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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.


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 05 28 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo believes Antonio Conte can give more to Inter Milan than Jose Mourinho amid growing speculation the former Chelsea boss is set to replace Luciano Spalletti] In my opinion, Conte can give more than Mourinho, especially in terms of structure and agonism. If he’d join Inter the fans will support the team, even more, they’ll be closer to the players.

[Mauro Icardi spent nearly two months out of the first team amid conflicting views of an apparent knee injury] I don’t think Mauro is a good striker for Conte’s style. Conte wants strikers who can find good links with the rest of the team, strikers who bass the ball to each other and Icardi doesn’t do it very often

2019 05 30 Retrieve

[It has been suggested that Jose Mourinho could be lured back to San Siro for a second spell] In my opinion, Antonio Conte can give more than Mourinho, especially in terms of structure. If he’d join Inter the fans will support the team, even more, they’ll be closer to the players

2019 05 31 Retrieve

[When asked where Ronaldo’s career path will take him] He has two or three years on his contract with Juventus and after then it’s possible that he comes to the USA or to another country. I was very happy to play here [in America]. It was an important experience for me, for my family.

[Pirlo added on the impact that Ronaldo has made in Italy] I was surprised [when he joined] because it’s very difficult to get Ronaldo to Juventus but it’s important for Serie A. He improves the league, he improves the other teams. It’s important for the country. We hope that Ronaldo is a trendsetter and more big names will follow him

I had the chance to come with [Carlo] Ancelotti to Chelsea and with Manchester City when I went to Juventus. Chelsea said that I was very old - 30 years old! And the other time I preferred to come to Juventus. For sure it would have been a fantastic experience but I’m happy that I decided to stay in Italy

[Pressed on who could be best likened to himself] At the moment, for me, Frenkie de Jong is the best. He has the personality, the technique, everything to play in this position. It’s the vision. He knows the field and the movement of the other players. He is a very good player

2019 06 02 Retrieve

[Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has criticised Divock Origi’s performance in the Champions League final despite scoring the crucial second goal] Origi? He came in badly, if he hadn’t have had scored, he would have been beaten. His was not a Champions League final attitude, I really didn’t like it.

[Pirlo was critical of Tottenham’s performance, particularly Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who both struggled to make an impact on the game. He also praised the Liverpool supporters for their boisterous backing of the side throughout the 90 minutes] The match was also won by these fans, they made a difference. Tottenham had no personality, people like Alli and Eriksen who didn’t want the ball. There was little quality in midfield. Liverpool deserved the victory for the season they have had but also for these supporters

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[As iconic midfielder and former team-mate Andrea Pirlo harshly - but fairly - asked about Paulo Dybala at the tail end of last season] In what other top team would Dybala play? If he goes to another team, he has to deserve his place. I’d keep him because he’s a great player. It’s not as if he’s gone from a great player to a bad player from one season to the next. But he’s suffering because of the change of formation and the arrival of Ronaldo. Mentally and physically, he has to understand that in Europe there’s another rhythm; it’s not the Italian league. If he wants to reach certain levels, he has to improve in everything

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo says Mario Balotelli can earn a recall to Roberto Mancini’s Italy team after watching the 29-year-old score his first goal for new club Brescia] If Balotelli has chosen to play for Brescia, it means that he wants to start again and do well. And, if he starts again, everything else will follow for him as a result, even the national team. But getting back into the Italy team is all down to him. If you don’t show that you deserve it on the field, you can’t think about that

[Meanwhile, further up the table, Pirlo suggested former side Juventus could have a title race on their hands this season] Juventus are the favourites, but Inter are getting closer

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’

2020 01 28 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo once wrote, a Conte dressing room is not for the faint of heart] As we Italians say, he a devil for every hair. And if the hair is fake, the devil is very real!

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Pirlo unsurprised by Intermilan resurgence] Not at all, because I know him too well. I knew Inter would be at this level, fighting for the league title until the end. He always leads you to give your best, to play better than you think you can. He is addicted to winning, if he loses you can’t talk to him. He becomes a devil!

[Their good season so far hasn’t been a one-man show, but Pirlo believes most of the credit has to go to Conte] Him especially. Then the club spent well on players that fit well with the coach’s ideas. A serious club does the rest. Today Juventus are so strong because they have quality in every position - the team was built by getting one player at a time better than the last. But I am sure Inter will fight to the end

[Pirlo said of Eriksen] He is an excellent player. He will raise their level. He needs time because he is coming from a very different championship

2020 02 09b Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo says Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali is already the best midfielder in Serie A] No. He is very good but he is different from me on the pitch. He has everything to be a champion but he is more a midfielder for a two-man midfield. He could already play for a great team; he is the best in this league

[After retiring from the game in 2017, he is ready to return to it in a coaching role] I have already spoken to someone, I will start in July. I really want to start a new, totally different path. I think I can become a good football coach, I can pass on my ideas. I have my personality, I have always made myself heard and understood. Playing well helps you get there.

[Pirlo credits former Juventus manager Antonio Conte as his coaching inspiration] It was because of [Conte] that I started thinking about being a coach. He is the best I have had, he showed us 40 to 50 minutes of videos every day. I told myself I could do it and I wanted to do it too. Getting started was the important thing.

In the next few months I will go and follow [Sarri] in his day-to-day work, to find out his methods. There is some negativity around him, perhaps because the fans expected more. But Sarri has done well wherever he has gone, from Naples to London, and now to Juve where he is leading another big season. Juve can win the Champions League. That is what they have been built for and I don’t see opponents who are more structured than them

2020 03 29 Retrieve

[Pirlo jokes about Catalan role as he denies talk of Juventus job] No. Look, I have a lot of requests. Seriously, I have staff ready because maybe they call me from abroad before. Barcelona is waiting for me. No, you do not want to make mistakes with the first choice, I have had some offers

2020 05 12 Retrieve

[Andrea Pirlo played down talk Sandro Tonali was similar to him] It is said that he may be my heir, but I don’t see many things in common. He is another type of player. He is much more complete both in the defensive phase and when he sets up. He is a mix between my characteristics and those of other players. He is the most promising of midfielders. He will surely become a great player

There are undoubtedly important prospects for Sandro, at his age few get the chance [to move to a big club]. It’s better for Sandro to stay in Italy. He can immediately establish himself at a top club and for Serie A it would be a shame to lose him

Health comes first, then if you can finish the championship then all the better. It won’t be an easy choice. We hope it will happen. Football makes many people work, maximum safety must be guaranteed. If one person is infected, everything must be blocked again