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31st August, three legends make debuts

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It may be the end of the month but the legends continue to feature heavily on The 31st August is a special date for three champions who made a great contribution to Juve’s history. On this day, in different Bianconeri eras, Beppe Furino, Didier Deschamps and Ciro Ferrara played their first official games in the black and white shirt.

First up is Furino. The defensive midfielder made his first team bow in 1969 – following a long spell as a youth team player – taking to the field in an Italian Cup game contested in Mantova. It finished 0-0, with Lamberto Leonardi, Roberto Tancredi and Francesco Morini, another who made a prominent impact throughout the 70s, also gaining a taste of first team life at Juventus.

1977 and 1980 saw the turn of Vinicio Verza and Carlo Osti. 1994, however, was a moment of great importance for Juve’s future. On the face of it, the 0-0 Italian Cup home draw against Chievo Verona should not be of particular note. But this game proved to be the first of many for legends Didier Deschamps and Ciro Ferrara. Joining them in making first Bianconeri appearances on that day were Luca Fusi and Paolo Sousa.

Beppe Furino Speaks To Radio Sport

Former Juve captain and winner of more Scudetti than any other Juventino, Beppe Furino has more idea than most about what it takes to win. He is what he had to say when he spoke to Radio Sport on Tuesday evening;

On strategy: “I’m not convinced that spending a lot on certain players to buy our way back can work. In the past we have always had coaches and management who could make excellent choices in the market, without spending a lot of money but rather seek out younger players who went on to be very useful for Juventus.”

On the past: “I hope that Marotta and Paratici know how to create a team for the likes of Juventus. The problem is that first you need to understand the players to be confirmed and those to be sold. It is clear that if you purchase without selling is likely to create problems.”

On midfield: “In the middle of the pitch the team is already pretty settled with the arrival of Pirlo, who is a great player. The problem is on the wings, both in midfield and at the back.”

On Meelosh: “Krasic is a player I find a little strange because it has qualities such as current speed, ball control and physicality but lacks more basic skills. His talents are those of movement and beating his opponent and I think Conte will use him a lot and ask much of him. I hope he can develop a strong personality. He is an interesting player that can definitely be a regular in the starting eleven.”

On Chiellini: “He is a good player, a pillar in the Juve defence, however no one is indispensable.”