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1. Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon is Italy’s Number One keeper by no doubt. His performances have given him a place in the Italy squad since the age of 19. He was first-choice during Euro 2000 but a hand injury meant that Francesco Toldo replaced him during the entire tournament. Buffon made an impeccable performance at the 2006 World Cup conceding only two goals, including an own goal from defender Zaccardo against USA. Zidane put the second goal into Buffon’s net in the Final giving France the lead thanks to an early penalty.

Buffon joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 and from that year on, he never looked back. First Choice at Juve and First Choice at Italy and even more than first-choice he is actually indispensable for the Azzurri and Bianconeri.

Buffon has been instrumental during the Group Stage for Italy. He saved the Italians from having their assess kicked out by saving Mutu’s penalty which would have left no chance for Italy to go through. Against France, he shone once more putting an impeccable performance to show why he is considered the best.

Buffon is also doing a blog during Euro 2008 for all Azzurri fans. Take a Look here.

Buffon Saved Italy From Possible Early Euro 2008 Exit


The Best of Gigi


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