Twenty-one years ago, Giovanni Trapattoni's Juventus, having lost 2-1 away to SL Benfica in the first leg of the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, recovered to win the return fixture 3-0 and progress 4-2 on aggregate, with Jürgen Kohler (2), Dino Baggio 43 and Fabrizio Ravanelli (67) on target.
Ahead of the second instalment of the teams' UEFA Europa League semi-final on Thursday, which will begin once again with the Portuguese side 2-1 up, UEFA.com discovers what became of those Juventus players who featured in that 1993 tie and went on to lift the trophy two months later.
Having retired in 2007 after winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy as backup for current Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Peruzzi worked as assistant to Azzurri coach Marcello Lippi between 2008 and 2010. He held the same role alongside Ciro Ferrara with Italy's Under-21 squad and followed his former team-mate to UC Sampdoria in summer 2012. However, Ferrara – and Peruzzi – were dismissed in December that year.
The rock-solid defender continued to play until he was 44 with Pro Vercelli. In 2009 he returned to Juventus to work in the youth system and at the beginning of the 2012/13 campaign led the first team for a short period, replacing the suspended Antonio Conte and Angelo Alessio and helping the Bianconeri defeat SSC Napoli 4-2 after extra time in the Italian Super Cup.
"When I joined in 1991, Juve had failed to qualify for European competition," he said. "Then [Giovanni] Trapattoni arrived and the team quickly returned to being very competitive, finished second in Serie A and won the UEFA Cup the following year."
Nicknamed 'Geppetto' – after the father of Pinocchio – because he was working as a carpenter, Torricelli was 22 when Juventus noticed his talent in a pre-season friendly against amateurs US Caratese. "I don't know how many coaches in the world would have risked signing and giving a game to an unknown like I was," Torricelli said of Trapattoni. "Then, after a friendly against Bayern in which I played with great calm and composure in front of 60,000 spectators, he told me: 'You must be a real footballer or you are just crazy'."
He left Juve in 1999, retiring six years later, and coached youth teams at ACF Fiorentina and a couple of lower-division sides until 2010. That year he lost his wife Barbara to a cancer and quit coaching to stay with his two daughters and one son.
"The atmosphere in Lisbon was impressive," the former midfielder, who went into youth coaching, recently said of that first leg in 1993. "I remember it was very difficult for us to play there and we lost 2-1. Fortunately we made amends in Turin, beating them 3-0. I scored in that game and I scored three more goals in the two finals against Dortmund. I still remember that triumph with great pride. I hope the current Juventus [team] can do the same as we did."
Since autumn 2013, the former Germany centre-back has been at the helm of sixth-tier ECG Wirges, who are leading the table by six points and heading for promotion. The 1990 FIFA World Cup winner, who had a brief spell as sporting director of SV Waldhof Mannheim in 2013, also works as an ambassador for companies and an asset consultant.
The defender, who was in the Borussia Dortmund side that overcame Juventus in the 1997 UEFA Champions League final, retired in 2001 in his native Brazil after a long career in Europe. He is now a football agent.
An occasional TV pundit in his native Germany, the one-time winger has stated his desire to continue working as a coach. In January 2014 he started attending training sessions at Hamburger SV and was reportedly close to becoming an assistant to Bert van Marwijk before the Dutchman was dismissed the following month.
After opening the scoring in Juventus's penalty shoot-out triumph over AFC Ajax in the 1996 UEFA Champions League final, the 'Silver Fox' had spells in England, France and Scotland before retiring with home-town club AC Perugia in 2005. He started to coach in Juventus's youth system in 2011 and last summer took the reins at Ligue 1 club AC Ajaccio, only to be sacked in December.
"I remember the atmosphere in Lisbon was really heated," he recently said. "It was the same this year in the first leg but I'm sure Juve can turn things around at home, as we did back in 1993."
After winning the UEFA Cup in 1993, one of many medals he earned throughout his career as a midfielder, Conte is determined to do the same as coach. He has led Juventus to back-to-back Italian titles since taking charge at his old club in 2011 following spells with US Arezzo, AS Bari, Atalanta BC and AC Siena.
"I trust Conte and I trust veteran players like Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, but the others need to improve in Europe, especially in terms of confidence," said Vialli, who is now a famous TV pundit in Italy. "Winning the Europa League would be crucial in order to start playing better in the Champions League. It's certainly a good way to gain confidence and awareness. It worked well for my team."
The 'Divine Ponytail' worked with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) between 2010 and 2013 while gaining the necessary licence to coach in Serie A. He now teaches at the St. John International University, near Juventus's headquarters in Vinovo, to coaches who want to work with children. "Now it's easy to say, but I could imagine that Conte was destined to become a good coach," he recently said in an interview. "He always knew the right position where he had to be when he was playing. Winning a third Scudetto in a row would be a fantastic achievement for him."
"I have always said that you need players like him to win titles," Trapattoni once said of the industrious midfielder. "He is also a key player when he is on the substitutes' bench, a real professional. A team is like a house and Galia is an important piece of the foundations."
After retiring in 1997, Galia had several experiences as a coach in Italy's lower divisions and with various youth sides. "Our team was a work in progress after some disappointing years, while this team has already won the Scudetto twice and has everything to be successful in Europe as well," he said of the current side.
After retiring in 2000, Marocchi had several roles as a director at his home-town club Bologna FC. He is now a TV pundit for Sky Italia alongside Vialli.
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