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    Juventus History

    Post by Admin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:11 pm

    The Early Successes

    Sitting on a bench in Corso Re
    Umberto in 1897, a group of young students from the Liceo D'Azeglio of
    Turin decided to found a sports club whose main aim was to play
    football. Thus was born Juventus Football Club, according to legend,
    just a game, for fun, out of a desire to do something new. Football was
    a sport that was spreading rapidly throughout Europe at the time.


    In
    that period, Juventus, whose first president was Enrico Canfari, played
    against more experienced sides, and yet already in 1905 it won the
    first Italian championship in its history after a thrilling three-way
    final with Genoa and Milanese. Juventus chose Piazza D'Armi as its home
    ground and played for a number of years in a pink shirt. The change to
    black and white came by chance in 1903 following a mistaken delivery
    from England, where the playing strip had been ordered.


    Up
    until the outbreak of the Great War, Juventus had to be content with
    playing a secondary role to the football powers of the era, ProVercelli
    and Casale, but in the immediate post-war period it became a leading
    actor thanks above all to the goalkeeper Giacone and the full-backs
    Novo and Bruna, the first players to earn a place in the national team.
    The president was the poet and man of letters Corrado Corradini, the
    author of the club’s anthem, that lasted until the sixties.


    In
    1923, Giampiero Combi, one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time,
    made his debut in the first team. Edoardo Agnelli, the son of the
    founder of Fiat, was elected president of the club. This was the start
    of a special partnership that was destined to last over time. Given the
    growing number of fans, Juventus moved to the stadium of Corso
    Marsiglia. A team that already included players of the calibre of
    Combi, Rosetta, Munerati, Bigatto and Grabbi was strengthened by the
    arrival of the trainer Jeno Karoly and Hirzer, the inside left forward,
    both Hungarian. In 1925-26, after an enthralling battle with Bologna
    and the final against Albo Roma, Juventus won their second
    championship, the prelude to a cycle of victories that was to bring
    five successive trophies.


    The Juventus trainer of the period was
    Carlo Carcano and the team included legendary players like Orsi,
    Caligaris, Monti, Cesarini, Varglien I and II, Bertolini, Ferrari and
    Borel II. Juventus won continuously from 1930 to 1935 and made a
    decisive contribution to the Italian team that won the World Cup in
    1934. The victories in Italy brought Juventus its first international
    experience, taking part in the European Cup (now known as the Champions
    League), reaching the semi-finals on four occasions. In 1933 Juventus
    again changed its ground: this was the beginning of the era of the
    municipal stadium, built to host the World University Games and where
    the team was to play until the home leg of the 1989/90 UEFA Cup final.


    The legendary cycle

    In
    1947, after World War 2, Giovanni Agnelli became chairman of Juventus.
    The greatest stars of the period were Carlo Parola, the Danes John
    Hansen and Praest and, above all, Giampiero Boniperti, who holds the
    club record for matches played (444) and goals scored (179). The
    victories in the 1950 and 1952 championships were greeted by vast
    crowds of fans. In 1953 Giovanni Agnelli left the chairmanship that
    passed on two years later to his younger brother Umberto. With the
    arrival of Omar Sivori and John Charles, Juventus won the ‘58, ‘60 and
    ‘61 championships and became the first Italian team to be awarded the
    star for having conquered ten national championships.


    After the
    championship victory in 1967, with Vittore Catella as chairman,
    Juventus opened a long cycle of triumphs that began with the arrival in
    1971 as chairman of its most famous champion, Giampiero Boniperti. The
    club won nine league titles in fifteen years ('72, '73, '75, '77, '78,
    '81, '82, '84, '86) and all the European and intercontinental cups.
    During this period, the team was trained by Vycpalek, Parola and
    Giovanni Trapattoni.


    On the pitch, great Italian champions
    (Zoff, Scirea, Tardelli, Cabrini, Causio, Paolo Rossi, Gentile, Furino,
    Anastasi, and Roberto Bettega, our current Vice Chairman), played
    alongside foreign super-stars. Topping them all was Michel Platini. In
    his five seasons with Juventus won two championships, two European
    cups, and an Intercontinental Cup, was top goal scorer three times and
    was voted “footballer of the year” three times.


    These great
    triumphs were followed by a less enthralling period, but that brought
    further victories: in 1990 the UEFA Cup - Italian Cup double and then
    the UEFA Cup again in 1993.


    Recent triumphs

    The
    recent history of Juventus is linked to the work begun in 1994 by the
    present management team of Roberto Bettega, Antonio Giraudo and Luciano
    Moggi under the chairmanship of Vittorio Caissotti di Chiusano (1990 –
    2003). The first step was the choice of the trainer Marcello Lippi.
    After nine years, the Company once again won the championship,
    dominated the Italian Cup and only lost in the final of the UEFA Cup.
    The following year, the club won the only prize missing from its trophy
    cabinet: the Italian Super Cup. Energy was then concentrated on the
    Champions League, the former Champions’ Cup won only once in the past
    on the tragic night in Brussels against Liverpool. Juventus reached the
    Rome final and raised the much-sought trophy by beating Ajax on
    penalties.


    The 96/97 season opened in the best way possible by
    winning the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, thanks to a goal by Del
    Piero, and the European Super Cup against Paris Saint Germain. The end
    of the season brought the team another championship win, the 24th, but
    also the disappointment of defeat in the final of the Champions League
    against Borussia Dortmund. Lippi tried again the following year: the
    club won the Italian Super Cup and the 25th championship, but fell to
    Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League.


    In the 1998/99
    season, just when Juventus was heading the league, Alessandro Del Piero
    was injured, the first of a series of unlucky episodes that accompanied
    the team throughout the season, culminating in the resignation of
    Lippi. In the two following seasons, led by Carlo Ancelotti, victory in
    the championship slipped away in the last game. In June 2001 Marcello
    Lippi returned to the Juventus bench and inaugurated a new series of
    victories. On 5 May 2002, after a thrilling fightback, Juventus
    overtook Inter on the last day and won its 26th championship. In the
    same season, on 20 December 2001, the Company was listed on the stock
    market, taking a major step in the development from a football club to
    an entertainment and leisure group.


    In the 2002/2003 season,
    after winning its third Italian Super Cup, played in Tripoli, Juventus
    also carried off its 27th championship title and reached the final of
    the Champions League, eliminating adversaries of the calibre of
    Barcellona and above all Real Madrid. The return match at the Stadio
    Delle Alpi against the merengues will be remembered for a long time as
    one of Juventus’ best matches. In the all-Italian final against Milan,
    Lippi’s team lost on penalties and was not able to dedicate the cup to
    the memory of Giovanni Agnelli, who had died on 24 January of the same
    year.


    The summer of 2003 started with a particularly significant
    event: on 15 July, the agreement was signed with the City of Turin for
    the 99-year lease of the Stadio Delle Alpi, where the Company intends
    to build its new home. On 24 July 2003 celebrations were held for the
    eighty-year bond between the Agnelli family and Juventus. In August,
    the team was in the United States to play the Italian Super Cup, but
    during the tournament the Company was hit by another loss: Chairman
    Vittorio Caissotti di Chiusano died only a few days before the club won
    the cup.


    His successor as Chairman is Franzo Grande Stevens. The
    Italian Super Cup raised high at the Giants Stadium of New York was to
    be the only trophy in the 2003/2004 season, when the team was hit by
    numerous injuries at key moments, out of the fight for the
    championship, eliminated from the Champions League and beaten in the
    final of the Italian Cup. At the end of the season the Company suffered
    another sad loss: Umberto Agnelli left us on 27 May. The arrival of
    Fabio Capello on the Juventus bench was the final chapter of a story
    begun when, at the age of only 22, he became the youngest Chairman in
    the club’s history.


    Honours


    Italian Championship

    1905 - 1925/26 - 1930/31 - 1931/32 - 1932/33
    1933/34 - 1934/35 - 1949/50 - 1951/52
    1957/58
    (10° Italian Championship)



    1959/60 - 1960/61 - 1966/67 - 1971/72 - 1972/73
    1974/75 - 1976/77 - 1977/78 - 1980/81
    1981/82
    (20° Italian Championship)



    1983/84 - 1985/86 - 1994/95 - 1996/97 - 1997/98
    2001/02 - 2002/03 (27° Italian Championship)

    Champions League

    U.E.F.A. Champions League
    1984/85
    1995/96

    Cup Winners' Cup
    1983/84

    U.E.F.A. Cup
    1976/77
    1989/90
    1992/93

    Intercontinental Cup
    1985
    1996

    Italian Cup
    1937/38
    1941/42
    1958/59
    1959/60
    1964/65
    1978/79
    1982/83
    1989/90
    1994/95

    Italian Super Cup
    1995
    1997
    2002
    2003

    U.E.F.A. Super Cup
    1985
    1996

    Intertoto Cup
    1999

    Records




    Best championship score: 74 points (Serie A 97/98)

    Worst championship score: 29 points (Serie A 38/39 and 61/62)

    Best home match score: 9 - 1 vs Inter (Serie A 60/61)

    Worst home match: 7 - 1 vs Milan (Serie A 49/50)

    Best away game score: 7 - 0 vs Pro Patria (Serie A 50/51

    Best goalscorer: Giampiero Boniperti, 179 goals

    Best seasonal goalscorer: Felice Borel, 32 goals (Serie A 33/34)

    Highest number of appearances: Giampiero Boniperti, 444

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