Andrea Pirlo, 41, who spent four years as a player for Juventus, was also a part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning squad

Andrea Pirlo has been confirmed as the replacement of Maurizio Sarri, for the role of Juventus Football Club’s new team manager. He is said to have been handpicked for the role by the club’s president Andrea Agnelli.

The decision came just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri as the team manager, following the team’s flop show at the Champions League against Lyon.

Pirlo, 41, who spent four years as a player for Juventus, was also a part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad. He was appointed as the manager of the Juventus’ Under-23 team in July 2020. The former midfielder has now signed a two-year contract as the manager of the first team.

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“Today, begins a new chapter of his career in the world of football, as it was said almost a week ago: from Maestro to Mister. From today he will be THE coach for people of Juventus, as the club has decided to entrust him with the technical leadership of the First Team, after having already selected him for Juventus Under 23,” read a statement from Juventus.

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“Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes,” the statement further added.

Speaking about the decision regarding the appointment of Pirlo, Juventus’ chief football officer, Fabio Paratici said that the decision to select Pirlo was very natural as he is someone who played for the club, and had always been in contact with the club.

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