Juventus: Coach Antonio Conte Bathed in Success of Winning Serie A Title Again

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 5, 2013

Juventus claimed their 29th Serie A championship with a 1-0 win over Palermo on Sunday, but it wasn't just midfielder Paul Pogba who was given an early bath.

Coach Antonio Conte has overseen two successive titles for the Old Lady, but did not see the surprise celebration waiting for him when the players returned to the changing room.

Conte was carried to an ice bath inside the dressing room after being unceremoniously stripped and then dumped in the freezing cold water in just his underwear.

Midfielder Arturo Vidal secured the win for Juventus over Palermo with a 59th-minute penalty after Mirko Vucinic was pushed by Massimo Donati.

And the players celebrated with placards bearing the legend "31" after the Italian authorities stripped the Turin club of their 2005 and 2006 championships following a match-fixing scandal (Daily Mail).

However, the players were unable to complete a lap of honour at the Juventus Stadium due to a pitch invasion by the supporters (Reuters).

Instead, though, Conte found himself as the centre of the indoor celebrations with his impromptu swimming lesson.

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo celebrated his third successive title triumph after winning the league with AC Milan in 2011 before his move to Turin.

The title triumph, however, was marred a little by Pogba's dismissal seven minutes from the end of the Serie A match.

The former Manchester United player was shown the red card for spitting at Palermo defender Salvatore Aronica during the game.