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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Team Preview: Juventus Football Club



Official Web Site (In Chinese, English, and Italian)


Juventus FC

History

The club was formed in 1897 by high school students in Torino. "Juventus" means "youth" in Latin.

Team Colors

White and black. Their original shirt was pink. The current shirt was patterned after Notts County in England. In Italian, they are called "I Bianconeri." "The white and blacks." Also known as "La Vecchia Signora," which means "The Old Lady." Perjoratively as "I Gobbi," which means "The Hunchbacks." That is a reference to FIAT workers that make up some of their fan base. The majority of Juventus support, which is sizeable in Italy (especially Southern Italy and Sicily) and around the world, comes from outside of Torino.

Playing Stadium

Stadio Grande Torino. Juventus will play there until their usual home, Stadio dell'Alpi, is refurbished. The capacity at Stadio Grande Torino, which was the 2006 Olympic Stadium, is much smaller than at dell'Alpi (about 27,000). I have read that he players enjoy the atmosphere much better at their temporary home.

Team Honors

Serie A Scudetto: 27 times, which is a record.
Coppa Italia: 9 times, which is a record.
European Cup/Champions League: 2 times.
UEFA Cup: 3 times.
European Supercup: 2 times.
Cup Winners Cup: 1 time.
Intertoto Cup: 1 time.
Intercontinental Cup: 2 times.
Serie B Scudetto: 1 time in their only appearance.

Juventus was the first European team to win the European Cup, Cup Winners Cup, and the UEFA Cup.

European Players of the Year (No other team has produced as many winners).

Omar Sivori: 1 time.
Michel Platini: 3 times.
Paolo Rossi: 1 time.
Roberto Baggio: 1 time.
Zinedine Zidane: 1 time.
Pavel Nedved: 1 time.

Ownership

Since 1923, the Agnelli family has either owned the team and/or had majority controlling interest in the shares of stock. Presently, the holding company of the Agnelli family, IFIL, owns 60% of the shares of the club. Juventus FC is traded publicly on the Milan and London Stock Exchanges, respectively. The trading symbol is: JVTSF.PK

Chairman


Mr. Giovanni Cobolli Gigli

Head Coach

Mr. Claudio Ranieri

2007-2008 European Competition

Juventus will not participate in any European competitions.

Team roster and image courtesy of Wikipedia under the terms of their GNU Free Documentation License.

Current as of 07 August 2007:

No.
Position Player
1 Flag of Italy GK Gianluigi Buffon
2 Flag of Italy DF Alessandro Birindelli (vice-captain)
3 Flag of Italy DF Giorgio Chiellini
4 Flag of Argentina MF Sergio Bernardo Almirón
5 Flag of France DF Jonathan Zebina
6 Flag of Italy MF Cristiano Zanetti
9 Flag of Italy FW Vincenzo Iaquinta
10 Flag of Italy FW Alessandro Del Piero (captain)
11 Flag of the Czech Republic MF Pavel Nedvěd (vice-captain)
12 Flag of Italy GK Emanuele Belardi
14 Flag of Portugal DF Jorge Andrade
16 Flag of Italy MF Mauro Camoranesi
17 Flag of France FW David Trézéguet
18 Flag of France DF Jean-Alain Boumsong

No.
Position Player
19 Flag of Italy DF Domenico Criscito
20 Flag of Italy FW Raffaele Palladino
21 Flag of the Czech Republic DF Zdeněk Grygera
23 Flag of Italy MF Antonio Nocerino
24 Flag of Uruguay MF Ruben Olivera
25 Flag of Uruguay FW Marcelo Zalayeta
26 Flag of Italy MF Manuele Blasi
28 Flag of Italy DF Cristian Molinaro
30 Flag of Italy DF Nicola Legrottaglie
32 Flag of Italy MF Marco Marchionni
Flag of Italy GK Cristiano Novembre
Flag of Portugal MF Tiago
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Hasan Salihamidžić


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