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Tommy Smyth has some colorful thoughts on Andrea Pirlo

I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Tommy Smyth.  He was one of ESPN’s soccer regulars before the network really made an effort to put all of their possible resources to covering the sport.  The Irishman was in many ways the face of ESPN’s soccer coverage, whether it be on the Champions League or appearances across different platforms as the one soccer guy.  Basically...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrea Pirlo miss an incredible free kick vs. England at World Cup

Wow.  Just wow.  That is all I can say about this miss. During stoppage time of the Italy and England game on Saturday night, Italy were awarded a free kick from 30 yards out.  Up stepped Italy’s midfield general and dead ball expert Andrea Pirlo.  From 30 yards out Pirlo sent the England defensive wall completely the wrong way, striking the ball with the outside of his boot...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

England-Italy Analysis: Andrea Pirlo, Azzuri Win Jungle War Of Attrition

Soccer may be a young man’s game, but what’s an Englishman to do against an ageless wonder like Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo led Italy to a 2-1 victory over England in the teams’ opening game in Group D of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Saturday. Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli scored Italy’s goals, but Pirlo was the most influential player on the field. The Italy captain simply...
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

England: 5 important factors for beating Italy

England need to focus on shutting down Italy midfielder, Andrea Pirlo. This Saturday, June 14, England play their first World Cup game against Italy.  The last time these teams faced was in the European Cup, when Italy won on penalties.  Since that lackluster game two years ago, England’s squad has improved significantly and I believe that they have the players to beat Italy...
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirlo caps 100th appearance with goal at Maracana

One goal. One hundredth appearance. One Andrea Pirlo. Playing in the first competitive match at the newly renovated Maracana Stadium - one of the most iconic sites in world football - Pirlo scored Italy's opening goal against Mexico on Sunday in a 2-1 victory at the Confederations Cup. ''Andrea Pirlo is football for us,'' Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said, heaping...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirlo to quit Italy team after 2014 World Cup

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo says he will quit the Italian national team after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Pirlo has made 97 appearances for Italy since making his debut against Azerbaijan in 2002, and helped the Azzurri to the 2006 World Cup title. At the presentation of his autobiography ''I think therefore I play'' on Thursday, Pirlo says ''we have...
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May 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrea Pirlo's 'Panenka' Penalty Kick Is Defining Moment of Euro 2012's First Iconic Game (Video)

The 2012 UEFA European Championship has been an enjoyable spectacle of the beautiful game. But after 24 group-stage and three quarterfinal games, Euro 2012 was missing a defining game (or moment) that fans would be talking about for years to come. That changed on Sunday. England and Italy were in the midst of a dramatic penalty-kick shootout following 120 minutes of goalless action...
June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirlo sets the pace in Italy's win over England

For 120 minutes, Andrea Pirlo mesmerized England with his unrivaled passing skills, single-handedly controlling the pace of a European Championship quarterfinal with a uniquely personal rhythm. Then at a decisive moment in Sunday's penalty shootout, with the adrenaline pumping furiously through the veins of all those involved, Pirlo again set the rhythm, slowing down his spot...
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June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirlo’s Amazing PK

Italy defeated England in a PK shootout, 4-2 and will face Germany in the semi-finals. Today’s match had plenty of stars on the pitch, but one stood out. No, not Buffon … although he made the timely saves to ensure the victory. It was Italy’s Andrea Pirlo, the man who gave English goalkeeper Joe Hart a story to tell to his children and grandchildren. What an outstanding performance...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirlo gives Italy 1-0 lead over Croatia at half

Andrea Pirlo scored with a curving free kick to give Italy a 1-0 lead over Croatia at halftime of their Group C match Thursday at the European Championship. The Juventus midfielder placed the ball over Croatia's three-man wall and just inside the near post in the 39th minute. Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa could only get a weak hand on it once the ball was already inside...
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June 14, 2012  |  Discuss
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