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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Gianluigi Buffon
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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Born: 28/01/78
Club: Juventus
Position: Goalkeeper
Debut: 29/10/97 v Russia
Since joining Juventus for 33m in 2001 to become the world's most expensive goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has persuaded many observers he is also the world's best.

Buffon made his Serie A debut for Parma against AC Milan as a 17-year-old and quickly became a regular for the Gialloblu.

He made his international bow as a first-half substitute for the injured Gianluca Pagliuca in Italy's 1998 World Cup play-off with Russia.

Buffon missed Euro 2000 through injury but usurped Inter rival Francesco Toldo to keep goal at the 2002 World Cup.

He has a great record of saving penalties, parrying two spot-kicks in Juventus' Champions League final shoot-out defeat to AC Milan in 2003.

The 26-year-old will be hoping to make up for the disappointment of a trophyless season with Juve.


Did you know? Buffon is the nephew of former Italy and AC Milan keeper Lorenzo Buffon.




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