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01 Nov 2013 - in: Events

Happy Birthday Juventus!

Today the club celebrates the 116th anniversary of its foundation in 1897, as well as remembering former president Umberto Agnelli, born on this day in 1934

If there is one date that represents Juventus Football Club more than any other it is surely 1 November, because today is the 116th anniversary of the club’s foundation in 1897.

It all began with a bench on Corso Re Umberto, one of the most famous streets in city centre Turin, where a group of students from the city’s Massimo D’Azeglio secondary school congregated to talk about their favourite sport.

They all possessed a shared passion for football, a special game that had recently been ‘imported’ from England. And they had an intriguing idea, to create a sports club.

The eldest of the schoolboys was just 17 years of age, paving the way for the club’s name: in Latin, the name ‘Juventus’ means youth.

They weren’t aware of it yet, but on 1 November 1897, they had given birth to a legend. And so Italy’s greatest football team was born, almost by chance. 

Today we also remember one of the club’s most legendary figures: Umberto Agnelli, father of Andrea and president of the club from 1956 to 1961, was born 79 years ago today and sadly passed away in 2004.