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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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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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Tuesday June 12 2018
Pirlo: Messi will surpass Maradona…

Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo claims Lionel Messi will only surpass Napoli legend Diego Maradona if he wins the World Cup.

Messi has won everything there is at club level with Barcelona but has only an Olympic gold medal to show for his efforts in an Argentina jersey, whereas Maradona led the Albiceleste to victory at the 1986 World Cup.

“It will be important for both Messi himself and for Argentina to win the World Cup in Russia,” Pirlo, who was a champion with the Azzurri in 2006, told Goal.com.

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Monday June 4 2018
Pirlo, Batistuta start coaching course

Andrea Pirlo, Gabriel Batistuta and Thiago Motta are among the former players starting an FIGC coaching course this morning.

The special course is reserved for former players, and got underway at Coverciano this morning.

It will run until July 19, and will combine the UEFA A and B licences.

That means the former professionals will be able to coach youth teams, and any senior team up to Serie C.

They can also be registered as assistants in Serie A or Serie B.

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Thursday May 31 2018
Pirlo, Gila, Batistuta study as Coaches

Andrea Pirlo, Daniele Bonera, Alberto Gilardino, Thiago Motta, Paolo Cannavaro and Gabriel Batistuta are studying for their coaching badges.

A new special course for Coaches will begin at the Coverciano ground on Monday, combining the UEFA B and UEFA A exams.

This would make them eligible for any youth team and club level up to Serie C, while they could also be assistant managers in Serie A or B.

This particular course is limited to former professional players and that includes two 2006 World Cup winners in Pirlo and Gilardino.

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