Andrea Agnelli, letter pops up before resignation

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Before tendering his resounding resignation, Andrea Agnelli wrote a letter to Juventus employees: “Dear all, Playing for Juventus, working for Juventus; one goal: Winning. Those who have the privilege of wearing the Juventus jersey know this. Those who work on the team know that hard work beats talent if talent does not work hard. Juventus is one of the greatest clubs in the world, and those who work or play there know that the result is the child of the work of the whole team. We are used by history and DNA to winning. Since 2010 we have honored our history by achieving extraordinary results: the Stadium, 9 consecutive men’s championships, the first in Italy to have a Netflix and Amazon Prime series, the J|Medical, 5 consecutive women’s championships from day zero.”

“And again, the deal with Volkswagen (few people know this), the Berlin and Cardiff finals (our big regrets), the deal with adidas, the Next Gen Coppa Italia, the first club to represent clubs in the UEFA Executive Committee, the J|Museum, and so much more. Hours, days, nights, months and seasons with the goal of always improving in view of some decisive moments. Each of us can call to mind the moment before taking the field: you come out of the locker room and turn right, about twenty steps down with a grate in the middle, another ten steps up and there you are: “el miedo escénico” and in that instant when you know you have the whole team with you the impossible becomes doable. Bernabeu, Old Trafford, Allianz Arena, Westfallen Stadium, San Siro, GeÅrgios KaraiskakÄ “s, Celtic Park, Camp Nou: wherever we have been when the team was compact we feared no one.”

“When the team is not compact you lend your side to the opponents and that can be fatal. At that moment you have to have the lucidity and contain the damage: we are facing a delicate moment societally and the compactness has failed. Better to leave everyone together giving a new formation a chance to turn that game around. Our awareness will be their challenge: to live up to the history of Juventus. I will continue to imagine and work for a better soccer, comforted by a phrase by Friedrich Nietzsche: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Remember, we will recognize ourselves everywhere with a look: We are the people of Juve! Until the end….”

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