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Pirlo Named Player Of The Season

Juventus midfielder, Andrea Pirlo, has been named Seria A Player of the 2012/13 season by his fellow players.

The 34-year-old won the award for the second consecutive time following an outstanding season by guiding the Italian giants to a second consecutive Scudetto.

The Italy mastermind played a pivotal role in a midfield packed with Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.

Pirlo said he was honoured to have again been chosen by his peers, particularly since his fellow professionals have more insights from the pitch.

“I really value this award because my footballing colleagues vote and it’s very nice to be selected by your peers,” Pirlo told uefa.com.

“They do the same job as me and they see better than anybody else what happens on the pitch.”

Pirlo was joined by his three team-mates, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Arturo Vidal, in the team of the season, while Juventus coach, Antoni Conte, was again named best coach.

"I thank the players I have had the privilege of coaching these past three years," Conte said.

"We had a long-term project but results came much sooner than expected. We won in the first season, we won in the second and now we want a third Scudetto in a row.

“We also have a plan for Europe. We need more patience but we have strength and ideas to do well."Juventus are currently leading the Seria A with six points ahead of Roma, but crashed out of the Champions League group stage. However, they dropped into the Europa League and are targeting a home final in Turin in May.

Can the Italian giants defend their Scudetto and also reclaim more strength in Europe? Have your say in the comment section of the year.

Samir Handanovič (Inter Milan) – Christian Maggio (Napoli), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan) – Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Borja Valero (Fiorentina) – Edinson Cavani (Napoli, now Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Mario Balotelli (AC Milan).

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