Today marks the anniversary of Juventus’ name entering the history books for a new achievement: it was on 8 December 1985, 28 years ago today, that the Bianconeri first lifted the Intercontinental Cup with victory over Argentinos Juniors on penalties.
For Giovanni Trapattoni’s men, it was the crowning glory on an extraordinary year and a half of international success.
After winning the Cup Winners’ Cup, European Super Cup and European Cup, the Bianconeri completed a collection that no other European team had managed previously by emerging victorious in the trophy that pitted them against the winner of the Copa Libertadores.
It wasn’t an easy victory, but that made the satisfaction all the greater. Juve twice went behind, but were able to draw level first through Michel Platini’s penalty and then in the dying moments through Michael Laudrup to set up a decisive penalty shootout.
Stefano Tacconi saved two Argentinos Juniors attempts, while Sergio Brio, Antonio Cabrini, Aldo Serena and finally Platini all converted to set the celebrations in full motion.
And it was a triumph that would be repeated 11 years later, once again in Tokyo, as River Plate were sunk by an Alessandro Del Piero strike.