Report: Roberto Mancini thinking about giving Gigi Buffon an Azzurri swan song - football

Report: Roberto Mancini thinking about giving Gigi Buffon an Azzurri swan song



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It?s a cool idea, but there?s a catch that comes along with it. It?s been quite a few months since we last saw Gianluigi Buffon wearing the No. 1 jersey and captain?s armband for the Italian national team. It?s been even longer since we saw him in goal for Italy in a game that had something riding on it ? which is a November night in 2017 that I have chosen to block out of my brain because it could possibly still cause me to be grumpy ... and nobody wants that.
But we could be seeing one final appearance for the man who has more caps in an Italy jersey than anybody who has ever played for Gli Azzurri.
There is, of course, going to be a catch.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy manager Roberto Mancini is considering bringing Buffon ? as well as former Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi ? for one last swan song with the Azzurri. The catch we mentioned earlier" Well, that swan song being thrown out there would only come after Mancini?s Italy squad has secured qualification to next summer?s European Championship that will be played across a dozen countries. There?s no word on just how far Mancini has gone when it comes to making this a reality, but with Italy getting closer and closer to qualification, he?s got a little bit of freedom when it comes to friendlies he has scheduled in early 2020.
Obviously this is of interest to us because it?s Italy and it?s Buffon. But now that San Gigi is back in Turin after ...
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