Juventus have officially appointed legendary former midfielder Andrea Pirlo as their new Under-23 manager.
Pirlo spent four years at Juventus helping them to four Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia triumph, and two Supercoppa Italiana victories. The Italian legend left Juventus in 2015, finishing his playing career in Major League Soccer at New York City FC.
An official announcement on the club's website read, "Today marks the start of a new adventure for Andrea Pirlo and Juventus, who return to work together five years later. Andrea is, in fact, the new coach of the Under 23 team.
"And so, from Maestro… to Coach! A new challenge awaits now, for a return that can only make Juventus fans happy. Welcome back, Coach Pirlo!"
Juve's Under-23s finished 10th in Italy's third tier last season under Fabio Pecchia, reaching the play-offs for promotion to Serie B but falling at the quarter-final stage, while winning the Coppa Italia Serie C.
Pirlo was intrumental in helping the Bianconeri win four successive Scudetti, as well as the 2014-15 Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2012 and 2013.
In 2006, he was a member of the squad that won the World Cup in Germany, claiming an assist in the 1-1 draw against France in the final and also scoring the opening penalty in the ensuing shootout, which Italy won 5-4.