Posted June 14, 2013 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Andrea Pirlo
The Maracana stadium will be a fitting scene for Italy's midfield maestro to hit the century mark. Andrea Pirlo will make his 100th appearance for his national team when the Azzurri open their Confederations Cup campaign against Mexico on Sunday in Rio's renowned arena. The stadium has recently been renovated, and no longer has space for crowds approaching 200,000 spectators, but it's the same site where Pele scored his 1,000th career goal, and where Zico scored a stadium-record 333 goals. While Pirlo's introverted personality contrasts with many of the Brazil greats, his uncanny passing ability has drawn comparisons to Brazilian legends. And this will be the first official match in the renovated Maracana, after the recent friendly between Brazil and England.
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