Juventus: 20 Greatest Bianconeri Goals of 2012-13

Sam LoprestiFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

Juventus: 20 Greatest Bianconeri Goals of 2012-13

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    The 2012-13 season was another banner year for Juventus.  They lifted their second scudetto in a row, won the Supercoppa and made the quarterfinals of the Champions League and the semifinals of the Coppa Italia—both times being eliminated by the defending champions.

    Over the course of those four competitions, they scored more than 90 goals.  Some were clinical, some lucky, and a few of them were spectacular.

    Here we're going to look at the 20 that rose above the rest.  A few of them are on this list because they carried a significance that belied their pedestrian look.  Most are simply stunning, amazing displays of technical skill and class.

    Let's look at the goals that set themselves apart from the rest this past season.

Leonardo Bonucci v. Shakhtar Donetsk, Champions League, October 2

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    This is just an excellent tactical goal.  Skip to 0:45 on the video to get to it quicker.

    Trailing 1-0 in the first half against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League group stage, Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci ran a perfect play off a corner kick.  Pirlo sent a quick cross along the ground that Bonucci met from about 15 yards and one-timed into the top corner.

    It was the only goal the defender would score all year.  Juve were mostly outplayed in this match, but came out with the 1-1 scoreline intact.

Emanuele Giaccherini at Genoa, Serie A, September 16

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    Emanuele Giaccherini is an enigma at both the club and international level.  Transformed by Antonio Conte into a mezz'ala after growing up as a left winger at Cesena, Giaccherini is sometimes thought of as not worthy of the lofty teams for which he gets playing time.  But every so often, the diminutive Italian international produces a shot like this.

    With Juve trailing 1-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in this early season encounter with Genoa, a long rebound off a Gigi Buffon save was distributed at the top of the box to Mirko Vucinic, who held the ball up and squared the ball to Giaccherini at the top of the penalty arc.  The midfielder didn't break stride as he hit it first-time past Sebastian Frey.

    The 61st-minute strike leveled the score at one.  Mirko Vucinic and Kwadwo Asamoah added goals to the Juventus side to complete a 3-1 comeback win.

Sebastian Giovinco v. Chelsea, Champions League, November 20

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    Juventus went into their return match with Chelsea in the Champions League knowing that anything other than a win would seriously damage their chances of advancing in the competition.  Group E was tightly packed, and a draw or loss could see the bianconeri playing the rest of their European matches on Thursdays.

    The bianconeri knew what they were up against and absolutely dominated the defending European champions at the Juventus Stadium.  The same men that scored for the Old Lady at Stamford Bridge did so again in Turin.  Arturo Vidal opened the scoring in the first half and Fabio Quagliarella doubled the advantage on the hour.

    With the Blues already well beaten, substitute Sebastian Giovinco was sent in on a through ball from Vidal.  Ashley Cole could not move across to intervene in time, and Giovinco slotted cooly past Petr Cech with his first touch for a 3-0 Juve lead.

    Juve would accomplish the difficult feat of beating Shakhtar in Donetsk in the final round of group play and won the group.  Chelsea beat Nordsjaelland but failed to climb above the Ukrainians and were relegated to the Europa League, where they beat Benfica in the final.

Arturo Vidal at Chelsea, Champions League, September 19

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    To see this goal, skip forward in the video to the 0:53 mark.

    Juve's trip to Chelsea marked first Champions League game the team had played since 2009, and it didn't get off to the best of starts.  Oscar scored two goals in the span of two minutes and the Blues were up 2-0 after 33 minutes of play.

    Five minutes after Oscar's cracking second, Juve responded.  Claudio Marchisio fed a ball to Arturo Vidal at the top of the penalty arc.  The Chilean took one touch to clear a defender and unleashed a low shot across the goal that Petr Cech could do nothing to stop.

    It was a significant strike, being Juve's first goal in Champions League play in more than three years.  It also spurred the team on to take command of the second half and eventually tie the game through Fabio Quagliarella in the 80th minute.  Quags hit the crossbar with a shot a few minutes later, but Juve was forced to settle for the 2-2 draw.

Alessandro Matri at Chievo, Serie A, February 2

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    Juve was contesting their second game of the year against Chievo in February when Arturo Vidal lofted a ball forward from about 20 yards and just to the right of the penalty arc.  Alessandro Matri slipped free of his marker and floated under it, meeting it with a fierce left-footed volley across the face of keeper Christian Puggioni and into the right side of the net.

    Stephan Lichtsteiner scored a second on the stroke of halftime, enough for Juve to withstand a comeback attempt from Cyril Thereau and hold on to a 2-1 win.

Arturo Vidal v. Palermo, Serie A, May 5

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    When does a simple penalty kick earn a spot on a "greatest goals" list?  When it clinches you a title.

    A victory against Palermo would have clinched the bianconeri's second straight title, but Palermo was fighting a relegation battle and would not give in easily.  Palermo had had the game's best chance until just short of the hour mark when Massimo Donati fouled Mirko Vucinic in the box.  The rosaneri were up in arms over referee Andrea Romeo's call, but Arturo Vidal eventually faced down Stefano Sorrentino with a potential championship at his foot.

    He sent the keeper the wrong way, and Juve held on for a 1-0 victory that sent the Juventus Stadium into wild celebration.  Palermo, who had been on a hot streak, lost their next three and dropped out of the top flight.

    To see the goal on video, skip to the 0:28 mark.

Sebastian Giovinco v. AC Milan, Coppa Italia, January 9

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    With Andrea Pirlo starting the Coppa Italia quarterfinal against AC Milan on the bench, Sebastian Giovinco was the man behind the ball after a Milan foul just over 20 yards out.  The Atomic Ant achieved such an incredible dip once the ball passed the wall that goalkeeper Marco Amelia was absolutely rooted to the spot.  The kick cancelled out Stephan El Shaarawy's sixth-minute opener and eventually sent the match to extra time.

    It's not exactly saying much, but this was easily Giovinco's best match after the winter break.  Not long after this goal, he took another free kick that was possibly even better but was kept out by a wonder save from Amelia.  He was substituted in the 65th minute, as Antonio Conte looked to change things up with the game deadlocked at one goal apiece.  The game reached extra time before the man who replaced him, Mirko Vucinic, bundled home the winner in the 95th minute.

Claudio Marchisio v. Torino, December 1

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    The revival of the derby della mole was much-anticipated in Turin after a three-year hiatus in which the granata were in Serie B.  The inter-city rivalry was always highlighted by high tension and rough play, and this game was no different.  Kamil Glik was sent off in the 36th minute for a horror tackle on Emanuele Giaccherini, handing the bianconeri the advantage in their home stadium.

    It still took Juve 57 minutes to get on the scoreboard, but Claudio Marchisio's goal was definitely a looker.  The local boy knocked Sebastian Giovinco's cross past Jean-Francois Gillet with a diving header.

    Giovinco got onto the scoresheet himself 10 minutes later, and Marchisio quelled any possible doubt with his second of the game six minutes from time.  Juve romped to a 3-0 victory.

Claudio Marchisio at Celtic, Champions League, February 12

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    The first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie between Juventus and Celtic was anxious, to say the least.  Juve jumped ahead quickly on an Alessandro Matri goal in the third minute, but from that point on Celtic dominated possession and kept a steady stream of attacking moves pointed at Gigianluigi Buffon's goal.

    In the 77th minute, a Juve counterattack broke loose down the left side, and Alessandro Matri played Claudio Marchisio into the Celtic penalty area with a deft one-touch pass.  Marchisio took one dribble and turned his defender completely around, leaving him alone with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster.  Marchisio went near-post, and Forster could do nothing to stop it.

    It was the turnaround that was the beauty in this goal—it was the soccer equivalent of breaking someone's ankles in a basketball game.

    Marchisio's goal eased the fears—and lowered the blood pressure—of many Juve fans.  Mirko Vucinic's goal five minutes later made the final scoreline on the day 3-0.  Three weeks later, Matri and Fabio Quagliarella scored in a routine 2-0 win that put Juve through 5-0 on aggregate.

    To see the goal, skip to the 1:15 mark in the video.

Paul Pogba v. Napoli, Serie A, October 20

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    It was the first game of the season between the two title favorites, Juventus and Napoli.  The game was deadlocked until Martin Caceres broke through for Juve in the 80th minute.  Two minutes later, Sebastian Giovinco's cross, intended for Alessandro Matri, was badly cleared by Hugo Campagnero and fell perfectly for young Paul Pogba.

    The new arrival volleyed the ball from 25 yards into the lower-right part of Morgan De Sanctis' goal.  The distance and the fact that Pogba picked it out of the air magnified the quality of this strike and sealed the bianconeri's 2-0 victory.  It was a sign of things to come for the Frenchman...but we'll get to that later.

Fabio Quagliarella at Inter, Serie A, March 30

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    Fabio Quagliarella is known for long-distance strikes, and this was a beauty.

    Inter had ended Juve's 49-match unbeaten run at the Juventus Stadium in November, and the bianconeri came to the San Siro looking for revenge.  Quagliarella got the quest rolling early in the third minute.  Kwadwo Asamoah fired a pass that Alessandro Matri expertly dummied to Quagliarella.

    With yards of space at his disposal, the former Italian international took his time and hit a powerful drive from close to 30 yards into the top left corner of Samir Handanovic's goal.

    Juve won the game 2-1 on a 60th-minute winner by Matri.

Paul Pogba v. Udinese, Serie A, January 19

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    His volleyed strike against Napoli was the first inkling, but this game was the day that Paul Pogba truly arrived.

    With four minutes left before halftime, Stephan Lichtsteiner's attempt to head the ball on was cleared by the Udinese defense.  The ball fell kindly for Pogba, who took one dribble and fired from nearly 40 yards into the top corner of Daniele Padelli's goal as the Udinese keeper flailed helplessly at it.

    The Frenchman was still nearly two months shy of his 20th birthday on this night, and as we'll see later, he was only just getting started.

Kwadwo Asamoah v. Napoli, Supercoppa, August 11

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    Kwadwo Asamoah's first official game in a Juventus shirt came on August 11 at the Supercoppa Italiana in Beijing, and he wasted no time in making a mark.

    Ten minutes after Edinson Cavani had put Napoli ahead in the contest, Asamoah streaked down the left side into the path of a long, lofted cross-field pass by Arturo Vidal.  His powerful volley skipped once off the turf and cannoned past the arms of Morgan De Sanctis to tie the game.

    The match was a seesaw affair that saw its fair share of controversy when two Napoli players were sent off late on.  It went to extra time before Juve secured a 4-2 victory and their first piece of silverware of the season.

Fabio Quagliarella v. Chievo, Serie A, September 22

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    Fabio Quagliarella really likes to take bicycle kicks.

    With this September match against Chievo scoreless into the 63rd minute, Quagliarella was inexplicably left alone on a corner when two defenders moved to pick up the same runner.  His overhead effort from the penalty spot was met by Chievo keeper Stefano Sorrentino, but the Serie A veteran could only watch the ball deflect off of himself and under the crossbar for the opener.

    Quagliarella scored again five minutes later to seal a 2-0 Juve victory.

Kwadwo Asamoah at Pescara, Serie A, November 10

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    Juventus was already up 2-0 against Pescara when Sebastian Giovinco started this move with a pass to Arturo Vidal.  Vidal crossed along the ground to Fabio Quagliarella, who juggled it a few times with a defender hanging on his back before back-heeling the ball into the air to Kwadwo Asamoah.

    The Ghanaian international snapped the back of the net with a superbly taken bicycle kick that was all the more impressive given the service he was provided.

Arturo Vidal at Torino, Serie A, April 28

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    For the first time in three seasons, the derby della mole was contested between city rivals Juventus and Torino.  Juve won the first of the two matches 3-0 at the Juventus Stadium in December.

    When the return leg at their old stomping grounds at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino rolled around, Juve's strike force was misfiring badly.  They had won their last two matches by a combined score of 3-1, with all three goals coming from Arturo Vidal.

    Arturo made it four in a row for his club in the 86th minute with a spectacular strike.  Claudio Marchisio's feed to him was partially deflected, but Vidal controlled with the chest and then hit a ferocious half-volley to the near post that skipped past the hands of a diving Jean-Francois Gillet.

    Marchisio got onto the scoresheet himself in stoppage time to seal the win by a 2-0 score.

Mirko Vucinic v. Fiorentina, Serie A, Febuary 9

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    After an early season 0-0 draw, the February rematch between Juventus and Fiorentina was an eagerly anticipated match.  Juve were leading the standings, while la viola were playing some of the most attractive soccer in Europe under coach Vincenzo Montella.

    The bianconeri took control in the 20th minute through Mirko Vucinic.  Andrea Pirlo's long pass towards Alessandro Matri was headed away by the Fiorentina defense and right to the Montenegrin international.  He controlled with one touch and then hit a rocket of a half-volley straight past keeper Emiliano Viviano.

    Juve won the game 2-0.

Andrea Pirlo v. Atalanta, Serie A, December 16

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    Andrea Pirlo scored several excellent free kicks this year, but this was by far the best.

    Setting up from nearly 30 yards out and slightly to the left in the 14th minute, Pirlo curled the ball over the wall and dipped it just below the crossbar.  It was impossible for Atalanta keeper Andrea Consigli to stop.

    It was Juve's second goal of the game.  They would add another in the 27th minute through Claudio Marchisio and finish out a routine 3-0 win.

Fabio Quagliarella at Pescara, Serie A, November 10

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    Not to be outdone by Asamoah, Fabio Quagliarella got in his own bicycle kick—his second of the season and at least the third he's nailed since joining Juventus three years ago—in the second half of Juve's rout of Pescara at the Stadio Adriatico in November.

    Lining up at the far post as Andrea Pirlo prepared to take a corner kick, Quags got free of his marker and nailed the overhead to finish off a hat-trick in the 53rd minute of the 6-1 drubbing.

Paul Pogba v. Udinese, Serie A, January 19

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    When fans open up their copies of the next installment of EA's FIFA video game series in September, it will probably not be any surprise if Paul Pogba has been given the Distance Shooter trait.

    Pogba doubled Juve's lead against Udinese 21 minutes into the second half with a second goal just as stunning as the first.  He received a short pass from Arturo Vidal, spun to avoid a defender and then drove from 30 yards into the bottom left corner.  The look on Padelli's face said it all.

    Juve got a pair of goals from Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri after this to complete a 4-0 rout of the Friuli outfit on the night.