Gianluigi Buffon

Italian association football player

Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon is an Italian football goalkeeper. He was born on 28 January 1978. He is a goalkeeper. He currently plays for Juventus F.C.. Buffon is recognized by many peoples as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time,[nb 1] and, by some, as the greatest ever.[nb 2]

Gianluigi Buffon
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Buffon with Juventus in 2016
Personal information
Full name Gianluigi Buffon[1]
Date of birth (1978-01-28) 28 January 1978 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Carrara, Tuscany, Italy
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 77
Youth career
1991–1995 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Parma 168 (0)
2001–2018 Juventus 509 (0)
2018–2019 Paris Saint-Germain 17 (0)
2019– Juventus 4 (0)
National team
1993–1994 Italy U16 3 (0)
1995 Italy U17 3 (0)
1994–1995 Italy U18 3 (0)
1995–1997 Italy U21 11 (0)
1997 Italy U23 4 (0)
1997–2018 Italy 176 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2019

Gianluigi Buffon started his career in Parma, a famous Italian football club, winning a UEFA Cup in 1999. Later he played for the Italian giant, Juventus, winning the Italian Serie A on consecutive years.

Buffon joined the Italy national team in 1997. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he led them to the championship, allowing only two goals in 7 games and keeping 5 clean sheets(no goals allowed), which was a new World Cup record at that time. Some people still consider him the best goalkeeper in the world, even at 41 years of age.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 13 February 2020[22]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Parma 1995–96 Serie A 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1996–97 Serie A 27 0 0 0 1[a] 0 28 0
1997–98 Serie A 32 0 6[b] 0 8[c] 0 46 0
1998–99 Serie A 34 0 6[b] 0 11[a] 0 51 0
1999–2000 Serie A 32 0 0 0 9[d] 0 2[e] 0 43 0
2000–01 Serie A 34 0 2[b] 0 7[a] 0 43 0
Total 168 0 14 0 36 0 2 0 220 0
Juventus 2001–02 Serie A 34 0 1[b] 0 10[f] 0 45 0
2002–03 Serie A 32 0 0 0 15[f] 0 1[g] 0 48 0
2003–04 Serie A 32 0 0 0 6[f] 0 1[g] 0 39 0
2004–05 Serie A 37 0 0 0 11[h] 0 48 0
2005–06 Serie A 18 0 2[b] 0 4[f] 0 0 0 24 0
2006–07 Serie B 37 0 3[b] 0 40 0
2007–08 Serie A 34 0 1[b] 0 35 0
2008–09 Serie A 23 0 2[b] 0 5[h] 0 30 0
2009–10 Serie A 27 0 1[b] 0 7[i] 0 35 0
2010–11 Serie A 16 0 1[b] 0 0 0 17 0
2011–12 Serie A 35 0 0 0 35 0
2012–13 Serie A 32 0 1[b] 0 10[f] 0 1[g] 0 44 0
2013–14 Serie A 33 0 0 0 14[j] 0 1[g] 0 48 0
2014–15 Serie A 33 0 0 0 13[f] 0 1[g] 0 47 0
2015–16 Serie A 35 0 0 0 8[f] 0 1[g] 0 44 0
2016–17 Serie A 30 0 0 0 12[f] 0 1[g] 0 43 0
2017–18 Serie A 21 0 3[b] 0 9[f] 0 1[g] 0 34 0
Total 509 0 15 0 124 0 8 0 656 0
Paris Saint-Germain 2018–19 Ligue 1 17 0 2[k] 0 5[f] 0 1[l] 0 25 0
Juventus 2019–20 Serie A 7 0 3[b] 0 1[f] 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 701 0 34 0 166 0 11 0 912 0
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 All appearances in the UEFA Cup
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 All appearances in the Coppa Italia
  3. All appearances in the UEFA Champions League; two appearances in the second qualifying round
  4. Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, seven appearances in the UEFA Cup
  5. One appearance in the Supercoppa Italiana, one appearance in a 4th-place Serie A tiebreaker to qualify for the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 All appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 One appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  8. 8.0 8.1 All appearances in the UEFA Champions League; two appearances in the third qualifying round
  9. Six appearances in the UEFA Champions League, one appearance in Europa League
  10. Six appearances in the UEFA Champions League, Eight appearances in the Europa League
  11. One appearance in the Coupe de la Ligue, One appearance in the Coupe de France
  12. One appearance in Trophée des Champions

InternationalEdit

Source:[23][24]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 1997 1 0
1998 3 0
1999 8 0
2000 4 0
2001 7 0
2002 12 0
2003 7 0
2004 12 0
2005 3 0
2006 15 0
2007 8 0
2008 9 0
2009 11 0
2010 2 0
2011 10 0
2012 11 0
2013 15 0
2014 8 0
2015 8 0
2016 13 0
2017 8 0
2018 1 0
Total 176 0

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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