Juventus. Universally popular, cuddly and widely loved. Sort of. The Old Lady has seen the best and the worst of Serie A, from its most famous and beloved players to its most notorious villains. Either way, Juve are an eternally fascinating side: here are some of her stories…
Part one: Italian football’s mavericks.
Part two: Serie A icons from the 1990s
Part three: Inter – the Emperor, the choke and the tripleta
Part four: Milan – Maldini, Super Pippo, Kaka and Bunga Bunga
40 years of Buffon
Jimbo and James Horncastle are joined by Atalanta youth product (and Scotland international) Richard Hughes to look back on the career on the one and only Gigi Buffon.
Il Trio Magico
Jimbo, James Horncastle & Gab Marcotti examine the holy trinity of forwards that fired Juventus to glory and built the legacy of the Old Lady. In a backdrop of a boom in Italy, Juventus supplemented Giampero Boniperti in 1957 with forwards Omar Sivori and gentle giant John Charles, perhaps the most universally popular Juventus player ever. And one hell of a singer.
The divine Roberto Baggio
Perhaps the finest Italian player of all time, Roberto Baggio. It’s a story of huge triumphs and great goals, but too many what-could-have-beens as well as distrusting managers and one legendary penalty miss.
The little painter – Alessandro Del Piero
One of Serie A’s greatest ever players, Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero. Originally thought of as the back-up to Baggio, 19 seasons later, Del Piero had established himself as a Juve icon, winning everything there was to win, including the World Cup with Italy. A humble man who went on a journey and inspired devotion in Turin.
Into the Vialli – part one
He’s the last man to lift the European Cup for Juventus. This week Golazzo brings you the first of a two-part special on Gianluca Vialli, with Jimbo, James Horncastle and Vialli’s co-author Gab Marcotti. The most expensive player in the world when he signed for the Old Lady, Vialli made his name winning the Scudetto at Sampdoria with his “goal twin” Roberto Mancini. We look back at the golden years for one of the most iconic footballers of the 90s.
Into the Vialli – part two
Having tackled Sampdoria and Juventus, we look at Luca’s move to England where he played for and eventually managed Chelsea to major silverware. Like a kid with the keys to a Ferrari, to quote Fabio Capello. We also examine Vialli’s complex relationship with the Italian national team and his falling out with Arrigo Sacchi. A relationship now rekindled within Roberto Mancini’s international set-up. Plus the concept of “owling” and the 1994 World Cup final.
The notorious Moggi
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look at the life and times of Luciano Moggi. The scout turned stablemaster was at the heart of the Calciopoli scandal, alleged to involve match-fixing, a scandal that led to two titles being taken away from Juventus. Is Moggi one of Italian football’s legendary villains? Or is he merely the face of a much wider problem in Serie A at that time?
Trapattoni at 80: part one
As his 80th birthday approaches, Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti pay tribute to the most successful club manager in the history of the game – Giovanni Trapattoni. In part one, we look back at Trapattoni’s playing career, his legend built on a performance v Pele, as well as the start of his management career in Serie A, a career that began at 35 managing giants of Italian football.
Trapattoni at 80: part two
Trap’s time at Bayern, Fiorentina, Italy and Ireland amongst others. Which means biscuits, Edmundo and Strunz!
Maifredi and the next Juventus manager
Gigi Maifredi was supposed to be Juve’s answer to Arrigo Sacchi as he took the huge leap from Bologna in 1990 and led the Old Lady to a 7th place finish in one of their worst seasons ever. But Maifredi himself will tell you he was a managerial trailblazer and that Sacchi stole all his ideas.
Derby D’Italia: Juventus v Inter
James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti join James Richardson to discuss the Derby d’italia: Juventus vs Inter, featuring the classic 1998 encounter at the Stadio delle Alpi.
Juventus v Fiorentina: a rivalry for the ages
It’s the most one-sided hate match in football: Jimbo and James Horncastle take a look back at two crucial early 90s meetings between the Old Lady and La Viola.
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