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Alessandro Del Piero joins ESPN as studio analyst

Italian National Team standout and one of the greatest soccer players of his generation, Alessandro Del Piero has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. Del Piero will appear on ESPN FC, the critically acclaimed daily soccer studio program exclusive to ESPN+. He will make his debut on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. ET, providing postgame analysis on Juventus vs. Lazio match (2:45 p.m.) and other Serie A matchups of the day.

Del Piero’s professional career spanned 23 years, including 19 seasons at Juventus FC, the most heralded club in Italian soccer. One of the country’s most iconic players, Del Piero began his career with Padova in 1991 and made his first-team debut at 17 years old in a Serie B match in March 1992. In the 1993-94 season, Del Piero joined Juventus FC where he still holds multiple club records including appearances, goals scored, among others and wore the Captain’s armband for a record 11 consecutive seasons. He made his last professional appearance in December 2014 after playing his final pro season in Australia’s A-League and in the inaugural season in the Indian Super League.

At the National Team level, Del Piero appeared in more than 90 matches for Italy from 1995-2008 and he ranks fourth in team history with 27 goals. He represented the Azzurri in three FIFA World Cup tournaments and four UEFA European Football Championships, including the 2006 FIFA World

Cup Germany where Italy triumphed. Del Piero scored an unforgettable 92nd minute goal in the semifinal against host Germany setting up Italy’s World Cup victory in an emotional shootout that sealed the win.

“I am super excited about joining the ESPN FC roster. I’ve watched how fast the USA fan base for soccer has grown over the past five years, the emergence of terrific young American players and the ever growing popularity of the game among fans,” said Del Piero. “I’m looking forward to bringing all my experience on the pitch and passion for the game to the ESPN FC broadcast booth.”

Rodolfo Martinez, Vice President, Production, ESPN International and Deportes, added: “A world-class player who led both his club and country to championships, Alessandro Del Piero will bring a high level of experience and analysis to ESPN FC’s global football coverage.”

Del Piero is the latest addition to ESPN FC’s already impressive roster of soccer pundits, joining fellow FIFA World Cup champions Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany, World Cup 1990) and Frank Lebeouf (France, 1998). The program’s other former professionals with national team experience include: Craig Burley (Chelsea FC; Scotland National Team), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover ’96; USA), Jan Åge Fjørtoft (Eintracht Frankfurt; Norway), Herculez Gomez (Los Angeles Galaxy; USA), Shaka Hislop (West Ham United; Trinidad and Tobago), Don Hutchison (Everton; Scotland), Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur; USA), Alejandro Moreno (Los Angeles Galaxy; Venezuela), Steve Nicol (Liverpool; Scotland), Stewart Robson (Arsenal; England), and Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution; USA).

SEE MORE: Schedule of Serie A games on US TV and streaming

ESPN FC complements the industry-leading live soccer lineup. With more than 2900 live soccer matches per season, from the Bundesliga, Serie A, FA Cup, MLS, Copa del Rey, Eredivisie, Belgian First division, English Football League Championship and more.

In addition to his role with ESPN, Del Piero will continue as a pundit with Sky Sports Italia. Still a popular ambassador for many celebrated brands from his playing career, Del Piero is also a highly successful entrepreneur. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he opened a world-class Italian restaurant named No. 10, representing his jersey number as well as owning a professional development soccer team, named LA10 FC and is a co-founder of EDGE Americas Sports.

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  1. RS

    March 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    PS .. One more for the ‘Exception List”: @ShakaHislop .. His leadership in establishing Show Racism The Red Card is absolutely world class and worthy of special mention above and beyond sport .. As an aside, it’s worth checking out the new film celebrating 25 years of #EducatingAgainstRacism at http://theredcard.org .. Again, another podcast worthy topic for your consideration .. The cause and the film ..

  2. RS

    March 6, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Did you actually write “the critically acclaimed daily soccer studio program exclusive to ESPN+”?!?! .. “Critically acclaimed”?!?! .. You have simply got to be kidding!! .. The only thing accurate in that statement is “daily” …. A daily dose of argumentative, self-absorbed, repetitive drivel, obsessively focused on a tiny minority of allegedly “top clubs” .. at the center of which, the most revolting, verbally abusive, pathetic excuse for a host, in the form of Dan Thomas who actually thinks and behaves as if ‘he’ is the talent! .. If you were to compare the level of professionalism of the CBS, NBCSN and ESPN FC pundit teams, in a list of three ESPNFC comes in tenth, and are an embarrassment to ESPN .. A network whose ‘bar’ is already exceedingly low .. The only positives are Friday’s when Sebastian Salazar gets to show how that job can be done with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and tact, and doesn’t place himself above those who have actually played the game, and also gets the chance to interact with the always excellent Herculez Gomez … and also whenever Frank Leboeuf is on, despite having to endure the juvenile antics of the panel and the host …. While I am actually very excited that ESPN+ is really investing in their roster of international soccer (thanks to them, I have now had the opportunity to enjoy Bundesliga for the first time), plus they have the best of all apps (at least on AppleTV) and website for live and on-demand digital sports content, EPSNFC is the one corner of their strategy that needs to be completely blown up, re-thought and re-invented, with none of the current tone and disreputable cast of characters involved going forward (@SebiSalazarFUT, @FrankLeboeuf1 and @HerculezG being the exceptions, and perhaps Sr. Del Piero, if he proves to be of the same quality in front of the camera as he was on the pitch) …. Ironically, I really appreciate you covering the news about Alessandro Del Piero, in order to afford the opportunity to vent about @DanThomasESPN et al .. I have had it on my ‘To Do’ list to suggest this as a topic for a forthcoming podcast .. Which hopefully will be possible .. ?? ..

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