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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 [.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show is a post from: Serie A Weekly Confederations Cup Recap: Mexico-Italy A Pirlo Balotelli Show is a post from: Serie A Weekly A sublime free-kick from Andrea Pirlo and a second half strike from Mario Balotelli allowed Italy to kick-off their Confederations Cup campaign on a winning note.
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!
Isco: What Ancelotti's system holds for the Golden boy of Europe? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
One of the major questions this season regarding Real Madrid is – howFrancisco Roman Alarcon Suarez aka Isco will fit into the system of Carlo Ancelotti? While, no one harbors any doubt whatsoever about the 21-year-old's talent, as he is indeed the golden boy of Europe, even at such a tender age, but trepidation lingers, because he is joining a star studded team at one of the biggest clubs in the world – Real Madrid.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 [.
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.
The final round of fixtures in Group A gets underway Saturday when Brazil host Italy. It's a battle of two of the most decorated nations in football, as Brazil is the winning-est nation in World Cup history with five titles, while Italy has won the second-most World Cups with four. Both teams have earned qualification to the knockout stages, but will be leaving it all on the pitch in an attempt to finish top of the group and presumably avoid Spain.
Without a doubt, the most highly anticipated feature of upcoming football video games FIFA 14 and PES 2014 is the inclusion of Andrea Pirlo's beard. Though fans must wait two more months to play as the latest and most ferocious edition of Bearded Pirlo, the latest set of PES screenshots revealed Konami's version of the Italian midfielder.
Xavi tears out the grass by its roots and shouting accusations of betrayal at it in a language that can no longer be recognized as Spanish. Despite the heat and smothering humidity, his jagged hair still stands on end, greasy like the face of a teenager who's running a marathon while massaging himself with a hamburger.
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.
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.
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.
The Serie A may be on the decline in recent years as the Italian top flight looks to have, at least in terms of popular opinion, fallen behind the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga when looking at Europe's elite leagues. However make no mistake, the Serie A is loaded with top level talent.
Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli are just a few of the superstars currently plying their trade in Italy, but it's not only these established stars that are lighting up the league, there is an incredibly talented contingent of youngsters coming through the ranks.
SWOL correspondent Nico Cantor reports from Fortaleza, Brazil and the Confederations Cup.
Goals from Neymar, Andrea Pirlo, Luis Suarez, and Soldado marked a fantastic opening weekend in the Confederations Cup. Brazil, Italy and Spain all recorded wins with Japan, Mexico, and Uruguay all losing in the process.
Italia - Messico 2 - 1: Buona prova degli Azzurri, decisivi Pirlo e Balotelli Di Fabrizio Landolfi Domenica sera l'Italia di Cesare Prandelli ha fatto il suo esordio nella Confederations Cup, vincendo 2-1 contro il Messico al Maracan di Rio de Janeiro. Gli azzurri sono andati in vantaggio al 27' grazie all'ennesima prodezza su punizione di uno straordinario Andrea Pirlo, per poi subire il