Attention to goalkeeper-icon: Gianluigi Buffon, the man without age

On Tuesday evening, at the home match against Genoa, who was not scheduled to be used by the League goalkeeper legend Gianluigi Buffon will play in the Serie A

Attention to goalkeeper-icon: Gianluigi Buffon, the man without age

On Tuesday evening, at the home match against Genoa, who was not scheduled to be used by the League goalkeeper legend Gianluigi Buffon will play in the Serie A sits mostly on the bench. The undisputed number one in goal for the Italian record champion Juventus Turin, the Polish national goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is since 2017. The bears also the Jersey with the number one. Buffon, now 42 years old, was found in July 2019, on his return from France from the "tour" at Paris Saint-Germain, to the number 77. It's the Jersey number he had worn at the beginning of his professional career at AC Parma. And the paved, after seven years at the tradition club in the Emilia-Romagna region, in 2001 the way in the Piedmont to Juventus.

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta, based in Rome.

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In the following 17 seasons, Buffon, right, won with the back of number one, almost everything there is to win: the Association has nine national titles – more than any other player in the history of Serie A, with the Squadra Azzurra title in 2006 at the world Cup finals in Germany. And also against Genoa, he was hailed, after 90 minutes, a 3:1 success. He is in the Serie A and the national team in a record player, is almost self-evident.

Two decades of football

The exchange 2018 Paris Saint-Germain under Buffon signed a one-year contract. More of the then 40-year-old Keeper could not require. A further one-year contract Juventus have offered him in return, 2019. With 41 years, even a club legend like Buffon did not expect. And now, at the age of 42, has extended "Gigi" Buffon, once again, to a year, of course. If he stays healthy, he will be two decades after his first contract at Juve and, in turn, in the squad for the Bianconeri.

The use of Buffon came in the last season, especially in Cup play. Finally, after the long Coronavirus-break since the beginning of March, in the imitation game, the Coppa Italia from the 12 picked up the semi-final return. June against AC Milan, as well as in the final of Rome on the 17. June against SSC Naples. In both Games, Buffon kept his case in the regular season, clean and was in a tired Juve squad is the best and most vital man: With reflexes he saved Juventus against Milan in the first final and then in the final against Naples in the penalty shoot-out. That Juventus lost with 2:4, no-one could blame Buffon. Rather, the first Juve-prepared, Paulo Dybala and Danilo, both of which missed miserably, Napoli the way to the sixth Cup victory Protect.

The ridicule encountered

the return of the "prodigal son" after Turin had told me a year ago, Buffon was probably mediated mainly because of his involvement in the Start-up company, The Grand House, the luxury real estate, according to Italy came back. The ridicule Buffon was seemingly unmoved to drain and trained reliable as ever with professionals who could be his sons. Whenever you needed him, was Buffon on the spot and brought the expected and required performance. In the Serie A, Buffon has caught up with 647 Games is now the record-holder Paolo Maldini. On Saturday, at the Derby against FC Turin, will Buffon be 648. League game to complete, and thus the sole record holder, has coach Maurizio Sarri promised on the sidelines of the contract signing from Monday. Together with inserts in Cup play Buffon bets it brings to 903 of duty game, this is also of course a record.

Date Of Update: 01 July 2020, 08:20

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