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

Andrea Pirlo Just Scored Another Incredible Free Kick Goal

This is Juventus's Andrea Pirlo. He's 100 years old, and, aside from the greatest flowing mane of hair to ever grace a human's head, looks older than that. No one has seen him move in earnest in six or seven years, but he scores stunning free kicks all the time. This is one of those times. » 3/20/14 4:39pm 3/20/14 4:39pm