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Saturday October 28 2017
Milan-Juve rivalry slowly restored

As we witnessed last season, the once-revered Milan-Juventus rivalry has begun its restoration over the past few years, writes Matthew Santangelo.

With Milan and Juventus set to clash for yet another chapter in their rivalry this evening, it’s worth reflecting on the years past where we’ve begun witnessing the intensity of this tie ramped up to levels somewhat reminiscent of the past, when calcio ruled the world.

Since the 2010-11 season which saw the Rossoneri win their 18th Scudetto, the Italian top-flight’s throne has been overtaken and assumed with dominance by Turin giants Juventus, who’ve stuck their flag at the top for six straight seasons.

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Thursday October 12 2017
Tassotti picks ideal Milan XI

Milan legend Mauro Tassotti picked an ideal XI from his many Rossoneri teammates, including Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten.

The 57-year-old defender spent almost his entire career at San Siro, leaving Lazio in 1980 and staying until his retirement in the summer of 1997.

Tassotti is now working as assistant manager for Ukraine Coach and former Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko.

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Tuesday October 10 2017
Buffon picks five-a-side team

Gianluigi Buffon offers some names for a five-a-side team but admits “I’m very friendly with defenders, and I hate the strikers!”

The Juventus and Italy goalkeeper gave a long interview to Copa90, and he was asked to name a five-a-side team.

“I’m very friendly with defenders and I hate the strikers!” Buffon joked.

“I’d say the strongest I’ve played against are Ronaldo - the Brazilian -, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.

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Sunday October 8 2017
Pirlo: ‘Conte one of the best’

Andrea Pirlo believes there is no doubt that Antonio Conte is ‘one of the best’ Coaches around.

The New York City FC midfielder, who is quitting playing at the end of the current season, worked under the current Chelsea boss while at Juventus and on international duty with Italy.

And speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 38-year-old revealed what he believes are the defining aspects of Conte’s leadership.

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Sunday October 8 2017
Pirlo defends Montella and Bonucci

Former Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo hopes Vincenzo Montella will be given time to turn the club’s fortunes around.

Montella has come under pressure after back-to-back Serie A defeats against Sampdoria and Roma.

However, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italy World Cup winner said the Rossoneri’s previous sacking of Coaches had not given them the desired results.

“I hope Montella will stay,” Pirlo began. “Milan have a new team. It’s hard to put together 20 players.

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Sunday October 8 2017
‘Italian football not sick’ – Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo insists Italian football ‘is not sick’ despite the national team’s current issues.

Giampiero Ventura’s side have attracted heavy criticism for Friday night’s home draw with Macedonia.

It was a result that leaves the Azzurri needing to win a two-legged play-off if they are to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

And New York City FC midfielder Pirlo, part of Marcello Lippi’s 2006 World Cup winning squad, admitted it would be ‘disastrous’ if Italy failed to make the tournament.

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Sunday October 8 2017
Pirlo to retire at end of MLS season

Andrea Pirlo says he will end his playing career once his contract at New York City FC expires.

The former Juventus, Milan and Italy icon has been with the Major League Soccer side since 2015 but has been plagued by injury problems this season.

As such, he feels the ‘moment has arrived’ to hang up his boots.

And with the American season set to conclude at the end of the calendar year, 38-year-old Pirlo believes it is the right time to move onto pastures new.

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Wednesday October 4 2017
VIDEO: Pirlo's ideal player

Andrea Pirlo chose which elements he’d pick from the likes of Xavi, Gennaro Gattuso, Lionel Messi and himself to build the perfect player.

The former Juventus, Milan, Inter and Brescia midfielder gave the list to the website of his current club, New York City FC.

“I think Xavi of Barcelona for the brain. Vision, Andrea Pirlo – because he’s the best in the world!” said Pirlo.

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Friday September 22 2017
Zola: 'Pjanic best on free kicks'

Gianfranco Zola analysed the free kick techniques of Paulo Dybala, Adem Ljajic and Miralem Pjanic ahead of Juventus-Torino.

‘Magic Box’ was one of the greatest free kick takers, so who better for Tuttosport to ask about the current crop of specialists, above all leading into tomorrow’s Derby della Mole?

“With so many talented free kick takers, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Turin Derby was decided by a dead-ball situation,” Zola told the newspaper.

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Saturday September 16 2017
Buffon: Juve, FIFA or MLS?

Gigi Buffon has offers from Juventus, the FIGC, FIFA and even to continue playing in MLS with New York City FC, claim Tuttosport.

The goalkeeper turns 40 in January and has hinted this will be the final season of his playing career.

He has already said he won’t become a Coach, so the proposals are flocking in for his next career step.

Naturally, Buffon has a place assured in the Juventus Board of Directors, although it’s not clear what his role would be.

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