Italian sides have faced off in the finals of major European competitions six times.
When Juventus FC meet AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final, it will not be the first time that two Italian sides have met in a major European final.
The destiny of the European Champions' Club Cup has never been decided by a meeting between Serie A sides - the only occasion that a Champions League final pitted clubs from the same country against each other was in 1999/00 when Real Madrid CF won 3-0 against fellow Spaniards Valencia CF - but the UEFA Cup has been decided four times in an all-italian meeting.
Since its inauguration in 1971/72, the UEFA Cup final has been contested between clubs from the same country six times. The very first final was an all-English affair as Tottenham Hotspur FC won 2-1 on aggregate against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. In 1979/80 it was Germany's turn as VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on the away goals following a 3-3 aggregate draw.
UEFA Cup heritage
Since then, Italian sides have competed among themselves for the title on four occasions. The first time was in the 1989/90 competition when a 3-1 win at home against AC Fiorentina was enough to give Juventus victory. A third minute goal from Roberto Galia was cancelled out by Renato Buso seven minutes later, but second-half efforts from Gianluigi Casiraghi and Luigi De Agostini won the day.
Fans had to wait just one year for another all-Italian final, as the 1990/91 final saw Internazionale FC get the better of AS Roma. A Lothar Matthäus penalty and a second-half strike from Nicola Berti gave Inter a 2-0 lead from the first leg. Ruggero Rizzitelli scored for Roma with nine minutes to go in the second leg at the Olimpico stadium, could not prize the cup away from the Milan side.
The 1994/95 final saw Juventus lose out to Parma AC. A fifth-minute Dino Baggio gave Parma a first-leg lead at the Ennio Tardini, and although Gianluca Vialli levelled the score in the tie in the first-half of the second leg, Baggio scored again seven minutes after half-time at the San Siro to secure an unexpected win.
The first one-legged UEFA Cup final in 1997/98 was the last time that two Italian sides met in the final of a major competition, but this time it was plain sailing for Inter against S.S. Lazio. Ivan Zamorano scored within five minutes of the start to steady Inter's nerves and Javier Zanetti added a second 15 minutes into the second half. Ronaldo added insult to injury with a third goal 20 minutes from time.
Super Cup meetings
The UEFA Super Cup has also seen its share of all-Italian finals. The two-legged 1990 final saw AC Milan overcome Sampdoria UC 3-1 on aggregate, but Milan were less lucky in the 1993 final, as Parma won 2-0 in the second leg at the San Siro to cancel out a 1-0 deficit from the home leg.