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Soccer: Buffon 'to extend Juve contract till 2015'

Italy keeper to speak to press Wednesday

Soccer: Buffon 'to extend Juve contract till 2015'

Turin, January 22 - Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is to extend his contract with Juventus until 2015, sources close to the Italian champions and Serie A leaders said Tuesday. Juve said Buffon and Chairman Andrea Agnelli will hold a press conference Wednesday but did not go into details. Buffon, 34, is the captain of Juventus and Italy, winning 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. Buffon joined Juve from Parma in 2001 and has turned out 342 times for the Turin giants, 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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