Barzagli hangs up his boots

Barzagli hangs up his boots


The 37-year old Juventus defender, Andrea Barzagli, has determined his future after the end of the season. One of the main defenders in the Old Lady’s squad decided to end his career.

Juventus after many years of successful domination under Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegris management remains a true monolith in the Italian football. The Old Lady has almost secured another Scudetto, got to the Champions League quarter-finals and has all the chances not only getting into semi-finals but the final as well.

Whereas the foundation of almost all Juventus’ seasons in defense was the defenders three: Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli. These defenders made a real hell for their opponents and together with Buffon could withhold a necessary score against any team. Against any team not from Spain.

However, the 37-year old veteran decided to end his career, making way for young people. This season Barzagli played in only six matches of the championship, having spent 33 minutes on the pitch on average. In an interview to Sky Sports Italia the defender claimed,

“The future? I thought a lot about it. I am interested in everything, I will look through the options in the nearest months.

A manager, a coach or an observer? I have to understand, what I am good at and what is of interest to me. I have to find, what is causing the most enthusiasm in me.”

The defender achieved maximum results in football. Together with Marcello Lippi’s national team of Italy in 2006 he became a world champion, won all domestic trophies in the Apennines and also achieved the championship title of Germany together with Wolfsburg. The only trophy, which has not been conquered by him as well as Gianluigi Buffon is the Champions League cup.

Today Juventus will meet with cocky and ambitious Ajax; therefore, the Old Lady have big chances to advance. The odds to advance to the UCL semi-finals for the Italian team are 1,33, while the opponents have 3,25. Juve have to get themselves together and do it for Barzagli and Allegri, who has already lost two tournament finals as the head of Bianconeri.