I Love Azzurri


How was Italy achievement at Euro 2012
Displaying items by tag: pirlo
Saturday, 06 October 2012 10:24

Pirlo Plans to Play in 2014 World Cup

Cesare Prandelli says he expects Andrea Pirlo to be on the plane that takes Italy to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Juventus midfielder, who was pivotal in guiding his team to this year’s European Championship final, will be 35-years-old in two years' time, but age is not a factor in the eyes of his national coach.

"Andrea has to decide for himself and in good time what he wants to do in the future and he still feels the desire to be a key player in the position," Prandelli told Raisport. "He wants to play to the World Cup and for us he'll always be important."

Pirlo has made 91 appearances for the national team and has scored 10 goals in that period. Prandelli has indicated that he will look to bring a number of younger players into the squad as he looks to find a balance between experienced heads and exciting prospects.

He has already first international call-ups to 19-year-old AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy and 21-year-old Roma forward Mattia Destro since the European Championships.

"We've got to renew and plot our future," he added.

"We can't think about getting to such a tournament without making changes. The younger players need patience but the quality is there."


Published in Players
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 19:19

Pirlo: Only Spain are superior to Italy

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has declared that Spain are the only team Italy cannot match, after the Azzurri were beaten in the final of Euro 2012 by Vicente del Bosque's side.

Cesare Prandelli's men were beaten 4-0 by La Roja on Sunday, while the two sides recorded a competitive 1-1 draw in the first game of Group C.

Pirlo stated that he is satisfied with Italy's campaign this summer, but admitted that his side are unable to cope with the Spanish approach to the game.

"Perhaps Spain are the only side we are not yet able to match in terms of circulation of the ball," Pirlo told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"This was a great tournament until the final, where we were not up to standard.

"My role in the tournament? I do not want to talk about that. When we lose, the entire team loses. There is no point in talking about this player or that player."

Giorgio Chiellini and Thiago Motta both picked up injuries during the final, with the Brazil-born midfielder's hamstring problem forcing the Nazionale to play the last half an hour with 10 men as Prandelli had already used all three substitutions.

"We were very unlucky in the final: a lot of physical problems, missed chances and had 30 minutes with 10 men.

"Those injuries are not unusual when you play so many matches in such a short amount of time, especially at the end of a long season."

The 33-year-old then spoke of his delight that Prandelli will remain at the helm of the Azzurri, who will now turn their attentions to the World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

"It is only fair that he continues," Pirlo added. "I am happy that he will stay. His work is there to see."

Published in News

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has warned his team-mates not to get carried away following their 2-1 victory over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

The Azzurri put in an impressive display on Thursday evening to see off Joachim Low's men - who had been tipped as favourites for the match - and join Spain in the final.

Italy have performed well above expectations in Poland and Ukraine, but Pirlo insists it will count for nothing if they fail to go on and win the tournament.

"We have not won anything yet," Pirlo told reporters. "[Not to win] would be like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope.

"We are convinced that we will have a great match against Spain. But if we want to have a chance to win, we will need to show the same spirit and desire we showed tonight and in the match against England.

"After the 2006 World Cup, we had some problems in the national team because successes were not coming. Now, we have reached the final."

The 33-year-old midfielder also drew parallels between Italy's campaign in Poland and Ukraine and the 2006 World Cup - where they defeated France in the final.

"The feelings are more or less the same," he explained. "There is the same desire to win and also some youngsters who were not in the squad in 2006."


Published in News
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:52

De Rossi: Pirlo is a genius

Daniele De Rossi has labelled Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo a genius ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Germany.

Pirlo has been the focus of much of the build-up on account of his influential displays to date and Sunday's stunning scooped penalty in the shoot-out success over England.

De Rossi has nothing but admiration for the Juventus midfielder but he is keen to point out that Cesare Prandelli's side have many strings to their bow.

"When there's a genius player in a team then the opposition will always need to keep an eye on them," the Roma man told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

"But even though Pirlo has been our most consistent player, we have other players who can hurt Germany."

De Rossi is a doubt for the game in Warsaw with the sciatic nerve problem that forced him off in the quarter-final victory over England.

However, the 28-year-old is optimistic about his chances of passing a late fitness test, admitting that he would be willing to play through the pain.

"I would hate to miss out because of an injury," De Rossi confessed. "It's not that I'm a hero, I just hate missing matches.

"I've got a bad back but I have faith and am confident I'll make it. I'll do everything in my power to be available for tomorrow."

Italy's last-four encounter with Die Mannschaft will kick off at 20:45CET.

Published in News

Having played a pivotal role in helping Juventus clinch the Scudetto in his maiden season at the club, Andrea Pirlo has taken that exceptional form straight into the Euros for Italy, with some superb displays against the likes of Spain, Ireland and England.
A metronomic display full of class helped the Azzurri into the semi-finals at the expense of the Three Lions on Sunday night, a performance capped by a stunning penalty kick that turned the shoot-out in his side's favour in Kiev.

It has led the footballing world to collectively hail the Italian playmaker - and here Goal.com takes a look at what his fellow professionals, both past and present, have had to say about the man in question.

"Yes, for me, Andrea should win the Ballon d'Or. He deserves it. He is the best of them all."

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli throws his weight behind the growing admiration for the former AC Milan man.

"Did you see what Pirlo did? Only a genius has this intuition. Andrea is immense and there are no other adjectives to add."

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, a former manager of Pirlo's at Milan, is left speechless by the Panenka-style penalty.

"We did all the things one could possibly do from a professional point of view but it still doesn't change the fact that Andrea Pirlo has the incredible confidence at that level of football to do a Panenka chip over the goalkeeper."

England boss Roy Hodgson admitted that all the planning in the world couldn't prevent the penalty.

"If I had to choose a lasting image from the game I'd say Pirlo's penalty. I'd not seen such a crazy shot as that since the days of Francesco Totti."

Italy captain Daniele De Rossi hailed the penalty, referencing Totti's similar strike against Netherlands at Euro 2000.

"Pirlo. Mamma Mia!"

Udinese midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, who is set to join Pirlo next season after agreeing a move to Juventus, brushes up on his Italian while praising the 33-year-old.

"On a pure footballing note Pirlo just put on a pure footballing master class + the penalty was too much."

Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand, left kicking his heels at home by England during the tournament, lauded the masterclass put on by the Italian playmaker.

"Wow. Pirlo is a joke."

Free-agent Michael Owen simply could not believe his eyes.

"What a great penalty from Pirlo – phenomenal."

Barcelona midfielder Xavi, a player that Pirlo is often compared to, was effusive in his praise of the penalty.

"Pirlo is just class."

Spain international Gerard Pique also joined in on the fun.

"A player of another world. It's a player like that who the French team miss"

Former PSG holding man Luis Fernandez, winner of the European Championship with France in 1984, believes Les Bleus are missing a player of Pirlo's quality in the middle of the park at the moment.

"He is simply a world class player, on the top level for years. How he has taken the penalty - that was great class. On Thursday it is not Ozil vs Pirlo, but Germany vs Italy."

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil was keen to talk up the ability of his opposite number ahead of the two teams' upcoming semi-final clash.

"That was very bold in that situation. When he doesn't score... As a keeper you don't expect such a penalty. That shows how strong his nerves are."

Die Mannschaft goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke hailed the unpredictable nature of the spot-kick.

"But what class!"

Cesc Fabregas applauded the technique and nerves needed to pull of such a penalty given the context of the situation.

"Pirlo's penalty [is the] moment of Euros so far for me - reminded me of Zidane's pen in World Cup [2006]. Big players at the big moment produce a moment of class!"

Everton utility man Phil Neville called the Pirlo penalty his highlight of Euro 2012 so far, lauding the player's mental strength.

"Pirlo has unbelievable quality and England could not match him or Italy. Pirlo has been fabulous, he controlled and dictated the game and was absolutely masterful. It was a masterclass in technical ability, and Steven Gerrard spent the night chasing Pirlo around."

Never one to hold back with his opinion, Liverpool legend and Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen complimented Pirlo on his performance against England.


Published in News

Cesare Prandelli and Carlo Ancelotti have lavished praise upon Andrea Pirlo after his performance for Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-final against England.

Pirlo was at his metronomic best against the Three Lions and after guiding Juventus to the Scudetto while completing the Serie A season undefeated, the two coaches were eager to talk up the 33-year-old's ability.

The current Italy trainer was adamant that despite the record-breaking efforts of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past year, it is Pirlo who deserves to be named World Player of the Year.

"Yes, for me, Andrea should win the Ballon d'Or. He deserves it. He is the best of them all," Prandelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I was amazed when I heard his statements after the game: when he said that he shot it like that in an attempt to make things difficult for the English psychologically.

"I would never have thought of it, and that confirms that the true champions go the extra mile for the good of the team."

Such glowing words were echoed by Pirlo's former boss at AC Milan, who ran out of superlatives when describing the midfielder. Ancelotti also added that despite Germany being the best team he has seen in the competition so far, the Azzurri will prove more than a match for Joachim Low's side.

"Did you see what Pirlo did? Only a genius has this intuition. Andrea is immense and there are no other adjectives to add," he said.

"If I were Low I'd be careful, against this Italy it is no laughing matter.

"I think that Germany are the best team I've seen at the Euros, the most complete, but it will be a struggle against us. But then I'm Italian, I'm a fan of the Nazionale.

"I see Germany less favoured than it may seem."

Italy take on Germany in the semi-final at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Thursday evening.

Published in News

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo believes that his audacious 'Panenka' penalty "put more pressure" on England's players in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final clash.

The Azzurri were losing 2-1 in the penalty shoot-out after Riccardo Montolivo had missed his attempt when Pirlo chipped the ball straight into the middle of the net as England goalkeeper Joe Hart dived to his right.

Ashley Young and Ashley Cole then missed from the spot, allowing Italy to win 4-2 in the shoot-out, and Pirlo hinted that his penalty changed the game.

"Joe Hart was doing some strange movements, so when he dived I decided to take it like that and it went well," the Juventus midfielder told Rai Sport.

"It put a bit of pressure on their takers and in fact Ashley Young missed his penalty after that.

"England did not create any chances during the match. They played for the penalty shoot-out, while we wanted to win.

"We knew we could dominate the match, and all that England did was defend. We used up more energy than we expected, but we were able to win the match."

Pirlo's Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon also commented on the nerve-wracking quarter-final, and admitted that despite Italy's dominance, he was dreading an England victory from 12 yards.

"It is clear that I feared an upset, in the penalty shoot-out you can be lucky and win or unlucky and lose. With regards to the 120 minutes of action, we deserved the victory, we created more chances than them," the goalkeeper pointed out.

"After Montolivo missed his penalty, I only thought that I should save as many as possible, because my team-mates deserved to win the match, and so did I."

For Daniele De Rossi, who was forced off through injury, Pirlo's shoot-out heroics were the highlight of a tense match on Sunday evening.

"Pirlo's penalty? It has been many years since I saw one this beautiful. It reminded me of Totti's penalty against Netherlands in 2000," he said.

Alessandro Diamanti, meanwhile, agreed with Pirlo that his side were more than worthy victors.

"Justice was done, we played better than England. We controlled the match from the first minute," he claimed, adding that the only thing running through his mind in the shoot-out was marking a goal with his goalkeeper.

"I did not think anything while I was taking my penalty, I only thought about scoring and go to Buffon and celebrate with him."

Italy will now take on Germany in their semi-final clash, which will be played on Thursday in Warsaw. Pirlo had the last word as he asserted that, from this point forward, anything was possible.

"At this stage of the tournament we should not rule anything out, that is the reason we are here," he added.


Published in News
Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:14

Pirlo: England are very predictable

Andrea Pirlo has voiced his opinion that England are very predictable and lack the quality to upset Italy in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final.

The Juventus midfielder feels the Three Lions have been unimpressive so far at the European Championship, and is confident the Azzurri will exploit their weaknesses.

"People talk about England playing the Italian way, but that's rubbish. Only Italy can play the Italian way. And we do not care for anyone who tries to impersonate us," Pirlo stated to Sky Sports.

"Maybe they will adopt a different approach against us, but I doubt it because in some ways they are very predictable.

"I have seen some of England's games in this tournament. They have been more practical than impressive, and we are confident of beating them.

"They have weaknesses that we can exploit, particularly in midfield. They are missing some key players and I think we will have the measure of them in that area.

"They also look very nervous at times in defence and, France aside, they have not had to play against too many big nations."

Sunday's encounter kicks off at 20:45CET.


Published in News
Friday, 15 June 2012 07:30

Pirlo: It's Not Over

Pozan, June 14, 2012 - Disappointment has matured as a draw, but also the conviction that the classification is still possible. The Azzurri are already projected to the challenge with Ireland, a race that becomes crucial at this point. "We could close the game the first time - explains Andrea Pirlo - maybe we're down in the second half, and they have found the goal. We had to win, now we beat ourselves up because there's more. " When asked about the risk of a 'cookie' that could oust Italy dall'Europeo once again, the midfielder of the answers firmly: "Spain and Croatia are two great teams and I do not think they can do something like that." On the same wavelength Gigi Buffon, which explains why there is a risk of recurrence of a situation similar to that of Euro 2004: "In this case, two teams of different values, and in Spain there are players with a excursus that can not be labeled as unsportsmanlike and make the world laugh with a 2-2. I know that winning the last game would pass through. "

The number one Blue does not hide the regret for the failure to win: "The performance is there and the will to win as well. We make a good football at times, but we must be more cynical when we have opportunity. In games like this you can not afford to give away anything. " The goal of Croatia Giorgio Chiellini failed to intercept the cross on which it is rash Mandzukic: "I was too close - he explains - and the ball came long. I had to keep up close, because we knew they were very good in these situations to score. " Even Thiago Motta is disappointed at the outcome: "We have wasted a great opportunity, in the first half we created a lot and we have not closed the game. Now we must think of Ireland and will not be easy. "

The vice president Demetrio Albertini Federal looks ahead: "We're back, and they have exploited the only shot they had. Perhaps with a bit more luck we could mortgage qualification, we now have to think about winning the next game. "

Translated by Google

Published in News

Andrea Pirlo has rated Italy's performance in the 1-1 draw with Spain at Euro 2012 as a "seven" out of 10.
The Azzurri went ahead thanks to Antonio Di Natale's strike on the hour mark, fresh off the substitutes' bench, but shortly after, 'false No.9' Cesc Fabregas equalised to salvage La Roja a point in Gdansk.

Speaking after the encounter, the Juventus playmaker did not expect Spain to take to the pitch without one of Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente or Alvaro Negredo in attack, but took the positives out of their display.

"I was surprised by Spain. They didn't have a striker, but sometimes they play like this," Pirlo said after the match to Rai Sport.

"We played well. I would give us a seven [out of 10]. This match can give us a lot of confidence for our next games."

Pirlo then defended striking duo Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli, declaring: "They played well. One was trying to find space, the other one proved his talent."

The draw means Italy kick their European campaign off with a point, along with Spain.

Published in News
<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>
Page 1 of 2