When Juve and Barca contest the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6, it will be the seventh time teams from Italy and Spain have clashed during the competitions’ illustrious history.
Fiorentina, AC Milan, Inter, Sampdoria and Juventus all graced those half-dozen previous finals in the name of Serie A, whilst La Liga have only ever been represented by Barcelona club and their bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Dominance over the years in their homeland as also transferred itself into European competition, with four wins to two over their Italian counterparts.
Here, Forza Italian Football take a look at those past Italo-Spanish meetings.
1. Fiorentina 0-2 Real Madrid (May 30, 1957)
After winning their first ever Serie A title, Fiorentina took that form into Europe, reaching only the second ever European Cup final and overcoming IFK Norrkoping, Grasshopper, and Red Star Belgrade en route.
The Viola were outclassed by holders Real Madrid, though, in a match made all the more difficult by being staged in Los Blancos’ own Santiago Bernabeu stadium in front of a fervent 124,000 crowd.
However, Fiorentina matched Real Madrid for the majority of the match until falling behind under controversial circumstances.
Referee Leo Horn ignored his linesman who had signalled Enrique Mateos’ offside, instead awarding a penalty for a foul on the Real Madrid man; Alfredo Di Stefano subsequently fired past Giuliano Sarti.
With the Viola’s searching for an equaliser, Real Madrid set off on a counter-attack six minutes later, ending with Francisco Gento chipping the ball over an onrushing Sarti.