In 1903 a relative unknown Italian club without any titles receives the black and white shirts of Notts County instead of their own pink ones. They decide to keep them and are really fond of them! In 1905 a team playing in black and white vertical striped shirts called Juventus become the national champions of Italy! The rest is history.
It is just one of many story from the legendary club Juventus. Mobile Wins sportsbook now offers the opportunity to bet on Juventus in all competitions they are active in. The club is called old lady, which is funny since the word Juventus means youth in Latin. They got this name in the 1930’s when their team of players was exceptionally old.
History of the club
Juventus was founded in 1897 as Sport-Club Juventus by some schoolboys from Turin. Two years later the name was changed to Foot-Ball Club Juventus and from 1900 the club competed in the national Italian league. After a financial injection in 1904, the club was able to afford a proper stadium. In 1905, Juventus won its first national title.
In 1906, however, there was disagreement within the club. Some staff members wanted to leave Turin with Juventus. This caused a split within the club. Chairman Alfred Dick left Juventus with a few prominent players and founded football club Torino. This also created the Derby della Mole rivalry, between the two city rivals.
Juventus dominant in the 1930s
Partly because of this, the club would have to wait a long time for a second national title. In 1923, a turnaround came as FIAT owner Edoardo Agnelli took over the club. He also had a new stadium built. In 1925-1926, Agnelli was ‘rewarded’ by Juventus with the national championship. A few years later followed Juventus’ first dominant period in Italian football.
Led by coach Carlo Carcano, they won the title in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934. A fifth consecutive title came in 1935 under Carcano’s successor Benè Gola. Juventus players also formed the basis of the Italian team that became world champions in 1934. After those five titles in a row, Juventus won the Coppa Italia in 1938 and 1942. However, new league success did not follow until well after World War II.
Good years with Boniperti and Parola
In 1950 and 1952, Juventus added two more championships to its trophy cabinet. This included experienced defender Carlo Parola and still young striker Giampiero Boniperti. Parola quit football in 1955 and became coach of Juventus in 1959, where he had been a player for 15 years. Boniperti had become a top striker and club top scorer since his debut in 1946.
By 1958, Juventus had also won Serie A. Under coach Parola’s leadership and with goal scorer Boniperti, Juventus won four more prizes in a short space of time. The national title in 1960 and 1961, and the Coppa Italia in 1959 and 1960. Boniperti was assisted by two fantastic strikers from abroad: Argentine Omar Sívori and Welshman John Charles.
Juventus and the Trapattoni era
After the successes under Parola, Juventus won only one more national title and one more Coppa Italia in the 1960s. In 1971, Czech coach Čestmír Vycpálek was appointed. He led Juve to the Scudetto in 1972 and 1973. In 1975, it was Parola who won his third national title as Juventus coach. In 1976, he handed over the baton to Giovanni Trapattoni, former player and coach of AC Milan.
He immediately had a fantastic first season. Trapattoni led Juventus to both the national title and the first European top prize: the UEFA Cup. Consequently, he had fantastic players at his disposal: goalkeeper Dino Zoff, defenders Claudio Gentile and Gaetano Scirea, midfielder Marco Tardelli and strikers Roberto Bettega and Roberto Boninsegna. Trapattoni added a second league title to his list of honours in 1978 and the Coppa Italia in 1979.
Juventus at the European top with Michel Platini and Paolo Rossi
In the 1980s, ‘Il Trap’ continued where he left off with Juventus. Indeed, he made fans cheer for nine fantastic prizes between 1981 and 1986. Winning Serie A four more times was, of course, fantastic. Above all, though, Trapattoni ensured that Juventus would become the king of Europe in all areas, including six players who became world champions with Italy in 1982 such as Paolo Rossi, and with Michel Platini, 1984 European champions.
In May 1983, Juventus still had lost the final of the European Cup I (later Champions League) to Hamburger SV. However, exactly one year later, the Italian club was in the final of the European Cup (II) for Cup winners. After wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, among others, Juventus was too strong for FC Porto in the final. Moreover, Juventus also won the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool moments later.
Heysel drama over-shadows Juventus unprecedented win
After the Serie A win in 1984, Juventus was allowed to compete in the European Cup I again the following season, the only European top prize now missing from Juventus’ trophy cabinet. In the final, the Old Lady faced defending champion Liverpool, who had won even four times in eight years. The match was overshadowed by a horrific tragedy at Brussels’ Heysel Stadium, now the King Baudouin Stadium.
An hour before kick-off, Liverpool fans broke through a fence and booed Juventus fans. These ran away but came to a concrete wall. Several Italian fans were displaced until the wall gave way, allowing many fans to flee. In the end, the tragedy cost 39 people their lives and English clubs were banned from European football for five years, Liverpool for six.
The match was still played and Juventus won 1-0 through a hit penalty by Michel Platini. Consequently, Juventus became the first club to have won all three European cups, all under the leadership of Giovanni Trapattoni. Later, this feat was repeated by Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United. Juventus also crowned the season with the World Cup for Clubs.
Building up to Champions League with Marcello Lippi
Trapattoni’s departure in 1986 after 10 years as coach also began a period of decline. Serie A was dominated by Napoli with Diego Maradona and AC Milan with the trio Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard. Juventus did still win the UEFA Cup twice: in 1990 under coach and former player Dino Zoff and again in 1993 with Trapattoni.
In 1994, Marcello Lippi became Juventus’ coach. He would become the most successful coach after Trapattoni with 13 prizes. It started with the national title in 1995 and the Champions League in 1996 (final against Ajax) with, among others, a young Alessandro del Piero. In 1997, Juventus lost the final to Borussia Dortmund and to Real Madrid in 1998. However, Lippi still grabbed Serie A twice, the UEFA Super Cup and the World Cup for Clubs. After a short spell at Inter, Lippi returned to Turin in 2001 for three years. He won Serie A twice, the Supercoppa Italiana twice and unfortunately lost another Champions League final to AC Milan in 2003.
Juventus dominates Serie A with Conte and Allegri
After Lippi, another difficult period followed for Juventus. The 2005 and 2006 titles (which included Zlatan Ibrahimovic) were taken away because of the Calciopoli bribery scandal. Juventus was relegated to Serie B. With Del Piero, among others, the club immediately returned to Serie A. After several lean years, Antonio Conte came in as coach in 2011. He led Juventus to three league titles in a row, the third was even the 30th in total.
In 2014 came Massimiliano Allegri and he continued the success story with another five Serie A wins. He also took Juventus far in Europe. However, in 2015, they lost the Champions League final to Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona. In 2017 to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid. That same Ronaldo came to Juventus in 2018 and also took two national titles there. Since 2021, Allegri has been back at the helm.
Rivals of Juventus
Being a successful club obviously means having plenty of rivals. The first was and is city rival Torino FC, after splitting off in 1906. However, there are also two successful clubs nearby that are great rivals, as Turin is close to Milan. AC Milan and Juventus are Italy’s most successful clubs and also have the biggest following. However, Internazionale is also a major rival of Juventus.
Juventus club icons
With so many prizes, there are naturally many legendary players and trainers to point to at Juventus. In the early 1930s, coach Carlo Carcano led the club to four league titles in a row. He did so with players like Raimundo Orsi, Felice Borel, Luis Monti and Virginio Rosetta.
In the early 1950s, Carlo Parola, Giampiero Boniperti and John Hansen, among others, played at the then successful Juventus. Parola led the club to several prizes as coach later in the 1950s. In this, he was assisted by players such as Omar Sívori and John Charles.
The next strong period began in the 1970s with Czech coach Čestmír Vycpálek and then the fantastic era of Giovanni Trapattoni. Key players from that first period of Trapattoni were: Dino Zoff, Roberto Bettega, Claudio Gentile, Michel Platini, Paolo Rossi, Gaetano Scirea, Marco Tardelli and Antonio Cabrini. The latter three even won, along with Trapattoni, all three European top prizes of the time. Sergio Bri and Stefano Tacconi repeated this feat a little later with Juventus.
Lippi, Del Piero, Buffon and Zidane
In 1994 came Marcello Lippi as coach, who of course won many prizes with Juventus. Did you know that Antonio Conte picked up the same prizes as a player, between 1991-2004? It was also the beginning of the career of Alessandro del Piero, record holder in terms of matches (705) and goals (290). However, what about players like Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Gianluca Vialli and Angelo Peruzzi?
In the last 15 years, of course, we had Gianluigi Buffon, David Trezeguet, Andrea Pirlo, the Giorgio Chiellini/Leonardo Bonucci duo, Andrea Barzagli and Paulo Dybala. They won many prizes with trainers Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri.
Retrospective Juventus season 2021/2022
Massimiliano Allegri had thus returned as Juventus coach after two years, replacing Andrea Pirlo. In the league, Juventus could not keep pace with AC Milan and Internazionale. Juventus finished in fourth place with 70 points, far behind the two Milan clubs (AC Milan 86, Internazionale 84).
In the Champions League, Juventus was grouped with Chelsea, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmö FF in the group stage. This fared very well, since Juventus won five of the six matches and became group winners. In the eighth final, they met Villarreal. After a 1-1 in Spain, Juventus gave it away completely at home. In the final quarter, Villarreal scored three times for a 3-0 win. The Coppa Italia was lost to Internazionale in the final and the Supercoppa also went by Juventus’ nose.
Juventus season 2022/2023 outlook
Juventus hope to compete for the Serie A title again this season, facing clubs such as Napoli, AC Milan and Internazionale. In the Champions League, they have failed to make it. There may still be opportunities in the Europa League. In any case, you can bet on Juventus to your heart’s content at betting on football!
Juventus’s team colors are black and white. They are often referred to as “La Vecchia Signora” (The Old Lady) or simply “Juve.”
Juventus has had legendary players like Michel Platini, Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Baggio, Dino Zoff, and more recently, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juventus has won the UEFA Champions League twice, in 1985 and 1996. These victories showcase the club’s success on the European stage and its historic role in Italian football.
The “Derby della Mole” is the local rivalry between Juventus and Torino FC. The two clubs from Turin compete in this historic derby that carries local pride and bragging rights.
The “bianconeri” spirit refers to the sense of identity and unity among Juventus fans. The term reflects the passion and devotion of supporters who rally behind the club’s black and white colors.