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Juventus F.C. Youth Sector

Juventus Youth Sector
Full name Juventus F.C. Youth Sector
Nickname(s) La Vecchia Signora [1] (The Old Lady)
La Fidanzata d'Italia (The fiance of Italy)
I bianconeri (The white-blacks)
Le Zebre (The Zebras)
[La] Signora Omicidi ([The] Lady Killer) [2]
Founded 1 November 1897
Ground Juventus Center
Vinovo (TO), Italy
Chairman Italy Andrea Agnelli
Head Coach Italy Giovanni Rossi
Italy Gianluca Pessotto
Italy Marco Baroni (Primavera)
League Primavera TIM Championship
2009-10 Primavera TIM Championship, Last 16
Home colours
Away colours

Juventus F.C. Youth Sector (it. Settore Giovanile) is youth set-up of Juventus Football Club. The Youth Sector is made up of various squads divided by age groups. All the Youth Sector squads currently train at the club's main training ground, Juventus Center, located at the piedmontese village of Vinovo (14 km at southwest of Turin).

In August 2007 the Juventus Under-19 team were runner-up in the inaugural edition of the Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia, intended to be a Club World Championship powered by G-14 [3] and hold the best defence of the tournament with only two goals conceded in six matches.[3] More recently, the Primavera (Under-20) squad won back-to-back Viareggio titles, successfully defending their title in a 4-2 win over Empoli in February 2010.

Structure

Like the Ajax youth set-up, the club maintains several soccer schools, some satellite clubs [4] and camps in Italy (addressed to 8 to 16 year-old boys who want to improve their own level of game), United States,[5] Mexico [5] and England [6] (all addressed to 11 to 16 year-old boys) and football initiatives like Juventus University, the first Football University in the world (powered by University of Turin) [7] and Juventus National Academy, launched to creating a network of Juventus football schools (or academies) throughout Italy addressed to 8 to 12 year-old boys.[8]

The "Juventus College" was opened in September 2012 to provide mainstream education for the youth sector players who do not reside in the Turin area. It is a liceo scientifico and also provides practical vocational training for the youth sector players past the mandatory schooling age of 16.[9] Previously, school-age players would have to divide their time between school and training.

History

Despite an extensive international scouting network, the club has historically placed importance on nurturing local talent and continues to do so.[4] One proof of this is the fact of the Italian national team, coached by Enzo Bearzot during the mid-1970s [10] and mid-1980’s,[11] was mainly composed of young Juventus players [12] -nicknamed the Blocco-Juve ("Juve-Block"), the backbone of the Italian squad [13]- like Roberto Bettega, Giuseppe Furino - two of the five Juventus players with most appearances and also two of the Italian footballers to have won more scudetti- and Paolo Rossi, Adidas Golden Shoe, Adidas Golden Ball and world champion in 1982 and European Footballer of the Year in the same year; them all former members at the Juventus youth program.

In more recent times, the Youth Sector has developed talented players such as Antonio Nocerino, Sebastian Giovinco,[14] Antonio Mirante, Matteo Paro and Lorenzo Ariaudo[15] , all of whom are playing or have played for top flight clubs,[16][17] as well as current first team players and members of the 2011-12 Scudetto-winning team Claudio Marchisio,[18] Paolo De Ceglie[19] and Luca Marrone.[20] All were former youth internationals and Nocerino, Marchisio and Giovinco have been capped at the senior level.

Reserve team honours

Squads

The Youth Sector, according to the Italian football league system, is divided into six squads: 'Primavera', 'Berretti', 'Allievi', 'Giovanissimi', 'Esordienti' and 'Pulcini'.[21]

'Primavera' Squad

The Primavera Squad is the Juventus football team composed of footballers between 15 and 20 years old. According to Italian Football’s hierarchy, it is the main youth category and is thus above the 'Berretti' squad. Each season, the 'Primavera' squad is the experimental group for the trial and/or promotion of the future members of the first team before the beginning of the Serie A season. Players deemed ready for first team football are registered and given a first team squad number.

The team currently competes in the Italian Primavera TIM Championship. They are the fourth team in Italy with the most number of titles in the Primavera Championship [22] and the third team -join to Roma and Atalanta- for number of victories in the Italian Youth Cup.[23] The torinese side, join to Lecce hold de record of titles won in the Italian Youth Super Cup.[24]

Juventus also competes in the Viareggio World Tournament, one of the most prestigious U-20 championships in the world. In that competition, they are also the record holders for the number of consecutives titles won with 3 and also reached the record of 4 finals in row.[25] Overall, the club shares the best record of titles won (8) [25] and the second best record of finals played (13) in the competition.[25] It also holds the record of the most De Cecco Memorial titles won with 3 [26] in four appearances.

Current squad

As of 13 February 2013.

Squad number indicates first team number. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy GK Leonardo Citti
Italy GK Andrea Leone
Italy GK Gianmarco Vannucchi
Italy DF Luca Barlocco
Italy DF Francesco Bertinetti
Italy DF Rodolfo Cifarelli
Italy DF Nicolò Curti
Spain DF Pol García (c)
Romania DF Vlad Marin
Italy DF Filippo Penna
Italy DF Christian Tavanti
Switzerland DF Joel Untersee
Ecuador MF José Cevallos (on loan from Ecuador LDU Quito)
Italy MF Gabriel De Cello
No. Position Player
Italy MF Simone Emmanuello
Italy MF Matteo Gerbaudo
Senegal MF Ahmed Gueye
Italy MF Federico Mattiello
Norway MF Vajebah Sakor
Italy FW Fabio Bontempo
Spain FW Sergio Buenacasa
Italy FW Edoardo Ceria
Italy FW Marco Di Benedetto
Greece FW Anastasios Donis
Morocco FW Younes Marzouk
Spain FW Héctor Otín
Guinea FW Alhassane Soumah

Staff

  • Head Coach: Andrea Zanchetta
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Ferdinando Scarpello
  • Fitness Coach: Andrea Agrello
  • Accompanist Manager : Luciano Cerutti
  • Accompanist Manager : Alessandro Badii
  • Doctor: Dr. Stefano Suraci
  • Masseur: Fabiano Bonati
  • Masseur: Diego Prodoni

Honours

National titles
International titles
  • City of Gubbio Youth International Tournament [27] (1): 2003
  • Filippo De Cecco Memorial Tournament (3): 2004-05; 2005–06; 2007-08 (record).

'Berretti' Squad

The Juventus Berretti Squad is the Juventus football team composed by Under 19 footballers. According to Italian Football’s hierarchy, it’s before to the 'Allievi' squads. The team currently competes in the Italian “Dante Berretti” Championship and they have the third most number of titles in that youth competition join to Fiorentina and Internazionale.[28]

Juventus are also the join record holders -with Internazionale- for the number of Carlin's Boys International Tournament titles won (6),[29] one of the most prestigious U-19 championships in the world recognized by FIFA and the oldest official youth championship organized in the Italian territory.[30] Juventus reached the San Remo Tournament final eleven times, which is more than any other club.[29]

Current squad

  • As of 13 February 2013, according to official site.[31]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Italy GK Emilio Audero Mulyadi
Albania GK Entonjo Elezaj
Italy GK Giacomo Volpe
Italy DF Federico Crepaldi
Italy DF Alessandro Degrassi
Italy DF Andrea Pagliasso
Slovakia DF Atila Varga
Italy DF Lorenzo Venturello
Italy MF Stefano Antezza
Italy MF Lorenzo Benucci
Italy MF Andrea Giannarelli
Slovakia MF Jakub Hromada
No. Position Player
Italy MF Stefano Pellini
Italy MF Filippo Romagna
Greece MF Albertos Roussos
Italy MF Mattia Vitale
Italy FW Luca Clemenza
Italy FW Fabio Gili
Italy FW Gabriele Moncini
Italy FW Vincenzo Pira
Italy FW Alessio Sallustio (on loan from Milan)
Albania FW Francesco Tahiraj
Italy FW Nicholas Varetto

Staff

  • Head Coach: Fabio Grosso
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Lorenzo Frison
  • Fitness Coach: Andrea Lamma
  • Chaperone: Enrico De Bonis
  • Doctor: Dr. Piero Negri
  • Masseur: Maurizio Delfini

Honours

National titles
International titles
  • San Remo Carlin's Boys International Tournament [29] (6): 1961; 1965; 1967; 1997; 1998; 2004 (record).
  • Salice Teme's International Tournament (1): 2003

'Allievi' Squads

The 'Allievi' squad is the Juventus football team consists for two age-group teams addressed to 15 to 17 year-old footballers. According to Italian Football’s hierarchy, it’s before to the 'Giovanissimi' squads.

'Allievi Nazionali' Squad

The Juventus Allievi Nazionali Squad is the main Juventus 'Allievi' team composed by Under 17 footballers. The team currently competes in the Italian Allievi Championship, competition to have won in the 2005-06 season.
The club have been crowned Maggioni-Righi International Tournament winners 5 times, more than any other club [32] and hold the record of appearances in that competition with 24.[33]
The torinese team have won the City of Arco's International Youth Trophy -one of the top U-16 international competitions- 5 times, making them the second most successful club in the history of the tournament behind Milan (6 wins).[34] Juventus have appeared in eight City of Arco's finals, more than any other club.[34]

Staff
  • Head Coach: Stefano Guidoni
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Francesco Vono
  • Fitness Coach: Andrea Pertusio
  • Chaperone: Flavio Mantovani
  • Doctor: Dr. Marcello Valenti
  • Masseur: Leonardo Pellegrin
Honours
National titles
  • Allievi National Championship (1): 2005-06
International titles
  • Maggioni-Righi International Football Tournament [35] (5): 1979; 1980; 1996; 1998; 2004 (record)
  • City of Arco's International Youth Trophy “Beppe Viola” (5): 1983; 1984; 1991; 1996; 2007
  • City of Rieti's International Trophy, “Manlio & Loris Scopigno Memorial” (1): 2003
  • "Nereo Rocco" Memorial International Tournament (1): 2005
  • City of San Bonifacio’s International Tournament, Ferroli’s Trophy (1): 2002
  • International Friendship’s Tournament (1): 1997
  • "G. Allemandi" International Tournament (1): 1984

'Allievi Regionali' Squad

The Juventus Allievi Regionali Squad is the second 'Allievi' team composed by Under 16 footballers. The team currently plays in the U-16 regional championships as the “Stefano Sardi” Memorial Tournament, competition to have won three times.

Staff
  • Head Coach: Gianluigi Gentile
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Marco Roccati
  • Fitness Coach: Augusto Achino
  • Chaperone: MatteoDe Marzo
  • Doctor: Dr. Angelo De Fino
  • Masseur: Cristiano Russo
Honours
National titles
  • “Stefano Sardi” Memorial Tournament (3): 1978; 1995; 1997
International titles
  • "Gaetano Scirea" International Tournament (2): 2003; 2008

'Giovanissimi' Squads

The 'Giovanissimi' squad is the Juventus football team consists for three age-group teams addressed to 12 to 14 year-old footballers. According to Italian Football’s hierarchy, it’s before to the 'Esordienti' squads.

'Giovanissimi Nazionali' Squad

The Juventus Giovanissimi Nazionali Squad, also known as Giovanissimi Professionisti, is the main 'Giovanissimi' team composed by Under 15 footballers. The team currently plays in the 'Giovanissimi Nazionali' Championship, competition to have won in the 1997-98 season.

Staff
  • Head Coach: Domenico Maggiora
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Guillermo Vignati
  • Fitness Coach: Duccio Ferrari
  • Chaperone: Massimiliano Ferrarotti
  • Doctor: Dr. Marco Cravero
  • Masseur: Fabiano Bonati
Honours
National titles
  • Giovanissimi Nazionali National Championship (1): 1997-98
International titles
  • City of Arco's Tournament (4): 1983; 1984; 1991; 1996
  • "Vespignani" Memorial International Tournament (1): 2004
  • City of Bastia’s International Tournament (2): 2004; 2006 (record).
  • "Michele Cara" Memorial (1): 2003
  • A.S.A.R International Tournament (1): 2002
  • "Tommaso Maestrelli" International Tournament (2): 2000; 2005

'Giovanissimi Regionali' Squad

The Juventus Giovanissimi Regionali Squad is the second 'Giovanissimi' team composed by Under 14 footballers. The team currently plays in the U-14 regional championships.

Staff
  • Head Coach: Maurizio Molinelli
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Guillermo Vignati
  • Fitness Coach: Duccio Ferrari
  • Chaperone: Franco Martino
  • Doctor: Dr. Marco Cravero
  • Masseur: Rocco Giampetruzzi
Honours
International titles
  • "Piccoli Grandi Squadre" International Championship, Devid Beltramo trophy (2): 2005; 2008

'Giovanissimi Sperimentali' Squad

The Juventus Giovanissimi Sperimentali Squad is the third 'Giovanissimi' team composed by Under 14 footballers. The team currently plays in some U-14 international championships.

Staff
  • Head Coach: Attila Malfatti
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Guillermo Vignati
  • Fitness Coach: Massimo Berruti
  • Chaperone: Domenico Delfino
  • Doctor: Dr. Marco Cravero
  • Masseur: Roberto Spina
Honours
International titles
  • "Stefano Maggioncalda" International Trophy (2): 2001; 2002
  • "Carletto Annovazzi" Memorial International Tournament (2): 2005; 2008
  • De Cillis Tournament (1): 2000
  • Bergamin Memorial Tournament (1): 2001
  • "Gaetano Scirea" Memorial, Castiglio Balsamo’s Tournament (1): 2002
  • "Flavio Frontali" Memorial (1): 2005
  • City of Gallipoli's Carnival Trophy (2): 2003; 2004

'Esordienti' Squad

The Juventus Esordienti Squad is the Juventus football team addressed to 10 to 12 year-old boys. This category is part, join to the 'Pulcini' Squad, of the soccer school (called in Italy scuola di calcio [36]) and comprise two age-group teams ranging from Under-13's (on reduced and prescribed fields). Each year the 'Esordienti' squad competes in U-13 championships organized by the FIGC Scholastic & Youth Sector.[37]

Staff

Esordienti Fair Play Staff (2 squads)
  • Head Coach: Antonio Marchio / Fulvio Casella
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Guillermo Eduardo Vignati
  • Fitness Coach: Massimo Berruti / Prof. Giuseppe Trucchi
  • Chaperone: Renzo Graziani / Eugenio Isola
  • Doctor: Dr. Gianluca Alunni
  • Masseur: Fabio Lanza / Giuseppe Ercole
Esordienti Fascia B Staff (2 squads)
  • Head Coach: Massimiliano Alunni / Augusto Dotto
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Guillermo Eduardo Vignati
  • Fitness Coach: Prof. Giuseppe Trucchi
  • Chaperone: Ivo Taverna / Roberto Bracco
  • Doctor: Dr. Gianluca Alunni
  • Masseur: Davide Dardanello / Stefano Rosso

'Pulcini' Squad

The Juventus Pulcini Squad is the Juventus football team addressed to 8 to 10 year-old boys. This category is part, join to the 'Esordienti' Squad, of the soccer school (called in Italy scuola di calcio [36]) and comprise three age-group teams ranging from Under-11's (composed by 5; 7 and 9 players). Each year the 'Pulcini' squad competes in U-11 championships organized by the FIGC Scholastic & Youth Sector.[38]

Staff

Pulcini 97 Staff (2 squads)
  • Head Coach: Fabio Gregori / Mario Lebanti
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Alberto Borsero
  • Fitness Coach: Prof. Giuseppe Trucchi
  • Chaperone: Riccardo Scrivo / Matteo De Marzo
  • Doctor: Dr. Gianluca Alunni
  • Masseur: Massimo Rinaldi / Leonardo Colucci
Pulcini 98 Staff (2 squads)
  • Head Coach: Angelo Mirto / Lorenzo Gerbaudo
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Claudio Cavazzini
  • Fitness Coach: Prof. Giuseppe Trucchi
  • Chaperone: Massimo Bortone / Guglielmo Daini
  • Doctor: Dr. Gianluca Alunni
  • Masseur: Ferruccio Achino / Giorgio Alternini
Pulcini 99 Staff (2 squads)
  • Head Coach: Franco Perri / Giovanni Gallo
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Claudio Cavazzini
  • Fitness Coach: Prof. Giuseppe Trucchi
  • Chaperone: Giancarlo Zanardi / Teodoro Cisero
  • Doctor: Dr. Gianluca Alunni
  • Masseur: Cristiano Russo / Tullio Dessì

Contribution to Italian national football youth teams

Just as its senior team, the Bianconeri youth system also has a notable contribution to the Italian national youth teams. The youth system holds the record for supplying Italian national youth teams with the most players. As of 10 March 2008, 48 youth team players have played at U-21 level, 19 at U-20 level and another 35 at U-18 level in official internationals.[39][40]

Youth Sector General Staff

  • Youth Sector Manager: Italy Luciano Bruni
  • Director of Youth Football & Reserve Team Coach: Italy Michelangelo Rampulla
  • Under 19 and Under 21 Head Coach: Italy Massimiliano Maddaloni
  • Athletic Head Coordinator: Italy Antonio Pintus
  • Technical Skills Development Coach: Italy Adolfo Sormani
  • Juventus Soccer School Manager: Italy Marco Marchi
  • Head of Medical Staff: Dr. Riccardo Agricola
  • Club coordinator and doctor: Dr. Bartolomeo Goitre
  • Club doctors: Dr. Michele Manlio Albano (Physiatry), Dr. Gianluca Alunni (Cardiology), Dr. Angelo De Fino (General medicine), Dr. Paolo Gola, Dr. Piero Negri, Dr. Luca Stefanini and Dr. Marcello Valenti (Sports medicine)

Notable former Youth Team players

Below is a list of some footballers who have played at some Juventus youth squads:

Former Staff

See also

Footnotes and references

Bibliography

  • (Italian)
  • (Italian)
  • (Italian)

External links

  • Juventus F.C. Primavera Squad (English) (Italian) (Chinese) (Indonesian) (Japanese)
  • Juventus Soccer School website
  • Primavera TIM Championship (English) (Italian)
  • Primavera TIM Cup (English) (Italian)
  • FIGC Scholastic & Youth Sector (Italian)
  • Italian youth championships and cups (Italian)

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