2013 UEFA Champions League: Juventus F.C.
The name “Juventus” comes from a Latin word meaning “youth.” This word reflects the founding of Sport Club Juventus in 1897 by a group of students from the Massimo D’Azeglio school in Turin. Juventus FC has been part of Italy’s top league (known as Serie A since 1929) throughout their 115 year history, with the exception of the 2006-07 season. Juventus has won 53 national and international titles including 28 league titles, nine Italian cups (Coppa Italia), five Italian super cups (Supercoppa Italiana), and two Champions League titles.
Their colors are black and white. The team nickname is “la Vecchia Signore” (the Old Lady) or “i bianconeri” (the black-whites).
- Location: Turin, Italy
- Stadium: Juventus Stadium. Opened September 8, 2011. Owned and operated by the team.
- Stadium Capacity: 41,000
- 2011-12 Season: 1st in Serie A, Coppa Italia winners
- UEFA Coefficient: 25th (65.096 points)
- Intercontinental Cup – 1985, 1996
- UEFA Champions League / European Cup – 1984-85, 1995-96
- UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup – 1983-84
- UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup – 1976-77, 1989-90, 1992-93
- UEFA Super Cup- 1984, 1996
- Serie A (28) – 1905, 1925–26, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1966–67; 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12
- Coppa Italia (9) – 1937–38, 1941–42, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1989–90, 1994–95
- SuperCoppa Italiana (5) – 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2012
Current Players to Know
- Gianluigi Buffon – 35 years old. Goalkeeper. Captain of Juve and the Italian National team. 123 appearances for Italy since 1997. Buffon was named Serie A Goalkeeper of the year eight times. He was a member of the 2006 Italian World Cup team.
- Andrea Pirlo – 33 years old. Midfielder. 94 appearances for Italy since 2002.
- Fabio Quagliarella– 29 years old. Forward. Three goals scored in four appearances for Juve this tournament.
- Arturo Vidal– 25 years old. Midfield. Three goals and two assists in six appearances for Juve this tournament.
- Sebastian Giovinco– 26 years old. Forward. Two goals in six appearances for Juve this tournament.
- Giorgio Cheiellini - Center and left back. Began his adult career with Livorno (Serie C1 and Serie B). Played his first Serie A season in 2004-05 with Fiorentina then moved to Juventus where he has been a starter since. Chiellini was named Serie A Defender of the year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He is a regular member of the Italian national squad and was part of the Italian squad that took bronze medals in the 2004 Olympics.
Past Players to Know
- Gaetano Scirea – One of only five players in European football history to have won all international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA and considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time. Scirea wore a Juve jersey from 1974 to 1988. He also made 78 appearances for the Italian national team between 1975 and 1986. He never earned a single red card throughout his career.
- Giampiero Boniperti - Boniperti signed with Juventus at age 16 and played his entire career for the team as a forward/right midfielder between 1946 and 1961. He held the title as highest goalscorer in Juventus history for over 40 years with 182 goals in all competitions. Following retirement, Boniperti served as the club’s President from 1971 to 1990.
- Antonio Conte - Conte is one of the most decorated players in history. He served as Juventus midfielder from 1991 to 2004. During his time as a player, Conte won all possible top tier titles at the club level. He returned to Juve in 2011 as manager.
- Dino Zoff - Zoff played goalkeeper for Juve from 1972 to 1983. He remains the oldest man to ever win a World Cup in 1982 at the age of 40 and holds the record for longest clean sheet in international tournaments at 1,142 minutes between 1972 and 1974. During his career, he appeared for the Italian national team 112 times between 1968 and 1983. Following his retirement, Zoff serves as manager to Juventus, Lazio, Fiorentina and the Italian national team.
Juventus vs. Celtic FC
First Leg: February 12, 2013
Celtic Park, Glasgow – 2:45 ET
Second Leg: March 6, 2013
Juventus Stadium, Turin – 2:45 ET