Juventus Football Club has appointed Andrea Pirlo to replace Maurizio Sarri as the new first team coach.
The retired Italian midfielder came to take over the Juventus U23 team a few weeks ago, but the Serie A club decided to promote him to the first team after Maurizio Sarri’s firing, which was trigerred by the team’s elimination from the Champions League by Lyon.
Sarri has been at the helm for only one season. He replaced Massimiliano Allegri, who had spent five years as the team’s coach.
Pirlo signed a contract that will see him guide the Serial A 2020/2022 champions until 30th June 2022.
A statement issued by Juventus on Saturday, 8th August, said: “The club has decided to entrust him with the technical leadership of the first team, after having already selected him for Juventus Under-23.
“Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead, from his debut on the bench, an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes.”
The 41-year-old Pirlo played 164 games for Juventus between 2011 and 2015 and won four Serie A titles in Turin after joining from AC Milan, where he spent most of his career and won two Champions League trophies and two league titles.
In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Pirlo won the Serie A Footballer of the Year and was also named as part of the Serie A Team of the Year. After helping Juventus to the 2015 Uefa Champions League final, he was named to the Squad of the Season.
After playing in Italy for over 20 seasons, Pirlo joined Major League Soccer franchise New York City in 2015, helping the team to reach the playoffs in his second and third seasons.
Pirlo, who retired in 2017, also represented Italy on 116 occasions between 2002 and 2015. He won the 2006 World Cup with his country.