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Andrea Pirlo: ‘Silvio Berlusconi blocked my move to Chelsea’

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Juventus star Andre Pirlo has revealed that only a last-minute intervention by Silvio Berlusconi stopped him leaving AC Milan for Chelsea in 2009....

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Europa League: Valencia Stage Mighty Comeback While Benfica, Juventus And Sevilla All Reach Last Four (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

Valencia's incredible comeback was the most dramatic game of the last night's Europa League quarter-final action. 3-0 down against handy Swiss side Basel from the first leg, the once great La Liga club fought back to win 5-0 in extra-time, with Basel seeing two men sent off. What drama!

Football Vine: Andrea Pirlo Continues Impressive Streak With Devilishly Handsome Freekick vs Lyon

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By Chris Wright

Andrea Pirlo has kept his impressive free-kick streak alive by clipping home another handsome brute over the wall and past the 'keeper with just four minutes on the clock to put Juventus 1-0 up against Lyon in the Europa League quarter-finals...

We think we're right in saying that's six goals this season for Pirlo, all of them devilishly svelte set-pieces.

Genoa vs Juventus 2014 Highlights 0-1 Goal Andrea Pirlo Free kick Video

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Andrea Pirlo tips Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard to thrive in deeper role

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Juventus star Andrea Pirlo says Steven Gerrard has all the attributes required to be a success in his new deeper midfield role. The Italy international, arguably the finest example of an attack-minded deep-lying midfielder, has tipped the Liverpool captain to reinvent himself and continue to play for club and country for many years.

Offbeat: Andrea Pirlo In Infidelity Scandal After Divorce, Liverpool Lads Day Out & Carbonero Enjoying Motherhood

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One of Italy and world football's most admired and respected players, Andrea Pirlo, recently separated from his wife of twelve years, Deborah Roversi.

European Weekend Preview: Juve host Roma; North London derby headlines FA Cup action; and more

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After a holiday weekend off, Serie A returns to action this Sunday with a bang a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup between back-to-back defending champions Juventus and still-unbeaten AS Roma.

With most of the week's Italian action happening Monday, Juventus and AS Roma will take center stage at the end of the league's Sunday tripleheader.

Man Utd Transfers: Red Devil Hero off to Italy in Summer?

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Rumours coming in from the Italian press are linking Manchester United's Nemanja Vidić with a move to Serie A high-flyers, Roma,in June.

Italian publication, Corriere Dello Sport reports that Roma boss, Rudi Garcia, is looking to bolster his squad come the end of the season, in order to expand on his side's already promising looking season in the Italian top flight.

Tottenham Target Remains Silent On Future

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Andrea Pirlo has done little to quell speculation that he may leave Juventus at the end of the season. He is out of contract in just over six months, and there has been no talk about a new deal on the table from the Italian champions. Juventus will have certain reservations about offering this new contract to a player who will be 35 in May.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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Carlo Ancelotti welcomes his former club to the Spanish capital when Real Madrid host Juventus on Wednesday evening at the Estadio Bernabeu.

The two giants of their respective domestic leagues each made big signings over the summer, as Juventus brought in Carlos Tevez and Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale, but the focus will be on Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus' iconic midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

Tottenham News: Spurs Interested in Juventus star

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Andrea Pirlo continues to make headlines even at the age of 34, and it is not just because of his abilities on the pitch. Rumours about the Italian international joining Tottenham have grown in the last few days after former Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli said that there has been contact between the two parties.

Juventus Impose One-Month Ban For Mardy Subs Who Storm Down Tunnel After Andrea Pirlo Throws Slight Wobbly Against Chievo

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By Chris Wright

"This way please..."

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has warned his players that they will face a one-month ban if, upon being substituted, they do anything other than return to the bench and watch the remainder of the game.

Conte's declaration comes after Andrea Pirlo wafted straight down the tunnel in a huff after being subbed off for Claudio Marchisio in the 66th minute of the Bianconeri's 1-2 win against Chievo in Verona last night.

Manchester United and Arsenal on Alert About Italian Star

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As rumors all over Italy are spreading the words that Andrea Pirlo may not continue his career at Juventus due to his contract ending this season, England's major clubs are keeping an eye on the midfielder in order to tempt him in a move next year. Real Madrid, making good use of Pirlo's friendship with Ancelotti, are also after the services of the world champion player, but retirement is also a possibility.

Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs monitoring Andrea Pirlo contract situation

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The Premier League big boys are said to be keeping a close eye on Andrea Pirlo's contract situation amid rumours that the Italy great could end his career in England. Juventus are still deciding whether to offer the veteran midfielder a new deal. If Antonio Conte's side decide not to extend the 34-year-old's, he is [.

Tuesday Kickoff: Pirlo’s future unresolved; Walcott likely out two weeks; and more

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With his contract ending at the end of the season, Juventus' star midfielder Andrea Pirlo's future is in the air.

The 34-year-old Italian National Team starter has been substituted early in two of Juventus' four Serie A matches so far, and after coming off in Juve's 2-1 victory against Hellas Verona on Sunday, Pirlo stormed down the tunnel, igniting rumors that he's not getting on well with manager Antonio Conte anymore.

Juventus vs Lazio: Italian Super Cup Preview and Projected Lineups

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Serie A Champions Juventus clash with Coppa Italia winners Lazio in the first real action on the Italian calendar. In the two teams' last meeting, Lazio triumphed 2-1 in the Coppa Italia semi-finals, going on to beat bitter rivals Roma in the title bout. This time around, the two teams face each other with new stakes and new faces.

Fiorentina Lead Liverpool, Chelsea and Juventus in Chase for Real Madrid Midfielder

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Italian Serie A side Fiorentina continue to look for more signings in the summer transfer window. Having recently added a significant amount of funds to their transfer kitty through the sale of Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City, the Viola are looking to add more depth to the club in anticipation of UEFA Champions League football.

Pitch invader takes penalty during Juve-Everton shootout, Tim Howard makes the save

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Everton advanced to the semifinals of the inaugral International Champions Cup by beating Juventus 6-5 in a penalty shootout. Along the way, one fan at AT&T Park in San Francisco apparently felt that Juventus needed some help in the shootout, so he jumped out of the stands and took Kwadwo Asamoah's shot.


Stunning Pirlo Free-Kick v Fiorentina Sends Juventus into Europa Quarters

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This stunning free-kick from Andrea Pirlo sent Juventus into the Europa Cup quarter-finals at the expense of fellow Italian side Fiorentina tonight!

Andrea Pirlo Does Post-Match Interview On Halloween Wearing Spooky Carlos Tevez Mask (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Juventus spanked Catania 4-0 on Halloween Eve (Wednesday night) and with a nod to the ghoulish, the occult and the unholy, Andrea Pirlo fulfilled his post-game interview duties wearing a really rather terrifying Carlos Tevez mask...

And, yes, before you say anything; we're well aware that we're about the hundredth people to make that joke and attempt to pass it off as our own!

Mario Balotelli Plays Italian National Anthem On Piano For Andrea Pirlo (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The hyper-aware cynic in us suspects this isn't 100% kosher but none-the-less, here's Mario Balotelli serenading Andrea Pirlo with a beautiful piano rendition of the Italian national anthem...

Anyone have the foggiest what is going here?

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Video: Everton youngster John Stones is cooler than Andrea Pirlo

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Everton's John Stones managed to out-Pirlo Andrea Pirlo in last night's penalty shootout against Juventus. The usually ice cool Italian broke England's nerve with a classy Panenka penalty at Euro 2012. But last night he put his spot-kick wide of the post. It was left to 19-year-old Stones to show him how it should be [.

Video: Juventus 1-1 Everton (5-6 on penalties)

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Everton beat Italian giants Juventus on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their International Champions Cup opener in San Francisco. Kevin Mirallas gave the Toffees the lead on the hour mark, but Kwadwo Asamoah levelled 10 minutes from time. The match went to spot-kicks. Leon Osman missed the first penalty of the shootout.

Andrea Pirlo Tries His Hand, And Beard, At American Football (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In today's installment of #pirloporn, here's Andrea and Juve compadre Leonardo Bonucci trying out a spot of American football on a visit to the training HQ of college team Stanford Cardinal...

Two questions: 1) Why would you not let Pirlo be the quarterback, and, 2) how can a grown man pull off shoulder pads so effortlessly?

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Football GIF: Andrea Pirlo Does A ‘Pirlo’, Sticks Away Majestic 89th-Minute Freekick Winner vs Genoa

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By Chris Wright

As Benjamin Franklin once inferred, there are but three certainties in this life: death, taxes and Andrea Pirlo being a luxuriously marvellous bugger at any given time.

Luckily for Juventus, that given time was the 89th minute of the Old Lady's at-that-point-goalless Serie A tie against Genoa on Sunday evening.

Andrea Pirlo Picks Up Serie A Player Of The Year Award Despite Off Pitch Troubles

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The masterclass act that is Andrea Pirlo has picked up the 2012-13 Player of the Year award, as voted by his very own Serie A colleagues. Italians are passionate about their friendships as much as their calcio, so for Mr. Popular Pirlo, receiving this award makes a lot more sense than.

‘He Has The Face Of An Angel, But He Is A Son Of A Bitch!’ – Gattuso Reminisces About The Time Pirlo ‘Offered His Sister’ To Milan’s Vice-President

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By Chris Wright

As is plainly visible from the photo above, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo are the best of friends and, as best friends tend to do, they really rather enjoy making one another's lives a total misery.

Between jobs having been canned by Palermo (can you believe it?

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Men’s Shortlists For FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 Revealed: Daily Soccer Report

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FIFA has announced the shortlist for the men's Ballon d'Or 2013 honors. The 23 nominees (featuring no English footballers) are:

Gareth Bale (Wales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).

Photo: Former Chelsea Star Celebrates Entering the Golden Foot Hall of Fame

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Didier Drogba helped his native Ivory Coast defeat Senegal this past weekend in World Cup qualifiers as he converted a penalty kick in the 3-1 victory. On Tuesday, the former Chelsea forward flew to Monte Carlo, where he was inducted into the Golden Foot Hall of Fame.

Drogba competed against nine world-class players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Frank Lampard, David Trezeguet, Andrea Pirlo, Samuel Eto'o, Iker Casillas, David Beckham, and Miroslav Klose.

Galatasaray Fans Unveil Amazing Tifo With Lions Chasing Ronaldo and Pirlo [VIDEO]

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In the wonderful build-up to Galatasaray's match against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League today, the Galatasaray fans unveiled an incredible tifo behind one goal that practically took up an entire end of the stadium.

The Galatasaray tifo had a picture of lions chasing Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo (Real Madrid and Juventus are in Galatasaray's group).

Mario Balotelli plays basketball, shakes the rim with his dunks

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It's the time of year when footballers get to try their hand at other sports while touring the United States with their clubs. Cristiano Ronaldo tried baseball in Los Angeles, Andrea Pirlo tried American football at Stanford University and Lakes point guard Steve Nash went the other way when he trained with Inter in New Jersey.

Yaya Toure

Chelsea and Manchester United Stars Join Ronaldo and Messi on Ballon d'Or Shortlist

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FIFAreleased both shortlists for the Ballon d'Or as well as the Coach of the Year today. The 23 man and 10 man lists for the super prestigious world player of the year aware were released on Tuesday with the winners set to be announced on January 13th.

Some of the biggest names ever to have played the game grace the list of 23 footballers, with Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Barcelona's Messi big favorites to take the award.

If Former Arsenal Hero and Current Liverpool Defender Kolo Toure Had a Movie...

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This would be it. A Youtube user named "Green Scouser" has uploaded this comical two minute clip of what a documentary of Liverpool defender Kolo Toure's life would be like. Yes it is a parody. Yes we are aware of that. And yes we still think its hilarious. The video features the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo, David Beckham, and Yaya Toure all discussing Kolo and his achievements.

Ranking the 10 Best Holding Midfielders in World Football

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Holding midfielders have become some of the most coveted players in world football, with the age of the 4-2-3-1, for example, highlighting the importance of a hard-nosed, no nonsense midfielder.

Below, you'll find the top ten defensive midfielders in the world, but before we get to it, let's first clearly specify the criteria used to constitute a defensive midfielder.

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Limited Edition ‘World Cup Marauders’ T-Shirts Now Available

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Getting your favorite player's face tattooed on your chest is a big commitment. As much as you love Andrea Pirlo, you can be forgiven for not wanting to permanently ink his mug on your body. Plus, the ink required for that beard is going to really shoot the cost up.

Luckily, I've found a solution: The "World Cup Marauders" t-shirt by Kassiano Nossa.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and CONCACAF Champions League links for Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Intricate games, resurgent goalkeepers, the first leg of the CCL final, odd youth tournaments, slaps on the wrist, and beards. I promise, this involves D.C. United. It's also B&RU's open thread for the day.

Did you kick anyone for freedom today? Why the hell not? Get kickin' son!

Today, we have a plethora of links from D.

Must-See Goal: Andrea Pirlo

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Video: Pirlo nets spectacular free kick

Celtic Park Is Set To Rock For One More European Night

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Celtic are facing a win-or-go-home scenario when they host AC Milan in Tuesday evening's Champions League group stage match. A win could see Celtic catapulted into second place; a loss would effectively eliminate the Hoops from this season's European competition.

For those who haven't seen a Champions League match from Celtic Park, you may only have one more chance to do it this season.

The Azzurri Meet The Pope. And Jesus.

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In honor of Pope Francis (Francesco to the other guys in the photo), born of Argentina, now currently landlocked in the Vatican, the Italian and Argentine national teams will partake in a friendly tomorrow to celebrate him, what with the Pope being a big football fan and all. So the Azzurri got to meet him and being a man of such holy standing, you'll notice someone else also made a special visit.

Here’s Mario Balotelli playing the Italian national anthem on a piano while Andrea Pirlo watches

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This appears to be an amateur video of Mario Balotelli playing the Italian national anthem on a piano accompanied by the silent gravitas of Andrea Pirlo's gaze, but according to 101 Great Goals, it might be an attempt at a viral hoax from a Chinese advertising firm (selling pianos?). Whether it's really Mario playing or not, this is a work of genius.