2004–05 Juventus F.C. season

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Juventus
2004–05 season
President Franzo Grande Stevens
Head coach Fabio Capello
Serie A 1st (later disqualified)
Coppa Italia Last 16
Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Zlatan Ibrahimović (16)
All:
Alessandro Del Piero (17)

Juventus F.C. returned to domestic glory in the first season under Fabio Capello's reign. The former Juventus midfielder had a positive influence on the Juventus squad, and it seemed as though he had led the club to its 28th league title. However, that was all to change a year afterwards when sporting director Luciano Moggi was caught for having referees working in the club's favour in an infamous scandal that sent Juventus to Serie B.

On the pitch in 2004-05, Swedish signing Zlatan Ibrahimović was the biggest positive surprise. Not known as an outright goalscorer in previous club Ajax, Ibrahimović hit the back of the net 16 times in his debut Serie A season. Another signing, Fabio Cannavaro, gave the team the stability it lacked in 2003-04, and helped the defense to be rock-solid. Juventus conceded just 27 goals throughout the league season and this, combined with the 67 goals scored, gave the club both the best defence and best attack of 2004-05 in Italy.

The lowest point of the season was not being able to get past Liverpool in the Champions League. Sami Hyypiä and Luis García scored early goals at Anfield, from which Juventus could not recover, despite a second half goal by Fabio Cannavaro. Juventus were outplayed throughout most of the game by the unfancied but fitter and hungrier Liverpool players. However, Cannavaro's away goal meant they could go through to a semi-final showdown with Chelsea if they won the return leg in Turin just 1-0.

In this second leg, Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a golden chance when all he had to do was turn in a Gianluca Zambrotta cross. After that, Juventus failed to pose any threat to the well-organized English side, and Rafael Benitez scored a tactical win over Fabio Capello. Liverpool would go on to win the competition.

It was an extremely disappointing ending to the European campaign for Juventus, who had looked among the favourites to all the way after an impressive run of wins in the group stages. Of their 6 group games, they had won 5 (all with a 1-0 scoreline), including home and away successes against German powerhouses Bayern Munich. In the round of sixteen, goals from David Trezeguet and Marcelo Zalayeta had imperiously seen off Fabio Capello's former club Real Madrid, who had won the first leg in Madrid 1-0.

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Gianluigi Buffon
2 Italy DF Ciro Ferrara
3 Italy MF Alessio Tacchinardi
4 Uruguay DF Paolo Montero
5 Croatia DF Igor Tudor
6 Italy DF Nicola Legrottaglie
7 Italy DF Gianluca Pessotto
8 Brazil MF Emerson
9 Sweden FW Zlatan Ibrahimović
10 Italy FW Alessandro Del Piero (captain)
11 Czech Republic MF Pavel Nedvěd
12 Italy GK Antonio Chimenti
13 Italy DF Mark Iuliano
15 Italy DF Alessandro Birindelli
16 Italy MF Mauro Camoranesi
No. Position Player
17 France FW David Trezeguet
18 Ghana MF Stephen Appiah
19 Italy MF Gianluca Zambrotta
20 Italy MF Manuele Blasi
21 France DF Lilian Thuram
22 France GK Landry Bonnefoi
23 France FW Olivier Kapo
24 Uruguay MF Rubén Olivera
25 Uruguay FW Marcelo Zalayeta
27 France DF Jonathan Zebina
28 Italy DF Fabio Cannavaro
30 Romania FW Adrian Mutu
34 Italy DF Andrea Masiello
36 Italy MF Paolo De Ceglie

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
31 Italy DF Domenico Criscito
33 Italy GK Claudio Scarzanella
35 Italy MF Andrea Rossi
37 Italy FW Rej Volpato
No. Position Player
38 Italy FW Michele Paolucci
39 Italy MF Claudio Marchisio
40 Italy MF Simone Bentivoglio
41 Italy MF Andrea Luci

Results[edit]

Serie A[edit]

Champions League[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Last 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Sources[edit]

RSSSF - Italy 2004/05