The Old Lady of Italian football is the winningest club in Italian soccer history with 27 Serie A titles, nine Coppa Italia trophies, and two European/UEFA Champions League titles, but the club has endured a bit of a title drought the past few years.
Juventus has struggled mightily since the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, which saw the Old Lady stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles, kicked out of the 2006 UEFA Champions League, fined a substantial amount of money and relegated to Serie B.
Since then, Juventus has not been the same.
The relegation resulted in Juventus losing some of the world’s best players such as Fabio Cannavaro, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira, Gianluca Zambrotta, and Lilian Thuram. Though players like Buffon, Camoranesi, and Del Piero stayed with the club until Juventus’ return to Serie A in 2007, Juventus hasn’t had much success since.
After finishing third in 2007-08 and second in 2008-09, they were seventh in 2009-10, and seventh this past season. Things are so bad in Turin that Juventus failed to even qualify for the Europa League for the 2011 season.
One of the main reasons for the team underperforming is the signings they’ve made the past few seasons. Diego, Amauri, Felipe Melo, Jorge Martinez, Tiago and loans for Marco Motta and Simone Pepe are just some of the bad decisions that have resulted in a poor quality of football for the Bianconeri.
While these are good players, good players aren’t good enough for Juventus. A team of Juventus’ caliber needs superstars who will make a difference against teams like Inter and AC Milan.
With Juventus calling a brand new state-of-the-art stadium home this season, this should allow Juventus to go out and spend some money on quality players this summer. Areas that need improvement include right and left back, left midfield, and forward.
These are 14 players that would fit in well with the Bianconeri.