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Lucescu backs Pirlo for Ballon d'Or

October 2, 2012
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has claimed that Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo should win this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or, ahead of the two sides' upcoming Champions League clash.

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Lucescu takes his players to Turin on Wednesday night, with the club sitting top of Group E, two points ahead of the Italian champions, after their 2-0 win over Nordsjaelland.

The Romanian coach is well aware of the damage that Pirlo, ...

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