Alessandro Del Piero

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‘Room for more’ as Ronaldo wins another Globe award

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Dubai (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was Thursday named Globe Soccer’s Best Player for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall although he wasn’t present in person to receive his trophy.

The Portuguese international also won the prize, organised by the EFAA (European Association of Football Agents) and ECA (European Clubs Association) in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

‘Room for more’ as Ronaldo wins another Globe award

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Dubai (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was Thursday named Globe Soccer’s Best Player for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall although he wasn’t present in person to receive his trophy.

The Portuguese international also won the prize, organised by the EFAA (European Association of Football Agents) and ECA (European Clubs Association) in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

Football: ISL, seeking Indian ‘magic’, sheds foreign stars

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New Delhi (AFP) – The Indian Super League has slashed the number of high-earning foreign stars for its new season starting Friday but foreign coaches, including ex-England heroes Teddy Sheringham and Steve Coppell, will be in charge of every team.

Indian fans have been used to seeing the likes of Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero, French striker Nicolas Anelka, and Argentine Diego Forlan during the ISL’s first three seasons.

Football: ISL, seeking Indian ‘magic’, sheds foreign stars

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New Delhi (AFP) – The Indian Super League has slashed the number of high-earning foreign stars for its new season starting Friday but foreign coaches, including ex-England heroes Teddy Sheringham and Steve Coppell, will be in charge of every team.

Indian fans have been used to seeing the likes of Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero, French striker Nicolas Anelka, and Argentine Diego Forlan during the ISL’s first three seasons.

Juventus

Juventus Fans Vote Alessandro Del Piero’s ‘Impossible Volley’ Against Fiorentina In 1994 As Greatest Goal In Club’s 120-Year History (Video)

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As part of their ongoing 120th anniversary celebrations, Juventus tasked their fans with voting for what they believe to be the greatest goal ever scored in the Bianconeri shirt.

The winner, by a country mile, was this little over-the-shoulder number, effortlessly tucked away by a 20-year-old Alessandro Del Piero in December of 1994 the last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Fiorentina.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you're reading thisthen the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it's more than...

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From Del Piero to Totti: Roma-Juventus and Letting Go of Legends

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There sat Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi on the Roma bench, a pair of anguished sons of the Eternal City. No further part would the duo play as their beloved Lupi laboured away fruitlessly against Juventus, down both a man and a goal.

From Italy: Arsenal on alert as Juventus striker edges closer to exit

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From Italy: Arsenal on alert as Juventus striker edges closer to exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal could finally pursue their aim to secure the services ofJuventus striker Sebastian Giovinco after reports from Italian sources claimed that the 27 year old might be headed for a summer exit from Turin.

Evaluating Carlos Tevez: Is He What Juventus Needed?

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A minor Twitter storm erupted following Juventus' 2-2 draw with Real Madrid, principally surrounding Carlos Tevez's role for the Bianconeri in Champions League. A quick look at the statistics shows 4 games played for Juventus in Europe's premier cup competition with 0 goals. But does that tell the whole story?

Legend tips Juve for the title

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Juventus and Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has tipped his former club for the Serie A title following their successful defense of their crown last season. Juventus have struggled during their preseason campaign, with their most high profile loss coming against Everton in the International Champions Cup, but Del Piero believes there's nothing to worry about ahead of the new campaign.

Carlos Tevez: A Mercenary in a Legend’s Shoes?

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Carlos Tevez: A Mercenary in a Legend's Shoes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There can be no doubting Alessandro Del Piero's enduring legacy on the Italian game. The diminutive Italian submitted defenders to an almost two-decade-long torrent of footballing abuse for Juventus; showed genuine humility and loyalty to drop down a division with his beloved 'Old Lady', andall the whileevolvinginto an Italian icon for many of the up and coming youth to aspire to.

Stadium Experience: An American Journey to Juventus Stadium

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SWOL staff writer and Juventus supporter Aaron West

When I received the news that I'd be attending the Juventus-Napoli match in Turin a few months before the fixture, my heart started pounding and my palms began to sweat like a high school freshman being asked out by the prom queen. In my 15 years of being a Juventus supporter, I've seen my team play in person exactly once: in a pre-season game against Chivas USA in Raleigh, NC last year (with an appearance at their training to accompany it).

Del Piero and Heskey; stars on the ground

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ByMax Grieve

Del Piero scored a free kick. It was really good.

Given that there is no definitive 'top' and 'bottom' in space, as far as we can tell, Australia isn't really 'down under', is it? Of course, that doesn't stop the headline writers referring to the country as though it's clinging on to the underside of the Earth for dear life, or otherwise exists as a land mostly occupied by red dirt and kangaroos – and it is – and is altogether otherworldly.

Alessandro Del Piero: I Declined Liverpool Because of Heysel Tragedy: The Daily EPL

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Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero says he declined a summer move to Liverpool and chose to move to Australia instead because of the Heysel Tragedy. The Heysel Stadium Disaster occurred in May, 1985 when 39 Juventus fans tragically died after...

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Nicklas Bendtner is still alive!

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Are vertical stripes thinning or fattening?

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Since arriving in Turin dressed like Alan Partridge, Nicklas Bendtner's time at Juventus has been as action-packed as a night spent watching every one of the Die Hard films during a lightning storm with all the windows open.

POTD : An Upclose Look At Del Piero’s Sydney FC Portrait

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You're looking atAlessandro Del Piero's new portrait photo for his new club, Sydney FC. The A-League, of course, has been trying to feed off the hype of Emile Heskey, Shinji Onoand the Italian football legend's arrival by getting them to pose in awkward photos, among other things.

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The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine Zidane to name but a few.

The highlights of 2012 in the world of football (and Dirty Tackle)

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Though the end of a calendar year tends to be a rather arbitrary point in the timeline of world football, the fact that it marks a momentary break for most leagues and players makes it as good a time as any to look back on the recent past. The video above does a fairly good job of boiling down the last 12 months to the moments that are most worth remembering (but if you don't have an extra nine minutes, these are the top five stories I picked for Yahoo!

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The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

Recaps & reaction to Union’s huge win in KC, Sak backs Hack, local USOC results, more news

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Reaction to the huge Union win in Kansas City. Sakiewicz backs Hackworth, says team is "scouring the marketplace" for attacking talent. Local US Open Cup results as Reading and Harrisburg advance, Ocean City falls. More news.

Basketball GIF: LA Lakers’ Steve Nash Displays Neat Football Skills On Court

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By Chris Wright

LA Lakers' star Steve Nash is a massive dude. We've seen as much several times on Pies before whether he be part-owning the Vancouver Whitecaps, supporting Tottenham, freestyling in Chinese adverts, stealth-nutmegging Alessandro Del Piero, getting a massage with Landon Donovanor, indeed, being quite good at basketball.

Major League Soccer

D.C. United in on Gaetano D'Agostino?

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Look at that, another Italian soccer player D.C. is connected to.

While the "Alessandro Del Piero to D.C./MLS" rumors continue to not die despite Erick Thohir's lack of knowledge of them, we can come to some agreement that with Thohir's ownership of Inter Milan and various interactions between Inter and D.

Presser notes, Nogueira on settling in, LVU Sonic wins USOC 1st rounder, Reading opens season with draw, more

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Hackworth on pressure, Austin Berry, Edu callup, and more. Noguiera likes the Union locker room. LVU Sonic wins USOC 1st rounder. Reading opens season with a draw. More news.

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How does Australian football build a future beyond Del Piero

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Alessandro Del Piero is no Mario Jardel. This is definitely a good thing. While the mention of the Brazilian's short-lived stint in Australia still causes Newcastle Jets fans to break out in a cold sweat, Del Piero's two seasons Down Under have been anything but an easy pre-retirement pay cheque. Granted, the Italian hasn't won anything with Sydney FC to date and nor does he look likely to this season, but Del Piero has often carried the Sky Blues through poor performances and coach Frank Farina's win percentage would look significantly worse without the former Juventus man.

A-League Allstars - give the Aussies a go!

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1 Matt Ryan
2. Trent Sainsbury
3. Connor Chapman
4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley
5. Ivan Franjic

6. Billy Celeski
8. Mark Milligan
10 Alessandro Del Piero

7. Connor Pain
9. Archie Thompson
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Snapshot: When Alessandro Met Emile…

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By Chris Wright

The A-League's three new amigos (Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and former Japan international Shinji Ono), arm in arm.

As far as Del Piero and Heskey are concerned, at no point in the intersecting courses of time and destiny were these two men supposed to meet yet here we are.

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FAIL: Alessandro Del Piero Clonks Horrendous Freekick Into Row Z From 40 Yards Outs (Video)

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By Chris Wright

It would appear that the patience and goodwill is beginning to wear a little thin among Sydney FC fans with Alessandro Del Piero, with the Italian veteran's performances continuing to drop off as the weeks go by (rumours are also doing the rounds that he has a problem with coach Frank Farina and currently trains alone at Sydney, whether injured or not), with several commentators sussing that he just doesn't seem to care any more.

Alessandro Del Piero Does ‘Harlem Shake’ While Swinging From Rigging Of Old Galleon In Sydney Harbour (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Here's Alessandro Del Piero showing off to his Sydney FC teammates by hanging from the rigging of an old galleon parked (or whatever the galleon equivalent is moored, perhaps?) in Sydney harbour and swinging his legs violently to the tune of that infernal "Harlem Shake" noise while dangling over what looks like an incredibly ornate buffet.

A League: Del Piero debut not quite the dream

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Alessandro Del Piero's highly-anticipated A-League debut for Sydney FC was somewhat overshadowed courtesy of two Wellington Phoenix players also making their first appearances in the league. Del Piero may have looked the real deal, albeit a rusty one, but could do nothing as the New Zealanders defied the A league betting and secured an opening game 2-0 victory.

Phoenix defeat not in the script

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For all the pre-season hype of marquee acquisition Alessandro del Piero taking the A-League by storm, the limelight belonged to a couple of fellow new arrivals who can only dream of enjoying the same distinguished career as the Italian maestro.

Phoenix's debutants, Stein Huysegems and teenager Louis Fenton, found themselves on the score-sheet as the home side secured a deserved victory at Westpac Stadium.

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My Favorite Player of All time: An Italian icon, the Ultimate Bianconeri , a gentleman and a player the will always be missed in Turin – Alessandro Del Piero

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Growing up a Juventino in the city of Turin there was only one name you needed to know Alessandro Del Piero. You entered the stadium every Sunday hearing 40,000 fans screaming " C'e un capitano, C'e solo un capitano, Alex Del Piero," (there is a captain, only one captain), it was riveting, exciting and a joy to behold for a player that only represented one club for 19 years of competitive football.

Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy have wacky-hair showdown at Italy training

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Italy's two young strikers Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy proved how ready they are for Wednesday's friendly against France by having an extravagant faux-hawk showdown during a Tuesday training session.

Though El Shaarawy has a significant advantage on Balotelli in hair height, Mario makes up for it with the intricacy of his follicle design (and we won't even get into the eyebrow stuff).

The Rest

The rise and fall of Adriano, the greatest player Zlatan ever played with

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Take a second to consider these footballers: Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Henrik Larsson, Clarence Seedorf, Javier Zanetti, Pavel Nedved and Patrick Vieira; the list of illustrious names to have shared the pitch with Zlatan Ibrahimovic is truly remarkable.

Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero offers Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli much needed advice

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Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero has offered his compatriot Mario Balotelli some much needed advice to help the Liverpool striker find his form...

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Erick Thohir downplays any link between D.C. United and Alessandro Del Piero

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To the shock of no one, it does not look like Alessandro Del Piero will be coming to D.C. United.

D.C. United has been linked with a number of aging strikers throughout the last few years, with Alessandro Del Piero being the latest (and arguably the most talented) linked player. And for the way that D.

A Spanish Pickpocket In Australia

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You know, no one's looking for truly world class ability in Australia. Outside of Alessandro Del Piero's carcass, a lot of people would be hard-pressed to name a player in the A-League, because once they're good enough, it's a trek half a world away for European glory. It's a few notches below, so expectations are held accordingly.

Del Piero Marks Debut as Captain with Brilliant Goal v Newcastle Jets

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Newly appointed Sydney FC captain Alessando Del Piero marked the occasion with a goal and an assist as his team beat Newcastle Jets 2-0 in the seasonal A-League opener this morning.

The 38 year old Italian took full advantage of the Jet's defenders tripping one another up before wriggling his way in for this brilliant goal albeit with a little bit of fortune.

Fernando Torres credits Japanese cartoon Captain Tsubasa for inspiring him to be a footballer

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Chelsea have arrived in Japan for the Club World Cup -- a tournament Fernando Torres is taking seriously and a place that means a lot to him since it's the birthplace of the animated series Captain Tsubasa. The series was about a young footballer named Tsubasa Oozora, who ran around with dead-eyed intensity and executed fantastical moves while leading his teams to glory.