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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

2009 04 27 Retrieve

[Cristiano Zanetti says Juventus Have Lost Motivation] Of course the chants against us were not helpful, as well as certain comments that the club should have postponed until the end of the season. Then again, results have not favoured us. I don’t know what to think right now. We have missed out on all our objectives. We have never played to finish in second place and this has made us lose motivation. We must get it back in our remaining games and the clash with Milan at the San Siro will be crucial for second spot.

2009 08 21 Retrieve

[Juventus Captain Alessandro Del Piero Surprised By Cristiano Zanetti Sale] His departure surprised me, it all happened so quickly. I hope that in Florence he does well in 36 games… excluding the ones against Juve, obviously.

He has great qualities and he did very well here when he was fit. I’m sad he has gone, both for the player and the person he is, he played with us in Serie B and the bond was strong. But if he left Juve, it means that was what he and the club wanted

Asked why for the first time in his career he didn’t find the net in Juve’s pre-season friendlies, Del Piero answered, This time I’ve saved the goals for the matches that count…

2010 10 17 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero Honoured To Reach Giampiero Boniperti’s 178 Goal Record For Juventus] I am pleased to have reached the record of an exceptional person and to have contributed to the victory. Earning the applause is nice, every game is difficult, our sacrifices have been rewarded this Sunday. Let’s enjoy the result and then tomorrow we’ll think about the next match

2012 05 26 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero on how he plans to spend his retirement] I’ll have time to think about what I want to do when I grow up

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero on Cristiano Ronaldo] Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal stats are truly impressive. A lot has been said about the concept of ‘the modern player’. Well this guy is not just modern, but also of the future. Messi, for his part, is the real deal when it comes to No10s. I remember in Brazil seeing countless kids wearing his jersey – even Brazilian youngsters wearing the shirt of an Argentinian! He represents a type of football that transcends borders

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero on Messi vs Ronaldo] Messi and Ronaldo are two players who fight with one another to be the best, like John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Asking me who’s the best is like asking me whether I love my mum or dad more!

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

: 2019 07 04 Gianluigi Buffon was captain following the departure of Alessandro Del Piero in 2012, while he also donned the number one jersey. He was offered both of those by respective incumbents Giorgio Chiellini and Wojciech Szczesny, but Buffon gratefully declined, adamant he is not back in Turin to step on anyone’s toes

2020 02 17 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero predicts Messi will end career at Barcelona] [Messi] is a genius. It’s easy to nominate a player like him. He has had an important season. So that’s why he has been nominated for this award. I don’t think he is thinking about leaving the club. He’s got a solid relationship with the club. Everything suggests he can stay there all his career. It’s going to be a nice story

[Del Piero thinks the battle for supremacy can only be a good thing for Italian football] Finally we have a title race [in Serie A] that can last for more than three or four months. We were used to seeing Juventus having a big gap in January. This situation is positive. Inter have improved a lot and Lazio are having an incredible season. We are happy for this challenge in Italy

2020 02 17b Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero has suggested that it may be Pep Guardiola’s destiny to end up in charge of the Serie A champions] In Italy there are already rumours saying that the coach and many players will leave the club. The whole of football thinks they can steal something from Manchester City. Last summer there was a lot of talk that he was coming to Juventus and that is still happening.

Every club in the world would love him as a coach and I would love to see Pep in Italy. He has won in Spain, Germany and England. If we follow that path I think maybe it is his destiny to go to Juve.

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

[Del Piero picks out where Dybala should play as Argentine battles Ronaldo & Higuain for minutes] I think playing just off the centre-forward is the best position for Dybala, because he can assist, dribble and score goals. He has to be near to the goal, but I don’t quite see him as a centre-forward, even if he can open up spaces for team-mates. I believe he’s perfect uniting the midfield with the attack

[Del Piero admits that Sarri fail] Sarri created such beautiful ideas of football at Empoli and Napoli, but those took time to achieve, with daily training sessions and constant communication. Juve don’t have that kind of time, because they play so many games, therefore a coach can require over a year to get his ideas drilled into the team. We haven’t seen much beautiful football in Sarri’s Juve, but there was a bit, so I think they are on the right track. After all, they are still top of Serie A and in with a chance of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals

2020 03 16b 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 03 16c Retrieve

[Del Piero announces coronavirus fundraiser] I, together with my other 2006 World Champion 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!

There isn’t currently any clear advice on what to do, so people are panic-buying in the supermarkets. We Italians followed what was happening back home and are therefore more prepared. America will not be immune from the coronavirus

Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20th. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures. MLS is working with public health authorities, in collaboration with the MLS clubs, the MLS Players Association, and in consultation with the other North American professional sports leagues to finalize a protocol that would permit players to access training facilities for rehab or individual training under safe conditions during the team training moratorium. MLS remains in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and will provide further updates as they become available.

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero says Dybala has matured at Juventus] Paulo has already worn the armband a few times and if it has already happened it is because they consider him to be up to it. As far as I know him personally, I believe that his maturity has grown a lot, primarily due to the reaction he had after this summer, which underlines the growth in terms of personality. He has always been available and dedicated to work and I think he is complete in this respect too

[Del Piero believes they can win the Champions League] If the tournament will start again, Juve have everything to win this year. There are teams that in different ways have the potential to win, but Juve can do it

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

[Del Piero says the superb individual effort served as a stark reminder of Dybala’s unique qualities] The kind of goal that he scored against Inter proves that he is a player of extraordinary quality. What a goal like that must do is give him even more confidence and awareness of his potential. In fact, I’ll go one further. Someone with his capabilities, his talent and I’ll add his mentality, must do even more. Paulo must set himself no limits and conquer the future. Nobody gives you anything for free, especially not at Juve, and I say that from experience. You have to prove everything to the very last game, let alone before the peak of your career. Dybala’s journey has just begun and will get even better – with the Bianconeri jersey on his back, obviously

2020 04 12b 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

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero says Dybala must set himself no limits in order to achieve his full potential in the coming years] Someone with his capabilities, his talent and I’ll add his mentality, must do even more. Paulo must set himself no limits and conquer the future. Nobody gives you anything for free, especially not at Juve, and I say that from experience. You have to prove everything to the very last game, let alone before the peak of your career. Dybala’s journey has just begun and will get even better – with the Bianconeri jersey on his back, obviously

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Alessandro Del Piero says Carlos Vela could play in Europe, but LAFC is a great club] Los Angeles is a great place to live, also to play football, because [LAFC] has a good plan to build the team, the stadium, the stadium experience is great

[Vela could slot into almost any league and find success] I think he could [play in Europe]. He’s the perfect type of player for Mexico and South America, but I think he can also play in Europe, because he’s physically strong and he has a great left foot

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[Bianconeri legend Alessandro Del Piero believes that Dybala isn’t making the most of his potential] Someone with his capabilities, his talent and I’ll add his mentality, must do even more. Paulo must set himself no limits and conquer the future. Nobody gives you anything for free, especially not at Juve, and I say that from experience. You have to prove everything to the very last game, let alone before the peak of your career

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Juventus and Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero is on the mend after being taken to hospital to remove a kidney stone] I still can’t believe something only 3mm big could hurt that much

2020 05 17b Retrieve

[Del Piero also owns a restaurant in the United States city, and recently bemoaned the lockdown that had hit his business hard] I have a restaurant and I had to close it. The gyms and non-essential offices have also closed. Life has changed. The schools will also be closed throughout April

[He is nevertheless trying to help out during the lockdown, keeping his restaurant’s kitchen open in order to deliver food to medical personnel] He is nevertheless trying to help out during the lockdown, keeping his restaurant’s kitchen open in order to deliver food to medical personnel. We are happy we have done something for people who need it the most. This is a big thing, a big, unpredictable thing. The priority should be the health of the people, not only players. I really hope there will be a way to finish the league properly. Players need to be aware they might have to play longer… to July and August. We’re facing something completely unknown. It’s not easy to manage the situation. To go to football training, go back to your family and hope you’re OK. We are living something really new. In unusual situations, you have unusual consequences. As a fan, I hope it will restart. I miss it in every way