Perhaps the world’s coolest footballer has suddenly become the coach of Juventus. Andrea Pirlo (41) knows that only gold is good enough.
Serie A starts this weekend, and the new Juventus boss has his cameras aimed at him, probably wearing a face mask with the club’s logo.
– There is undoubtedly something beautiful about seeing one of the best football players, with one of the wisest football heads, in recent years on the sidelines as a coach. But there is no doubt that it is a game of chance for Juventus’ part, says Even Braastad, commentator on Strive and half of the podcast “Bootball”.
– Pirlo has no experience and enters an environment where second place is not just a defeat, but something they must soon have forgotten how it feels.
Juventus are chasing their 10th straight Serie A title in 2020/21. Pirlo himself was involved in winning the first four of these who play for “The Old Lady” in Turin.
– What do the fans think about Pirlo becoming a coach?
– It’s probably a bit divided. Pirlo as a type is naturally extremely popular, but at the same time there are still some who are skeptical of giving him the main responsibility already now, Even Braastad answers.
It should have been the Juventus president himself, Andrea Agnelli (son of the late Umberto Agnelli), who chose Pirlo as the new head coach of the club.
The midfield legend put his football shoes on the shelf in 2017 and has since started a coaching career that until now has been Juventus’ U23 team.
As a player, he was known for his incredible free kick foot. For both Juventus and Italy, he knocked the ball directly into goal from a free kick. In his biography, Pirlo describes how he managed to develop his shotgun.