Italy Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon makes history, Brazil2014 his fifth World Cup

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Congratulations to Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon achieving an important record.  Buffon competing in his fifth World Cup,   a record only two other players can boast. Buffon missed Italy first game against England for injury.   Buffon started in the lineup in the game Italy vs Costa Rica on Friday 20 June 2014.   Simply put, after winning three straight Scudetti with Juventus,   Buffon is now rewriting World Cup history.

Buffon shares the record with two other football legends:

  • Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal (1950-1954-1958-1962-1966)
  • Germany’s Lothar Matthäus (1982-1986-1990-1994-1998).

Buffon started his World Cup adventure in 1998 when Head Coach Cesare Maldini called up Buffon, then   20-year-old, to compete in the France World Cup alongside goalkeepers Francesco Toldo and Gianluca Pagliuca: by the time the next tournament came around – in Japan and South Korea in 2002 – Buffon  was already the undisputed number one for  Italy, and that had to be the case following his first successful season with the Bianconeri which resulted in winning the Scudetto – the league title.

Buffon also having the privilege to have lifted the World champion trophy in Berlin in 2006.

Buffon has won with Juventus seven league titles in 13 years – including the last three in a row – and four Italian Super Cups.