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Pirlo replaces Sarri as Juventus coach

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:26 AM
In this  Saturday, August 1, 2020 photo, Juventus’ then head coach Maurizio Sarri smokes during a Serie A match between Juventus and Roma, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Sarri was fired by Juventus yesterday.
In this Saturday, August 1, 2020 photo, Juventus’ then head coach Maurizio Sarri smokes during a Serie A match between Juventus and Roma, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Sarri was fired by Juventus yesterday.

TURIN, Italy (AP):

World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo was named Juventus’ new coach yesterday, hours after Maurizio Sarri was fired.

Pirlo was given a two-year contract, Juventus announced.

Sarri was fired after his first season in charge ended with the team’s Champions League exit.

Despite winning the Italian title, Sarri paid the price for the round-of-16 elimination by Lyon on Friday.

Ten days ago, Pirlo had been appointed coach of Juventus’ under-23 team, which plays in Serie C. But he had not coached a game yet.

Nicknamed “the maestro” for his passing skills, Pirlo as a player helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup and also won Serie A six times – twice with AC Milan and four times with Juventus. He also won the Champions League twice with Milan.

“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football,” the team said after Sarri was released.

Sarri also left Chelsea last year after only one season in charge –despite winning the Europa League with the London club.