Strip Club–One Way Contact Edition

The Old Lady of Italian football came into the 2005/06 season as the defending Serie A champs with an amazing collection of talent: Buffon, Vieira, Emerson, Ibrahimović, Del Piero, Nedvěd, Zambrotta, Camoranesi,  Trezeguet, Mutu, Thuram and Cannavaro plus future stars Chiellini, Marchisio and Balzaretti.  The Black and Whites only lost one league match the entire season in defense of their title.

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Although they had a 10 point lead over Inter and a 12 point advantage over Milan at the halfway point, the title chase went all the way to the end.  With eight matches to go, Juventus were still nine points ahead of Milan but a series of five draws from the Bianconeri in rounds 31 to 35 allowed the Rossoneri to close the gap and, with three matches to go, the lead had shrunk to just three points. Both teams won out and Juventus secured their 29th domestic title.

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Success was not found in the Coppa, as the club lost to Roma in the Quarters on away goals. The tenth victory and the accompanying silver star continue to elude the Italian giants. In the Champions League, the team stormed to the top of a group with Bayern Munich, Club Brugge and Rapid Wien, winning five of the six games.  The Italian champs overcame Werder Bremen on away goals in the Round of 16 and then met Arsenal in the Quarters.  Viera’s return to Highbury was a disaster.  Missing ADP and Nedved, the team surrendered two goals and suffered two red cards.  The teams played out a 0-0 draw in Turin and the Old Lady was out.

Juventus_turyn_sezon_2005_06_original_originalUnfortunately the Calciopoli scandal broke after the season, and the club was stripped of their most recent titles.  Several key players left the squad and those that remained had to fight their way back out of Serie B in the 2006/07 season.  Watching the highlights from that season, the dynamism of the team is stunning to watch and I wonder what would have happened had that team been able to stay together.

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I really like this jersey due to its uniqueness in the pantheon of Juventus kits.  Based on a Wikipedia page provided by Adam Digby (Super Juventus Fan and author of Juventus: A History in Black & White,) red has not been used as the base for a Juventus strip.  Nike designed a jersey using the colors of the Italian flag and the shirt also notes 100 years since their first scudetti win on the front center of the shirt. Unfortunately mine is a knockoff from eBay, and I’m not sure what the material is but the shield is peeling off and the shirt doesn’t breathe at all. On the plus side it’s a hero jersey with Del Piero #10 on the back. Regardless of the quality, I love the red, I love the history and I love Del Piero.

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