Brazil and Italy are two of the world’s leading football powers who have memorably met on the pitch on many occasions, but they come together in a more unusual way thanks to one small club. Clube Atlético Juventus are a small team based in a neighbourhood of Sao Paulo called Mooca, and were formed by Italian workers in the area in 1924. The Italian Juventus was the obvious inspiration for the club’s name, but the team’s colours were taken from another Italian club. Pele once stated that the most beautiful goal of his career was scored against Juventus, an event which is marked by a plaque at the club’s ground.
Famous as one of Brazil’s most traditional clubs, Juventus have used their history as inspiration for their latest shirt launch, which brings together some of the club’s old players with the current stars of the team. Players from the 1950s and 1980s join current squad members Romarinho and Elvis De Sa to discuss what Juventus means to them. The phrases on the pictures here suggest: ‘More than a football team, we were a team of friends’ and ‘We used to play for the love of the shirt. And they continue to do so at Juventus.’
The new shirts featured in these images are already being worn by the players and fans that continue the fine traditions of Clube Atletico Juventus today. They might not be the biggest club in the world, but they have a fine history and culture to be proud of.
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