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 three seasons:
|Season||Serie A||SuperCoppa Italiana||Champions League|
|2015/16:||Champions||Beaten Finalists||Round of 16|
|2016/17:||Champions||Beaten Finalists||Beaten Finalists|
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 three campaigns so we should certainly be focusing on this club when we look for enhanced offers in the UCL.
There has been plenty of rotation in the Juventus squad over recent seasons with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez making an impact before moving on elsewhere. For 2017/18 we have another potent squad with a key striker making his mark.
Like Morata and Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain is a much travelled centre forward who is in demand right across Europe. At the time of writing, he has scored 26 goals in 44 league games for Juve and forms a potent partnership with his fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala.
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 veteran goalkeeper and skipper Gianluigi Buffon who is still keeping them out at the age of 39.
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.