If there is one date that represents Juventus Football Club more than any other it is surely 1 November, because today is the 116th anniversary of the club’s foundation in 1897.
It all began with a bench on Corso Re Umberto, one of the most famous streets in city centre Turin, where a group of students from the city’s Massimo D’Azeglio secondary school congregated to talk about their favourite sport.
They all possessed a shared passion for football, a special game that had recently been ‘imported’ from England. And they had an intriguing idea, to create a sports club.
The eldest of the schoolboys was just 17 years of age, paving the way for the club’s name: in Latin, the name ‘Juventus’ means youth.
They weren’t aware of it yet, but on 1 November 1897, they had given birth to a legend. And so Italy’s greatest football team was born, almost by chance.
Today we also remember one of the club’s most legendary figures: Umberto Agnelli, father of Andrea and president of the club from 1956 to 1961, was born 79 years ago today and sadly passed away in 2004.