Juventus and Borussia Dortmund will meet for the first time since the 1997 UEFA Champions League final when they face off in the first leg of their round of 16 tie in Turin.
• For Dortmund, that final 18 years ago brought their first and only European Cup triumph to date. Two-times winners Juventus will be looking for a different outcome this time and can take heart from an impressive recent home record in Europe.
• It was in Munich that Dortmund won 3-1 in the 1997 UEFA Champions League final. Substitute Lars Ricken – now Dortmund’s youth co-ordinator – scored their third goal after Alessandro Del Piero had replied to Karl-Heinz Riedle’s first-half double. Michael Zorc, today Dortmund’s sport director, was a late substitute.
• The final lineups on 28 May 1997 were:
Dortmund: Klos, Kohler, Kree, Sammer, Reuter, Lambert, Möller (Zorc 89), Sousa, Heinrich, Chapuisat (Ricken 70), Riedle (Herrlich 67).
Juventus: Peruzzi, Porrini (Del Piero 46), Montero, Ferrara, Iuliano, Di Livio, Jugović, Deschamps, Zidane, Vieri (Amoruso 71), Bokšić (Tacchinardi 87).
• Ricken and Zorc each scored when Dortmund won 2-1 at Juventus in the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Juventus had earlier overwhelmed Dortmund 6-1 on aggregate in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup final (3-1 a, 3-0 h). They prevailed again (4-3 agg) when the teams reconvened in the semi-final of the same competition in 1994/95 (2-2 h, 2-1 a).
• After advancing as Group A runners-up behind Club Atlético de Madrid, Juventus are looking to reach only their second UEFA Champions League quarter-final since 2006. Their most recent appearance at this stage came in 2012/13 when they defeated Celtic FC (5-0 agg).
• Massimiliano Allegri’s men are unbeaten in ten home matches in UEFA competition, including their Group A victories over Malmö FF (2-0) and Olympiacos (3-2) before Christmas.
• Overall, the Bianconeri have lost just one of 15 European home fixtures at the redeveloped Juventus Stadium (W8 D6 L1).
• Juventus’s home record against Bundesliga clubs is W14 D2 L5.
• Juve lost their last two home matches against German visitors – against FC Bayern München in the 2012/13 quarter-finals (0-2) and the 2009/10 group stage (1-4).
• Buffon is the only survivor of their last home success against a German side: 2-1 against SV Werder Bremen in the 2005/06 round of 16 second leg.
• Overall Juventus have a strong record in two-legged encounters with German sides: P15 W12 L3.
• Jürgen Klopp’s men are in the last 16 for the third year running after finishing ahead of Arsenal FC at the top of Group D.
• Dortmund have won five of their last seven UEFA Champions League away games. In this season’s competition, they won 3-0 at RSC Anderlecht and 4-0 at Galatasaray AŞ prior to a 2-0 loss at Arsenal.
• Dortmund’s record in Italy is W4 D1 L9. Their most recent visit brought a 2-1 defeat at SSC Napoli on matchday one last season.
• Dortmund last won in Italy in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round, albeit that 2-0 victory over Udinese Calcio (agg 2-2) was followed by a 4-3 loss on penalties. Roman Weidenfeller, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotić, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Sebastian Kehl and substitute Nuri Şahin all played. Błaszczykowski had a spot kick saved.
Coach and player links
• Ciro Immobile made three substitute appearances for Juventus in Serie A and another in the UEFA Champions League between 2009 and 2010. He scored against them for Genoa CFC in a 3-1 loss in 2012/13, while with Torino FC last term he suffered two 1-0 derby defeats against Juve.
• Arturo Vidal played for Bayer 04 Leverkusen from 2007 to 2011; his record in eight games against Dortmund was W1 D3 L4.
• Hummels headed the only goal as Germany beat Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba’s France in the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final.
• Hummels scored past Buffon in Germany’s 1-1 friendly draw in Italy in November 2013. Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and substitute Angelo Ogbonna also appeared for Italy; Sven Bender and Marco Reus featured as substitutes for Germany.
• That same group of Juventus players, minus Ogbonna but including Giorgio Chiellini, helped Italy beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final.
• Buffon and Pirlo also played in Italy’s 2-0 triumph over a Germany side including Kehl in the 2006 World Cup semi-final in Dortmund.
• Shinji Kagawa scored past Buffon in Japan’s 4-3 loss to Italy at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
• Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored past Buffon in Armenia’s 3-1 home reverse against Italy in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in October 2012, with Pirlo among the Azzurri scorers. Mkhitaryan found the net again in the 2-2 return draw in Naples.
• Stephan Lichtsteiner scored for Switzerland in a 5-3 friendly win over Germany in May 2012; Hummels and Reus replied for Germany.
• Barzagli won the 2008/09 Bundesliga during a two-and-a-half year spell at VfL Wolfsburg (2008–11).
• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started his career in AC Milan’s youth system.
• Other player links:
Pirlo and Allegri with Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Milan 2010/11);
Evra and Kagawa (Manchester United FC 2012-14);
Morata and Şahin (Real Madrid 2011/12)
• Lichtsteiner, Álvaro Morata and Pogba are a booking away from a ban.
• Juventus have played 13 times in all competitions since the end of the group stage, their record reading: W8 D5 L0.
• The Bianconeri are unbeaten in their last 46 home games in all competitions, since a 2-0 defeat by Bayern on 10 April 2013.
• Classing their penalty shoot-out defeat by SSC Napoli in the Italian Super Cup on 22 December as a draw, Allegri’s side have not lost since a 1-0 reverse at Genoa CFC on 29 October.
• Pogba was voted by fans as Juventus’ player of the month for January after opening the scoring in consecutive Serie A wins against Napoli (3-1), Hellas Verona FC (4-0) and AC Chievo Verona (2-0).
• Juventus reached the two-legged Coppa Italia semi-finals by beating Verona 6-1 at home and Parma FC 1-0 away last month. The Old Lady will face ACF Fiorentina on 5 March and 8 April.
• Kingsley Coman, 18, scored his first senior goal in the 6-1 last-16 defeat of Verona on 15 January.
• Juventus conceded twice in a league game for only the second time this season − the other instance was in the 3-2 home win against AS Roma on 5 October – when they drew 2-2 at AC Cesena on 15 February.
• Lichtsteiner committed his future to Juventus by extending his contract until 2017, with an option for another year, on 13 January.
• Kwadwo Asamoah has not played since matchday four. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on 2 December and was ruled out for three to four months, resulting in his removal from Juventus’ European squad.
• Rômulo, who underwent a thigh operation in early December, was also cut from the UEFA Champions League list. Luca Marrone and January signing Alessandro Matri are recovering from thigh and calf injuries respectively, with the latter on the bench for Friday’s 2-1 home win against Atalanta BC.
• Barzagli featured for the club’s Primavera youth side on 12 February. The defender, who has not played competitively since the 2014 FIFA World Cup, had right heel surgery in July and then suffered a setback during an attempted comeback in October.
UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Paolo De Ceglie (Parma FC, back from loan), Alessandro Matri (Genoa CFC), Stefano Sturaro (Genoa CFC, back from loan)
• Out: Kwadwo Asamoah, Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Federico Mattiello (AC Chievo Verona, loan), Rômulo
• Dortmund ended 2014 second from bottom in the Bundesliga. They failed to win either of their first two games of the year – drawing 0-0 with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and losing 1-0 at home to FC Augsburg – but have prevailed in their last three and are three points clear of the relegation zone.
• Those victories, including Friday’s 3-2 win at VfB Stuttgart, represent Dortmund’s longest winning run of the season in the league. Klopp’s men won three successive matches, culminating in the matchday one triumph over Arsenal FC, in August and September.
• Aubameyang has scored four goals in his last three outings, the defeats of SC Freiburg (3-0), 1. FSV Mainz 05 (4-2) and Stuttgart respectively.
• Reus extended his contract until 2019 on 10 February, three days before scoring against Mainz.
• Kevin Grosskreutz was ruled out for six weeks after tearing a thigh muscle versus Augsburg on 4 February.
• Kehl (out since 17 January, shoulder), Sven Bender (7 January, knee) and Erik Durm (adductors, fever) have not played a competitive game in 2015. Kehl and Bender have resumed training.
• Hummels (illness) and Błaszczykowski (sinus problem) missed the Mainz fixture; Immobile has sat out Dortmund’s last three games, although he was an unused substitute at Stuttgart.
• Dortmund played two friendlies during their winter training camp in La Manga, Spain between 10 and 18 January, recording 1-0 wins against FC Sion and FC Steaua Bucureşti. The Schwarzgelben then triumphed by the same scoreline at FC Utrecht and drew 1-1 with Fortuna Düsseldorf.
UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Kevin Kampl (FC Salzburg)
• Out: Jannick Bandowski (TSV 1860 München, loan), Miloš Jojić