10 Sep 2013 - in: Other competitions

Italy v Czech Republic, previous encounters

Turin has hosted two previous international meetings between the nations

The city of Turin has played host to two previous international meetings between Italy and Czech Republic - then known as Czechoslovakia - over the course of history.

The first encounter, a 1-1 draw contested at the Motovelodromo in 1922, failed to feature any Bianconeri players, with the vast majority of the national team deriving from the two dominant sides of the time: Genoa and Luccese.

It was a different story four years later, however, as Juventus, fresh from their second title win and revolution under the presidency of Edoardo Agnelli, contributed four players to a comprehensive 3-1 victory: Gianpiero Combi, Virginio Rosetta, Umberto Caligaris and Carlo Bigatto.

Tonight’s clash at Juventus Stadium will be the first time both nations have met in a World Cup qualifier. The finals, on the other hand, saw Italy lift the Jules Rimet trophy after edging past Czechoslovakia in extra-time by a 2-1 scoreline.

The last time the two sides squared up was in 2006, when Gianluigi Buffon and Pavel Nedved went head-to-head in an epic battle. The midfielder was denied by his team-mate’s heroics between the posts on several occasions, with Marcello Lippi’s Azzurri eventually prevailing 2-0 to secure their place in the second round of the competition.