Two European heavyweights face off in Turin on Tuesday night, in a repeat of the 2015 Champions League final, with Luis Enrique's Barcelona squaring off against Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus. For such prestigious teams, history hasn't thrown the two teams together as often as many may think, but when the two do meet, it's always incredibly nostalgic and special, with many special players involved - there's at least one Ballon d'Or winner in each match here. Juventus in the early 2000s were...
Juventus 1-1 Barcelona: European Cup Quarter Final (1985/86)
Remember when Michel Platini was the best player in the world by several thousand miles?
Fresh off the back of winning his third Ballon d'Or in a row, Platini's side fell valiantly to Terry Venables' Barcelona, in a Juve stadium that was aglow with flares and intimidation. Not before Platini could leave his mark on the match, however.
Things didn't start well for Juve, with Nomadic Scot Steve Archibald heading in at the far post from a brilliant cross, to give the visitors the lead.
Despite the knock to their momentum, Juve still played superbly, knocking the ball around gracefully under Giovanni Trappatoni, in a way that Barca could've only dreamed of under El Tel. Naturally Platini was central to this, and after some gorgeous play-which began in their own half- Platini ghosted past the Barcelona defence, and finished with an impudence that would've made Thierry Henry blush.
Venables' side would end up as eventual finalists, only to fall to Steaua Bucharest. By losing 2-0. In a penalty shootout. After missing all of their first four. At least that didn't happen when he was in the England job.
Barcelona 3-1 Juventus: Champions League Final (2015)
The most recent collision between the two sides came on the biggest stage of them all. Allegri's Bianconeri were treated as underdogs, despite a surprisingly comfortable run to the final, dooming Carlo Ancelotti, by beating Real Madrid in the semis.
Both sides entered the match under similar circumstances, each aiming to complete a treble, and each bidding farewell to a legend in midfield. Xavi was a more sporadic team member at this point, but Andrea Pirlo was still a crucial part of Juventus' 4-3-1-2.
Barcelona were on the verge of completing football too, having struck gold, and indeed goals, in the front three of Neymar, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi. Under former midfield general Luis Enrique, Barca flew out of the blocks, with Ivan Rakitic finishing well after a defensive mixup.
Juventus were shocked, but rebalanced themselves excellently, despite the absence of defensive titan Giorgio Chiellini, and Arturo Vidal's sheer determination to get himself sent off. Alvaro Morata seized on a rebound to get Juve back into the game, before two fluid Barca counter attacks saw Suarez and Neymar score, and hand their team the trophy.
Barcelona 3-1 Juventus: Cup Winners' Cup Semi Final (1990/91)
The footballing world misses the Cup Winners' Cup, which has thrown out some classic fixtures, between some classic teams, in a uniquely competitive environment. For a certain generation, it's particularly synonymous with the 90's, and much of this comes from the quality of matches like this.
The Barca revolution under Johan Cruyff was truly in motion, but they found themselves behind early on to Gigi Manfredi's Juve, with Pierluigi Casiraghi seizing on a dreadful backpass, and basically drop-kicked the ball into the net. Pep Guardiola and Claudio Bravo would've been proud.
Juve held on for the rest of the first half, but then Hristo Stoichkov did what Hristo Stoichkov does, and scored 2 in 3 minutes, assisted both times by Michael Laudrup, who was doing what Michael Laudrup does. It was delicious.
Goikoetxea (not the Butcher of Bilbao) scored a delightful third, to send Barca through to the final. Cruyff's dream team basically went on to complete football for a bit, and although Juve had the like of Roberto Baggio and Paolo Di Canio in their ranks, they just couldn't compete with such quality.
Barcelona 1-2 Juventus 2: Champions League Quarter Final (2002/03)
Juventus in the early 2000s were nothing short of magnificent, with FIFA cover stars everywhere.
Their run to the Champions League final in 2002/03 was arguably their pinnacle, even though their defeat on penalties to AC Milan in the final isn't exactly remembered fondly.
The Bianconeri met Barca in the quarter finals, and after a 1-1 in Turin, Marcelo Lippi brought his Italian galacticos to the Nou Camp. This is one of the few examples in history where Juve were markedly the superior side, with Barcelona in something of a transitional phase, under manager Radomir Antic. That being said, when has it ever been easy to win at the Nou Camp?
Pavel Nedved was the true star of the show, and indeed the whole season, for Juve. He scored the opener early in the second half, with a graceful cut in and finish past Roberto Bonano, before fellow future legend Xavi (playing on the right flank of all places) equalised for Barca.
Dreadlocked midfield pitbull Edgar Davids was as impassioned as ever, but he received his marching orders, after spending nearly 80 minutes being Edgar Davids in a competitive match.
Remarkably, Juve not only took the game to extra time, but found a way to win at the Camp Nou, as the lesser spotted Marcelo Zalayeta got on the end of a cross from fellow sub Alessandro Birindelli, to give the Bianconeri the victory.
Another classic would follow for Juve, as they overcame Real Madrid in the semis, with Nedved imperious once again, before tragically picking up a yellow card that would force him to miss the final. The Czech maestro would win the Ballon d'Or at the end of 2003, but he was greatly missed in the final against Milan, and many Juve fans wonder, to this day, what might have been.