Juve suffer record defeat
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Juventus's 3-2 defeat at home to Parma on Sunday was marred by fan violence as the once proud Turin giants suffered a record 14th reverse in a Serie A season. Never before has a Juventus team been beaten so many times in a single campaign and they still have one match left to play away to great rivals AC Milan.

The defeat ensured they will finish in seventh place this and face the ignominy of playing the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League next season. Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, is that in such a turbulent and disastrous season Juve have still managed to finish as high as seventh and qualified for Europe.

Interim coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who took over from novice Ciro Ferrara at the end of January and is certain to leave at the end of the season, blamed the team's poor form on his predecessor.

"I picked up a team that had lost nine out of their last 12 matches in league and cups when I arrived,"
Stand in coach, Alberto Zaccheroni on the team he inherited

"Now the team is in better shape but when you're sitting in a position in the table that you don't find gratifying it's possible for you to lose concentration. Today we were playing to try to qualify directly for the Europa League and this team wasn't born with that kind of aim. It's difficult to maintain determination and intent. But I can't tell you how much I regret that because this team has far more potential that their league position suggests."

Juve took the lead through Alessandro Del Piero but then Parma hit back with a brace from Davide Lanzafame and one from Jonathan Biabiany had sealed the three points before Vincenzo Iaquinta's injury time consolation. There will surely be a significant amount of turnover at Juventus this season with new Brazilian signings Diego and Felipe Melo favourites to be shown the exit door after poor seasons, as well as veteran Italy centre-back Fabio Cannavaro.