Thanks to a resounding 7-1 dismantling of Alba Roma in the first leg of the tie to decide the 1926 Scudetto winner, it was relatively clear to everyone on 8 August that Juventus would be the side that would go on to lift the trophy two weeks later after the return leg.
At this stage there was no unified national league, so the basis for the pair’s meeting was that the Bianconeri were winners of the Girone Lega Nord after three heated clashes with Bologna, and their opponents Alba Roma on the other hand had emerged victorious from the Girone Lega Sud.
The Roman side were swept aside on the day by a ruthless Juve, with a Ferenc Hirzer hat-trick, a Pietro Pastore double and goals from Antionio Vojak and Giuseppe Torriani consigning them to a heavy defeat.
Also on the field were Carlo Bigatto, Giampiero Combi and Virginio Rosetta, three players whose names would many years later be honoured by their inclusion in Juventus’ 50 Legends.
The match was only the first half of a two-legged tie, but such was the strength of the Bianconeri’s win that day that they were celebrating overall victory two weeks later after the return game in Rome.
The Scudetto win of 1925/26 has great significance in Juventus’ history, not just because it came 20 years after their last one in 1905 but also because it was the first to be won under the bond between the club and the Agnelli family, a special relationship which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.