Juventus Stadium will stage the final of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League, with the new home of Turin's most famous footballing export having opened in September 2011.
The 41,000-capacity arena stands on the site of the old Stadio Delle Alpi (Stadium of the Alps) which had been inaugurated in 1990 to host matches at that summer's FIFA World Cup. Juventus bought the old stadium, which they once shared with local rivals Torino FC, from the local authorities in order to build their new home. They are the first major Italian club to own their own ground.
Founded in 1897, La Vecchia Signore (the old lady) have won 27 Italian titles and nine Italian Cups as well as all three of UEFA's major club tournaments: the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League in 1984/85 and 1995/96; the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983/84; and the UEFA Cup in 1976/77, 1989/90 and 1992/93. Only AFC Ajax and FC Bayern München can also claim this feat.
Turin has never witnessed a final of Europe's top club competition, although eight previous finals have taken place in Italy: four at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, three at San Siro in Milan and one at Bari's Stadio San Nicola. Juventus's three UEFA Cup successes were contested over two legs: the first two saw them play at the Stadio Comunale, with only the last one, in 1992/93, being partially decided at the Stadio Delle Alpi.
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