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- An incredible amount of nine Juventus players were nominated to the prestigious Golden Ball award in 2005. The nine nominated Juventus players were: Gianluigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pavel Nedved, Lilian Thuram, Patrick Vieira and David Trezeguet.

- In the 2005-2006 season Juventus set a new Serie A record by winning their nine opening games of the Serie A.

- Former Juventus director Antonio Giraudo and club doctor Riccardo Agricola were acquitted of doping-related charges in the appeals court. The two were accused of administering a club-sanctioned drugs programme in which Juventus players were supplied with illegal performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals, including EPO, between 1994 and 1998. While Giraudo was acquitted in court in November 2004, Agricola was found guilty under Italy's "sporting fraud" laws which were introduced to criminalise drugs cheats and sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison. However, both the accused were found not guilty in Turin’s Appeals Court after the judges decided that it could not apply law 401 of 1989 ("sporting fraud") in this instance of drug use at the club.

- In May 2006 56 000 specators took farewell with the Delle Alpi. Juventus fans finally flocked to the sold-out Stadio Delle Alpi for the game against Palermo. The Turin arena was famously unpopular with supporters and rarely managed attendances of more than 30 000, but the club managed to sell out the arena for the last home match of the season. Juventus then moved to the Stadio Olimpico while they hope to build a new and smaller stadium inside the Delle Alpi.

- Five Juventus players were named in Marcello Lippi's World Cup winning squad in 2006. The five players were Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mauro Camoranesi and Alessandro Del Piero.

- Juventus can only sell a maximum of 18 000 season tickets in the Stadio Olimpico.

- During the summer of 2006 Gianluca Pessotto fell from a window of the Juventus office and was found clutching a rosary. The newly appointed Juventus team manager suffered multiple fractures and was in a serious condition at a Turin hospital after it was understood that he fell from a height of around 15 metres. Pessotto, who had recently hung up his boots as a player, is understood to have firstly hit a parked Alfa 147 and then a Lancia Phedra as he plunged to the ground. Pessotto suffered a number of fractures, but survived.

- Giovanni Cobolli Gigli was elected as the new President of Juventus after the Calciopoli scandal in 2006.

- The Italian Football Federation assigned the 2005-06 Scudetto to Inter in the aftermath of the Calciopoli verdicts. The championship was won on the pitch by Juventus, but the Turin team were stripped of their 2004-05 and 2005-06 successes after being found guilty of sporting fraud. Milan came second, but were also punished as part of the probe. In a note, they explained that the title was assigned to Inter because they were the highest ranking team in the standings that had not been punished in the match-fixing case. The FIGC also decided that the 2004-05 Serie A title will remain unassigned after it was revoked from Juventus.

- Juventus were the only club in the Calciopoli scandal to take firm action in removing the directors accused of putting pressure on referees and the authorities to favour certain teams. The famous ‘Triade’ of Luciano Moggi, Roberto Bettega and Antonio Giraudo were removed from the club.

- In October 2006 Del Piero scored his 200th goal for Juventus. He scored the goal at home against Frosinone.

- In January 2007 Del Piero made his 500th Juventus appearance. Now in the glorious history of Juventus there are only two players ahead of him, Giuseppe Furino and Gaetano Scirea.

- In December 2006 Juventus-Cesena was postponed after two Juventus youth team players died in a tragic accident. The unfortunate victims of this tragic accident were forward Alessio Ferramosca and goalkeeper Riccardo Neri, both aged 17. The teenagers drowned in a lake at the Vinovo training centre in Turin, apparently when trying to recover some footballs that had fallen into the water during the team's Christmas party.

- The original Calciopoli trial had inflicted more severe handicaps on the sides, as Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio were demoted to Serie B with penalties of 30, 12 and seven points respectively. Milan stayed in the top flight with a 15-point penalty. These verdicts were cut on appeal so that only Juventus remained in the Second Division with a 17-point penalty. Fiorentina and Lazio returned to Serie A, starting from –19 and –11, while Milan went back into the Champions League through the preliminary round and began the campaign from –8 points. After the final verdict from the CONI Arbitration Juventus had to start with -9 points in Serie B.

- Juventus still won the Serie B with 85 points. 6 points ahead of Napoli and 7 points ahead of Genoa in third place.

- In the 2005-2006 season, in a desperat attempt to fill up the stadium, fans could buy a season ticket at the Delle Alpi for only 19 Euros. Juventus made a really unique offer dedicated to female fans and to children under 13. 7,500 season tickets were reserved at the incredible price of 1€ per match, 19€ for the whole season. The promotion didn't help much as the Delle Alpi remained half empty.

-Some of the famous Juventus fans are Luciano Pavarotti, Isolde Kostner, Jean Alesi, Flavio Briatore and Eros Ramazzotti.

-Midfielder Matteo Paro entered the history books when he scored Juve's first ever Serie B goal.

-A Juventus fan is usually called Gobbo by the opponent fans. Gobbi is the plural form and is a negative word. The word gobbo means hunch-back or a person with a crooked back like old people.

-The animal depicted in the Juventus logo is a zebra.

-The word Juventus is latin and means youth. The founders of the club in 1897 were young students and they thought that the word youth was a nice name for their new club.

-In May 2005 Juventus took Press Silence to a new level by locking everyone out of their final training session before the game against Milan and refusing to name the squad. Juventus had banned their players and staff from speaking to the Press in protest at what they deemed to be a conspiracy to damage the club. On the eve of the Scudetto showdown with Milan, they refused to name the squad travelling to the San Siro and any new injury concerns. Juventus took this decision after the use of TV evidence to ban Zlatan Ibrahimovic for three games and the transmission of Fabio Cannavaro’s home video showing him attached to a drip before Parma’s 1999 UEFA Cup Final appearance. The fact that the video tape was anonymously handed over to a television station just days before the May 8 showdown with Milan had aroused suspicions. Why did nobody show this video when Cannavaro played for Parma and Inter? Luciano Moggi has hinted that he believed Sky Italia, with its strong business links to Milan, had sought out the footage of Ibrahimovic striking Ivan Cordoba in order to ensure the player would miss the big game.

- In April 2005 the international Tribunal of Sport ruled that Juventus could not have their trophies taken away after the doping trial. The CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) asked for advice from the Lausanne tribunal and was told that Juventus are not culpable on a sporting level. The Lausanne tribunal expressed that the use of pharmaceutical substances that are not expressly banned by sporting law and that are not similar to illegal substances cannot be punished by disciplinary action. This means that Juventus did not contravene the anti-doping laws and therefore could not have their trophies taken away, nor be docked points. There were fears that once the Turin trial found chief of medical staff Riccardo Agricola guilty of administering excessive pharmaceutical substances, the titles won between 1994 and ’98 would be confiscated.

- In March 2005 the Juventus club coffers were boosted by a £76m deal with Tamoil, making them the top earning European side from shirt sponsorship. Juventus signed a five-year contract with the petrol company to sponsor their shirts in all competitions from July 2005, expanding on their previous agreement on Champions League and Coppa Italia jerseys. Libyan company Tamoil also have an option to extend the deal for another five years for an extra £90m should the co-operation be deemed successful. The deal ensures Juventus are the European club with the highest income from shirt sponsorship. According to Sporteconomy, Juventus will earn £15.2m per season, considerably more than second-placed Bayern Munich’s annual income of £11.7m from T-Mobile. Siemens provide Real Madrid with £9.7m per season, while Manchester United pick up £9m from Vodafone.

- The Juventus Primavera squad made history in February 2005. Juventus managed to win the prestigious Viareggio youth tournament for the third successive year. No other club had previously managed such an achievement in the competition’s 57-year history. The competition is the most prestigious youth tournament in the World.

- Gianluca Zambrotta was among several top Italian players who were in the Maldives for their Christmas holidays when the tidal wave struck in December 2004, but they escaped unharmed. The strongest earthquake in the last 40 years sparked giant tidal waves in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day, killing thousands in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Somalia and the Maldives. Several Serie A players were in the area for the Christmas break and there were fears they might have been caught up in the disaster. Alessandro Nesta was able to fly out early, but his Milan teammate Paolo Maldini and Juve’s Gianluca Zambrotta were stranded for most of the day. Zambrotta was already at the airport when the disaster struck. He saw the flooded landing strip, but was fortunate to be on the other side of the island awaiting their flight. Inter defender Marco Materazzi, Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi, Livorno’s top scorer Cristiano Lucarelli and Perugia patron Alessandro Gaucci were also in the Maldives when the disaster struck.

- In December 2004 Nicola Legrottaglie netted an unwanted award when he was named as the biggest flop of 2004. The central defender was assigned the ‘Bidone d’Oro 2004’ after listener votes compiled by Radio 2 Rai programme Catersport. Legrottaglie, who succeeded former Milan player Rivaldo, had a nightmare time with Juventus in the 2003-2004 season.

- Honorary President Umberto Agnelli passed away in May 2005 at the age of 69. The Fiat president had recently known that he had a serious illness and lost his battle. Umberto Agnelli was born in Lausanne, in Switzerland, the first of November in 1934. His leggendary brother Giovanni Agnelli passed away the year before. The Agnelli family represent the Juventus history and the two brothers Giovanni and Umberto are the two most important persons in the history of the club.

- The visitor stand at the Stadio Delle Alpi has a capacity of 3600 spectators. Each team has to offer the away team at least 5% of their total capacity. The Delle Alpi stadium has a capacity of around 63 000 spectators.

- Five Primavera youngsters made their first team debut in the 2003-2004 season. The five youngsters were Bartolucci, Boudianski, Palladino, Benjamin and Chiumiento. The Juventus Primavera team was very strong that season and had many talented players.

- Juventus is the second richest club in the world. Manchester United maintain their position as the world's richest soccer club by revenue for the seventh year, according to accountants Deloitte & Touche LLP. Manchester United had revenue of 251.4 million euros in fiscal year 2002-2003. Second on Deloitte's Football Rich List was Juventus with revenue of 218.3 million euros. The main reason for Manchester United beating Juventus are their stadium revenues. Manchester United's matchday income of 101 million euros is over three times greater than Juventus who have a poor average attendance.

- Welsh striker John Charles passed away in February 2004 at the age of 72. The former Wales international managed to score 93 times in 155 matches for Juventus, and is widely regarded as one of the best foreign strikers to have played in the Serie A. John Charles was known as "il gigante buono" (the gentle giant) during his time with Juventus. This was because he was the real example of fair play. Charles was never booked or sent off in his career.

- Paolo Montero is the player that has been sent off most times in Serie A history. In the 2003-2004 season Montero received his 15th red card since arriving to Italy. Juventus fans have a slogan: Montero, picchia per noi!

- Midfielder Manuele Blasi tested positive on a drug test on the 14th of September 2003 after the Serie A game between Parma and Perugia. The 23-year old was at the time on loan at Parma. The Juventus owned midfielder was banned for six months after he tested positive for nandrolone.

- The Juventus directors lost patience with Edgar Davids in January 2004 and loaned him out to Barcelona. Edgar Davids is a great player, but he is also known for a bad temper and has been involved in many negative episodes during his time at Juventus. He was accused of beating up his girlfriend in Amsterdam. He was also accused of beating up two persons in Milano. He was suspended by the Italian Football Federation for using drugs and was found drunk in a bar in London. All these things made the Juventus directors lose their patience with the player. A great player with a bad attitude, but we will still miss him.

-Juventus set a new record in the 2003-2004 season for the biggest winning margin in the UEFA Champions League ever. Juventus trashed Olympiakos 7-0 at the Delle Alpi stadium. Since the Champions League started in the 1990's no team had ever won with a seven goal margin in the competition. David Trezeguet also made it in the history books that night as he scored the 3,000th goal since the Champions League's inception.

- Libyan international midfielder Saadi Gaddafi stepped down from the Juventus board in the summer of 2003, clearing the way for him to play for Perugia. Gaddafi, whose family's company Lafico own 7.5% of Juventus shares, had to step down as the Italian League prohibit any footballer from playing if he owns shares in another club. Saadi is the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

- Marcello Lippi stepped down as Juventus Coach and took the job as the new Italy Coach in the summer of 2004. Lippi won numerous honours during his two spells with Juventus. He’s led the club to five Italian titles, one Champions League trophy, one Italian Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, one European Super Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

- Current Juventus Coach Fabio Capello has played 239 games and scored 41 goals for the club. Capello won 3 Serie A titles with Juventus as a player. As a Coach he has won the Serie A title 4 times with Milan and 1 time with Roma. Capello also won the Champions League and the European Supercup with Milan. He has also won La Primera Division with Real Madrid.

- Juventus legend Antonio Conte left Juventus in the summer of 2004 after 13 years with the club. The midfielder was signed by Juventus from Lecce in 1991. He played 419 games and scored 44 goals for Juventus.

- A tournament called Mundialito per club (World cup for clubs) was arranged in Milano in 1983. Juventus, Inter, Milan, Flamengo and Penarol participated. Juventus won the tournament after beating Flamengo 2-1 in the final in front of 80.000 spectators at the Meazza stadium. The goals were scored by Michel Platini and Zbigniew Boniek.

- Despite the myth, recent figures show that more people in Turin support Juventus than Torino. The difference is that Juventus fans are often Italian and non-Italian immigrants to Turin, while the long-established Torinese tend to support Torino.

- Juventus got their jerseys from Notts County in 1903. Some times when Notts County are playing well in their games, the fans sing "Its just like watching Juve! Its just like watching Juve!" to the tune of Blue Moon.

-Juventus have lost 5 of their 7 Champions League finals. The defeat against Milan in 2003 was the third consecutive loss in a Champions League final. Winning European finals has turned out to be almost impossible for Juventus, who tend to dissapoint their fans in the last decisive game of a succesful campaign.

-A fan paid 3500 Euros to watch the Champions League final between Milan and Juventus in 2003. The ticket was sold for the incredible price on an Internet auction on Ebay.

- After Juventus lost the 2003 Champions League final against Milan, Juventus rented the whole back page on the Italian sport newspaper Gazzetta della sport, it sounded like this:

LA COPPA E' ANDATA AL DIAVOLO
(it's an italian saying which means 'the cup is gone to devil' , which is the same of ''the cup is gone to hell'' in english, but diavolo(devil) is also the nickname of acmilan)
-COMPLIMENTI AL MILAN
(congratulations to acmilan)
IL PROSSIMO ANNO PUR DI PRENDERE LA COPPA SIAMO DISPOSTI A SCENDERE ALL'INFERNO
(the next season to get the cup we're ready to go down in hell!)

-There was a record crowd and take for Juventus-Real Madrid in 2003. Juventus reported a record take at the Stadio Delle Alpi of 3.1 million euros (nearly US$3.5 million) as all 67,229 tickets were sold out seven days before the second-leg semifinal of the Champions League. Juventus had a great audience also in TV. The Delle Alpi game had an audience of 14.267.500 spectators on Italian TV.

-Juventus won 2-0 in a very bad tempered derby against Torino in 2003. Four players were sent off during the game. Referee Massimo De Santis had to send off Torino trio Cristiano Lucarelli, Luca Mezzano and Carlos Marinelli. De Santis also dismissed Juventus's Igor Tudor.

-Juventus midfielder Mauro German Camoranesi chose to play for Italy instead of for his native country Argentina in 2003. It had been speculated for months which country Camoranesi would choose to play international games for. Camoranesi has Italian grandparents, both an Italian and an Argentine passport, and since he never had played for Argentina he could freely choose which country to play for.

-Over 100 000 people paid their respects to Giovanni Agnelli by visting his chapel in January 2003. Marcello Lippi, his staff, the players and the directors were among the vistors. The popular club patron Giovanni Agnelli, who was also the head of the Fiat automobile company and one of the most influential men in the country, died at the age of 81 after a long fight against cancer. The Duomo church in Turin was full and a huge crowd had gathered outside during his funeral. Among the many hundred celebrities present at the funeral were Giovanni Trapattoni and former Juventus players Claudio Gentile and Michel Platini. Also the entire Ferrari staff was present including Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher.

-Juventus played 17 consecutive away games in the Champions League without winning. After Juventus beat Dinamo Kiev away in March 1998, they had to wait until they met the same team in November 2002 to celebrate after an European away game.

- Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company owned by Al Saadi Gheddafi owns more than 6% of the Juventus stocks. Al Saadi Gheddafi, the son of the Libyan leader, is a big Juventus fan and entered the Juventus board in december 2002. He left the board when he was signed by Perugia in 2003. The Agnelli family still owns over 58% of the Juventus stocks.

- Dutch Midfielder Edgar Davids was suspended from football after beeing caught in a drug test after Udinese-Juventus the 4th of march 2001. Davids tested positive for use of the steroid nandrolon, but his sentence was reduced to 6 months.

-Fighting broke out between Juventus players and Juventus fans in november 2000 after Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League. It was at 5 in the morning at the Caselle Airport in Turin that dissapointed fans turned up to protest against the dissapointing loss in Athens against Panathinaikos. 3 Juventus supporters screamed at Van Der Sar first, and then against Zidane. The frenchman became angry and was then hit by a fan and throwned to the ground. Witnesses tell that Fonseca and Montero then intervened and a fan was hit by a punch from Fonseca. The police had to stop the riot and escort the players safely to their homes.

-Only 237 spectators watched Juventus at home against Sampdoria in the 2001-2002 Coppa Italia game. Cold weather, live coverage on TV and the poor interest in the Coppa Italia were given as explanations for only 237 spectators showing up. Never before have so few fans turned up to see Juventus in Turin. The previoulsy negative record was 561 spectators, also this time in a Coppa Italia match. While in the Coppa Italia game against Reggina in the 2002-2003 season only 399 spectators turned up.

-Sunday Oliseh was the first african player to play for Juventus.

-Edwin Van Der Sar was the first foreign goalkeeper bought by Juventus. A few weeks after the signing of the dutchman, Juve also bought young swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

-Juventus played 55 consecutive European cup games from 1994 to the defeat against Manchester United. Nobody has ever done better.

-Felice Placido Borel, one of the best attackers in Juve's history, set a new scoring record when he in the 1932-33 season scored 32 goals. The record lasted for 26 years before it was beaten with one goal by Angelillo from Inter.

- Juventus, Ajax, Barcellona og Bayern Munchen are the only teams who have won all of the 3 European cups.

-Juventus won 5 Serie A championships on a row during the period 1930-35. Carcano was the manager.

-Juventus is the team who have won most Scudetti(27) and Coppe Italia(9) in Italy.

-Giovanni Agnelli, "L'Avvocato", was with Juventus for approximately 50 years. 7 years as president and the rest as president of honour. He has won 17 scudetti, 7 coppe Italia and everything there is to win in Europe along with the World Club Cup.

-Juventus has qualified for semifinals in the European cups 17 times. 7 times in the Champions league.

-According to a survey made the 5 of june 1995, there are 1442 Juventus Clubs in the World.

-Centro Coordinamento Club for Juventus has over 300.000 members.

- In 1986 a picture arrived to the official magazine, Hurrà Juventus, of a supporter who had coloured his Fiat 600 black and white to celebrate "Il Scudetto". This supporter was Michelangelo Rampulla who later became a Juventus player.

-In the season 1976-77, Juventus won "Il scudetto" taking incredibly 51 of 60 points.

-In the 1985-86 season Juventus wasn't allowed to play The European Supercup final. Reason: The English teams were suspended due to the Heysel tragedy and thereby Everton(winner of the Cupwinners cup) wasn't allowed to play Juventus(winner of the Champions League). The final was never played.

-In 1926 before the rematch between Juventus and Bologna, manager Karoly died of a heartattack.

-In 1985 Juventus was awarded a trophy for beeing the first European club to win all of the three European cups. (Champions League, Cupwinners cup and UEFA cup).

-Juventus and Inter are the only two Italian teams who always has played in Serie A. This is why they call the match "Il derby d'Italia".

-Giampiero Boniperti, born on the 4th of july 1928, is the player who has played most Serie A games for Juventus(444).

-Alessandro Del Piero is the player who has scored most goals for Juventus.

-Giovanni Trapattoni is the coach who has coached Juventus for most games. He has been on the bench for 402 games through his 13 seasons as a Juventus coach. On 2, 3 and 4 th place we have Heriberto Herrera with 162 games, Parola with 160 games and Carcano with 151 games.

-The most used pet names for Juventus are "La Vecchia Signora", "La fidanzata d'Italia" and "Juve".

-The word Juventus is Latin and means youth.

-Stadio Comunale was inaugurated june 29 in 1933 for the UEFA cup game Juventus-Ujpest 6-2. There were 22.000 spectators. Raimundo Orsi scored 4 goals.

-The Champions League final between Juventus-Real Madrid, had more spectators in Italy than the World Cup final between France and Brazil (16.496.000 against 15.274.000)

-The official site of Juventus (www.juventus.it) is the most visited sport site in Italy and one of the most visited sites in the world.(More than 1.100.000 visitors in January 1999).


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