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Juventus and Notts County are unlikely bedfellows – but the two teams share one of the longest and strongest relationships in football.
Juve, 32-time winners of Italy’s Serie A and twice European champions, have been closely aligned with the League Two side since 1903.
Back then John Savage, a Juventus member, arranged for a friend in Nottingham to send out new kits for the team after their pink kit became too worn having lasted since they were founded six years previously in 1897.
County, founded in 1862, are the world’s oldest football club with professional status, and their link with Juve is testament to their long-standing in the sporting world.
Although County are known as the Magpies, Juve decided to take on the nickname the Zebras so there is one slight difference.
Their relationship has stood the test of time, though, and Notts County played in the first match at Juventus’ new stadium in September 2011, being flown out by private jet, put up in a five-star hotel and receiving a police chaperone to and from the ground.
On that day the sides played out a 1-1 draw, Lee Hughes’ late goal cancelling out Luca Toni’s opener for Juve who had Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero and Andrea Pirlo in their team.
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