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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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Juan Cuadrado just wants an excuse to cut a rug. Reflecting on the importance of a good celebration during an interview for La Repubblica last week, Juventus’s Colombian winger observed that “with our national team, we always say that we only score goals so that we’ll have a reason to do the dance we’ve been practising. It works, though, right?”

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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.