Tuesday September 10 2013
Buffon to equal Italy cap record

Gianluigi Buffon is set to match the appearance record of Fabio Cannavaro when Italy face the Czech Republic this evening.

The Juventus man is just one cap short of the 136 which were won by his former club and international teammate.

The goalkeeper, who has conceded 109 goals while guarding the Azzurri net, made his debut in a World Cup play-off tie against Russia in October 1997.

The now 35-year-old, who will be playing in his club stadium this evening, was a key part of the 2006 World Cup winning side.

Buffon was also instrumental in Friday’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria when he made a string of fine saves. “They have a monument in goal,” reflected Bulgaria boss Luboslav Penev after the Palermo tie.

Brazil 2014 would be the legend’s fifth World Cup if he is named in Cesare Prandelli’s squad.