Strip Club–Private Dance Edition

Juventus_team_2001_02

2002 was one of the peaks of my football consumption. My wife and I had been married just over a year as that season came to a close, and we had rented the upstairs of a house in downtown Lansing that was, how shall we say, quaint, but it had cable, including Fox Soccer Channel, and that’s all that mattered to me.  Cable was a luxury that would be sacrificed after the birth of our child and moving into a house of our own.

The run-in to that season saw Arsenal stun United at Old Trafford 1-0 to win the title; Valencia win La Liga for the first time since 1971; Real Madrid crush Leverkusen’s dreams hopes for European glory with a memorable strike from Zidane; but most of all it saw Juventus go for the double in Italy.

david_trezeguet

Heading into that campaign, the Old Lady strengthened their squad by signing Buffon, Thuram, Nedved, and Salas (totally forgot he played for Juve), adding to David Trezeguet the year before. Without a title since 1998, Juventus won their 26th Scudetto after Inter threw it away on the last day of the season. Led by Trezeguet’s 24 goals, the Bianconeri nearly won the double, falling to Parma on away goals in the Coppa Italia Final after winning 2-1 in Turin and losing 1-0 at the Tardini. In the Champions League they breezed through the opening group stage (remember the five minutes in Champions League history when there were two group stages before the quarters?) before being drawn into a tough with Bayer Leverkusen, Deportivo La Coruna and Arsenal. Look at the final table and how competitive it was.

Team

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

 Bayer Leverkusen

6

3

1

2

11

11

0

10

 Deportivo La Coruña

6

3

1

2

7

6

+1

10

 Arsenal

6

2

1

3

8

8

0

7

 Juventus

6

2

1

3

7

8

−1

7

Bayer would go on to the final and Arsenal won the Premier League, while Depor would fall to Manchester United. Earning one point against Depor is what scuppered the Old Lady’s chances of progression.

juve away 2003

I couldn’t find a clean pic of the jersey (see above for a pic that I took), much less in long sleeves, so I refer to you to Colours of Football.

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I really hated the kits of the Lotto years (the only other one Lotto got right was the silver jersey of 2000-01), but I remember seeing Juventus run out against Celtic in the all black strip, and I was instantly in lust.  Anyway, what a game, 4-3 to the Scottish team. I found this highlights package, including the goals and the panel remembering that night.  Tough loss but what a game and what an atomsphere.

The jersey was great, with the Lotto patches on the sleeves usually looking out of place, but, in this case, providing a nice accent. The jersey held up well after ten years and I loved wearing it on cool nights. My only complaint is that the cuffs were too big. This one became another victim of my kit purge and I passed it on to Peter Alegri, a lifetime Juventino. Forza Juve!!

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    • palegi
    • December 10th, 2015

    Thank you Austin for the gift. The jersey is great!!!

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