Today marks the 58th birthday of former Juventus player Liam Brady.
As the Bianconeri’s one and only permitted foreign player at the time, the Irishman spent two seasons in Turin between 1980 and 1982, tasting back-to-back Scudetto successes in the black and white stripes.
The last of which was particularly memorable. With Juventus locked in a head-to-head battle with Fiorentina at the top of the championship, Brady, knowing it would be his last game for the club, stepped up to take the decisive penalty against Catanzaro and lift the Bianconeri one solitary point above their rivals for Scudetto number 20.
It was to prove the ideal send off for the popular midfielder, who made way for Michel Platini and Zbigniew Boniek after the quota for non-Italian players was raised to two.
Since then, Brady went on to reunite with the man who initially brought him to Turin, Giovanni Trapattoni, as Ireland’s assistant manager until 2010, whilst continuing in his current role as Arsenal’s youth academy director.
All associated with Juventus Football Club wish Liam many happy returns.