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Monday August 22 2016
Pjanic, Free Kick King

Probably the best set play specialist in the world, Adam Digby analyses Miralem Pjanic’s unique skill.

Last summer saw Andrea Pirlo leave Serie A, taking his exquisite passing and deadly free kicks to New York City FC. Many wondered who would inherit his title as the King of Set Pieces on the Peninsula, but they would not have to wait long for an answer. Indeed, in just the second game of the 2015-16 campaign, Miralem Pjanic would snatch the crown for himself by delivering a knockout blow to the now Pirlo-less Juventus.

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Sunday August 21 2016
Ronaldo names Dream XI

Ronaldo’s all-time dream XI included four Italians and nine players who featured in Serie A.

The Brazilian legend wore the shirts of Inter and Milan in Italy, so is very familiar with calcio.

Current Juventus captain Gigi Buffon got the nod as his greatest goalkeeper.

The defence was a Serie A smorgasbord too, featuring Marcos Cafu (Roma and Milan), Paolo Maldini (Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus) and Roberto Carlos (Inter).

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Monday August 15 2016
Pirlo denies Pogba quotes

Andrea Pirlo denies giving an interview about Paul Pogba’s world-record return to Manchester United.

British media carried quotes from the New York City FC midfielder in which he said the Bianconeri were “still laughing” about taking the Frenchman for free and then selling him back for €105m.

However, the veteran has taken to Twitter to clarify the situation, insisting he never made the comments in question.

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Monday August 15 2016
Pirlo: 'Juve's last laugh on Pogba'

Andrea Pirlo claims Juventus 'are still laughing' over the revenue they made by signing Paul Pogba and selling him back to Manchester United.

The Bianconeri picked up the Frenchman for €1m in 2012 and sold him back this summer for a record-shattering €105m plus bonuses.

Although there is some debate over how much exactly the Italians managed to profit from the move, former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo feels the amount is more than enough to gloat over.

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Wednesday August 3 2016
Juninho: 'Pjanic heir to Pirlo'

Juninho Pernambucano says Juventus signing Miralem Pjanic is a free-kick specialist at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Gareth Bale.

The two champions played together at Lyon, where one may expect the Bosnian to have learned a few tricks regarding dead-ball situations.

“Pjanic joined us when he was very young, but he already showed a great deal of talent and you could tell that he would have an important future,” Juninho told Tuttosport. “He had quality in taking free kicks, and now he's among the best.

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Thursday July 21 2016
Azzurri back U19 Italy ahead of semis

As Italy's U19 team prepare to face England in the European tournament's semi-finals, Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Nesta and Andrea Pirlo send their best wishes.

With the game kicking off at 11:00 UK time, against a Three Lions squad that has won all three of its games so far, there is a sense of excitement amid the Azzurrini.

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Tuesday July 19 2016
Pirlo: ‘Balotelli, don’t go to China’

Andrea Pirlo urges Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli not to go to China as “he still has time to make it at the very top.”

The forward was one of the hottest properties in European football, but his career has stalled over the past two seasons.

Super Mario spent last season on loan at Milan, but injuries limited his contribution and the Rossoneri opted not to make the move permanent.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that Balotelli is not part of his plans, leading to talk of a lucrative move to China.

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Tuesday July 12 2016
Pjanic: ‘Pirlo an example’

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic describes Andrea Pirlo as “an example” but “I won’t copy his game”.

After joining the Bianconeri from Roma, his creative midfield style has inevitably been compared to the veteran regista, but the Bosnian is looking to carve out his own niche.

“There’s a good understanding with the Coach [Max Allegri] for now,” Pjanic told reporters in his presentation Press conference.

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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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