Last week the Old Lady unveiled the new home kit for next season and Juventus players wore it for the first time in their home match against Lazio on Monday night. It was the last home game of the season and was played in front of a sold-out Allianz Stadium. Over 40,000 fans turned up to witness Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala’s farewell to the club.
They arrived early to enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium and make some purchases ahead of the match. The official Juventus store, which is just meters outside the Allianz Stadium, was busy all afternoon and welcomed thousands of fans attracted by the new kit which has been available in stores for less than a week.
As widely known, Juventus is the Serie A club with the most fans in Italy, so you’d find people coming from every corner of the country before home games in Turin.
Gabriele took his son Davide to watch his first-ever match in Turin last night. “We are here because of [Giorgio] Chiellini,” said Gabriele outside the club’s official store, right after buying the new kit for him and his son.
“It looks great, I like the style,” said Gabriele who would not print any name on its back, at least for now. “I wanted to put Chiellini’s, but we have to see. Hopefully, Paul Pogba returns to the club and we can print the No.6.” Daniel would also see the France star return to the club and the same goes for Pierluigi a fan who travelled all the way from Naples.
He comes to Turin three or four times per season and this time he god himself the new Juventus kit. “The last time I was here was for the Champions League [against Villarreal],” he said.
“I like this shirt. I have to say that I wasn’t a fan at the beginning but it’s really cool watching it closely. I am curious to see players wearing it.
“I love the theme, it’s very modern. At first, it looked strange and odd, but I have to say it’s really cool, so I bought it. I got the No.7 and my surname printed on its back. No.7 is my lucky number, so it’s nice that Cristiano Ronaldo and Dusan Vlahovic have been the last two Juventus players to wear it.”
Thousands of Juventus fans travel from all around Europe to watch Juventus at least once in their life and there are plenty of international supporters around the stadium before home matches. Among them, there’s Mehrez who comes from Tunisia and was in a hurry to enter the stadium to watch the game.
He also bought the shirt before going inside the Allianz Stadium, but he wasn’t really captured by any detail in particular. There is one thing that never changes and will always make him love the Juventus kit. “The colours, as long as it’s black and white I will always like it,” he said. “I’ve always supported the club, it’s my favourite team in Europe, Alessandro Del Piero is my idol.”
Mehrez printed the name of another Italy star on the back of his new Juventus kit: Federico Chiesa. The choice may be a little tricky as the Azzurri winger has the No.22 but could switch to 10 after Dybala’s departure in the summer. “It’s ok,” said Mehrez. “I wanted his name because he is my favourite player on the current squad.”
Jerome and Danilo also come from abroad as they travelled to Italy from The Netherlands. The latter has Italian roots, as his name suggests, and both came to Turin for the first time. They made the most of their trip by purchasing the new kit which they are wearing in front of the Curva Sud, from where they would watch the game.
“My family has always supported Juventus,” said Danilo. “I love this kit, although I’ve always liked the classic shape. But in this case, the stripes are really cool and I like the optical effect it creates. It’s such a beautiful shirt.” Like many other fellow Juventus fans, neither Jerome nor Danilo have printed any player’s name on the back of the kit. They want to wait for the summer transfer window and have a specific player in mind.
“I’d love to see Antony from Ajax,” they say. “He can make the difference, everyone wants Pogba back, but we need some creativity, so go and get him, Juve!” The season may not have ended in the best possible way for the Bianconeri, but fans are looking forward to the next campaign, hoping that the new kit will bring good luck to Max Allegri’s boys.
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