Wednesday July 11 2012
Juventus reveal star-less shirts

Juventus have explained the reasoning behind their decision to withdraw the gold stars from their new jerseys which were unveiled on Wednesday.

The Old Lady were expected to add a gold star to their previous two after winning the Scudetto last season, but they’ve instead opted to take away the symbols altogether.

“We count our success and it equals 30,” President Andrea Agnelli noted. “Then we look at the calculations of the Federation and we realise that it comes to 28.

“As we don’t agree, we chose to take the stars away because we don’t recognise such arithmetic.”

The contentious two Scudetti are the 2005 and 2006 championships which were revoked as a result of the Calciopoli sporting trial.

Instead of gold stars – which represent 10 League titles – Juventus’ shirt now has the ’30 sul campo’ motto under the badge which translates as ’30 won on the pitch’.

“All the true Juventini feel like we have won 30,” Agnelli continued. “We have always accepted the decisions of the sporting justice system, but new facts have since emerged.

“The Federation, however, opted to not make a new decision and that is why a number of legal actions have been taken to defend our interests.”

The Juventus jerseys will also include a famous phrase from the legendary Giampiero Boniperti on the inside of its collar – ‘winning is not important, it is the only thing that matters’.

The home shirt will have white numbers on a black background, while the players’ names will appear in black on a white background.

The away kit will be all black, while the third will be the pink second strip from the 2011-12 campaign.

Agnelli was also questioned about whom would inherit Alessandro Del Piero’s No 10 shirt after his departure last month.

“The players will decide,” the President added. “We all know how much that particular shirt will weigh.

“We have had some excellent No 10s in our history and we hope that whoever gets it next can have the same amount of success in it, or perhaps just a little bit less than who wore it last.”