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I know it's a litle late for this thread, but here it goes

JUVENTUS SQUAD 2004/05

Stephen Appiah

Date of birth: 24.12.1980
Country: Ghana

A combative midfield player, Stephen Appiah is blessed with a strong 'engine' and good tactical awareness.

National team
Appiah first turned out for Ghana at the age of 16 and is an international regular.

Club
The combative midfield player joined Udinese Calcio as a 16-year-old, spending three seasons with the club. It was at the Friuli stadium that he morphed from a striker of promise into a midfielder of substance. Appiah assumed the deeper, more constructive role following his debut against US Lecce in February 1998.

2000: A transfer to Parma was jeopardised by viral hepatitis, but Appiah overcame the illness to become a Gialloblu in summer. The Ghanaian was on the fringe of becoming a regular at the Ennio Tardini, and the club thought it would aid his development to spend the 2002/03 season on loan at Brescia Calcio.

2002: A first-team regular, Appiah scored seven times in 31 games for Brescia to alert Juve to his talents. The Italian champions paid €2m to secure his services with an option of a permanent €6m transfer in 2004. "It is a terrific opportunity for me," Appiah said. "You cannot ask for more than to play for a team like Juve."

2003/04: Enjoyed a solid first season at the Delle Alpi, playing 30 Serie A games. He also appeared in the final of the Coppa Italia, won by S.S. Lazio over two legs, and made his debut in the UEFA Champions League.

Did you know?
Appiah was born in Accra, where he turned out for the local champions Hearts of Oak.

Alessandro Birindelli

Date of birth 12.11.1974
Country Italy

Although no longer guaranteed selection in Juventus FC's starting side, Alessandro Birindelli, a tough defender, still has much to offer the club.

National team
A latecomer to international football, Birindelli made his Italy debut in November 2002 in a 1-1 friendly international draw against Turkey. Played once in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™, not enough to earn him a place in the 23-man squad for Portugal.

Club
Born in Pisa, Birindelli advanced through the ranks of another Tuscan club, Empoli FC, where he amassed well in excess of a century of matches, helping them win promotion to Serie B in his penultimate season, and a top-flight spot in his final campaign in 1996/97 prior to joining Juve.

1997: Having been handed the No15 shirt vacated by Christian Vieri, Birindelli proved a regular choice for the Bianconeri in their Serie A title win of 1998/99, and subsequent UEFA Champions League bids: a competition in which he had tallied 32 appearances, scoring twice, going into the 2002/03 edition. He played ten times as Juventus won Serie A in 2001/02, in addition to nine outings in the Champions League - picking up three bookings in 582 minutes of European football. Birindelli then featured 17 times in Serie A as Juve won a 27th Scudetto in 2003. He was more of a regular in the Champions League, totalling 13 appearances as the Turin club reached the final, where he was one of only two Juventus players to score in the shoot-out defeat by AC Milan after coming on as a 42nd-minute substitute.

2003/04: Although a strained his right thigh limited his involvement, Birindelli took his tally of Serie A appearances for Juve up to the 140 mark by playing 19 league matches, and was also a regular in the run to the final of the Coppa Italia.

Did you know?
Birindelli's first appearance for the Azzurri came eight days after his 28th birthday.

Manuele Blasi

Date of birth 17.08.1980
Country Italy

Manuele Blasi is a combative midfield player who runs and tackles hard. Occasionally overzealous, he won selection for Italy after returning from a doping ban in 2004.

National team
Blasi played in the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 1999, a 1-0 loss to Portugal in Norrköping, and also reached the semi-finals with the Under-21s in 2002. Marcello Lippi then named him in his first squad as Italy coach for the game against Iceland in August 2004.

Club
A graduate of the AS Roma academy, he spent much of the 1998/99 season at US Lecce before returing for a five-game spell at the Stadio Olimpico.

2000: Finally became a regular after a loan move to AC Perugia, the club he would join permanently the following season. Bought by Juventus FC in 2002, he was loaned back to Perugia, where he made 31 more league appearances. However, Juve decided to take up their option on the player in the summer. Blasi released the following statement on Perugia's website: "I want to thank everyone involved with the club. I have had three great years here, and I want to tell you all that I will never forget you."

2003/04: With a place in the Juve first team out of his reach, the player was sent on loan to Parma FC. In January 2004 the Italian Football Federation suspended him for six months after he tested positive for nandrolone after the match against his former club AC Perugia on 14 September. The ban was reduced by one month on appeal and he returned to action at the end of the season, and to Turin in the summer.

Did you know?
Blasi was sent off on his final appearance for Parma, against FC Internazionale.

Gianluigi Buffon

Date of birth 28.01.1978
Country Italy

Every successful side needs a top goalkeeper and nowhere is that better understood than in Italy. For too long, though, the No1 position had been undervalued - until, that is, the world-record transfer of Gianluigi Buffon from Parma AC to Juventus FC in July 2001.

National team
A member of Italy's UEFA European Under-21 Championship-winning team of 1996, he made his debut against Russia in 1997 and was picked for the 1998 FIFA World Cup but did not play. After missing out on UEFA EURO 2000™ through injury, however, he was confirmed as first choice for the Azzurri's 2002 campaign in Korea/Japan, where he played in all four matches. Buffon played every minute of Italy's eight qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2004™ and only conceded four goals, although Italy did not progress beyond the group stage in Portugal.

Club
He made his Parma debut at the age of 17 in 1995, and went on to make 168 appearances for the club. The 1998/99 season was a memorable one for both Buffon and Parma as they won the Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup and the UEFA Cup with a 3-0 final victory against Olympique de Marseille. He played every game of the 2000/01 season for Parma prior to leaving the Ennio Tardini stadium for Turin.

2001: The asking price of €52.29m might have scared off FC Barcelona, but not Juve who had found their replacement for Edwin van der Sar. A year on and they were champions again, with the ever-present Buffon conceding 23 goals in 34 league games - the fewest in the division. 2002/03 was another outstanding season for Buffon as Juve won the Scudetto with the meanest defence in the division. Buffon played 15 times in the UEFA Champions League run and excelled in the final, although AC Milan triumphed in Manchester.

2003/04: Like the previous season, Buffon played 32 times in Serie A. However, the club missed out on the title and also lost the Italian Cup final. In July 2004 he extended the contract he signed in April by a season, taking him up to 2009.

Did you know?
In 2003, Buffon became the first goalkeeper to win the Most Valuable Player award at the UEFA European Football Awards.

Mauro Camoranesi

Date of birth 04.10.1976
Country Italy

A dangerous attacking talent and an important creative force in midfield, Mauro Camoranesi has proved a useful addition to the Bianconeri's offensive armoury.

National team
Giovanni Trapattoni included the Argentinian-born winger in the for the friendly against Portugal in February 2003 after Camoranesi chose to represent Italy instead of his native country - a decision prompted by Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa's decision to exclude him from his party to face the Netherlands. His first competitive match came against Finland in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying in March 2003, when he played the entire 90 minutes of a 2-0 home victory. His involvement in Portugal was limited to just 76 minutes, however.

Club
Unusually for an Argentinian, he started his professional career in Mexico with Club Santos Laguna SC before returning to his homeland, joining CA Banfield. Mexico called again in 1998, and he spent the following two seasons with the Mexico City-based side Club Deportivo Social Y Cultural Cruz Azul, scoring 32 goals in 80 games before being enticed to Italy.

2000: Camoranesi excelled at Hellas-Verona FC, his sterling performances - and occasional scoring feats - helping his side avoid relegation to Serie B in 2000/01, although they eventually dropped in this his final campaign at the Marc Antonio Bentegodi prior to agreeing a four-year deal with Juventus. In 2002/03 although signed to provide cover for Gianluca Zambrotta, Camoranesi found himself appearing regularly on the opposing flank. He scored four times in 30 matches as Juve retained the title. He also featured heavily in the UEFA Champions League, but disappointed in the final loss to AC Milan and was substituted at half-time.

2003/04: Although his second season at Juventus was not as outstanding as his first, Camoranesi retained his place in the side and scored three goals in 26 matches as the club finished third in Serie A.

Did you know?
He supports Argentinian club CA River Plate.

Fabio Cannavaro
Date of birth 13.09.1973
Country Italy

Strong in the air, despite his lack of centimetres, and blessed with excellent timing, speed and anticipation, Fabio Cannavaro is quite simply one of the world's great defenders.

National team
A UEFA European Under-21 Championship winner in 1994 and 1996, Cannavaro made his full Italy debut in a 2-0 victory against Northern Ireland in January 1997, subsequently emerging as a mainstay at international level alongside Alessandro Nesta. He starred at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals and UEFA EURO 2000™, where he played in the final loss to France. Ever-present as captain in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™, Cannavaro played twice in Portugal before suspension ruled him out of Italy's final game.

Club
After joining SSC Napoli at the age of 16, he worked his way through the club's youth ranks before making his Serie A debut against Juventus FC aged only 20. He became a regular in the blue of his boyhood club in 1993/94 but left the club after the following campaign for Parma AC.

1995: Like in Naples, Cannavaro was revered at the Ennio Tardini, where he immediately won over the club's supporters with his outstanding displays. Silverware was won in the form of the UEFA Cup and Italian Cup in 1998/99, an Italian Super Cup the following season and another Coppa Italia in 2002, his final act as a Parma player.

2002: The annual scramble for the services of Cannavaro was resolved after the World Cup when FC Internazionale paid €23m for him. He did not disappoint at the San Siro, helping the club to second place in Serie A and the last four of the UEFA Champions League in his debut season.

2003/04: He missed over a third of the season with a fractured tibia and could not prevent Inter from going out of the Champions League in the group stage. Cannavaro was not at his commanding best but still helped Inter to fourth spot in Serie A. On transfer deadline day in August 2004, he made a surprise move to Juventus FC, agreeing a four-year contract with the Bianconeri paying him the €9m he would have collected in the two years left on his Inter deal.

Did you know?
Cannavaro was a ballboy during Napoli's Diego Maradona-inspired glory years in the late 1980s.

Antonio Chimenti
Date of birth 30.06.1970
Country Italy

While Antonio Chimenti will be viewed predominantly as understudy to No1 keeper Gianluigi Buffon, the veteran shot-stopper - almost eight years Buffon's senior - will certainly push hard for a first-team berth.

Club
The shaven-headed goalkeeper spent his first three seasons as a professional with Sambenedettese Calcio and also enjoyed spells with US Tempio, Monza Calcio and Salernitana Sport before making his leap into the realms of Serie A.

1997: The 1997/98 season brought Chimenti his top-flight debut, along with seven other first-team appearances for AS Roma, and the Bari-born custodian went on to play 24 league matches for the Giallorossi the following year in addition to turning out in the UEFA Cup in a defeat of Leeds United AFC.

1999: Lecce lured him away from the capital in 1999 and he completed three successful seasons in southern Italy before sealing his move to Turin.

2002: Chimenti played twice in the UEFA Champions League, away to FC Dynamo Kyiv and Manchester United FC, while doubling that tally in the Coppa Italia and Serie A as Juve defended successfully their title.

2003/04: Although he only got his chance in Serie A in the final two games of the season, Chimenti appeared twice once again in the Champions League and was the preferred keeper for the Coppa Italia, although S.S. Lazio defeated the Bianconeri in the two-legged final.

Did you know?
Like Chimenti, former Italian international goalkeepers Walter Zenga and Stefano Tacconi both started their careers at Sambenedettese.

Alessandro Del Piero

Date of birth 09.11.1974
Country Italy

One of the biggest names in calcio, Alessandro Del Piero thrives on outwitting defenders, is a deadly finisher and a major threat from free-kicks.

National team
Del Piero was blamed for Italy's defeat by France in the UEFA EURO 2000™ final when he squandered a glorious goalscoring opportunity. And at the 2002 FIFA World Cup he was second in coach Giovanni Trapattoni's thinking behind Francesco Totti, though he did score in the group game against Mexico. Del Piero also represented his country at EURO '96™ and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, having made his debut against Estonia in 1995. Del Piero struck five goals in six UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying matches but failed to find the net in three starts in Portugal.

Club
The Treviso-born star joined the Turin side in 1993, after just 14 games for Serie B club Padova Calcio, and quickly became an integral part of a team whose attack also boasted the holy trinity of Roberto Baggio, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Gianluca Vialli. As Del Piero matured, his dazzling runs and free-kicks helped the club to three UEFA Champions League finals - he was part of the team that beat AFC Ajax to win the 1995/96 edition but he also played in two subsequent final defeats. In 1996/97, he scored a fantastic back-heeled goal but it was not enough to prevent BV Borussia Dortmund winning 3-1 in Munich. The following year the Bianconeri lost again, 1-0 against Real Madrid CF. In 2002/03 Del Piero scored 16 times in 24 Serie A matches as Juve won their fifth championship during his time at the club and a second in succession. He also struck five times in 13 Champions League outings, and was one of only two Juve players to score in the final shoot-out defeat by AC Milan.

2003/04: Del Piero missed 12 games with muscle injuries, but still scored eight goals as Juventus finished third in Serie A.

Did you know?
'Pinturicchio' was man of the match in Juve’s European/South American Cup success against CA River Plate in 1996.

Emerson

Date of birth 04.04.1976
Country Brazil

Emerson is much admired throughout Europe and is seen as the complete midfield all-rounder: playmaker, dribbler and ball-winner.

National team
Unlucky to miss out on 2002 FIFA World Cup glory with Brazil after breaking his arm in a freak accident when he was keeping goal in training on the eve of the tournament. AS Roma team-mate Cafu took over the captaincy - and the stricken skipper could only watch as Brazil beat Germany to win the title for the fifth time. He has played over 50 times for his country, but did not feature at the 2004 Copa América.

Club
Aside from a season at Botafogo FR, Emerson spent his entire career in Brazil in the colours of Grêmio FBPA before being lured to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1997. He impressed enormously in Germany, scoring eleven goals in 82 games in the Bundesliga and making his presence felt in the UEFA Champions League.

2000: A long transfer saga ended in July 2000 when Emerson joined Roma from Leverkusen for a German record €19.3m fee. The Italian club had claimed that they had signed him on a five-year contract the previous January. Emerson won the Scudetto in his debut season in Serie A, 2000/01, despite making only 13 appearances due to a cruciate ligament injury, but had to settle for second place the following May as Juventus FC clinched the crown on the final day. Roma also missed out on silverware in 2002/03, losing in the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan.

2003/04: Emerson was at his brilliant best as Roma finished second in Italy, scoring three Serie A goals including one in the Rome derby. On 31 July, Juventus FC announced that they had completed the signing of the Brazilian for €28m on a four-year contract.

Did you know?
Juve's Matteo Brighi, 23, moved to Roma for €16m as part of the deal which took Emerson to Turin.

Ciro Ferrara

Date of birth 11.02.1967
Country Italy

An inspiration to everyone at Juventus FC, Ciro Ferrara remains one of Italy's most experienced defenders, despite often being deployed as a substitute as he reaches the end of an illustrious career, which has seen the Naples-born defender win every honour in club football.

National team
Born in 1967, he won 49 caps for Italy in an international career spanning 13 years - from a debut against Argentina in 1987 to UEFA EURO 2000™, where he claimed a silver medal.

Club
After making his SSC Napoli debut against, ironically, Juventus in May 1985, Ferrara spent nine seasons at the San Paolo stadium. In a side spearheaded by the Argentinian Diego Maradona, he was part of Napoli's league title-winning sides of 1987 and 1990, but the highlight of his career there was a goal in the 1989 UEFA Cup final victory against VfB Stuttgart, ahead of a switch to the Bianconeri in 1994.

1994: It was in Turin that the silverware flowed with Juventus claiming the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, European/South American Cup, and five Scudettos in his time at the club. Ferrara's crowning glory came when Juventus defeated defending champions AFC Ajax on penalties in the 1996 Champions League final. After playing 30 Serie A matches in 2001/02, Ferrara followed it up with another 25 as Juve claimed back-to-back titles. He scored once in 12 Champions League appearances but was powerless to prevent AC Milan winning the competition on penalties at Old Trafford following a 0-0 draw. In January he signed a one-year contract extension.

2003/04: Scored his first Serie A goal in four seasons as Juve finished third, but missed out on a medal in the Coppa Italia as S.S. Lazio triumphed over two legs. Ferrara had earlier signed another one-year deal to remain in Turin until 2005.

Did you know?
Ferrara and Maradona lived in the same apartment block in Naples.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Date of birth 03.10.1981
Country Sweden

Occasionally irrational and hot-tempered, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an enigmatic striker who possesses skill in abundance. His fine technique and ability to retain possession make him a useful foil, although scoring remains his primary focus.

National team
A place in the Sweden squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals marked his arrival on the international scene at the tender age of 20 having previously made his debut against the Faroe Islands in January 2001. A substitute in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying, he claimed a starting place alongside Henrik Larsson in Portugal as Sweden reached the last eight, scoring a penalty against Bulgaria and a stunning equaliser versus Italy that helped take his team through.

Club
Born in 1981 and a prodigiously talented youngster, Ibrahimovic joined his hometown club, Malmö FF, in 1995 after starting his career with the amateur side FBK Balkan. In 2000 Arsenal FC tried to sign him - manager Arsène Wenger going as far as giving him a No9 shirt with his name on the back.

2001: But it was Ajax who won the battle for his signature, bringing him to the Netherlands for a record €7.8m fee. In October 2001, he was banned for five matches for elbowing the FC Groningen defender Melchior Schoenmakers. Still, there would be a happy ending to 2001/02 for the giant striker, Ibrahimovic grabbing the headlines with the winning goal in the 2002 Dutch Cup final. He scored four times in 13 UEFA Champions League outings in 2002/03 and ten in the league as Ajax finished second.

2003/04: Despite missing three months of the season following groin surgery, Ibrahimovic struck 13 goals in 16 games as Ajax wrested back the Eredivisie title from PSV Eindhoven. He signed for Juventus in a €19m transfer on 31 August, having scored a total of 35 goals in 74 Eredivisie matches.

Did you know?
After previously wearing his first name Zlatan on the back of his shirt, he opted for Ibrahimovic at the start of the 2004/05 season as a sign of gratitude to his father.

Mark Iuliano

Date of birth 12.08.1973
Country Italy

Mark Iuliano's qualities - he is strong in the air, a good reader of the game, and a tough man-marker - make him a more than useful central defender for club and country.

National team
Cesare Maldini handed him an international debut against Wales in 1998. Dino Zoff and Giovanni Trapattoni were fans too: Iuliano was a mainstay of the former's team at UEFA EURO 2000™ - featuring strongly in the run to the final after starting the tournament as a substitute - then made the squad under Trapattoni for Korea/Japan, where he played once. He was twice an unused substitute in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™.

Club
Born in Cosenza, he spent six seasons in Italy's lower divisions with Salernitana Sport, Monza Calcio and Bologna FC before he was snapped up by Juventus FC in 1996.

1996: Though signed as a squad player, Iuliano picked up the first of his Italian titles in his first term in Turin, having come into the side following an injury to Ciro Ferrara. He played 25 league games the following season as the Bianconeri successfully defended their crown and in 2001/02 made another impressive contribution, spanning 27 league appearances, as the Scudetto returned to the Delle Alpi stadium for the first time in four years. He missed the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final defeat by AC Milan after playing eight times en route to Old Trafford, but was more productive in Serie A, playing 21 matches after overcoming a thigh strain as Juve retained their title.

2003/04: Scored twice, his best return, as Juventus finished third in Serie A, but missed both legs of the Coppa Italia loss to S.S. Lazio.

Did you know?
Iuliano scored his first Juve goal in the 1-1 draw against Atalanta BC on the final day of the 1996/97 season to help clinch the title.

Olivier Kapo

Date of birth 27.09.1980
Country France

Born in the Ivory Coast, central midfield player Narcisse-Olivier Kapo Obou, or Olivier Kapo, is very much an attacking midfield player, proving a useful goalscorer too.

National team
A naturalised Frenchman, he helped his adopted nation qualify for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, scoring twice in the 4-3 victory in Israel, including the winner, and missing just one match. Kapo made his international debut under Jacques Santini against Yugoslavia in November 2002 and played in the following year's FIFA Confederations Cup. Despite his involvement in friendly matches ahead of UEFA EURO 2004™, he did not make the final squad for Portugal.

Club
After moving to Paris as a child, he was drafted into AJ Auxerre's celebrated academy at the age of 13. Kapo first gained French first division experience in March 1999 against RC Lens and from the following season was an established member of the senior squad. In 2001/02, he started off in typically confident fashion as his club successfully challenged for a top-three place and a UEFA Champions League slot the following campaign, although his season came to a premature end when he was forced to have surgery on a recurring ankle injury in March. He finally made his comeback after five months out in August 2002 and went on to help Auxerre lift the French Cup the following May.

2003/04: In his final season at the Abbé Deschamps, Kapo scored twice in 29 Ligue 1 outings as Auxerre finished fourth to qualify for the UEFA Cup once again. After 120 top-flight appearances, he left for Juventus FC in May.

Did you know?
He said after his first training session in Turin: "The environment is quite similar to the one we had at Auxerre. Everything seems really familiar even if Juve are one of the biggest clubs in the world."

Nicola Legrottaglie

Date of birth 20.10.1976
Country Italy

With Juventus FC keen to add young blood to a defence which had the meanest record in Italy in both the two previous seasons - but one dominated by veterans - coach Marcello Lippi did not hesitate to pay €7m for Nicola Legrottaglie, rated as one of the country's finest prospects.

National team
Legrottaglie made his Italy debut in a friendly against Turkey in November 2002 and subsequently established himself as a regular for the Azzurri, although he was not selected for UEFA EURO 2004™.

Club
Legrottaglie broke into the professional ranks in Serie C1 with AC Pistoiese in 1996/97, and then spent the following term in the same division with AC Prato before moving to AC Chievo Verona.

1998: With Chievo in Serie B, Legrottaglie played 17 matches in both his first and second seasons in the city before spending the 2000/01 campaign at Modena FC. A return to the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi stadium signalled better times for the defender and he was soon a regular in the yellow of Chievo.

2002: Legrottaglie enjoyed a great season, scoring four times in 30 outings, and being linked with several other leading clubs including AS Roma and AC Milan before deciding to join Italian champions Juve. "I'm extremely happy," he said. "I look forward to getting in touch with Juve's winning mentality and proving that the Bianconeri directors made the right decision in signing me."

2003/04: Legrottaglie scored twice in 21 Serie A starts, got a first taste of UEFA Champions League football and also played in the Coppa Italia final, although Juve were beaten by S.S. Lazio.

Did you know?
The player was relishing learning the “secrets” of defending from the likes of Ciro Ferrara and Lillian Thuram.

Paolo Montero

Date of birth 03.09.1971
Country Uruguay

A no-nonsense player, who counts aggression and determination among his best qualities, Paolo Montero's approach makes him the true test of any striker.

National team
Like his father, who played in the 1970 and 1974 FIFA World Cups, Montero has also been a stalwart for the Uruguay national team since making his debut against the United States in May 1991. Eleven years later he captained his country at Korea/Japan and subsequently passed the 50-cap mark. In summer 2004 he was part of the side which lost their Copa América semi-final on penalties to eventual winners Brazil, although Uruguay did win the third-place play-off.

Club
Born in 1971 and a product of CA Peñarol, Montero played 34 times for the Montevideo club before moving to Italy and Atalanta BC in time for the 1992/93 season.

1992: Montero proved an instant hit at the Atleti Azurri d’Italia stadium, scoring twice in 27 matches in his debut campaign. The club were relegated the following season but bounced back in 1994/95, Montero playing 34 times.

1996: Montero joined Juventus in 1996, going on to become a key figure in the Bianconeri success story, operating either as a central defender or at left-back. Something of a hard man, his style can also earn the opprobrium of referees; hence a series of costly suspensions. Injuries, too, have taken their toll, with Montero missing all of Juventus's UEFA Champions League matches in 2000/01. The following campaign was a happier one, as Montero added title medals to those from 1996/97 and 1997/98. Injuries again took their toll in 2002/03, with Montero playing just 16 times in Serie A, enough to earn him another title medal. He was more of a fixture in the Champions League, appearing 13 times including the final, which Juve lost to AC Milan.

2003/04: Was sent off twice in his 19 Serie A appearances and also missed both legs of the Coppa Italia final defeat by S.S. Lazio.

Did you know?
Montero was the second Uruguayan to play for Juventus, after Raúl Banfi in 1941/42.

Pavel Nedved

Date of birth 30.08.1972
Country Czech Republic

A left-sided midfield player with a venomous shot, tremendous skill, vision and pace, Pavel Nedved was named European Footballer of the Year in 2003.

National team
Nedved made his international debut in June 1994 in a 3-1 win against the Republic of Ireland and was the driving force behind the Czech Republic's run to the final of EURO 96™. He played at UEFA EURO 2000™, where the Czechs fell at the first hurdle. After the failure to qualify for Korea/Japan, Nedved was the heartbeat of the midfield as Karel Brückner's side finished top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying qualifying Group 3. His campaign in Portugal ended in tears, however, as a knee injury saw him substituted in the semi-final defeat by Greece. That proved to be his final game for his country.

Club
Started at AC Dukla Praha, where he played for a season prior to a switch to city rivals AC Sparta Praha in 1992. The club secured domestic championships in each of the next three seasons before winning the Czech Cup in Nedved's final campaign in his homeland, 1995/96, before heading to Italy and S.S. Lazio.

1996: A favourite at the Stadio Olimpico, Nedved's Lazio won the Coppa Italia and 1998 and in 1998/99 claimed the last-ever UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Nedved scoring against RCD Mallorca in the final. The following year he claimed an Italian league and cup double. After nine goals in 31 league matches in 2000/01 he opted for a change of scene and a €41.2m move to Turin.

2001: So highly prized was Nedved in Rome that Dino Zoff is alleged to have asked him how he felt the team should play, although it was in black and white that his season ended with another Scudetto triumph. 2002/03 was arguably Nedved's best season yet, he was inspirational as Juve defended their Serie A title, scoring nine times. Named Czech Footballer of the Year for a fourth time, he scored against Real Madrid CF in the Champions League semi-final but was later booked and forced to sit out the final loss to AC Milan.

2003/04: Again named the Czech Republic's finest player, Nedved missed out on other silverware as the Bianconeri finished third in Serie A and lost the Coppa Italia final.

Did you know?
A keen wine collector, Nedved married his childhood sweetheart, Ivana, at the age of 21.

Ruben Olivera

Date of birth 04.05.1983
Country Uruguay

Ruben Olivera is a gifted young Uruguayan midfield player who joined Juventus FC permanently in February 2003 after impressing during a season on loan.

National team
He helped Uruguay reach the quarter-finals of the 1999 FIFA Under-17 World Championships, and then played in the 2001 South American Under-20 Championship, but could not inspire his team through to the subsequent FIFA World Youth Championship. Olivera further established himself at the Copa América in 2001 when Uruguay finished fourth. Although he missed out on the 2004 edition, he did play in qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club
Born in 1983, Olivera made his debut for Danubio FC in Montevideo in 2000 and instantly proved himself an integral player.

2002: One of Juventus' final signings before the summer transfer deadline, Olivera played a handful of games in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League but impressed enough for Juve to take up an option to purchase him for €8.6m.

2003/04: Played once in the Coppa Italia before, in February 2002, joining Club Atlético de Madrid on loan for the rest of the season. He never started a game in the Spanish capital and returned to Juve in the summer.

Did you know?
His Juve and Uruguay team-mate Marcelo Zalayeta also started out at Danubio.

Gianluca Pessotto

Date of birth 11.08.1970
Country Italy

Never mind the No7 shirt, Juventus FC's Mr Versatile is equally at home in either full-back position or in wide midfield. Wherever he plays, however, Gianluca Pessotto can be relied upon to go about his job in a quiet, efficient and sporting manner.

National team
An Italian international, Pessotto represented the Azzurri with distinction at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000™ - playing every minute of a final won by France on a golden goal - but missed out on the trip to Korea/Japan with a cruciate injury after damaging ligaments in a warm-up match against Uruguay. He played one minute of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying but was not on the plane to Portugal.

Club
Pessotto landed at Juventus in 1995 after a peripatetic early career in which he turned out for six clubs, straddling four divisions, in seven seasons: AC Milan, Varese FC, US Massese 1919, Bologna FC, Hellas-Verona FC and Torino Calcio.

1995: Since then, he has played a major part in the Bianconeri's success story, helping the club to numerous honour. A UEFA Champions League winner in 1996 - Juve defeating AFC Ajax on penalties in Rome - Pessotto the claimed back-to-back Italian title victories in 1996/97 and 1997/98. The club won another in 2001/02, Pessotto in turn taking his league appearance tally at the Delle Alpi to 179, and the following season, although he failed to score for the third season running. He appeared seven times in the Champions League, too, but did not get off the bench in the final loss to AC Milan in Manchester. Earlier, in October 2002, he signed a contract extension to 2005.

2003/04: Injury meant the Serie A season was ten rounds old when Pessotto finally appeared, and half of his 18 league appearances were as a substitute. He also played in the Coppa Italia final loss to S.S. Lazio.

Did you know?
As eloquent as his nickname, 'il professore', might suggest, he is a regular guest on Italian television's football talk shows.

Alessio Tacchinardi

Date of birth 23.07.1975
Country Italy

Alessio Tacchinardi joined Juventus FC from Atalanta BC in 1994 and has since blossomed into a mature, imposing central midfield player with a trophy cabinet to die for: five league titles, an Italian Cup and a UEFA Champions League.

National team
Part of the Italy team that won the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, Tacchinardi has found it hard to impress Italy's national coaches: having made his Azzurri debut against Slovenia in 1995, Tacchinardi missed out on selection for UEFA EURO 2000™ and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He also sat out the 2004 UEFA European Championship after tearing ligaments in his right knee.

Club
Born in Cremona in 1975, Tacchinardi made his professional bow at the age of 17 with Atalanta in Serie A and followed that up with eight appearances in the 1993/94 season prior to his move to Turin.

1994: Initially perceived as a squad player, Tacchinardi won a Scudetto in his first season as a Juve player and followed it up with a European success in 1995/96 and later a European/South American Cup. Titles followed in each of the next campaigns but it was only after Carlo Ancelotti's arrival as coach in 1999 that he began to stake his claim to a regular place in the side. The 2002/03 season was arguably the best of the midfield player's career as his side won their 27th Scudetto and were just 90 minutes from completing a first Serie A/Champions League double. Tacchinardi played in 13 of Juve's European matches and excelled in the final defeat by AC Milan.

2003/04: April 2004 was an eventful move for Tacchinardi, who signed a new contract until 2008 before damaging his knee in a game against Parma FC - an injury which prevented him from adding to his 24 Serie A appearances.

Did you know?
Tacchinardi watched from the sidelines as Juventus beat AFC Ajax to win the 1996 Champions League, but came on as a substitute in the subsequent final defeats by BV Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid CF.

Lilian Thuram

Date of birth 01.01.1972
Country France

Rated as one of the world's best defenders, Lilian Thuram is remarkably quick and utterly reliable. An attacking full-back par excellence, his former Parma AC defensive colleague Fabio Cannavaro descrided Thuram's talents as "being from another planet".

National team
Following a France debut in 1994, the peak of his achievements have come with Les Bleus: Thuram helped his national side win the FIFA World Cup in 1998, having scored twice in the hosts' semi-final defeat of Croatia, and the UEFA European Championship two years later. So too, the low point, with the French team's early exit from Korea/Japan. The only France player to feature in all eight qualifying matches for UEFA EURO 2004™, Thuram won his 100th cap in the opening victory against England in Portugal, but retired three games later following a loss to Greece.

Club
Born in 1972, Thuram made his French top-flight debut for AS Monaco FC in the 1990/91 season, his only appearance that term. In five further seasons, the Frenchman played well over 150 games, including six in the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League.

1996: He quit his homeland for Parma in 1996, and helped the Ennio Tardini club to second place in his first season in Serie A and in the 1998/99 season Parma won both the UEFA and Italian Cups. Courted by a number of leading clubs, Thuram opted for Juventus for a then-world record fee for a defender of €35m.

2001: After failing to win a national title in a decade of football, Thuram played 30 times as the Bianconeri lifted their 26th Italian crown, adding another in May 2003, the same month that Juventus lost the Champions League final to AC Milan. He was one of four Juve players to appear 15 times in the competition.

2003/04: A run of indifferent form prompted Thuram to describe the season as "the worst of my career". He was not the only Juventus player to struggle, as the Turin side failed to reach the last eight of the Champions League, finished third in Serie A and lost in the Italian Cup final.

Did you know?
Thuram had grown up in Guadaloupe wanting to be a priest until he realised his talents lay elsewhere.

David Trezeguet

Date of birth 15.10.1977
Country France

France's golden goal match-winner at UEFA EURO 2000™, David Trezeguet remains one of Europe's most speedy and predatory forwards with a deadly right foot.

National team
A member of France's 1996 UEFA European Under-18 Championship-winning side, he missed out on selection for the 1998 FIFA World Cup final, which France won, despite having played in all the previous rounds. More disappointment followed in Korea/Japan four years later, as he failed to find the target before France's first-round elimination. The striker averaged more than a goal a game in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™, but, like Les Bleus, disappointed in Portugal.

Club
Compared by Michel Platini to the great Paolo Rossi, 'Trezegol' had been spotted playing for CA Platense in Argentina by AS Monaco FC, who tempted him back to France in 1995. He emerged the following season and scored the goal that knocked Manchester United FC out of the UEFA Champions League in the quarter-finals. Monaco, though, were beaten by Juventus FC in the semis. In his final season at Stade Louis II, Trezeguet plundered 22 goals in 20 matches to clinch another French title.

2000: Trezeguet had a somewhat mixed start to his career at Juventus after joining them in the summer. On the downside, he struggled with injuries, but still managed to score 14 goals in 25 league appearances. The next year was even better as Trezeguet registered 24 times as Juventus landed the Scudetto on the last day of the campaign, and he won another title in 2003 despite a serious knee injury limiting his involvement. He later missed the opening penalty in the Champions League final shoot-out as AC Milan pipped Juve to the European title.

2003/04: Sixteen goals in 24 games saw Trezeguet back to his sharp-shooting best in a disappointing season for Juventus.

Did you know?
Born in Rouen, France, Trezeguet grew up in Argentina.

Igor Tudor

Date of birth 16.04.1978
Country Croatia

One of Europe's unsung heroes, Igor Tudor is a tower of strength in a defence hardly lacking quality. Tall, powerful and versatile, the Croatian was described as "one of the ten best players in the world" by his one-time national coach Mirko Jozic.

National team
Born in Split, Tudor made his international debut in November 1997 against Ukraine, and appeared three times as a substitute, aged 20, as Croatia finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Injury robbed him of the chance to compete at Korea/Japan four years later - Jozic saying: "Igor's absence means we have lost 20 per cent of our capability". He played in both legs of the UEFA EURO 2004™ play-off victory against Slovenia and won two more caps in Portugal, scoring against England.

Club
Previously with HNK Hajduk Split, where he played for three seasons, making 58 appearances in the Croatian Premier League, Tudor left his hometown club for Juventus FC in the summer of 2000 for €3.7m.

2000: Tudor proved an instant hit in Turin, establishing himself as a mainstay in central defence during the club's 2000/01 campaign in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League - where he drew rave reviews. Tudor scored seven goals that season, including one against Hamburger SV, and six the following year as Juve won the Italian championship and the Italian Super Cup. In 2002/03 Tudor scored once in 14 appearances as Juve reclaimed the title. He also struck once in the Champions League, a late strike against RC Deportivo La Coruña which prevented Juve's elimination and paved the way for them reaching the final, where Tudor was substituted after 42 minutes.

2003/04: Tudor only played seven full games in his 15 Serie A outings, largely due to a series of injuries to his muscle and thigh. His season ended on a high, though, as he scored on the final day of the season against AC Siena. In August 2004 he renewed his contract until 2007.

Did you know?
Tudor was voted Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2001.

Marcelo Zalayeta

Date of birth 05.12.1978
Country Uruguay

Marcelo Zalayeta is a Uruguayan who has proved a useful weapon when called upon to replace Juventus FC's more established strikers.

National team
He made his full debut for Uruguay in 1997 after playing in the FIFA World Youth Championship, and contributed to their 1999 Copa América campaign and successful 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. Zalayeta did play at the 2004 Copa América but was involved in qualifying for Germany 2006.

Club
Born in Montevideo, he played for local club Danubio FC before joining CA Peñarol. A consistent scorer at both, Zalayeta was tempted to Europe by Juventus in November 1997.

1997: Played five times, scoring once, in the remainder of the season. Spells at Empoli FC in 1998/99, and two years at Sevilla FC from 1999 to 2001 saw him adapt to life in Europe and by 2001/02 Zalayeta had proved himself a useful player on the fringes of the Juventus team as they claimed the Serie A title. Zalayeta made ten UEFA Champions League appearances in 2002/03 and scored the extra-time winner in the Bianconeri's quarter-final victory against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou. He also featured as a second-half substitute in the final defeat by Milan. Domestically, Zalayeta scored four times in 22 games as Juventus retained the Scudetto.

2003/04: Ruled out until October after injuring his knee in training, Zalayeta was loaned to AC Perugia in the new year. In February, however, he twisted his ankle and fractured three bones in his left foot playing for his country against Jamaica and was ruled out for three months. He returned to the Delle Alpi in the summer.

Did you know?
His elegant moves have earned Zalayeta the nickname 'il panterone', the big panther.

Gianluca Zambrotta

Date of birth 19.02.1977
Country Italy

A good crosser of the ball, who is comfortable playing up and down either wing, Carlo Ancelotti once said Gianluca Zambrotta "has the ability to play anywhere".

National team
Zambrotta came to the fore when he made his international debut for Italy at the age of 21 against Norway in February 1999 after a long, fruitful run with the Under-21 side. He was sent off in Italy's UEFA EURO 2000™ semi-final victory against the Netherlands and missed the final loss to France. In 2002 he also featured in his first FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. After convincing Giovanni Trapattoni that he was the man for the left-back position during qualifying, Zambrotta played all three Italy matches at UEFA EURO 2004™.

Club
Zambrotta had started out with his hometown club, Como Calcio, spending three seasons in the second and third divisions. AS Bari promoted him to Serie A in 1997, and he soon found his depth among Italy's élite. He scored twice in 27 outings in his debut season, then doubled that tally in 32 games in the 1998/99 campaign to attract the interest of Juventus.

1999: The Bianconeri took him further up the league ladder with a €15.85m transfer to Turin, and Zambrotta continued his upward momentum. Denied a title on the final day of the 1999/00 season, Zambrotta got his hands on a winners' medal two terms later, making 47 appearances in all competitions as Juve won the Scudetto. Zambrotta started the 2002/03 season on the treatment table and saw new recruit Mauro Camoranesi dazzle his way into the starting eleven on the right of midfield. Switched to left-back, he played 26 times as Juve won another crown and reached the Champions League final.

2003/04: Zambrotta played 29 Serie A games and was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing season for Juventus. In March 2004, he signed an extension to his contract that will keep him with the Turin club until 2008.

Did you know?
He married Valentina Liguori on 20 May 2004.

Jonathan Zebina

Date of birth 19.07.1978
Country France

Originally a striker, Jonathan Zebina's switch to his current centre-back role has seen him play for two of Italy's biggest clubs, AS Roma and, from summer 2004, Juventus FC.

National team
Zebina's international bow came with the France 'B' team in March 2001, though he failed to break into the full side in time for their unsuccessful defence of the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan the following year or the team which also disappointed in Portugal in 2004.

Club
Born in Paris in 1978, Zebina started his career at AS Cannes in Ligue 1, where he made 27 appearances over two seasons. A move to Italy with Cagliari Calcio followed in 1998 and Zebina went on to play 48 times for the Sardinian side following his debut against FC Internazionale.

2000: Moved to Roma and impressed during his first season in the Italian capital to the extent that he became first choice in defence during the next campaign, making ten UEFA Champions League appearances as his club reached the second group stage. His participation in the second stage was thrown into doubt in January 2003, however, as he was sidelined with a virus that threatened to keep him out for an indefinite period. Roma's club doctor said: "Zebina has a rare inflammation that has caused a serious depression of his immunity defences."

2003/04: Returned to play 23 Serie A matches. In May 2004 he joined Juve on a free transfer, signing a five-year contract with the Turin club immediately after his previous agreement with the Giallorossi expired.

Did you know?
His only goal in Serie A for Roma was, ironically, scored against Juventus in September 2003.
 

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