Andrea Pirlo's Bomb From 30 Yards Out Is Almost As Majestic As His Beard

This is the perfect Andrea Pirlo goal. Firmly parked way behind the action—a distance he's made a career out of dominating games from—he collects the ball, eyes up the goal frame, and hoofs in a shot that has no business beating the keeper. It's less a violent blast of power than an meticulously crafted work of art,… » 2/20/15 4:49pm 2/20/15 4:49pm

Why England Should Fear The Crafty, Italian Genius Of Andrea Pirlo

If international soccer teams' styles represent their national characters—and Henry Kissinger says they do, so who am I to argue?—few encounters bring that out better than England-Italy. To the English, the Italians have always been skillful, stylish, crafty, and untrustworthy, both on the pitch and off—they switched… » 6/14/14 5:38pm 6/14/14 5:38pm