A transition from player to coach seems inevitable for Alessandro Del Piero.
At the launch of his autobiography at Doltone House yesterday, the A-League’s marquee player also spoke of his aspiration to continue playing through his advanced years, with his passion remaining as strong as ever.
With his contract up at the end of the year at Sydney FC, Del Piero admitted that a career in coaching remains an interest, though his focus for the moment is on the remainder of the season.
”At the moment my focus is until April (the end of the regular A-League season),” he said. ”I don’t want to spend my energy in a different way because I want to do my best in this moment.”
The World Cup winner spoke fondly of the Australian lifestyle and prompted that he is eager to continue his life in the country, with the opening line of the book reading: “As far as I’m concerned, Australia isn’t just a place; it’s a state of mind.”
Del Piero’s wife Sonia and eldest son Tobias were present at the launch of the Australian edition of Playing On and said despite the uncertainty of his future beyond this season, his family was eager to remain living in Sydney.
”Now we can spend a great day in the sun, for sure the life here is very good,” he said.
”I can spend time with my children in the park; the park is beautiful here. It’s a great thing, and the weather, the restaurants, everything for my family [is] very good, we’re very happy.”
The former Juventus striker’s book was initially released in Italian and became a top seller in his native country. More a philosophical piece than a revealing one, Del Piero hopes that his genuine account will also have a profound impact on Australians. – Jack Hislop
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