Back in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 for the first time in five seasons, once again Celtic FC will look to capitalise on their strong home form when they welcome Juventus to Glasgow.
• Group G runners-up, Celtic take on the Italian champions – who qualified first in Group E – 11 years on from contesting two outstanding group stage fixtures, the Hoops winning 4-3 at Celtic Park having lost 3-2 in Turin.
• Celtic manager Neil Lennon and his assistant Johan Mjällby played in both those games. On 18 September 2001 in Turin, Davis Trezeguet's double (43, 55) gave Juve a two-goal lead but Stiliyan Petrov pulled one back in the 67th minute and Henrik Larsson looked to have earned Celtic a point from the penalty spot with four minutes left. In the final minute, however, Nicola Amoruso struck with a penalty of his own to give Juve the spoils.
• In the reverse fixture, Alessandro Del Piero gave Juve a 19th-minute lead, but goals from Joos Valgaeren (24) and Chris Sutton (45) turned the match around. Trezeguet (51) levelled but again Celtic responded strongly, another Larsson penalty (57) restoring their advantage before Sutton's second (64). Trezeguet (77) struck again to set up a barnstorming finish but Celtic held on.
• Gianluigi Buffon started in Turin and was on the bench in Glasgow and is the only survivor from those games. Pavel Nedvěd, now a Juventus director, featured at Celtic Park.
• The lineups for the game in Glasgow on 31 October 2001 were:
Celtic: Douglas, Valgaeren, Baldé, Mjällby, Lambert, Petta, Agathe, Lennon, Moravčík (Petrov 65), Larsson, Sutton.
Juventus: Carini, Ferrara, Paramatti, Iuliano, Zenoni, Birindelli, Tacchinardi, Maresca (Frara 81), Nedvěd, Amoruso (Pessotto 67), Del Piero (Trezeguet 46).
• The sides also met in the 1981/82 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round, Celtic winning 1-0 at home but going down 2-0 away. First team coach Danny McGrain played in Glasgow.
• Celtic have not lost in eight games against Serie A opponents at Celtic Park since their first visitors from Italy, AC Milan, prevailed 1-0 in a European Cup quarter-final on 12 March 1969, winning by the same aggregate score.
• In last season's UEFA Europa League group stage, Celtic drew 1-1 home and away against Udinese Calcio.
• Celtic's 19 games against Italian sides have ended W5 D7 L7 (W4 D4 L1 in Glasgow). The most memorable contest was the first, Celtic beating FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 in the 1966/67 European Cup final in Lisbon to become the first British club to lift the trophy.
• Celtic won both home games in the qualifying rounds, defeating HJK Helsinki (2-1) and Helsingborgs IF (2-0) to reach the group stage. They opened with a goalless draw against SL Benfica but a pair of 2-1 victories in their next two home games, against FC Barcelona – the day after the Glasgow club's 125th anniversary – and FC Spartak Moskva, secured their place in the knockout rounds.
• Away from home, Lennon's team won both qualifying fixtures 2-0 then recorded a 3-2 success at Spartak, their first away victory in 21 attempts in the UEFA Champions League proper. The games in Barcelona and Benfica ended in 2-1 defeats.
• The Bhoys are in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds for the third time and are hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the competition's modern incarnation for the first time. In 2006/07 they drew 0-0 at home to Milan and lost 1-0 in extra time in Italy; the following season they went down 3-2 at home to Barcelona and 1-0 in Catalonia.
• Juventus, who remained unbeaten in the group stage to extend their unbeaten run in UEFA competition to 16 games, are in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds for the tenth time. They were last at this stage in 2008/09 when they lost 1-0 at Chelsea FC before drawing 2-2 in Turin.
• The Bianconeri's Group E campaign brought draws at Chelsea (2-2) and FC Nordsjælland (1-1), the 1-0 matchday six win at FC Shakhtar Donetsk ensuring they finished top of the section. At home Juve drew 1-1 with Shakhtar before overcoming Nordsjælland and Chelsea 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.
• Juve have not been beaten on their travels in Europe since 18 March 2010 when they went down 4-1 at Fulham FC in the UEFA Europa League group stage round of 16 second leg, losing 5-4 on aggregate. Their subsequent eight away fixtures have produced three wins and five draws.
• However, those two defeats at Celtic are part of an overall record of two wins, one draw and three defeats in Juve's six visits to Scottish sides. They have lost on three of their last four trips, the sole exception a 4-0 triumph at Rangers FC in the 1995/96 group stage.
• Andrea Pirlo faced Celtic on five occasions with Milan, including both legs of the 2006/07 round of 16 tie.
• Mauricio Isla played in Udinese's 1-1 draw at Celtic last season, with Kwadwo Asamoah featuring for the Serie A side in Italy.
• Mikael Lustig's hosts Sweden lost 2-1 to an Italy team including Claudio Marchisio, Paolo De Ceglie and Sebastian Giovinco in the 2009 UEFA Under-21 European Championship group stage.
• Giorgio Chiellini scored the only goal as the senior Italian national side defeated Lustig's Sweden in a Cesena friendly on 18 November 2009.
• Victor Wanyama's brother MacDonald Mariga plays for FC Internazionale Milano.
• Buffon, Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli were in the Italy team that beat Scott Brown's Scotland side 2-1 in Glasgow during UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying on 17 November 2007.
• Buffon, Pirlo and Fabio Quagliarella, and Brown, were all involved when Italy won 2-0 at home to Scotland on 28 March 2007 during the same qualifying campaign.
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