Juventus are the most famous and best loved club in football-mad Italy. Set apart by their unquenchable desire to conquer, the Old Lady have achieved more SerieA scudetto wins (34) than anyone else, wowing the world with spectacular players, like Platini, Zidane and Del Piero, and some electric team performances. So, what have been the most defining matches in the club's history? Here are seven legendary Bianconeri games that will stay with the Juve faithful forever.
Juventus have often been unlucky in European competition. So, when in the 1993 UEFA Cup final, they went behind to a second minute goal from Rummenigge, things looked bleak. However, they had one genius in their ranks, Roberto Baggio, who lashed home two goals to take the title after Dino Baggio had equalized. Juventus played perfectly throughout. In the second leg, they completed the rout with a 6-1 aggregate score.
ln the 1990s golden era of Italian football, Milan and Juve were huge rivals. Yet, one magical day in April 1997, Juventus astonished the world with a humiliating demolition of Milan. The finishing of Vieri, who scored two excellent strikers goals, and the brilliant dominance of Zidane that day will live long in the memory of all Juventus followers - and even the Milan fans!
The Calciopoli scandal had rocked Juventus and seen them relegated from SerieA for match-fixing. Meanwhile Mancini's lnter were taking advantage and crushing the league. So, when they met again in 2008, everyone thought the result would be a walk in the park. How wrong they were! Goals from Camoranesi and Trezeguet sent the message that Juve were back for good.
From a technical point of view, this Intercontinental final was flawless, with both sides showcasing the best tactical football from either continent. Coming from behind twice, Juve's stars Platini and Laudrup dragged the team to a subsequent penalty victory. What's more, this victory allowed a degree of closure following the tragic Heysel Stadium Disaster months before. On that day, 39 mostly Juventus fans were crushed to death by a collapsing wall as they fled the attacks of onrushing Liverpool supporters. This terrible event never brought the club down, but inspired even more love and devotion from across the football world.
Though frequently vanquished at the final hurdle, Juventus have seemingly always shone in Champions League semi-finals. A classic example came in this 1998 evisceration of French side Monaco. With goals from the mercurial conductor Zidane, who was destined to win the world-cup with France that summer, and the local hero Del-Piero, who scored a blistering hat-trick, Juventus sent their fans into utter delirium. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, as they were undone by Real Madrid in a dour Champions League final.
ln 2003, Real Madrid and their galacticos Raul, Zidane and Ronaldo were setting the world ablaze. No one dared dream that Lippi's new team could upset expectations. But on a sensational night of perfect football in Turin, goals from Trezeguet, Del Piero and Nedved stunned the star-studded Spanish champions into submission.
Reeling from the dismal final defeat the year before, Juventus were a team on a mission in this era-defining Champions League final. A tight game was illuminated by a goal from Ravanelli, before Ajax's Litmanen seized on Peruzzi's error to take the tie to penalties. Such dramatic occasions are where new heroes are born, and, on this the greatest night in Juve's history, it fell to Vladimir Jugovic to hammer in the winning kick. Juventus were the undisputed kings of Europe once again!