Juventus Football Club, founded in 1897 and based in Turin, Piedmont, is one of the most popular and successful football clubs in the world.
Controlled by the Agnelli family since 1923, Juventus was the first professional club in Italy and has dominated the Italian football league and provided the core of the Italian national squad ever since. In total, Juventus has won sixty one official titles, nationally and internationally, more than any other Italian football club.
One of the club's most successful periods was under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni, who achieved thirteen offical trophies over a ten year period up to 1986.
Juventus also became the first club in the history of European football to have won all three major competitions organised by UEFA and, following other international successes, they are currently the only club in the world to have won all possible confederation competitions as well as the club world title. Juventus player, Michel Platini, was awarded the European Footballer of the Year title for three years in a row; 1983, 1984 and 1985, which is also record, and Juventus are the only club to have players from their club winning the award in four consecutive years.
Juve enjoyed another period of success under the management of Marcello Lippi who took over in 1994. Under his tenure, they won the Seria A championship, the 'Coppa Italia', the 'Supercoppa Italiana' and the 'Champions League'.
In 2006, match-rigging charges were leveled against five Italian football clubs, including Juventus, which resulted in their demotion to serie B and the removal of the league titles they had won in 2005 and 2006 under Fabio Capello. Although several key players left the club, others such as Buffon, Del Piero, Trezeguet and Nedved remained and, joined by players such as Sebastian Giovinco and Claudio Marchisio from the Juventus youth team, they returned to seria A the following year, having won the league title with captain Del Piero winning the top scorer award with 21 goals.
Managerial stints by Claudio Ranieri, Ciro Ferrara and others proved unsuccessful and it was not until the appointment of Antonio Conte that the club's fortunes were restored.
Juventus Stadium - Photo: Forzaq8
In 2011 Juventus moved to their new stadium and won the season unbeaten, the first team to do so. The club has continued to dominate in recent times, winning the 'Serie A Football Club of the Year award' in 2015, for the fourth time in succession. They won their 5th straight title in 2016, for the first time since 1935, which was their 32nd Seria A title overall. They then went on to win the 'Coppa Italia' for the 11th time, and their second straight title, becoming the first team in Italy's history to complete 'Serie A' and 'Coppa Italia' doubles in back-to-back seasons.