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Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon prepares for 1,000th game

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Albania in Palermo provides the stage for Gianluigi Buffon to play the 1,000th senior match of a career spanning more than two decades and promises to be another step on the road towards the Azzurri and Juventus captain’s sixth World Cup.

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Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon prepares for 1,000th game

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Albania in Palermo provides the stage for Gianluigi Buffon to play the 1,000th senior match of a career spanning more than two decades and promises to be another step on the road towards the Azzurri and Juventus captain’s sixth World Cup.