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Name Alessandro Del Piero
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
Desc Alessandro Del Piero arrived at Juventus in 1993. He would stay until 2012. During those intervening years, he would become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and appearance-maker, and win nearly every major honour in the game. Stylistically, he belonged in the same category as Michel Platini and Baggio, a sublimely gifted trequartista, one who became so adept at cutting inside onto his favoured right foot and bending the ball into the top corner that it became known as a ‘Gol alla Del Piero’. However, as a personality, ‘Alex’ evoked memories of the golden age of John Charles for the way in which he conducted himself on and off the pitch.

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Juventus

2019 04 20 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero on Ajax after the Dutch side knocked his former club out of the UEFA Champions League] What impresses me most isn’t the work rate or technical ability, both of which are exceptional. It’s the way they fill the pitch, their understanding of space and time, their tactical nous … all at such a young age

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Former Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero discussed last night’s Derby d’Italia between the Bianconeri and Inter] I feel like I’m seeing a film that has already been seen with regard to Juve. They arrive in trouble and then when they have to win, they do so. As the minutes went by, they did very well after the goal. On a general level there’s still a bit of difference between the two teams, at least in the direct clash. Inter still need to grow a bit more

[Del Piero discussed the performance of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen] He’s a player who’s used to playing in space and maybe that’s one of the reasons why he was bought. Today you need to play with a little more risk to win games, especially with the big ones

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero announces FIFA World Cup winners’ fundraiser] I, together with my other 2006 World Cup companions, take the field again to win a new challenge. A fundraiser to be allocated to the @crocerossaitaliana to help our country in an emergency to Coronavirus. You are part of our team too: United, we will win again

2020 04 08 Retrieve

[Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero praises Paulo Dybala] Dybala has already worn the captain’s armband a few times and if that happened, it’s because at Juventus they consider him to be worthy of it.

Considering what I know of him, his performances on the field and off, I think that Paulo has matured in recent months. The best show of that was how he dealt with what happened over the summer, his reaction emblematic of how much he has grown.

We knew he was someone who loves to work and today I feel he has become a complete player

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Former Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero discussed the current Serie A season] I don’t think we needed that goal to overcome a moment that I think Paulo had already put behind him. One thing is certain, numbers like that show he’s a player with extraordinary qualities. Such a beautiful goal should give him more awareness. And I’ll go further. Those who have his means, his talent and even his head, must do even more. Paulo must not set himself limits and must conquer the future

Nobody gives you anything, I say that from experience. To Juve more than ever. You have to prove everything until the last game, let alone in the middle of your career. Dybala’s path has just begun and it will be even more beautiful, always wearing the Juve shirt of course

[Del Piero doesn’t think that there are any favourites in the title race at this current point in the season]

Absolutely not, no favourites. Juve are a bit ahead for absolute quality. But nothing is taken for granted

[The former Bianconeri forward believed that it was better to finish the season instead of cancelling it] I can’t give a judgement, as I don’t think anyone can, because we have to analyse the facts and above all the health conditions. But sportively it’s better to finish the season, wait for the verdict on the pitch. Everything else is a thing to be avoided as long as it is possible

[Del Piero discussed what the priorities should be for when the season restarts and the importance of playing again] The priority is always the health of everyone, so we need the highest level of safety. But the second priority must be to restart to deal with the other emergency, that of the economy, of jobs. I believe that all this must also be considered when we talk about the future of professional sport. I do not like the populist speeches of those who almost criminalise those who are trying to get us back on track. That’s why I say that when you get the okay from the doctors it will be right to go back to the game, at first of course behind closed doors

[He then defended those who are working to restart the league and highlighted why their work is important] And so, what we can do today is to continue working, studying the formulas of the leagues, the calendars. This doesn’t just mean going back to a life that is at least more normal, but above all thinking about how to restart a movement that gives work to so many people. I believe that this does not mean absolutely no disrespect for the real priority, which is health. There is concern for the future in all fields, obviously also for football in general, not just for Serie A. I am also thinking of the lower leagues

[The former Bianconeri star highlighted how this period can help improve Italian football as a whole] This is precisely the time to triple our strength, to start again and to really change. I don’t know what will happen, but I know you can’t hide anymore. You can only come out of it as a system, it’s impossible to think that only a part has to leave us something. I think I know what should no longer be part of our future, that is, the logic that looks only at the present, without entrepreneurial perspective, without vision

[Finally, Del Piero spoke about how people must come together to help find a solution] Everyone today has to do their part, if it helps then also us ex-players, those who have something to say or propose for the good of our sport. Obviously because they deserve it, and not for past merits