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Italian champions Juventus have called on Serie A to schedule more early kick-offs to help the club grow in Asia.

Juve are below last season's Premier League top six clubs in revenue and see China as a major area for growth.

The Serie A season begins on Saturday, and every game in the first two weeks starts at midnight or later in Beijing.

"We have to find the right balance between domestic and global audiences," Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci told BBC Sport.

"It is not just about the broadcasting times, it is also about the rights distribution and who is showing the games.

"In that sense, the difference between the Premier League and Serie A is huge.

"This is a very old story and one of the more frequent reasons for fights with the league."

Italy's top clubs have long debated with the league about the need for more games to be played at earlier times to maximise their chances of exposure in China and South East Asia.

The bigger clubs do not believe the Italian system, which revolves around evening matches, helps them 'sell their brands' globally.

And while there is an acceptance that viewing habits are changing, Juventus are frustrated at the present situation, which they feel tilts the commercial market hugely in favour of Premier League clubs.

All of the Italian top-flight matches on the opening two weekends of the campaign kick off at either 17:00 BST or 19:45.

Speaking in March, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche said the possibility of playing a Serie A match in China within the next three years had been discussed, but it was unlikely to happen in that timescale.

Deloitte's Football Money League, published in January, placed Juventus 11th in the table of the world's 20 richest clubs.

Ricci said that an aggressive commercial strategy, including becoming the first Italian club to open a branch, in addition to offices in Asia in Hong Kong, is aimed at increasing revenues as they pursue winning the Champions League for the first time since 1996.

Juventus have proceeded with their plans despite the recent civil unrest in Hong Kong.

Juve have also bought high-profile players, signing Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo for £99.2m from Real Madrid in 2018 and £67.5m Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax this summer.

Although they have won the Italian title on 35 occasions - including for the past eight seasons - they have lost five Champions League finals in the past 23 years.

Several Premier League clubs have offices in Hong Kong, including Manchester United and Manchester City, and Federico Palomba, head of Juventus' Asia-Pacific operation, says it is a region "with huge scope for growth".

Since Ronaldo joined last year, Juventus have carried out studies that showed their global fanbase has risen by 16% and their 'digital community', their combined followers on various social media platforms including Weibo, has risen by 59% to 81 million.

"In the 1990s, Serie A was very popular in China. Now it is coming back again," added Palomba.

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Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund's England winger agrees new £190k-a-week contract.
That's £190,000 per week !
A 19 year old, who has won 6 England caps is on that sort of money...
Been killing it for bvb though, basically invaluable to then atm plus if he does go in a year or two I'm sure they have put a nice release clause in there! Happy for the lad!

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6 hours ago, Boyne said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49412873

Italian champions Juventus have called on Serie A to schedule more early kick-offs to help the club grow in Asia.

Juve are below last season's Premier League top six clubs in revenue and see China as a major area for growth.

The Serie A season begins on Saturday, and every game in the first two weeks starts at midnight or later in Beijing.

"We have to find the right balance between domestic and global audiences," Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci told BBC Sport.

"It is not just about the broadcasting times, it is also about the rights distribution and who is showing the games.

"In that sense, the difference between the Premier League and Serie A is huge.

"This is a very old story and one of the more frequent reasons for fights with the league."

Italy's top clubs have long debated with the league about the need for more games to be played at earlier times to maximise their chances of exposure in China and South East Asia.

The bigger clubs do not believe the Italian system, which revolves around evening matches, helps them 'sell their brands' globally.

And while there is an acceptance that viewing habits are changing, Juventus are frustrated at the present situation, which they feel tilts the commercial market hugely in favour of Premier League clubs.

All of the Italian top-flight matches on the opening two weekends of the campaign kick off at either 17:00 BST or 19:45.

Speaking in March, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche said the possibility of playing a Serie A match in China within the next three years had been discussed, but it was unlikely to happen in that timescale.

Deloitte's Football Money League, published in January, placed Juventus 11th in the table of the world's 20 richest clubs.

Ricci said that an aggressive commercial strategy, including becoming the first Italian club to open a branch, in addition to offices in Asia in Hong Kong, is aimed at increasing revenues as they pursue winning the Champions League for the first time since 1996.

Juventus have proceeded with their plans despite the recent civil unrest in Hong Kong.

Juve have also bought high-profile players, signing Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo for £99.2m from Real Madrid in 2018 and £67.5m Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax this summer.

Although they have won the Italian title on 35 occasions - including for the past eight seasons - they have lost five Champions League finals in the past 23 years.

Several Premier League clubs have offices in Hong Kong, including Manchester United and Manchester City, and Federico Palomba, head of Juventus' Asia-Pacific operation, says it is a region "with huge scope for growth".

Since Ronaldo joined last year, Juventus have carried out studies that showed their global fanbase has risen by 16% and their 'digital community', their combined followers on various social media platforms including Weibo, has risen by 59% to 81 million.

"In the 1990s, Serie A was very popular in China. Now it is coming back again," added Palomba.

After seeing the Champions League final last season contested by two EPL sides and us winning the other against Arsenal, I just don't see Asia getting interested in Serie A.

Might be wrong yet that's my view.

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12 hours ago, Chopper666 said:
16 hours ago, erskblue said:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49420133
Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund's England winger agrees new £190k-a-week contract.
That's £190,000 per week !
A 19 year old, who has won 6 England caps is on that sort of money...

Been killing it for bvb though, basically invaluable to then atm plus if he does go in a year or two I'm sure they have put a nice release clause in there! Happy for the lad!

Okay fair enough . Suppose it's just a sign of what players are paid today.

I certainly wouldn't knock back £1900 a week ,never mind £190,000 !:biggrin:

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My favourite Italian side, Torino (long story that I won't bore you with here !) are playing Wolves tonight in the UEFA Cup Qualifying Round.

Sorry, that should be Europa League Qualifying Round.

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On 17/08/2019 at 20:48, dkw said:

Its gonna be farcical soon, with players running around with there hands behind there backs the whole game. 

Bah, Ivanovic pioneered that ages ago. I still remember the uproar every time a cross went in. 

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3 hours ago, PloKoon13 said:

Bah, Ivanovic pioneered that ages ago. I still remember the uproar every time a cross went in. 

He also pioneered not blocking crosses ever... 

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Maguire's defending for Crystal Palace's goal was hilarious. All he had to do was track the run of one Crystal Palace attacker just in case Lindelof losses the aerial dual, and he failed. That was such a basic defensive error.

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That's a penalty really for United.
Not that i want them to get it but whats VAR for if they don't check that?
Absolutely agree. Stone wall penalty there. And var are happy to say no! What a farce.

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Just now, Sindre said:

That's horrific from Zaha. The one thing you don't do there is lose the ball and he let Pogba steal it.

They gave him a yellow card for the exact same thing Pogba did just 10 minutes earlier.

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