(Adds background, detail) TURIN, July 6 (Reuters) - Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, one of the most elegant and distinctive players of his generation, is to join New York City FC from Serie A champions Juventus later this month. "I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialised I wanted to take it," Pirlo told New York's website (www.nycfc.com) on Monday. The 36-year-old, who has never played for a club outside Italy, won Serie A titles in each of his four seasons at Juve after quitting AC Milan in 2011.
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