Posts Tagged ‘ Juventus ’

Juventus Home Shirt 08/09

Juventus’ first season back after the Calciopoli scandal was a relative success, with the Old Lady finishing third and qualifying for the Champions League. The following season, the club improved on their position while giving a good account of themselves in Europe.

The playing staff saw turnover ahead of the 2008/09 campaign with Birindelli leaving the club after a decade of service and almost 300 appearances. Zalayeta also departed, although his career never hit the anticipated heights. To help reinforce the squad, Mellberg, Amauri, and Poulsen were signed and Marchisio and Giovinco returned from loan.

The Bianconeri challenged for the scudetto before falling away in the spring, which eventually cost Ranieri his job. Alessandro Del Piero led the way with 13 league goals, supported by Amauri and Iaquinta, with Trezeguet out for most of the season. In the Coppa Italia, Juventus overcame Catania and Napoli before losing out to Lazio in the Semi-Finals. The Biancocelesti would go on to win their fifth Coppa title.

Juve were back in the Champions League and, after breezing through the Qualifying Round (5-1 over Artmedia Petržalka), the Bianconeri met Real Madrid on Match Days 3 and 4, winning both matches. The Old Lady won the home match 2-1 and then went to the Bernabeu where Alessandro Del Piero turned in a performance for the ages, scoring both goals. The Black and Whites topped the group but fell to Chelsea in the Round of 16.

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Real Madrid 0-2 Juventus

Moving on to the kits, Nike took over the contract for the Italian club in 2003 and had it until adidas became the manufacturer in 2015. This one was a solid effort, not the best but far from the worst, with the 06/07 and 14/15 versions the best in my opinion.

Juventus’ traditional black and white stripes were accented by bright yellow accents at the collar, cuffs and bottom hem. Yellow was used instead of the red from the previous season and I preferred this look, so much that I bought a replica version. The cuffs and hem were particularly interesting as the yellow bits were sown on under the main fabric to create a flare effect. There several different iterations of the kit as it was worn with white shorts and socks, white shorts and black socks and black shorts and socks. Have to say I liked this last version the best.

The replica had an embroidered crest with a thick heat transfer of the New Holland logo. There were some additional touches with the word BIANCONERI and two stars on the inside neck tape and JUVENTUS in gold across back neck.

As I was researching I noted that the league version of the shirt had stripes throughout the back of the shirt while the Champions League version had a black box for the name and number set. At first I thought I was imagining things but the Switch Image Project confirmed this slight alteration.

I ordered this shirt with JUNIOR 7 on the back. While I don’t wear it as much as I used to (read why here), it still hangs in my closet and maybe one day I’ll get it framed for the mancave I dream/talk about.

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Check out more posts on kits from clubs and countries around the world on the Strip Club page. And yes. It’s safe for work.

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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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For a full list of my book reviews, please visit the Recommended Reading page. And reach out to me with your suggestions as well.

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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Juventus Strip Club posts

 

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Juventus Dollar Date (2012/13 Preview)

Juventus FC Dollar Dance (2011/12 Preview)

One Way Contact Edition (Juventus Away 2005-2006)

Private Dance Edition (Juventus Away 2001/02)

Bed Dance Edition (Juventus Away 1997-98)

Poppin the Cherry Edition (Juventus Home 1995-1997)

Strip Club–Private Dance Edition

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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.

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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.

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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!!