With the football on hold at the moment, we’ve been thinking about who gets in Juventus’ all-time XI.
Today we’re choosing the first midfielder.
Here are the nominees …
Happy birthday Giuseppe Furino. 73 years old today. 15 seasons with Juventus between 1969 & 1984, captain from 1976 to 1984, 528 games in total (4th most), 19 goals & 12 (11) trophies. Legend 🙌 pic.twitter.com/wPeXRpsrQx
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Furino was one of the greatest leaders ever to turn out for Juventus, something he displayed over and over again throughout his 15 years at the club.
Anyone who is familiar with the Italian will know that he was the complete midfielder, capable of doing it all: passing, dictating the tempo of play, defensive duty, driving the team forward to attack. Everything.
1️⃣5️⃣ seasons: 8️⃣ Scudetto titles, 2️⃣ Coppa Italia crowns, 1️⃣ @UEFA Cup
🎉🎉 Happy birthday, Giuseppe Furino! ⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/TdtLt1qsyT
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His loyalty to the club was commendable and ultimately rewarded with 12 trophies and to this day the man nicknamed ‘Fury’ by the fans is still fondly remembered. It is a travesty that he won just three international caps.
His ‘Pitbull’ nickname tells you everything you need to know about the tigerish, snarling midfielder whose endless energy and enthusiasm were a nightmare for the opposition.
Injuries plagued his time at Milan, who let him join Juve in a move that they must regret to this day as he became the beating heart of the Bianconeri, or the ‘one-man engine room’ as Marcello Lippi once christened him.
Strike of the Pitbull! 💥⚽️
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Plus, he has to get bonus points for those famous glasses.
Not only one of the greatest players in Juventus history, Platini is one of the best every to pull on a pair of boots.
The Frenchman had magic in his boots and was at times an unplayable presence at the peak of his powers with the Bianconeri in the 1980s.
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“Michel could play with his eyes shut,” international team-mate Alain Giresse said of him. “I’ve never seen a player with such vision. He had panoramic vision.”
Nicknamed ‘The King’, it was a moniker well-earned. He won it all with Juve, including scoring the winner in their first European Cup triumph, and was a three-time Serie A top scorer and Ballon d’Or winner.
Here’s how the team is looking so far …
GK: Gianluigi Buffon
RB: Lilian Thuram
CB: Gaetano Scirea
CB: Claudio Gentile
LB: Antonio Cabrini
CM: Michel Platini
Check back tomorrow when we will be choosing the second midfielder.