Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Juventus coach Antonio Conte, right, celebrates at the end of an Italian Serie A football match against Cagliari at the Nereo Rocco stadium in Trieste. Alberto Pizzoli / AFP
Juventus coach Antonio Conte, right, celebrates at the end of an Italian Serie A football match against Cagliari at the Nereo Rocco stadium in Trieste. Alberto Pizzoli / AFP

Triumphant Juventus coach Conte not seeing stars, just numbers

New Serie A champions' threat to embroider a third star above the club crest would be an incendiary act.

The row over what to call the latest Serie A title won by Juventus has been rumbling for weeks. Now it has entered new hostility.

According to Juve, the scudetto achieved on Sunday is the 30th in the club's history. According to everybody else, especially Inter Milan fans, and importantly the Italian league itself, it was the 28th. Why the discrepancy? Because the 2005 and 2006 titles were officially stripped from Juventus because of the calciopoli scandal. The 2005 championship was not-reassigned, but the 2006 one was: to Inter.

Juventus have always disputed the legitimacy of taking away those titles, though they acknowledged some of their employees had sought to influence referees in the period concerned. Now, within the club, there is a threat to embroider on to the team jersey a third gold star.

It would be an incendiary act. Traditionally a club wears a star above the club crest for every 10 league titles won. Juve know that claiming 30 titles - not 28 - would infuriate Inter. Can they? The league say they cannot rule over small matters as jersey design.

For the sake of their own dignity, Juve should let it go and aim to get their seamstresses working on the third star for 2014, not before.

They should take an example from their triumphant head coach, Antonio Conte, who, on being asked, immediately after having guided Juve to the championship, what number title he thought this latest one was, cleverly replied: "The first, my first."

Well put.

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Walter Zenga is one win away from claiming silverware for the first time in the UAE. Karim Jaafar / AFP

Walter Zenga seeks early retribution at Al Jazira in Arabian Gulf Cup final

A victory over Al Ahli in the Arabian Gulf Cup final will help prove the Italian has turned around the fortunes of the capital club.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National