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Italy goalkeeper Buffon equals Cannavaro's record

Associated Press
Sep 11, 2013 at 09:24am IST

Turin: Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon equaled Fabio Cannavaro's record of 136 international appearances for the Azzurri on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Buffon was in goal as Italy secured a place in the2014 World Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic, thanks to goals from Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli.

"I have a dread of the lead-ups to games that are proclaimed as parties," Buffon said. "Now we can celebrate everything. I'm even happier with my personal record after we've qualified. So I thank Chiello, Mario and all the lads, as thanks to them I can celebrate at 360 degrees tonight's victory.

Italy goalkeeper Buffon equals Cannavaro's record

Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon equaled Fabio Cannavaro's record of 136 international appearances for the Azzurri on Tuesday.

"We have created so much together over these years and I thank the fans for cheering us on today, as it felt like a new atmosphere to have so much support for the Nazionale. That wasn't always the case."

The match was being played at the Juventus Stadium - a fitting location for Buffon, who has spent most of his club career at Juventus.

Buffon - who is widely regarded as one of the best ever goalkeepers - made his Italy debut aged 19 on a snowy field in Moscow when he replaced the injured Gianluca Pagliuca midway through the first leg of a crucial qualifying playoff against Russia to reach the 1998 World Cup.

It will likely be a fifth World Cup for Buffon, who was a key player in Italy's victory in the 2006 tournament.

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