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    08.06.2014 08:39 - in: Events S

    Boniperti bags the first two (of 179)

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    On this day in 1947 a fresh-faced future legend helped himself to a brace against Sampdoria in his second competitive game for Juventus

    It was 8 June 1947 when Giampiero Boniperti opened his Bianconeri account. The 19-year-old striker even managed to add a second that Sunday at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, against Sampdoria. It was the start of a long journey that culminated 177 goals later, the best part of 15 successful years spent arm in arm with the Old Lady.

    That match against Gian Battista Rebuffo's Blucerchiati was Boniperti's second competitive outing in black and white, a month shy of his 20th birthday. It had only been in September of the previous year that he was catapulted from an amateur side, Momo Novarese, into a club that had already written Italian footballing history with seven league titles on display in the trophy cabinet.

    Renato Cesarini, the Juventus coach at the time, decided to throw him into the fray from the off and Boniperti repaid him in full: after his first goal, an easy finish from Sentimenti III's assist, it was as if the shackles had come off. He didn't want to leave the pitch until he'd etched his name on the score sheet a second time, at the end of that game.

    It was just the fillip the fledgling Bianconeri forward needed, having made an anonymous debut against Giuseppe Bigogno's AC Milan in March. Two weeks later he was at it again, this time netting away at Venezia. And the rest is history: he didn't stop scoring for a very long time. The following season, in 1947/48, he established himself as a permanent fixture in the side, even topping the Serie A goalscoring charts that year with 27 strikes to his name.

    He would go on to spend 15 glorious seasons wearing the black and white stripes: five Scudetti, two Coppa Italia trophies, 459 appearances (seventh in Juve's all-time records) and 179 goals, the last of which came in the 4-0 drubbing over Napoli at the San Paolo on 21 May 1961.

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