Tracking Juventus Player Performance in World Cup Group Stage

Anthony LopopoloFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

Tracking Juventus Player Performance in World Cup Group Stage

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

    (Game stats provided by WhoScored.com.)

Kwadwo Asamoah

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    Shots: 1

    Passing: 91 percent

    Tackles: 2

    Minutes played: 90

    Kwadwo Asamoah looked his best playing in attack, but it only came in spurts as coach Kwesi Appiah decided to employ the player in defence. There, Asamoah was restricted.

    Asamoah on playing in a back four: "I’ve never liked playing in defence, but when you are asked to do so what can you do?" #GHA #JuveNews

    — Adam Digby (@Adz77) June 17, 2014

    The 25-year-old usually plays as an outside left-winger for Juventus, and he can use his speed and his crossing ability to devastate opponents. He was largely silent for Ghana against the U.S. on Monday.

     

Andrea Barzagli

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Leonardo Bonucci

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    Leonardo Bonucci did not play for Italy against England. Given the weak performance of fellow centre-back Gabriel Paletta, and the health concerns over full-back Mattia De Sciglio, it is looking like Bonucci will have a chance to play some minutes against Costa Rica or Uruguay.

Gianluigi Buffon

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    Gianluigi Buffon also missed Italy's opening win against England, after spraining his ankle while trying to kick a dead-ball in training, per the Daily Mail.

    Team doctors did not guarantee anything. "After the injury," said Italy's lead physio Enrico Castellacci (h/t The Guardian), "Buffon told me he was relieved because for a moment he feared he may have to miss the World Cup.”

    Castellacci said that they would try to have Buffon ready as soon as possible, but it is still uncertain whether he will play against Costa Rica on Friday.

Martin Caceres

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Giorgio Chiellini

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Mauricio Isla

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

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    Martin Mejia/Associated Press

    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Claudio Marchisio

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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Andrea Pirlo

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    Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Paul Pogba

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.

Arturo Vidal

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    Juventus sent the third-most players of any club to the World Cup in Brazil (12), and that is really no surprise for a three-time defending Serie A championship side.

    Half of the players sent are Italian. It is almost a tradition for Juventus to contribute the most of the Italian clubs to the country's national effort. There were more Bianconeri players in the 1982 and 2006 World Cup-winning teams than any other Italian club, and this year it is the same.

    But Chile, Uruguay, France, Ghana and Switzerland also feature starters from Juventus. This is global team with a growing global fan base, with a new home and a new logo and a new image.

    Over the course of the group stage, we will track the performances of these athletes. Stay tuned for updates.