The DEN Group owned franchisee announced the signing of perhaps the greatest player ever to grace the Indian Peninsula, Alessandro Del Piero. The Delhi Dynamos proudly announced via their twitter that they are proud to have signed a veteran like ‘Alex’. A World Cup Winner, Del Piero will also be the new face of Indian Super League.
Alessandro Del Piero last played for and captained Sydney FC in the A-League. He is second place in the ranking of Italian all-time top scorers .Starting his career with Calcio Padova he went on to play at Juventus F.C. for 19 years (11 years as captain), and holds the club records for goals (290) and appearances (705).
Del Piero scored in each and every competitions in which he participated. He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA’s centenary celebrations.He was also voted in the list of best European players for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.Along with six awards in Italy for gentlemanly conduct,he has also won the Golden Foot award, which pertains to personality and playing ability. He played three FIFA World Cup and four UEFA European Football Championship with the Italian national team. He is joint 4th (with Roberto Baggio) in the Italian national team top-scorer ranking, with 27 goals (behind Silvio Piola with 30 goals, Giuseppe Meazza with 33 goals, and Luigi Riva with 35 goals) in 91 appearances.
Del Piero usually plays as a supporting-striker and occasionally between the midfield and the strikers, known in Italy as the trequartista position, due to his vision, passing, dribbling ability and creativity. Del Piero’s playing style is regarded by critics as creative in attacking, assisting many goals as well as scoring himself, as opposed to just “goal poaching”
The football media refer to a “Del Piero Zone” (“Gol alla Del Piero” ), a style of scoring involving approaching from the left flank and curling a precise curled lob into the far top corner of the goal.The “Del Piero Zone” has been used to describe the goals of other players who scored in this way.
The Delhi Franchisee in a brilliant move have signed a gem of a man, in his response to play for the the Dynamos, Del Piero wrote on his official website :
“I’m glad to announce that short while ago I signed the contract with the club Delhi Dynamos. The team that will be playing in Indian Super League during the season that is about to start.”
“I’ll be a a member of the team that will participate in new Indian football championship and being the ambassador of the League I will have the honor and responsibility to spread and make growing the image and popularity of football in this country. “
“This new, very enthusiastic for me adventure, fits perfectly well the way I chose since the time I left Juventus, three summers ago. I’ve never wanted to go back to the paths I’ve already walked, I’ve never looked for emotions I’ve already experienced, those are unique and will remain unique and special forever.”
“I’ve always looked for something different, I feel myself a ‘traveler on the roads of football’, for me, the pitch isn’t the only thing that counts. What surrounds it counts as well.”
“And above all what is important is the possibility to bring together the professional aspect and the role of ‘football ambassador’, a chance to proudly represent in the world this wonderful sport, that has become a fundamental part of my life since the day i was born.”
“That’s why I went to Australia. That’s why I’m happy with the results obtained by Australian football in the two years I was there, and with everything that country gave to me.”
“And that’s why I’m going to India. Another stopover during this fantastic journey. New championship, Indian Super League, a new team, the Delhi Dynamos, new fans, a lot of enthusiasm.”
“A lot of new people to meet and hopefully to ‘conquer’ not only by playing football. Like India with its ‘Indian Super League.”
“Next stop is India. I’m coming. See you soon in Delhi.”
Signing a four month deal with the Delhi based Club, Del Piero will also boost the rapport of the Indian Super League. Clearly it is evident that ‘Alex’ is dying to be a part of a football revolution in India. Being the new face of the Indian Super League, Del Piero will definitely pool in audiences from far and wide. His popularity will also add to the image and standing of the league. A dead ball specialist, ‘Alex’ will certainly entertain the Delhi Crowd and provide the maximum firepower lacking in Delhi’s Arsenal. He would also ,capture the hearts of every Indian with his finesse and skills.
With the inclusion of Luis Garcia, Joan Capdevila, David Trezeguet, Robert Pires and now Alessandro del Piero, the league is set to be a blockbuster. In times like these it is very fortunate to be a football fan in India and from watching the legends on our TVs to seeing them play live in our country, is nonetheless a dream come true for every football fan. Here is a clip of some goals from the legend and what the fans in India can expect from the master