Juventus Next Gen

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Juventus Next Gen
Juventus FC 2017 icon (black).svg
Full nameJuventus Next Gen[1]
Nickname(s)Juventus B
Juventus II
Short nameJuve Next Gen or Juve NG
Founded3 August 2018; 4 years ago (2018-08-03), as Juventus U23
GroundStadio Giuseppe Moccagatta
ChairmanGianluca Ferrero
ManagerMassimo Brambilla
LeagueSerie C Group A
2021–22Serie C Group A, 8th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Juventus Next Gen (Italian pronunciation: [ju'vɛntus nɛkst dʒɛn]), also known as Juve Next Gen or Juve NG (pronounced [ˈjuːve ˈɛn ˈdʒiː]), is a professional football club based in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, which acts as the reserve team of Serie A club Juventus. They compete in Serie C Group A, and play their home games at the Stadio Giuseppe Moccagatta in Alessandria, a comune about 100 km away from Turin.

Following the reintroduction of reserve teams in Italy, Juventus U23 was formed in 2018 and was registered to Serie C, the third level of the Italian league system. In the first years, the team reached the promotion play-off stages of Serie C, without gaining promotion. In the 2019–20 season, under coach Fabio Pecchia, Juventus U23 won the Coppa Italia Serie C after defeating Ternana in the final. The club changed its name to Juventus Next Gen in 2022.

Due to the nature of the club as a reserve team, Juventus Next Gen needs to comply to certain regulations, such as not being eligible for promotion to Serie A and not competing in the Coppa Italia, the major national cup. The club, and in general FIGC's reserve-team project, has faced a lot of criticism, especially from fans of other Serie C teams due to their perceived lack of history.


Predecessors (1904–1976)[edit]

The winning team of the 1905 Seconda Categoria

Reserve teams were introduced in Italy in early 20th century, and played in the Seconda Categoria [it].[a][2] On 17 April 1904, the second team of Juventus lost the final 4–0 to Genoa II at the Ponte Carrega field.[2] On 2 April 1905, after a 3–0 away win to AC Milan II, Juventus II obtained the mathematical certainy of first place at the final three-team group stage to win their only Seconda Categoria trophy.[3]

Juventus II also took part in the Campionato De Martino [it], another league dedicated to reserve teams, until the competition ceased in 1976; they won the 1959–60 edition.[4]

Juventus even had a third team who played some friendly matches against local teams,[5][6][7][8] and competed in the Terza Categoria [it] in the early 20th century.[b][9]

Juventus U23 (2018–2022)[edit]

Juventus U23 were founded on 3 August 2018,[10] following the reintroduction of professional reserve teams in Italian football after over 40 years, and was officially admitted to the Serie C championship.[11]

On 21 August, Luca Zanimacchia became the first scorer of the team's history after scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win over Cuneo in the group stage of the Coppa Italia Serie C.[12] Juventus U23's first game in Serie C was a 2–1 away defeat to Alessandria, with Claudio Zappa scoring the team's first league goal.[13] Juventus U23 ended their first season in 12th place with 42 points in 37 games,[14] and were eliminated in the group stage of the Coppa Italia Serie C.[15]

In the 2019–20 season, coached by Fabio Pecchia, Juventus U23 won the Coppa Italia Serie C after beating Ternana 2–1 in the final on 27 June 2020. The club won its first trophy in their second year as a professional club.[16][17]

Juventus Next Gen (2022–present)[edit]

On 26 August 2022, the club changed its name to Juventus Next Gen.[18]


The Stadio Giuseppe Moccagatta, Juventus Next Gen's home ground

Juventus Next Gen does not own their own stadium, and share the Stadio Giuseppe Moccagatta with Alessandria as their home stadium.[19] Although there had been an agreement among the two parts shortly after Juventus' reserve team's foundation, Alessandria's fans protested to not share their stadium.[19] According to the agreement, Juventus Next Gen fans can sit only in the guests sector.[19] Their players train at the Juventus Training Center in Vinovo.[19]

On 27 November 2022, Juventus Next Gen played exceptionally a match against Mantova at the Juventus Stadium, the first team home ground, in which tickets were free.[20] The match was drawn 2–2, with Simone Iocolano scoring a brace for Juventus Next Gen[21] and was seen by 28,572 fans present at the stadium.[22] On 3 March 2023, the Juventus Stadium also hosted the first leg of the 2022–23 Coppa Italia Serie C [it] final between Juventus Next Gen and Vicenza with an attendance of 21,572 spectators and with Juventus Next Gen losing 2–1.[23][24]


Juventus Next Gen play in the same professional league system as their senior team, rather than a separate league dedicated for youth teams. However, the reserve team may not play in the same division or higher as their senior team, nor in the Coppa Italia, making Juventus Next Gen ineligible for promotion to the Serie A.[25] Should both Juventus and Juventus Next Gen qualify in the same league, the reserve team must play in the league immediately below.[26] In case of relegation to the Serie D, it may not register for this league and their activity is suspended.[26] After one season, it may request the team be registered to the Serie C in case of vacancy.[26] Juventus must pay an annual extraordinary fee of €1.2 million to have the reserve team registered to Serie C.[27] In addition, Juventus may not take part to Lega Pro assemblies.[26]

They may insert a maximum of 23 players in their team sheets.[28] Only four players aged more than 23 when the season started may be inserted in the team sheets.[28] Up to a maximum of seven players who had been registered to a FIGC-affiliated club for less than seven sporting seasons may be included in the match list.[28]

In order to be eligible to play for Juventus Next Gen, players must have not been registered to the 25-man list of Serie A players and must have played at most 50 Serie A matches.[28] Instead, to be eligible to play in promotion play-offs and in relegation play-outs, players must have not played over 25 first-team league matches of at least 30 minutes.[28] If a player is suspended, he is unusable in both the first and reserve teams.[28] Suspensions must be served in the team with whom he committed the infraction.[28]


Juventus' reserve team and the second-team project itself led by FIGC have faced a lot of criticism. On 28 July 2018, before the team's official foundation, Sicula Leonzio president Giuseppe Leonardo criticised Juventus' choice to form their reserve team by saying: "Reserve teams are a flop, an experiment that does not lead to anywhere. Juventus B are going to be harmful and will distort the championship: they are not a newly-promoted team but they are certainly going to be strong, we have seen this in women's football that the Bianconeri don't make a bad impression wherever they put their effort".[29] In August 2018, Sportitalia director Michele Criscitellio criticised the second-team project by stating: "The mission of Juve[ntus] B was to get their youngsters to play and not to take away a place from the Serie C clubs to reach the Serie B. The buying power is so different that there would be no competition. It is pointless to make investments for whoever Juventus will end up in the group".[30]

In December 2018, Pisa's fans attacked Juventus U23 by stating, in an official statement: "B teams are an insult to the dignity of those who consider the Lega Pro their own Serie A", further noting that Pisa should not act as a "sparring partner" for "youngsters without a stadium and history". The fans also defected the two league matches against Juventus U23 in the 2018–19 Serie C.[31] In September 2019, Arezzo's fans flew a banner in front of their bus saying "No to B teams".[32] They too defected the match against them as they had done in April.[33]

In November 2021, Padova's fans considered Juventus U23 a "Super League franchise" and defected the two league matches against them.[34] In July 2022, Lega Serie B president Mauro Balata expressed dissent towards reserve teams playing in Serie B, saying: "Our league embraces big and important cities. If another league wants to continue with this second-team project they can do so, but without affecting our rights and our history. It is not fair".[35]


Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2023[36][37]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Italy ITA Giovanni Garofani
2 DF Italy ITA Nicolò Savona
3 DF Italy ITA Diego Stramaccioni
4 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Tarik Muharemović
5 DF France FRA Félix Nzouango
6 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Pio Riccio
7 MF Italy ITA Nikola Sekulov
9 FW Italy ITA Marco Da Graca
10 MF Italy ITA Mattia Compagnon
11 FW Italy ITA Nicolò Cudrig
12 GK Italy ITA Marco Raina
13 DF Italy ITA Fabrizio Poli
14 DF Italy ITA Gabriele Mulazzi
16 FW England ENG Samuel Iling-Junior (from first team)
17 FW Italy ITA Andrea Bonetti
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Switzerland SUI Yannick Cotter
20 MF Italy ITA Simone Iocolano
21 FW Italy ITA Mirco Lipari
23 DF France FRA Jean-Claude Ntenda
24 MF Norway NOR Martin Palumbo (on loan from Udinese)
25 FW Italy ITA Leonardo Cerri
26 DF Italy ITA Tommaso Barbieri
27 MF Italy ITA Michele Besaggio (on loan from Genoa)
28 MF Argentina ARG Enzo Barrenechea
29 FW Argentina ARG Matías Soulé (from first team)
30 MF Italy ITA Alessandro Sersanti
31 FW Italy ITA Emanuele Pecorino
32 DF Italy ITA Riccardo Turicchia
42 DF Netherlands NED Dean Huijsen
45 GK Italy ITA Gian Marco Crespi (on loan from Crotone)

Youth sector[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
8 MF Belgium BEL Samuel Mbangula
22 GK Italy ITA Giovanni Daffara
33 DF Italy ITA Alessandro Citi
34 GK Italy ITA Leonardo Ratti
35 GK Italy ITA Simone Scaglia
No. Pos. Nation Player
36 GK Slovakia SVK Jakub Vinarcik
38 MF Italy ITA Luis Hasa
39 FW Italy ITA Tommaso Mancini
40 FW Turkey TUR Kenan Yıldız

Notable players[edit]

As of 26 November 2022[38]

This list includes players that have appeared in at least one top-league and/or senior international game.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Italy Massimo Brambilla
Assistant coach Italy Mirko Conte
Athletic coach Italy Stefano Cellio
Italy Daniele Palazzolo
Goalkeeper coach Italy Daniele Borri
Technical collaborator Italy Francesco Spanò

Last updated: 22 July 2022
Source: Juventus.com

Managerial history[edit]

Below is a list of Juventus Next Gen managers from 2018 until the present day.[39]

Name Nationality Years
Mauro Zironelli Italy 2018–2019
Fabio Pecchia Italy 2019–2020
Andrea Pirlo[c] Italy 2020
Lamberto Zauli Italy 2020–2022
Massimo Brambilla Italy 2022–present

Season to season[edit]

Season League Coppa Italia Serie C[42]
Tier Division Position[43]
2018–19 [it] 3 Serie C 12th of 20 Group stage
2019–20 3 Serie C 10th of 20 Champions
2020–21 3 Serie C 10th of 20 Cancelled[44]
2021–22 3 Serie C 8th of 20 Round of 16
2022–23 3 Serie C TBD TBD
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place/semi-finalists  


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Not to be confused with the current Seconda Categoria, the eighth level of the Italian football league system
  2. ^ Not to be confused with the current Terza Categoria, the ninth level of the Italian football league system
  3. ^ Pirlo had been appointed to coach Juventus U23 on 30 July but was promoted as first-team manager on 8 August.[40][41]


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  3. ^ "Un nuovo trionfo dei torinesi a Milano". La Stampa. 3 April 1905. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Quando dal Bacigalupo passava la "miglior gioventù" - IVG.it". Il Vostro Giornale (in Italian). 30 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  5. ^ ""Match" di "foot-ball" a Vercelli". La Stampa. 17 April 1905. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Gli ultimi grandi "matches" della stagione". La Stampa. 15 April 1905. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Le gare di foot-ball in Italia". La Stampa. 26 November 1905. p. 3.
  8. ^ "Il "match" di domani a Torino". La Stampa. 28 December 1912. p. 5.
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  27. ^ Gravina 2020, p. 2.
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