Watch Andrea Pirlo and David Villa combine for a world-class goal

At 34 and 37, respectively, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo may be entering the twilight of their careers, but time and again, they continue to deliver the goods.Through their second full season together in Major League Soccer, both have experienced mixed results -- Pirlo has openly criticized the league for its style of play and has struggled to adapt to the physical nature game in...
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New Arsenal signing Xhaka reminds me of Pirlo, says Djourou

Granit Xhaka's team-mate Johan Djourou has compared the new Arsenal signing to veteran Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo.Xhaka became Arsene Wenger's first major signing of the summer transfer window earlier this week when he completed a switch from German club Borussia Monchengladbach for around £30m.And his Switzerland team-mate Djourou, who himself played for Arsenal between...
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Italy Coach Antonio Conte’s MLS Snub Highlights Strengths, Weaknesses Of U.S. Soccer

Leave it to Antonio Conte to tell some hard truths about U.S. Soccer. Conte, the coach of Italy’s national team, omitted Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo from their country’s squad for the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Conte’s decision to snub of Giovinco and Pirlo, who play for Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC and New York City FC, reverberated in Italy, Europe and...
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Pirlo and Giovinco’s exclusions from Italy squad are not an indictment on MLS

MLS fans and American soccer fans in general often take umbrage with every perceived slight against their leagues and how the sport is perceived on these shores. Take yesterday’s comments from Antonio Conte about his decision to leave out Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo from his Euro 2016 preliminary squad. “When you make a certain choice and go to play in certain leagues...
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USMNT's Michael Bradley Reacts to Italian Snub of Giovinco/MLS

One of the hot topics in the North American soccer sphere this week involves different takes on Italian national team coach (and future Chelsea manager) Antonio Conte's serially re-tweeted quote about why he did not include Sebastian Giovinco nor Andrea Pirlo on Italy's roster for the Euro 2016 tournament that kicks off next month in France.  Giovinco, remember, is the swashbuckling...
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4 days ago

Italy Euro 2016 Squad: no place for Pirlo or Balotelli, can they win the Euros?

Italy Euro 2016 Squad: no place for Pirlo or Balotelli, can they win the Euros? - originally posted on When it comes to major competitions, Italy always seem to be a force to be reckoned with regardless of form or personnel. The Azzurri will enter this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament quietly confidently after sailing through qualifying and boss Antonio Conte has announced...
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Andrea Pirlo says MLS is too much physical work and too little play

Andrea Pirlo is unimpressed. At an MLS promotional event in Manhattan just days before his side’s 7-0 shellacking at the hands of the New York Red Bulls, the 37-year-old Italian midfielder had some strong words about the level of American soccer, especially noting the focus on physicality over technique.Speaking to Reuters, Pirlo discussed his newly adopted home, "It’s a very...
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MLS Stars Giovinco, Pirlo Excluded from Italy Roster

Today, Italian manager Antonio Conte named his preliminary 30 man roster for the European Championship this summer. While his decision to leave MLS players Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco at home were not totally shocking, it seemed odd considering the players he decided to bring in their place. Pirlo, an Italian legend and World Cup winner, had previously stated the 2014 World...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS pair Pirlo, Giovinco left out of Italy's Euro 2016 squad

MLS duo Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco have both been omitted from Antonio Conte's provisional Italy squad for Euro 2016.Both were left out of the training camp last week due to commitments with New York City and Toronto, and despite claims from both over the weekend that a spot at the finals was still possible, neither have been included in the 30-man group.Domenico Berardi...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

No Pirlo, as Conte names provisional pre-Euro 2016 squad

Milan (AFP) – Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo was among the absentees as coach Antonio Conte named a provisional 28-man squad on Monday for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp with several stars absent with Cup finals to play.  Conte, who earlier Monday was cleared of sporting fraud charges relating to a match-fixing affair while he was coach of Serie B team Siena in 2011, can now fully...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

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