TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 18: A general view of the stadium during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Novara Calcio at Juventus Arena on December 18, 2011 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Many of you knew me as JoseR in the Juventus Offside mainly for the long rants I posted after the games. From all my posts you probably know that my passion for Juve runs pretty deep. It is for that reason that I am so excited to join this blog as a writer.
I figured I should tell you a little bit about how I became a Juventus fan. Even though I knew about Juventus since the early to mid 90s I didn't start following them regularly until Lippi's second stint. So I guess I grew up to be a pretty spoiled Juve fan, enjoying the saves of Buffon, the tackles of Lilian Thuram and Ciro Ferrara, the heart of Antonio Conte, the crosses and dribbles of Camoranesi, and Nedved, and of course the magic of Del Piero.
I became a Juventus fan watching Juventus trash Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League. That Real Madrid team was pretty scary on paper, however, that non mollare mai attitude is what won me over.
Fast forward through scudetto numero 29, Farsopoli, Serie B, and the last two seasons and I can say that I have not been spoiled anymore. However, this year, I can start to see in the players eyes, the same desire to win that I saw when Davids didn't give an inch of space to Zidane (the best player in the world at the time) in the semifinals of the Champions League in '03. I swear Zidane still goes to the Bernabeu at nights to look for the ball that never arrived at his feet.
Times couldn't be more exciting for me to join this great community as a writer. No, seriously, I can't imagine how painful it must have been for Aaron and Roberto to write about Amauri, Grygera, and Knezevic (yeah, I went there). I am really looking forward to share my thoughts on the team that all of us love, and that more people are beginning to hate and fear. I am also very excited to hear what all of you have to say so please don't hold back.
So, with all of that. Fino alla fine Forza Juventus