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Juventus All-time XI

In honour of Italy's most famous club, Antonio Labbate took on the tough task of trying select juve's greatest team of all-time.

Dino Zoff (1972-83) Goalkeeper
Became a national hero when, at the age of 40, he captained Italy to World Cup glory. But Zoff proved to be a consistent performer for Juventus prior to that triumph when he established himself as No 1 in Turin for 11 years after joining from Napoli in 1972. Won six Serie A titles, two Italian Cups and a UEFA Cup. Would later have a brief coaching stint with the club before going on to manage the Azzurri.

Gaetano Scirea (1974-86) Sweeper
Elegance personified. A sweeper from the old school who would become an international regular for over a decade. He read the game as if he had studied it the night before. Scirea was a model professional and born leader. Tragically died in 1989 in a road accident while on a scouting mission for Juve in Poland. Was a key member in the Azzurri side that won the 1982 World Cup. Made 377 League appearances for Juve.

Antonello Cuccureddu (1969-81) Defender
Picked up a staggering six championships with Juve between 1971 and 1981. A
powerful defender who went on to win international honours. Started his career in Serie C with Torres in 1967, before joining Brescia for one term a year later.

Claudio Gentile (1973-84) Defender
They don't build defenders like this anymore. Uncompromising stopper who became a regular for the Bianconeri in his second season in Turin. Signed from Varese, Gentile made man marking an art form. Like Cuccureddu won six Serie A titles. The current Coach of the Italian Under-21 side, Gentile played a starring role in the 1982 World Cup triumph.

Antonio Cabrini (1976-89) Defender
Joined Juventus in 1976 from Atalanta and instantly became a hit on the domestic and international scene. Equipped with a graceful left foot, many believe Juventus have never really replaced him. Another member of the 1982 World Cup winning team, he made history by missing a penalty in the Final against West Germany.

Marco Tardelli (1975-85) Midfielder
A midfield general who joined the Bianconeri in 1975 from Serie B side Como. His impact was so immense that less than a year later he had already made his full international debut in a 3-1 win over Portugal. A veteran of five Scudetto riumphs and a key figure in Juve's European success in the early 1980s. Went on to both play and coach Inter.

Giampiero Boniperti (1946-61) Midfielder
An attack-minded midfielder who holds a club record of 444 appearances - with 178 goals - in Serie A. Originally started his career as a striker before being lowly moved into a deeper position. Would go on to become club captain and play for the Azzurri 38 times. Also became President of the club before quitting in the 1990s.

Zinedine Zidane (1996-01) Midfielder
Joined Juventus in 1996 from Bordeaux. The talented Frenchman would quickly establish himself as the world's best player. Won two championships, a European Super Cup, a World Club Cup and an Italian Super Cup. Left last summer for £48m to join Real Madrid where he hopes to fulfil his ambition of winning the Champions' League after finishing runner-up with the Old Lady on two occasions.

Michel Platini (1982-87) Midfielder
The most influential player in Juve's recent history. A true No 10 and midfield genius who could score more often than most strikers and hit passes of 40-50 yards to a teammate's feet. European Player of the Year from 1983 to 1985 and an important cog in the success of the Bianconeri and the French national side.

Omar Sivori (1957-65) Forward
Volatile South American forward with the scoring skills of John Charles and the
disciplinary record of Paolo Montero. Netted 134 League goals for the club in the late 1950s and early 60s. Finished as Capocannoniere in 1960 with 27 goals and scored six in Juve's 9-1 defeat of Inter in 1960-61. Now scouts South American players for the club.

Roberto Baggio (1990-95) Forward
For the early part of the 1990s Roberto Baggio was Juventus. Having signed on the eve of the 1990 World Cup Finals for a world record £8m, his sale led to riots in the streets of Florence. A pony-tailed genius who played his best football in Turin, Baggio ended his stay in 1995 when the club were crowned champions of Italy.

Giovanni Trapattoni (1976-86 & 91-94) Coach
Coached Juventus in a club record 402 Serie A games over two spells in Turin. His first was significantly more successful than his last as Juventus went on to rule the roost at home and abroad. Labelled as defensive by some while with the Old
Lady, Trap is Italy's most successful boss ever. Now in charge of the Italian National team after spells with Inter, Cagliari and Bayern Munich.

This article is entitled "Juventus All-time XI", taken from Football Italia, issue 2, February 2002.

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