Gianluigi Buffon Relishing Italy Return

Posted by admin on Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will make his long-awaited return for Italy in the friendly against Germany on February 9.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his excitement at returning to the Italy line-up. The shot stopper last featured for his country in the 2010 World Cup where he picked up a back injury during the first game against Paraguay.

Buffon spent six months on the sidelines, but has made a successful return in 2011, making four appearances for the Bianconeri.

The ex-Parma man spoke about his upcoming return to the Azzurri as well as the recent struggles of his club side.

"On February 9 it will be my 'debut' with Italy during the friendly against Germany. It will evoke strong emotions," the 33-year-old said via his official website.

"This moment at Juventus is difficult and we have made some missteps. From the cup we left early but it would be useless to cry about it. The minimum goal remains fourth place in the league and qualifying for the Champions League. It's within our reach."

Buffon is considered one of the best goalkeepers of all time, having won a number of titles and awards in his career, including the 2006 World Cup.