NEWS
Wednesday March 6 2019
Buffon and PSG recurring nightmare

Gianluigi Buffon’s Champions League nightmare continues, as Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out by a last-gasp Manchester United penalty.

PSG had a 2-0 first leg lead at Old Trafford, but become the first team ever to overturn that result in the Champions League.

Romelu Lukaku pounced on a terrible back-pass to put United ahead within two minutes, then Juan Bernat equalised straight away.

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Wednesday March 6 2019
Buffon set for new PSG contract?

Gianluigi Buffon starts against Manchester United and it’s reported Paris Saint-Germain are offering a new two-year contract.

The goalkeeper just turned 41 in January, but is still going strong and is playing in tonight’s Champions League Round of 16 against Manchester United.

According to Sky Sport Italia, PSG have been so impressed with his performances that they are on the verge of agreeing a new extended contract.

It’d run for another year with option for one more, meaning Buffon could theoretically play until he is 43 years old.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday February 20 2019
Morata's lament

As Alvaro Morata faces his former club Juventus, Football Italia’s Chief Football Correspondent Richard Hall wonders what the Spaniard could've achieved.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”. This is a quote Alvaro Morata would be able to relate to, only the double interpretation of his career it offers up would trouble him. A player with height, speed, power, technique and ultimately supreme ability, there is a question as to why he is seen to have underachieved. How can this be when he has played for Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and now Atletico Madrid?

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NEWS
Tuesday February 12 2019
Buffon: 'PSG made it look easy'

Gianluigi Buffon said Paris Saint-Germain “made it seem easy” after beating Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford and thought back to his other experiences here.

The shot-stopper kept a clean sheet in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16, with a victory secured by Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe despite missing the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

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NEWS
Tuesday February 12 2019
Buffon and Verratti start for PSG

Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti start for PSG against Manchester United, as the goalkeeper becomes the fourth 41-year-old in a Champions League game.

The Round of 16 kicks off at Old Trafford at 20.00 GMT.

There had been concerns over Verratti’s fitness following a long lay-off with repeated injuries, but he made his comeback last week and is placed in the starting XI tonight.

Buffon is chosen rather than Alphonse Areola and becomes the fourth player aged 41 and over to feature in a Champions League match – the second Italian.

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NEWS
Tuesday January 8 2019
Buffon: 'I plan to play on at PSG'

Gianluigi Buffon spoke about his experiences from “invincible” teen to panic attacks, but “my idea, if PSG agree, is to play on for another year.”

The legend turns 41 later this month and has been through tough times as well as the highs of winning the 2006 World Cup.

“As a kid, I had a sense of being indestructible, omnipotent and invincible,” he confessed to Vanity Fair Italia.

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NEWS
Saturday January 5 2019
Buffon: 'When I faced Chiesa...'

Gianluigi Buffon admits when Federico Chiesa, son of former teammate Enrico, made his Serie A debut against him, “I thought it might be time to retire.”

Federico was born in October 1997, at a time when Enrico was teammates with Buffon at Parma.

He made his Serie A debut for Fiorentina against Juventus in August 2016, at the age of 18 years and nine months.

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NEWS
Tuesday December 18 2018
Buffon on Mbappe', Neymar, Verratti

Gianluigi Buffon reveals how he motivates Paris Saint-Germain teammates Marco Verratti, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. “It depends on mentality.”

The Italy international spoke to RMC in France about his experience in Paris, including advice to much younger companions.

“In my view, if Kylian decides in his mind to become the Number One for the next 10 years, he can do that, but it depends on his mind.

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Tuesday December 18 2018
Buffon: 'PSG a gift from life'

Gigi Buffon called Paris Saint-Germain “a gift from life” and assured it’s “wrong” to make the Champions League an objective. “I’ve been trying for 24 years!”

The goalkeeper surprisingly left Juventus at the age of 40 and signed a new two-year deal with PSG.

“I had decided to retire. In my mind, I thought the only option was if Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid or Barcelona had come calling,” he told RMC.

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NEWS
Thursday November 22 2018
Buffon to face Liverpool

Gianluigi Buffon is expected to start for Paris Saint-Germain against both Toulouse and Liverpool, according to L’Equipe.

The veteran Italian has so far been rotating in the role of goalkeeper with teammate Alphonse Areola.

Now that Buffon’s Champions League ban has expired and he played in the 1-1 draw with Napoli, he has surpassed Areola in the pecking order.

It’s reported Buffon will take the gloves both against Toulouse on Saturday in Ligue 1 and in the crucial Champions League showdown with Liverpool next Wednesday.

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