Juventus was far from bulletproof during the group stage of the 2014 2015 UEFA Champions League, losing two matches and drawing a third. However, in spite of the rocky road-as well as an anticlimactic stage-ending draw to Atletico Madrid-the Zebras have earned the right to advance to the knockout phase of the UCL. The schedule for the upcoming round of 16 has not yet been drawn up, but suffice it to say that football fans will be seeing the wearers of the Juventus strip there.

The draw for the round of 16 will take place on December 15th, with the first legs of the knockout phase to be played in February. That means that Juventus now has a break from UCL play until 2015. In the meantime, you can celebrate the team's advancement with a set of new gear from the Soccer Box online store. If you are shopping for kids gear, check out our Juventus kids home jersey 2014 2015. This Nike home strip is a miniaturized version of the zebra-striped home shirt that has been iconic of Italy's top soccer club for many years.

Group Stage Play

Drawn into Group A for the 2014 2015 Champions League groups, Juventus was put up against one very threatening opponent (Atletico Madrid) and two clubs that looked like they would be easy to beat (Greece's Olympiacos FC and Sweden's Malmo FF).

As it turned out, that early assessment of Group A was mostly accurate. Fans in the Juventus strip were treated to home and away wins against Malmo, both of which ended with the score at 2-0. The Zebras also won their home game against Olympiacos FC-though they had to work for it, with the final score reading 3-2.

Olympiacos proved to be more of a worthy opponent for Juventus than many would have expected. The Greek football squad was so strong at home that it managed to beat all three other teams. Had the soccer team held up better in away games (they lost all three), they would have edged the Zebras out of contention, as both clubs ended the stage with three wins.

Atletico lost 2-3 to Olympiacos. Juventus did slightly better, with a 0-1 score. Still, the loss was a loss, and coming after a similar 0-1 defeat in an away game against Atletico, it put Juventus in a tough place. At that point, they were three games into the groups, and had lost two of them.

Luckily for the young fans in the Juventus kids home jersey 2014 2015, the Zebras also performed better at home. A number of home wins helped bring the squad into range of qualifying for the knockout phases. And while the final Juventus game of the groups was anticlimactic at best-a scoreless draw during a home game with Atletico Madrid-it was enough to put the Italian football team one point ahead of their Greek challengers in the final standings.

The Knockout Phase

Now, the black and white colors of the Juventus strip will be seen in the Champions League knockout phase for the first time since 2012 2013. Last year, the club missed out on advancement after an uncharacteristically rough run in the groups.

So what will the knockouts bring for Italy's premier football team? Because Juventus came in second in Group A instead of winning, they will not be seeded in the next round. In other words, they will likely face a tough draw in the round of 16.

But who will be their opponent? Who will your kids be rooting against as they watch the first 2015 UCL fixtures while wearing their Juventus kids home jersey 2014 2015? Seeded teams include Real Madrid (last year's Champions League victor), Bayern Munich (the champion from the year before), and Chelsea (2012's last man standing). Clearly, the Zebras have their work cut out for them.

Cheer for the Juventus squad by stopping by Soccer Box today and picking up a 2014 2015 Juventus strip. Whether you are looking for a kids home jersey or an adult away jersey, we've got you covered.