Inter Milan (Italy), Reggina (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy),
Brescia (Italy), AC Milan (Italy)
2003 European SuperCup winner (Milan AC) 2003 Champions League winner (Milan AC) 2004 Serie A.. Champions (Milan AC) 2005 Champions League Finals (Milan AC)
Andrea Pirlo is an Italian footballer. He currently plays with
the A.C. Milan.
Pirlo has played for Brescia (1994-98 and 2001), Internazionale
(1998-99 and 2000), Reggina (1999-2000), and AC Milan (2001-).
With Milan, he won one scudetto and one Champions League title.
For Italy, Pirlo played at Euro 2004, was part of the team at
the 2000 Summer Olympics and won the bronze medal at the 2004
He is generally regarded as one of the foremost midfield players
in the world today, especially in the Serie A. He is possessed
of extraordinary passing talent and creativity, thriving in the
deep-seated playmaking role in which he is employed at AC Milan.
At AC Milan he is considered the only irreplaceable player as
the team's game is focused around his ability to dictate play
and control the game's tempo. A dead ball specialist, he is the
first choice taker of penalties, corners and free kicks. In the
2005-2006 season Pirlo introduced a new free kick shooting
technique that deploys the last three toes of his foot that puts
him on the verge of breaking the all-time Milan free kick record
– he has scored four from free-kicks in half a season, whereas
the previous record, set in the 1989-90 season, was four in a
season (three by Demetrio Albertini and one by Frank Rijkaard).
While his technical footballing ability is virtually unmatched,
he lacks the physical stature of the traditional defensive
midfielder. His defensive qualities have improved considerably
however they are still limited. Nevertheless, at AC Milan this
is hardly a problem as he is backed up in midfield by the
physical power-houses of Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf.