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Name Andrea Pirlo
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
Desc If you rang Pirlo out like a flannel, pure liquid class would ooze out. Pirlo is one of the greatest midfielders of the modern area and earns a pick for his 2007 Champions League final display alone.

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 01 23 Retrieve

[Former Juventus No 10 Andrea Pirlo on the current Juve midfielder] Pogba is the best youngster I have seen. We understood he was a great player from his first training session. He was skinny but his legs allowed him to be everywhere. Now he is bigger and stronger

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu] Trend-setting in being one of the first truly great attacking full backs. Excellent at getting forward, but very strong defensively as well

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

2016 07 23 Retrieve

[New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo on former Italy team-mate Mario Balotelli] He frustrates me, but I do have so much affection for Mario. He is infectious to be around. When I used to see him walk into training for Italy, he would have this big smile on his face - and I would just burst out laughing - and start wondering what is he thinking, what is he up to? Mario should not just be a character the media write about for good stories. We shouldn’t forget what a special player he is. I have played with some of the best strikers, and I can tell you Mario has all the attributes to be one of the best strikers in the world. By now I thought that is where he would be, that is where he should be. He has no more time to waste

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 04 22 Retrieve

[Earlier this season, Dybala stormed off down the tunnel before the full-time whistle blew in a game against Frosinone because he realised he would not even be coming on as a substitute. A transfer would help in that regard. Andrea Pirlo disagrees] But where can he go that’s better than Juve right now? In what other top team would he play? If he goes to another team, he has to deserve his place. I’d keep him because he’s an important player. It’s not that he’s gone from one season to the next from an important player to a bad player. He’s suffering a little at the moment because of the change of formation and the arrival of Ronaldo. But he’s still young. I think the Juve environment is perfect for him. Mentally, physically, he has to understand that in Europe there’s another rythm; it’s not the Italian league. If he wants to reach certain levels, he has to improve in everything

2019 05 21 Retrieve

[What was the Miracle of Istanbul? Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final comeback explained] We sat like a bunch of half-wits in the dressing room … We were bloodthirsty zombies faced with an unseen problem – the blood was ours and they had drunk every last drop. We couldn’t speak, we couldn’t move. They had mentally destroyed us. Insomnia, rage, depression, a sense of nothingness. We’d invented a new disease with multiple symptoms: Istanbul syndrome

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’