When thinking about the Champions League and teams that are generally expected to take part each season, Juventus FC are one of the football clubs that will always be considered a mainstay of the tournament. I Bianconeri have been extremely successful in the past, which has led to a capacity 41,507 Allianz Arena becoming an absolutely brilliant venue to go and watch some of Europe’s best football. The fanbase are incredibly passionate as well, which helps to create a truly unique atmosphere when the competition does come around on the schedule.
The Serie A outfit, who are also known as The Old Lady, have become one of the world’s top sides because of the history and dominance they have been able to create for themselves and that has been down to the men they have been able to call upon whilst on the pitch. World-class players such as Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Paul Pogba and David Trezeguet have all featured at various points in their history in the Champions League.
However, those particular individuals have not been able to influence enough on the pitch in regards to lifting the title for Juventus, as the club’s previous successes happened a rather long time ago.
I Bianconeri can count on at least two previous title triumphs, with one in 1984/85 and 1995/96. The Old Lady have been able to reach no fewer than eight finals in their history, though, which suggests the Italian outfit find it rather difficult to get the job over the line when they need to.
Positive moments that have included Juventus in the Champions League involve the 1995/96 tournament as the club managed to beat Ajax in a penalty shoot-out to acquire their second title. Fabrizio Ravanelli scored the opener, however Jari Litmanen equalised before half-time. Juventus, though, managed to score all four of their attempted penalties as they lifted the title in their home nation of Italy.
However, there have been moments that many will want to forget, as Juventus have had a number of appearances that have ended in disappointment. The 1996/97 final against Borussia Dortmund is perhaps one of the most standout memories, as an 18-year-old Lars Ricken scored an absolutely superb goal just seconds after coming on to the pitch.
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