Player Profile – Gianluigi Buffon
This is the Player Profile for the Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Brief Information about Gianluigi Buffon
Full Name: Gianluigi Buffon
Nick Name(s): Gigi, Superman
Date of Birth: 28th January, 1978
Place of Birth: Carrara, Italy
Height: 6ft 4in
Professional Career of Gianluigi Buffon
Jersey No.: 1
Turned Pro: in 1991
Youth Career: 1991 – 1995 Parma
Senior Career: 1995 – 2001 Parma | Since 2001 Juventus
National Duties by Gianluigi Buffon
1993 – Italy U16
1994 – Italy U17
1995 – Italy U18
1995-1997 – Italy U21
Since 1997 – Italy
Early and Personal Life of Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon was born in a family where sports were already a profession. His father, Adriano was a weightlifter and her mother, Maria Stella was a discus thrower, hence he was raised in that atmosphere only. But surprisingly Gianluigi Buffon chose to play football and not the sports his parents were involved in. Actually, he chose to become a midfielder at the start of his school football career, but later at the age of 11 he decided to become a goalkeeper and joined the youth side of Parma FC when he turned 13. Guianluigi Buffon was married to Czech model Alena Seredova in June 2011 and they became parents of two boys Louis Thomas and David Lee. But after three years of marriage, Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he is separating from Seredova. Currently, Gianluigi Buffon is said to be romantically attached to sports expert, journalist and a television host Ilaria D’ Amico.
Professional Career of Ginaluigi Buffon
Buffon made his senior professional debut for Parma FC in November 1995 and became the part of the UEFA U21 Championship in 1996. He was also part of the UEFA Cup, Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup winning team of Parma in 1999. Gianluigi Buffon made his national debut in the FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1997.
In 2001 Buffon was transferred to Juventus FC and immediately became the part of a controversy. Buffon chose to wear Jersey No. 88 than the No. 1 he used to wear for Parma all these years. He claimed that he was unaware of the fact that No. 88 is connected with Neo-Nazi connotations. When that infamous Serie A match-fixing scandal was unearthed and was called the Calciopoli Scandal, Buffon too was charged for betting but later he was cleared of any wrongdoing. Juventus was relegated to Serie B but Buffon decided to stay with the club.
The best moment in Gianluigi Buffon’s life came when he lead the Italian football team successfully to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he gave away only 2 goals in the entire competition. He was also awarded the Yashin Award for the top goalkeeper of the tournament.
The Gianluigi Buffon Quote
Many people don’t like the way I play; they think I am overacting, screaming too much, trying to win the attention of the cameras, but I do that intentionally to maintain the link between sport and the nation that is truly just a circus.