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Tuesday June 28 2016
Balo, Pirlo, Marchisio: 'Go Italy!'

Italy's great absent champions Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio applaud Italy on social media after the 2-0 victory over Spain.

The Azzurri have reached that stage in an international tournament when their victories are causing celebration in the streets, and some of the most prominent former players expressed their joy.

“Wow, I would have loved to have been in France!” wrote Balotelli on Instagram. “But I have to say that from here at home, and therefore as a fan, I am thrilled by these lads. Forza Italia!”

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Sunday June 26 2016
Pirlo: 'Italy don't need me'

Andrea Pirlo assures Italy “don’t need me. I think I did what I had to” with the Azzurri jersey and tips Marco Verratti for the future.

The New York City FC midfielder is watching Euro 2016 from home, even though Claudio Marchisio and Verratti were ruled out by injury.

“I think all of us have the duty at a certain point to realise how old they are and what they can still give,” Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Sunday June 26 2016
Pirlo: 'Spain worried about Italy'

Andrea Pirlo believes “Spain are more worried” about facing Italy at Euro 2016 and sees “good omens” reminiscent of 2006.

The Euro 2016 knockout tie kicks off on Monday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT) in Paris.

“This comes too early in the competition. Spain were supposed to win their group and then this would’ve been a great Final,” New York City FC midfielder Pirlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Wednesday June 22 2016
Pirlo: ‘Italy omission painful’

Andrea Pirlo admits it was “painful” to miss out on Euro 2016, but insists Italy can win the whole thing.

The New York City FC midfielder was not included in Antonio Conte’s squad for the tournament, making it unlikely he’ll add to his 116 caps.

“I didn’t like being left-out, but I have to accept the decisions of the Coach,” Pirlo told Times of India.

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Sunday June 19 2016
Reggiana approach Pirlo?

Mike Piazza’s new club Reggiana could try to coax Andrea Pirlo back from New York City FC.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pirlo is the dream addition for the side in Lega Pro.

Baseball legend Piazza bought the club this month and was in Reggio-Emilia yesterday to present his project to the town amid a rapturous reception.

Pirlo would certainly attract a great deal of interest, but the veteran Italy midfielder had said he wanted New York City FC as a lifestyle choice, so is unlikely to walk away after just one year.

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Friday June 10 2016
Pogba: ‘I learned from Pirlo’

Paul Pogba admits he learned from Juventus teammate Andrea Pirlo - “he had that composure”.

The Italian spent three seasons with Pogba in Turin, before leaving last summer to join MLS side New York City FC.

“During a match, it’s important to remain consistent,” Pogba told L’Équipe.

“That’s the case with the best players. I’m thinking, for example, of Andrea Pirlo. He stayed at the top so long because he had that consistency.

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Thursday June 2 2016
Conte ‘unhappy’ with Pirlo absence

Antonio Conte confesses “I’m not happy that Andrea Pirlo isn’t here” in his Italy squad for Euro 2016 as he seeks “offensive and attractive” football in France.

Pirlo was left out of Conte’s squad for the European Championship, effectively signalling the end of the midfielder’s international career, but the Coach insists he made the decision with a heavy heart, while explaining the importance of identity, good football and hard work.

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Thursday June 2 2016
‘Italy miss Pirlo, Motta critics wrong’

Daniele De Rossi admits Italy “miss” Andrea Pirlo as he dared Thiago Motta’s No 10 critics “to dribble with him and see his excellent technique”.

De Rossi was speaking at a Press conference ahead of Euro 2016 Press conference, where he also clarified his fitness for the tournament, and he paid tribute to his fellow 2006 World Cup winner, plus backed Motta to befit the fabled shirt number.

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Monday May 30 2016
Pirlo: 'Not disappointed'

New York City FC's Andrea Pirlo is 'not disappointed' about missing Euro 2016: 'Antonio Conte is right'.

The midfielder has enjoyed a status as an unquestioned starter for the Azzurri for a decade, but at 37, he was deemed unfit to make the current European squad.

“I spoke with the Coach and I already knew what I had to do, and what he had to do too,” Pirlo told Sky Sports. “There is no disappointment.

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Friday May 27 2016
Dybala: ‘I want to keep winning’

Paulo Dybala isn’t satisfied by his stellar first season at Juventus - “when you get accustomed to winning, you want to keep winning”.

The Argentinian forward joined the Bianconeri last summer in a €40m deal from Palermo, scoring 22 goals in all competitions as the Turin giants won the double.

“The truth is that when you meet your objectives, it’s difficult to slow down,” Dybala told La Nacion in his homeland.

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