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Italy's head coach Antonio Conte with midfielder Andrea Pirlo during the training section at Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo, Sicily island, Italy, 09 October 2014. Italy and Azerbaijan will play the Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match in Palermo on 10 October 2014. A

Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo, who this morning announced he will retire from football when his New York City contract expires in December, learnt a lot under current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who worked with him at Juventus and the Italian national team.

Speaking during an exclusive interview for Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Inter, Juventus and Milan midfielder claimed:

“His attention to detail is impressive,” he told about the Blues boss.

“He also manages to give you convincing explanations about things.

“One of his 20-minute video sessions is worth three days on the training ground”

“You immediately understand what it is you have to do.”

Speaking about Conte’s first season at Juventus, who ended with a title for the Bianconeri after ten years, Pirlo said:

“Over the year he improved, with his desire to win and doing everything to the best of his ability.

“He is one of the best, absolutely.”

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Current Fulham captain Scott Parker announced he will retire from football.

The English midfielder, almost 37, is a legend of English football, having played for some historical sides through-out his career like Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle, West Ham, Charlton, Norwich ( on loan) and Fulham.

Parker moved to Chelsea in January 2004, but he only collected 4 apperances in the first successful year of José Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in 2004/2005, due to an foot injury: he scored one goal in 15 appearences in this unlucky spell. He was proceding from Charlton and then moved to Newcastle.

He also collected 18 for England senior team, and was once captain in a friendly match against Netherlands in February 2012.

Speaking about the decision of ending his played football career he said:

“The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” a statement from Parker wrote.

“I have enjoyed so many incredible moments during my career. From making my first team debut at Charlton, to playing regularly in the Premier League, playing in the Champions League to then playing in a major tournament for England, as well as ultimately fulfilling a lifelong dream by captaining my country. There are just too many highlights to mention.

“I would like to thank everyone at Charlton Athletic, Norwich City, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham for the unbelievable support that I’ve been shown throughout my time at each and every one of the club’s I’ve been proud to represent.”


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Will John Terry retire after Sunday game vs Sunderland? Or will he sign for another team in the Premier League or abroad?

While everybody is waiting for the Blues legend’s decision, Swansea manager Paul Clement confirms his interest in John Terry.

“The fact is I know John, he is a top player and a free agent.” – Clement said “So it would only be sensible to have a discussion with him to see if he would be interested. I don’t know if he has already decided on somewhere else. A lot of the time these things are already done. But if that is not the case and he would be open to a conversation, then I would be open to that as well.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry has been speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge to Neville and Carragher.

The England international has confirmed he could retire from football at the end of current season: “I never wanted to be that player just hanging about that people can’t wait to get rid of or stopping the progress of a younger player coming through” Terry said.

“The transition for me being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect this year has served me well and will do if I go into management in the future”.

“I know I said I wanted to play regular football, but I have not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring. – Terry added – It depends if the right offer comes along I will sit and consider it with my family, whether it’s here or abroad, but I haven’t made any decisions yet and I am just evaluating my options.”

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Chelsea back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic wanted to share his feelings by posting this picture on his Instagram official account. The Bosnia-Erezegovina star paid tribute to teammate John Terry after the Blues’ captain announced he’ll leave the club at the end of season.

The message read: “Absolute privilege to have played with the Premier League’s best ever defend for the past 2 seasons. Fantastic captain and team mate. Wish you and your family all the best for the future and hopefully finish this season in a fitting way!”

Begovic Terry Instagram

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After announcing his retirement from football last week Chelsea legend Frank Lampard revealed the only time he was in awe during his career:

“Facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp and going up against Xavi and Iniesta.

“Obviously Messi is the best player in the world, but in midfield you’re playing against those two on a massive pitch”.

Lampard faced Barcelona in 10 games with the Blues during his long spell at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea winning three ties and the Spanish side two:

“That was the only “in awe” moment for me, the only team I went into the game thinking, “Oh god, here we go.

“I didn’t feel like that when we played them at the Bridge because I always believed we could get to them – it’s tighter, we got closer to them, stopped them playing. But at their place they opened up and they were brilliant. We actually had a half-decent record against them, even at the Nou Camp – we never got completely smashed.”

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Chelsea legend John Terry believes that Frank Lampard inspired him and everyone at the club during his experience with the Blues.

The 38-year-old midfielder has today announced his retirement from football, after spending 13 years at Stamford Bridge alongside Terry himself.

The English defender posted this picture on Instagram:


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Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football on Instagram today.

The 38-year-old wanted to share his feelings and admitted he’ll be forever grateful to Chelsea: “The largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories”.

“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together”.

“It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there”.

Then Lampard added: “All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone”.

“Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support”.

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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football this morning.

The 38-year-old star wrote on his Instagram account: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer”.

“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life”.



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Ex Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal announced his retirement from football after rejecting a four-year-deal with a Chinese Super League side that was offering him £44m for four seasons.

The Dutchman, 65, wants to be close with his family, that is going through a tough moment after one of his daughters lost her husband in the past month, a fact that has weighed heavily on his decision:

“I could go there, but I’m still here: so much has happened in my family,” the ex Red Devils boss claimed.

He said after leaving United that he was interested in coaching again, but that door now seems to have closed.

“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching,” he said.

Van Gaal started his managerial career in 1991, and besides Manchester United in the past two seasons he was in charge also at Ajax, Barcelona and AZ Alkmaar but was also Netherlands national team coach in two occasions: from 2000 to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014.

Van Gaal won 3 Dutch titles, 1 Champions League and 1 Intercontinental Cup with Ajax -1 Dutch title with AZ,  1 Spanish league, 1 Spanish Cup and UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona – 1 German league, 1 German Cup and 1 German Super Cup with Bayern Munich and 1 FA Cup with Manchester United.

He also brought Netherlands to a third place in World Cup 2014 and lost two Champions League finale, one of this against his ex “pupil” José Mourinho, who was his assistant for three years at Barcelona in the late 90’s, in 2009-2010 against Inter in Madrid.


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