It was a crazy night which swept away a joyful event to celebrate football and claimed 39 innocent victims. This tragedy occurred 27 years ago, exactly on 29 May 1985, but those sad, disastrous events in Brussels are still alive in our hearts.
The Heysel Stadium hosted Juventus and Liverpool for the European Champion Clubs’ Cup final. However, before the kick off, the English hooligans caused an absurdly violent uproar against the Italian supporters. The facility suffered from serious structural problems and the Sector Z collapsed while the Bianconeri fans were looking for an escape route: 39 people died and 600 were injured. The game was played despite the disaster in order to prevent further violence. However, that victory – the first European Champion Clubs’ Cup for Juventus – didn’t give any satisfaction.
Since then, every year on 29 May we’ve been living this commemoration day with deep grief and sorrow. Juventus have honoured the memory of all Heysel’s victims by dedicating a star to each person in their new stadium, consecrating a special area of the newly opened J-Museum, and allowing their relatives to freely access it. Little actions in order to commemorate those 39 Juventus fans, thus keeping the memory alive for ever. Because such tragedies shouldn’t happen again.