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Sunday May 20 2018
Allegri tribute to Buffon and Pirlo

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri posted a farewell message to Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. “You embodied football and will continue to represent it.”

Buffon played his final game for Juve in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Hellas Verona, though he has not yet decided if he’ll retire from football after an offer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Pirlo retired last year, but will have his testimonial at San Siro next week.

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Thursday May 17 2018
Pirlo: ‘Why I retired’

Andrea Pirlo explains why he decided to retire from football, and would include Gennaro Gattuso in his ideal team “to watch my back”.

The midfielder hung up his boots at the end of the 2017 MLS season, and will play a farewell match at San Siro later this month.

“I didn’t want to get to that point where people look at each other in the stands if you overhit a pass or miss a shot and think: ‘Pirlo’s old, he’s finished, he can’t do it anymore’,” Pirlo told Vanity Fair.

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Tuesday May 15 2018
Mancini day - what we learned

Roberto Mancini was officially presented as the new Italy CT this afternoon, in a Press conference at Coverciano.

Sitting alongside FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Michele Uva, the Coach outlined his plans for the Azzurri going forward.

You can read all of their comments on the Italy section of our site, but we’ve picked out the five key talking points.

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Tuesday May 15 2018
Pirlo to join Mancini staff?

It’s reported former Juventus, Milan and Inter midfielder Andrea Pirlo will join Roberto Mancini’s Italy staff.

The Azzurri legend retired at the end of the 2017 MLS season, and will play a farewell match at San Siro later this month.

The World Cup winner has previously said he’d be open to taking a role with the national team and Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that he’ll take a role in Mancini’s staff.

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Thursday May 10 2018
Revealed: Mancini’s backroom staff

Andrea Pirlo is reportedly set to become Roberto Mancini’s Italy assistant, while Massimo Ambrosini could take the same role with the Under 21s.

According to Calciomercato.com, Mancini’s lawyer and wife Silvia Fortini is due to meet FIGC executives over formalising his two-year contract worth €2m plus bonuses.

She is then expected to fly to Russia on Friday for talks with Zenit St Petersburg President Sergey Fursenko, where she will try to free her husband from his three-year deal.

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Wednesday May 9 2018
Fabbricini: 'Mancini after May 14'

FIGC Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini confirmed talks with Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini, while Roberto Mancini will discuss the Italy job after May 14.

“We evaluated a future collaboration with Pirlo and Ambrosini, that is possible for the Under-21s or the Nazionale. They said they are available and that’s good to know we can be helped by two champions,” Fabbricini told Rai Sport.

After Carlo Ancelotti, it now seems likely Zenit St Petersburg boss Mancini will be appointed as the new Italy CT.

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Wednesday May 9 2018
Pirlo: ‘Hope Gattuso gets Coppa’

Former Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo expects “a balanced match” in the Coppa Italia final, but wants to see his friend Rino Gattuso lift the trophy.

The ex Italian international played for both teams, and is an official ambassador for tonight’s showdown at the Stadio Olimpico.

“I expect a balanced match,” Pirlo told Milan TV.

“A final never have favourites, even more so when you play at the end of the season. I hope it’s a good match.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Pirlo: ‘I’d work with Italy’

Andrea Pirlo discusses taking a role within the Italy setup - “it would be nice to work with the national team”.

The former midfielder retired at the end of the 2017 MLS season, and hasn’t yet decided what to do in his post-playing career.

Having won 116 caps for the Azzurri, a role with the national team would be a logical next step, and the former Milan and Juventus man is open to that.

“I’ll speak with [FIGC sub-commissioner Alessandro] Costacurta because he’s a friend,” Pirlo told RMC Sport.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Albertini: ‘Pirlo top-five of all time’

Demetrio Albertini believes Andrea Pirlo is “one of the five best-ever players in Italian football”.

The former Milan, Inter and Juventus midfielder received the Facchetti Award today, and his former Rossoneri teammate was full of praise for the recently retired man.

“It’s a shame we didn’t get to play much together,” Albertini told Tuttomercatoweb.

“I consider him to be one of the five best-ever players in Italian football. For years he was the best in the world.

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Tuesday May 8 2018
Galliani: ‘When I signed Pirlo…’

Former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani reflects on signing Andrea Pirlo, noting that he signed Filippo Inzaghi on the same day.

Pirlo received the Facchetti Award this afternoon, and a host of former teammates and directors paid tribute to him.

Galliani signed the midfielder from Inter in 2001, as part of a complex series of transfers between the city rivals.

Pirlo, Cristian Brocchi and Matteo Bogani joined the Rossoneri, while Dražen Brnčić, Guly and Paolo Ginestra went the other way, essentially creating a break-even situation for both clubs.

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