Juventus is the nearly always dominant football club which because of its success,omniprescence,arrogance,scandal and history reminds this fan of Utd,Rangers and Chelsea. Utd because its scuccess means that all other fans hate it,Rangers because its shame(in match fixing) meant it was demoted,Chelsea because its success is bankrolled by one family(Fiat).
But somehow Juve has wormed its way onto my radar. Our favourte walk takes us along a ridge between the rolling hills,vineyards,olive trees and sunflowers.One of the few grand houses on the way flies a Juve flag.Here deep in the Umbrian country side the passion of urban Italy rules,OK?
Back in dear old Putney I have become friendly with Mario who runs the superb Sardinian restaurant Isola di Sole. Our friendship is based on our support of Arsenal. Why does he,because years ago in some Euro cup Arsenal avenged his team Cagliari and beat Juventus. The logic of football fans is that the enemy of your enemy is your lover!
Now the world’s most extravagent player Ronaldo has moved from palatial Real Madrid to star studded Juventus. The other day we were is a cafe when he scored his first two goals for his new club. It makes Brexit seem small news.
And so it was little surprise when in Spello(Assissi’s next door little sister) that I did not buy thre normal tourist trinket but a Juventus fridge magnet complete with zebra head. Why that animal? Because in 1903 the powerhouse fromTurin adopted Notts County’s black and white stripped shirts.
Need I go on?