Andrea Agnelli (Lapresse)
Andrea Agnelli to European clubs: “Football is at a crossroads, we need to change”
Andrea Agnelli: ‘Football is at a crossroads, we risk imploding. Stressed players, too many games’. And he mentions Draghi. The words of the president of Juventus and the ECA on the future of the world of football. Covid has posed a series of questions on the sustainability of the current football model “, says Agnelli, according to whom the” loss of revenues is around 6.5 / 8.5 billion in two seasons “.
Andrea Agnelli, football in red. “Losses 6.5 billion this season and 8.5 billion in the two seasons”
The president of Juventus and of the ECA (European Club Association) Andrea AGNELLI gave a speech in connection from Turin during the 25th assembly of the Association of European clubs, recalling how the pandemic problem is always very topical even in football. “The fans are not there yet, the players are pushed beyond their physical limits as they are forced to play in a very congested calendar – explained AGNELLI – The losses have been around 6.5 billion this season and 8.5 billion. billions in the two seasons. Around 360 first division clubs need money worth around 6 billion and the top 20 clubs faced a loss of 1.1 billion in the 2019/20 season. This crisis weighs on all clubs. “. The Juventus number one added that “in recent months there has been an interest in football on the part of some major financial players, just think of what is still happening in Italy with the negotiations with the funds. But I am also thinking of many other situations, starting with the leaks about JP Morgan’s interest in the Super League “.
Andrea Agnelli: “Too many useless matches, the fans are moving away. Cup reform will be decisive”
“These subjects are not interested in solidarity, but in returns from investments. If we change we can look at these investments. Football, economy and politics are at the crossroads, we must identify possibilities and act, otherwise we risk imploding”. The president of the ‘Old Lady’ cautioned, saying that “the current system is not for modern fans. Research shows that a third of them follow at least two teams and 10 percent follow players, not clubs. and this is very different than a few years ago. Two thirds of them follow the races because attracted by big events, there are many matches that are not competitive in the leagues and this does not capture the interest of the fans. The fans cannot be taken for granted and we must offer them the best possible competition, otherwise we risk losing them “.
Andrea Agnelli quotes Mario Draghi
During the assembly, the format of European competitions from 2024 (the so-called Swiss system, ed) was presented, “an idea that came from one of our members, Van der Saar of Ajax”, recalled ANDREA AGNELLI who, concluding his speech he also quoted the Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi. “We have to think not of particular interests, but collective ones. If every time we sit down we try to bring the problems we have at domestic level to the international table, it becomes difficult to solve something. I want to close by quoting Mario Draghi: ‘If we don’t move, we will be alone in the illusion of what we are, in the oblivion of what we have been and in the denial of what we could be ‘”.