|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|
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. 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
2019 09 24 Retrieve
[Why have UEFA announced a third European club competition?] We believe that this outcome ensures that the UEFA club competitions continue to develop in a manner which is fair and balanced
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli believes the Champions League needs to change because it has become predictable] We started thinking, some months ago, about what is it that we want within the ECA. What are the principles we want to go by? When I say ‘we’, I mean representatives from Poland, Greece, Finland, Portugal and also representatives from the big leagues. What we felt was, if we want to create a platform that allows for all clubs to succeed on and off the pitch, more European football is good for the game. Possibly the introduction of a relegation system to deliver sporting dynamism across Europe. 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. Much has been said about wanting to kill domestic leagues. No - we want to maintain symbiosis with the leagues. We absolutely agree that champions should have access to international competitions
[Agnelli believes football is now vying for attention against non-traditional competitors] We will now have to tackle a shift in consumer behaviour. We’re looking at ‘Generation Z’, the new digital natives who are turning into adulthood. We have to look at what is the behaviour of ‘Generation Z’. We should seriously start to think that the competitors are not clubs next door but League of Legends, e-sports, Fortnite. I think those are going to be the ones who are going to be our competitors going forward. It is fair to say and assume that, in the quarter-finals of the two competitions [Champions League and Europa League] you have six to seven of eight clubs that come from the big five leagues. That is mainly thanks to the economic advantage they have.
[Maurizio Sarri’s side moved to the summit on Sunday with an impressive 2-1 win at nearest rivals Inter] I think [Inter] are challengers. It was a good game on Sunday. It was a solid game. It is a domestic league. They are true in their values, when you have a stronger team it comes out over 38 games. The only exception is the Premier League, which is not as certain as in other countries. Bayern Munich Juventus, PSG, a duopoly in Spain with Real Madrid and Barcelona. This is an element of why reform should be put in place [in European competitions]. I am happy with that [domination for Juventus], I won’t complain too much about it. But is this what a fan wants to see? Total domestic domination. You will find five out of eight teams winning the big five that are the usual suspects in Europe
2019 10 26 Retrieve
[Having taken Cristiano Ronaldo already, Juventus are wanting to go further in competing with the other big-name clubs, and are planning moves for some hot talents] There will be a capital increase of 300 million euros dedicated to the development plan until 2023/24. The aim is to maintain our sporting competitiveness, increase income and give visibility to the brand
2019 11 13 Retrieve
[The definition of sport is changing, as Agnelli noted at Juve’s shareholders’ meeting for 2019] New activities in the field of entertainment, such as esports are growing strong. These are things that need to be thought about. Digital activity is strategic for us – it’s fundamental to maintain a global dimension. Millennials and Generation Z are important to us and we will have to seize market opportunities
2020 02 10 Retrieve
[UEFA grants the Champions League and Europa League winners a place in the following season’s Champions League] It’s right that if you perform in the international system, you stay in the international system. It would be great for clubs like Ajax, Celtic, (Legia) Warsaw knowing they can stay in Europe and not have to qualify via domestic system
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
2020 05 01 Retrieve
[Juventus president Andrea Agnelli also reaffirmed his club’s willingness to complete the championship in its regular form if possible] You know that I prefer silence, this may have fuelled incorrect interpretations of Juventus’ will. Well, I strongly reiterate that Juventus have the firm will to end the 2019-20 season. Starting training on May 18 and matches in June, there will be ways and times to end the seasons while respecting the indications of UEFA
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli claims his backing of the European Super League is to maintain an interest in the sport in the future] If we are not progressive, we are simply protecting a system that is no longer there, a system that is made of domestic games that will have little interest for our kids