Der grosse Maestro Gianluigi Buffon verlässt mit 40 Jahren Juventus Turin er trägt in Parma die Rückennummer 88, scherzhaft, behauptet er. Warum Juventus-Torwart Gianluigi Buffon der schillerndste Spieler ist im Und so entfachte Buffon, als er sich mit der 88 ins Tor stellte, einen. Dann sollte eben die 88 gleich vier Eier symbolisieren. Dennoch hielt sich das Nazi-Gerücht recht hartnäckig, obwohl Buffon doch Kameruns.
Gianluigi Buffon: Letztes Spiel für JuventusGigi Buffon sagt wohl endültig „Ciao“. Zum Abschied warten wir nochmal mit Angeberwissen auf, von dem ihr garantiert überrascht sein werdet. Der grosse Maestro Gianluigi Buffon verlässt mit 40 Jahren Juventus Turin er trägt in Parma die Rückennummer 88, scherzhaft, behauptet er. Buffon gab sich jedoch unwissend: „Die 88 habe ich genommen, weil sie vier Eier hat. Und beim Fußball braucht man Eier“, lautete sinngemäß seine Erklärung.
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But even that looks tame compared with the fuss Gianluigi Buffon has caused with his choice of shirt at Parma. The goalkeeper's decision to wear 88 caused consternation among Italy's Jewish community, which pointed out that the figure is a neo-Nazi symbol.
Buffon has previously worn a shirt bearing the slogan "Boia chi molla" - "Death to cowards" - which was used by fascists in Benito Mussolini's day.
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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.
On 12 May, Buffon was named in Italy's man preliminary World Cup squad by Cesare Prandelli ,  and on 31 May, he was named the starting goalkeeper and captain in the final squad.
Andrea Pirlo captained the team in his absence, as Italy won the match 2—1. In Italy's next group match, which ended in a 1—0 loss to Costa Rica, he captained his national side for the first time at a World Cup, the fourth World Cup in which he appeared.
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.
Buffon's th international appearance came on 13 November, in the second leg of the World Cup play-offs against Sweden, at the San Siro Stadium in Milan.
Although he kept a clean sheet in the 0—0 draw, Italy's 1—0 away loss in the first leg on 10 November saw Sweden advance on aggregate, meaning that Italy had failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Although he had originally intended to retire after competing in the World Cup, following the match and Italy's failure to qualify the tournament, an emotional and tearful Buffon communicated his retirement from international football, stating: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football.
We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.
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. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something.
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. He later confirmed his international retirement on social media, tweeting from the national team's official account: "We are proud, we are strong, we are stubborn.
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.
I'm of a certain age, so it's right for me to take a pause. 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.
Even at 60, if there were a total absence of goalkeepers and they asked me to come back, I'd be there, because I have in me the concept of nation.
On 17 March , despite Buffon's initial decision to retire, he was called up for Italy's March friendlies against Argentina and England by caretaker manager Luigi Di Biagio.
In addition, I've always been an unifying element in the national set-up, and I'd like my presence to be seen in this way. The young lads will grow, some already have, and from tomorrow they'll get their chance,"  and "I am here for Astori [a former international teammate of Buffon's who had recently died from a heart attack] as well, it's another reason why I wanted to be here.
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, brave, 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 ,   Buffon 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.
Buffon is widely regarded by players, pundits and managers as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, [nb 1] and by some in the sport as the greatest ever.
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: "I really don't know why.
It's just something that I've always done, right from the time I first started playing in goal. It always felt good.
And now look: lots of goalkeepers do it. I've started a fashion. This article was written by Caitlin Frye and last updated on January 10, If you disagree with its content, you can voice your opinion in the comments.
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