Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | ePaper

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

  • Print


AFP, Milan :
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.
"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football," Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.
"We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes."
Andrea Barzagli and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two members of Italy's squad on Monday who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retired from internationals in the aftermath of the shock defeat.
"It's the biggest disappointment of my life from a sporting point of view... I can't find my words," said 36-year-old defender Barzagli.
Midfielder De Rossi, who won 117 caps, said: "To think that I took off this jersey for the last time, it hurts. After the match, there was a funeral-like atmosphere."
Buffon made his debut for the Azzurri as a 19-year-old in a 1998 World Cup play-off victory over Russia, but his last match saw him fail in his bid to become the first man to play in six World Cups.
The Juventus captain, who has already said he will likely retire from all football at the end of this season, said Italy fans still have plenty to look forward to, with AC Milan's 18-year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma set to take the international number one shirt.
"There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet," he added.
"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa keeper) Mattia Perin."

More News For this Category

Gazprom Football to kick-off in Bangladesh

Gazprom, official partner of FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, announced the opening of the Sixth Season of the Football for Friendship (F4F) International Children's Social Project. The project

290 FIFA WC tickets for Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in a circular announced they would be selling approximately 290 tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for Bangladesh fansBFF circular also added

Players of Under-15 Football team during a practice session at the BFF turf in Motijheel on Monday.

Players of Under-15 Football team during a practice session at the BFF turf in Motijheel on Monday.

Barca aim to stay unbeaten in difficult Chelsea test

Xinhua, Madrid :FC Barcelona aim to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign when they face a difficult trip to play Chelsea in the first leg of their last 16

3rd Div Football Jhatika Sangsad outplay Araf SC 4-0

Jatrbari Jhatika Sangsad outplayed Gulbagh Araf Sporting Club by 4-0 goals in the Saif Power Battery Metropolis 3rd Division Football League at the Kamalapur Stadium here on Monday.Shakil Ahmed struck

'Nothing is impossible', says Neymar after PSG lose to Real

Neymar insisted that Paris Saint-Germain can still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday."My analysis

Delight for Ronaldo after match-winning display against PSG

Delight for Ronaldo after match-winning display against PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo was delighted at the manner in which Real Madrid kept going to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 with two late goals in Wednesday's Champions League showdown."It was a very

FIFA's Infantino says Italy's World Cup failure is a wake-up call

AFP, Milan :FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed Thursday his dispair at Italy's failure to reach the World Cup finals where he had hoped to hand the trophy to Azzurri captain

Mane scores hat-trick as Liverpool rout Porto 5-0

AP, Porto :Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-0 away rout of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 match on Wednesday.Sadio Mane scored

President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Salahuddin speaking at a press conference at the conference room in BFF House on Tuesday.

President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Salahuddin speaking at a press conference at the conference room in BFF House on Tuesday.