One of the biggest, and most successful, football clubs to have come out of Italy is Juventus FC. The black-and-white striped jersey-wearing team are popular throughout the world because of the success that they have had on the field, whilst they have also had numerous quality players appear for them over the years, including some legends of the sport.
The story of how Juventus FC was formed is a good one, as the local merchants who had factories in the small town of Turin in the 1880s decided they wanted a football team, they decided to create Juventus FC in 1897. The famous black-and-white striped kit was the source of inspiration from an English player in the team at the time, as he took the idea from Notts County – who still wear the same colours to this day.
As mentioned, Juventus – who are known by nicknames such as “The Old Lady”, “The Zebras”, “The Girlfriend of Italy” and “The White-Blacks” amongst many others – have been one of the most successful football clubs to have ever been formed in the country.
The club has managed to win the record-most number of Serie A titles, whilst they have also won a plethora of Coppa Italia titles and European competitions.
Juventus currently play their matches at the 41,507-seater Juventus Stadium – which is also known as the Allianz Arena – and have done so since moving there in 2011. They have played at other iconic venues, such as the Stadio Delle Alpi and the Stadio Olimpico.
Best Players & Managers
Juventus FC has had a number of legendary players feature for them throughout the club’s history, which is just one reason as to why they have been able to be incredibly successful on the pitch in regards to winning numerous Scudetto’s.
Legendary figures such as Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Dino Zoff will be known to many football fans as players who spent large portions of their playing days with the Turin-based club; Del Piero is the record holder for most appearances and goals scored.
However, other individuals have included the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Pavel Nedved, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Paul Pogba, Fabio Cannavaro and Roberto Baggio, thus highlighting the talent that they have had at their disposal through the years.
Managers to have proved successful at the club at various moments in history include Antonio Conte, Giovanni Trapattoni, Marcello Lippi and Massimiliano Allegri, with each having won numerous Serie A titles.
Historic & Memorable moments
Memorable moments that involve Juventus largely appear to have happened off the pitch, with various transfer records having been set in the past, whilst there was plenty of controversy surrounding the club less than 20 years ago.
In the 2006/07 season, Juventus would go on to be demoted to Serie B with a nine-point deduction after being found guilty in the Calciopoli scandal. They also lost their 2005 and 2006 Scudettos as a result of the finding. However, they have since bounced back, with the club returning to Serie A the following year and returning to the dominant force they had shown they were.
2001 was a record-setting year for the club in regards to transfers, as they received and paid the largest fees at the time for players. Real Madrid signed Zinedine Zidane for approximately €75 million, whilst they signed Gianluigi Buffon for the record fee involving a goalkeeper at the time. Naturally, those records have since been beaten by other transfers that have taken place.