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World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo in advanced talks to play for Avondale FC

Written by: Neelav Chakravarti

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If the move materializes, he will be following in the footsteps of another Juve legend, Alessandro Del Piero who played in the A-League earlier.

Italian World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo could be putting on his boots again, but this time for semi-professional Australian team Avondale FC. According to multiple reports, the former Juventus midfielder is in advanced talks with the Victorian League outfit for a one-off appearance.

Avondale are set to play Sydney FC in the FFA Cup quarterfinals and are allegedly very close to signing the former Milan star for the clash. The club finished their season in third place and sealed a place in the FFA Cup quarterfinals, after edging past Devonport 4-1 in the Round of 16. The outfit will also play in the National Premier League semi-finals after defeating Port Melbourne 3-1.

The clash against Sydney FC is set to take place on 19th September 2018, at the ABD Stadium and Pirlo's involvement could be a boost to the club's chances of winning the fixture. If the move materializes, he will be following in the footsteps of another Juve legend, Alessandro Del Piero, who played for Sydney FC two seasons earlier.


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The 39-year-old had a legendary career amassing countless Serie A titles with AC Milan and Juventus. He also won the UEFA Champions League twice with the San Siro side. He won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy and also came second at UEFA Euro 2012. In his prime, Pirlo was regarded as one of the best creative deeplying midfielders with an eye for a pass. He was known for his in-swinging set-pieces too. 

It is being reported that Avondale have been looking for a marquee guest signing for quite sometime and have identified the classy playmaker as the perfect target with money not being an issue.

Published: Wed Sep 12, 2018 01:53 PM IST

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