Juventus is one of the three Italian teams that have won the most trophies in Italy and Europe (the other two being the two teams from Milan, FC Internazionale and Milan AC). Juventus was founded by a group of students of a college in Turin in 1897. The team won the national league (the Campionato) in 1905, but after that victory, it struggled through a series of financial difficulties that kept it without a title for many years.
The fate of the Juventus team turned around in 1923, when the club was bought by the Agnelli family, owners of the FIAT auto company. Thanks to the financial possibilities opened by the Agnellis, Juventus was put in a position to hire great champions and coaches.
Juventus went through a few periods of great success, both domestic and international, listed below:
- Starting in 1930, the team won five consecutive Italian championships.
- Between 1958 and 1961, Juventus won three Italian championships thanks to the “magic trio” of forwards: Italian player Giampiero Boniperti, Welsh player John Charles, and Argentinian player Omar Sivori.
- In the 1980s, with coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Juventus became the first team that won all the world competitions available to a football club.
Juventus won its first European Champions Cup (now called “Champions League”) in 1985 versus Liverpool FC with a penalty scored by French champion Michel Platini. That was a tragic occasion, though: before the match, 39 people died because of incidents among the fans of the two teams.
Under the tutelage of coaches Marcello Lippi, who would lead the Italian national team to a World Cup title in Germany in 2006, and Antonio Conte, the present coach of the Italian team, Juventus won several other competitions in Italy and Europe.
Famous foreign champions who have recently played for Juventus are:
- David Trézéguet (from France, 320 matches from 2000 to 2010)
- Mauro Camoranesi (from Argentina, 288 matches from 2002 to 2010)
- Zlatan Ibahimovic (from Sweden, 92 matches from 2004 to 2006)
- Pavel Nedved (from the Czech Republic, 327 matches from 2001 to 2009)
- Edgar Davids (from the Netherlands, 235 matches from 1997 to 2004)
- Zinédine Zidane (from France, 212 matches from 1996 to 2001)
- Paulo Montero (from Uruguay, 278 matches from 1996 to 2005)
Juventus plays at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. It is not very easy to find tickets for the Juventus games. Contact BV Events if you want to visit the stadium or watch a Juventus game in person!