LIVE TJ – NEDVED at the Book Fair: “Financial fair play is not working, I hope UEFA has noticed. The Stadium is our pride. I thank the Agnelli for allowing me to work at Juventus”

Pavel Nedved, Juventus vice president, is today a guest at the Olympic Hall of Pavilion 1 of the Turin Book Fair for the presentation of the Tuttosport book “La casa della Juve” written by the journalist Guido Vaciago.

On the Stadium …

“The house comes to mind, as is the title of the book. It is the pride of all of us, the club and the fans. This especially comes to mind. Owning the stadium is a great pride, having to support the club so that it maintains this status of excellence. We live on our skin the happiness of being able to represent Juve ”.

Does it tell us about the sense of belonging and responsibility?

“It represents home but not only for us, but for all our fans, who come to the stadium and feel it as their home to cheer on their team. And it is important that the team and the players feel it, they must show the fans their passion, something special. And wanting to show people that they go to the stadium to have fun. Yes, but the players still have to be responsible. They must always be able to represent these colors. Pride is for all those who manage to reach this level of team. “

Can you tell us about the stadiums in Italy?

“In Italy there are two protagonists in the field: administration and investors. It is a race, a medium-term goal because we need patience and many millions and it can go against all sporting goals because it takes a lot of money. But if we want to offer an important product, we need to invest “.

Is there a possibility of a new stadium for Women and U23?

“I am happy with how we lived the women’s game, we received so many compliments and we were very happy with this. Yes, we have this project in mind for a new stadium, unfortunately the pandemic has stopped many things. We had to stop but in the future we hope to do so, for the moment the project is stopped ”.

How did you live the period without the fans?

“A very difficult moment, I must say that we, as football, were lucky. We were able to do our job differently from others. It was very different, without people, fans, passion. Different championship, very difficult. they called the championship on Thursday, it wasn’t exactly what football should be. We are all waiting. Glad that the government has given us a hand: 75% is good, but we are all waiting. The hope is to reach 100%. It will be. very nice”.

How important is the warmth of the fans?

“Of course you need, I assure you that the players feel it and have an intuition about their performance. Only the fans make you go further, they give you a boost and you feel you have to go further. around and being booed gives you the feeling of being appreciated because they fear you ”.

What is it like to have a star at the Stadium?

“It’s a wonderful feeling, having a star in the stadium gives you goosebumps. I’m very proud, I want to thank the fans for voting to put it. It’s an initiative to be appreciated. In 2005, when Capello was there, he came. Sivori, Thuram and I were excited and happy to have taken a picture with him ”.

Your relationship with Juventus?

“I have been here for twenty years, I am a foreigner who has been taken as one of the family. I have to thank all the Juventus people, the Agnelli family who gave me the opportunity to work here. The sense of responsibility is enormous, to give back what they gave me ”.

How were the old Juve who played at the Stadium?

“I think those teams have done enough, they have been good and strong. Yes, I have imagined myself many times on the pitch with the public so close, it gives you something more. I believe that all the stadiums in the world with close people have something in them. We can be happy and fortunate to have a property that ten years ago thought of building a jewel that everyone, fans and players, can enjoy ”.

What’s it like to play at the Stadium?

“It’s not the same to play friendlies, but you try to offer something spectacular. We always try to entertain people.”

How does it feel to be in the stands?

“We have grown old now we see the boys go so fast that I would not be able to go like this. But the first few years when you still feel like a former football player, you still have some football.”

Is there any superstition?

“There is both in the players and in the managers. Each of us does little things that they think can help the team, Arrivabene goes to the elevator, I take the stairs. These things make you arrive at the game with positive feelings”.

How do you fight racism?

“The path we have taken is absolutely right. We have a camera system that allows us to view and possibly punish. All clubs should make them, they are limited investments compared to what is generally spent on football. Everyone should do it ”.

His special exultation …

“I always see a sequence of photos in the president’s office while we are together, I don’t remember the match but I think we were able to cheer a lot at the Stadium. Yesterday we looked at them: in ten years there have been three years without defeat, another three with only one. We have shown that it is our home ”.

What are the most beautiful stadiums?

“Playing at the Bernabeu or Old Trafford. They are stadiums where you go beyond everything you can do. They are historic teams that have something more than the others, entering those facilities is incredible. Now when you go around Europe you will find much improved systems. The one in Prague has also changed, now they are thinking of making one just for the national team. My first stadium didn’t even have a grandstand, I always like to go back there. When I go to my parents I always go to see the field where my father took me for the first time ”.

The best match?

“The last against Chelsea, we won and as our president says the best is always the next. It is difficult to pull off a match, the beauty of victory is always in Juve’s DNA ”.

On Juve-Roma?

“It will be a wonderful match, two great teams face off against two technicians who are winning. They will certainly prepare something special, it will be beautiful to see ”.

What moment is Juve experiencing?

“The adjustment is there, after changing coach. Time was needed, but the others are running and we can no longer stop ”.

On the Juve project?

“During all these years a lot has been won with a very experienced team. Now it is right to rebuild something important, Juve’s times will never stop. We are investing in important young players, the future belongs to Juve. But we also think about the present ”.

Are you obliged to always win?

“We won the Scudetto, took home two cups. Some teams have not won anything in ten years, we live with this pressure of always having to win. We are used to it, those who work for Juve must know this, they must be strong and not be afraid “.

What do you think about Financial Fair Play?

“Financial Fair Play is not working, I hope UEFA has noticed. The right idea of ​​football is to spend what you earn, self-financing. Do not spend more, it is a line that you must have “.

Why is your Ballon d’Or in the museum?

“Because it’s not mine but ours, without my teammates I would never have been able to win it. It has to be there so that they can see it, seeing the new ones looking at it in the museum makes me feel a certain effect. The first thought that comes to my mind is: “you can win it too”, if you have arrived in this company it is because you can win it. The last corner of the museum is the one I like best, you can see the feeling that the player feels when he enters our full stadium ”.

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