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Tuesday January 9 2018
Brocchi: ‘Gattuso would beat us up!’

Cristian Brocchi reveals Gennaro Gattuso used to beat up his Milan teammates for stealing his mobile phone and sending “nonsensical messages”.

The Rossoneri Coach turned 40 today, and the club posted a video message from former teammates such as Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko and Cafu.

However, it was a former midfield colleague who stole the show with a story about their time together with the Diavolo.

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Sunday January 7 2018
Pirlo: Could’ve joined Barca

Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he could have joined Barcelona as part of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s transfer to Milan in 2010.

Ibrahimovic left Barca for Milan after just one season, but according to Pirlo, he was being considered as a makeweight in the deal that took the striker to San Siro.

“With Barcelona, there were negotiations for Ibrahimovic and I was going to be the player heading in the opposite direction,” the 38-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday January 7 2018
Pirlo: Coutinho worth €160m

Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo claims Barcelona are right to pay €160m for Philippe Coutinho. “If Virgil van Dijk is worth €80m…”

Barca finally agreed a deal to sign Coutinho on Saturday, but the sum they will hand over to Liverpool is only surpassed by the €222m that Paris Saint-Germain spent on Neymar last summer.

“Other than the crazy prices, the price of Coutinho is in line with the prices of today,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday December 20 2017
Pjanic following Pirlo's footsteps

After a tricky start in the Juventus jersey, Miralem Pjanic is finally beginning to fulfil his promise as the heir to Andrea Pirlo, writes Emmet Gates.

At the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna on Sunday afternoon, Miralem Pjanic stood over a free kick for Juventus. The angle was tight, positioned on the outer reaches of the Bologna penalty area. Despite a well-earned reputation as one of the finest dead-ball specialists in the game, most assumed Pjanic would send the ball into the box. Even for a man of his talent, that was the better option. Wrong.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Pirlo to play in Peru?

Andrea Pirlo could play one more game in his career, as Universitario de Deportes in Peru confirm their offer to the Italy legend.

The midfielder hung up his boots at the age of 38 after the end of his contract with New York City FC last month.

However, there may well be one final outing on to the playing turf in South America.

Universitario de Deportes announced their proposal to play Pirlo in the ‘Noche Crema’ – a special January event where they present the team and shirt for the new season.

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Thursday December 7 2017
Andrea Pirlo Day in New York

Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio has officially named December 6 as Andrea Pirlo Day. “I couldn’t be more grateful.”

The honour was bestowed upon the former New York City FC midfielder, who concluded his MLS and playing career last month.

“I couldn’t be more grateful and glad to be part of this celebration day,” wrote Pirlo on social media.

“New York is not only the wonderful city where I’ve decided to retire, this is the city where people work hard every day to reach their goals.

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Tuesday November 28 2017
Pirlo: ‘My free-kick secrets’

Andrea Pirlo reveals the secrets behind his free-kicks - “I’d tell myself it was impossible not to score”.

The Italian shares the Serie A record with Sinisa Mihajlovic, and he discussed his set pieces with French sports newspaper L’Équipe.

“I’d tell myself it was impossible not to score,” Pirlo recalled.

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Tuesday November 28 2017
Miha: ‘A part of me has died!’

Torino Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic admits “a part of me is dead” as he can no longer take free-kicks.

The Serbian was famous for his set piece prowess, and admits he misses striking the ball now that he has hung up his boots.

“I’ve taken free-kicks since I was a kid, and my dad gave me my first football,” Mihajlovic told L’Équipe.

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Monday November 13 2017
Pirlo: the legend who almost wasn't

As the football world stands to applaud Andrea Pirlo on his retirement, Emmet Gates points out this legend of the sport almost fell through the cracks.

Time waits for no man, not even for one as nonchalantly exquisite as Andrea Pirlo. Following his announcement that he had played his last match as New York FC got eliminated from the MLS play-offs by Columbus Crew, the tributes poured in.

Legends of the game, ranging from Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro to Gigi Buffon and Kaka, all posted messages on social media, toasting to a legendary career. European aristocrats, such as Pirlo’s former clubs Juventus and Milan to Bayern Munich, did likewise.

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Saturday November 11 2017
Pirlo: 'Italy must play 4-3-3'

Andrea Pirlo urged Giampiero Ventura to adopt a 4-3-3 formation for Italy’s World Cup play-off against Sweden after a 1-0 defeat.

The second leg is on Monday at San Siro and the Azzurri genuinely risk missing their first World Cup since 1958.

While the Coach shelved his usual 4-2-4 formation for a 3-5-2, there was nothing to impress in Solna and Marco Verratti picked up a ban.

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