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Tuesday November 7 2017
Gattuso: ‘Pirlo made me want to quit’

Gennaro Gattuso says watching Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo made him want to “change profession”.

The pair played together for Carlo Ancelotti’s Rossoneri, with Ringhio doing the leg work while his more creative teammate supplied the fantasy.

Following the latter’s retirement yesterday, Gattuso was asked on Radio 24 whether his work had made Pirlo better, and he scoffed at the suggestion.

“Don’t talk nonsense, let’s not confuse Nutella with ****,” the Milan Primavera boss replied.

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Tuesday November 7 2017
Pirlo could return to Juventus

Andrea Pirlo could reportedly return to Juventus as an ambassador, or take a role with the Italy squad.

The legendary midfielder officially announced his retirement yesterday, having played his final match on Sunday night for New York City FC against Columbus Crew.

According to La Repubblica, Pirlo will now have a period of rest after which he’s almost certain to return to Italy.

The newspaper believes there’s an offer on the table from Juventus to act as a club ambassador, playing for the Juventus Legends team overseen by David Trezeguet.

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Monday November 6 2017
‘Pirlo could have played 10 more years’

Mario Balotelli pays tribute to the retiring Andrea Pirlo, adding the former Italy midfielder could have played for ’10 more years.’

38-year-old Pirlo confirmed his retirement after his final club, Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC, were eliminated from the end of season play-offs last night.

Tributes have been flooding in for the ex-Milan and Juventus man, who was also part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad.

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Monday November 6 2017
Football world pays tribute to Pirlo

The world of football has paid tribute to Andrea Pirlo, after he announced his retirement earlier today.

The 38-year-old has hung up his boots for the final time, after coming on as a late substitute for New York City FC in last night’s MLS play-off.

Former clubs, teammates and others have been quick to pay tribute to Pirlo, with former club Juventus calling him “a true genius of the beautiful game”.

Milan, another of his former clubs, recounted the trophies he won in Rossonero, before wishing him "all the best".

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Monday November 6 2017
Pirlo’s top five Italy moments

Andrea Pirlo has officially confirmed his retirement from football, so Football Italia takes a look back at his best moments from his 116 Italy caps.

The midfielder sits fourth on the all-time list for most caps, behind only Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Paolo Maldini, though Daniele De Rossi will surpass him on his next appearance.

The regista won the World Cup in 2006, and has been a decisive player for the Azzurri throughout his career.

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Monday November 6 2017
Official: Pirlo confirms retirement

Andrea Pirlo has officially confirmed his retirement, having played his final match for New York City FC last night.

The 38-year-old has played for Inter, Milan and Juventus among others, and won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

“Last match in MLS,” Pirlo wrote on his Twitter profile.

“As my time in NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to say a few words. I want to thank everybody for the support they have shown me in this incredible city.

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Monday November 6 2017
Pirlo to hang up his boots

Andrea Pirlo played what seems certain to be the final match of his career, as New York City FC failed to overturn a first leg loss to Columbus Crew.

The 38-year-old came on for a brief cameo in the 2-0 win, which followed a 4-1 loss in the first leg.

Pirlo announced last month that he’d hang up his boots after the MLS season, so it appears this may have been his final match as a player.

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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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