Share via Email Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo v Nesta was a classic duel back in our Milanello days. Truly a life of sacrifice. Our head-to-heads were pure adrenaline.
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Below he reveals the secret behind his success. Pirlinho, if you like. I strike those dead balls alla Pirlo. They look like one another without being twins, even if they do boast the same South American roots. During his time at Lyon, that man made the ball do some quite extraordinary things. He never got it wrong. And eventually I understood.
From the start, I could tell he struck the ball in an unusual way. I could see the "what" but not the "how". And so I went out onto the training pitch and tried to copy him, initially without much success.
In the early days, the ball sailed a couple of metres over the crossbar, or three metres above the sky to borrow from the Italian film of the same name. As I was speaking to outlaws, I told myself that what I said was neither a sin nor a crime. The misses went on for several days and by that time the bloke in charge of the kit store was getting somewhat peeved.
For him, it was a case of too many lost balls becoming a ball ache as I persisted with my experiments. Days soon turned into weeks.
Hardly romantic, but there you go. It was at the point of maximum exertion that the dam burst, in every sense of the term. The next day I left the house really early, even electing to skip my usual classic PlayStation battle with [Alessandro] Nesta as I rushed to the training paddock.
The kit-store guy had already turned up for duty. Go on, you fool, throw me over a ball. Mentally, he was already preparing himself for a trip to the woods to recover it. Instead I stuck it right in the top corner, just where the post meets the crossbar. A geometric gem. I placed the shot so perfectly that it would have gone in even with a keeper. Luckily for our goalies, none of them were around. This was now a battle of two against one. Me on one side, the kit store guy and the ghost of Juninho Pernambucano firmly on the other.
Just you watch," I said. The ball needs to be struck from underneath using your first three toes. Keep your foot straight and then relax it in one fell swoop" Up I stepped and unleashed a carbon copy of the previous free kick. It was a thing of absolute beauty, stylistically impeccable. I lined up another five strikes and it was the same story every time.
The secret was no more. In essence, the ball needs to be struck from underneath using your first three toes. You have to keep your foot as straight as possible and then relax it in one fell swoop. And that, in a nutshell, is my maledetta. For me, the best feeling in life is watching the ball fly into the net after it whizzes a couple of centimetres over the heads of the defenders. They can almost reach it, but not quite.
Sometimes a pinch of sadism is the ingredient that makes victory taste that little bit sweeter. The further away from goal I am, the better.
As the distance increases, so does the effect I can impart. The greater the space between me and the keeper, the quicker the ball tends to drop as it hones in on its target. I can obviously mix things up a bit, throw in a few little tricks to make every free kick unique, but the underlying concept never changes.
Scoring from a dead-ball brings me massive satisfaction. It sets me up as an example for other players to follow, copy and perhaps even emulate over the course of time.
Club career[ edit ] — Early years and realisation of role[ edit ] Pirlo was born in Flero , Italy, in the province of Brescia. He was promoted by his coach Mircea Lucescu. Pirlo was unable to break into the first squad permanently, however, and Inter finished eighth in the —99 Serie A campaign. Milan[ edit ] — Domestic and European success[ edit ] After three seasons on the Inter books, Pirlo was sold to rivals A. Milan, in particular under manager Carlo Ancelotti , where Pirlo made big strides in developing into a world class player, and one of the best deep-lying playmakers and set-piece specialists in the world, as he went on to achieve notable domestic and international success during his time with the club.
Andrea Pirlo reveals the secret behind his free kick brilliance
The football world is in mourning, but at least we have the memories. We thought it was only fitting that we revisit the lauded tome that has contributed to an entirely deserved cult of personality. This guy. Football v Sex Being part of a team that belongs to everyone makes me feel good.
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