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Wednesday April 1 2020
A divine turning point

One crisp April afternoon in 2001, Brescia teammates Andrea Pirlo and Roberto Baggio combined to create a magical goal. Martin Mork recalls a key moment in the Divine Ponytail's career.

On April 1, 2001, with four minutes left on the clock, Andrea Pirlo collects the ball in the centre circle of the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin after some frantic arcade football. Dancing with it for a few moments, he gives it peace with a gentle touch, lets it wobble on the potted grass, unmarked and in space, before looking up to see Roberto Baggio pointing in the direction he would like to have it played. The No 10 starts his run from the trequarti, in behind the opponent’s defence as Pirlo unleashes the drone towards the set target.

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Wednesday March 18 2020
Sheva: 'Milan are always in my heart'

Former Milan hero Andriy Shevchenko has revealed that he still keeps in touch with his former teammates at San Siro. “Milan are always in my heart”.

The former Ukraine international had two different spells at Milan as a player, from 1999-2006 and again on loan from Chelsea in 2008-09.

The former Capocannoniere and current Ukraine coach has previously been linked with the position as coach of the Rossoneri, when Marco Giampaolo’s future was uncertain.

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Monday March 16 2020
Demme: 'San Paolo gives me goosebumps'

Diego Demme said his father “cried when I signed” with Napoli and revealed he “gets goosebumps” when he thinks about the atmosphere at the San Paolo.

The German midfielder arrived in Naples on a €12m transfer from RB Leizpig in January and has quickly established himself as one of the heroes in the city.

He signed a deal until June 2024 and life at the San Paolo has already lived up to his high expectations.

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Wednesday March 11 2020
Pirlo to coach Juventus U-23 side

Andrea Pirlo will reportedly return to Juventus next season, as coach of their U-23 side.

The legendary regista retired from the game in 2017 after a short stint in the MLS with New York City FC.

Pirlo later returned to Italy and completed his coaching badges at Coverciano.

La Stampa report that whilst the move hasn’t been made official, it’s believed that an agreement is in place for the 40-year-old to return to the Bianconeri for the beginning of next season to coach the U-23 side, which plays in Serie C.

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Friday February 7 2020
Pirlo: 'A very different Milan now'

Andrea Pirlo warns “this is a very different club to the old Milan” and gives his views on Stefano Pioli, Lucas Paqueta, Theo Hernandez, Suso and more.

The now retired midfielder told La Gazzetta dello Sport his views on the club where he spent 10 years, playing in 401 competitive matches.

“This is a very different club to the old Milan. Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban are doing what they can, signing the players they could get, as there aren’t the same financial capabilities as the past,” said Pirlo.

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Friday February 7 2020
Pirlo: 'Conte and Ibrahimovic demons'

Andrea Pirlo gives his predictions for the Milan Derby and sees Antonio Conte and Zlatan Ibrahimovic having key roles. “They can’t stand losing, they become demons.”

The now retired midfielder is in a unique position to discuss this match, as he played for both San Siro clubs, was teammates with Ibrahimovic at Milan and worked under Conte at Juventus.

“There’s a 19-point gap, but the derby is a game unto itself and that difference is wiped out,” Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thursday February 6 2020
Demme: 'Gattuso my idol'

Diego Demme has admitted “it was nice” to help his team with his first Napoli goal last weekend and revealed coach Gennaro Gattuso was one of his “idols”.

After a turbulent season so far Napoli have started to gel under Gattuso and are currently 10th in Serie A on 30 points.

Demme, who scored during the 4-2 win against Sampdoria, has been compared to Diego Maradona, mostly because of his first name, and reveals he is named after the Argentine hero.

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Thursday February 6 2020
Agudelo: 'Viola an easy decision'

Kevin Agudelo has revealed it was “not difficult” to accept an offer from Fiorentina and said he has arrived at a club “with a desire to do great things”.

The Viola picked up the 21-year-old Colombian moved from Genoa on a loan deal with an obligation to make the move permanent in 2021 and now he is ready to impress at the Artemio Franchi.

“It was not a difficult decision,” he said at a press conference. “I knew that Fiorentina was a great club and with a desire to grown and do great things.

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Wednesday February 5 2020
Pirlo, Mazzone, Boniek in Hall of Fame

Andrea Pirlo, Zbigniew Boniek, Carlo Mazzone, Pietro Anastasi and Romelu Lukaku are among those to be honoured in the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced the new inductees for 2020 to the institution first founded in 2011.

In this ninth edition, which will be held on May 4 in Florence, former Inter, Milan and Juventus star Andrea Pirlo will be awarded his place in the Hall of Fame for Italian players.

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Sunday January 5 2020
A Danish with espresso in Milan

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at the potential impact Christian Eriksen could make if the Tottenham star joins Inter.

Andrea Pirlo referred to Antonio Conte as “The beast with two wives” – his actual wife and Football. The former regista also commented before the ‘mister’ came to Inter, that he could give the Nerazzurri even more then they had seen with Jose Mourinho, he thinks him the better coach, in fact, the best Pirlo has ever played with.

If Christian Eriksen has researched his potential new surroundings at all, then the words of such a magnificent midfielder will assure him that, at Inter, he could be the catalyst of something magnificent.

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