Book look: the midfield magician

One of Italy’s most celebrated midfielders reflects in a new book on decisive moments of his career. Andrea Pirlo, the legendary playmaker of AC Milan and Juventus Turin, writes about the hurdles he had faced on his way into Serie A. The ex-Inter star describes his most emotional moments with the Squadra Azzura and reveals who had impressed him the most as far as teammates and coaches are concerned.

The book – which features several childhood photographs – is packed with amusing anecdotes which are certain to excite supporters of the 36-year-old strategist who now plays for MLS club New York City FC. At 160 pages, “Ich denke, also spiele ich” might not be a comprehensive autobiography. However, the book does a good job in taking football fans into the mysterious circles of world-class teams, managers and club bosses. Pirlo – the infamously introverted thinker – does not shy away from criticising certain teammates and bad developments in the business. This is one of the book’s strongest aspects.

“Ich denke, also spiele ich”, which features a foreword by Cesare Prandelli, is a celebration of true friendship as Pirlo reveals who have been his best mates through the years – in good and bad times. Fans can find out more about his strong ties with Alessandro Nesta. Pirlo also explains why he admired Antonio Conte’s coaching. Conte successfully managed Juventus before taking the national team hot seat.

Pirlo’s book features both – chapters about uplifting experiences in the locker room as Pirlo loves playing pranks at teammates. However, the soccer star also admits how hard it was to lose against Liverpool in the legendary Champions League final in Istanbul 10 years ago. The midfielder also recounts how older players gave him a tough time back when he joined squads as the youngest player due to his talent.

Ich denke, also spiele ich
By Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Alciato
Published by Riva (

::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

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