Seven games. Four years. Two teams.
It’s hard to believe that a rivalry which ran so deep between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund during the 1990s has gone almost two decades without being renewed.
Following countless emotions for both sets of supporters, it’s high time Juventus.com revisited that septet of encounters ahead of Tuesday evening’s Champions League last 16 first-leg in Turin.
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Juventus, 5 May 1993
The maiden meeting between the two sides dates back to 1993, when Juventus travelled to Germany for a UEFA Cup final first-leg in Dortmund.
Despite initially going 1-0 down to Michael Rummenigge’s strike after only two minutes, the Baggio duo led an immediate comeback as first Dino and then Roberto scored twice in the space of four first-half minutes.
Determined to bring a healthy advantage back to Turin, Roberto Baggio bagged his second of the evening with Giovanni Trapattoni’s troops ensuring a 3-1 victory in style.
Juventus 3-0 Borussia Dortmund, 19 May 1993
In the return leg only two weeks later, the Bianconeri chose not to rest on their laurels and swept Borussia Dortmund aside in a 3-0 success, with the 6-1 aggregate scoreline seeing them secure a third UEFA Cup title.
Dino Baggio made it a virtually impossible task for the Germans in the fifth minute before he added a second to put the result beyond any doubt ahead of the half-time break.
And it was then three midway through the second half when Andreas Moeller, who played for both sides during his career, turned home to send the Stadio Delle Alpi faithful wild.
It was a truly great evening of football which incidentally serves as the last time the Old Lady registered a victory against tonight's opponents in their own backyard.
Juventus 2-2 Borussia Dortmund, 4 April 1995
With Juventus going great guns in both the league and Coppa Italia, two competitions they would ultimately win at the culmination of the campaign, the club were also looking to triumph in the UEFA Cup for the second time in three seasons.
Borussia Dortmund once again stood in the Old Lady’s way for a place in the final and by the end of 90 minutes of football at the San Siro, it would have seemed that the Germans possessed the upper hand.
Roberto Baggio’s spot-kick after 27 minutes cancelled out Stefan Reuter’s earlier effort, before Dortmund took a foothold in the tie through Moeller on the 70th minute mark.
However, Jurgen Kohler’s last-gasp strike allowed Juventus to escape from the jaws of defeat and travel to Dortmund with a 2-2 scoreline in tow. But would it be enough?
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Juventus, 18 April 1995
In the end, that late goal from Kohler in Turin proved vital as the Bianconeri picked up from where they left off by running out 2-1 winners, progressing to the final after recording a famous triumph on German soil.
Following Antonio Conte’s goal on six minutes which had handed the Old Lady the initiative early on in the second leg, Brazilian defender and former Juventus man Julio Cesar equalised just 360 seconds later.
But Baggio, ‘Il Divin Codino’ himself, put the visitors back ahead to silence the passionate Westfalenstadion crowd in the process. And that’s how it remained as Italy’s most successful side set up an all-Serie A final with rivals Parma
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Juventus, 13 September 1995
During their run to the final in Europe’s elite competition, the Bianconeri were drawn against Borussia Dortmund for the first time in the Champions League proper and Marcello Lippi’s side began their campaign in earnest with a 3-1 win in the Germans’ own patch.
The hosts kicked things off in style thanks to ex-Juventus midfielder Moller‘s rasping drive after 60 seconds. However, a bullet header from Michele Padovano levelled proceedings on 12 minutes before Alessandro Del Piero’s perfectly placed curler ensured the Old Lady went into the half-time interval in front.
Juventus captain Conte settled the encounter midway through the second half when his diving header from Del Piero’s pinpoint cross found the bottom-left corner of the net.
Juventus 1-2 Borussia Dortmund, 22 November 1995
The fourth meeting of 1995 between the two sides saw the Germans finally succeed in getting one over their old foes by winning 2-1.
With Juventus and Borussia Dortmund vying for Group C’s top spot, it seemed that the visitors would look to take the game to their hosts, set on coming away from Turin with all three points.
And that proved to be case as the match saw Del Piero's injury-time goal act as a consolation after strikes in either half from Michael Zorc and Lars Ricken.
Despite the loss, Lippi's men finished top of the standings and embarked on an adventure that led to Rome where they would face Ajax in the final. And we all know how that ends…
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Juventus, 28 May 1997
The last meeting between Tuesday’s opponents will always leave a bitter taste in Bianconeri supporters’ mouths.
With Juventus looking to become the inaugural team to register back-to-back Champions League titles for the first time in the modern era, all eyes were firmly on Munich’s Olympiastadion for a clash of the titans.
But all didn’t go according to plan for the reigning European champions as Karl-Heinz Riedle’s first-half brace put Borussia Dortmund firmly in control.
Del Piero gave the Old Lady hope when his backheel midway through the second period reduced the arrears, only for Ricken to break Bianconeri hearts just six minutes later.