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Juve asks for 2005/06 scudetto return ahead of Derby D’Italia

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The Calciopoli scandal cost Juventus two scudetti and The Old Lady wants one of them back.

Juventus lost the 2005/06 Serie A title due to a (this is grossly over-simplifying) refereeing scandal and it was handed to Inter Milan.

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Juve had won the league by 15 points but the second-place Nerazzurri were bumped into first.

Now Inter Milan is back in first thanks to a red-hot start to the Antonio Conte era, and will be facing Juve this weekend.

And so, in classic Serie A fashion, Juve has launched another bid to get its scudetto back. From Football-Italia.net:

The Bianconeri have tried and failed in years gone by to at least deprive the Nerazzurri of that season’s crown. However, it was confirmed on Monday that the Old Lady had presented a new appeal to the CONI’s Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport tribunal.

Inter’s 18 scudetti are level with rivals AC Milan for second-most in Italian history. Juve have 35.

Inter has the small task of a Wednesday trip to Barcelona in the Champions League before Sunday’s visit from Juve, who has one more day’s rest following a Tuesday visit from Bayer Leverkusen in the same competition.

Really it seems unlikely the titles will ever change hands, but the gamesmanship here is pretty classic.

Napoli draws against Torino to all but hand Juventus title

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MILAN (AP) Juventus has the champagne on ice after Napoli was held to a 2-2 draw by Torino on Sunday to all but mathematically hand the Bianconeri their seventh successive Serie A title.

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Napoli is six points behind Juventus with two matches remaining. The two sides have the same head-to-head record – which is the next deciding factor – but Juventus has a significantly better goal difference.

Juventus can mathematically secure the title at Roma next weekend.

After Juventus beat Bologna on Saturday, Napoli knew it needed a victory to keep the title race alive.

Napoli wasted a couple of opportunities before taking the lead in the 25th minute.

It was Dries Mertens’ 31st birthday and Nicolas Burdisso gifted him a goal as he failed to control a backpass with two awful touches, allowing the Belgium international to pounce and end his eight-round goal drought.

Torino leveled 10 minutes into the second half when Daniele Baselli’s effort was deflected in off Vlad Chiriches.

Substitute Arkadiusz Milik almost restored Napoli’s lead in the 70th minute but his powerful effort crashed off the left post.

Shortly after another substitute, Marek Hamsik, who had been on the pitch for less than two minutes, did fire Napoli in front again, curling into the right side of the net.

Milik should have sealed the result but he fired inches wide of the left post from close range and Lorenzo De Silvestri headed in the equalizer seven minutes from time.

Juve slips to draw, Napoli wins ahead of scudetto-defining Sunday

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For Juventus supporters, let me start by coming clean: I’m not a hater, and what The Old Lady does on an annual basis is unbelievable.

But for once in this decade, it’d be kinda cool if at least we could get a Serie A scudetto race last into the final week of the season.

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That’s still possible after Juve slumped to a 1-1 draw at Crotone on Wednesday and Napoli came back from an early deficit to beat Udinese 4-2.

The two sides square off in Turin on Sunday.

Here’s how the table looks with five matches to play in Italy. Juve also had a Coppa Italia Final to contend.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Juventus 33 27 4 2 78 19 59 14-1-1 13-3-1 85
 Napoli 33 25 6 2 70 23 47 13-2-2 12-4-0 81

And here are the remaining fixtures:

Juve: vs. Napoli, at Inter, vs. Bologna, at Roma, vs. Verona

Napoli: at Juve, at Fiorentina, vs. Torino, at Sampdoria, vs. Crotone

Juventus clinches record sixth straight Serie A title

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ROME (AP) Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round Sunday.

Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.

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Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which last Sunday handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.

Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles.

Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled due to World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-35.

High five! Napoli loss hands Juventus fifth-straight Serie A crown

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The Old Lady’s dynasty continues in most impressive fashion.

Juventus has laid claim to its fifth-straight scudetto, an achievement certified officially by Roma’s 1-0 defeat of Napoli on Monday.

Juve stumbled out of the gate, perhaps “hungover” from last season’s run to the UEFA Champions League final.

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But — get this — Juve has won 73 of its last 75 points to claim a remarkable 12-point lead on the table.

A 15-match Serie A winning streak was broken by a Feb. 19 draw with Bologna, and Juve promptly started another winning run that currently stands at nine matches with three to play.

It’s the 33rd scudetto for Juventus, and has to be considered amongst the most impressive titles.