Message From President Donald J. Agnelli (Pt. 1) – “Working Hard!”

Folks, I am very happy to be writing this today, because frankly, you all want to hear from me, let’s face it, I have many, many followers on Twitter, and I’m always getting questions from my fans, and so this will be a very highly rated regular column, it will be the greatest column for my great friend Maurice at around “Turin,” many will know this. Especially this time of year, your favorite President, the “Transfer Man” has been very busy, Believe me! I am working on many, many “transfers” for the greatest players, who all want to play for Juventus. Will buy!

 

First, as everyone knows, I just got done making one of my greatest deals yet, the deal for the greatest defender in the world, who every other club was trying to sign (but they can’t!), Matthjias DeLigt! He is a very strong, very beautiful young boy, and a strong Christian (goes to “church”). Cheating Barcelona, a team who has been SANCTIONED for making very illegal transfers (and must be again – Griezman!), was very upset that I signed him. Their dopey fans have been very rude and have been saying some very disgusting things, total lowlifes, but that goes to show why Matthjews chose Juventus! We are very classy (and rich!)! Once I talked to his agent, my great friend Mino Raiola, who was also unfairly prosecuted by so called “authorities” it was very easy to sign him.

 

By contrast the rest of Serial A, a very poorly run league with pathetic clubs, has not been making the same level of moves. Sad! For example, lowlife Napoli, who have a crumbling stadium and drug dealers and criminals all over their stadium, had to struggle to pay the very low release clause to sign Hermes Manolas, a very erratic gyro chef who is also a “defender” and very serious Pagan worshipper, prays to Zeus, does not believe in the Holy Trinity. Not like Matthijas who is a very generous young Christian boy, and defends like a lion!

 

And folks, we will continue to sign the best players! Our wonderful coach, big Beautiful Mo Sarri, deserves the BEST players for his state of the art, very luxurious brand of football, which I named “Sarri Ball” and has never been used before. Very cutting edge! Unlike Crooked Inter, who hasn’t been relevant since they created a socialist witch hunt and made the crooked FIGC steal and give them trophies that they did not work for or “earn”, who are in very poor shape, and who just appointed Sleepy Creepy Eyes Joseppe Marotta, who I fired and who has very poor vision inside and outside of the boardroom, and who himself hired Bald Tony (who I also FIRED) — convicted of match fixing when he worked for me! He’s already complaining about their pathetic transfers – must resign!

 

And folks, finally we just landed in “China” land of the great wall and egg rolls the size of burritos, and let me tell you, I had a very good call with the President XI Pingpong, who is investing very heavily In Italy and Europe and driving up transfer fees for hardworking patriotic clubs, and nobody but me is willing to do anything about it – no good! And China has some very serious issues with Turkeystan, the native country of another one of my tremendous defenders, and a new signing, Merrill Demiral, who is a very strong man, but was denied a Visa to travel for our pre-season matches. Folks, not great! I called President Pingpong and I told him, if he doesn’t give Merill his “visa” then there will be some very serious consequences, and folks, he gave it to him! I kid you not, he said “Mr. A,” and he was very scared, I could tell, he was shaking, because he didn’t want Juventus to Boycott and cost his country Trillions of Euros in revenue. I stood up to the Chinese, and now we’re in China representing all of Europe. Thank you!

 

With that, I have to log off — my security team tells me that the Chinese Government is monitoring me (more wiretaps than Obama!), and I need to keep working on making the best deals anyway. Working hard!

Winners of the 1st edition of the Skrill Cup!

We are happy to announce the 10 winners of the 1st edition of the Skrill Cup 2019!

After an exciting contest and many twists in the ranking, we want to congratulate with all the participants (almost 600!) but in particular with the 10 winners who will now enjoy fantastic weekends in Turin thanks to the free nights, free dinners and free tours they have won with the Skrill Cup!

IMPORTANT! With the new season starting in only few weeks from now (the first official game will be in the weekend of the 24th and 25th of August) we will start the 2nd edition of the Skrill Cup 2019 with new fantastic prizes! The competition is free, everyone can participate. Find more info following this link: https://www.aroundturin.com/skrill-cup-intro/

On a special note, let me thank once again our fantastic friends at Skrill who made all this possible.

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A View from the Curva Sud

posted the first time on the 10th of March 2019 on juvefc.com

 

I’m a season ticket holder in Curva Sud since forvever and even if I’m not part of any organised group, I always loved to go there because that is my natural environment. I like to stand and sing for 90 minutes, I like to jump and hug my friends every time we score (without having a steward next to me telling me to sit down), I like to feel the roar of the stadium from the heart of it.

I always loved the passion and the sense of community in Curva Sud. I always felt at home in Curva Sud and I would never trade a seat in Curva Sud with a much more expensive VIP ticket including food and drinks. Never. At the moment however I feel disillusioned and frustrated and while I could agree on some of the points of the Ultras protest… I definitely don’t agree on others.

But let’s recap whats happening.

The Stadium has a capacity of 41.000 seats. Curva Sud is one entire end of the Stadium and has a capacity of around 7.000 seats where roughly 25% of them belong to organised groups (also called Ultras). The remaining 75% are ‘normal’ fans and not affiliated to any ultras group.

Ultras are a type of football fans renowned for fanatical support. The term originated in Italy but is used worldwide to describe predominantly organized fans of association football teams. Songs at the Stadium are normally launched by Ultras who, being organized, can easily involve a large number of other fans sitting in Curva Sud and in other sectors creating a unique atmosphere for everyone: fans, players, the Club, people watching on TV… they all benefit from it. This somehow worked very well since the Stadium opened in 2011 and until the season 2016/17.

In September 2017, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was banned for one year by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) for his role in selling tickets to Ultras that encouraged touting. These tickets were indeed re-sold by the Ultras in the black market generating a consistent income for them and these funds also supported illegal activities linked to some mafia groups. The appeal completely ruled out all possible links between Juventus and organised crime.

This sentence signed a ‘point of no return’ for the relationship between the Ultras and the club and many things started to happen:

– Curva Sud banned for one match (as part of the sentence)

– No more extra tickets given to organized groups who obviously lost that business

– Many Ultras (identified by the Club as trouble makers, the same ones who previously attended matches freely) received a banning order (DASPO)

– Organised groups are not allowed anymore to sell their merchandising inside and outside the Stadium

– The Club stopped giving organised groups a limited number of free tickets destined to those ultras setting up all the banners many hours before each game

– Growing limitations on what is allowed at the stadium. Drums, many banners and flares are all currently banned. It is getting harder than ever to generate atmosphere.

There are additional factors which are affecting all the fans and not only the Ultras:

– Continuous price increase year after year. In 2011 a season ticket in the Curva was at €275, now it is €650 while the average job salary for a fan in Curva (which we can estimate in 1200-1400€ per month) basically remained the same in the last 8 years because the economic situation in Italy is not that healthy. Note that Champions League and Coppa Italia games are not included so adding them you easily reach a cost of €1000 per season if you want to see all the home games. In addition many fans don’t live in Turin so you should add the travel costs (transportation, food, sometimes hotel, …).

Many say… “well we signed Ronaldo, the fans should not complain with the ticket price increase”… However, a €100 increase for 7000 seats is €700,000 and one could wonder if it is worth alienating the most loyal fans for such a sum which could easily be gained over a 5 minutes negotiation when selling/buying a player (just like the Bayern Munich President said few years ago… and now Curva fans in Munich pay around €200 for the season ticket).

– New rules related to season tickets holders who want to resell their games. In many cases the official date and time of the game is set just two-to-three weeks before the actual game so you can’t plan anything. Sometimes we even play on a Friday night and many can not travel to Turin because of work. As a general rule, if you can’t go to a game, you can only re-sell to someone with a Tessera del tifoso card which reduces your chances of getting some money back. Moreover, the Club imposed the rule that each season ticket holder can only sell games to a maximum of 3 different people during the season (with Tessera del Tifoso) or as an alternative, sell it back to Juve with very favorable conditions for the Club: you basically get €10-15 back from the Club but the Club will then re-sell that ticket in the market at full price (it’s like they sell it twice…).

Like it or not Juventus is now driven by business which is perfectly fine knowing that the Club (and us!) want to compete with all the other big teams… however this has some negative effects on the fans too and not only because of the money involved. There is no more room for romanticism anymore (ask Claudio Marchisio). What’s the point in getting excited about a player if they can be sold just because a good offer comes the next summer? Things have clearly changed (for the best many people say… for the worse some other reply). The passion is slowly dying and fans feel being treated as simple customers of a football stadium.

Curva Sud Ultras are currently on strike and the Stadium became little more than a theatre in recent months. Certainly the lost business around tickets is the main reason BUT all the other points mentioned above must be taken in consideration. If the organized groups don’t sing… most likely no one else does it (even if in the last game something new happened and other sectors started to sing something… )

At the moment I feel disillusioned and frustrated and while I could agree on some of the points of the Ultras protest… I definitely don’t agree on others. I don’t agree on the racist songs (who are mainly done by few people in Curva and mainly to have the Club fined and have the Curva Sud banned)

I don’t agree on the permanent silence as a form of protest but most important I don’t agree on imposing the silence to others.

I don’t agree when songs/insults against other teams are more frequent than songs/support toward our team and players.

I’m firmly convinced that organized groups provide a service and they could be extremely powerful if properly managed. If organized groups (and note… they can be in Curva Sud, Curva Nord, Tribuna… I don’t really care!) do their job and let the stadium become a fantastic noisy stadium like it was before… then they deserve something back. Everyone will benefit from it so it makes a lot of sense (to me at least) to reward them back.

I like the Bayern Munich approach. Why don’t we do something similar? Season tickets at €200-300 per season for the members of recognized organized groups. It’s an investment done by the Club but in exchange they get fans who guarantee full support for 90 minutes. Define some guidelines, agree on some rules. No racist songs, no bad behaviors or you are out forever. We have the technologies to punish who is behaving bad, let’s use them!

There must be a common ground between organized groups and the Club. There must be a way to enjoy a fantastic stadium filled with passion and noise.