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12 Jul 2011

Journey through the Stars: Moreno Torricelli

From the humble beginnings of Caratese to a Bianconeri legend. Today sees the incredible story of the man who starred in the 1996 Champions League win.

Juventus.com will continue to present the 50 Bianconeri legends whose names will be attached to the new stadium, chosen by the fans.

Today’s hero is Moreno Torricelli, subject of an incredible story which saw the full-back rise from Serie D obscurity to become a Juventus legend, lifting the championship and Intercontinental Cup in the space of just four years.

Torricelli’s sensational journey began when he featured for Serie D side Caratese in a friendly against Juventus. The defender suitably impressed Giovanni Trapattoni, a manager who always had an eye for up and coming youngsters, and the 22-year-old was handed the chance of a lifetime – a trial with the Bianconeri. His determination and application saw him earn a professional contract.

Moreno arrived at the start of season 1992/93, joining a group featuring the likes of Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli and Angelo Peruzzi. He listened and learned, watching fellow defenders Kohler, Reuter and Carrera before putting his new found knowledge into practice. Torricelli’s first full season saw him enjoy numerous achievements. He made his Serie A debut against Atalanta on 13th September and went on to score his first goal, three days later, in the UEFA Cup against Anarthosis Famagosta. Moreno lifted the trophy at the end of the campaign.

The end of Trapattoni’s second spell in charge did not affect Torricelli’s status as a first team regular. Marcello Lippi took a shine to the versatile defender and continued to deploy him across the back four. Lippi’s first campaign saw Juventus celebrate a Scudetto/Coppa Italia double.

However the best was yet to come as Torricelli embraced the European scene. His two goals gave Juventus fans a night to remember on 1st November 1995 at Ibrox against Glasgow Rangers, the day of the club’s 98th anniversary. But the defender saved his finest hour for the Champions League final against Ajax in Rome. His heart, passion and determination helped Juventus clinch the trophy after beating their Italian rivals on penalties.

Moreno stayed at Juventus for two more seasons, overcoming River Plate in the Intercontinental Cup and winning an additional two titles.

When he left Torino in 1998, his list of achievements read: three titles, an Italian Cup, two Italian Super Cups, a Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup, a European Super Cup and a UEFA Cup. Numbers wise, the defender made 230 appearances and scored three goals.

 

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View the other players in Journey through the Stars:
 
1st installment: Giampiero Boniperti
2nd installment: Gianpiero Combi
3rd installment: Felice Borel II
4th installment: Gaetano Scirea
5th installment: Edgar Davids
6th installment: Dino Zoff
7th installment: Gianluca Pessotto
8th installment: Sergio Brio
9th installment: Roberto Baggio
10th installment: Fabio Capello
11th installment: Pietro Rava
12th installment: Franco Causio
13th installment: Michel Platini
14th installment: Angelo Di Livio
15th installment: Zinedine Zidane
16th installment: Stefano Tacconi
17th installment: Antonello Cuccureddu
18th installment: Omar Sivori
19th installment: Fabrizio Ravanelli
20th installment: Carlo Parola
21st installment: Luis Del Sol
22nd installment: Pavel Nedved
23rd installment: Lucidio Sentimenti IV 
24th installment: Virginio Rosetta
25th installment: Gianluigi Buffon
26th installment: Antonio Cabrini
27th installment: Giuseppe Furino
28th installment: Antonio Conte
29th installment: Raimundo Orsi
30th installment: Angelo Peruzzi
31st installment: Gianluca Vialli
32nd installment: Mauro German Camoranesi
33rd installment: Marco Tardelli