The Europa League, formerly known as the UEFA Cup, is a continental football tournament which is reserved to domestic cup winners and clubs that finish narrowly short of the Champions League places
UEFA Cup 1990
A rejuvenated Juventus side, with Dino Zoff at the helm, kicked off their UEFA Cup adventure by safely negotiating the preliminary three rounds as they recorded comfortable aggregate victories over Polish club Gornik (5-2), Paris St. Germain (3-1) and FC Karl-Marx-Stadt (3-1).
The quarter-finals presented Juve with the opportunity to avenge their European Cup defeat against Hamburg seven years earlier, and they certainly made the most of the chance. First of all, the Bianconeri took a decisive step towards the semi-finals with a clinical 0-2 victory in Germany courtesy of goals from Schillaci and Casiraghi. Although Hamburg did manage to produce an unexpected comeback win in the return leg, they could not succeed in overturning the deficit as Zoff’s men progressed into the last four.
Juventus were pitted against another German outfit in the semi-finals, FC Köln, a team featuring Thomas Hassler (who would go on to join the Bianconeri ranks the following season). After storming to a 3-0 lead in the first leg, Juve put on a disciplined performance during the return fixture in Germany as they kept a clean sheet to secure safe passage into the tournament final.
The final was an all-Italian affair, with Zoff’s side squaring up against Fiorentina. Juventus gave the Stadio Comunale a fitting farewell on its last day by winning 3-1 in the first leg with goals from Galia, Casiraghi and De Agostini. On neutral territory in Avellino on 16 May 1990, the Bianconeri finished the job with a 0-0 stalemate and got their hands on a second UEFA Cup trophy.