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Turin's historic finals

Juventus Stadium is hosting its first major European final, but Turin itself is no stranger to UEFA showpieces, with the city's clubs Juventus and Torino FC both involved.
Turin's historic finals
Juventus's Roberto Baggio lifts the UEFA Cup at the Stadio Delle Alpi in 1993 ©Getty Images
 

Turin's historic finals

Juventus Stadium is hosting its first major European final, but Turin itself is no stranger to UEFA showpieces, with the city's clubs Juventus and Torino FC both involved.

The 2014 UEFA Europa League final will be the first such showpiece event at Juventus Stadium yet it will not be the first for the city of Turin.

Between them the Stadio Comunale and Stadio Delle Alpi staged four UEFA Cup finals, albeit unlike this one those were not one-off matches. Twice the Stadio Comunale saw Juventus in action in the first leg of a UEFA Cup final and then, following the inauguration of the Stadio Delle Alpi – on the site of which Juventus Stadium stands today – both the Bianconeri and Torino FC contested another final home leg there.

Turin also hosted the 1984 UEFA Super Cup between Juventus and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Communale. That game, held in 1985, should have formed part of a two-legged final but, as the brief history below explains, circumstances made it a one-off affair.

19 May 1993
Juventus 3-0 Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Cup final, second leg
(D Baggio 5 43, Möller 65)
It was Juventus's third UEFA Cup win but the first time they had lifted the trophy on home soil as they completed a 6-1 aggregate rout of Dortmund at the Stadio Delle Alpi. Having prevailed 3-1 in Germany, where Roberto Baggio struck twice, they killed off any faint hopes of a Dortmund fightback when Dino Baggio – scorer of the opening goal in the first leg – found the net again five minutes into the return. The midfielder made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute with Andreas Möller adding a third in the second half. For coach Giovanni Trapattoni, it was his second UEFA Cup success with Juventus, 16 years after the first.

29 April 1992
Torino FC 2-2 AFC Ajax
UEFA Cup final, first leg
(Casagrande 65 82; Jonk 17, Pettersson 73p)
This was Torino's first – and so far only – taste of a European final and also the first at the Stadio Delle Alpi, built for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The Granata entered the game with high hopes after beating Real Madrid CF in the semi-finals yet Wim Jonk's first-half strike for Ajax put them on the back foot and although Walter Casagrande equalised after 65 minutes, Stefan Pettersson's penalty soon restored the visitors' advantage. With eight minutes remaining, Casagrande levelled once more but those two away goals cost Emiliano Mondonico's men dear when the second leg in Amsterdam finished goalless.

2 May 1990
Juventus 3-1 ACF Fiorentina
UEFA Cup final, first leg
(Galia 3, Casiraghi 59, De Agostini 73; Buso 10)
There was a lively start to the first all-Italian final in UEFA competition history – and the last at the Stadio Comunale – as Roberto Galia fired Juve into a third-minute lead and Renato Buso equalised after ten minutes. That was as good as it got for the team from Florence, though, as Pierluigi Casiraghi and Luigi De Agostini notched second-half goals for Dino Zoff's Bianconeri. Juventus successfully protected their 3-1 cushion in the goalless return fixture and rubbed salt into Viola wounds soon after by luring away their star player, Roberto Baggio.

16 January 1985
Juventus 2-0 Liverpool FC
UEFA Super Cup
(Boniek 39 79)
This was the era of two-legged UEFA Super Cups but reigning European champions Liverpool had such a heavy schedule of fixtures that the clubs instead played a one-off contest at Juventus's home ground. Polish forward Zbigniew Boniek was the man who made the difference on the night, opening the scoring after 39 minutes and sealing Juve's success with the second goal 11 minutes from time. Juventus had lifted the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup and would end the campaign with their first European Champion Clubs' Cup, beating Liverpool again in the final at Heysel Stadium.

5 May 1977
Juventus 1-0 Athletic Club
UEFA Cup final, first leg
(Tardelli 15)
With 75,000 spectators crammed inside the Stadio Comunale, Juventus took a big step towards securing their first European trophy as Marco Tardelli's 15th-minute strike earned a 1-0 victory for Trapattoni's side. Roberto Bettega's goal seven minutes into the return leg doubled their advantage and although Athletic hit back through Javier Irureta and Carlos Ruiz to win 2-1 on the night in Bilbao, the 2-2 aggregate draw meant Juventus triumphed on the away goals rule. After two defeats in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finals, it was third time lucky for the Bianconeri.

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