Juventus: Despite Winning the Serie A Scudetto, an Old Debate Is Raised

Matteo Bonetti@@TheCalcioGuyContributor IMay 5, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 05:  Players of Juventus celebrate after winning the Serie A Championship at the end of the Serie A match between Juventus and US Citta di Palermo at Juventus Arena on May 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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With a 1-0 win over lowly Palermo, Juventus secured yet another Serie A title this year.

Their domination of the league has been apparent since January, as they now have a double-digit lead over second-place Napoli, and can even set their own personal point record if they manage to win the final three matches of the season.

Even if the dubious penalty decision against Palermo didn't go their way, it would just be prolonging the inevitable. Juventus have had a magnificent season and earned their Scudetto the right way. 

The debate now lies in how many Scudetti the Bianconeri actually have. Juventini started a fervent movement last year, saying that they won their 30th Scudetto when the official count was actually 28.

The two extra ones added on come from the forgettable Calciopoli era, a shameful time for the Serie A which occurred right before the 2006 World Cup and was ironically won by the Italian national team.

Let's take a look at the facts before we get into another tired discussion about a time I wish to cancel out of my mind altogether.

  1. Juventus were relegated to Serie B, coming back up to the top flight one year later after thoroughly dominating the second division.
  2. Juventus were stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Scudetto titles.

Even though the most reputable Italian papers all congratulate Juventus on their 29 titles, (Examples: here, here, and here) Juventus fans defiantly hung up a giant banner proudly exclaiming the No. 31. The players even started chanting it and every celebratory garb handed out also had that number pasted on it visible for all to see.

It's unfortunate that yet another fantastic season by La Vecchia Signora has to be slightly overshadowed by this conflict, which is really just a crude reminder of the ashes of Calciopoli.

No matter if they want to put three stars on their kit next year, the real point of this article is to congratulate Juventus for yet another stellar year under Antonio Conte.

They thoroughly deserved their second straight title, and have built a team that is one or two pieces short from seriously competing in the Champions League as well.

With a new striker like Fernando Llorente coming in the summer, it'll be hard for any Serie A team to challenge the Bianconeri next year as well. 

No matter the number Juventus want to put in front of their kit, their domination this year has set a blueprint for other Italian teams to follow.