Friday September 8 2017
On This Day: Juventus Stadium opens

On this day in 2011, Notts County helped Juventus to open their new stadium, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

The Bianconeri opened their new ground on September 8 2011, with a lavish ceremony featuring club legends from the past and stars of the current squad.

Rather than a glamour friendly against one of Europe’s leading lights, Juve invited English side Notts County to play the first match at the stadium.

The Old Lady got her famous black and white stripes from the Magpies, having previously worn pink shirts.

Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon were among the stars in the Juve line-up, along with new signing Arturo Vidal.

It took until after the break for the Bianconeri to make the breakthrough though, with Luca Toni scoring the first goal in the new stadium.

However, Lee Hughes grabbed a late equaliser for County to ensure the match ended in a draw.

Juve would go on to win the Scudetto unbeaten that season, and they have retained the title in every season since.

Since the stadium, now known as Allianz Stadium for sponsorship purposes, opened the Bianconeri have lost just six times on home soil, drawing 27 games and winning all their other home fixtures.

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