Vecchia Signora? The Old lady or Juve? Do they ring a bell? Well, those are the nicknames of Juventus Football Club- the pride of Italy. With the name literarily meaning “youth”, the club has remained true to its roots with an enviable record in the world of sports.
Since establishment by pupils from Massimo D’Azeglio Lyceum (Turin) in 1897, the club has confidently remained in the top echelon. In fact, Juve’s dominance since inception has not only been strong at the domestic scene but also at continental and global competitions. Specifically, the 1930s marked the beginning of the club’s dominance as it emerged Italian champion for five years consecutively. In count, the club is a proud winner of thirteen Coppa Italia, thirty-five official league titles, eight Supercoppa Italiana, two Intercontinental Cups, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, two European Cups /UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, three UEFA Cup titles among others. Without doubt, it is with this impeccable record that UEFA and FIFA reiterates that the Old lady remains the fifth and eleventh most successful club on the continental and global scene respectively.
In addition, the strides of the old lady earned her the opportunity to wear three golden stars on its jerseys. The stars represent an aggregation of success; the first which was the tenth achieved during 1957–58 season, the second which was the twentieth during the 1981–82 season and the thirtieth during 2013–14 season.
Adorning the white and black home jersey kits which was inspired by English side Notts County, the Old lady trails behind Genoa as the oldest participant in the Italian league but still has the willpower to battle even the fiercest rivalry. In terms of rivalries, Allianz Stadium home of Juventus plays host to many dreaded battle in football. The Derby della Mole, known as the Turin Derby has always be a win-or-win affair for both Torino and Juventus. Torino was established by break-away Juve staff and players; and for this reason the rivalry can be mind-blowing as it is enmeshed in the history of both clubs. Also, rivalry with AC Milan has been regarded by many as the clash-of-titans as both team are arch rivals known to slug it out for position and glory. In fact, competitions featuring both teams are dubbed championship of Serie A.
Like many sporting organizations, Old lady has had her fair share of downtimes and chief among these was the Calciopoli scandal and relegation battle of 2006. Without gainsay, Juve is a success; in fact, one of the most success brand in sport. So do you think you know the Old lady like you do? Then the Juventus quiz is for you.