It all began with a bench on Corso Re Umberto, one of the most famous streets in city centre Turin. A group of friends congregated on this bench. They all possessed a shared passion for football, a special game that had recently been ‘imported’ from England. They had an intriguing idea, to create a sports club. They were well-educated, but the eldest was just 17 years of age. This paved the way for the club’s name. In Latin, the name ‘Juventus’ means youth. They weren’t aware of it yet, but on 1 November 1897, they had given birth to a legend, Juventus FC. And so Italy’s greatest football team was born, almost by chance. The club’s first President was Enrico Canfari, the first ground was Piazza d’Armi (Parade Ground) and the side started out wearing pink. Sporting that same jersey, the club made its debut in the national championship in 1900. Three years later, the Bianconeri colours, which had come from Nottingham, were in use. Five years later, the first Italian title arrived when Juve successfully beat off stiff competition from Genoa and Milanese. 1923 was a special year as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Giampiero Combi, made his first team debut. He would go on to contribute heavily to a change in the club’s standing. On 24 July, a shareholders’ meeting saw Mr Edoardo Agnelli, son of the founder of FIAT, elected as the new president. The club also now had its very own playing surface in Corso Marsiglia. In 1925/26 Juventus won their second Scudetto title following a gripping regional final against Bologna and then a resounding 12-1 aggregate win in the national final against Alba Roma. But this was just the beginning. From 1930 to 1935, Juve were streets ahead of the rest as five consecutive Scudetto trophies made their way to Turin. The main ingredients of the ‘Golden five-year period’ were the manager Carlo Carcano and champions such as Orsi, Caligaris, Monti, Cesarini, Varglien I and II, Bertolini, Ferrari and Borel II. Juve also made a significant contribution to the national side, who won the World Cup in Rome in 1934. The 1930s saw the Bianconeri have their first experience in a continental competition when they took part in the European Cup, currently known as the Champions League. Although luck was not on Juve’s side, they did manage to make four semi-final appearances. The Boniperti Era started with a bang by winning back-to-back championship titles (1971-72, 1972-73). It was the beginning of a successful period in Juve’s history which saw them lift nine Scudetto trophies, celebrate their first European success with the 1977 UEFA Cup, the 1984 Cup Winners’ Cup and the Champions League. Soon after, the coach from Cusano Milanino, Giovanni Trapattoni, helped guide Juventus to an era of dominance by investing in young Italian players such as Zoff, Scirea, Tardelli, Cabrini, Causio, Rossi, Gentile, Furino, Anastasi and Bettega. From the 1980s onwards, Boniperti was able to sign foreigners who would go on to make world-beating contributions. In the immediate aftermath of 1982’s World Cup, the number of foreigners eligible to play in Italian teams increased to two, so Polish Zibì Boniek and, more significantly, Michel Platini arrived at Juventus. The Frenchman proved to be a true world-beater. He displayed elegant movement, regularly featured on the scoresheet, played with his head up and consistently placed passes onto his teammates’ feet from 50 yards away. Platini’s retirement coincided with a restructuring of the team which saw Juventus enjoy a less successful period, despite a UEFA Cup-Coppa Italia double in 1990. Dino Zoff was at the helm and ably supported by one of his great friends and former teammates, Gaetano Scirea. But fate cut that solid partnership short during a trip to Poland, where Gaetano tragically died in a car accident while on a scouting mission for Juve’s next UEFA Cup opponents. The 3rd September 1989 is a date that no supporter will ever forget. In 1990, Giampiero Boniperti handed the presidential reins over to Mr Vittorio Caissotti di Chiusano. Three years later, Juventus clinched their third UEFA Cup, but had also experienced a barren run on the domestic front. In 1994, the club began a process of renovation. Chiusano remained as president, but operating positions were given to Roberto Bettega, Antonio Giraudo and Luciano Moggi. Marcelo Lippi was managing the side and several new faces had entered the squad such as: Ferrara in defence, Paulo Sousa and Deschamps in midfield and up front, alongside Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Baggio, was an interesting young player. He had joined Juventus in the previous year from Padova, showing a notable technique and a strong personality. His name was Alessandro Del Piero, the man who would go on to rewrite all Juventus records. The following season was defined by an endless duel with Parma, who managed to overcome Juve in the UEFA cup final. However, the Bianconeri beat their rivals in the Scudetto title race and also ran out winners against them in the Coppa Italia final. The Scudetto victory allowed Juve to claim their place in the Champions League the following year, when they knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals and then beat Nantes in the semis. The final was to be played in Rome against reigning champions Ajax. On 22 May 1996, it ended 1-1. The Bianconeri had scored all their penalties, and keeper Peruzzi had saved two. Jugovic approached the penalty spot, smiling for the last spot kick. His smile turned to a cry of joy after a few seconds as Juve were crowned Champions of Europe. The squad underwent drastic changes in the following season as Vialli and Ravanelli both left, while Boksic, Vieri and Amoruso came in. Montero and Zidane also joined to bolster the defence and midfield respectively. The Bianconeri were then back on the top of the world after Del Piero’s goal clinched victory against River Plate in the Intercontinental Cup held in Tokyo. The team also achieved another Scudetto title, but a second consecutive Champions League final was to end on a low, as former Bianconeri players Moeller and Paulo Sousa took the trophy to Germany. 15 July 2003 proved to be a historic date for the club as Juventus entered into an agreement with the City of Turin for the acquisition of the Stadio Delle Alpi land rights, where the new stadium would eventually be built. In the meantime, the Bianconeri exacted revenge on Milan by claiming victory in the Super Cup, which was contested in the USA. The following season saw Fabio Capello assume control of first team affairs. Among the new arrivals were Emerson, Fabio Cannavaro and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović. Performances in Europe weren’t as anticipated, but Juve were unstoppable in Italy and achieved back-to-back championship titles, smashing records and leaving opponents lagging behind. The arrival of Andrea Agnelli brought widespread changes across all levels of the club. Work began by restructuring the Board of Directors. Giuseppe Marotta was recruited to oversee the sporting department and assume the role of CEO. After an initial season of transition, Juventus were fully prepared to re-establish themselves as a significant force in Serie A. In came Antonio Conte, returning to lead his beloved Bianconeri after enjoying a hugely successful thirteen-year stint as a player. Conte managed to instantly mould an aggressive but stylish team unit which guaranteed both attractive football and results. Juventus were an unstoppable force as they ended the league campaign unbeaten and lifted the Scudetto for the 30th time in the club’s history. This provided departing skipper Del Piero with the perfect send-off to his illustrious career in the black and white stripes. Off-field success came with the opening of J-Museum, a fitting interactive tribute to the club’s glorious 115-year history, which allowed supporters to relive previous victories while looking ahead to an exciting future. And this future promises to be even brighter after the club launched plans for an internal Youth Sector educational programme which will see Bianconeri prospects combine their sporting and academic pursuits in Vinovo. The summer of 2015, in many ways, marked a new dawn in the evolution of the side with several changes made to personnel. As Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente all bid farewell to Turin, the likes of Paulo Dybala, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandzukic, Simone Zaza, Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro entered the picture as 10 new players in total joined the Bianconeri ranks. The summer of 2016 saw the Bianconeri bolster their ranks considerably. The arrivals of Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves, Medhi Benatia, Marko Pjaca and club-record signing Gonzalo Higuain made for an exceptionally competitive squad. Juve would sit top of the league table all the way from mid-September until the end of the season as they cruised to a legendary sixth straight Serie A title – an unprecedented feat in Italian football. On 1 July 2017 the club announced the creation of Juventus Women, a pioneering move by a club known for its trailblazing moves. The newly formed team wasted no time in making themselves known, going on to win the Scudetto in their maiden season. Seven Scudetti in a row may have been the stuff of legend, but Max Allegri and his charges were still hungry for more. The 2018/19 season was yet another memorable chapter in the club’s history. Juve, who already boasted a star-studded squad, reinforced their ranks during the summer. While Emre Can, Leonardo Spinazzola, Mattia Perin, Joao Cancelo, and the returning Leonardo Bonucci were vital additions, the icing on the cake was the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.