Wednesday, January 4, 2012

10 football stars who fit the stereotypes of another nation- from Andrea Pirlo to Jose Mourinho

By Carlo Garganese

Brazil coach Dunga hit the headlines when he spoke of his admiration for Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo and remarked that the Juventus star's style of play was more reminiscent of a Brazilian rather than an Italian.

"Juventus have a Brazilian in their team - and it's not Amauri. I am talking about Andrea Pirlo. He's the most Brazilian player of all Europeans and is Juve's true Brazilian," said the 1994 World Cup winner.

"His positional sense, technique, rhythm and accurate passing. He's fantastic. He's the first player on the paper if I had to make a dream team.

"Like we say in Brazil: Pirlo has turned this Juventus into what they are now. You can see that his team-mates respect him as their new leader." 

But if Pirlo does play like a Brazilian, he certainly isn't the only football-related figure who possesses some of another country's characteristics. Here are 10 other examples ...

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