Alessandro Del Piero - One Night At Ibrox

By Ross Kilvington
 October 2, 2020

Alessandro Del Piero was the quintessential Italian footballer, short in stature with the ability to both score and create goals in equal measure. He wasn’t an out and out striker in the mould of Filippo Inzaghi or the attacking playmaker that operated in the “hole” as Francesco Totti did. He is more like a hybrid of the two players, which speaks volumes. His goal tally alone would rank him as one of the greatest Italian players of the previous 30 years, but it was more the manner in which he scored his goals that stands out when people think of the great man.

Alessandro Del Piero

For me, he is one of my favourite ever non Rangers related footballers. I remember watching football Italia on channel four (James Richardson is still revered to this day!) as a child and being captivated by his performances - and Italian football as a whole. To score as many goals as he did (and in the notoriously defence minded Serie A) is incredible.

Del Piero has played in some of the best stadiums in the World, contesting Champions League and World Cup finals a plenty but nothing would compare to playing at Ibrox, right?

The date in question was November 1st 1995 and Juventus were in town to take us on in the Champions’ League group stage. The previous match between the two teams a fortnight before had ended in a resounding 4 – 1 win for the old lady, with Del Piero scoring the third goal.

A better performance was needed in order to gain any points out of this match but after the beating in Turin, the odds weren’t great. If the Ibrox crowd could get beyond the team and lift the spirits then anything might be possible. Juventus were reigning holders of the cup that they called “old big ears”.

It was a dreadful start as a cross from Di Livio was delivered into the box. Petric misjudged the bounce and it fell to Del Piero, who couldn’t say no to an easy chance to score the first goal! He slotted the ball past Goram and made it 1 – 0 to Juventus. It didn’t get any better for Rangers as the final score was 4 – 0 to Juventus, to end our hopes of qualifying for the next stage.

Many great players have graced the hallowed Ibrox turf over the decades, some causing damage and others being chewed up and spat out by the raucous Ibrox atmosphere. In my eyes there will never be another player quite like Alessandro Del Piero. In an era in which Italy had so many talented attacking players to choose from, he always stood out and made the difference in games. From captaining Juventus, to lifting the World Cup with Italy, Rangers fans everywhere will remember his one night at Ibrox for a very long time.

Alessandro Del Piero playing at ibrox

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