Juventus v Real Madrid: one of Europe's grandest rivalries


Continental institutions who faced off in last season’s UEFA Champions League final, Juventus and Real Madrid boast a combined 14 European Cups and an almost perfectly balanced record in their matches against each other. UEFA.com surveys the rivalry.

Head-to-head record in UEFA competition

Matches: 19
Juventus wins: 8
Real Madrid wins: 9
Draws: 2
Juventus goals: 22
Real Madrid goals: 22

Five memorable meetings




Juve v Real Madrid: past #UCL meetings


Juve v Real Madrid: past #UCL meetings

1961/62 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 0-1 Juventus
Real Madrid 3-1 Juventus (replay in Paris)

The first European meeting between the sides and a portent of what was to come, with Madrid and Juve inseparable over two legs. After Madrid star Alfredo Di Stéfano and Juve’s Omar Sívori had each scored on enemy territory, a replay in Paris was required. Felo, Luis del Sol and Justo Tejada found the net to put Madrid into the semi-finals, where they knocked out Standard Liège before losing to Benfica in the final.

2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus
Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid

This tie came in the middle of the clubs’ respective golden eras at the start of the millennium: Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos gave Madrid the first-leg advantage, but David Trezeguet, Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedvěd turned the tide in Turin, rendering Zinédine Zidane’s late goal mere consolation for the holders.




1998 final highlights: Madrid 1-0 Juventus


1998 final highlights: Madrid 1-0 Juventus

1997/98 UEFA Champions League final
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid

Having won the first five European Cups, and added a sixth in 1966, Madrid endured a 32-year wait to reclaim the trophy. The Merengues finally secured a seventh continental triumph thanks to Predrag Mijatović’s close-range finish in a tight final in Amsterdam.

2014/15 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus

This was the last time Real Madrid tasted defeat in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, and it was inspired by one of their own. Signed from Madrid the previous summer, Álvaro Morata scored in both legs, including the crucial second-leg equaliser at the Santiago Bernabéu, as Juve squeaked into the Berlin final, where they would lose to Barcelona.




2017 final highlights: Madrid 4-1 Juventus


2017 final highlights: Madrid 4-1 Juventus

2016/17 UEFA Champions League final
Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid ahead early on in Cardiff, but Mario Mandžukić’s stunning overhead kick levelled proceedings before the interval. The holders emerged the stronger after the restart, Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio scoring to ensure the Spanish side became the first club to retain the trophy in the UEFA Champions League era.

Five men who unite the clubs

1) Zinédine Zidane
Juventus player: 1996–2001
Real Madrid player: 2001–2006
Real Madrid coach: 2016–present




Watch Zidane's 'once-in-a-lifetime' volley


Watch Zidane’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ volley

A UEFA Champions League runner-up with Juventus in both 1997 and 1998, Zidane won the competition soon after his then-record €75m move to Madrid, scoring a memorable volley in the 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 final. The Frenchman has since won the European Cup twice in charge of Madrid, becoming the first coach to retain the UEFA Champions League.

2) Gonzalo Higuaín
Real Madrid player: 2007–2013
Juventus player: 2016–present

Higuaín struck 122 goals in 264 Madrid appearances over six years in the Spanish capital. The Argentinian departed for Napoli in 2013 and was snapped up by Juve three years later; he now has 39 goals in 66 Serie A outings for the Bianconeri.

3) Carlo Ancelotti
Juventus coach: 1999–2001
Real Madrid coach: 2013–2015

Achieved modest success with Italy’s Old Lady, helping the club to consecutive second-place finishes, but eclipsed those by winning Madrid’s tenth European Cup in 2014, beating city rivals Atlético Madrid in the Lisbon final.




Watch: players scoring against former clubs


Watch: players scoring against former clubs

4) Álvaro Morata
Real Madrid: 2008–2014, 2016–2017
Juventus: 2014–2016

Now at Chelsea, Morata came back to haunt Madrid in the 2014/15 semi-finals, scoring in both legs to eliminate his boyhood club. Won the competition in 2014 and 2017 with Madrid – the latter against Juve – but only appeared as a late substitute in both finals.

5) Sami Khedira
Real Madrid player: 2010–2015
Juventus player: 2015–present

Another 2014 UEFA Champions League winner with Madrid, Khedira moved to Turin the following year and lost to his former club in the 2017 final. The German brought up a century of appearances in black and white in this season’s round of 16, meaning he has reached that landmark for both clubs.

Key stats

• Madrid have won 11 of their two-legged knockout ties against Italian sides, losing nine; Juve’s aggregate record against Spanish clubs is W8 L7.
• The sides have met twice before at the quarter-final stage: Real won 3-1 in their 1962 replay, while Juve were 2-1 winners on aggregate in 1996.
• Juve have won the teams’ last four two-legged knockout meetings on aggregate, including the 2014/15 semi-finals.
• The Bianconeri have won six of the sides’ seven most recent meetings in Turin.
• Madrid have made 15 final appearances (W12 L3); Juventus have made nine (W2 L7).



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