Last week, Blue Bird Banter, posted the Toronto Blue Jays Roster Tree Map, which very creatively illustrates the origins of all the team's players. Inspired by this, I decided to make something similar for my favourite hockey team, the Ottawa Senators. Clearly, though, something was missing... where did Juventus fit in all this? Well, after some laborious research and some nifty graphic design, I have an answer for you: behold your very own Juventus Roster Map!
At first glance, this may seem incredibly confusing. In reality, though, it's actually pretty straightforward. You'll notice that the large yellow square in the centre of the map has "metro stations" bearing the names of each player on this year's squad. Stemming from each player is a line containing each senior team he has played for before Juventus, in order. You may also notice the many grey lines scattered across the map; they are single-club subway lines. In other words, they connect the lines of players who have played for the same team at some point during their careers (not necessarily at the same time, though). Take, for example, the grey line in the top-left corner: it connects Pogba to Tevez, because each once played for Manchester United.
In the end, this map was designed to act as a fun, approachable and easy-to-understand way of learning more about Juve' players. Having spent time researching the history of these players, I was surprised to see how many of them had played at the same clubs. Take, for example, Marco Motta: he has teams in common with ten different players, including two with whom he shares multiple teams! Other notable teammates include Simone Pepe, Fabio Quagliarella and Rubinho, who share teams with nine, eight and eight squad mates, respectively. If you're curious to see more, you can check out the document I used to create this map, where I compiled the data for all the players currently listed on our squad. To find out more about each player's individual history, I highly recommend checking out Wikipedia's player pages. As for transfers, I encourage you to give Transfermarkt a look; they may have the most comprehensive database of footballers I have ever come across.
Now, enough talk. Go run wild with the subway map! And as always, Mind the Scudetto.