Five years in Juventus

Just when a contract renewal with Napoli seemed very likely, the coach was offered to move north to join and coach Juventus team. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime challenge: either take it or leave it. It was the beginning of a long-term success for both the coach and the White-black team.

Back in 1994, during his first season in Juventus, he strived so hard to win any match and competition that he successfully led his team to win both Serie A Championship and Coppa Italia, and ranked second in UEFA Cup after a defeat suffered against Parma.

The following year, Lippi's Juventus rushed to win the Italian Super Cup at the expenses of Parma but couldn’t replicate such gain in the Italian major league championship. No matter what, the coach was able to achieve a historic and utterly unexpected triumph against the team’s rivals. 

Right after such a triumphant victory, the Turin team got to win the Champions League final against Ajax on May 22nd, 1996, in Rome, and was awarded with their second Cup in history. 

Despite the huge shake-off that turned Juventus in an all-newcomer squad over the 1996-1997 season, the coach had forged such a winning mindset that everyone in the locker-room promptly built a strong team spirit that would allow the team to clock up lots of consecutive victories in the forthcoming months. They also won the Intercontinental Cup, the European Super Cup, and their 24th Scudetto, that reached the team’s trophy cabinet at the end of the season. But they missed the icing on the cake, as they lost the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund in Munich, thus failing to replicate the success achieved in other competitions.

A new winning year was to come for the coach that, after a fierce battle against Gigi Simoni’s Inter, enriched his own trophy cabinet with another Italian Cup (together with the Super Cup won in August against Vicenza). Anyway, in 1997-1998 season the Turin team failed again to win the Champions League and lost the final match against Real Madrid.

In the 1998-1999 season, the team was staggered and encumbered by a number of injuries and, after a good start, couldn’t keep the pace with the top-ranking teams in the competition and failed to reach good results at all. In February 1999, following a defeat against Parma, the coach finally resigned.

And so the first bright chapter with Juventus came to an end.