Juventus

Juve's success down to determination, commitment and selflessness

May 26, 2017 10:28 AM PDT

As Juventus seal a sixth consecutive Serie A crown, Janusz Michallik explains just how impressive the streak is. Watch some of the best moments from Juve's raising of their 33rd Serie A trophy, as well as some locker room celebrations. Gerard Pique has recently said Juve's Gianluigi Buffon should be the leading candidate for this year's Ballon d'Or. It's time for the final game of the Serie A season and while Juventus have already been crowned Champions of Italy for a record sixth straight time, they're gunning for another win to ensure they maintain that winning momentum looking ahead to next week and the Champions League final. A remarkable team that sacrifices and works for one another, the Bianconeri are clearly the best-balanced side in Europe. With talent in every area of a pitch and a team that can score in a multitude of ways, some...

Juve, Madrid on top before Champions League final; Man United a new entry

May 25, 2017 06:58 AM PDT

Watch some of the best moments from Juve's raising of their 33rd Serie A trophy, as well as some locker room celebrations. Real Madrid celebrated winning their first La Liga title since 2012 with fans on an open top bus parade in the Spanish capital. The conversation gets heated between the FC guys when talking about whether or not this season can be considered a success by Man United standards. The top two each wrapped a league title last weekend, Next stop Cardiff, via Shaka Hislop's latest Power Rankings! 1. Juventus (no change) A 3-0 win against Crotone confirmed what, in truth, most of us have expected all season: Juventus are champions of Italy for the sixth straight game. With two parts of a treble complete, only Real Madrid stand between Max Allegri's men and footballing immortality. 2. Real Madrid (no change) With Barcelona poised to take advantage of any slip, Madrid...

Transfer Talk: Juventus prep huge bid for Porto star Felipe

May 23, 2017 06:07 PM PDT

Juventus recently bought out Felipe's remaining 25 percent economic rights. Juventus will try to sign Porto star Felipe and are preparing a €30m offer, reports Portuguese newspaper A Bola. The Dragoes will point to the 28-year-old's €50m release clause, having recently bought out the Brazilian centre-back's remaining 25 percent economic rights for €5m. For more on Felipe to Juventus, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Zidane guides Real to La Liga glory, Allegri's Juve win again, Terry's sendoff

May 22, 2017 08:41 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga. There was no last day miracle, no "Tenerifazo" like a quarter-century ago when Real Madrid contrived to blow the title 90 minutes from the finish line. What you got instead was an early lead to settle the nerves, some great goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, and Karim Benzema putting the title out of reach by giving Real Madrid their 2-0 lead in the second half. The victory away to Malaga sealed the club's 33rd league title, although only the club's second since 2008. Whether this reflects shifting...

Juventus clinch record sixth straight Serie A title with easy win vs. Crotone

May 21, 2017 10:12 AM PDT

As Juventus seal a sixth consecutive Serie A crown, Janusz Michallik explains just how impressive the streak is. By defeating Crotone 3-0, Juventus clinched their sixth successive Serie A title becoming the first club to manage such a feat in Italy. One more trophy to celebrate, Juventus again proved why they have, by far, been the best team in the league.   Despite the scoreline, it must be said that Crotone played a good game, defending well, remaining compact and providing a threat on the counterattack. Refusing to surrender, the side just lacked the quality required to make a difference. Juventus...

Juventus aim for sixth consecutive Serie A title vs. Crotone

May 20, 2017 06:55 PM PDT

Fresh off a Coppa Italia triumph, Max Allegri says Juventus will end the Serie A title race in the penultimate round. The FC panel debate the form of the two UCL finalists, citing Juventus as the team more solidified from back to front. One down, two to go. Juventus lifted their first trophy Wednesday evening, when they defeated Lazio 2-0 to win their third consecutive Coppa Italia trophy. It was a victory that was heavily celebrated, with the club, its squad and the many members of management reaping the rewards for a brilliant project that started more than six years ago. Juventus Crotone 3 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats A team built carefully, a dressing room famous for its harmonious atmosphere and a coach who must be recognised as one of the best in the world, Juventus believe...

More than full-backs, Dani Alves and Alex Sandro have Juve thinking treble

May 18, 2017 09:38 AM PDT

The FC panel debate the form of the two UCL finalists, citing Juventus as the team more solidified from back to front. Dani Alves had some fun at the expense of a reporter during Juventus' Coppa Italia title celebration. Right back Dani Alves produces a sensational volley to score Juventus' second in their 2-1 second-leg win over AS Monaco. At times with Juventus, it's just like watching Brazil.  Take last night's Coppa Italia final, for example. Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and became the first team in history to win this competition three years running.  Think of it as one treble in preparation for another. Dani Alves opened the scoring in Rome, running off the shoulder of the hapless Senad Lulic and volleying his shot into the ground, past the Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. The 34-year-old has...

Champions League finalists Juventus and Real Madrid stay first and second

May 18, 2017 08:46 AM PDT

The FC panel debate the form of the two UCL finalists, citing Juventus as the team more solidified from back to front. It's that time of the season when trophies are handed out and the biggest teams celebrate. And not just because they feature in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings! 1. Juventus (no change) In terms of Juve's treble mission, Part 1 is complete -- a 2-0 Coppa Italia final win vs. Lazio saw to that -- and Part 2 should be finalised on Sunday, when a draw vs. Crotone will be enough to clinch Serie A. After that, the focus will turn to the Champions League final. 2. Real Madrid (no change) Talking...

Juve capture their third straight Coppa Italia with physicality and fluidity

May 17, 2017 05:07 PM PDT

The FC panel debate the form of the two UCL finalists, citing Juventus as the team more solidified from back to front. Juventus won their first trophy of the season as they defeated Lazio 2-0 on Wednesday to lift the Coppa Italia for the third consecutive season. A team that simply cannot be overcome in Italy, Juventus played with physicality and fluidity, taking complete control of the game in the first half. Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci scored the goals and imposed their superiority to allow for a more relaxed second half. Lazio tried to create chances and improved in the second half, but their lack of efficiency...

Juventus begin pursuit of first Treble with Coppa Italia final against Lazio

May 17, 2017 04:05 AM PDT

Gonzalo Higuain and Juventus could win their first title of the season on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia final. Juventus will try to pick up their first title of the season and continue their attempt to become only the seventh club to win the European Treble when they face Lazio in the final of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday. The only club capable of winning the Treble this season, Juventus currently hold a four-point lead over AS Roma in Serie A and also will play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3. Barcelona were the last to win the domestic league, domestic cup and Champions...

Man City, Chelsea battle for Walker; Juventus weighing move for Rafinha

May 16, 2017 03:50 PM PDT

Kyle Walker may want out at Tottenham and doors could open at Chelsea or Man City. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Chelsea and City to fight it out for Walker Chelsea have emerged as the main competition for Manchester City to sign Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, according to the Mirror. The Premier League winners have offered to double the England international's wages to around £140,000-per-week. Spurs will demand £40...

Juve must wait on title and wonder if they'll rediscover focus in time

May 14, 2017 05:20 PM PDT

Needing only a point to claim their fifth straight Serie A crown, Roma shutdown Juve 3-1, postponing their title yet again. On a day Juventus could have celebrated a title, the five-time reigning champions laid an egg against Roma. A point would have sufficed, but Juventus delayed their title celebrations yet again, losing 3-1 to Roma. Despite playing with aggression and determination in the first half, Juventus lost focus and surrendered to mediocrity soon after taking the lead. Imprecise on the ball and lacking in organisation, Roma were gifted the opportunity to create several chances, converting three to seal the win and snatch second place in the league. AS Roma Juventus 3 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives None to speak of, but as Massimiliano Allegri said, perhaps...

Juventus ready to clinch Serie A title against Roma, continue historic run

May 13, 2017 11:05 AM PDT

Juve can clinch the Serie A title with a draw vs. Roma and Massimiliano Allegri is solely fully focused on that challenge. For the sixth year running, Juventus have delighted their fans with a fluid and winning brand of football. With trophy upon trophy won, going undefeated in the 2011-12 season and reaching the Champions League final twice, the Italian side have reclaimed their pre-Calciopoli reputation and are back to being the force they once were. Yet despite all the wins, the glory and the spectacular array of talent the club has purchased and sold in these past few seasons, no side has delighted as much as this...

Transfer Rater: Dani Alves to Chelsea, Victor Valdes to Manchester City

May 12, 2017 04:04 AM PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Dominic Solanke to Celtic Chelsea academy product Dominic Solanke is being linked with a move to Celtic this summer and a reunion with Brendan Rodgers....

Transfer Talk: Juventus to invest UCL earnings in three summer targets

May 11, 2017 06:28 PM PDT

Max Allegri will reportedly have £106m to spend on signings during the offseason. Juventus have assembled one of Europe's most formidable sides to reach the Champions League final, but Corriere dello Sport believes they could get even stronger this summer by spending £106 million on new signings. The Italian newspaper identifies three key targets: AC Milan's Mattia De Sciglio, Barcelona's Andre Gomes and Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa. For more on Juventus' plans, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Power Rankings: UCL finalists Juventus No. 1, Real Madrid No. 2

May 11, 2017 01:15 PM PDT

After dispatching Monaco comfortably, the FC panel assess if Juve are favourites to claim the UCL crown in the final. Julien Laurens discusses teenage phenom Kylian Mbappe's potential transfer destinations, or if he'll remain in Ligue 1. Europe's top clubs keep winning. As a result, Juventus remain top and there's only one new entry in this week's Power Rankings. 1. Juventus (no change) Max Allegri's side dropped more Serie A points when Torino came within a whisker of winning the Turin derby, but Juve can still clinch the title this weekend. After that, focus will turn to the Champions League final, which they reached by beating Monaco 4-1 on aggregate. 2. Real Madrid (no change) Zinedine Zidane rotated heavily...

Juventus vs. Madrid: Ronaldo, Bale and Buffon the key storylines in UCL final

May 11, 2017 04:01 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to Juventus vs. Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Juventus face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3, and there's plenty of big storylines for each side.  James Horncastle (Juventus) and Dermot Corrigan (Real Madrid) discuss the key issues ... Juventus 1. Time to scratch that itch? The holders have never retained the trophy in the Champions League era. Meanwhile, there is the seven-year itch. A team from Serie A has won the Champions League every seven years (not to mention a few times in between) since 1989. The sequencing...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gianluigi Buffon star in UCL Team of the Semifinals

May 11, 2017 02:54 AM PDT

With the Champions League semifinals done and dusted, it's time to look at the best XI ... ESPN FC's Champions League Team of the Week. Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) What more can be said about the remarkable Buffon? He came through at the most important moments for Juventus in what was ultimately a comfortable win over Monaco. In the first leg -- his 100th Champions League appearance -- he made crucial saves from Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao while the game was still in the balance; in the second his astute overhead throw began...

Trending: FIFA investigating Pogba transfer, Juventus into UCL final

May 10, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Relive the top moments from Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg between Juventus and Monaco. After dispatching Monaco comfortably, the FC panel assess if Juve are favourites to claim the UCL crown in the final. BT Sport highlight: Juventus had a comfortable 2-1 win over Monaco, booking a place in the Champions League final for the second time in three years. Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED: FIFA has opened an investigation into Paul Pogba's world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. - United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their Europa League semifinal second leg with Celta Vigo. - United have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid's James Rodriguez this summer, sources have told ESPN FC. - United will receive almost £40...

Juventus -- fix it even if it ain't broke

May 10, 2017 08:36 AM PDT

After dispatching Monaco comfortably, the FC panel assess if Juve are favourites to claim the UCL crown in the final. You have to go all the way back to Chelsea in 2012 -- five years and five managers ago -- to find a Champions League winner that has changed more than Juve have in the past two seasons. Well-run clubs never need to rebuild; they simply reload. It's an old maxim and it's generally true. If you're a dominant side, you maintain that dominance through continuous small changes rather than periodic blow-ups. Get the small changes right and you won't need to rebuild. But for every rule, there's a counterargument:...

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