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Juventus: The Old Lady, scandal and a glorious return!

Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Juventus travel to the Santiago Bernabéu with a 2-1 aggregate lead in the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals. Hosts Real Madrid are the defending Champions following 'La Decima', their tenth European Cup, in the 2013/14 season. The winner of the tie would take on Barcelona in Berlin in June 2015 and of course Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid were the heavily backed favourites to set up an El Clásico final. Juventus hadn't read the script though, Madrid academy graduate Alvaro Morata netted to make it 1-1 on the night and send Real Madrid out of the Champions League. The Old Lady of Italian football were back. Juventus were heading for their first European Cup final since 2003, an opportunity to win their first trophy in the competition since 1996. The road back to the top had been far from easy however, most notably after their relegation to Serie B in 2006 following the infamous Calciopoli scandal.  Juventus are perhaps one of the proudest Eur