Pupils of the Lyceum named after Massimo D’Agélio founded the Juventus Sports Club in Turin in 1897. Two years later, it was renamed as Juventus FC. In 1905, the club won the first championship title.
Finally, Juventus started to play. Enrico Canfari talks about the first friendly matches: “Football Club “Torinese ”made us an offer to try their hand against them. We didn’t believe that we could adequately hold matches with real football players who are physically stronger and more powerful than us. The team lost their first fights, but each player received individual skills, the players learned to work with the ball. Very soon, the guys were able to improve teamwork. We began to accept the challenges of our rivals, then we invited some to the fights ourselves. It was necessary to finally establish itself in Turin, but this required a permanent football uniform, but which one? Made of cotton, flannel or wool? In the end, they chose pink cotton shirts, which we sneaked before 1902, by which time they had faded beyond recognition. ”
In 1899, the name of the Turin team underwent minor changes: “Juventus Sports Club” became the “Juventus Football Club”. Since 1900, the players began to take part in the championship. The first official match is dated March 11th. The meeting with Torinese ended with the defeat of the debutants. A year later, Juventus reached the semifinals, and in 1903 and 1904 – lost twice in the final of Genoa.
Championship 1905 was successful for black and white. A new popular form, which was brought from the distant Nottingham, was of that color. The position of the goalkeeper held Durante, an artist by profession. Armano and Mazzia played defense; Valti, Dzhakkyone and Dyment were midfielders, and the top five attacks were Barberis, Varetti, Forlano, Squire and Donna. At first, the Turints won in the group of the Piedmont region. Then two wins over Milanese and a draw with Genoa came. Prior to that, the Genoese were able to take only a point from Milan. As a result, Juventus became the champion, who turned out to be stronger than opponents from Liguria. Scudetto in those days was not yet instead the Football Federation gave a plate.
The sponsor and president of Juve at the time was Alfred Dick. The club has increased thanks to foreign workers who worked in its textile factory. The team almost won the championship in 1906, but the players refused to play in the final against Milanese. They demanded to fight in neutral territory, and not in Milan. A large number of foreigners led to the fact that the team began to friction. Dick soon left the presidency and left for Torino, taking good football players with him.
Shame of Maifredi
The 1990 World Championship ended in the Apennine Peninsula. In the “Juventus” still played Toto Skillaci, who became a star. The second player from the post-Soviet space, Aleinikov, was acquired. After a heavy defeat in the Italian Super Cup (1-5 from Napoli), the team started well in Serie A, beating Inter and Roma. In December, great hopes appeared for the season 1990–91. The club has affected some changes: Luca Cordero di Montezemolo became executive vice president. The team has been significantly updated: a new coach, Gigi Maifredi, an outstanding player Roberto Baggio, German midfielder Thomas Hessler, Brazilian defender Julio Cesar, Di Canio, defenders Luppi and De Marci, young promising rising stars Corini and Orlando have appeared. Juventus sold the Portuguese Barrosh and Zavarov. Milan slowed down the bianconeri, and then the Turints lost to Sampdoria at a party. The team dropped out of the title competition. At the end of the season, for the first time, they could not even qualify for the European competition, finishing in seventh place. In the Cup Winners’ Cup, the footballers beat the Bulgarian team Sliven and the Austrian Vennu. In the quarterfinals, the Italians were stronger than the Belgian Liege, but they failed to cope with Barcelona in the semifinals of the tournament.
Return of the Ladder and the purchase of Kohler
In the summer of 1991, Giovanni Trapattoni sensationally returned to the post of coach. The team has undergone changes: Hessler and Fortunato left Juve, and the Germans Kohler and Reuter, Carrera, Conte and the young reserve goalkeeper Peruzzi joined the bianconeri. With a strengthened defense, Trapattoni quickly returned the club to a leading position. After a draw with Milan, the team showed stability, but lost to Sampdoria and tied the other two matches, allowing Milan to come off. Team finished season with second place. In the Italian Cup, “Juventus” achieved more tangible results after passing in the semifinal of “Milan” in Turin, thanks to the goal of Skillaci (the first meeting ended with the score 0-0). In the final, Parma performed better and won the Italian Cup.
Vialli, Roberto Baggio and the UEFA Cup
Juventus approached the 1992–93 seasons in many ways with the same game plan as in the past. Among the big names that left the club were Skillaci, Tacconi and Julio Cesar. Gianluca Vialli arrived from Sampdoria, and Möller, Platt and Ravanelli were acquired to strengthen the attack. To strengthen the protective rears was bought by Dino Baggio. Peruzzi got a place in the main team, an experienced Rampulla remained in reserve. However, Juventus was not as stable as last season. Milan scored a lot of points, but Juve could not find their game. The defeats in Florence and Foggia forced the Bianconeri to focus on the UEFA Cup. Things went much better there: after the victory over the Cyprus “Anorthosis”, the Greek “Panathinaikos” and the Czech “Sigma Olomouc”, the “bianconeri” reached the quarterfinal, where in March they beat the glorious “Benfica” in which Paolo Souza shone. In the semifinals, it was the turn of “Paris Saint-Germain”, where Weah performed. The French lost at home and away. The third UEFA Cup added to the Juve trophy box after the team defeated Borussia Dortmund. In the championship, which was won by Milan, Juventus took the fourth place, skipping ahead of Inter and Parma.
The 1993–94 seasons for the Trapattoni team began convincingly: a victory over Sampdoria was won, in which the famous Gullit played. In October, the derby was dominated by a score of 3-2. Not knowing the defeat from the teams from Milan, the Bianconeri remained at the top thanks to goals from Roberto Baggio, Möller and Ravanelli. After an excellent start in the second part of the season, “Juve” lost to “Milan”, which comes first. Mainly due to this defeat, the Rosenerry won their title. In the final part of the championship 19-year-old Alessandro Del Piero made his debut for the first team, having played a few games and scored his first goal against Genoa. Excellent ending of the season, crowned with 1-0 victories over Inter and 6-1 over Lazio. The team won second place.
New coach and new stage
The arrival of Andrea Agnelli at the end of the previous season brought major changes to Juventus activities at all levels. Work has begun on the restructuring of the board of directors. Giuseppe Marotta, who a year earlier replaced Alessio Secco as the sports director of the club, was appointed head of the sports department and also assumed the role of general manager. The position of sports director passed to Fabio Paratici. Before the new leadership, the first important question was posed – who will lead the team that is behind the EuroCup and needs to be completely restructured. After weighing the pros and cons, the choice was made in favor of Antonio Conte. Previously working in several “small” Italian clubs – “Bari”, “Siena”, “Atalanta”, Antonio’s greatest achievements were exits with his teams from Serie B to Serie A. With teams like “Juventus”, as a coach, Conte He worked and tasks similar to those that always stand in front of “Juve” did not solve. At the same time, the Earl spoke of his impeccable reputation and charisma, conquered on the field as team captain. It is alleged that Agnelli personally insisted on Conte’s candidacy as head coach of Bianconeri, giving Antonio a complete blank for the formation of a new winning team.
The first acquisition of Juventus in the offseason 2011 was Andrea Pirlo. Milan refused to offer his veteran, who missed many matches of the previous season due to injuries, a new contract. Juve’s offer was the best for the legendary Italian – so Pirlo got Old Signoret for free. Hardly anyone at that moment could have imagined how crucial this transfer would be. Similarly, Michele Pazienza and Reto Ziegler joined the club – nevertheless, none of them managed to win a place for themselves in the basis of the team. What can’t be said about other recruits of the club? The Swiss player Stefan Lichtsteiner, who had spent the last championship in Lazio, moved to Juventus. From Bayer, in spite of Bavaria’s substantive interest, Chilean Arturo Vidal moved to Juve. In search of a forward, the gaze of the leadership of Turnnitsky fell on Rome – or rather, on the leader of the local “Roma”, Mirko Vucinic. Finally, Marotta bought the rights to Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri and Simone Pepe. Toward the end of the transfer window, the club acquired two flank players – Marcelo Estigarribia and Alghero Elia.
Left the team mainly midfield players: Felipe Melo went to rent in “Galatasaray”, Mohammed Sissoko moved to “PSG”, Thiago Mendes, as a free agent, registered in “Atletico”, Alberto Aquilani returned to “Liverpool”, then to move to “Milan”. “Juve” parted with the defenders of Salihimidzhich and Gryger. Jovinco went to the condominium in Parma, and Jorge Martinez, acquired a year earlier for 12 million euros, and was rented by Cesena. In total, over the season, the club spent more than 100 million Euros on transfers, earning a little more than 20 on sales. Only successful performances on the domestic arena could recoup such expenses.