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Mario Balotelli close to joining Brescia after turning down Flamengo

Striker set to agree three-year deal with Serie A sideHe scored eight goals for Marseille in 12 league gamesMario Balotelli is set to join Brescia on a three-year deal after turning down an offer from Flamengo in Brazil. Related: Transfer window 2019 …

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When should a football club retire a player’s shirt number?

Moore, Baggio, Maradona, Maldini and ‘the 12th man’ have all been given the honour but is it really a sign of weakness?By Ricci Potts for The Gentleman UltraNot long ago I was speaking to some Napoli fans about Lorenzo Insigne. He was born in Naples, s…

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Andrea Pirlo’s five greatest assists

Andrea Pirlo scored a lot of goals and won a lot of trophies – the World Cup and Champions Leagues among them – but his passes were his greatest triumphsBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman Ultra, of the Guardian Sport NetworkCarlo Ancelotti once said: “Pi…

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Andrea Pirlo was a rare talent – a winner and dreamer who oozed creative cool | Paolo Bandini

The Italian retires with nothing left to prove, having achieved that highest form of football recognition – the stage at which a footballer’s name becomes synonymous with their position. The ‘Pirlo role’ is understood worldwideAndrea Pirlo loved to pul…

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How Gheorghe Hagi went from Real Madrid to Barcelona … via Serie B

When Gheorghe Hagi needed a way out of Real Madrid in 1992, he moved to Brescia and became the key player in Mircea Lucescu’s Romanian revolution

By Richard Hall for The Gentleman Ultra, part for the Guardian Sport Network

It is hard to name many players who have sandwiched a quick jaunt at Brescia between spells at Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is even more bizarre to think that a player would leave Real Madrid for a newly promoted Serie A club, then endure relegation to Serie B, and only return to La Liga once promotion was secured and the Anglo-Italian Cup was won. Nevertheless, in the summer of 1992 the 27-year-old Gheorghe Hagi did just this, swapping Spain for Italy. Although not completely successful, this brief period allowed him to acquire cult status with the Biancazzurri.

Managing to attract famous players is something of a speciality for Brescia. Roberto Baggio, Pep Guardiola, Andrea Pirlo and Luca Toni have all walked the lush green boards of the Stadio Mario Rigamonti stage. Hagi and a few fellow Romania internationals started this trend, which would have made Brescia the hipsters’ club of choice (if hipsters had existed in the early 1990s).

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