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However, his close friends, Massimo Crippa and Alessandro Melli, quickly reassured him that everything would be fine. When Buffon lined up alongside Milan in the tunnel beforehand, his opposite number Sebastiano Rossi and right-back Christian Panucci both offered him a few kind words of encouragement.
Then, Paolo Maldini, who had made his own Serie A bow at 16, studied him for a second, smiled and wished him good luck. Quite simply, Buffon was unfamiliar with the practice.
So, once the handshakes were out of the way, and the captains had decided who would kick off and which sides their respective teams would take, Buffon simply ran straight towards his penalty area.
The year-old debutant in the Parma net may have made a rookie mistake before the game had even begun but he was flawless from the first whistle to last, making one incredible save after another — most notably from Baggio, Weah and Zvonimir Boban.
The analogy appeared apt. A boy of rare size and strength developing into a hero capable of seemingly superhuman feats of athleticism.
Furthermore, even when he made mistakes, the comparison worked. Indeed, when Buffon was written off by some critics as past his best due to a couple of high-profile errors for club and country in , Juventus fans responded by unfurling a banner before his next outing, against Udinese.
Gigi never felt like one, though. Despite all of the fame, he never forgot where had come from, or what his parents had taught him. And Gigi certainly suffered.
They compared him to Lev Yashin. Juventus topped their group undefeated, and advanced to the knockout stages for first time since — Buffon kept a clean sheet in a 1—0 Coppa Italia win against Cagliari on 12 December, allowing Juventus to progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The league victory allowed Buffon to lift the Serie A trophy as captain for the first time. Juventus were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia to winners Lazio, and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League to winners Bayern Munich.
Juventus defeated Lazio 4—0, with Buffon keeping a clean sheet in the competition for the first time; Buffon was praised for making several saves.
During the —14 season , Juventus managed an Italian-record of points, including a Serie A record of 33 victories; Juventus finished with the best defence of the league, yet again.
Buffon managed 89 saves and 18 clean sheets in 33 appearances during the Serie A season, and conceded 19 goals. Buffon was chosen as part of the —14 Europa League Team of the Season for his performances throughout the tournament.
In the summer of , manager Antonio Conte left Juventus to take charge of the Italy national team, with former Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri called in as his replacement.
He was eventually beaten by a Francesco Totti penalty in a 3—2 home win over Roma on 5 October after going unbeaten for minutes that season.
He is currently the only goalkeeper to have been nominated for the award every year since its inception in Although Buffon made several saves during the match, and managed to stop three penalties in the shoot-out, he was unable to prevent his team from losing the title.
On 8 August, Buffon kept a clean sheet as Juventus defeated Lazio 2—0 in the Supercoppa Italiana to win the title for a record seventh time.
In the process, he set a new personal best in the top flight, and the outright sixth-best unbeaten streak in the history of the Italian league, after going minutes without conceding a goal in Serie A, overtaking Morgan De Sanctis and Marchegiani.
His unbeaten streak of minutes without conceding a goal was the third best unbeaten streak in Serie A history, behind only Zoff and Rossi, and was also the longest period a goalkeeper has gone without conceding a goal since three points for a win were introduced in Serie A during the —95 season.
Andrea Belotti finally ended his goalless streak by beating him from the penalty spot in the 48th minute of the same match. This was the first time Juventus had managed to keep six consecutive clean sheets in a single edition of the tournament, the joint third-best number of consecutive clean sheets in a single Champions League season.
On 12 June , Buffon announced that the —18 season would likely be his last with the club. He started in goal, and was later substituted in the 64th minute by debutant Carlo Pinsoglio as he received a standing ovation by everyone in the stadium with the score 2—0 in favour of Juventus; the match later ended in a 2—1 victory.
Seventeen years of friends, team-mates, tears, victories, [defeats,] trophies, words, anger, disappointments, happiness and many, many emotions.
I will never forget anything. I will always carry everything with me. On 6 July , Buffon signed a one-year contract, with the option for a second year, with Paris Saint-Germain.
His starting place was taken by backup goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, and Christian Abbiati was called up as a replacement third keeper, with Francesco Antonioli being promoted to second goalkeeper.
In spite of heavy competition from Toldo,  Buffon regained the starting goalkeeping spot for the fourth match of the qualification series, away to Romania , and was the starting goalkeeper for the remaining four matches under Giovanni Trapattoni  as Italy qualified with an unbeaten record.
During the World Cup finals, Buffon was in excellent form, setting a World Cup record by conceding just two goals in seven matches,  and keeping five clean sheets.
After the international retirement of Fabio Cannavaro, Buffon became the new captain of the national team under new manager Cesare Prandelli.
At Euro , Buffon acted as captain during the entire tournament. He kept a clean sheet against the Republic of Ireland in the third group stage match  and against England , saving a crucial penalty from Ashley Cole in the quarter-final shootout, in which he was elected man of the match.
Italy won the match 2—1 and advanced to the final against defending European and World champions Spain, with whom Italy had drawn 1—1 in the opening group stage match, only having conceded three goals; the semi-final victory qualified Italy for the Confederations Cup , as Spain had previously won the World Cup.
In the same match, Buffon saved a penalty from Michael Mifsud , helping Italy to a 2—0 away win. Buffon was included in the Italian squad for the Confederations Cup in Brazil and played in every match of the tournament as captain.
After a 0—0 draw, they lost 7—6 in the resulting penalty shootout. Although both Buffon and Spanish counterpart Iker Casillas had managed to keep a clean sheet throughout the match, neither goalkeeper was able to stop a penalty in the shootout; the lone miss, by Leonardo Bonucci, was hit over bar.
This cap put him at only one cap from record appearance holder Fabio Cannavaro. Buffon kept a clean sheet for Italy in the 1—0 win and was praised for making several saves, earning the man of the match award.
The win allowed Italy to move seven points clear in their qualifying group. Italy won the match 2—1, allowing them to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil as top of their group, with two games at hand; this was the first time that the Italian squad had done so.
Andrea Pirlo captained the team in his absence, as Italy won the match 2—1. Buffon made his first appearance for Italy under new manager Antonio Conte on 9 September , captaining his team in their opening European Championship qualifying match against Norway in Oslo.
He kept a clean sheet as Italy won the match 2—0. After the Euro qualification, Buffon stated that Euro would be the final European Championship of his career,  but expressed his intentions to retire only after the World Cup , which would see him play up to the age of On 6 October , Buffon made his th appearance for Italy in a 1—1 draw against Spain in a World Cup qualifying match in Turin, under manager Gian Piero Ventura , making him the joint eighth-most capped international player of all time with Cobi Jones , and the second-most capped active international player, behind only Iker Casillas.
We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.
I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin. In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame.
The coach is part of this entire group. We will pick ourselves up as we have always done. I am leaving a national team set-up that will know how to pick itself up again.
Best wishes to everybody, and especially to those with whom I have shared this beautiful journey. With the way I am though, both for Juventus and for the national team I have always considered myself a soldier, so I could never desert a possible call in the future if needed.
Since his emergence as a precocious talent in his youth, Buffon has been renowned for his consistent performances throughout his career, and has received praise from managers, players, as well as both present and former goalkeeping colleagues, for his concentration and calm composure under pressure, as well as his work-rate, and longevity.
In his prime, Buffon was a talented, complete, aggressive, and often instinctive and frenetic goalkeeper, who was recognised for his speed, prowess, and anticipation when coming off his line in one on one situations, as well as his confidence, goalkeeping technique, reactions, and ability to get to ground quickly to collect, parry, or even challenge for the ball with his feet; when playing in teams that relied upon high defensive lines and a zonal marking system, he often functioned as a sweeper-keeper , frequently rushing out of his area to clear the ball or face opponents who had beaten the offside trap.
In his youth, his ball skills even occasionally led him to take on opponents , whenever he was put under pressure by on-running strikers.
After struggling with a series of injuries between and ,    in recent years, Buffon has effectively adapted his style of goalkeeping to the physical effects of ageing, while also modifying his diet and training regime, and as a result, has developed into a less spectacular, but more efficient, calm, and reflective goalkeeper;       despite the loss of some of his physical strength, explosiveness, speed and mobility, he has continued to excel at the highest level due to the consistency of his performances, as well as his positioning between the posts, tactical intelligence, decision-making, and his ability to read the game and organise his defence.
Although when he started his career it was more common for goalkeepers to wear long-sleeved jerseys, Buffon has always been known for wearing short-sleeves throughout his entire career, even during the winter months; when asked in a interview with FourFourTwo why he preferred to wear short sleeves, he commented: It always felt good.
In September , Buffon faced heavy criticism and severe disciplinary sanctions for bearing the fascist slogan " Boia chi molla " "who gives up is a scoundrel" handwritten on a T-shirt under his goalkeeping jersey, which he proceeded to wear and show during media interviews after a match against Lazio.
In , Buffon risked a four-year prison sentence for falsifying a high school accounting diploma in order to enrol for a law degree at the University of Parma , and ultimately paid a 6,, Lire fine in ; he later described the incident as his biggest regret in life, stating that it had been a dishonest gesture.
On 11 April , in the —18 UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match away to Real Madrid, Juventus needed a 3—0 win to force the match to extra time, the scoreline until the 97th minute after referee Michael Oliver awarded a 93rd injury time penalty to Real Madrid.
Buffon was sent off for dissent after a confrontation with Oliver, as Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League as the resulting penalty kick was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo for a final 4—3 aggregate loss.
And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point. The team gave its all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.
Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish. You cannot ruin the dreams of a team.
I could have told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating.
Buffon has been sponsored by German sportswear company Puma during his career, wearing Puma gloves and Puma King football boots, and has appeared in Puma commercials.
Throughout the —18 season , Buffon appeared in the Netflix docu-series called First Team: In May , Buffon announced his partnership with the video game World of Tanks.
Buffon was born into a family of Italian athletes on 28 January His mother, Maria Stella, was a discus thrower and his father, Adriano, was a weightlifter.
Buffon regularly visited a psychologist, but refused to take medication, and overcame his depression prior to Euro On 14 November , Buffon released the Italian edition of his autobiography, Numero 1 , which was written in collaboration with writer Roberto Perrone.
Prior to the Italian general election , Buffon publicly endorsed the prime minister at the time, Mario Monti. Buffon is also known for his charity work.
Buffon was awarded the Nereo Rocco Prize on 2 September , which is given to a footballer in recognition of their career. In , France Football rated him as one of the ten best footballers in the world who are over the age of Buffon was one of over 80 Italian celebrities to sign a petition in favour of the referendum on constitutional reform , promoted by the Democratic Party Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
In , Buffon launched his own brand of wine under the name "Buffon 1". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Gianluigi Buffon Buffon with Italy in When Juventus were in Serie B, he showed himself to be faithful to the team, it was a great gesture.
Ich spielte als Zehner und Gigi hinter mir im Mittelfeld. Ich war damals winzig. Er war das totale Gegenteil des vom Spielfeldrand kommandierenden Vaters.
Bei Gigis Spielen stand er meist ruhig und gut versteckt am Rand. Als Papa Adriano das im Sommer erkannte, schlug er Gigi vor: Er wollte es versuchen.
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