In the early nineties, Parma underwent a remarkable transformation from a lower-league side to European marauders. Their collapse was similarly spectacular, and was symbolic of an era of decline in Serie A.
Though no career is perfect, Buffon's comes close. One trophy has eluded him, however, leaving timeworn cracks in his time at Juventus.
While medical science has come to the consensus that tobacco and rigorous exercise don’t mix, there are still many icons of football who enjoy a crafty smoke. Here, we look to their smoking habits and what they may or may not signify.
Germany and Italy have shown themselves to be the strongest competitors at Euro 2016, but on Saturday night one will be heading home. Can Italy's tactical acuity overcome the German machine?
Italy upset Spain at Euro 2016 on strength last-minute Buffon save on Gerard Pique.
God bless goal line technology.
Gianluigi Buffon made his international debut for Italy 18 years ago this week. 152 caps and a World Cup later, he's still the Azzurri's numero uno.