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Soccer: Juventus extend Buffon's contract until 2015


Turin, January 23 - Serie A champions Juventus
announced on Wednesday that they have extended Italy goalkeeper
Gianluigi Buffon's contract by two years.
"Buffon has bound himself to us for two more years, until
June 2015," Juve Chairman Andrea Agnelli told a press
The 34-year-old, who joined the Turin giants from Parma in
2001 and is still regarded by many as the best keeper in the
world, said he had proposed renewing the deal by one year to
allow the club to keep their options open, given that he is
reaching the latter stages of his career.
"But Juve don't improvise, they plan, so it was right for
the club to come back with another offer of two years so that
they will not have to consider signing a new goalkeeper for two
years," added the player, who helped Italy win the 2006 World
He said he had not had offers from other clubs because
"there was no room for them".
Agnelli believes Buffon is still at the top of his game and
said he hopes he can bag soccer's most prestigious individual
prize, the Ballon d'Or world player of the year award, over the
next two years.
"It would be fitting recognition for what Gigi has
represented for the world of soccer, for Italian football and
for Juventus," Agnelli said.
Buffon, who is the captain of Juventus and Italy, won the
2006 World Cup after conceding just one goal - an own goal -
from open play.
He has been named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record
eight times and was the winner of the 2006 Yashin Award
following Italy's World Cup victory, in which Buffon was also
elected to be part of the Team of the Tournament, an honour
which he also received after reaching the final of the 2012
European Championships.
Buffon is the only goalkeeper to have won the UEFA Club
Footballer of the Year Award, which he won in 2003.
He also won the award for best Goalkeeper that year and was
voted into the UEFA Team of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
In 2006 Buffon also placed second in the Ballon d'Or and
was elected to be part of the FIFPro World XI in 2006 and 2007.
He has been named the IFFHS (International Federation of
Football History & Statistics) goalkeeper of the year four times
and was named goalkeeper of the 21st century and of the decade
by the same organisation.
He has turned out 342 times for Juve, winning three Serie A
titles as well as two more that were revoked because of the
Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
He was also part of the team that came second in the
European Champions League in 2003.
Buffon has won 123 Italy caps since 1997.

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