Juventus have confirmed that they are the first club in Italy to officially have a ‘B’ team admitted into Serie C.
An announcement from FIGC confirmed via a statement that Serie D teams Prato and Como had their applications rejected which allows the Juve reserve team to be entered into Italy’s 3rd division:
“Neither Prato nor Como have been admitted to Serie C season 2018-2019.
“The FIGC’s extraordinary commissioner Roberto Fabbricini examined the application submitted by the two clubs and given, in the light of the checks carried out, the aforementioned clubs did not meet all the prescribed requirements, he rejected both requests.
“Cavese, Imolese and Juventus’ B team have been admitted instead.”
Juventus confirmed the news shortly after with a statement via the clubs official website:
“Juventus Football Club has announced today that a second Juventus team named Juventus U23 will play in the Serie C championship starting on 25 August.
The project took shape following the changes made to the rules and format of Serie C, which saw Juventus awarded first refusal in the order of admission of entering a second team in the championship, according to the ranking required by the federal regulation.
Juventus U23 have already started their preparation for the upcoming season as they are currently training at the JTC in Continassa.”
Mauro Zironelli is expected coach Juventus U23 in Serie C next season. He was previously in charge of Mestre in 2016-2017, earning them promotion from Serie D to Serie C. He was expected to take over at Bari this season, however the club went bankrupt earlier this summer before being taken over by Napoli chairman, Aurelio De Laurentiis.
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