Why is Andrea Pirlo so good

Andrea Pirlo: Wine, fashion, elegance - and before returning?

At the end of 2017, Andrea Pirlo, another exceptional talent in Italy, hung up his football boots. During his active time, the maestro was part of the golden generation around Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta, Francesco Totti, Daniele de Rossi, Gennaro Gattuso, Luca Toni and Alessandro del Piero. Of the 2006 world champions, only goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (Paris), Andrea Barzagli (Juve, stops in the summer) and de Rossi, who follows his surprising end with the Roma want to continue playing something, left over.

For Pirlo, who is now celebrating his 40th birthday and likes to appear at public appearances in fashionable thread and sometimes with a cap or hat, after retiring from professional football, it was time to get away from professional football. The director, known for his fine art on the ball, his elegant free kicks, his love of viticulture and his flowing mane on the field, withdrew. Where? To his homeland, of course, to the northern Italian community of Flero. There in the village of Coler in the province of Brescia in Lombardy, the "connoisseur" had already opened a small estate near the birthplace in 2007 with the help of his family.

Too thin? Inter doesn't see the possibilities

Brescia - exactly where Pirlo's glorious journey began. Via the Brescia Calcio station, where the young Pirlo "shuttled" between the two highest Italian leagues at the beginning of his professional career, he made the jump to Inter Milan in 1998. With the Nerazzurri, however, the fine spirit never made the breakthrough, was quickly labeled as too thin due to his 1.77 meters height and his manageable weight of under 70 kilograms. Loans to Reggina Calcio and Brescia were the result before Inter rival Milan struck - and landed the U-21 European champions from 2000.

At the Rossoneri Pirlo's star rose, coach Carlo Ancelotti realized over time that the protégé would be used as a ball distributor in front of the defense. A brilliant move, because from there (2002) Pirlo became the brains of the Milanese team despite prominent competition in the AC squad (Rui Costa, Serginho, Clarence Seedorf, Gattuso). A real shower of titles followed: The maestro won the Champions League with the Lombards in 2003 and 2007, also with Milan (119 Serie A games, 17 goals) and later with Juventus Turin (207 Serie A games, 15 goals) a total of six times the championship and in 2003 (AC) and 2015 (Juve) the Coppa Italia.

"I acted out of instinct. I remembered a move, a pass, a goal - and by then I had already made it. From the beginning it was said that I was too tired and would not make it. In reality, however, they understood My way of moving doesn't, "Pirlo once said of himself.

World Champion 2006: Andrea Pirlo. imago images

In addition, Pirlo left his mark on the national team not only at the successful 2006 World Cup, he won the bronze medal as the leading player of the Azzurrini in Athens in 2004, was U-21 European champion in 2000 and reached the final at the 2012 European Championship (0: 4 against Spain) .

But the World Cup triumph will be remembered when the interface magician knocked host Germany out of the competition in the famous semifinals and finally turned a shot from the point in the final against France in a 5-3 penalty shoot-out. In the aftermath of the final, Pirlo once said about the final: "I don't react to pressure. On the afternoon of July 9, 2006 in Berlin I slept and then played the Playstation. In the evening I won the World Cup."

The entry into the trainer business is imminent

Now, at 40, Pirlo could reportedly get back to football. According to "Tuttosport" and other Italian media, the maestro is currently negotiating with his ex-club Juventus Turin about entering the coaching business. He could take over the in-house U 23, who are currently in the third division (Serie C). In terms of taking free kicks, he would certainly be a welcome help for the young players - not to mention his enormous wealth of experience, which he could bring and pass on to the talents.

When I kick the ball in set pieces, I do it Pirlo style. Every shot has my name and they are all my children.

Why was Pirlo so good at standards? The 2006 world champion reveals this in his biography "I think, therefore I play". The wording there: "I'm Italian, but also to a certain extent Brazilian. Pirlinho, if you will. When I kick the ball in set pieces, I do it Pirlo-style. Every shot bears my name and they are all my children. Everyone looks like the other, but twins are not, even if they all have the same South American roots. More precisely, they share the same source of inspiration: Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior, a midfielder known as Juninho Pernambucano. This man did extraordinary things with the ball during his time in Lyon. He laid it on the ground, made it circulate strangely in the air and finally wriggled in the net. It never failed. Really never. I looked at his statistics and noticed that it can't just be luck. " So he studied the Brazilian art marksman Juninho - the rest is history.