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Thursday August 9 2018
Pirlo confirms Italy no-go

Andrea Pirlo confirms he will not be taking a role with the Italian national team but admits it is ‘not out of my choosing’.

Pirlo had been tipped to become Roberto Mancini’s Italy assistant, but it emerged on Wednesday that his impending commitments for Sky Sport Italia clashed with the position.

“The path of my return to the national team has been interrupted, but not out of my choosing,” the former Milan and Juventus midfielder told ANSA.

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Wednesday August 8 2018
Report: No Italy role for Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo has reportedly been overlooked for the position of Italy No 2 as it clashes with his punditry for Sky Sport Italia.

According to ANSA, there is ‘an issue of compatibility’ preventing Pirlo from becoming Mancini’s Azzurri assistant, ‘problems with his personal sponsors’ aside.

That would be because the former Milan and Juventus midfielder is set to feature as a pundit for Sky as part of its Champions League coverage this season.

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Thursday July 26 2018
Mancini hopes for Pirlo arrival

Roberto Mancini wants Andrea Pirlo to become his Italy assistant and jokes that he could do with the former midfielder's quality on the pitch as well.

Pirlo retired from playing late last year after ending his stint with American side New York City.

He has expressed a desire to go into coaching, with reports yesterday that a deal was all but done to see him join Mancini's Azzurri backroom team.

And during an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nazionale boss confirmed it would be 'good' to have Pirlo on board.

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Wednesday July 25 2018
Pirlo to be Mancini assistant

Andrea Pirlo appears set to be appointed as Roberto Mancini’s assistant in charge of the Italy national team.

According to news agency Ansa, successful talks have taken place between the 2006 World Cup winning midfielder and the FIGC, with a deal very close to being agreed.

39-year-old Pirlo retired from playing late last year after ending his spell at Major League Soccer side New York City.

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Monday July 23 2018
Pirlo: Ronaldo ‘will make difference’

Andrea Pirlo believes Cristiano Ronaldo ‘will make the difference’ for Juventus in their Champions League push.

Ronaldo joins Juve after winning four of the last five Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, and Pirlo feels the Bianconeri have moved ‘a lot closer’ to their European dream.

“Cristiano Ronaldo can bring that something extra, which Juventus need,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Tuesday July 17 2018
Legends complete coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the ex-pros who have completed an FIGC coaching course, with a final exam set for September.

The Italian Federation offers a special course for former footballers, combining the UEFA A and B licences.

The course is hosted at Coverciano, and the players began their coaching education at the beginning of June.

The 10 students will now take their final exams in September, and if they pass they will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

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Monday July 9 2018
On this day: Italy win the World Cup!

On this day in 2006, Italy beat France on penalties to win their fourth World Cup.

The Azzurri had come into the tournament under the shadow of the Calciopoli scandal, but a semi-final win over hosts Germany booked their place in the final.

CT Marcello Lippi opted for the same team which started the match in Dortmund, with Francesco Totti preferred to Alessandro Del Piero in attack.

It was a nightmare start for the Azzurri though, as referee Benito Archundia awarded Les Bleus a penalty after just six minutes.

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Thursday June 21 2018
Pirlo raises €214,000 for charity

Andrea Pirlo raised over €214,000 for charity during his ‘La Notte del Maestro’ testimonial.

The former Inter, Brescia, Milan, Juventus and New York City FC midfielder welcomed many of his old teammates and football friends to San Siro.

This event helped raise €214,000 to be split between two charity foundations.

They’ll go to the Fondazione Vialli e Mauro and the Il Volo di Pietro Onlus charities to build hospital wings in Brescia and Kenya.

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Sunday June 17 2018
On this day: Italy 1-1 USA

On this day in 2006 Daniele De Rossi saw red as Italy drew 1-1 with the United States of America at the World Cup.

The Azzurri had beaten Ghana 2-0 in their first match at the tournament, and Marcello Lippi made just one change from that game, bringing in Gianluca Zambrotta for Fabio Grosso at left-back.

Thing started well for Italy, with Alberto Gilardino heading home from Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick after 22 minutes.

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Tuesday June 12 2018
On this day: Italy 2-0 Ghana

On this day in 2006, Italy got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Ghana in Hanover.

The Azzurri went into the tournament under the cloud of the Calciopoli scandal, with the futures of several of the Juventus and Milan dominated squad very much up in the air.

CT Marcello Lippi imbued a siege mentality, basing the team in Duisburg, a city almost flattened by bombing in the Second World War, and one with a large Italian population.

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