Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo Ufficiale OMRI[4][5] (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa ˈpirlo]; born 19 May 1979) is an Italian professional football coach and former player who was most recently the head coach of Serie A club Juventus. Considered one of the greatest deep-lying playmakers ever, Pirlo was renowned for his vision, ball control, technique, creativity, passing, and free kick ability.[6][7][8]

Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo with Juventus in 2014
Personal information
Full name Andrea Pirlo[1]
Date of birth (1979-05-19) 19 May 1979 (age 42)[2]
Place of birth Flero, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1995 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Brescia 47 (6)
1998–2001 Inter Milan 22 (0)
1999–2000Reggina (loan) 28 (6)
2001Brescia (loan) 10 (0)
2001–2011 AC Milan 284 (32)
2011–2015 Juventus 119 (16)
2015–2017 New York City FC 60 (1)
Total 570 (61)
National team
1994 Italy U15 3 (0)
1995 Italy U16 6 (2)
1995 Italy U17 4 (0)
1995–1997 Italy U18 18 (7)
1998–2002 Italy U21 37 (15)
2000–2004 Italy Olympic 9 (1)
2002–2015 Italy 116 (13)
Teams managed
2020 Juventus U23
2020–2021 Juventus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pirlo began his club career in 1995 as an attacking midfielder with hometown club Brescia, winning the Serie B in 1997. He signed for Serie A club Inter Milan a year later, but limited game time and loans away from the club saw him transfer to cross-city rivals AC Milan in 2001. There, Pirlo matured into a world-class player, and he then won two Serie A titles, two UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup, a Coppa Italia, and a Supercoppa Italiana.[8] He departed for Juventus in 2011, where he won four consecutive Serie A titles, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and another Coppa Italia. In 2015, Pirlo joined Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City FC, where he played for two years before retiring in 2017.

At international level, Pirlo played 116 matches for the Italian national football team, which is the fifth-most of all time. He made his senior debut in 2002, and captained his nation to a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. Pirlo was instrumental in Italy's triumph at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, winning the Bronze Ball and being elected to the Team of the Tournament. He repeated similar success as he led Italy to the final of the 2012 UEFA European Championships. Pirlo also represented his country at the 2004 and 2008 UEFA European Championships, the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, and the 2009 and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cups.

Pirlo finished in the top four five times in the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker award between 2006 and 2015.[9] He placed fourth for UEFA Best Player in Europe in 2011,[10] and seventh in 2015.[11] He was named Serie A Footballer of the Year three times and voted to the Serie A Team of the Year four times.[12] Pirlo was elected to UEFA Team of the Year in 2012, the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season in 2015, and was part of the FIFPro World XI in 2006.[13] He also placed seventh for the 2007 FIFA World Player, finished in the top ten three times for the Ballon d'Or, and was named an MLS All-Star in 2016. In 2019, Pirlo was elected into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Following his retirement, Pirlo was appointed as head coach at Serie C club Juventus U23 on 30 July 2020. He took charge of the first team nine days later, and won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in his debut season, before being dismissed in 2021.[14][15]