1917, South Melbourne, Australia.
When Italians come together, one topic of conversation is never far from their lips. So when a small group of migrants set up the “Camillo Benso” social club in South Melbourne in 1917 to reminisce about their homeland, the creation of their own football team was never likely to be far away.
And so the “Savoia” football club, named in honour of the Italian monarchy, came to be just a matter of years later in the early 1920s. The side competed regularly until the outbreak of the Second World War at which point all local competitions were suspended.
On the resumption of footballing normality in 1948, events back in Italy in the aftermath of the conflict prompted a need to change the club’s name and for Father Galante - an Italian monk and key figure in the refoundation of the team - and a committee of local residents, there could only be one natural choice: Juventus.
Adopting the same colours, strip and crest as the Old Lady, the Bianconeri’s most easterly followers even replicated their namesakes’ domestic success just under 40 years later by capturing their first ever top-flight title in 1985.