20
May

Andrea Pirlo looks a little worse for wear at the Scudetto bus parade

imageWake up, Andrea!  (Image via 101GG)

Juventus had their bus parade on Sunday to celebrate a third straight Serie A championship, and it seems as though one particular, bearded midfielder may have had one too many libations along the way!

Check it out:

Oh, Andrea!

Since the parade fell on the eve of his birthday (Pirlo turned 35 on Monday), maybe we should give him a pass. After all, it is his birthday week! Long hair, don’t care!

H/T CaughtOffside

25
Apr

Golazo! Nike strikes gold with “Winner Stays” commercial

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of actually being one of our sports idols? We’re not sure where the practice of saying an icon’s name when playing pick-up came about, but we’ve all done it.

Nike Football found a way to cash in on this schoolyard quirk, and the result is gold. Watch “Winner Stays” for yourself to see and review our favorite highlights from Nike’s ‘Risk Everything’ football campaign:

  • The kid calling out “Neymar” for pulling a totally non-Neymar move and shying away from a one-on-one
  • Double the “David Luiz”
  • A possible World Cup preview with “Pique” tackling “Neymar,” his Barcelona teammate!
  • "Zlatan" insisting "Zlatan" take a free-kick
  • Cameos from Kobe Bryant, Anderson Silva, and Jon “Bones” Jones
  • "Iniesto!"
  • And of course, Ronaldo having the support of the one fan who matters most:

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Irina Shayk! It’s good to be Ronaldo.

Image provided by Nike Soccer/Nike Football

8
Feb

Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner can’t do anything without Pirlo’s passes

In a new video posted by the Bianconeri’s official YouTube account, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Pirlo go out for a nice little brunch together after practice. Throughout the spot, Lichtsteiner asks Pirlo to “pass” him multiple things. The punchline (it’s not much of one) is when Stephan asks Pirlo to pass him the water, which is closer to him.

On their way out of the restaurant, Pirlo has a revelation: maybe practice makes perfect?

Somehow, passing is only Pirlo’s second-greatest attribute, well behind fashion. Just look at him:

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10
Nov

Pair of golazos help Juventus beat Napoli in Serie A showdown

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Serie A title favorites Juventus and Napoli met up for a critical match on Sunday to determine who would take over second place and creep within a point of league-leading Roma.

After Fernando Llorente put Juve ahead in just the 2nd minute of the match, the defending champions looked to be in complete control. But it wasn’t until late in the second half that Juventus could secure their position, when Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba suddenly staged their own mini-competition.

In the 74th minute, Pirlo emitted all the power and magic from his majestic beard to unleash a flawless free kick into the upper right corner. Teammate Paul Pogba was not to be outdone, though, and clinched the 3-0 win just six minutes later. Pogba did what Pogba loves to do more than anything: tee up an outrageous volley from distance:

Welcome to Golazo City! Population: Juventus

5
Aug

Balotelli Plays the Piano While Pirlo Looks On

Each time we think that Mario Balotelli can’t get any more impressive, he goes and does something unexpectedly amazing. Like, say, playing the Italian National Anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, on the piano while Italian legend Andrea Pirlo looks on with a stare that must be causing a commotion amongst fan fiction writers.

Some eagle-eye viewers might point out that Balotelli’s sleeves seem to change positions as the camera rotates, but does it really matter?

Bravo, Mario! Bravo!

31
Jul

Juve’s Pirlo and Bonucci don’t impress at the other kind of football

Ahead of their International Champions Cup encounter with Everton in San Francisco (tonight, 11 PM ET, LIVE on FOX Soccer), Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Steven Bonucci visited the Stanford campus to try their hands at the “other” football.

It didn’t go so well.

Under the watchful eye of Stanford’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach Mike Sanford (Stanford’s Sanford… has a nice ring to it!) Bonucci played the role of QB while Pirlo ran some routes. They had very little success.The look on Sanford’s face really says it all, but if we’re being honest, coach, you probably should have given Pirlo the nod at QB. He’s only one of the greatest passers of our time (albeit with his feet).

After realizing they just aren’t that useful with their arms, Pirlo and Bonucci went over to the other side of the field to try out as kickers. Not surprisingly, that turned out much better.