A book review on Andrea Pirlo’s biography,’I think therefore I play’, with Alessandro Alssiato. Book review by Anushree Nande for Football. The best picks from Pirlo’s exemplary autobiography. One of the most iconic footballers of the modern era, Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo has made numerous revelations from his illustrious career in his rele.

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Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest footballers of his generation – a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known.

This is his story, in his words. It is written with a level of humour and insight autogiography confound his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play. All the big names are in there: But they’re not always in their work clothes.

amdrea We hear Berlusconi playing the piano and telling “various types of jokes” at Milan’s training ground. We see Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi drawing Nesta’s ire as they take him on a mystery tour of the German countryside in a hire car andgea before a World Cup semi-final. And we smell the aftermath of Filippo Inzaghi’s graphically-described pre-match routine.

With the World Cup being his last international tournament, this is a timely salute to a special talent who may yet have one final autobiogrphy left to write. Read more Read less. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. My Story On and Off the Field. Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches. Alex Ferguson My Autobiography: The autobiography of the legendary Manchester Piro manager. It ;irlo football as art and philosophy rather than warfare.

He has won the Champions League and the World Cup. He reinvented his position, playing deeper than any playmaker before him and using a wider passing range. He is also one of the best free-kick takers in the history of soccer. Alessandro Alciato is also the coauthor of Carlo Ancelotti: The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius. Product details File Size: April 13, Sold by: Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. If Pirlo hadn’t become a footballer, he would have become an artist or poet. In fact he is. I’m no fan of Italian football but had read a very short snippet of this book in a UK newspaper, where he refers to the Champions League Final defeat to Liverpool, a game which AC Milan had lead at half time.

I purchased the book on the strength anxrea those few sentences and wasn’t surprised to find the rest of the book was just pkrlo entertaining and enlightening. What is surprising is, Pirlo doesn’t once if Amdrea recall provide descriptive about any of the hundreds of games he’s played in as such, whether at national or international level.

Wndrea no “I passed the ball to Del Autobikgraphy This is more a philosophical look at the game, his life, the lessons he’s learned and anecdotes from behind the scenes. Which in my opinion makes for the perfect football andfea. Pirlo is as good a writer as he is a footballer. And that’s probably the highest accolade I can give this book. Andrea Pirlo’s account is refreshingly honest, real, full of heart, and draws you deep into the autobiigraphy of the ups and downs of one of the greatest legends of sports history.

This book serves as an inspiration to anyone wanting to have a real insider’s perspective into the world of football. This book pirlk timeless, with lessons to teach to future generations. The narrative is at times humorous, at times heart-wrenching, but at all times gripping and engaging. I could not put this book down and came away a transformed person–something I did not expect.

Andrea Pirlo is manifestly not simply a great player, but a great soul who communicates with you through this book as if he were in your own living room. A respectful autobigraphy that I will never forget, and one of the best reads of the year Thank you, Andrea Pirlo, for sharing with the world your experiences and timeless messaging which enrich us all.

Unleashing the Superhuman Within”. When most players play, there is a sense of urgency and tension in their game.

With Pirlo however, there is calmness personified. I’d like to believe it’s not because he lacks the piflo or passion, but because the route to the goal is well-mapped in his skull. And with his book as we’ll, one is unable to pilo the direction of the narrative, but can enjoy the ride nevertheless. We leave the visions to Pirlo.

Right at the start of the book, I was all in. The author’s autobiogrwphy of the English language was fresh, elegant, and enjoyable as far as biography’s go. I really felt like Andrea was giving us a real glimpse into his head. After finishing, I feel like I really know him as a person and not just an amazing The book consistently kept my attention and even offered aautobiography more comedic element than I was expecting.


I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend to all soccer fans. One person found this helpful.

More about contracts and transfers than what he thought on the pitch. He hardly seems to move which makes defenders forget about him despite his being the biggest danger on the pitch because they’re distracted from him by his more kinetic teammates.

But he is always drifting, drifting, drifting into open space so that he can be given the ball. Pirlo in space with the ball is a nightmare to the opposition. I was hoping to get more insight into how this great player’s brain thought about the game. How much of his play is thought?

How much is feeling? How would he use his average size to outplay bigger, stronger, faster players? How did he assess the situation? How did he decide what to do? What was his mindset when his side was desperate? When his side was in control? When the match was finely poised? But autoviography is little to none of this in the book.

Mostly it is about contract negotiations and his reasons for moving from one club to another. That has to be the most boring aspect of Pirlo’s magnificent career. I’m sorry the book focused mostly on that. OTOH, there are a few good lines and anecdotes here and here. But frankly, the best writing is the preface written by one of Pirlo’s managers.

If the rest of the book were as good as the preface, I’d give it 5 stars and a glowing review. I think Charlie Stilitano was cohosting that day and said Pirlo has a great sense of humor much to my surprise. After reading some of the reviews, they were echoing what Charlie said. You won’t have to get too far into the book to see that Charlie and the reviews are correct.

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Considering this book was translated from Italian to English, it still works out. Andrea isn’t afraid to give his opinions. Whether you agree with him or not, he gives you a lot to think about.

He was overshadowed for much of his career until he went to Juventus but those of us who root for the Azzurri and I guess if you like AC Milan knew how good he was for a long time. He didn’t marry a pop “superstar”, play for a team or country that overhyped him, have others carry him to great results, release his own cologne, pretend he had the biggest contract in soccer or pretend he was going to buy an MLS team like some other midfielders that can’t carry his jock.