his time at the helm. A former Netherlands national team boss, he later managed West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City before Bill Nick made him his first appointment to his coaching staff at White Hart Lane after taking over as manager. His tenure at the club was short-lived, though. Having arrived during November, 1958, he had left by the end of March, 1959.

This weekend, we renew acquaintances with Juventus, having been invited by Relevent Sports to face the Italian giants in a pre-season clash at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, at 5.30pm on Saturday. Tickets are available here - adults from £24, juniors from £14.