July 31 – Andrea Pirlo has returned to Juventus to become the club’s new U-23 manager, the Turin-based club announced on Thursday.
The former Italy star will make his first tentative steps in coaching after a few years away from the professional circuit. “Welcome back coach Pirlo,” wrote Juventus in a statement on Thursday, “Andrea is the new coach of the Under 23 team.”
Pirlo retired from the game in 2017 after a two-year spell with New York City FC in the United States. In 2015, he left Turin to cross the Atlantic. With Juventus, Pirlo won four consecutive Serie A crowns.
He spent most of his career however at rivals AC Milan where he won two league and two Champions League titles.
At international level, Pirlo was capped 116 times for Italy and helped his country win the World Cup in 2006 when Marcelo Lippi’s team defeated France from the penalty spot in Berlin.
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