Fiorentina and Juventus have enjoyed an intense rivalry that stretches back 86 years and 150 league matches, beginning when the Old Lady ran out 11-0 victors in Turin in the inaugural meeting between the two during the 1928/29 campaign.
The clubs first locked horns in Florence that same season when a Bianconeri outfit managed by Scotsman William Aitken completed a domestic double over the Viola with a 4-0 triumph at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Antonio Vojak got the ball rolling with a strike after 12 minutes before Renato Sanero doubled Juventus’ advantage on the half-hour mark. Luigi Cevenini then hit two goals in the space of 16 second-half minutes to seal a comprehensive win on Florence soil.
This rivalry intensified over the years before coming firmly to the fore at the culmination of a closely-contested 1981/82 campaign when the Bianconeri pipped Fiorentina to the Serie A title on the final day of the season.
Juventus.com delves further back into the archives to bring you a quintet of memorable victories at the Artemio Franchi.
Fiorentina 1-3 Juventus (Boninsegna, Boniperti x2) – 10/04/1977
After a goalless first-half, Juventus got their noses in front 120 seconds following the interval when Roberto Boninsegna stole in to sneak his effort in off the post.
When Viola shotstopper Massimo Mattolini failed to deal with a Bianconeri free-kick, Giampiero Boniperti made it two with a sweetly-struck volley on 50 minutes. And the now-honourary club president got his second and Juventus’ third with 20 minutes remaining.
Gianfranco Casarsa pulled one back with a penalty four minutes from time but it was a case of too little, too late for the Viola to stage an unlikely comeback.
Fiorentina 1-4 Juventus (Vialli, Baggio, Ravanelli, Marocchi) – 29/04/1995
As Juventus closed in on their 23rd Serie A title in the final stages of the 1994/95 season, Fiorentina were looking to avenge a 3-2 defeat earlier on in the campaign.
But it was the visitors who drew first blood in the encounter when Gianluca Vialli’s expertly-timed hooked finish put the Old Lady ahead after only seven minutes.
Michaelangelo Rampulla then pulled off a spectacular save as he pushed away Gabriel Batistuta’s spot-kick 60 seconds following the restart before Juventus made it two after 23 minutes, former Viola fan favourite Roberto Baggio dispatching a penalty after Fabrizio Ravanelli was felled in the area by goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.
Batistuta atoned for his earlier error as he halved the deficit with a header 120 seconds later but the Bianconeri took control of the encounter once more thanks to Ravanelli’s sidefoot finish six minutes before the end.
And Giancarlo Marocchi added further gloss to the victory when he rounded Toldo before slotting past a barrage of Fiorentina bodies for number four.
Fiorentina 1-3 Juventus (Zidane, Tudor, Trezeguet) – 11/05/2001
A man-of-the match performance from stand-in captain Zinedine Zidane saw the Frenchman open the scoring in Florence after 24 minutes before Igor Tudor headed in to make it 2-0 just four minutes later.
The Viola pulled a goal back when Marco Rossi nodded in from the close range just before the break but the Bianconeri sealed all three points through David Trezeguet, who stooped to head home one minute from time.
That result signalled the start of a five-game winning streak for Carlo Ancelotti’s Juventus but they ultimately lost out on the prize to eventual champions Roma on the final day of the 2000/01 season.
Fiorentina 1-2 Juventus (Trezeguet, Camoranesi) – 04/12/2005
As the 2005/06 winter break edged ever closer, Fabio Capello’s title-chasing outfit arrived in Florence on the back of a three-game winning streak during which they had scored nine goals.
However it was Cesare Prandelli’s team who began brightly and almost took the lead when former Bianconero Luca Toni headed on to the crossbar from Manuel Pasqual’s precise set-piece.
Juventus heeded the early warning though and went in front through Trezeguet when he tapped into an empty net as the Old Lady expertly sprung Fiorentina’s offside trap after eight minutes.
The visitors bombarded Sebastien Frey’s goal, forcing the Frenchman into some smart saves before Fiorentina equalised somewhat against the run of play.
Giampaolo Pazzini latched on to Pasqual’s perfectly-weighted cross to steer his header past Christian Abbiati’s sprawling dive five minutes before the break.
Chances came and went for either side in an intriguing end-to-end encounter with Toni the closest to putting Fiorentina ahead when he struck the post with only Abbiati to beat.
Juventus, though, stole the points at the death when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hooked pass caused all sorts of panic in the Viola rearguard. Trezeguet headed the ball on to the onrushing Mauro Camoranesi who took one touch before sidefooting the ball past Frey.
Smash and grab at its finest!
Fiorentina 0-5 Juventus (Vucinic, Vidal, Marchisio, Pirlo, Padoin) – 17/03/2012
An unbeaten Juventus arrived at the Artemio Franchi back in March 2012 after stuttering to four draws in as many games which had allowed reigning champions Milan back into the championship picture.
But an excellent all-round display from the Bianconeri would ensure they returned to Turin with all three points and added impetus to bag their first Serie A title since 2006 as they ran riot in Florence with a 5-0 triumph.
After hitting the post earlier, Mirko Vucinic picked the ball up 25 yards from goal before curling past an unmoved Artur Boruc on the quarter-hour mark.
Alessio Cerci was then given his marching orders on 21 minutes for kicking out at Paolo De Ceglie before Arturo Vidal established a two-goal lead after Boruc had parried the Chilean’s initial effort.
Claudio Marchisio’s bullet header made it 3-0 nine minutes after the restart as the Bianconeri looked to put ten-man Fiorentina firmly to the sword.
The victory was made even sweeter when Andrea Pirlo’s deft clipped effort and a poacher’s finish from Simone Padoin rounded off a fantastic day at the office for Antonio Conte’s side as they marched towards their first of three consecutive Serie A titles.
Here’s an extra look at the best of the rest of our victories in Florence. Enjoy!