Looking ahead to the 1977/78 campaign, Juventus equipped themselves with reinforcements given the foray into Europe that was now on the horizon: frontman Pietro Paolo Virdis signed from Cagliari and wingers Pietro Fanna and Vinicio Verza also completed their moves to the Bianconeri.
Juve began with a 6-0 win over Foggia, and recorded another resounding victory against Fiorentina by putting five past their opponents. Milan, Torino and the surprisingly successful newly-promoted outfit Vincenza emerged as the club’s main challengers for the title as the season progressed through the first few rounds.
Yet they were unable to stop Juve from continuing to pull ahead, and the Bianconeri’s victory over Napoli thanks to a goal from Roberto Boninsegna made their lead all the more secure. Trapattoni’s men then experienced the sweet taste of revenge, winning 3-0 against Lazio after losing by the same scoreline earlier in the season.
Juve’s path to glory was relatively free of obstacles from then on in, and a draw at the Olympic stadium against the Giallorossi clinched a second successive Scudetto title.
Just a few weeks later, almost all the Bianconeri team of that year would be wearing the Italian shirt in the World Cup in Argentina. On 6 June 1978, in the winning fixture against Hungary in Mar del Plata, a total of nine Juventus players were on the pitch, a symbol of the club’s enduringly important contribution to the national team.