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Del Piero aims to awaken passions … and find a kangaroo

Alessandro Del Piero aims to stir a latent passion for soccer among the Australian people in his two years playing at Sydney FC, the Italy and Juventus great said today. The 37-year-old striker, who will be paid A$ 2 million ($ 2.11 million) a year, also welcomed the huge weight of expectation on him to make a big impression in a country where soccer trails Australian rules football and the rugby codes in popularity. “I know it is a young league but I know a lot of Italian, English, Greek and people from the former Yugoslavia emigrated to Australia,” Del Piero, who arrived in Australia on Sunday, told his first news conference. “Everyone here has soccer in their blood and we hope to awaken that and get them as passionate about football as they are about other sports.” Del Piero, who was released by Juventus in May after 19 seasons with the Turin club, said the decision to turn down offers from clubs in Europe and other parts of the world to come to Australia’s A-League had been relatively simple. “Most of my friends said, ‘okay, you want to move but there are a lot of places closer,’” he said. “But I chose the best place for me. It was easy because of the project, it… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/del-piero-aims-to-awaken-passions-and-find-a-kangaroo/

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Del Piero aims to awaken passions … and find a kangaroo