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Polish Numero Uno | Wojciech Szczęsny

Although he was Juve's number two, second to Gianluigi Buffon, talent-wise he is most certainly a number one as his Poland jersey reflects. Good luck trying to get one past this Pole — Wojciech Szczęsny is a keeper with steady hands and very few goals against. 

(illustration by Marco and Mauro La Villa)


PROFILE

AGE |28

POSITION | Goalkeeper 

JUVENTUS NO. | 23

POLAND NO. | 1

ORIGINS

BORN |April 18, 1990

BIRTH CITY Warsaw, Poland

PRE-JUVE TEAM | Roma

HONORS

JUVENTUS | Serie A Scudetto (2018), Coppa Italia (2018)


Szczęsny, a Red/White turned Black/White

On 19 July 2017, Szczęsny was signed by Juventus for a €12.2 million initial fee (plus an additional €3.1m in conditional bonuses) on a four-year contract. Although it was reported that Szczęsny would initially serve as a back-up to Gianluigi Buffon under manager Massimiliano Allegri, the latter goalkeeper's intention to retire at the end of the 2017–18 season saw Szczęsny labelled as a potential long-term replacement for Buffon in the media. On 9 September 2017, Szczęsny made his first appearance for Juventus, achieving a clean sheet as he started in their third match of the season, a 3–0 home win over Chievo in Serie A. Following Juventus's 1–0 away victory against fellow title contenders Napoli on 1 December, the club's first-choice goalkeeper Buffon was ruled out of Juventus's final Champions League group match against Olympiacos four days later, after picking up a calf strain in the previous match, an injury which kept him sidelined for the rest of the month; Szczęsny replaced him in goal during the 2–0 away win, which saw him make his club debut in the Champions League, and the result secured Juventus a second-place finish in their group behind Barcelona, and a place in the knockout stages of the competition. His performances throughout Buffon's absence saw him named the club's player of the month for December 2017. On 9 May, Szczęsny won his first trophy with Juventus in a 4–0 win over Milan in the 2018 Coppa Italia Final; he was an unused substitute. Four days later, on 13 May, Szczęsny won the Scudetto, after keeping a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw with his former team Roma, in Juventus' penultimate match of the season. (Source: Wikipedia / Read more here.)