Andrea Pirlo Is Getting PAID In MLS

Despite doling out reams of cash to players like David Villa and Frank Lampard, MLS debutantes NYCFC hadn’t yet snared that big-name, face-of-the-franchise type player you knew they wanted. Until today, that is, when they consummated a months-long flirtation by making Andrea Pirlo the highest-paid player in the league. »7/06/15 1:42pm7/06/15 1:42pm


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 4:49pm2/20/15 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 5:38pm6/14/14 5:38pm