Like a number of leagues around the world right now, Serie A in Italy is being dominated by just one team. For six long seasons, Juventus have taken the top flight title and that run looks set to continue for now at least.
Serie A doesn’t get a great deal of attention from bookies who publish enhanced odds deals for new customers but you could expect to see smaller price boosts from the likes of SkyBet and Winner Sports whenever Juve take on one of their big rivals such as Inter or AC Milan.
In the Champions League however, we could see lots of promos drop in from all around the sportsbooks. We’ll bring you the best of those as they land but in the meantime, what do we know about this historic club?
Juve were originally founded back in 1897 and at that stage they were referred to as Sport-Club Juventus. After just three years, they joined the official Italian Football Championship and started to make their mark on the game in Italy.
Following investment and a change of ground in 1904, Juve won their first league title a year later and had started to become more recognisable as the club we know today. Known simply as Juventus, a pink and back kit had also been ditched in favour of the iconic black and white stripes that all football fans can identify with.
Further new stadiums followed – in fact, Juventus only moved to their current Allianz home as recently as 2011 – and Juve set about competing with and sometimes dominating the Italian domestic set up.
Over the years, Juventus have given a home to some of the world’s best players with Dino Zoff, Paolo Rossi and Claudio Gentile among those Juve players who have been involved in Italian World Cup teams. Juve have enjoyed a rich history and it’s only getting better for the fans.
In many ways, Juventus’ strongest period is happening right now: An incredible run of six straight league titles would be tough to match by any side around the world and it’s certainly a first for this historic club from Turin.
Juve have fielded great sides throughout their history however and the Serie A title at the end of 2016/17 was their 33rd overall. The 1970’s were another dominant period for this great club with five Serie A wins across the decade plus a UEFA Cup win and a Copa Italia victory.
Success in Europe has eluded Juventus to an extent although they have claimed two European Cup / Champions league wins in 1985 and 1996 plus three UEFA Cup victories and a solitary success in the European Cup Winners Cup.
There have been many trophies heading to this part of Turin since Juve were formed but the Golden Years seem to be happening right now.
Here is Juventus’ record in major trophies over the last few seasons:
|Season||Serie A||SuperCoppa Italiana||Champions League|
|2016/17||Champions||Beaten Finalists||Beaten Finalists|
|2015/16||Champions||Beaten Finalists||Round of 16|
As we can see, while there has been great success domestically, Juventus have also gone deep into the Champions League in each of the last four campaigns so we should certainly be focusing on this club when we look for enhanced offers in the UCL.
Cristiano Ronaldo shook the footballing world when he left Real Madrid to join Juventus in the summer of 2018. CR7 had won so many trophies with Real but he clearly needed a new challenge and Juve were one of just a handful of clubs that could afford him. Ronaldo will now team up with 2016/17’s leading scorer Paulo Dybala to form what could prove to be the most potent strike force in World Football.
Any bookmakers’ offers that involve individuals will focus on those two but Juve have quality right through the squad. Perhaps their most important player is another new signing, Mattia Perrin, who will battle with Wojciech Szczesny to become first choice goalkeeper following the retirement of the great Gianluigi Buffon.
It’s a truly impressive squad but can they keep dominating at the summit of Italian football? That’s the minimum aim for Juventus as they look to continue their incredible record of domestic trophies while hopefully looking at their third Champions League success.