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Manchester United's opponents in the Champions' League next Wednesday, Juventus, won their first championship in 1905 under the presidency of Alfredo Dick. But he fell out with the players and went off to found his own team called Torino.

The reign of the Agnelli family, founders of Fiat, started in 1923 and continues to this day. The first club strip was pink, but that did not last long, depriving us of all those headlines like: "The Pinkies are perky".

These bits of information are culled from the club history in the official Juventus site. The site, in English, is a fairly standard football site with the roll of honour, records, great former players and a list of current players and results. There are also various unofficial sites, including Forza Juve, which has a good section on their Champions' League group, with line-ups and links to related sites.

United's third opponents in Group B will be Feyenoord, who seem to have no official site, but several unofficial sites, the best of which is The Feyenoord Fan Page.

Newcastle play Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday and, not surprisingly, Kiev are not as well served on the Net as Juventus. You can get information on the club from an unofficial site on Ukrainian football, which also has the story of a Dynamo Kiev team, weakened by the deprivations of war, playing various well-fed German teams during the Second World War, beating them all and then being taken off and shot.

Of the other clubs in Newcastle's group, PSV Eindhoven don't have an official site, but do have an informative supporters' home page with news and results, while Barcelona have an impressive official site.

The European Club Soccer page gives the draw and results for all current European club competitions.


Official Juventus site

Unofficial Juventus site stevethomas/fjuve/index.html

Ukrainian Football

Official Barcelona site angles/index.html

PSV EindhovenSupporters' Homepage index1.html

The Feyenoord Fan Page

Official Manchester United site

Official Newcastle United site


European Club Soccer uefa/home.html