In a landmark season for Italian football – 1977 was the 75th Serie A championship - Torino began as title holders, with Juve a squad very much in transition. Giovanni Trapattoni was now managing the side, with Roberto Boninsegna and Romeo Benetti having replaced Pietro Anastasi and Fabio Capello.
The title race seemed certain to be contested between Juventus and Torino, and so it proved, with the two Turin clubs out ahead at the top of the table right from the offset.
The Bianconeri won all of their first 7 games, including a 3-2 comeback victory against Milan that showed their resolve, but lost 2-0 to rivals Torino on matchday eight of the season. Nevertheless, the Bianconeri did not lose heart, and the top spot continued to switch between the two clubs for the majority of the season.
30 April proved decisive: Trapattoni’s men conquered Napoli with a last gasp goal by Giuseppe Furino, while Torino were held to a goalless draw by Lazio the next day. Juve on 45, Torino on 44.
With three games to go, Juventus had to try and hold on to their lead. Torino continued their winning streak, but so did Juventus, and thanks to goals against Sampdoria from the two outstanding strikers of that season - Boninsegna and Roberto Bettega - they clinched an extraordinary title win with 51 points.