Matches against Juventus F.C.
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|Nickname|| La Vecchia Signora|
(The Old Lady)
|Founded||1897 as Sport Club Juventus|
|Ground|| Stadio Olimpico di Torino|
Juventus Football Club, commonly referred to as Juventus and colloquially as Juve, are a professional Italian football club based in Turin, Piedmont. Taking its name from iuventus, latin for 'youth', the club was founded in 1897 as Sport Club Juventus by pupils from the Massimo D'Azeglio Lyceum school in Turin, but were renamed as Foot-Ball Club Juventus two years later. The club joined the Italian Football Championship during 1900. During this period the team wore a pink and black kit. Juventus first won the league championship in 1905 while playing at their Velodromo Umberto I ground. By this time the club colours had changed to black and white stripes, inspired by English side Notts County.
Juventus are historically the most successful team in domestic Italian football, with 28 Scudettos (league championships) as of 2012, having won league titles regularly since the 1930s. The club have also won multiple domestic cups and the UEFA Champions League twice, in addition to winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup once and the UEFA Cup on three occasions. Juventus had spent their entire history in the top tier until 2006, when the club became one of the five clubs linked to a Serie A match fixing scandal, the result of which saw the club relegated to Serie B. The club was also stripped of the two titles won in 2005 and 2006.
Chelsea first faced the Italian side in the first knockout round of the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League. A 1-0 home win gave the Londoners the advantage before travelling to Turin, where a 2-2 draw ensured that Chelsea progressed. The match was played at the Stadio Olimpico, Juventus sharing the stadium with Torino while a new home stadium was being built on the site of their previous ground, the Stadio delle Alpi.