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Gianluigi Buffon
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Personal information
Full name Gianluigi Buffon
Date of birth 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 32)
Place of birth Carrara, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 1
Youth career
1991–1995 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Parma 168 (0)
2001– Juventus 268 (0)
National team
1995–1997 Italy U-21 12 (0)
1997– Italy 100 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2009

Gianluigi Buffon (born 28 January 1978 in Carrara), is an Italian FIFA World Cup and UEFA Cup-winning goalkeeper who plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. He is considered by some fans and experts to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.[1][2]. He was named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eight times.

He was named by Pele as one of the 125 greatest living footballers in the world.

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Club career

Early career

At the young age of just 17, Buffon made his Serie A debut for Parma in a 0-0 home draw against Milan on 19 November 1995. In his fourth season with the club, he won the UEFA Cup. He transferred from Parma to Juventus in 2001, for a world-record goalkeeper's fee of €51.5 million. Buffon nearly signed with Roma in 2001 following his departure from Parma, but team president Franco Sensi instead opted for Atalanta keeper Ivan Pelizzoli, who averaged less than 15 appearances in five seasons with Roma. Buffon also claimed that he wouldn't have signed with Roma had he left Juventus in 2006. "That was never a possibility really... I don’t think that Roma had the finances to make an investment of such a nature."[3]

Juventus

In 2003, he received the UEFA Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper awards, and was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. During the annual Luigi Berlusconi Trophy match against Milan in August 2005, Buffon collided with Milan midfielder Kaká while chasing a loose ball, and suffered a dislocated shoulder that required surgery. His operation was successful and he returned to the pitch in November, but played only once as another injury returned him to the sidelines until January. He recovered in time to help lead Juventus to their second consecutive Scudetto and his fourth overall with the club.

On 12 May 2006, Buffon, along with former Juventus goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti and many other players, were implicated as participants in illegal betting on Serie A matches while with Parma. The following day, he voluntarily allowed himself to be questioned by Turin magistrates in an attempt to clear his name. While admitting that he did bet on sports (until regulations went into effect in late 2005, banning players from doing so), he vehemently denied placing wagers on Italian football matches. Fears arose that he had jeopardized his chance of playing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but he was officially named Italy's starting goalkeeper on 15 May. The players were cleared of all charges by the FIGC on 27 June 2007.[4]

Following Juventus' punishment in the Calciopoli scandal, rumors spread that Juventus were shopping Buffon on the transfer market as a cost-cutting measure, and many teams became interested in his services.[5] However, no deals ever materialized as Buffon elected to remain with Juventus; his agent said, "Serie B is a division he has never won and he wants to try to do this." AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani stated in April 2007 that Buffon's decision to stay proved a catalyst in re-signing incumbent Dida,[6] though Buffon later denied having ever been contacted by Milan.

After Juventus won the Cadetti and were promoted back into the top flight, Buffon signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2012.[7]

In 2008–09, Buffon was again sidelined by several injuries, having problems with his back but principally a bad groin strain and a pulled muscle.[8] From September-January, Alexander Manninger, Juventus' reserve goalie, held his position between the sticks, and gained a lot of praise for his deputizing.[9] Because of this and Juve's poor form towards the end of the season, as Buffon was seen despondent as the team drew Lecce and Atalanta, there were further rumors that Buffon was upset and wanted to leave.[10] He admitted he was upset but had no intentions to leave. After a discussion with management, he said he was reassured about the future of Juventus and signed a year extension to 2013.

Buffon started the 2009–10 season strongly, receiving praise for performances against sides such as Roma, Lazio, Livorno, Bulgaria, and Georgia. In the view of several commentators, his performances have cemented his reputation as one of the world's best players.[11][12]

International career

Buffon was awarded his first cap for Italy at the age of nineteen, as an injury replacement for Gianluca Pagliuca during a qualifer for 1998 FIFA World Cup play-off against Russia. He was called up for the 1998 World Cup finals, but did not play a single game as Pagliuca remained first choice. He was a member of the Italy squad at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He was also the first choice goalkeeper for Italy at the Euro 2000, but broke his hand in a friendly match against Norway just eight days before the tournament started, and had his starting place taken by Francesco Toldo.

Buffon was in stunning form as he kept five clean sheets in addition to a 453-minute scoreless streak during the 2006 World Cup finals; the only goals conceded were an own goal from teammate Cristian Zaccardo against the United States, and a Zinedine Zidane penalty in the final against France, which ended 1-1 in extra time and led to a penalty shootout in which neither Buffon nor Fabien Barthez could save a penalty. The lone miss was David Trezeguet's effort that clanged off the bottom of the crossbar and failed to cross the line, which enabled Italy's Fabio Grosso to seal the victory for the Italians. Buffon received the Yashin Award for his accomplishments throughout the competition.

Buffon was named Italy captain for Euro 2008 after incumbent Fabio Cannavaro was ruled out of the tournament due to injury. In the second game of the group stage against Romania on June 13, he saved a penalty from Adrian Mutu in the 81st minute as the match ended 1-1 to keep Italy's hopes alive. Buffon kept a clean sheet against France in the final group game. Italy was eliminated in the quarterfinals nine days later after a 0-0 penalty shootout loss to Spain in which Buffon saved 1 penalty.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1995–96 Parma Serie A 9 0 - - 9 0
1996–97 27 0 - 1 0 28 0
1997–98 32 0 6 0 8 0 46 0
1998–99 34 0 6 0 11 0 51 0
1999–00 32 0 0 0 9 0 41 0
2000–01 34 0 2 0 7 0 43 0
2001–02 Juventus Serie A 34 0 1 0 10 0 45 0
2002–03 32 0 0 0 15 0 47 0
2003–04 32 0 0 0 6 0 38 0
2004–05 37 0 0 0 11 0 48 0
2005–06 18 0 2 0 4 0 24 0
2006–07 Serie B 37 0 3 0 - 40 0
2007–08 Serie A 34 0 1 0 - 35 0
2008–09 23 0 2 0 5 0 30 0
2009–10 21 0 1 0 7 0 29 0
Total Juventus 268 0 10 0 58 0 337 0
Career Total 436 0 24 0 94 0 555 0

Honours

Parma

Juventus

International

Individual

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Gianluigi Buffon, Cavaliere OMRI [citation needed] (born January 28, 1978) is an Italian FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper. He is currently the first choice goalkeeper for Juventus F.C and the Italian national team.

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  • My worst vice is gluttony. I try to keep myself under control because I’m an athlete, but once a week I like to pig out and act like a normal person.
  • In recent times Italy have been in a World Cup final every 12 years and I hope to still be there in 2018.
  • The men can go away, the executives can go away, but what is really though in this society are the players who has been handed down the feel of winning, of being the absolute best, which isn't equal to any other team.
    • Gianluigi Buffon, as quoted after Cagliari Calcio 2-3 Juventus FC. Stadio Sant'Elia di Cagliari, September 2, 2007]

About Gianluigi Buffon

  • Gigi Buffon is in every way an original. His talent very quickly made him the number one of both Parma and Italy, whilst his personality, which is never banal, is characterised by great bravery both in his statements to the press and as he comes out to smother the ball at the feet of onrushing players

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  • I would say that I am having less sex now that I’m playing in Serie B – there is more to think about in this division.

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Gianluigi Buffon
Personal information
Full name Gianluigi Buffon
Date of birth 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 33)
Place of birth    Carrara, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 1
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-2001
2001-
Parma
Juventus
National team
1997-2009 Italy

Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon (born 28 January 1978) is an Italian football player. He is a goalkeeper. He currently plays with Juventus.

Gianluigi Buffon started his career in Parma, a famous Italian club, winning a UEFA Cup in 1999. Later he played for the Italian giant, Juventus, winning Italian Serie A on consecutive years.

Buffon joined the Italy national team in 1997. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup he led them to the championship, allowing only two goals in 7 games. Therefore, some people currently consider him the best goalkeeper in the world.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1995/96ParmaSerie A90000090
1996/972700010280
1997/983206080460
1998/9934060110510
1999/003200090410
2000/013402070430
2001/02JuventusSerie A34010100450
2002/0332000150470
2003/043200060380
2004/0537000110480
2005/061802040240
2006/07Serie B37030-400
2007/08Serie A34010-350
2008/092302050300
2009/10
CountryItaly 41502308705250
Total 41502308705250

International career statistics

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Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199710
199830
199980
200040
200170
2002120
200370
2004120
200530
2006150
200780
200890
2009110
Total1000

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