Platini leaving his career as footballer in 1987 and becoming a coach, manager and later President of UEFA in 2007.

Platini’s farewell to football coincided with a reformation of the team, seeing Juventus witness a less successful period, despite other victories: in 1990 the Bianconeri won both the UEFA cup and Italian Cup. Dino Zoff was at the helm, who at first was supported by the precious contribution of one of his great friends and former team mates, Gaetano Scirea. But fate brought a tragic end to that solid link: during a trip to Poland to scout Juventus’ future opponents in the Uefa Cup, Gaetano lost his life in a tragic car accident. The date was 3 September 1989 and no Juventus supporter will ever forget it.

 

In 1990 Giampiero Boniperti handed over the presidency to the attorney Vittorio Caissotti di Chiusano. Three years later, Juventus clinched their third UEFA Cup, but had not had a Championship win in a long time. In 1994, the club started a reorganisation process: Chiusano remained as president, but operating positions were given to Roberto Bettega, Antonio Giraudo and Luciano Moggi.

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Marcello Lippi was the manager and the team featured many new players: Ferrara in defence, Paulo Sousa and Deschamps in mid eld and up front alongside unrivalled leaders like Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Baggio, was an interesting younger player. He had arrived the year before from Padova, showing a notable technique and strong personality. His name was Alessandro Del Piero. And he would go on to rewrite all of Juventus’ records. First came the Italian Championship, followed by the Italian Cup. There was an ongoing struggle with Parma, who nally managed to wrest the Uefa Cup from Juventus. The year was a triumph, but one that was also marked by tragedy of Andrea Fortunato, who died from an incurable disease on 25 April 1995. The Italian Championship victory allowed Juventus to claim their place in the Champions League the following year. They eliminated Real Madrid in the quarter- finals, and went on to beat Nantes in the semis.

The final was played in Rome against reigning champs Ajax. It was 22 May 1996, it ended 1-1. Then came the penalties: the Bianconeri did not miss one, while Peruzzi saved two. Jugovic approached the penalty spot wearing a smile for the last kick. His smile turned into a cry of joy after a few seconds. Juventus became Champions of Europe.

 

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