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.
Where there will (or at least SHOULD) be no late drama causing a team's advancement and at least a 18% reduction in biting.
I have to admit I am a little vexed. Today'sWorld Cup action does not nearly have as much potential drama as yesterday's would up having. Costa Rica won their group (CONCACAF fo lyfe), we said goodbye to Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo as players for Italy, and we said whatever you wish to say at Luis Suarez after his did something that was uniquely him, likely shredding any chance Uruguay had at advancement past the round of 16.
At 35, Pirlo is still playing like the midfield general who helped propel Italy to the World Cup triumph of 2006 and the improbable run to the Euro 2012 Final. In Italy's 2-1 win over England on Saturday in Manaus, Pirlo again failed to show his age as he played a key role in Italy's win over England.
World Cup Focus Final Look At Team Italy Before England is a post from: Serie A Weekly World Cup Focus Final Look At Team Italy Before England is a post from: Serie A Weekly It has been a long four years since the putrid results of South Africa and while the memory of that tournament may still haunt some players, this tournament should leave a better taste in their mouths.
Italy 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Italy rarely fail to deliver at major tournaments, and this squad, though perhaps not one of their finest, balances a mix of youth and an abundance of experience. That said, only three of their players ply their trade outside Serie A, a league which has struggled over the last few years on the European scene.
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.
England 1-2 Italy: Pirlo leads Italy to victory over England's young lions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Cesare Prandelli's Italian team proved too strong for Roy Hodgson's new breed of lions, despite them putting in a braveperformance. England gave it their all but Italy were inspired to triumph by the sublime Andrea Pirlo, the Azzurri's captain on the night, with his calming influence in midfield critical to his side's 2-1 win in Manaus.
Having sewn up their30th Serie A league title on the back of a record-obliterating season last time out, Juventus are celebrating theclub'smomentous achievement by awarding their players with silver "Superbowl" style rings, each one customised to beartherecipient's name and squad number as well as an onyx gemstone.
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!
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 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Genoa vs Juventus 2014 Highlights 0-1 Goal Andrea Pirlo Free kick Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Genoa vs Juventus 2014 (Genoa Juve VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Genoa vs Juventus 0-1 (Pirlo) 16 March, 2014- Saturday- Serie A Andrea Pirlo's stunning late free kick and Gigi Buffon's [.
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.
*Thanks for your feedback! We'd like to apologize for the inconsistent postings of your Offbeat Column in recent weeks it's the World Cup year after all, so it's easy to fall behind a little let's all samba like the party's getting started!
One of Italy and world football's most admired and respected players, Andrea Pirlo, recently separated from his wife of twelve years, Deborah Roversi.
Man Utd Transfers: Red Devil Hero off to Italy in Summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Rumours coming in from the Italian press are linking Manchester United's Nemanja VidiÄ‡ 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring today in a 3-0 win against Cagliari today with this 30 yard screamer, however the Juventus midfielder's strike went down as an own goal from the keeper which was a bit harsh for both men!
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.
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?
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!
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.
So dreist wie dieser Schütze muss man erstmal sein. Die berühmte Panenka-Variante haben ja schon einige probiert und scheitern auch gerne mal, wie Andrea Pirlo oder Francesco Totti, dessen Reaktionen seinen Ruf als Arschloch untermauert.Ist das der frechste Elfmeter aller Zeiten
When discussing the best central midfielder in the world the debate typically revolves around two players, Yaya Toure and Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is a destructive and creative force, combative in the heart of midfield, Vidal's performances for Juventus in the last few seasons have been outstanding and has been their standout player in the period along with fellow midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
Nicht nur in Deutschland werden Meistertitel gefeiert, sondern auch in Italien. Dort laufen solche Feiern nicht groß anders ab als hierzulande, jedoch scheint die Begeisterung bei dem ein oder anderen Profi trotz schon vieler Dienstjahre auf dem Buckel noch ganz ordentlich zu sein.
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!
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.