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Pirlo may be set for shock return in Australia

Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return as Australian club Avondale chase the Italy great for a cup fixture.

Pirlo, 39, retired at the end of last year after a glittering career that included a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.

But the superstar midfielder may be set for a return, with Victorian outfit Avondale looking to secure Pirlo for their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.

The club confirmed to Omnisport they were "waiting to hear from Pirlo's management".

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Even if they land Pirlo, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.

Pirlo, who made 116 appearances for Italy, finished his career at New York City, where he spent two and a half seasons.

In 2015, another Victorian club, Heidelberg United, signed Greece great Kostas Katsouranis for their FFA Cup quarter-final against Melbourne City, but suffered a 5-0 defeat.