One of the soccer blogs I follow, AvoidingtheDrop.com, started a feature in which the author goes back and talks about old shirts/jerseys (kits or strips for the uniformed) he has purchased and assorted memories of those teams and moments in time. Here is Fuse’s first post: http://avoidingthedrop.com/2010/04/13/coming-out-of-the-closet-with-fuse/ @UFJacob does the same thing on UnprofessionalFoul.com (The Good, The Bad, The WTF). I loved the idea, and thought I would do the same. My memory sucks, so I will do the best I can.
I’m pretty sure the first jersey I purchased was the Juventus home kit for the 95-97 seasons:
The jersey is beautiful in its simplicity: simple black and white lines and a sponsor logo that is not overpowering. The club did something unique for a while, in that the club crest was either not visible or barely visible in this case, with the crest at the base of the collar, and this continued until the 99/00 season. Presumably it was left out because the Bianconeri were winning the Scudetto every year and were honored with the shield. (Suck it AC Milan and Inter!)
As for my history with Juventus, I fell in love with them because of Roberto Baggio. He was my favorite player of
Since then Juventus has become one of the main teams I follow, from the cycle of three straight Champions League Finals in the mid-90’s to the shame and disappointment of Calciopoli to the heroic Serie B campaign to the rebuilding that now continues under Del Neri. They are still some distance from the Scudetto and being European contenders, but after the complete cluster of last season, the team is on the up.
Due to advent of futbol on TV, social media and the internet, I can now follow the club in a way I could never have dreamed 15 years ago.
Here some great sites I go to and people I follow on twitter:
Adam Digby who writes at http://iltifosi.tumblr.com/ @adz77
Juventus Offside http://juventus.theoffside.com/ @Juventus Offside
People on Twitter:
Gabriele Marcotti from several publications @Marcotti
Paolo Bandini from the Guardian @Paolo_Bandini
Serie Aaaaargh! from Four Four Two
Roberto Gotta from Soccernet
PS, One of my favorite jerseys ever from Juventus is the away strip from the 95-96 season:
I check eBay ever once in a while but have yet to pull the trigger. Maybe one day.
Ravanelli’s Moment of Glory:
Check out classicfootballshirts.co.uk for more.
Make sure to keep your hands to yourself, tip your dancer and stay classy.