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Name Andrea Pirlo
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer

Affiliation

Club as Player New York City FC
  AC Milan

2015 08 11 Retrieve

[Asked who was the toughest English opponent he had faced over the years, Pirlo said] That night in Istanbul, Liverpool’s fight back was centralized on Steven Gerrard. He was their leader, their star player, their man who made it happen. Carlo tried to sign Gerrard for Milan so we could play together, but he had no interest in leaving Liverpool. We could have played together, but now in MLS we will be playing against each other, and I will look forward to that

2016 03 05 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo admits to enjoying his relative anonymity in New York City] Just being able to go out to dinner at the trendiest restaurants - in Italy, I can’t do that

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo reveals he was wanted by Pep Guardiola at Barcelona] When I was at Milan, we played a friendly game at the Camp Nou and, after the game, Pep Guardiola called me into his office inside the stadium. He asked me if I would like to go and play under him at Barcelona. It was very nice for me, to have been asked to his office and told that. At that time, Milan would never have allowed me to leave though

2017 03 18 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo gave some insight into Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and his experiences of working under him at Juventus and the Italian national team] Conte, for me, is the best coach because he’s a genius. He works every day, every single moment for soccer, for the team, every small detail and on the field, the players play very good. With Juventus, I was with this coach for three years. We won the league, but every day was stronger in training. Maybe now it’s the same at Chelsea

2017 04 01 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo speaks about former team-mate Gianluigi Buffon] For me, it is Buffon. We have been playing together since we were 15 years old in the Italy squad. We still speak often. What if he came to New York too? He is a bit old for that move now, but he is still the best

2017 10 14 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is one of the world’s best coaches] His attention to detail is impressive. He also manages to give you convincing explanations about things. One of his 20-minute video sessions is worth three days on the training ground. You immediately understand what it is you have to do. Over the year he improved, with his desire to win and doing everything to the best of his ability. He is one of the best, absolutely

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo gives insight about his history of taking free-kicks] When I was a kid I’d take a small foam ball and try to get my shot over the couch so it would finish in the corner of the window. At Milan we had David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf … a lot of good kickers. We talked to each other, we watched each other and we stole each other’s secrets

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo talks about lifting the World Cup Trophy in 2006 with Italy] It’s the best thing that can happen to a player. Being able to play at the World Cup is already the best, but then to raise the trophy to the sky is a dream

2018 04 14 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo talks about Roma’s success in advancing to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, after their come-from-behind victory over Barcelona over two legs] Juventus and AS Roma have shown that they can be tactically superior to Real Madrid and Barcelona. They both deserve huge applause, and now Roma must believe that they can go on and win it. I was at the Olimpico on Tuesday and I got emotional. I felt like a Giallorossi fan. Italian football must now lift itself up and build a great future. Bit by bit, a great job can be done

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo, taken from his autobiography, in which he touches upon the technique of Juninho] During his time at Lyon, that man made the ball do some quite extraordinary things. He’d lay it on the ground, twist his body into a few strange shapes, take his run-up and score. He never got it wrong. Never. I checked out his stats and realised it couldn’t just be chance. I studied him intently, collecting DVDs, even old photographs of games he’d played. And eventually I understood. It wasn’t an immediate discovery; it took patience and perseverance. From the start, I could tell he struck the ball in an unusual way. I could see the ‘what’ but not the ‘how’