Best Juventus Midfielders of all time
In football being a midfielder means a lot to carry. we can define midfielder as footballers who " are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards." They are both active in the striking process and breaking up attacks. So that is not at all rational to overlook their importance.
Who are the best ever Juventus Midfielders?
As we want to introduce the best Juventus midfielders of all time, it's good to have a brief glance at the history and honors of this beloved football team.
A brief History of Juventus
Juventus Football Club, also known as Juve, is the name of a professional football club located in Turin, Italy. Juventus is the third oldest Italian football club after Genoa and Udinese. The club has always been in Serie A, Italy's highest level of football, except for the 2006–07 season when it was exiled to Serie B due to Calciopoli issues. The club was founded in 1897 by several Turin students under the name Juventus Sports Club. Juventus has been run by the Anelli family since 1923 and is one of the most prestigious football clubs in Italy and the world.
The club is one of the founders of the G-14, which was replaced by the Association of European Football Clubs after its collapse. In 2011, Juventus unveiled its new and exclusive stadium called Juventus Stadium, which is currently one of the most equipped stadiums in the world with a capacity of 41,507 people. Juventus Stadium will be known as Allianz Stadium from 2017 to 2023, according to a contract signed with Allianz Germany.
According to the Deloitte Football Money League, Juventus is the tenth football club to earn an estimated income of 459.7 million euros, which in this respect is at the top of Italian football clubs. The club has worn a black and white striped home kit since 1903.
- Italian Football Championship/Serie A: 36 times winner
- Coppa Italia 13 times Winner
- Supercoppa Italiana: 8 times Winner
- Serie B: 1 time Winner
- European Champions' Cup/UEFA Champions League: 2 times Winner and 7 times Runners-up. UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: one-time Winner. UEFA Europa League: 3 times Winner and one-time Runner-up: UEFA Super Cup: 2-times Winner. Intercontinental Cup: 2-times Winner and one-time Runner-up. UEFA Intertoto Cup: one-time Winner. Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 2 times Runners-up
All-time Best Juventus midfielders
Now it's time to move on and have a look at the best Juventus midfielders of all time.
Our first best Juventus midfielders of all time is a retired tenacious and physical player. Giuseppe Furino was born on 5 July 1946 in Palermo. He started his junior football at Juventus but had the experience of playing in some other Italian football club as a youngster.
He made his Serie A debut for Palermo against Cagliari on 29 August 1968 and after a year, in 1969 he could manage into the Juventus first team and made his debut for Juventus in a Coppa Italia match against Mantova F.C. on 31 August 1969.
He spent 15 successive seasons with Juventus, he also won eight Italian league championships with Juventus which is the most Italian titles a player has won, a record he shares with Giovanni Ferrari and Gianluigi Buffon. From 1969 till 1984 He made 528 appearances and scored 19 goals. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84.Coppa Italia: 1978–79, 1982–83. UEFA Cup: 1976–77.UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1983–84
- FIFA World Cup (Runner-up): 1970
The next best Juventus midfielders of all time, is Antonio Conte who is well-known not only as a player but as a coach. He is widely known to be one of the most important Italian midfielders of his generation. Antonio Conte was born on 31 July 1969 in Lecce, Italy. He started his career with the youth team of his hometown club Lecce and on 6 April 1986 as he was 16, he made his Serie A debut with the first team in a 1–1 draw against Pisa.
In 1991 he left Lecce and joined Juventus senior team and started his professional football under the surveillance of Juventus manager Giovanni Trapattoni who Conte later refers to him as being his "second father". Shortly after due to his tenacious playing style, he became an important figure with the club's fans and was later named the team's captain under Marcello Lippi in 1996.
He was perceived as a quick, combative, energetic, and tactically versatile footballer throughout his career who could play anywhere in midfield. He remained loyal to Juve until his retirement in 2004. He made 420 appearances, scored 44 goals, and had 5 assists. He is currently the head coach of AC Milan. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03. Coppa Italia: 1994–95. Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003. UEFA Champions League: 1995–96. UEFA Cup: 1992–93. UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999
- Panchina d'Argento. Panchina d'Oro. Serie A Coach of the Year. Trofeo Tommaso Maestrelli for the Best Italian Manager. Globe Soccer Award for the Best Coach of the Year: IFFHS Best Club Coach of the Year Nominee. Gazzetta Sports Awards Coach of the Year. Premier League Manager of the MonthLondon Football Awards for Manager of the Year: 2017. Premier League Manager of the Season. LMA Manager of the Year. Special Achievement GQ Men of the Year Award. The Best FIFA Men's Coach (2nd Place):
One of the best defensive midfielders of Italian football history is our next best Juventus midfielders of all time. Alessio Tacchinardi was born on 23 July 1975 in Crema, Italy. In 1992 he started his professional career with Atalanta and after two full seasons, his extraordinary performances led him to Juventus in July 1994 and played there until 2007.
Alessio is the player with the most Champions League final appearances without a victory but still thanks to his achievement and displays with the club, his name is one of the 50 Juventus players to have their names written inside the club's new home ground. He made 404 appearances, scored 14 goals, and had 9 assists. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05. Coppa Italia: 1994–95; runners-up: 2001–02, 2003–04. Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003; runners-up: 1998, 2005. Intercontinental Cup: 1996. UEFA Champions League: 1995–96; runners-up: 1996–97, 1997–98, 2002–03. UEFA Cup runners-up: 1994–95. UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999.European Supercup: 1996
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Claudio Marchisio was born on 19 January 1986 in Turin, Italy. As a child, he was interested in various sports but eventually decided to join the Juventus youth system to start his professional career.
His role model and hero was Alessandro Del Pierro, so to follow his role model he started his football as a forward and as an defensive midfielder. In 2005 he could break into the main team coached by Fabio Capello and soon was promoted to the first team permanently.
Claudio's breakthrough with Juventus was 2008-9 season when he made his Champions League debut, playing the full 90 minutes against Artmedia Petržalka in the Champions League third qualifying round, second leg. His great performance at that match made the former Milan and Fiorentina striker Stefano Borgonovo wrote about him on La Gazzetta Dello Sport: "Marchisio has everything needed to play at the highest level...he has personality, reminds me of the great Marco Tardelli". This untouchable player made 389 appearances, scored 37 goals, and had 40 assists. He had the following victories:
- Serie A (7): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18.Serie B: 2006–07. Supercoppa Italiana (3): 2012, 2013, 2015. Coppa Italia (4): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- UEFA European Championship runner-up: 2012.FIFA Confederations Cup bronze medal: 2013. Toulon Tournament: 2008.UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Semi-finalist: 2009
- 2009 UEFA European under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament. Oscar del Calcio Serie A Team of the Year (midfield position): 2010–11 (joint winner with Thiago Motta), 2011–12.UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014–15
The next best Juventus midfielders of all time, is one of the oldest club's player. Gianfranco Leoncini was born on 25 September 1939 in Rome, Italy. He started his football as a midfielder in 1958 at Juventus. He almost spent 12 years with Juve and during this time, he made 375 appearances and scored 27 goals. He died on 5 April 2019. He had the following victories:
- Coppa Italia: 1958–59, 1959–60, 1964–65. Serie A: 1959–60, 1960–61, 1966–67
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The next player on our list of the best Juventus midfielders of all time is a player whose goal celebration in the 1982 world cup final got so famous and is regarded as one of the most iconic moments in World Cup history.
Marco Tardelli was born on 24 September 1954 in Capanne di Careggine, Italy. In 1972 he started his career in Italian Serie C with the club of Pisa and having passed three years he joined Juventus in October 1975 and soon thanks to his brilliant techniques and ability, got fixed in the club and became one of the first three players ever to win all the three major European competitions.
During the era of Catenaccio due to his competences, he was regarded as a hard-tackling, technically skillful, and elegant defensive midfielder. He was blessed with the ability to get forward and contribute offensively so during the early 1980s he was considered one of the finest midfielders in the world. He was a two-way midfielder whose tactical capacity and adaptability, and work-rate as a footballer made him one of the all-time best Juventus midfielders.
During his decade-long spell with Juve, he made 373 appearances, scored 51 goals, and had 3 assists. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84.Coppa Italia: 1978–79, 1982–83. UEFA Cup: 1976–77. UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1983–84. UEFA Super Cup: 1984. European Cup: 1984–85
- Tardelli's FIFA XI kit, on display at the Museo del Calcio in Florence. FIFA World Cup: 1982
- UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #37.FIFA XI: 1979.UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1980. Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2015
Our next best Juventus midfielders of all time, is no one but the great and beloved Pavel Nedved. Pavel Nedvěd was born on 30 August 1972 in Cheb, Czechoslovakia. He was a football fan from an early age and in 1977 at the age of five started his football career in his hometown club" Tatran Skalná". Since 1990 till 1996 he played for his country club and now is regarded as one of the most successful players to emerge from the Czech Republic.
In 1996 Nedved joined Lazio by a four-year contract for a fee of ₤1.2 million and made his Seria A debut on 7 September 1996 in a 1–0 away defeat against Bologna. For three years he played in Lazio and later on, in July 2001 he joined Juventus by a €38.7 million fee contract. He was Zinedine Zidane replacement, who had transferred to Real Madrid that summer.Nedved was famous for his long blonde hair, which made him a highly recognizable player on the ground. He was also known for his powerful shots and volleys from distance. He was a dynamic player, who was remarked for his speed, acceleration, endurance, technique, and goal-scoring touch, which frequently saw him carry the ball and undertake forward surging runs from midfield.
He was not only famous and popular in Italy or Czech. Each and every football fan loves and adores him. He was described as one of the best footballers of his generation. Due to his performances, Nedvěd was nicknamed "Furia Ceca" ("Czech Fury") by Italian fans and "The Czech cannon" in English-language media. His nickname in Czech is Méďa ("Little Bear"), deriving from the similarity between his surname and the Czech word for bear, Medvěd. He stayed with Juve until 2009 and during this time he made 327 appearances, scored 65 goals, and had 57 assists.
He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 2001–02, 2002–03. Supercoppa Italiana: 2002, 2003. Serie B: 2006–07. coppa Italia: Runner-up 2001–02, 2003–04. UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2002–03
- Golden Ball (Czech Republic). Největší Čech (List of Greatest Czechs): 41st place. Czech Footballer of the Year. ESM Team of the Year Sportsperson of the Year (Czech Republic). Serie A Footballer of the Year. Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year. Guerin d'Oro. UEFA Club Best Midfielder of the Year. World Soccer Awards Player of the Year. Ballon d'Or. UEFA Team of the Year. UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament. Golden Foot. FIFA 100. FAI International Football Awards – International Personality. UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year. Juventus Greatest XI of All Time
One of the best box-to-box midfielders of Italian football is our next best Juventus midfielders of all time. Giancarlo Marocchi was born on 4 July 1965 in Imola, Italy. He joined the Bologna youth system to start his professional career and in his first spell with Bologna, he won the Serie B title during the 1987–88 season, and later on, got the promotion to Serie A. After six years with Bolognia, he joined Juventus in 1988 and went through a successful eight-season spell. He remained with Juve until 1996 and during this time he made 319 appearances, scored 25 goals, and had 7 assists. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1994–95.Coppa Italia: 1989–90, 1994–95.UEFA Champions League: 1995–96. UEFA Cup: 1989–90, 1992–93
- Serie B: 1987–88.UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1998
- FIFA World Cup: 1990 (Third Place)
- 5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991
One of the best defensive midfielders of Italy is the next player on our list of the best ever Juventus midfielders. Carlo Parola was born on 20 September 1921 in Turin, Italy. In 1936 he started his football career in his hometown well-known club "Juventus". He spent six years in the youth team and in 1939 could break into the main team. This powerful player is mainly famous for his long time spell in Juve. He spent 16 years with the club.
Due to his great techniques and physical strength, besides his main position as a defensive midfielder, he could play in several positions including the roles of goalkeeper, winger, and center-forward. During the 1940s, he spread the use of the bicycle kick in Italy which consequently given the nickname of Signor Rovesciata ("Mr. Overhead Kick"), and was even recognized with its invention by the Italians. Parola died on 22 March 2000. He made 316 appearances and scored 14 goals. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1949–50, 1951–52.Coppa Italia: 1941–42
- Juventus: Serie A: 1959-60, 1960-61, 1974–75. Coppa Italia: 1958-59, 1959-60
Luis Del Sol
The next spot on our list of all-time best Juventus midfielders belongs to a Spanish retired player. Luis Del Sol Cascajares was born on 6 April 1935 in Arcos de Jalón, Spain. He started football in his country. He joined Real Betis in 1951 and stayed there for two years and then could break into the main team.
Before joining Juventus and experiencing the taste of Italian football, he joined Real Madrid in 1960 and after two years he left there and moved toward Seria A. in 1962 he joined Juve and soon became the club's first-ever Spanish player. He was assigned the number 10 shirt in 1965. He spent 8 year-spell with Juve and then joined Roma and Betis respectively. He made 293 appearances, scored 28 goals, and 1 assist. He had the following victories:
- Segunda División: 1957–58
- La Liga: 1960–61, 1961–62.Copa del Generalísimo: 1961–62.European Cup: 1959–60.Intercontinental Cup: 1960
- Serie A: 1966–67.Coppa Italia: 1964–65
- Anglo-Italian Cup: 1972
- UEFA European Championship: 1964
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The Golden Player of San Marino, is our next best Juventus midfielders ever. Massimo Bonini was born on 13 October 1959 in San Marino. He began his career at Juvenes youth team in 1973 and then continue his senior football in some other teams including Bellaria Igea Marina, Forlì, Cesena before joining Juventus main team in 1981 and during his seven-year spell he won different honors and trophies.
Thanks to his tactical intelligence, work-rate, and positional sense, he could make a supporting combination with his teammates namely Michel Platini, alongside Marco Tardelli. He was known in particular for his pace and stamina, which earned him the nickname "Platini's lungs", due to his successful partnership in midfield with the Frenchman. Wearing the shirt of Juve, made 293 appearances, and scored 6 goals. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86. Coppa Italia: 1982–83. European Cup: 1984–85.European Cup Winners' Cup: 1983–84. European Super Cup: 1984. Intercontinental Cup: 1985
- Bravo Award: 1983. UEFA Jubilee Awards - Golden Player of San Marino: 2004
Who might forget Mauro Camoranesi? This great player is the next best Juventus midfielders ever. Mauro Germán Camoranesi Serra was born on 4 October 1976 in Tandil, Argentina. As a child, he had always been a big fan of the Argentinian club River Plate bur, unfortunately, he started his football in another Argentine team "Club Atlético Aldosivi".
Before joining Juventus in 2002 he had also played in Banfield, Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul, Wanderers, and Verona. Camoranesi soon stabilized himself into the starting line-up on the right-wing and in his very first season with the club, they won the Seria A title. This supper technical midfielder who was a member of Italy's winning squad at the 2006 World Cup, made 288 appearances, scored 32 goals, and 48 assists, wearing the shirt of Juve. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 2002–03. Supercoppa Italiana: 2002, 2003; runner-up 2005 .Serie B: 2006–07. Coppa Italia runner-up: 2003–04. UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2002–03
- FIFA World Cup: 2006
- Guerin d'Oro: 2007–08
- CONI: Golden Collar of Sports Merit: 2006. 4th Class Officer: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: (2006)
Angelo Di Livio
The popular soldatino Di Livio is the next all-time best midfielders at Juventus. Angelo Di Livio was born on 26 July 1966 in Rome, Italy, and started his football in his famous hometown club Roma in 1984. After almost a decade since his football debut, he joined Juventus in 1993 but before that, he had also played in some other football clubs including Reggiana (1985–86), Nocerina (1986–87), Perugia (1987–89), Padova (1989–93).
In 1993 he joined Juve and shortly after that, he became an important element in the dominant Juventus starting lineup from 1993 to 1999. This experienced and energetic midfielder made 269 appearances, scored 6 goals, and 6 assists. He had the following victories:
- Serie A: 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98. Coppa Italia: 1994–95. Supercoppa Italiana: 1995, 1997. UEFA Champions League: 1995–96. UEFA Super Cup: 1996. Intercontinental Cup: 1996
- Serie C2: 1987–88
- UEFA European Championship (Runner Up): 2000
- 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000
The last name on our list of greatest Juventus midfielders of all time would ring a bell for the football fans all around the world. Fabio Capello was born on 18 June 1946 in San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy.
In 1962 by a one million lire contract, he joined SPAL to start his football and after four years he made into the main team but just a year later in 1967, he moved to Roma and soon became a key player for the club and after three years he was then sold to Juventus in 1970. He didn't have a good start at Juve but step by step he could show his real talents. At the age of 24 under the surveillance of the club new manager "Čestmír Vycpálek," he proved himself as one of the greatest Juventus midfielders of all time.
In 1980 Capello retired himself while playing in Milan- his favorite team as a teenager- and after that, he started his career as a coach. He made 239 appearances, scored 41 goals, and 1 assist. He had the following victories:
- Serie B promotion: 1964–65
- Coppa Italia (1): 1968–69
- Serie A (3): 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75
- Serie A (1): 1978–79.Coppa Italia (1): 1976–77
- Panchina d'Oro: 1991–92, 1993–94, 1997, 2000–01. Serie A Coach of the Year: 2005. BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award: 2009. Marca Leyenda: 2011.Gran Galà del Calcio Critics' Award: 2011. European Coach of the Year—Sepp Herberger Award: 1994. European Coach of the Season: 1993–94. Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2013. ESPN 20th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013. France Football 21st Greatest Manager of All Time: 2019. World Soccer 24th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013. AIAC Football Leader Career Award: 2016 A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
Together we have gone through the list of the best Juventus midfielders of all time. as you see there are great names on the above list which proves the importance of being a midfielder.