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Name Andrea Agnelli
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job President of Juventus
  Owner of Juventus
Desc The Agnelli family are the owners of Juventus, with Andrea Agnelli being the face of the family’s football enterprise, serving as chairman of both the club and of the European Club Association (ECA). Known as an industrialist family, the Agnelli family’s business interests are varied, but they are mostly synonymous with the motor car industry, producing Fiat, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and other such brands

Affiliation

Org Juventus

2011 05 22 Retrieve

[Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has expressed his frustration with the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) reluctance to make a decision on their request to return the two Serie A titles that were taken away from them in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal] If the FIGC takes more than a year to respond to our considerations, then maybe they don’t have a clear conscience

[The 2005 Scudetto was taken away from Juventus, but not awarded to another team, while the 2006 title eventually went to Inter, much to the dismay of Agnelli] We have requested the 2006 Scudetto be revoked from Inter and we have had sufficient guarantees from the federation that we will shortly have an answer, which we await with confidence

2014 03 12 Retrieve

[Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has likened his family’s relationship with the club to a marriage that will last forever] The Agnelli and Juventus marriage is forever,” he told reporters. “I am not the majority shareholder, but I am not going to leave. Why would I? We are the longest ever owners. [Massimo] Moratti was at Inter for 20 years, but Juventus have got 91 years from us

[The president went on to condemn the alleged discriminatory chants from Bianconeri fans in the recent league meeting against Fiorentina. Mariella Scirea, the wife of Juve icon Gaetano, asked for her husband’s name to be taken down from the stand, where the abusive chants apparently emanated from] We have a responsibility to send the correct messages. The reaction of Mrs Scirea is legitimate because the name of her husband is related to the stand where the most passionate fans are. We are proud to have the name there. The discrimination must be fought. I’m surprised by the fact that, despite the advanced technology in stadia, it is not able to identify the few people responsible. But we should be careful not to overemphasise certain situations, otherwise you are likely to give publicity to 20 or 30 people, who do not deserve it.

2017 01 16 Retrieve

[Juventus unveil dramatic change to club logo] We are here to present what will be the future of Juventus in the coming years. In order to grow we must keep winning and evolve our language to achieve new targets. The new logo defines a sense of belonging and a style that allows us to communicate our way of being

2018 04 11 Retrieve

[Juventus president Andrea Agnelli calls for VAR after accusing referees of bias against Italian clubs] This isn’t about one or two points, but rather going forward in a massive tournament that brings so much money and prestige. We can’t allow these incidents to occur. For some reason, the vanity of the refereeing designator is trying to scientifically prove he is unbiased and keeps assigning referees who are against Italian clubs.

Players make mistakes, so do referees, but this official completely lost control of the situation. A referee in Madrid for the quarter-final must have seen the first leg, realise the [Paulo] Dybala red card was excessive and understand the various situations.

The referee tonight was in total chaos. It’s a pity, the performance of the boys remains, we confirmed – as PSG did last season and Roma last night – you can come back from 3-0 down to turn things around. Incidents happen, the referee didn’t understand the moment at all.

The most important thing is we have the technology, it exists and is in use, so we have to bring it into the Champions League. The referee tonight, when he sees it back, will be the most disappointed person here to realise what happened.

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[As Juve president Andrea Agnelli said to the departing Buffon on Thursday] Of the many trophies in the Juventus museum, around 30 per cent have your name on them.

2018 09 12 Retrieve

[Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli wants VAR in Champions League by 2019-20] The support that the referees receive from the VAR is huge and that’s why the ECA wants it to be introduced as soon as possible in UEFA competitions.

In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 95 per cent of decisions were correct, while in Russia with VAR this percentage rose to 99.3 per cent. When you start to use the VAR, you will never go back because you understand that this is the right way. I spoke to UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin about this, he understands our position and told us that VAR will be implemented, but UEFA are comprised of 53 Federations and an appropriate preparation is needed before they can proceed. We are very respectful with regards to UEFA’s request that the referees are given proper training so they can maintain the standard set by the leagues that have already introduced VAR.

We hope that next season UEFA can be in a position to introduce the technology into the Champions League and Europa League. We are all working in that direction. When you start working with VAR and see that the margin of error is reduced by another five per cent, it becomes a path you must go down

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Juventus president Agnelli admits to considering Guardiola] It is heresy to say that you don’t think of Guardiola, but you have to evaluate the moment you are in, like any professional. If someone is happy where he is, it is difficult to move. We are very happy with Sarri. Things are set up for three years, the strength of his ideas will come with their continuation in time, and this is the priority. The first half of the season has been excellent, we are first in the standings and we passed the Champions League group stage in first. I will evaluate the season at the end, thinking that I can win in February is foolish, but being first today is a good starting point

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Juventus president Agnelli says Atalanta not worthy of Champions League spot] I have great respect for everything that Atalanta are doing, but without international history and thanks to just one great season, they had direct access into the primary European club competition. Is that right or not?

Then I think of Roma, who contributed in recent years to maintaining Italy’s ranking. They had one bad season and are out, with all the consequent damage to them financially

[But he insists that such moves are necessary in order to avoid big losses when the so-called giants fail to make the grade on the pitch] We must also protect investment and costs. So would Atalanta therefore have less chance of playing at a high level? I don’t have the answer to that, it’s just about setting up a transparent process to make this decision. There are teams who won the league or cup and achieve qualification just on the basis of their country’s ranking. The point is how we balance the contribution to European football and the performance of a single year

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[After asking Juve’s shareholders to approve a €300m (£340m/£260m) capital increase in October, Agnelli explained] These numbers seem enormous when compared to the Italian reality, but our point of reference is the great European clubs. We can affirm that Juventus are the biggest club in Italian football, but also one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Our growth is confirmed by our UEFA ranking – we are currently fifth but have reasonable grounds to think about finishing fourth.

When we look at the main clubs in Germany, England and Spain, we see that their turnover ranges from €489m (£423m/$552m) at Borussia Dortmund to almost a €1 billion (£865m/$1.1bn) made this year by Barcelona. These realities must be our benchmark. Our current level of turnover, excluding the transfer of players, is about the level of turnover that Real Madrid had when I took over the presidency of Juventus in 2010. It is clear that the growth rates we have developed have been higher than those of Real Madrid but there is still a gap, which we must obviously fill.

[At a Financial Times Business of Football Summit in London last week, Agnelli laid bare his views on the Champions League, taking aim at arguably the fairy tale success story of this season’s tournament] I have great respect for everything that Atalanta are doing, but without international history and thanks to just one great season, they had direct access into the primary European club competition. Is that right or not? the ECA chief asked. I think of Roma, who contributed in recent years to maintaining Italy’s ranking. They had one bad season and are out, with all the consequent damage to them financially. We must protect investment and costs

[Agnelli does not believe that the team that finished third in Italy’s top flight last season – above Inter and AC Milan – are worthy of a place at Europe’s top table] Would Atalanta therefore have less chance of playing at a high level [in the Champions League]?. I don’t have the answer to that. It’s just about setting up a transparent process to make this decision. There are teams who won the league or cup and achieve qualification just on the basis of their country’s ranking. The point is how we balance the contribution to European football and the performance of a single year.

[Agnelli has tried to portray his suggested reforms as an attempt to increase unpredictability] If we think about the group stage of the Champions League, all of us can guess 15 out of 16 who will qualify for the last 16. The first two teams in each group of the Champions League are probably written. We want to find more relevant games

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Juventus president Andre Agnelli has warned European clubs that they face an ‘existential threat’ caused by the coronavirus] We are all football executives responsible for the well-being and sustainability of the clubs we manage, which are faced with a real existential threat. As football is now at a standstill, so are our revenue flows on which we are dependent to pay our players, staff and other operating costs. No one is immune and timing is of the essence. Meeting our concerns will be the biggest challenge our game and industry has ever faced. [The ECA is reviewing ways to] resume playing football at domestic and European levels [and ways] to help manage club financials in this time of social and economic crisis. Discussions are very active as to what the approach to the UEFA licensing and FFP framework should be in light of the current crisis