2008 has been a great year for Italy's most historic club. Juventus have not only returned to Serie A, but also returned to the Champions League. There have been highs and, of course, lows because nothing is perfect in this world. But when looking back on things, it has been a pretty good year in Turin considering where things were before the 2006/07 campaign started.
Not only have Juve seen their captain Alessandro Del Piero find a second wind to his career, but fans have also had the chance to see the future of the club with three talented youngsters making their respective marks to the 2008/09 campaign.
Danny Penza takes a look through the 2008 calender year and finds images have left their mark on Juve fans around the world.
Juve's only major signing during the January window, the Malian midfielder arrived from Liverpool for €13 million. He wasn't exactly the most popular signing at first, but boy things have changed.
After getting eliminated from the Coppa Italia by their rivals back at the end of January, Juve were looking to get some revenge on Inter Milan.
Mauro Camoranesi led the way as Juve traveled to the San Siro and captured three vital points.
The unlikeliest of heroes was the difference Apr. 12 in Turin as Hasan Salihamidzic found the back of the net twice to beat rivals AC Milan 3-2, all but ensuinge Juve had a spot in the UEFA Champions League. Alessandro Del Piero opened the scoring, but it was the Bosnian midfielder who evened the game at two just before halftime and then bagged the game-winner with 10 minutes to go.
In what is always an exciting match, Juve found the back of the net four times in the first half. Giorgio Chiellini, Mauro Camoranesi, Alessandro Del Piero, and David Trezeguet put their names on the score sheet in the first 45 minutes. Chiellini added another in the second half as Juve cruised over Lazio 5-2.
With everything that he has done in record-setting career, being able to check "Serie A scoring leader" off his list wasn't able to happen until the final game of the 2007/08 campaign. Del Piero found the back of the net twice to edge out teammate David Trezeguet by one goal to put his season total at 21.
Many questioned why Juve needed to sign a striker when they had one of Europe's most successful attacks the year before. However, Sporting Director Alessio Secco pulled the trigger to bring the powerful Brazlian to Turin.
The price of such a move? €15.3 million and the rights to midfielder Antonio Nocerino and the co-ownership of striker Davide Lanzafame.
I know it doesn't have anything to do with Juve's season, but Gianluigi Buffon's save against former teammate Adrian Mutu will go down in Italian football history. Italy didn't live up to what people had hoped for them, but Buffon's efforts kept his countries EURO 2008 hopes alive as he saved the Romanian striker's penalty attempt off his hand and then his right foot.
Like Amauri, the 28-year-old midfielder wasn't exactly the most popular signing when he inked his contract. However, the Brazilian striker has won over the Turin faithful, the Danish defensive midfielder has yet to do so after his €9.75 million move from Sevilla.
Having finished third in Serie A in their return, Juve had to do a little extra work to get back into the Champions League. However, they all-but booked their ticket after the first 45 minutes against Artmedia Petrzalka. They won 5-1 on aggregate and were back in the Champions League after a two-year absence.
It was only fitting that the Juve captain was the difference maker in his club's return to Champions League action. With a stunning free kick, Alessandro Del Piero sent Turin's Stadio Olimpico crazy.
Obviously Juve weren't happy about the 1-1 tie against Cagliari, but the more important news of the day was the their star goalkeeper was lost for the rest of the calender year. The heart and sole of the Juve defense, Gianluigi Buffon, was forced to be subbed out at halftime after re-injuring his groin that kept him out of action earlier in the season.
The Azzurri No. 1 has set Juve's first match back from the winter holiday as his return between the pipes.
After two consecutive draws in Serie A and another in the Champions League against BATE Borisov, Juve were sent spinning into a mini-crisis with consecutive 2-1 defeats to Palmero and Napoli.
Amauri claimed the winner against fellow European giant Real Madrid, but Alessandro Del Piero's goal just five minutes will never be forgotten. Juve not only proclaimed themselves as group leaders but also any talk of a crisis in Turin. Manager Claudio Ranieri could rest easy once again as it seemed the hot seat got just a tad-bit cooler.
No more questions were being asked of the Juve management after Amauri's fantastic start to his career in the black and white. WIth David Trezeguet on the sidelines injured, the Brazlian powerhouse quickly formed a dynamic partnership with Alessandro Del Piero.
After claiming the game-winner against Real Madrid just four days earlier, Amauri captured the Turin Derby with his goal in the 48th minute. The crisis talk was over and Juve were on their way to getting back to the top of the Serie A table.
In a battle of two teams going in opposite directions, Juventus and AS Roma faced off in the marque matchup of November's first weekend. With another magical free kick in the 38th minute, Alessandro Del Piero led his club back into the top five of Serie A while sending Roma to just above the relegation zone.
You would think it would be hard to top his performance against AS Roma four days earlier, but as he had done in Juve's previous Champions League games, Alessandro Del Piero turned back the clock. The Juve captain scored both of the game's goals, both of which were pure class. It was the Old Lady's first win at the Bernabéu in 46 years.
Despite their winning ways, it seemed as though somebody new every game was going down injured. Who was the Derby d'Italia's victim? Portuguese midfielder Tiago, who was starting to win people over after being named one of Serie A's worst transfers a year ago.
A bizzare goal from Sulley Muntari claimed the victory for Inter and created some much needed space between the Serie A leaders and their closest competitor.
Alessandro Del Piero has taken many penalties in his day. However, the one he stepped up to in the snow against Reggina Nov. 29 was maybe his most historic. The Juve captain fought off the elements to claim his 250th goal with the club in Juve's 4-0 defeat of Reggina.
It's no secret that Sebastian Giovinco has talent. The diminutive playmaker has found playing time hard to come by this season. However, manager Claudio Ranieri handed the Atomic Ant a rare start and he certainly delivered.
Like his idol Alessandro Del Piero has done so many times before, Giovinco scored a fantastic free kick to the near post and opened his Juve account. It wasn't Juve's best performance, however, with Lecce leveling the score with just seven minutes left. Amauri won it for the Bianconeri in the 90th minute, but Giovinco's performance is what everybody was talking about after-wards.
Many had wondered when the Juve youth would leave their mark on the season. After Sebastian Giovinco's free kick the weekend before, the other two Juve youth products, Claudio Marchisio and Paolo De Ceglie, burst onto the scene.
Marchisio was the midfield engine while De Ceglie made his mark after replacing an injured Pavel Nedved 30 minutes in.