When Juventus walk out onto the pitch at Parken Stadium tomorrow it will not be the first time they have played on Danish soil.
In fact they have already contested two other European games in Denmark: a European Cup last-16 fixture against Hvidovre and last year’s Champions League group stage clash with Nordsjaelland.
That first one dates back to 15 September 1982, when a Juve side with six recent world champions, not to mention Michel Platini and Zbigniew Boniek, lined up against Hvidovre for a place in the European Cup quarter-final.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s adventurous attacking formation paid dividends as the Bianconeri ran out 4-1 winners, with goals from Platini, Paolo Rossi, Sergio Brio and Antonio Cabrini putting the Danes to the sword.
Curiously, the game came to have an impact on Lone Scherfig’s 2000 film “Italiano per principianti”. Telling the story of a tiny community living in the Copenhagen suburbs that go to an Italian-speaking school, it features a powerful example of absolute love for the Bianconeri: one of the main characters is a waiter who practically lives in the Juventus shirt after watching the team beat Hvidovre.
Last year, Juventus made an appearance at the very stadium where they will be playing tomorrow. Their opponents that time in the Champions League group stage were not home side FC Copenhagen but Nordsjaelland, a team who were difficult for Antonio Bianconeri’s men to get the better of.
But although the hosts took the lead through a Mikkel Beckmann free kick, the Bianconeri fought back and found an equaliser when Mirko Vucinic converted Mauricio Isla’s cross from the right-hand side 10 minutes from the end.