How many times have Juventus won the Champions League?

Juventus are Italy's most successful club domestically. While they are known to have had their struggles continentally in the Champions League, they do have plenty of European pedigree as well. How many times have they won the Champions League?

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Undoubtedly the most successful Italian club domestically, Juventus have also had their share of success on the European stage despite some struggles. The Bianconeri were the first team to have won all three European trophies in the 20th century: the European Cup (now the Champions League), the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup, and the UEFA Cup (now the Europa League).

For all their dominance in Serie AJuventus have won 36 titles, more than anyone else in Italy – European success did not come easy. In their first participation in the European Cup back in 1958/59, La Vecchia Signora lost 8-3 on aggregate in the preliminary round to Wiener Sport-Club, which included a humiliating 7-0 defeat in Austria.

Defeats in the 1965 and 1971 Fairs Cup finals (a forerunner to the UEFA Cup and Europa League) to Ferencvaros and Leeds United respectively had followed that disappointment, and they eventually reached the European Cup final in 1973, losing to Dutch giants Ajax.

Juventus find breakthrough against Liverpool in tragic circumstances at Heysel

The appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni as coach of Juventus in 1976 proved to be a huge turning point in their history. With Italian stars like Dino Zoff, Gaetano Scirea, and Marco Tardelli, the Bianconeri finally found European success.

Juve defeated Athletic Club from Spain to win the 1976/77 UEFA Cup, and after losing the 1982/83 European Cup to West German champions Hamburg, they won the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup against Porto. By this stage, they also had Italian striker Paolo Rossi, French midfielder Michel Platini, and Polish forward Zbigniew Boniek, who had starred for their respective countries at the 1982 World Cup.

On their way to the 1985 European Cup final, Juventus defeated Ilves, Grasshoppers, Sparta Prague, and Girondins de Bordeaux before facing English giants Liverpool at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

It had the makings of the classic, but a wall collapsed in one section of the stadium after fights broke out between Bianconeri and Reds supporters, and 39 people lost their lives. Juventus eventually won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Platini.

Future World Cup hero Lippi inspires Juventus triumph against Ajax

After Trapattoni left Juventus in 1986, they went on to win the UEFA Cup in 1990 and 1993, but they had to endure watching AC Milan dominate Serie A and the European Cup. The appointment of Marcello Lippi as coach in 1994 and the emergence of a young forward called Alessandro Del Piero would help swing the momentum back in favour of the Bianconeri.

La Vecchia Signora won the 1994/95 Serie A title, their first in nine years, and they were drawn in Group C with Borussia Dortmund, Steaua Bucuresti, and Rangers in the 1995/96 Champions League. After topping their group, Juve defeated Real Madrid and then Nantes before facing reigning champions Ajax in the final.

Fabrizio Ravanelli opened the scoring for Juventus before Jari Litmanen equalised for the Dutch giants. There were no goals afterwards, and the match went to a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes. Angelo Peruzzi saved two penalties from Ajax, and La Vecchia Signora went on to win the shoot-out 4-2 after Vladimir Jugovic scored with the final kick.

The late Gianluca Vialli lifted the trophy and he remains the last person to have captained the Bianconeri to Champions League success. Lippi eventually coached the club for two spells before leading Italy to World Cup victory in 2006, and Del Piero became one of the club’s most decorated players in history.

European success has remained elusive for Juventus since 1996, and they have now lost seven European Cup/Champions League finals, with the latest defeat coming in 2017 against Real Madrid.

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