Ranking Juventus' 5 Most Impressive Champions League Victories
When I think of impressive victories in football, I think of those that occur against the odds, those that prove a point to the world. In the case of Juventus, there are plenty of those victories and choosing the best five was, by no means, easy.
Upon review, I would argue that this list is probably not in correct order, nonetheless, I do think they are Juve's five most impressive (regardless of the order).
I have taken matches from the new era of the competition: 1992 onwards. I have included all the highlights for your viewing. I recommend taking a look; the atmosphere in each is electric.
They are ranked based on importance of the match, opposition faced and most importantly, I think, atmosphere generated by the clash. Whilst this is a ranked slideshow, consider it more a reflection on the recent history of Juventus in Europe, they are truly a club to be marveled.
Please share your own lists below. I have looked through countless matches and footage, but I haven't been able to find highlights of everything—thus limiting my final selection.
5. Juventus vs Ajax, 1996
Full Time: Juventus* 1-1 Ajax (Juventus 4-2 penalties)
It wasn't their most impressive victory, but certainly their most important, as Juventus went on to clinch a second UEFA Champions League title. Following a game deadlocked at one a piece following regular and extra time, it was left to penalties to decide the 1996 title.
The Bianconeri triumphed 4-2 in the end with Vladimir Jugović slotting home the decider. Juve's 1996 title was their last taste of success in Europe's premier competition. Enjoy the dramatic soundtrack behind the highlights.
4. Juventus vs Deportivo La Coruna, 2003
Full Time: Juventus 3-2 Deportivo La Coruna.
TUDOOOORRRRRRRRRR What an important goal that could turn out to be. And an important goal it was indeed. With Juventus struggling through their second-round group stage and Manchester United already qualified in the group, it was between Juventus and Deportivo for the final qualifying spot. Anything less than a win would see the Bianconeri knocked out of the competition.
Cue Igor Tudor.
The big Croatian centre-back nailed a volley from the edge of the area deep into stoppage time to put Juventus up 3-2. Ultimately his goal would see Juventus qualify on head to head out of the group. That year, Juventus made it all the way to the final of the competition only to bow out on penalties to rivals AC Milan.
3. Juventus vs Chelsea, 2012
Full Time: Juventus 3-0 Chelsea FC.
Juventus' recent performance against defending European Champions Chelsea will go down as one of their great performances in their history. With much pressure being placed on a result at the Juventus Stadium, the Bianconeri required a win and nothing less to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Following a 2-2 draw in their clash at Stamford Bridge, critics were expecting a tight encounter in Italy—but it was anything but. The Old Lady decimated the Blues in a 3-0 footballing lesson. It proved Juventus was back as a force to be reckoned with in Europe. Juve went on to qualify top of Group E, and are shaping up as potential winners of this year's competition.
2. Real Madrid vs Juventus, 2009
Full Time: Real Madrid 0-2 Juventus
After a three year absence from Europe's premier competition, a fightback from relegation and a drastic change to their roster, Juventus found themselves at the Santiago Bernabeu for a clash against European giants Real Madrid. History had a Juventus win on the cards, however, with Juve a shadow of their former self, Madrid were expected to sweep aside the Bianconeri.
However, with the ever loyal Alessandro Del Piero leading Juventus, the Turin giants shocked Madrid 2-0 at home with the Italian international bagging both goals. Del Piero went on to receive a standing ovation from the home crowd, a testament to his incredible ability.
Ranieri's side went on to top the group before losing out to Chelsea in the round of 16. Regardless, the victory gave hope to Juventus fans everywhere that Juve were on their way back to the top.
1. Juventus vs Real Madrid, 2003
Full Time: Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid
The semifinal of the 2003 UEFA Champions League will go down as one of the greats in the competition's history. It was a night Turin will never forget as Juventus went on to sweep aside Real Madrid at the Stadio del Alpi.
Following a 2-1 loss at the Bernabeu in the opening fixture of the semi, Madrid were welcomed to Turin as favourites to qualify for the final.
However, in what was an exhilarating fixture, Juventus defeated the Galacticos 3-1 in a fine performance. Goals to Trezeguet, Del Piero and Nedved along with a crucial penalty save from Buffon saw Juventus through to the final at Old Trafford.
Do yourself a favour and check out the atmosphere.