The Europa League clash between Juventus and Fiorentina, valid for the round of 16 of this year’s edition, will certainly be characterized by a great sense of nostalgia for every single Italian soccer fan around the world. As a matter of fact, these two teams also made up the competition’s final back in the 1989-90 season. In a totally different context, the Bianconeri, led by the legendary figure of Dino Zoff, were able to succeed after beating the Viola 3-1 in the first round of the final. For the second one, instead, it was only enough to maintain the 0-0 draw at the Stadio Partenio-Adriano Lombardi of Avellino to lift the trophy.
Of course, besides the actual names of the teams, there is little to compare between the level of that year’s rosters to the current ones. Even more, it was the level of Italian soccer as a whole that was absolutely incomparable to the one of today. In fact, all of the major international club competitions of that year were won by Italian sides. Not only did Sampdoria achieve the first and only international title in history, the Cup Winners Cup, but AC Milan also beat a historic record by winning the second European Champions Cup (today’s Champions League) in a row. No other team has been able to do so since then.
In the following video there are the highlights for the first round final between Juventus and Fiorentina at the Stadio Delle Alpi. The scorers: Roberto Galia, Pier Luigi Casiraghi and Luigi De Agostini for the Old Lady and Renato Buso for the Tuscan side.