Andrea Pirlo

Serie A

Serie A midterm report: Juventus recovery throws holders into wide open title race

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Napoli were crowned Serie A's winter champions on Sunday following their 5-1 demolition of relegation fighters Frosinone. Despite Napoli's current form under first-year coach Maurizio Sarri, the Partenopei are looking over their shoulders at arch-rivals and reigning Scudetto holders Juventus as they close in.

Serie A midterm report: Juventus recovery throws holders into wide open title race

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Napoli were crowned Serie A's winter champions on Sunday following their 5-1 demolition of relegation fighters Frosinone. Despite Napoli's current form under first-year coach Maurizio Sarri, the Partenopei are looking over their shoulders at arch-rivals and reigning Scudetto holders Juventus as they close in.

Juventus are struggling without Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez

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Juventus are struggling without Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juventus proved to the world what they were one of the best clubs in the world by making it to the Champions League final last season. Despite not winning the final against Barcelona, they did win the Serie A and the Italian Cup.

Major League Soccer

When will the first superstar manager arrive in MLS?

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High mountains have been conquered in luring biggie-big names into Major League Soccer. David Beckham was foremost, of course, but Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Kaka and quite a few others aren't exactly $1.50 hamburger, either.

But we live in a day when players aren't the only superstars of the global game; a few managers have arrived into this exalted place, this lighted stage of tactical enlightenment and leadership savvy.

When will the first superstar manager arrive in MLS?

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High mountains have been conquered in luring biggie-big names into Major League Soccer. David Beckham was foremost, of course, but Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Kaka and quite a few others aren't exactly $1.50 hamburger, either.

But we live in a day when players aren't the only superstars of the global game; a few managers have arrived into this exalted place, this lighted stage of tactical enlightenment and leadership savvy.

MLS Ticker: Ronaldinho mulling MLS move; NYCFC won't loan Pirlo; and more

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Ronaldinho has been flirting with a move to the MLS for years now, and speculation regarding his transfer to the U.S. has swirled up once again.

The 35-year-old Brazilian legend is considering options to play in MLS and Dubai, per an ESPN Deportes report. Ronaldinho apparently meet with people in Miami to discuss potential offers.

MLS or Qatar: Where is the best place for a last big pay day

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MLS or Qatar: Where is the best place for a last big pay day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Opportunities have never been greater for declining footballers who are no longer cut-out for the major leagues in Europe. With the global expansion of football stretching from the Q-League to the MLS, extra money has entered football which has provided a final pay-out for some lucky stars.

New York City FC Star Andrea Pirlo Has Sandwich Created In His Honour

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You know you've made it in New York when they name a sandwich after you, and that's the very honour that one Manhattan deli has bestowed on New York City superstar signing Andrea Pirlo.

Speciality sandwich shop No.7 Sub, in conjunction with Howler magazine, have created 'the Pirlo' which, unsurprisingly, is an extravaganza of Italian foodstuffs.

Finding a solution to the Andrea Pirlo ‘problem’ in MLS; By Steve Davis

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Let's call it the "Pirlo Problem." Not because the elegant Italian midfield maestro is a "problem" per se. But rather because he perfectly illustrates a brain-teaser that MLS coaches are increasingly dealing with.

We love to see these splashy names coming into MLS. Yes, the narrative of MLS as a retirement home is annoying and possibly problematic.

Finding a solution to the Andrea Pirlo ‘problem’ in MLS; By Steve Davis

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Let's call it the "Pirlo Problem." Not because the elegant Italian midfield maestro is a "problem" per se. But rather because he perfectly illustrates a brain-teaser that MLS coaches are increasingly dealing with.

We love to see these splashy names coming into MLS. Yes, the narrative of MLS as a retirement home is annoying and possibly problematic.

Larin and Feilhaber show it’s not all about the ex-EPL designated players

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Major League Soccer has received mass media attention from all corners for their designated player recruitment this summer.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Giovani Dos Santos have signed lucrative deals to play in MLS; and rumors of more big names in 2016 are floating around.

Larin and Feilhaber show it’s not all about the ex-EPL designated players

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Major League Soccer has received mass media attention from all corners for their designated player recruitment this summer.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Giovani Dos Santos have signed lucrative deals to play in MLS; and rumors of more big names in 2016 are floating around.

Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard Makes MLS Debut For New York City (Video)

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The second-half of this summer's English invasion of US football, Frank Lampard, made his MLS debut forNew York City FC on Saturday.

Coming a few weeks after Steven Gerrard's first MLS run-out for LA Galaxy, Chelsea legend Lampard came on as a second-half sub against Montreal Impact.

Frank Lampard makes his debut for @NYCFC.

Tranquillo Barnetta transfer to Philadelphia Union finalized

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What the Tranquillo Barnetta signing means for the Philadelphia Union and Major League Soccer.

The Philadelphia Union signing Tranquillo Barnetta is a reason to get excited. For fans of the Philadelphia Union, the 30 year old Swiss winger is arguably one of the best players signed by the club.

MLS is now a league of have and have nots; By Steve Davis

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For those you who wanted Major League Soccer to be more of a free-spending, big-money, champagne room kind of league, congratulations!

Some of you have long coveted big names. The bigger the better – and more them! Another ballyhooed Euro wants his swipe at the suddenly flush MLS ATM? Sign ‘em up!

MLS is now a league of have and have nots; By Steve Davis

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For those you who wanted Major League Soccer to be more of a free-spending, big-money, champagne room kind of league, congratulations!

Some of you have long coveted big names. The bigger the better – and more them! Another ballyhooed Euro wants his swipe at the suddenly flush MLS ATM? Sign ‘em up!

World Cup Bumps: D.C. United, Washington Spirit & Sundry Soccer Links for 24 July 2015

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Your World Cup bump is showing.

Live from DC it's...

FRIDAY FREEDOM KICKS!

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio arrives with something to prove - Washington Times: There is "hope that Saborio is the missing link necessary for a prolonged post-season run."

D.C. United and Wells Fargo announce sponsorship agreement | D.

Comparing Andrea Pirlo’s life at Juventus to New York City FC [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard, the greatest Italian (definitively) and English (arguably) players of the 21st century, are coming to America. Their paths famously crossed on that 2005 night in Istanbul, back when Gerrard looked exactly the same but Pirlo hadn't yet birthed the beard that gives him his >brooding ilprofessore look.

Comparing Andrea Pirlo’s life at Juventus to New York City FC [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard, the greatest Italian (definitively) and English (arguably) players of the 21st century, are coming to America. Their paths famously crossed on that 2005 night in Istanbul, back when Gerrard looked exactly the same but Pirlo hadn't yet birthed the beard that gives him his >brooding ilprofessore look.

New York City FC

MLS Ticker: San Diego pushes for MLS; Pirlo not planning winter loan; and more

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John Moores continues his pursuit of purchasing English Premier League club Everton, but the former San Diego Padres owner also has one eye fixed of bringing Major League Soccer to the California city.

According to a report from the San Diego Union Tribune, Moores is one of two parties investigating the possibility of bringing MLS to San Diego.

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to NYCFC: Oh hey, there's that other shoe

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United showed us a 45 minute glimpse of the soccer that has carried them to the top of the table before reverting to their recent, problematic form.

For the first 45 minutes against New York City FC, D.C. United was back on course. Rather than hanging on for dear life, or digging themselves a gigantic hole in the first 21 minutes, or digging themselves a similarly-sized hole in just 4 minutes, United played steady, sturdy soccer at Yankee Stadium.

D.C. United 1-3 New York City FC: Player Ratings

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Numbers! Names! Bantz!

D.C. United went up to Yankee Stadium and played well in the first half against New York City FC. But the game has two halves, and the Black and Red looked less than perfect in the other, with involvement in the offense from Andrea Pirlo and David Villa as Citeh Lite won 3-1 over D.

Philadelphia Union

McFadden on possible Union move, more news and such

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McFadden hopeful for move to the Union. Colin Kazim-Richards linked to the Union. More news.

News and such

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Newsy news bits.

Cosmos want to keep Fernandes, no Bethlehem Steel in US Open Cup, more news

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Cosmos want to keep Leo Fernandes when loan expires. MLS-owned USL teams not allowed in future US Open Cup tournaments. Curtin's challenges in 2015. More news.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more news.

“We can’t get over that hump”: recaps and reaction to NE loss, league results, US rosters announced, more

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REcaps and reaction to another Union home loss. That spitting incident. League wrap. USMNT roster for September friendlies. More.

“Definitely sad”: Reaction to the Williams trade, Union face DC, USA-Panama at PPL on Saturday, more

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Reaction to Sheanon Williams trade. Union prepares for DC. USA-Panama at PPL Park on Saturday. Valcke to step down. More news.

Sepp Blatter

Union bits, more news

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Cosmos head coach says Leo Fernandes likely to return to Union for 2016. More news.

Burke named as Bethlehem Steel head coach, five-point plan, more news

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The good news keeps coming in.

Steven Gerrard

MLS Retirement Watch 2015

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Our annual look at the oldest players still plying their trade in the league, with a couple of particularly heartbreaking entries for Sounders supporters.

I grow old ... I grow old ...
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

-- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (T.

Lahoud honored for work in Sierra Leone, Mapp first ever free agent signing in MLS, more

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Got news if you want some.

FIFA Issue Veiled Threat To Gerrard, Pirlo & Co

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FIFA it seems aren't taking kindly to the idea players like Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard could be lining up in a glorified circus game/friendly next week in Kuwait.

In the letter which is dated 9 December member associations are reminded Kuwait have been suspended from all football activities since the middle of October 2015.

FIFA 16 Top 20 MLS Players: Liverpool legend and former Chelsea duo included in list

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FIFA 16 Top 20 MLS Players: Liverpool legend and former Chelsea duo included in list - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA 16 is the latest edition of the video game published by EA Sports and was launched on 22 September in North America and two days later in Europe. The launch has already created excitement amongst the users of the game as they make several changes.

The Rest

Lopez Joins NYCFC - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Mikey Lopez's time in Kansas City didn't go the way that most people thought it would. Over three seasons with KC the former first round pick played just 14 league games, making only 10 starts for Sporting KC. With a crowded midfield in KC and Lopez's Generation Adidas cap relief expired the writing appeared to be on the wall for the UNC product.

Top 10 Moments of the 2015 Revolution Season

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From clever tifos to remarkable goals, we break down the best of 2015.

Even though the 2015 Revolution season fell short of expectations, supporters still have plenty to lack back on. If nothing else, Scott Caldwell scored his first MLS goal. And that's something.

We break down the top 10 moments of the Revs' 2015 campaign.

Pires, Ronaldinho & Scholes Heading To Kuwait

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KUWAIT: The Higher Organizing Committee of the Jaber International Stadium activities has revealed the names of the first six star legends who will play with Kuwait soccer stars Dec 18th. The committee said in a press statement that Brazilian Ronaldinho De Assis Moreira, Spanish Carles Puyol, UK's Paul Scholes, Italy's Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta and France's Robert Pires will be present at the event.

New Nike Tiempo Legend VI Boots Aren’t Black, But They’re Still Quite Nice Regardless (Photos)

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Paolo Maldini and Romario going at it at the 1994 World Cup. That's the image we have in our heads whenever we heard the Nike Tiempo mentioned.

Plain black leather boots with a fold-over tongue,a white swoosh and N-I-K-E emblazoned in huge lettering across the heel. Nothing comes close.

Over 20 years later, Nike are still pumping out new Tiempo designs but none can hold a candle to the glorious originals.

Darmian – United’s new dynamic defender

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The heat was fierce and the humidity strong, but Matteo Darmian just kept on coming. Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli were the goal scorers as Italy ran out 2-1 winners against England in the pair's opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Manaus, but the marauding full-back was arguably the man who made the biggest difference.

"Last year I signed a new contract and I want to stay a long time at Chelsea"

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One player who has constantly been linked with a move from Chelsea this summer is Oscar and regular readers of my website would know that I had thought it could have been possible. I was wrong as Oscar has re-iterated his desire to stay with Chelsea for a long time.

I had stated that Oscar could leave the club based on the fact that it always seemed to be him that was substituted in games or if there was a change to the line up, it was Oscar that was dropped to the bench.