Fun fact: The club’s late owner Giovanni Agnelli adored Juventus’ name (which is Juventus, for all you non-brianiacs out there), because the letter J is an uncommon letter in the Italian language. Therefore, the only time he would see the letter in the newspapers was when his beloved football club had hit the headlines. He quite liked that.
And below is some more fun facts, opinions and everything in between about Juventus and the letters that define the club.
A is for Alessandro Del Piero
The club’s all-time record goalscorer and appearance maker, it’s pretty fair to say that Alessandro Del Piero is a – if not the – Juventus legend.
B is for Gianluigi Buffon
The best goalkeeper in the history of the club, and the history of football in general. No player has ever won more in a Juve jersey than the incomparable Buffon.
C is for Coppa Italia
After 20-year period without winning a single Coppa Italia, Juve reasserted their dominance in the competition in recents years, taking their tally to an Italian-record 13 titles.
D is for Dino Zoff
Dino Zoff was so good that he lifted the FIFA World Cup as Italy captain at the age of 40. That’s how good he was.
E is for eight in a row
They’re currently aiming to make it nine in a row, but as it stands, Juventus hold the record of winning eight consecutive Serie A titles. From 2011 to, well, right now, La Vecchia Signora have had a stranglehold on the Scudetti – winning title after title after title after title after…you get the picture.
F is for five in a row
The record the current Juventus team broke was in fact also held by Juventus. I Bianconeri’s astonishingly brilliant team of the early 1930s (look obviously I haven’t seen them play but they must’ve been good) won a then-record five consecutive titles between 1931 and 1935. Decent.
G is for Giampiero Boniperti, Gaetano Scirea & Gianni Agnelli
I couldn’t pick one for this as leaving out any of these three would’ve been
H is for Ferenc Hirzer
I’ll tell you who.
Ferenc Hirzer holds the record for scoring the most league goals in a single season for Juventus – 35 in 26 games – and has held said record since 1926. Club legend.
I is for Inter
Those who don’t really know anything about Italian football think that the derby on the peninsula is the Milan derby.
But it’s not.
The derby of Italy is quite literally called the Derby d’Italia, and it’s between Inter and Juventus – the two most successful clubs in Italy, bound together forever by an unwavering hate for one another. I mean, just look up the Calciopoli scandal, and you’ll see why this rivalry is so heated.
J is for Juventus
Because of course it bloody is!
K is for the kit
Due to a weird fear of Americans thinking their kits looked like Foot Locker worker’s apparel, Juventus ruined their kit this year.
Ruined it. Completely.
However, before this season’s monstrosity, Juve kits were widely regarded as some of the nicest in Europe. Better times.
L is for Lo Stile Juve
The much fabled Lo Stile Juve is based on three principles…apparently…and they are as follows: – Elegance.
See ‘G’ for the people that have defined this.
M is for Michel Platini
The most talented footballer to ever play for Juventus – bar none. In a three year stretch between 1983 and 1986, no footballer has ever played better for La Vecchia Signora.
He was so good that he won three consecutive Ballons d’Or and was named (…by me…) as the eighth ?greatest footballer of all time.
N is for Notts County
So we’ve already covered the kit in ‘K’ – and how they’ve ruined it – but what we haven’t covered is its origins.
Wayyyyy back in 1903, when Juventus acutely realised that having a bright pink home kit was a bad idea, they chanced their arms and asked England’s oldest football league club for replacement kits. And because Notts County are sound, they sent over black and white jerseys – free of charge.
Juve appreciated the gesture so much that they invited the now lowly Notts County to play the first game at La Vecchia Signora’s new stadium back in 2011.
O is for Stadio Olimpico
Yes, we know it’s AS Roma and SS Lazio’s stadium, but it’s a stadium which holds a places in the hearts of many Juventini too. As the Stadio Olimpico was the last place Juve lifted the UEFA Champions League, way back in 1996…they’ve lost five finals since…we’ll not talk about that – lets move on.
P is for Pavel Nedved
My personal favourite Juventus player of all time, Pavel Nedved is also the last player to win the Ballon d’Or while at the club.
He did so in 2003, when he was – by quite a distance – the best player in the world (go away Arsenal fans, we don’t want to hear it).
The ‘Czech Fury’, after spending nine years playing for the club, following them down to Serie B and refusing an offer from Inter a few seasons later, is now the vice-chairman of the club’s board of directors.
Q is for Fabio Quagliarella
Let’s be honest, ‘Q’ was pretty slim pickings. But, the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve convinced myself that Fabio Quagliarella is actually deserving of being on this list.
Quags signed for the club at a pretty dark time – when Luigi Delneri was head coach – and provided Juventini with some much needed hope for the future. Yes, that hope would subside when his knee broke into a million tiny pieces…but he returned to full fitness just in time to win three Scudetti at the club.
R is for Roberto Baggio
While Platini is the ‘most talented footballer to ever play for Juventus’, Baggio is probably quite a close second.
Il Divin Codino signed for Juve from Fiorentina in 1990 – a move that caused literal riots in Florence – and went on to star for the club for five years, even winning the Ballon d’Or in 1993.
S is for Scudetto
Juventus have won 37 Scudetti.
YES 37. NOT 35. GET A GRIP.
T is for Giovanni Trapattoni
The most successful manager in the club’s history, following the Milan clubs’ dominance in the 60s, ?Trapattoni made Juve winners again in the 70s.
In two stints at the club – between 1976 and 1986, and 1991 and 1994 – Trap won literally everything. Six Scudetti, two Coppa Italia, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups and the Intercontinental Cup.
U is for Udinese (5 May 2002 title)
Ask an over-25 Juventus fan what their favourite win ever was.
‘Ok…………they said 5th May 2002 win over Udinese.’
That’s the right answer.
This win – coming courtesy of goals from David Trezeguet and Alessandro Del Piero – was enough to snatch the Serie A title away from Inter on the very last day of the season. Juve had to win; Inter had to drop points – both happened and Juve fans rejoiced.
V is for Villar Perosa
Every year since 1955, it has been tradition for Juventus to play against their own Primavera team in Villar Perosa. And that’s because the Villar Perosa, a tiny town southwest of Turin, is the home of the Agnelli family estate.
Imagine having an ‘estate’? Minted.
W is for ‘winning isn’t important, it’s the only thing that matters’
So I’ve written about it in length ?here before, but no matter what I say nothing is going to change; ‘Winning isn’t important, it’s the only thing that matters’ is the club motto – and by Christ do they stick to it.
X is for Juventus x Palace
The slimmest of slim pickings.
Also, controversial opinion, but this ‘collaboration’ was bloody awful. Rancid kit. Next…
Y is for Youth Sector
It’s actually called the ‘Primavera’ but, you know by now, slim pickings for some of these.
Here’s a list of some of the best players to ever come through the Juve youth system:
– Claudio Marchisio.
– Ciro Immobile.
– Paolo Rossi.
– Sebastian Giovinco.
– Raffale Palladino (or the ‘new Marco van Basten’…his official title).
Z is for Zinedine Zidane
Perhaps better remembered for his exploits in Les Bleus of the French national team and Los Blancos of Real Madrid, Ziziou was actually pretty fantastic in I bianconeri of Juventus too.
In fact, Zidane’s ‘peak’ – 1998-2000 for those wondering – was spent at Juve.