Del Piero Alessandro

Alessandro “Alex” Del Piero is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a deep-lying forward, although he was capable of playing in several offensive positions. A technically gifted, and creative supporting forward, who was also a free-kick specialist, Del Piero is widely regarded by players, pundits, and managers as one of the greatest players of his generation, and as one of the best Italian players of all time, winning the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year award in 1998 and 2008. A prolific goal-scorer, he is currently the second highest all-time Italian top-scorer in all competitions, with 346 goals, behind only Silvio Piola, with 390 goals; he is also the joint ninth highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 188 goals, alongside Giuseppe Signori and Alberto Gilardino. After beginning his career with Italian club Padova in Serie B in 1991, he moved to Juventus F.C. in 1993, where he played for 19 seasons (11 as captain), and holds the club records for most goals (290) and appearances (705). During his time at the club, he won six Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana titles, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup. After leaving the club in 2012, he also spent two seasons with Australian side Sydney FC; he retired after a season with Delhi Dynamos FC in the Indian Super League, in 2014. Del Piero has scored in every competition in which he has participated. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. In the same year, he was also voted into the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, a list of the 50 best European players of the past 50 years. Along with six awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct, he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality as well as playing ability. At international level, Del Piero has also represented the Italian national team at three FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, most notably winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000 with Italy. He is the joint fourth highest scorer for the Italian national team, with 27 goals, alongside Roberto Baggio, and behind only Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Giuseppe Meazza with 33 goals, and Luigi Riva with 35 goals; with 91 appearances for Italy between 1995 and 2008, he is also his nation’s tenth-most capped player of all-time.

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Born in Conegliano, Veneto, Del Piero is the son of Gino, an electrician, and Bruna, a housekeeper. He regularly played football in the backyard with two friends, Nelso and Pierpaolo, as a child. All three dreamed of becoming footballers, but only Alessandro would eventually manage to do so. Alessandro’s older brother, Stefano, briefly played professional football for Sampdoria before an injury curtailed his career; he later worked as Alessandro’s agent. The family lived in the hamlet of Saccon, a rural home in San Vendemiano. While growing up, Del Piero’s family did not have much money for travelling abroad, so he considered being a lorry driver in order to see the world. While playing for the local youth team of San Vendemiano, Del Piero used to feature as a goalkeeper, in order to gain more playing time. His mother thought it would be better for him to play in this role as he would not sweat, and the possibility of him getting injured was less likely. His brother Stefano commented to their mother that, due to his skill, Alessandro was more suited to playing in a more offensive position, and Del Piero switched to a forward role. Del Piero began his rise to professional football in 1981, in the ranks of San Vendemiano. In 1988, Del Piero was first spotted by scouts, and he left home at the young age of 13 to play with the youth side of Padova. He joined the senior side during the 1991–92 season, at the age of 16, and at the age of 17, he made his début in Serie B against Messina, under manager Mauro Sandreani, on 15 March 1992, coming on as a substitute for Roberto Putelli. The following season, on 22 November 1992, he scored his first professional goal in a 5–0 victory over Ternana. In 1993, thanks to Giampiero Boniperti, Del Piero was bought by Juventus for five billion lire, with an overlap of 150 million lire per season.

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This style of shirt was never used by the team in any Serie A game. This special style was made by team’s supplier Robe di Kappa to celebrate the team’s centenary but the shirt was only used during a friendly game against Newcastle which took place in Cesena on August 3rd 1997.

JUVENTUS F.C.


1997-1998


Match Issued Shirt

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The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organised by UEFA, association football’s governing body in Europe. The finals of Euro 2000 were co-hosted (the first time this happened) by Belgium and the Netherlands, between 10 June and 2 July 2000. Spain and Austria also bid to host the event. The final tournament was contested by 16 nations. With the exception of the national teams of the hosts, Belgium and the Netherlands, the finalists had to go through a qualifying round to reach the final stage. France won the tournament, by defeating Italy 2–1 in the final, via a golden goal. The finals saw the first major UEFA competition contested in the King Baudouin Stadium (formerly the Heysel Stadium) since the events of the 1985 European Cup Final and the Heysel Stadium disaster, with the opening game being played in the rebuilt stadium.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2000


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Del Piero was part of Dino Zoff’s Italy’s squad that reached the final of Euro 2000. Although he was primarily used as a substitute for either Francesco Totti or Stefano Fiore, Del Piero appeared in every match of the tournament, and he wore the number 10 shirt. On 11 June, Del Piero came on as a substitute for Fiore in the 30th minute in Italy’s opening Group B 2–1 win against Turkey, hitting the cross-bar from a free-kick.[206] In the final group game, Del Piero started the match and scored the winner with a notable goal against Sweden, taking it past two players before curling the ball into the top corner from outside the area with a left-footed strike; Del Piero also set up Luigi Di Biagio’s opener from a corner. Del Piero made his second start of the tournament for Italy in their semi-final against co-hosts, Netherlands, which Italy won on penalties following a 0–0 draw after extra-time. In the final, he missed two gilt-edged chances in Italy’s 2–1 loss to France in extra time, and was criticised by the Italian press.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2000


Match Worn Shorts


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On October 2000 to celebrate the “Jubilee” a friendly game called “Giubileo dello Sport” between Italy Team and an All Star team made of foreign players playing in Serie A was played at the “Stadio Olimpico”of Rome in front of of Pope John Paul II. Most of the best international players of that period played the game including Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, Gabriel Batistuta, Edgar Davids, Gianfranco Zola, Paolo Maldini. The Italian team played with a special “Jubilee”badge on chest that was used for this game only.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


“Giubileo degli Sportivi”


Italy vs All Star


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Watch above the “Giubileo degli Sportivi”highlights

JUVENTUS F.C.


2001-2002


Match Worn Shirt

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Del Piero was named Juventus captain upon Lippi’s return to Juventus, and he formed a formidable offensive partnership with French striker David Trezeguet, who joined in 2000, and Czech playmaker Pavel Nedvěd, who arrived in 2001. Del Piero scored 16 goals and provided several assists, as Juventus were crowned Serie A champions for a 26th time on 5 May 2002, the last match day of the season; Juventus won the title over Roma and Inter by a single point, after a 2–0 away victory over Udinese, with goals from top-scorer Trezeguet and Del Piero. Del Piero managed 21 goals in all competitions, also scoring his 100th and 101st goals for Juventus that season, against Venezia, on 26 August 2001. Del Piero also helped Juventus reach the Coppa Italia final that season, although Juventus were defeated by Parma.

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This model of shirt with flat TU MOBILE sponsor was only used against Celtic Glasgow. The regular model for the rest of the season had embossed TU MOBILE sponsor.

JUVENTUS F.C.


2001-2002


Champions League 


Juventus vs Celtic Glasgow


Match Worn Shirt

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Juventus-Celtic was the first game of the Champions League 2001-2002. It supposed to be played on September 12th 2001. Due the terroristic attack to the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th, the game was postponed one week later.   

Juventus F.C. and Celtic F.C. match worn shirts and Champions League player’s pass dated September 11th 2001

Match Worn Boots


Juventus F.C. – Italy National Team

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Del Piero has scored in every competition in which he has participated. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations. In the same year, he was also voted into the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, a list of the 50 best European players of the past 50 years. Along with six awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct, he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality as well as playing ability.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “KOREA & JAPAN 2002”


Italy vs South Korea


Match Worn Shirt


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Italy vs Korea of the Fifa World Cup 2002 became one of the biggest shame of football’s history. Italy Team was kicked out from the tournament by the Korean Team for the second time in its history after the 1966 defeat. But the issue this time was the way it happened.The 2002 competition has gone down in infamy due to the huge number of refereeing mistakes that helped eliminate a string of top nations, and also ensured that Korea made it all the way to the semi-finals. During their final two group games against Croatia and Mexico, Italy had four perfectly good goals disallowed, but somehow managed to scrape through to the second round where they met South Korea. Against Guus Hiddink’s men, the referee Byron Moreno chalked off another valid Italy goal, a golden goal from Damiano Tommasi which would have taken them to the next round. Francesco Totti was sent off for diving when replays suggested he had lost his footing, while the Koreans – who repeatedly went unpunished for apparent foul play – were awarded a controversial penalty for a Christian Panucci tugging offence. Italy eventually lost after Ahn Jung-Hwan’s golden winner, but the match and Moreno represent a black mark in Italian sport. Moreno would later that year receive a 20 match ban after he played an extra 13 minutes of stoppage time during an Ecuadorian league match between Deportiva Universita de Quito and Barcelona Sporting Club. During this time Deportiva scored twice to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 victory. After retuning from his suspension, Moreno was suspended again after controversially sending off three players in one match. He retired from officiating shortly after just before he has been arrested at John F. Kennedy airport, New York, for allegedly being in possession of six kilograms of heroin.Moreno had the drug concealed in his underwear as he passed through security. But the Ecuadorian referee is definitely best remembered for his infamous second round game at the 2002 World Cup between co-hosts South Korea and Italy.

Watch above a full report of South Korea vs Italy 

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He returned to the international scene in the 2002 FIFA World Cup under Giovanni Trapattoni, after winning the Scudetto with Juventus. Del Piero scored the decisive goal against Hungary, which sealed Italy’s qualification for the finals. Del Piero appeared as a substitute in Italy’s opening win against Ecuador, wearing the captain’s armband for part of the match. He instantly scored with a header against Mexico, after coming on as a substitute, an equalizing goal which saved Italy from the ignominy of a first round exit in their final group match. Del Piero pointed up at the sky after scoring the goal, dedicating it to his late father passed several months before. The goal sent Italy through to the second round, where they were eliminated by a golden goal in a controversial match against co-hosts South Korea, a match during which Del Piero started alongside Totti and Vieri.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “KOREA & JAPAN 2002”


Italy vs Mexico


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JUVENTUS F.C.


2002-2003


Match Worn Shirt & Shorts


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A serious injury occurred to Alessandro Del Piero during this season. He missed two months of football following that injury but he was able to be the team top scorer with 16 goals during the season.

JUVENTUS F.C.


2002-2003


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt

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Due to his creative style of play, eye for goal, flair, and technical skill, Del Piero was known as a “fantasista” in Italy. His hard-working playing style was regarded by critics as creative in attacking, assisting many goals as well as scoring himself, as opposed to just “goal poaching”. Because of his technical characteristics, Del Piero usually played as a supporting-striker, which was his preferred role, although he was a tactically versatile forward, with good movement, who was capable of playing anywhere along the front line. He was also occasionally deployed between the midfield and the strikers as a playmaking attacking midfielder, known in Italy as the trequartista position, due to his vision, passing range, ball control, dribbling ability (in particular in one on one situations) and creativity, although he often stated that this was not his preferred position. Del Piero was also employed occasionally as a winger throughout his career, in particular during his time under Sacchi with the Italy national football team, due to his tendency to drift onto the wings, defensive work-rate, and his crossing accuracy, as well as his ability with both feet. In his youth, Del Piero played in the “trident-attack” of Lippi’s 4–3–3 formation, along with veterans Vialli, Baggio, and Ravanelli, as a striker, or more frequently as an outside forward. With the arrival of Zidane in the advanced midfield playmaking role, Juventus’s formation changed, and Del Piero partnered alongside a more offensive striker up front, such as Christian Vieri and subsequently Inzaghi, as a supporting forward. After losing some pace and agility following his injury in 1998, Del Piero performed a muscle strengthening regime, and he took on a more creative role in a combination with Zidane behind the main striker Inzaghi under Ancelotti; although he was accused by some in the media of not living up to his potential following his injury, due to his decrease in goalscoring, he successfully adapted to his new creative attacking role as an assist provider. As Juventus’s playing style continued to change during Lippi’s second stint with Juventus starting in 2001, Del Piero partnered with Zidane’s replacement, Nedvěd, in a free creative role in front of the midfield, or occasionally on the left flank, as a supporting striker, with Trezeguet upfront; he subsequently continued to play a similar role under Capello and later managers, although he became increasingly deployed as a substitute due to his advancing age. Del Piero was a free kick and penalty kick (62 goals from penalties) specialist. He is the third highest scorer of penalties in Serie A history, scoring 50 times out of 61 attempts, behind only Francesco Totti and Roberto Baggio. Del Piero’s unique free kick technique was usually characterised by a curling strike which rose high over the wall, and then suddenly dropped into the top corner of the goal; he attributes his ability on set pieces to the time spent studying Roberto Baggio in training. Del Piero is currently the Italian all-time top scorer of free kicks in all competitions (52 goals: 46 goals in clubs, 6 goals in Italy national team). He is also the third all-time highest goalscorer of free kicks in Serie A, with 22 goals, behind only Andrea Pirlo and Siniša Mihajlović. In addition to his talent and footballing abilities, Del Piero also drew praise throughout his career for his leadership with Juventus, and for his fair play and correct behaviour on the pitch.

JUVENTUS F.C.


2002-2003


Italy Cup


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JUVENTUS F.C.


2002-2003


Italy Cup


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JUVENTUS F.C.


2003-2004


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Match Worn Finger Band


Italy Cup Final 


2003-2004


Juventus vs Lazio


Juventus F.C.


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Alessandro Del Piero is a big NBA fan. In particular he is a Los Angeles Lakers fan (he lives in Los Angeles now) the team of his friends Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. There is something that Alessandro brought from the NBA in his style while he was playing. He used for several years the same Michael Jordan wrist band on elbow and also a finger band with his number 10 embroidered on it.

JUVENTUS F.C.


2003-2004


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


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Another sponsor issue took place with the team for the Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa in Tel Aviv. The Tamoil sponsor, owned by the Government of Libya was not used on team’s shirts for a specific reason. The Government of Libya, which is an Arab country, didn’t want the Tamoil logo being sponsored in Israel due the historical dispute between Israel and the Arab countries. So the team played with no sponsor on chest. So the team used a regular Serie A’s shirt without a sponsor on front and with a black square on the back for Uefa Rules which was different from regular Champions League shirts used for the rest of the season.

JUVENTUS F.C.


2004-2005


Champions League


Maccabi Haifa vs Juventus


Match Worn Shirt

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The football media refer to a “Del Piero Zone” (“Gol alla Del Piero” in Italian), a style of scoring involving a dribbling approach from the left flank, followed by a precise, curling lob into the far top corner of the goal, from outside the area. This association came about as Del Piero had scored several goals in this manner during his first two seasons under Lippi, in particular during Juventus’s victorious 1995–96 Champions League campaign; Del Piero continued to score similar goals throughout his career, and the “Del Piero Zone” label has also been used to describe similar goals by other players.

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After Euro 2004, Juventus manager Marcello Lippi was replaced by Fabio Capello. Capello was not convinced of Del Piero’s fitness levels, and frequently benched him in favour of the younger, new offensive signing Zlatan Ibrahimović. Despite his limited playing time, Del Piero still managed to score 14 goals as Juventus won their 28th league title, due to his overhead assist to teammate David Trezeguet, which proved decisive in a match against Milan at the San Siro. Del Piero also helped Juventus to reach the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League that season, only losing out to eventual champions Liverpool.

JUVENTUS F.C.


2004-2005


Match Worn Shirt


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This shirt was worn by Alessandro in the first half of Juventus vs Udinese of the season 2004/2005. Even if it was an home game the team played with its away kit. This shirt was swapped by Alessandro with a former Udinese player who we got it from. A curious thing about this shirt is that Del Piero went in to the pitch with hand cutted sleeves but before the kick-off he asked to the team’s therapist Sergio Giunta to cut some more fabric from the right sleeve. The result is a shirt with a raw cutted right sleeve shorter than left one. Watch below the video of the sleeve’s cutting before the game.

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Del Piero is currently Italy’s joint fourth all-time leading scorer, along with Roberto Baggio, with 27 goals in 91 appearances, with 2 goals for Italy coming in 12 World Cup matches and 1 goal in 13 European Championship matches; alongside Enrico Chiesa, he also holds the unique record for the most goals scored by an Italian international as a substitute (5). Del Piero initially played for the Italian U-21 side on 12 occasions, scoring 3 goals, and was a member of the team that won the 1996 European Under-21 Championship, appearing in the quarter-finals. Del Piero made his senior debut under Arrigo Sacchi at the age of 20, on 25 March 1995, in a 4–1 win over Estonia in a Euro 1996 qualifying match. Del Piero scored his first goal for Italy on the 15th November 1995, in a 4–0 win over Lithuania in a Euro 1996 qualifying match. His tournament debut was at UEFA Euro 1996, where he made his only appearance in the first half of a group match win against Russia as a left-winger, wearing the number 14 shirt, before being substituted at half-time by Roberto Donadoni.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


2005-2006


Netherlands vs Italy


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“Del Piero is different to Zinedine Zidane. He likes to play, he feels it in his soul. Between him and the Frenchman, I choose him” Diego Armando Maradona

JUVENTUS F.C.


2005-2006


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt

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Juventus F.C. reached an amazing record in Serie A with Fabio Capello as coach. The team was in top position in the Serie A championship for 76 games between 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons. The 2005-2006 Champions League season wasn’t good as expected. The team went out against Arsenal F.C. in the quarter-final leg. That was quite weird considering the quality of its players. Juventus F.C. was considered one of the favorite teams to lift the Champions League trophy.

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In his later career, after scoring a goal, Del Piero often celebrated by running to the touchline in front of the fans with his arms out-stretched, and sticking out his tongue, in a similar manner to Michael Jordan, also frequently leaping into the air with a raised fist towards the sky, or sliding onto his knees whilst passionately chanting to the crowd. Del Piero also performed a back-flip goal celebration in a 2008 UEFA Champions League match against Zenit, and he also pointed up at the sky after scoring on certain occasions, to dedicate a goal to his late father, such as when he scored against Bari during the 2000–01 season, and Mexico at the 2002 World Cup.

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Del Piero took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup under manager Marcello Lippi, appearing in five matches, and two out of the three group stage matches; he made his first start of the competition in a 1–0 round of 16 win over Australia on 26 June. On 4 July, Del Piero entered as a substitute near the end of regulation and scored Italy’s second goal in a 2–0 semi-final win over host Germany. In the final against France, which ended 1–1 after extra time, Del Piero scored a penalty in the shootout as Italy won the tournament for the fourth time. He admitted afterwards that winning the World Cup was his childhood dream.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “GERMANY 2006”


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The 2006–07 season was Juventus Football Club’s first season in its history in Serie B following the 2006 Italian football scandal, leaving Internazionale as the only Italian club never to have been relegated. Juventus were docked nine points this season (repealed from the original 17 point deduction). After Juventus were demoted to Serie B and their two most recent Scudetti were revoked, Del Piero pledged that he would stay to captain the team alongside with some other players as David Trezeguet, Mauro Camoranesi, Gianluigi Buffon and Pavel Nedved. He underlined that players should remain with the team, explaining that “The Agnelli family deserve this, as do the fans and the new directors.” While many key players such as Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson, Gianluca Zambrotta, Patrick Vieira, Zlatan Ibrahimović, and Lilian Thuram left, Del Piero chose to stay and help the club gain promotion.

“A true gentleman never leaves his lady” Alessandro Del Piero

JUVENTUS F.C.


2006-2007


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Del Piero Alessandro

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Del Piero finished the league campaign as the top scorer of the 2006–07 Serie B season, with 20 goals. During the season, Del Piero also managed his 200th goal with Juventus on 21 October 2006, in a 1–0 league victory over Frosinone.

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In the 2008-2009 season Alessandro Del Piero lived one of his most emotional moment in his career. Juventus were drawn into the same Champions League group as Real Madrid, and UEFA Cup winners Zenit Saint Petersburg. Del Piero marked Juventus’s return to the competition with a match-winning free kick to seal a home win against Zenit. On 21 October, Del Piero netted a notable goal as Juventus defeated Real Madrid 2–1 in Turin, scoring with a first-time, curling strike from distance, in the fifth minute of play. On 5 November 2008, Juventus and Real Madrid squared off at Santiago Bernabéu in the Champions League. The Italians won 0–2, their first away win against Madrid since 1962, and Del Piero was a key performer, scoring both goals, and drawing praise from Ranieri, as well as Real Madrid’s coach Bernd Schuster. As he left the pitch after being substituted, fans from both sides gave him an unbelievable standing ovation.

Watch the Santiago Bernabeu’s standing ovation for Alessandro Del Piero

“Del Piero is the best Italian player, we’re the same age and I’ve followed his whole career” Ryan Giggs

JUVENTUS F.C.


2008-2009


Match Worn Shirt

JUVENTUS F.C.


2009-2010


Match Worn Shirt

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On 17 July 2009, Del Piero extended his contract with Juventus by one more year until 30 June 2011 in Pinzolo while training for pre-season, thus practically ensuring that he would retire at the club with which he started his professional career.During his renewal, he said, “I am happy at Juventus and we are competitive. I want to keep playing for as long as I can and I’m certain that for at least two more years I will be at the top level.” On 14 February 2010, Del Piero marked his 445th Serie A appearance, breaking the all-time club record previously held by Boniperti, with a brace in a 3–2 win against Genoa. Del Piero finished the season as the all-time top scorer for Juventus, having scored over 250 goals in all competitions with the club, and having also made over 600 appearances in official matches for Juventus, breaking Scirea’s appearance record. On 14 March 2010, Del Piero recorded his 300th and 301st career goals during a 3–3 draw with Siena, with the first two goals coming in the second and seventh minutes. 

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On 13 May, Del Piero started Juventus’s final league game of the season against Atalanta, marking the occasion and the victory of their 28th Serie A title by scoring a goal. Twenty-seven minutes into the match, Del Piero picked the ball up at the edge of the penalty box and placed a shot past Giorgio Frezzolini to make the score 2–0, helping Juventus to go undefeated in Serie A that season. He was substituted off after 59 minutes to an emotional response from both sets of players and supporters, as he made a lap of honour around the pitch. This was Alessandro Del Piero’s final Serie A appearance for Juventus. In total, Del Piero made a club record of 705 appearances for Juventus across all competitions, scoring a record 289 goals, and providing 134 assists in all competitions throughout his career with the club; he also scored 188 goals and provided 105 assists in 478 Serie A appearances with the Turin club. In addition to these records, Del Piero is also Juventus’s top scorer and second highest appearance holder in the UEFA Champions League, behind only Buffon, with 44 goals in 92 appearances; he is also the top scorer and appearance holder for Juventus in European Competitions, with 50 goals in 125 appearances, in International competitions, with 54 goals in 131 appearances, and in the Supercoppa Italiana, with 3 goals in 6 appearances. He is the club’s top-scorer in Serie B, with 21 goals, and the club’s second highest scorer in the Coppa Italia, with 25 goals, behind Pietro Anastasi. Alongside Giuseppe Signori and Alberto Gilardino, Del Piero is also the ninth highest all-time goalscorer in Serie A, and he is currently the joint all-time top scorer in the Supercoppa Italiana, alongside Samuel Eto’o, Andriy Shevchenko, and Carlos Tevez. As of May 2016, he is the thirteenth highest UEFA Champions League all-time goalscorer, with 41 goals. Del Piero refused the board’s offer to retire the number 10 shirt in his honour, saying that “I’ve really had so much that I would never want it to be retired, this way, every child can dream of day of wearing it.” On 30 June, Del Piero wrote an open letter to the Juventus fans thanking them for almost two decades of support, stating, “Above all what remains is the fans, you who are Juventus. That jersey that I loved and will always love, that I desired and respected … From tomorrow I will no longer be a Juventus player, but I will always be one of you. Now a new adventure begins and I am as fired up as I was 19 summers ago.”

Watch Alessandro Del Piero last game in Serie A

JUVENTUS F.C.


2011-2012


Juventus vs Atalanta 


Match Worn & Signed Shirt

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The 2011–12 season was Juventus Football Club’s 114th in existence. The club won their first Serie A title in nine years. Not participating in any European competitions, Juventus chose a new coach: Antonio Conte, who played for the side in 1990. Former club captain and fan favourite Antonio Conte was officially appointed as the new manager on 31 May 2011, taking over the post previously left vacant following the sacking of Luigi Delneri. It was Conte’s first appointment at a major Serie A club; he previously managed Siena, Arezzo, Atalanta, and Bari respectively, winning two Serie A promotions in the process (with Bari and Siena). His arrival was surrounded by the ones of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, top-class midfielders. 2011–12 season also marked the opening of a new arena, named Juventus Stadium. It has been officially opened on 11 September, in a match against Parma ended 4–1. First half of league saw Juventus gain several «key-wins» such as over Milan and Inter, both beaten in month of October.Despite criticized for the lackness of a centre-forward, role sometimes covered by Matri, the team was even able to score with other players. Reached the first place, title was certainly won at penultimate game due to 2–0 success in Cagliari’s home. Juventus ended the season without losses, breaking a record for 20-team league format. Conte’s squad also disputed Coppa Italia final, suffering – from Napoli – the first and only seasonal loss. This match signed the bye of Alessandro Del Piero, who – 7 days before – had scored his last goal (in Juventus-Atalanta 3–1).

Mtch Worn Boots


Juventus F.C. – Italy National Team

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Alessandro Del Piero while he was playing with these kind of boots was usual to have some padding on inside heels. He was wearing number 10 embroidered on tongue or heels while he was playing with Juventus F.C. and number 7 embroidered while he was playing with Italy National Team.

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At international level, Del Piero has also represented the Italian national team at three FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, most notably winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and reaching the final of UEFA Euro 2000 with Italy. He is the joint fourth highest scorer for the Italian national team, with 27 goals, alongside Roberto Baggio, and behind only Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Giuseppe Meazza with 33 goals, and Luigi Riva with 35 goals; with 91 appearances for Italy between 1995 and 2008, he is also his nation’s ninth-most capped player of all-time.

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