While Cesare Prandelli’s Azzurri gear up for Friday night’s friendly encounter with Germany in Milan, Juventus.com delves into the archives to examine the impact made by Bianconeri players in the seven previous exhibition matches contested on Italian soil.
A lack of Juventus presence in the first friendly, a 3-1 win in 1923, was compensated by the inclusion of three players the next time the sides met a decade later, with Luigi Bertolini, Giovanni Ferrari and Luisito Monti figuring in another success by the same scoreline.
In 1939, Italy, having recently regained their World Cup crown a year earlier, beat their German counterparts 3-2 in Florence, keeping faith with the black and white full-back pairing of Alfredo Foni and Pietro Rava that lifted the Jules Rimet trophy against Hungary in France.
Sixteen years later, captain Giampiero Boniperti galvanised the Azzurri to a 2-1 triumph in Rome, popping up with a second goal that rendered Josef Rohrig’s late strike a mere consolation. The inspirational Bianconeri figurehead was joined on that December day by club team-mates Giovanni Viola and Antonio Montico.
From one mercurial talent to another. In 1992, Roberto Baggio brought the Stadio Delle Alpi to its feet when he netted a decisive penalty in a closely-contested affair with the then reigning world champions. His strike partner was team-mate Pierluigi Casiraghi, while Stefan Reuter, who played in Turin during the 1991/92 season, lined up for the opposition.
The series concludes in the new millennium. Three months before lifting the World Cup in Germany, Marcello Lippi’s men warmed up for the greatest show on earth with an emphatic 4-1 in Florence. Alessandro Del Piero capped off a fine display by weighing in with the fourth goal, meeting Mauro Camoranesi’s cross with a diving header.