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2009 Serie A Season Review: Juventus

Team Overview: Juve may not be just the most successful club in Italian history, but the entire history of world football. After all, they have won Serie A 27 times, the Coppa Italia 9 times, and the Champions League twice. Other than their 2006/2007 suspension, they have been in the top flight every single season. But, they settled for 2nd.

Top Performers: Juve – as usual – got help on the attack from Allessandro Del Piero, the ageless wonder. Rising star Carvalho De Oliveira Amauri also had a great season with 10 goals and 4 assists. Though injuries hampered goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon all season, he still managed to post a decent 1.13 goals per game average in 2009.

Highest Highs: Juventus was a very consistent side, winning at least two matches every month except April. They were third in the league in goals scored (69) and third in goals against (only 37). Their “highest high” probably came in November when they won a whopping five league matches and bested Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Lowest Lows: Juve would have had to have been perfect to beat Inter this year, and they were far from it down the stretch as they sputtered to the finish line. They drew six times in the last two months, and two of those games were against cellar dwellars Lecce and Reggina. They also couldn’t advance past the Coppa Italia Semifinal.

Future Outlook: Juve’s future is bright as Ciro Ferrara, their former defender, has taken over the manager duties for 2010. The club is rumored to be shopping Trezeguet and is also anticipated to make a deal with Pavel Nedved to keep the classy player happy. Nedved is one of Serie A’s gems, and I know he wants to win another title before retiring.

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