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Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 19 May 1979 (1979-05-19) (age 30)
Place of birth Flero, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 21
Youth career
Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Brescia 47 (6)
1998–2001 Internazionale 23 (0)
1999–2000 Reggina (loan) 28 (6)
2001 Brescia (loan) 14 (0)
2001– Milan 257 (31)
National team
1998–2002 Italy U-21 37 (15)
2000–2004 Olympic Italy 9 (1)
2002– Italy 65 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Andrea Pirlo, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (born 19 May 1979 in Flero, Lombardy), is an Italian World Cup winning footballer who plays for Serie A club Milan and the Italian national team. Praised for his inventive play, he is also a free-kick specialist.[3]

Pirlo has played for the Italian youth teams U-15, U-18 and U-21, captaining and leading the latter to victory in the 2000 as the Golden Player and Top Scorer of the tournament. He joined the Italian senior side during the qualification round for World Cup 2002 and captained the national team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Later, he was instrumental in their victory in the 2006 World Cup. He was named man of the match three times, including the final, more than any other player in the tournament, and ultimately won the Bronze Ball (third best player in tournament).

With Milan, he has won two UEFA Champions League (2003 and 2007), two European Super Cups (2003 and 2007), a Scudetto (2004), an Italian Super Cup (2004), a FIFA Club World Cup (2007), and the Italian Cup in 2003.

For both club and country Pirlo plays central midfield, as a deep-lying playmaker. He came in third and second in IFFHS World Playmaker of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[4][4] Fellow players on the Italian team gave him the nickname ‘l'architetto’ (the architect) because his long passes frequently set up goal-scoring opportunities for the Azzurri (Italian national team).[5] Recently, when playing for Italy, Pirlo has returned to his old position as a traditional play-maker behind striker(s).

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Club career

Andrea Pirlo warming up with A.C. Milan against Fiorentina.

Pirlo was born in the province of Brescia. His brother Ivan plays for a Serie C2 club in Brescia. Pirlo made his debut for Brescia against Reggina on 21 May 1995, when he was aged only 16 years and two days. After breaking into the Brescia first team, Pirlo was spotted by Internazionale coach, Mircea Lucescu who signed the playmaker. However, Pirlo was unable to break into the first squad and Internazionale finished 8th in the 1998-99 Serie A campaign. Pirlo was shipped off on loan to the club he made his debut against in 1995, Reggina. After an impressive season he 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.

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AC Milan

After 3 seasons on the Internazionale books, Pirlo was sold to fierce rivals, Milan for 35 billion Italian lire[6] (about €18 million).

It was at AC Milan where he found his true strides developing into a world class player. With Milan, he has won one Scudetto and two Champions League titles. He also won an Italian Cup and two UEFA Super Cups with Milan in 2003 and 2007.

Pirlo started his career as an offensive midfielder until coach Carlo Ancelotti developed for him a deep-seated playmaking role at Milan. Since then, he has formed a formidable partnership with Gennaro Gattuso in the midfield and has earned the nickname "the metronome" for the way he sets the team's rhythm.[7] He 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 he averaged almost 90 passes per game. He led Milan in minutes played for the 2006-07 season with 2,782. In October 2007, he 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 tested 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.[citation needed] On 5 August, Berlusconi decided not to sell Pirlo who said he was overjoyed and wanted to end his career at Milan.[8] On 21 October, Pirlo scored a brilliant 30 meter goal in Milan's 3-2 win over Real Madrid.

International career

Andrea Pirlo playing for Italy against Belgium

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 2004 Olympics.

He played at the Euro 2004. He scored 2 goals (Both free kicks) in a 2-0 victory against Scotland.

Pirlo was a member of the Italian Squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In Italy's first match in the tournament, Pirlo scored the opening goal against Ghana, and subsequently set up a goal for Vincenzo Iaquinta to seal the 2-0 victory. He was named the Man of the Match. In the semifinal against Germany, he assisted on the opening goal and was again named Man of the Match. In the final against France, his 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 he scored. He was named Man of the Match for a third time, and was voted third-best player of the tournament.[citation needed]

Personal life

According to the International Romani Union and the New York Times, Pirlo is one of few European footballers with Romani ancestry.[9][10]

Career statistics

Updated to games played June 16, 2009.[11]

Team Season Domestic
League
Domestic
Cup
European
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brescia 1994-95 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
1995-96 - - - - - - - - 0 0
1996-97 17 2 1 0 - - - - 18 2
1997-98 29 4 1 0 - - - - 30 4
Total 47 6 2 0 - - - - 49 6
Internazionale 1998-99 18 0 5 0 7 0 - - 30 0
2000-01 4 0 1 0 3 0 - - 8 0
Total 22 0 6 0 10 0 - - 38 0
Reggina (loan) 1999-00 29 6 2 0 - - - - 31 6
Total 29 6 2 0 - - - - 31 6
Brescia (loan) 2001 10 0 - - - - - - 10 0
Total 10 0 - - - - - - 10 0
Milan 2001-02 18 2 2 0 9 0 - - 29 2
2002-03 27 9 2 0 13 0 - - 42 9
2003-04 32 6 - - 10 1 2 1 44 8
2004-05 30 4 1 0 12 1 - - 43 8
2005-06 33 4 4 0 12 1 - - 49 5
2006-07 34 2 4 0 14 1 - - 52 3
2007-08 33 3 1 0 9 2 2 0 45 5
2008-09 26 1 - - 3 1 - - 24 2
2009-10 8 0 - - 3 1 - - 11 1
Total 241 31 14 0 85 8 4 1 339 40
Career Total 347 43 24 0 95 8 4 1 467 52

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup
2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana, Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup

International goals

Updated to games played March 28, 2009.[12]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 30, 2004 Radès, Tunisia  Tunisia 4–0 Win Friendly
2. March 26, 2005 Milan, Italy  Scotland 2–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
3. March 26, 2005 Milan, Italy  Scotland 2–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
4. August 17, 2005 Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 2–1 Win Friendly
5. June 12, 2006 Hanover, Germany  Ghana 2–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006
6. October 13, 2007 Genoa, Italy  Georgia 2–0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
7. June 17, 2008 Zurich, Switzerland  France 2–0 Win UEFA Euro 2008
8. March 28, 2009 Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 2–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification

Honours

Milan

International

Individual

References

External links

Awards
Preceded by
South Korea Hong Myung-Bo
FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball
2006
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Simple English

Andrea Pirlo
File:Andrea
Personal information
Full name Andrea Pirlo
Date of birth 19 May 1979 (1979-05-19) (age 31)
Place of birth    Lombardy, Italy
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 21
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-1998
1998-2001
1999-2000
2001
2001-
Brescia
Internazionale Milano
Reggina (loan)
Brescia (loan)
Milan
National team
2002- Italy

Andrea Pirlo (born 19 May 1979) is an Italian football player. He plays for Milan and Italy national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1994/95BresciaSerie A1000-10
1995/96Serie B0000-00
1996/9717210-182
1997/98Serie A29410-304
1998/99Internazionale MilanoSerie A1805070300
1999/00RegginaSerie A29620-306
2000/01Internazionale MilanoSerie A40103080
2000/01BresciaSerie A10000-100
2001/02MilanSerie A1822090292
2002/0327920130429
2003/0432600101427
2004/0530410121435
2005/0633440121495
2006/0734240141523
2007/083331092435
2008/092610031292
2009/10
CountryItaly 3414324092745750
Total 3414324092745750

International career statistics

[1]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
200240
200310
200471
200593
2006141
200781
200891
2009121
2010
Total648

References


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