Andrea Pirlo joins the effort to help Turkey as the Italy legend – who now manages Super Lig club Fatih Karagumruk – loads boxes and supplies onto trucks after the country’s devastating earthquake
- Andrea Pirlo has been attempting to join rescue efforts underway in Turkey
- The Italian is in charge of Super Lig club Fatih Karagumruk and wants to help
- Turkey was hit by a huge earthquake on Monday with thousands believed dead
Andrea Pirlo has put footballing priorities to one side in a bid to join others in providing help and aid to those worst-affected by the recent devastating earthquake that hit Turkey.
The Italian headed to take charge of 9th-placed Turkish Super Lig side Fatih Karagumruk in June following his previous sacking as Juventus manager, but has shown he is more than willing to play his part in helping the country recover.
Turkey and Syria bore the brunt of two high-strength earthquakes on Monday with the death toll currently exceeding 19,000, with that number expected to rise as more rubble is cleared.
Some of the nation’s most iconic football stadiums have been turned into temporary field hospitals and refuge centres, while teams have been forced to seek alternative training facilities elsewhere.
Besiktas have opened the doors to their stadium to allow it to become a temporary blood-bank and post office, while the likes of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray have also joined in with aid efforts.
Fatih Karagumruk head coach Andrea Pirlo (right) has joined in with ongoing aid efforts in Turkey
Pirlo, his staff and players helped load aid on to trucks bound for badly affected areas in the nation
Turkish football has come together to give aid – with Besiktas’ stadium becoming a blood bank
All upcoming games in the Super Lig have been postponed due to the recent events. But, Pirlo is using the spare time to join in with other volunteers wanting to do anything they can to help those most in need.
The 43-year-old has been at the centre of his club’s efforts to try and contribute in any way possible and has been loading boxes and helping put together other packages destined for Turkey’s crisis hubs.
Sportsmail recently flew to meet Pirlo in the wake of the natural disaster that has hit Turkey, with the Italian speaking from the heart as he said: ‘I’m sorry for what has happened, I’m sorry for everybody, I hope we can contribute something to help them overcome this huge tragedy.
‘We want to help. We know it will be difficult, but we are trying to do our bit. I send a big hug to everyone.’
Pirlo has been thriving in his position as Fatih Karagumruk head coach with his team unbeaten in their past seven league matches prior to the understandable postponement of all football in the country.
The Italian has largely enjoyed his time in Turkey and revealed to Sportsmail that he often calls on current Spurs boss Antonio Conte for advice, adding: ‘I learned so many things,’ he says.
Pirlo (centre) also helped to load supplies onto trucks heading for the worst-hit areas
The Italian has so far largely impressed since joining the Turkish side in June 2022 following his sacking at Juventus
‘Sometimes I talk with him and, for me, it was very important to understand his mentality because he has been one of the best coaches in my career.
‘The winning mentality is the key. The concentration. He always puts you on a good direction to work and to play.’
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