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Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo, Italian orders of merit (born 19 May 1979 in Flero, Lombardy), is an Italians Association football with Sinti origins, who plays for Serie A club A.C. Milan and the Italy national football team. Praised for Andrea Pirlo inventive play, Andrea Pirlo is also a free-kick specialist.

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Andrea Pirlo biography


Andrea Pirlo, Italian orders of merit (born 19 May 1979 in Flero, Lombardy), is an Italians Association football with Sinti origins, who plays for Serie A club A.C. Milan and the Italy national football team. Praised for Andrea Pirlo inventive play, Andrea Pirlo is also a free-kick specialist.

Pirlo has played for the Italian youth teams U-15, U-18 and U-21, captaining and leading the last to win the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship as the Golden Player and Top Scorer of the tournament. Andrea Pirlo joined the Italian senior side during the qualification round for World Cup 2002 and captained the national team to a bronze medal in the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Later, Andrea Pirlo was instrumental in the teams victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Andrea Pirlo was named man of the match three times, more than any other player in the tournament, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (3rd best player in tournament).

With club side A.C. Milan Andrea Pirlo has won two UEFA Champions League (2003 and 2007), two European Supercups (2003 and 2007), a Scudetto (2004), an Italian Supercup (2004), a FIFA Club World Cup (2007), and the Italian Cup in 2003.

For both club and country Pirlo plays defensive midfield, as a deep-lying playmaker. Andrea Pirlo came in 3rd and 2nd in IFFHS World Playmaker of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Club career

Pirlo was born in the province of Province of Brescia. Andrea Pirlo brother Ivan plays for a Serie C2 club in Brescia. Pirlo made Andrea Pirlo debut for Brescia Calcio against Reggina Calcio on 21 May 1995, when Andrea Pirlo was aged only 16 years and two days. After breaking into the Brescia first team, Pirlo was spotted by F.C. Internazionale Milano coach, Mircea Lucescu who signed the playmaker. However, Pirlo was unable to break into the first squad and Internazionale finished 8th in the Serie A 1998-99 Serie A campaign. Pirlo was shipped off on loan to the club Andrea Pirlo made Andrea Pirlo debut against in 1995, Reggina. After an impressive season Andrea Pirlo returned to Internazionale but was once again unable to break into the first squad making just 4 league appearances and spent the second half of the season on loan at former club, Brescia.

After 3 seasons on the Internazionale books, Pirlo was sold to fierce rivals, A.C. Milan. It was at AC Milan where Andrea Pirlo found Andrea Pirlo true strides developing into a world class player. With AC Milan, Andrea Pirlo has won one Scudetto and two UEFA Champions League titles. Andrea Pirlo also won an Italian Cup and two UEFA Super Cups with Milan in 2003 and 2007.

Pirlo started Andrea Pirlo career as an offensive midfielder until coach Carlo Ancelotti developed for Andrea Pirlo a deep-seated playmaker role at Milan. Since then, Andrea Pirlo has formed a formidable partnership with Gennaro Gattuso in the midfield and has earned the nickname "the metronome" for the way Andrea Pirlo sets the team's rhythm. Andrea Pirlo led Serie A in the 2002-2003 season in four special categories, passes played (2589), ball possession (123 hours played and 39 minutes), successful balls (661) and successful passes (2093). This implies that Andrea Pirlo averaged almost 90 passes per game. Andrea Pirlo led Milan in minutes played for the 2006-07 season with 2,782. In October 2007, Andrea Pirlo was nominated for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Award but it went to Milan teammate Kaká instead. After Kaka and coach Carlo Ancelotti left Milan in the summer of 2009, Chelsea F.C. tested AC Milan's resolve by bidding $12m and Claudio Pizarro for Pirlo. The club rejected the offer and Pirlo was said to be contemplating a transfer request.
On the 5th of August, Berlusconi decided Pirlo was not for sale and the player said Andrea Pirlo was overjoyed to end Andrea Pirlo career at AC Milan.

International career

Pirlo captained Italy to an Under-21 European Championship in 2000 and semi-finalists in 2002. Pirlo played for Italy at the 2000 Summer Olympics, won the bronze medal at the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Andrea Pirlo played at the 2004 European Football Championship.

Pirlo was a member of the Italy national football team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In Italy's first match in the tournament, Pirlo scored the opening goal against Ghana national football team, and subsequently set up a goal for Vincenzo Iaquinta to seal the 2-0 victory. Andrea Pirlo was named the Man of the Match. In the semifinal against Germany national football team, Andrea Pirlo assisted on the opening goal and was again named Man of the Match. In the final against France national football team, Andrea Pirlo corner kick produced Marco Materazzi's equalizing header ten minutes after France had opened the score. The match went to a penalty shoot-out, in which Andrea Pirlo scored. Andrea Pirlo was named Man of the Match for a third time, and was voted third-best player of the tournament.

With the return of Marcello Lippi, Pirlo has remained a regular in the midfield and was named in the Italian squad for the past 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Club statistics

Club

Updated to games played June 16, 2009.

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup

2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana, Intercontinental Cup (football) and FIFA Club World Cup

International goals

Updated to games played March 28, 2009.

Honours

Milan

- Serie A: Serie A 2003-04
- Coppa Italia: Coppa Italia 2002-03
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2004
- UEFA Champions League: UEFA Champions League 2002-03, UEFA Champions League 2006-07
- UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2007 FIFA Club World Cup Final

International

- UEFA Under-21 European Championship: 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
- Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament - Bronze medal
- FIFA World Cup: 2006 FIFA World Cup

Individual

- UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1
- - UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship Top Scorer: 1
- - UEFA European Under-21 Championship Top Scorer
- 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 FIFA World Cup All-star team
- FIFA World Cup awards Golden Ball: 2006 FIFA World Cup
- 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Man of the Match
- FIFPro World XI: 2006

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Pirlo

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