Andrea Pirlo

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‘Don’t Confuse Fine Chocolate With Nutella’ – Gennaro Gattuso On Whether His Donkey Work Improved Andrea Pirlo’s Game

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While the great and the good have lined up to wave off Andrea Pirlo into retirement, perhaps the most honest, touching tribute has come from Gennaro Gattuso, the man who partnered him in midfield for many years, both at AC Milan and at international level.

The chalk-and-cheese pair formed a formidable duo under Carlo Ancelotti at the Rossoneri, as well as toiling their way to a World Cup title under Marcelo Lippi, with Gattuso acting as guard dog and Pirlo providing the more creative, esoteric element.

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.

Serie A: Juventus Striker Paulo Dybala Arrows Home Stunning Free-Kick Against Former Club Palermo (Video)

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Juventus extended theirlead at the top of Serie A to 10 points on Friday after a convincing 4-1 win against Palermo in Turin.

Ex-Palermo star Paulo Dybala was the star of the show for Juve, bagging a brace which included an outstanding first-half free-kick.

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Dybala made the move to Palermo from Argentina in 2012, quickly becoming a star for the Sicilian club.

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

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New York City FC

Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

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One of soccer's all-time greats is hanging up his boots for good.

Andrea Pirlo announced through his Twitter account on Monday morning that he is not only leaving New York City FC, but the game as a whole as a player.

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- Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) November 6, 2017

The final stage of Pirlo's career may not have gone as planned with New York City FC, but he did record one goal and 18 assists in 60 games played.

‘My Journey Has Ended’ – Italy Legend Andrea Pirlo Announces Retirement From Football At Grand Old Age Of 38

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Andrea Pirlo has announced has retired from professional football following his final game in the MLS with New York City FC.

The 38-year-old came on for the final few minutes of New York's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew on Sunday after seeing his involvement dwindle to a trickle over the course of the prevailing season.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/24/17

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Union news, 2018 All Star game location, and Ronaldo is FIFA's best again.

Philadelphia Union News

Union players strongly defend under-fire manager Jim Curtin
Some of the strongest backing came from players whose futures in Philadelphia are in even greater doubt than Curtin's.

Diego Valeri Scores Again in 1-0 Portland Timbers Win Over New York City FC

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The Portland Timbers gutted out their fourth road win of the year on Saturday, beating New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.

After sustained pressure from New York to start the match, the Timbers were able to rattle off a couple of quick chances late in the first half, coming close through a Roy Miller header in the 41st minute and a series of half chances in the moments after.

2017 MLS Season: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union story stream

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The Philadelphia Union head to the Bronx after losing their first game in seven tries. They'll be without captain Alejandro Bedoya and young midfielder Derrick Jones, both of whom are out on international duty with the United States. They'll face off against a New York City FC team that has to play its third match in seven days, and will likely do so without Khiry Shelton and Andrea Pirlo.

Win it for me, legend Pirlo tells Juventus

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has told his former team-mates to win Saturday’s Champions League final for him.

“Here we are: Juve-Real in the Champions League final. I say ‘we’ because even if this time I will not be on the pitch, I will be the number one supporter,” the veteran midfielder wrote in a column for La Stampa, the daily based in Juventus’s home city of Turin.

Win it for me, legend Pirlo tells Juventus

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has told his former team-mates to win Saturday’s Champions League final for him.

“Here we are: Juve-Real in the Champions League final. I say ‘we’ because even if this time I will not be on the pitch, I will be the number one supporter,” the veteran midfielder wrote in a column for La Stampa, the daily based in Juventus’s home city of Turin.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

SBI Question of the Day: What is Pirlo's best role with NYCFC?

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Even the most talented stars are at the mercy of their body's ability to perform at a high level. All the technique in the world can't prolong a career if your legs simply can't carry you, and that holds true for everyone on a long-term scale, though some rebel against it longer than others.

Reports: Andrea Pirlo To Join Chelsea Coaching Staff As Of Next Season

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As anybody who has witnessed him in "action" for New York City over the past year or so will duly attest, Andrea Pirlo effectively retireda while ago now.

Indeed, with the 37-year-old midfielder having now dwindled to an insouciant saunter, it's being rumoured that he's finally about to shuffle off the footballing coil and into the coaching racket.

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Waiting for Acosta

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Without the diminutive playmaker, United will stick with its opening lineup

D.C. United takes its first and only road trip to New York City this Sunday, going to Yankee Stadium to face off against New York City FC. The Pigeons have a couple of names that you definitely know: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Ethan White, plus a number of lesser known players that they're trying to work into a coherent whole.

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

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Los Angeles (AFP) David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.

City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

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Los Angeles (AFP) David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.

City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.

Sporting KC exploits NYCFC defensive mistakes in win

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Ike Opara starred in a winning effort for Sporting KC on Sunday night at Children's Mercy Park, netting his first goal of the season for the home side.

Not only did Opara lock down MLS leading goalscorer David Villa in an entertaining one-on-one matchup, but he tapped in the goal that sealed a 3-1 win for Sporting KC.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Andrea Pirlo

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Match report: NYCFC 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Lampard, Villa, and Pirlo scored for NYCFC as they downed Philadelphia Union 3-2 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

GAME THREAD: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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Starting XI
Thomas McNamara, David Villa, Jack Harrison Forward Fabian Herbers
Andrea Pirlo, Andoni Iraola, Frank Lampard Midfield

Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle

Rónald Matarrita, Jason Hernandez, Frédéric Brillant, R.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man group for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final, but are facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT practiced in a swamp

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The field in Trinidad & Tobago is completely waterlogged

Seattle

The Great American Beer Festival winners have been announced and plenty of Washington beers won awards. Did your favorite Seattle beer win?

Scientists survey the salmon population every year in the Pacific Northwest and for the first time, some nets are empty.

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Union and MLS news and a preview for the USMNT's critical game.

Philadelphia Union News

UNION FACT CHECK: Team returns to MLS slate after international break
Philadelphia Union gears up for MLS action this week following the international break when they travel to Illinois to take on Chicago Fire.

Around The Forest: USMNT can qualify for Russia on Tuesday

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Look out for Diego Rubio, several teams interested in Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron, Andrea Pirlo set to retire and more!

Major League Soccer:

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After missing most of the first half of 2017 due to an ACL tear, Diego Rubio has taken advantage of newfound playing time with Sporting KC to become the club's primary scoring threat over the last month.

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ridgewell, Pirlo and more

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An MLS veteran is set to move on to his next career, while several stars feel the fallout of Thursday night's All-Star Game.

Veteran goalkeeper Tally Hall is reportedly set to retire from professional soccer to begin a career in law enforcement.

Dunga on Kaka: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 10 June 2016

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Friday Freedom Kicks, y'all.

MLS Team Not Happy About Brazilian Manager Dissing The League - Deadspin: Dunga gets all poopy about Kaka. And our comrades at The Mane Land disses back good.

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New Chelsea Boss Pans Quality Of MLS

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It is fair to say that current Italy national team boss Antonio Conte is not a big fan of Major League Soccer. Conte decided not to include Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo in Italy's provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad because of where they play.

The former Juventus coach admitting that their decision to play in the MLS influenced his final selection.

Chelsea

Could this Italian Legend become Antonio Conte's right-hand man?

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Chelsea have been searching for a replacement for the outgoing Steve Holland since the summer. With news that Andrea Pirlo will retire from football in December, could he become Conte's right-hand man at Stamford Bridge?

It would be a fine appointment in my view with Pirlo adding his wealth of experience and knowledge of the game to our backroom team.

Andrea Pirlo responds to Chelsea rumours

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Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

MLS-New York City FC

NYCFC Notes: Patrick Vieira looks to upgrade team, playing Andrea Pirlo and more

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The aspiration for Patrick Vieira is singular: win MLS Cup in his sophomore season as a first team coach with New York City FC. The Arsenal legend is also pragmatic and has resolved that there is little chance NYCFC can hoist the Cup in early December without roster reinforcements.

NYCFC Notes: McNamara, Pirlo, RSL and more

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It was an important night for Tommy McNamara. A regular in the starting XI the previous season, McNamara had been relegated to reserve duty with the additions of Rodney Wallace, Maxi Moralez, Alexander Ring and emerging teenager Yangel Herrera. With Herrera departing for the U-20 World Cup and Andrea Pirlo back home in New York, head coach Patrick Vieira plugged McNamara into the starting group at FC Dallas on Sunday night.

NYCFC signs Moralez as Designated Player

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Following the departure of Frank Lampard, NYCFC went out in search of their third Designated Player. They got him on Wednesday.

NYCFC announced Wednesday that the club has signed Argentinian midfielder Maxi Moralez as a DP. Moralez joins from Mexico's Club Leon, signing a three-year deal with NYCFC.

Italy's Conte says Giovinco, Pirlo paid consequences of MLS moves

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Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo will not be a part of the Italian National Team's Euro 2016 run, and, according to head coach Antonio Conte, their MLS moves may have been the deciding factor in their exclusions.

The Toronto FC forward and NYCFC midfielder were left off of Conte's 30-man preliminary roster, which was released on Monday.

David Villa

NYCFC projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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This week, Opposition 11 looks over David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and the rest of the New York City FC lineup

You might not have particularly fond memories of D.C. United's last trip to Yankee Stadium. Leading New York City FC 1-0 and frankly doing so comfortably, a short-handed United side saw a huge error from stand-in left back Luke Mishu gift David Villa a 79th minute goal, and a game the Black-and-Red were quietly putting to bed instead became a raging hellion.

Have a look at D.C. United’s player ratings in FIFA 17

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From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Mallory Pugh to be introduced today

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After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old will finally play for an NWSL club.

Seattle

It was a great weekend for the Seattle Reign. After demolishing the Washington Spirit 6-2 on Saturday, the Reign have taken the top spot in Power Rankings.

Haley Kopmeyer is up for Save of the Week for her late game reaction save that kept the Spirit to just two goals on the afternoon.

Nike Furnish Andrea Pirlo With Special Wine-Themed Custom Tiempo Boots (Photos)

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Nike have furnished Andrea Pirlo with his very own pair of custom Tiempo boots, boots that were intended to marry his two favourite pastimes: football and loitering around at vineyards.

Having spent his childhood helping out and harvesting grapes in the vineyards of Flero, Italy,Pirlo now owns and operates his very own winery in the region.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Injury updates on Fabinho, Ilsinho, and Nogueira. Curtin on reported Lahoud sale. Marquez makes MLS Team of the Week, More news.