Juventus faced a tricky first opponent as they kicked off their European campaign against Manchester City in September. After holding out for a 1-0 loss away from home thanks to the brilliance of Zoff between the posts, the Bianconeri overturned the deficit back at the Stadio Comunale with a 2-0 victory featuring goals from Scirea and Boninsegna.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s men again endured a tough one-goal defeat in northern England before then bouncing back emphatically in Turin, registering a 3-0 return success thanks to a Boninsegna double and a solitary strike from Benetti.
An inspired performance in front of their home faithful helped Juve put one foot in the last eight as they ran out 3-0 winners over Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg and then closed the deal two weeks later in the Ukraine despite suffering a 1-0 defeat.
The UEFA Cup last eight draw saw Juventus pitted against East German side Magdeburg, who crumbled to a 1-3 loss on their home patch and were then handed a 1-0 defeat during the return fixture in Turin which meant Trapattoni’s side advanced into a semi-final meeting against AEK Athens.
The Bianconeri once again put on an emphatic display at the Stadio Comunale which all but secured a spot in May’s tournament final as Cuccureddu, Bettega and Causio led them to a resounding 4-1 success. A solitary Bettega strike in the Greek capital a fortnight later proved more than enough to complete the job.
Spurred on by the boisterous support of a capacity crowd in Turin, Juve wrapped up a 1-0 triumph in the first leg of the final against Athletic Bilbao thanks to Tardelli’s goal on 15 minutes. The Bianconeri then completed the task in the north of Spain at the notoriously heated atmosphere of the Estadio San Mamés by enduring a nervy final ten minutes to maintain a 2-2 aggregate scoreline and secure a first-ever UEFA Cup crown thanks to the away goals rule.