La Grande Storia Della JuventusThe 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
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.
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
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
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.
La Vecchia Signora Historical Squads:
The Juventus Squad 1905
The Juventus Squad 1925
The Juventus Squad 1930
The Juventus Squad 1931
The Juventus Squad 1949
The Juventus Squad 1957
The Juventus Squad 1971
The Juventus Squad 1976
The Juventus Squad 1983
The Juventus Squad 1994
The Juventus Squad 2000
The Juventus Squad 2001
The Juventus Squad 2002