Andrea Pirlo returns to Juventus to coach U23 team

World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo was named coach of Juventus' Under-23 team, which plays in Serie C, on Thursday.

The announcement comes three years after the 41-year-old Pirlo ended his playing career and five years after he left Juventus for New York City FC.

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Nicknamed Il Maestro for his passing skills, Pirlo helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup and also won Serie A six times -- twice with AC Milan and four times with Juventus.

He also won the Champions League twice with Milan.

Last month, Juventus' U23 team won the Serie C Italian Cup title.