The Juventus adventure of Umberto Agnelli begins in ’55, as Special Commissioner (later becomes President): Sivori and Charles arrived with him.
In ’59 he was elected president of the Federation (resigned in ’61.) In ’62 he also left Juventus to take control in the mid-nineties until the end…

There was not just that Umberto Agnelli didn’t become a fan of Torino.
“The first game I went to see was a Torino triumph for seven to zero to Rome, and I fell in love. But after returning home, I heard again the most natural links with Juventus, and I was told which way I should feel better. ”
Spring of 1946. Is the first football memory of the man who would become the reconstructioner of Juventus, a manager much less “glamorous” of his brother Gianni but no less competent in terms of technical, operational and more in the modern sense, not just patronage.

Called to the Juventus presidency just twenty-one (still the youngest ever), the first task of his life, Umberto Agnelli invents Charles and Sivori.
After long wondered if the wages of the two costly Champions(105 million pounds of Welsh, 180 Argentine) was compatible with the new statutory management of the budget (only if you sell you can buy), and after having consumed the stones of the Piazza San Carlo in agitated night together with his advisor Walter Mandelli, given that the purchase of Omar Sivori would scandalize all Italian sport, the youngest of the Agnelli concluded: “I’ll buy them the same.”

It was a wonderful adventure, starting with the trip by car from the exit of Novara in the center of Turin, Umberto, who crushes the accelerator and the Champion that curls up on the seat and is silent. “I never thought you could suffer more because of the machine rather then the airplane” said Sivori, incredulous that it is still safe and sound, while Dr. Agnelli’s repeated:” There are two years that we are expecting you. “

The title comes quickly in ’58, and a year later Umberto was also the chairman of the Football Association.
There was also to be rebuilt there. He took the job seriously, as it did at Juventus: many hours in the office, much work to do and nothing to give to the covers and worldliness. However, the dual role controversy dragged on the inevitable conflict of interests.

One of the first decisions of the new federation umbertiana was in fact the creation of a distinctive sign for the team that had won ten league titles, watch cases, Juventus. Thus was born the star of the tenth season, and it seems that Umberto Agnelli had sewn himself on the popular mesh.

Tricolor triangles would come two more in ’60 and ’61, and verbal fights with bell tower, including the fight with the head of the arbitrators, Concetto Lo Bello, that one day the young Agnelli drove from the locker rooms.
The last championship won by Umberto as federal president and Juvent coincided with the repetition of Juventus-Inter, won 0-2 by Inter because the presence of the public on the sideline, and was repeated by the Court of Appeals, as some accused, under the pressure from the president. In protest, the Nerazzurri send in Torino a team of kids who lost 9-1: Inter scored on a penalty kick with a rookie named Sandro Mazzola, the son of Valentine, while for Juve played for the last last time Giampiero Boniperti.

Umberto Agnelli left the presidency after the dissapointing Bianconeri League year ’61-’62, where Juve risked to relegate, and he left with the bitterness caused by other controversies: that the federal law that allowed the transfer of players on the lists supplementary’s fall, even if they have been used. Taking advantage of the new rules, the Bianconeri had hired Mora, and even then it was said that Umberto Agnelli had done it on purpose.

“Il dottore” went operational in football in ’94, when the recapitalization led by Cuccia cut across the track of the Presidency Fiat.
Umberto was somewhat compensated with Juventus, and he created the “triad” (Giraudo, Who Was His personal secretary, Moggi and Bettega. Triad).
Many wins in Italy with Lippi on the bench (5 Championships), a little ‘less in Europe, and the imposition of football as “show business” with the descent of the stock market, the illustrious sells, the draft Budgetary Priorities and the building of the new stadium.

He died in 27 May 2004 (aged 69)….

We will never forget you Dottore…

published at 30.05.2011; by: Mike Prise