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By ESPN Staff

Juventus - Squad Profiles

Gianluigi Buffon (goalkeeper)
Born: 28.01.78
Nationality: Italian

Buffon

Made a spectacular Serie A debut for Parma as 17-year-old against Milan. Buffon became the most expensive keeper in world football when Juve paid £32million for him at the start of last season.

Very composed, lightning reflexes and fast off his line, he was in decent form for Italy throughout the World Cup during the summer. Some say he has a weakness in the air and that was evident as he let in a soft goal that gave Newcastle victory over Juve in the first phase of the Champions League.


Group A: Barcelona | Bayer Leverkusen | Inter Milan | Newcastle
Group B: Ajax Amsterdam | Arsenal | AS Roma | Valencia
Group C: AC Milan | Borussia Dortmund | L Moscow | Real Madrid
Group D: Basle | Deportivo | Juventus | Manchester Utd

Alessandro Birindelli (defender)
Born: 12.11.74
Nationality: Italian

A quick, purposeful full-back signed in 1997 from Empoli, where he was involved in successive promotions from the Third Division to Serie A.

Not a first-choice starter, but he did play his part in the first phase of the Champions League, making four appearances.

This has been something of a breakthrough campaign as Birindelli has been given more action by coach Marcello Lippi.

Ciro Ferrara (defender)
Born: 11.02.67
Nationality: Italian

Now in his 19th Serie A season, the evergreen ex-Italy centre-back shows no sign of losing any of his effectiveness and enthusiasm.

A member of the Diego Maradona-inspired Napoli side which claimed the Italian League title back in 1986-87, he joined Juve from the southern club in 1994.

Booked twice in the opening phase of the Champions League, the veteran has experience to spare.

Mark Iuliano (defender)
Born: 12.08.73
Nationality: Italian

This no frills, sturdy stopper or full-back was rumoured to be on Milan's shopping list last summer, but nothing came of it and he continues to be a dependable component of the Juve back-line.

A full Italian international, he arrived from Salernitana in 1995 and his is a first team regular for the Serie A champions.

Also played his part in Italy's World Cup campaign last summer.

Paolo Montero (defender)
Born: 03.09.71
Nationality: Uruguayan

Montero is a walking paradox. On the one hand, he is a disciplinary liability with an extensive collection of red cards; on the other, he is a magnificent central defender, an intensely competitive man-marker and good reader of the game.

Joined Juve from Atalanta in 1996 and while he is not always picked by Marcello Lippi, he is an international who has bags of experience.

Gianluca Pessotto (defender)
Born: 11.08.70
Nationality: Italian

An intelligent and adaptable player who can play at left or right-back, either side of midfield or as a man-marker, as he did against the great Zinedine Zidane in the 1998 World Cup quarter-final.

A product of the Milan youth ranks, he then turned out for Bologna, Verona and Torino before being snapped up by Juventus in 1995.

Made just one start for Marcello Lippi in the first phase of this competition.

Lilian Thuram (defender)
Born: 01.01.72
Nationality: French

Thuram

Plays at right-back for both France and Juve but he insists he could make a more important contribution at centre-half.

Bought from Parma in the summer of 2001 for a cool £24 million, his form was something of a disappointment last season.

If the transfer market had been more buoyant, Juve might well have off-loaded him as he was linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, but he stayed in Turin and is back to his brilliant best.

Igor Tudor (defender)
Born: 16.04.78
Nationality: Croat

Athletic, powerful and technically-accomplished central defender or defensive midfielder who has made steady progress since arriving from Hajduk Split in 1998.

A danger with his heading ability at set-pieces, he missed Croatia's World Cup campaign through injury, a blow they never recovered from.

At the age of 24, he should now be at his peak and that bodes well for Juventus.

Davide Baiocco (midfielder)
Born: 08.05.75
Nationality: Italian

Dynamic midfielder whose fine form over the past two years for Perugia earned him a Juve contract in the close season.

Still finding his feet at his new club but should prove a valuable squad man and he was in impressive form in the first few months of the season.

His best position is on the left-side of midfield, but Baiocco's versatility is useful to coach Marcello Lippi.

Mauro Camoranesi (midfielder)
Born: 04.10.76
Nationality: Argentine

Bought from Verona this summer, the diminutive right-sided midfielder has proved one of the big successes of the Juventus season so far, constantly catching the eye with his sublime ball-skills and elusive bursts down the flank.

Known in Italy as 'The Little Genius', he scored Juve's first Champions League goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Feyenoord in Rotterdam. He has settled well to his new surrounds in Turin.

Antonio Conte (midfielder)
Born: 31.07.69
Nationality: Italian

A tireless worker in central midfield and strong-willed team leader, Conte has seen it all in his lengthy career.

But, contrary to popular belief, he is about much more than mere graft and attitude. His passing is crisp and accurate and he pops up with his share of goals each season.

An Italian international, he arrived at Juve from Lecce in 1992. Sent-off in a Serie A game against Inter earlier this season, he is a fierce competitor.

Edgar Davids (midfielder)
Born: 13.03.73
Nationality: Dutch

While he has an abundance of fighting spirit, talent and technique, his hair-trigger temper is a problem.

Too many unnecessary bookings and dismissals has blotted his career, but he is still one of the most recognisable figures in the game.

Davids was strongly-tipped to join Roma last summer but the would-be buyers would not meet Juve's £10 million asking price.

Famed for wearing those distinctive wrap-around Bono-style glasses on the field, he has bounced back from a drug ban to shine at the top again.

Pavel Nedved (midfielder)
Born: 30.08.72
Nationality: Czech

Nedved

Bought for £25 million from Lazio at the start of last season and he is a player of proven quality.

Highly-skilled, full of running and a consummate goalscorer both within and outside the box. First made a continent-wide name for himself with a string of impressive performances for the Czech Republic at Euro'96, earning a move from Sparta Prague to Lazio.

At his most dangerous just behind the strikers, he scored against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League first round.

Alessio Tacchinardi (midfielder)
Born: 23.07.75
Nationality: Italian

Very underrated defensive midfielder who gets through a mountain of hard work and has lots of tactical nous.

A full Italian international, he joined Juve from Atalanta in 1994 and has the ability to switch to a role in the back four if required.

Booked three times in the first phase of this season's Champions League, so he is showing no shortage of commitment to the Juve cause.

Gianluca Zambrotta (midfielder)
Born: 19.02.77
Nationality: Italian

Missed the first few weeks of the current campaign after badly damaging a thigh in Italy's humiliating World Cup loss to South Korea and could only watch as new signing Camoranesi excelled in his usual slot on the right-side of midfield.

But a fit-again Zambrotta will not be forgotten by Lippi. He can play on the left flank too and is better defensively than Camoranesi, so he has a role to play for Juve in the second half of this season.

Alessandro Del Piero (forward)
Born: 09.11.74
Nationality: Italian

Now firmly back in the groove again after a barren period marked by a cruciate knee ligament injury and off-colour form.

With phenomenal ball-skills, great vision and a brilliant taker of free-kicks, he has been in sensational scoring form this season.

Joined Juve from Padova nine years ago, developing into such a star turn that the club were happy to off load Roberto Baggio to Milan in 1995. Ironically, he has never shown up well for Italy at big international tournaments.

Marco Di Vaio (forward)
Born: 15.07.76
Nationality: Italian

Di Vaio

After netting 20 Serie A goals for Parma last term, he moved on to Juve this summer in a £17 million deal.

Di Vaio began his career in low-key fashion at Lazio, Verona and Bari before exploding into goal scoring life at Salernitana.

He scored four Champions League goals in the first phase of this season's competition, including both in Juve's 2-0 win over Feyenoord in Turin. Looks set to be a big hit after that big money transfer.

Marcelo Salas (forward)
Born: 24.12.74
Nationality: Chilean

The South American hit-man known as 'El Matador' moved from Lazio to Juventus in the summer of 2001, but it was not to be a campaign to remember for him.

Just weeks into his Juve career, he tore knee ligaments and had to sit out the entire season.

A striker of pace, clever movement, two good feet and strength in the air, Salas will be looking to bounce back in the months ahead. A proven goal scorer, he has all the attributes required to be a top striker.

David Trezeguet (forward)
Born: 15.10.77
Nationality: French The scorer of the Golden Goal in the Euro 2000 Final and 24 Italian League strikes last season, he is a natural finisher of the highest order.

However, his dismal time for France at World Cup 2002 proved that even prolific marksmen needs a minimum of service.

Joined Juve from Monaco for £15 million in the summer of 2000 and has been troubled by a knee injury this season. If he finds his spark, Juventus' dreams of returning to the top table of European football may become reality.