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Juventus, the Old Lady of Italy, is a professional Italian football club based in Turin. It is the most loved and, at the same time, hated team of the country, as well as being the one with the highest number of trophies and scudetti. But Juventus in Italy is more than a team, it is also a style. Indeed, lo stile Juventus, 'Juventus style' , has been an expression commonly used by Italians for decades, which always meant class and graciousness outside the field, along with fair play and correctness on it. That lasted for over a century, until the year 2006 when the "Juventus style" collapsed under the weight and shame of the "calcio scommesse" scandal.
The club, though, just as the mythical phoenix, resurrected from its ashes and returned to dominate the national and european football scene within a year.
The history of Juventus started in 1897, when a few young men in Turin decided to create the Juventus Football Club. The original colors were black and pink, but were soon replaced by black and white, which would identify the team for the rest of its life.
The first few years were promising, but not extraordinary: the team managed to win one Italian Scudetto, only. The major shift in Juventus history occurred in 1923, when Fiat and the Agnelli family bought the team. Changes were tangible: a new stadium was built, and an immediate second title arrived. In the 1930s, the team was able to strike five championships in a row; it took then until after World War II for it to repeat such an exploit. During the 1940s and 50s the team was strongly controlled by Giovanni Agnelli, who brought to Turin champions of the caliber of Omar Sivori and Giampiero Boniperti, the latter to become a true symbol of the team, as well as its president in later years.
In 1958 the team won its 10th official title, which gave it the right to perpetually wear a small golden star on its jerseys. In the 1970s, the team modernized its style while still under Fiat ownership. Boniperti became president, and started a revolution that brought players like Bettega, Scirea, Zoff, Causio and Cabrini to Turin, as well as a young coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, who was to become the most successful Italian trainer in history.
With Trapattoni, Juventus managed to win its second golden star and reached a total of 22 championships. They won all three European Cups- the first team to be able to do so- and the Intercontinental Cup. In the 1980s another legend was added to the team, French player Michel Platini. The team seemed unbeatable. Tragically, their most important victory, on 29 May 1985 during the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, was tainted with tragedy. British Hooligans pushed innocent Italians against a wall in the stadium, causing it to collapse, killing 39 people, 32 of whom were Juventus fans. The game went on for security reasons, and Juventus won its first European title after trying for over 30 years. Trapattoni and his team subsequently won another title, but then many years of darkness fell upon the team. Boniperti left office, Platini retired, and only Dino Zoff first, and Trapattoni again later, were able to secure two UEFA cups, a truly unsatisfying record, considering the history of the team.
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1993 witnessed the beginning of a new era in the history of Juventus: Agnelli appointed Giraudo, Moggi and Bettega to manage the team, Boniperti returned as a consultant, and people like Vialli and Baggio became key players. The results were amazing: a rejuvenated Juventus won an Italian Championship on its first try, and went on to win a European title again. The coach was Marcello Lippi and with him, the team won another 5 scudetti, reaching a total of 27. Lippi soon left for good to coach the national team and Fabio Capello was hired as the Juventus coach. The team continued to be as strong as ever, and Juventus won two more championships and flew to 29 titles, only one short of its third golden star.
At this point the unthinkable happened: Juventus was accused of fixing games in the 2004/2005 season. A quick sport trial revoked their recent two titles with Capello, and Juventus was sent to second division.
After one year, the team came back where it always belonged, and has played strongly since, winning the titles needed to achieve their third gold star. The team is today led by captain Alessandro Del Piero who, alongside Michel Platini and Boniperti, is the most important player to have played for the team. All of Italy, and much of Europe, waits with excitement to see what their next title will be.