May 22, 1996 - Champions of Europe
Marcelo Lippi was managing the side and several new faces had entered the squad such as: Ferrara in defence, Paulo Sousa and Deschamps in midfield and up front, alongside Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Baggio, was an interesting young player. He had joined Juventus in the previous year from Padova, showing a notable technique and a strong personality. His name was Alessandro Del Piero, the man who would go on to rewrite all Juventus records. The following season was defined by an endless duel with Parma, who managed to overcome Juve in the UEFA cup final. However, the Bianconeri beat their rivals in the Scudetto title race and also ran out winners against them in the Coppa Italia final. The year was a great success but also one that was marked by tragedy because of the death of Andrea Fortunato on 25th April 1995 after he suffered from an incurable disease. The Scudetto victory allowed Juve to claim their place in the Champions League the following year where they knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals and then beat Nantes in the semis. The final was to be played in Rome against reigning champions Ajax. On 22 May 1996, it ended 1-1. The Bianconeri had scored all their penalties and keeper Peruzzi had saved two. Jugovic approached the penalty spot smiling for the last spot kick. His smile turned to a cry of joy after a few seconds as Juve were crowned Champions of Europe.