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Juventus: A History in Black and White

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Juventus: A History in Black and White

Juventus is one of the most storied clubs in Italy and author Adam Digby does a wonderful job tracing the history of the club.

Starting with the early days of Italian football as it moved from regional leagues to a unified national league to the first period of success for Juvenuts during the 30’s, Digby recounts how the club rose again due to the emergence of the devastating strike force of Charles, Sivori and Boniperti and soared still further under the management of Trapattoni in the 70’s and 80’s. The 90’s saw another golden period which came to a crushing end due to Calciopoli before the Old Lady returned to the top with a new generation of players and the intensity of Conte.

Digby highlights the key protagonists in the club’s history, illustrating how their arrival, performance and demeanor helped shape the club. Things didn’t always go well for the club on the field or in the boardroom and Digby addresses these times. Whenever La Madama struggled a new hero would arise to help lead the team to success and maintain the Juventus spirit.

Digby is a lifelong Juventino and his passion comes through int he book, so it is not an absolutely objective account, but I consider it a strength and the book is a great introduction to the club and I recommend it if you want to learn about one of greats of world football and some critical moments in Italian football history.

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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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