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29 Aug 2013 - in: Champions League

Group B rivals: FC Copenhagen

The Danish club have yet to play the Bianconeri in European competition, but Antonio Conte’s men did score an important goal in their home ground against Nordsjaelland last term

Juventus have never faced FC Copenhagen before, but they will be wary of a club who are increasingly strong contenders on the European stage.

First qualifying for the Champions League in the 2006/7 competition after bolstering the side with Danish international Jesper Gronkjaer, Copenhagen became the first Danish outfit to ever reach the knockout stage three years later, where they were defeated by Chelsea.

The Superliga club, who play their home games at the 38,065 seater Parken Stadium (the ground that hosted Juve’s 1-1 draw with Nordsjaelland last season), was only founded in 1992, but has been on a steady rise since then.

Their fortunes were given a spark by the installation of Roy Hodgson as manager in 2000, who went on to guide them to their second domestic championship in the following year, and they won their latest league title just months ago.

Two important connections with Juventus are Christian Poulsen, who started his career with the Danes before playing for the Bianconeri from 2008 to 2010, and Olof Mellberg, who spent a season in Turin immediately after bringing the curtain down on a seven-year stint with Aston Villa.