PARIS (AP) — When Paris Saint-Germain's owners signed Gianluigi Buffon last year in the hope of finally winning the Champions League, they expected him to deliver in big games.
Goalkeeper Buffon happy to stay another season at PSG
PARIS (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain next season, so long as his goalkeeping rival Alphonse Areola doesn't mind.
The 41-year-old Italian joined PSG this season with an option for an extra year. At a news conference on Saturday ahead of a French league game at Lyon on Sunday, Buffon said, "If Alphonse and the club want it, I'd stay another season here."
Marcus Thuram making a name for himself in France
PARIS (AP) — When Guingamp forward Marcus Thuram left the Parc des Princes stadium last weekend, he took an important souvenir away with him.
He wasn't carrying the match ball, which players keep if they score a hat trick. Guingamp lost 9-0 to Paris Saint-Germain, so hat tricks were on the other side.
Instead, Thuram held a crumpled fluorescent yellow shirt in his hands, given to him by PSG's veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after the game.
League Cup holder PSG scrapes through to quarterfinals
PARIS (AP) — French League Cup holder Paris Saint-Germain scraped through to the quarterfinals of the competition with a late goal in a 2-1 win at second division Orleans on Tuesday.
Four minutes after coming off the bench, midfielder Moussa Diaby dribbled his way through the penalty area to score an 81st-minute winner.
Buffon behaves when faced with another penalty
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — There wasn't a hint of protest from Gianluigi Buffon this time.
Returning to the Champions League following his three-match ban for comments about the referee last season, Buffon immediately realized there was no point in arguing when Napoli was awarded a penalty that turned out to be the equalizer in a 1-1 draw Tuesday.
Buffon and Paris Saint-Germain teammate Thiago Silva had just sandwiched Napoli forward Jose Callejon.
Mbappe and Buffon can’t beat Napoli in Champions League
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — After 180 minutes, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain finished dead even.
Following a 2-2 draw in Paris two weeks ago, the teams played out a 1-1 stalemate Tuesday in another riveting Champions League matchup.
While it was PSG which needed a last-gasp equalizer in the first meeting, this time Lorenzo Insigne's penalty for Napoli canceled out Juan Bernat's opener for the visitors.
Buffon has a chance to show why PSG signed him
PARIS (AP) — The biggest game of Gianluigi Buffon's career at Paris Saint-Germain has arrived sooner than expected.
The 40-year-old Italian will be in goal for PSG on Wednesday when it travels to play Napoli, where a loss would be a huge blow to the team's chances of advancing from the group stage of the Champions League.
Veteran Buffon screams a warning to complacent PSG teammates
PARIS (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon screamed from the dugout watching his Paris Saint-Germain teammates crumble in the second half of Saturday's game.
PSG wasn't playing Marseille, Monaco or Lyon away from home but Nimes — the side with Ligue 1's smallest budget returning to the top flight after 25 years.
PSG won 4-2, but could have lost as Nimes clawed back from 2-0 down to equalize, hit the crossbar and draw a save from PSG's goalkeeper.
Buffon’s arrival at PSG puts Areola in a difficult position
PARIS (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon's arrival at Paris Saint-Germain has brought Alphonse Areola's promising career to a sudden halt.
The goalkeepers are 15 years apart in age, with a chasm of experience and achievement separating them, but Areola has reason to feel let down after establishing himself as PSG's No. 1 last season.
The last thing he probably expected was for PSG to sign Buffon, who, although still among the world's best 'keepers, turns 41 in January.
Neymar scores early goal as PSG starts season with 3-0 win
PARIS (AP) — Neymar took just 10 minutes to score defending champion Paris Saint-Germain's first goal of the season, and teen striker Timothy Weah netted the first of his French league career, in a 3-0 home win against Caen on Sunday.
On the same pitch where he broke his foot against Marseille six months ago, Neymar ran onto a pass from midfielder Christopher Nkunku and coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Brice Samba and into the bottom left corner.
PARIS (AP) — Despite it being the only trophy missing from a glittering collection, veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says the Champions League is not "an obsession" for him after joining Paris Saint-Germain.
The 40-year-old Buffon completed his free-agent move last week after 17 years with Juventus, during which he became established as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Buffon won his ninth Serie A title this season, leading the Bianconeri to a fourth successive league and cup double.
Free agent Buffon joins PSG
PARIS (AP) — Free agent Gianluigi Buffon signed for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday.
The veteran goalkeeper penned a one-year deal at the French champion with the option for an additional season.
The 40-year-old Buffon left Juventus this season after 17 years with the Italian club during which he established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Chiellini and Barzagli extend contracts at Juventus
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with the Serie A champion.
The club announced on Friday that the 33-year-old Chiellini had signed until 2020, while Barzagli, 37, penned a deal until 2019.
The two players have helped Juve claim seven successive Serie A titles and four Italian Cup trophies.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Goalkeeper Mattia Perin has transferred to Juventus as a replacement for departed captain Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus announced the move Friday, saying it will pay Genoa a 12 million euro ($14 million) transfer fee plus another 3 million euros in eventual bonuses.
The 25-year-old Perin has spent most of his career at Genoa besides a couple loan spells and is also a member of Italy's national team.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA banned Italian great Gianluigi Buffon for three games on Tuesday for his red card in a Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid, and later comments about the referee.
Buffon, who has since left Juventus, will serve the ban next season if he signs for a club which plays in the Champions League or Europa League.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Former Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon will still be considered if he wants to return to the national team.
Buffon retired from international soccer in November after Italy lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden, but he recently returned for friendlies.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — It was a day of celebration but also of tears as Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon played his last match for the Bianconeri after 17 years at the club.
Juventus beat already-relegated Hellas Verona 2-1 in the final round of Serie A on Saturday, an hors d'oeuvre to the main course that was bidding an emotional farewell to Buffon and receiving the league trophy for a record-extending seventh successive time.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for the Italian champion on Saturday and has put off retirement to consider offers to play overseas.
Buffon, who is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time, was expected to announce his retirement at a news conference in Turin on Thursday.
Mexico picks Marquez for likely 5th World Cup
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Defender Rafael Marquez could play in a fifth World Cup after he was picked in Mexico's 28-player preliminary squad on Monday.
Midfielder Andres Guardado, however, one of the three captains, will go through surgery this week and is a doubt for the team.
If 39-year-old Marquez makes the final 23-man list, he will join countryman Antonio Carvajal, Lothar Matthaeus of Germany and Gianluigi Buffon of Italy as the only players to be in five World Cups.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Italy and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon will hold a news conference on Thursday when the goalkeeper is expected to announce his retirement.
Juventus released details of the conference to be held at Allianz Stadium, on Monday.
The 40-year-old Buffon helped Juventus win a record-extending seventh straight Serie A on Sunday, four days after he led Juventus to a fourth straight Italian Cup title.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by UEFA after aggressive behavior and comments toward the referee during his team's Champions League elimination by Real Madrid.
UEFA said Friday the case against Buffon relates to "general principles of conduct," and his red card for confronting the referee after Madrid was awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty.
UEFA's disciplinary panel will judge the case on May 31.
ROME (AP) — AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma gifted two goals and Nikola Kalinic added an own-goal in a nightmare 4-0 defeat for the Rossoneri as Juventus claimed a record fourth straight Italian Cup title on Wednesday.
While the 19-year-old Donnarumma could not be blamed for Medhi Benatia's opener in the final, his mistakes led to the ensuing goals from Douglas Costa and Benatia. Then Kalinic headed a corner into his own net.
MILAN (AP) — Juventus' seemingly unstoppable march to a record-extending seventh straight league title has hit a bump in the road.
Last week, the defending champions held a six-point lead at the top of Serie A. But after a 1-1 draw at Crotone and a 1-0 loss to title rival Napoli, Juventus will head into Saturday's match at Inter Milan with only a one point lead with four games to go.
Column: Ronaldo keeps his head in big “What if” moment
While all about him lost their heads, Cristiano Ronaldo kept his.
Yet again he stepped up for his club, Real Madrid, while Gianluigi Buffon, at the tail end of 17 seasons of loyal service to Juventus, let his down with a tantrum rightly punished with a red card.
Ronaldo showed he can wait, and not be tired of waiting, as Buffon's replacement, Wojciech Szczesny, took an age to ready his gloves and prepare himself for the penalty kick that referee Michael Oliver awarded correctly.
Formidable Juve defense faces stern test from Kane’s Spurs
This is one defense even Harry Kane might struggle to breach.
The world's leading scorer in 2017 comes up against one of Europe's tightest back lines when Tottenham takes on Juventus on Tuesday.
Only one goal has been conceded in 16 matches by the Italian champions.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is hoping such a formidable record doesn't spook his players heading into the first leg of the Champions League last-16 match in Turin.
Juventus beats Genoa 1-0 to trail Napoli by 1 point
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus closed the gap on Serie A leader Napoli back to just one point as the six-time defending champion eased past Genoa 1-0 on Monday.
Douglas Costa scored in the 16th minute, the first conceded by Genoa in five league matches. It was a less than convincing performance from Juventus but it was never really troubled, as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny — standing in for the still-injured Gianluigi Buffon — was little more than a spectator.
Inter draws at Juventus 0-0 to stay unbeaten atop Serie A
Inter Milan survived its toughest test yet as it drew at Juventus 0-0 to stay unbeaten and on top of Serie A on Saturday.
Inter barely sighted the goal, and Samir Handanovic was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers in the Derby d'Italia.
Wojciech Szczesny stepped in for the injured Gianluigi Buffon but he was mainly a spectator between the posts for Juventus.
"Having taken away a point without conceding a goal is good," Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said.
Higuain punishes former club as Juventus wins 1-0 at Napoli
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain punished his former club with an early goal in a 1-0 win at Serie A leader Napoli on Friday that tightened the title race.
Playing with a broken left hand that was operated on four days earlier, Higuain took a pass from Paulo Dybala and finished off a swift counterattack with an accurate shot inside the near post past charging goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Barcelona draws 0-0 at Juventus to seal top spot in group
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Without Lionel Messi for almost an hour, Barcelona managed to get the draw it needed to reach the Champions League match knockout stages. It was drab 0-0 draw at Juventus, though, despite Paulo Dybala's efforts to spark it into life for the home side.
Messi was rested for the first half before coming on for Gerard Deulofeu in the 56th minute. He went close with a couple of free kicks but Barcelona barely troubled Gianluigi Buffon.
Buffon thanks Rakitic for World Cup offer
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has thanked Ivan Rakitic for offering to give him his spot at the World Cup, but quipped it "might not be a great idea."
Barcelona midfielder Rakitic will be going to the tournament with Croatia.
Buffon missed out on becoming the first player to feature in six World Cup finals after Italy lost its playoff to Sweden.
Italy’s World Cup fallout deepens as Tavecchio resigns
ROME (AP) — First it was the captain. Then the coach. And now it's the president.
One by one, the totems of Italian soccer are stepping aside.
Gianluigi Buffon made the first move when he announced his retirement from the national team after the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Two days later, coach Gian Piero Ventura was fired amid widespread criticism.
Buffon to sit out Juventus match after Italy WCup failure
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon is still recovering from Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup and won't play for Juventus at Sampdoria on Sunday.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri announced Saturday that defender Andrea Barzagli also won't play for the same reason.
Both Buffon and Barzagli announced after Italy's playoff loss to Sweden on Monday that they were retiring from the national team.
Italy needs a youth overhaul after missing World Cup
ROME (AP) — Out with the old guard and in with the new.
Italy's national soccer team needs a serious injection of youth to recover from its failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi — the three holdovers from the squad that won the country's fourth World Cup in 2006 — announced they were retiring from the national team in the aftermath of a 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden in a playoff.
Buffon bids teary Italy farewell after failed qualification
Gianluigi Buffon had the perfect farewell planned: Concluding his glorious international career exactly where it started, in Russia.
In a bonus sixth World Cup.
It wasn't mean to be, though.
Two decades after making his Italy debut on a snowy field in Moscow in a World Cup playoff, Buffon was in the jersey in Milan on Monday in another playoff. But the Italians drew the game with Sweden and lost the playoff 1-0. Buffon, the captain, wore the hurt on his face.
Italy risks missing World Cup after losing to Sweden 1-0
SOLNA, Sweden (AP) — Four-time champion Italy was left at serious risk of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades after losing at Sweden 1-0 in the opening leg of their playoff on Friday.
Buffon’s career at a crossroads in World Cup playoff
ROME (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon's career is coming full circle.
Twenty years after making his Italy debut on a snowy field in a World Cup playoff in Russia, the Azzurri captain's international future hinges on another playoff against Sweden.
If Italy advances, Buffon can conclude his Italy career where it started at next year's tournament in Russia.
A loss would almost certainly mark his final appearance for the national team.
No surprises in Italy squad for final World Cup qualifiers
MILAN (AP) — There were no surprises in the 25-man Italy squad announced on Saturday for its final World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania.
Bologna winger Simone Verdi received a second call up, after making his debut in March a friendly against the Netherlands.
There was still no space for Nice forward Mario Balotelli despite him scoring five goals in his past five matches for the French club.
Higuain comes off bench to help Juventus beat Olympiakos 2-0
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain proved his doubters wrong as he came off the bench to set Juventus on its way to a 2-0 win against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Higuain, who has been dropped from the Argentina squad, was left out of Juve's starting lineup for the second successive match. But he was brought on for Juan Cuadrado on the hour mark and responded by scoring nine minutes later and then helping to line up his team's second goal.
Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi finally added Italy great Gianluigi Buffon on his long, long list of vanquished goalkeepers.
Messi struck two shots past Buffon to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Juventus in their opening match of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Two of soccer's all-time best players, the 39-year-old Buffon had denied Messi a goal in their previous three meetings, including Juventus' 3-0 aggregate win in last season's quarterfinals.
Juve rests players ahead of Barca trip and beats Chievo 3-0
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus rested top players ahead of the Champions League and still eased to a 3-0 victory over Chievo Verona to maintain its perfect start to the Serie A on Saturday.
Second-half goals from substitute Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win after an own goal by Chievo midfielder Perparim Hetemaj.
Juventus visits Barcelona in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
Spain beats Italy 3-0 to close in on World Cup spot
MADRID (AP) — Spain ended Italy's 11-year unbeaten run in qualifiers with a 3-0 win on Saturday and moved closer to securing a World Cup spot.
The Italians hadn't lost a qualifier — World Cup or European Championship — in 56 games, since September 2006.
Two first-half strikes by Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and a late goal by substitute Alvaro Morata gave the hosts the important Group G victory.
Buffon unhappy with VAR as limitations clear in Juventus win
MILAN (AP) — The limitations of video review were obvious at Genoa and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon blasted the "ugly" system despite it helping his Juventus to a 4-2 victory in Serie A on Saturday.
Video review (VAR) was used twice in the first half, to give both sides a penalty. However, Genoa forward Andrej Galabinov was offside before he was fouled by Daniele Rugani, while there were also grumbles about Juve's spot kick.
No surprise in Italy squad for crucial qualifier in Spain
MILAN (AP) — There were no surprises in the 25-man Italy squad announced on Saturday for World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Israel.
Goalkeeper Mattia Perin returns to the squad for the first time in nearly a year, after injuring his knee in January.
The Genoa shotstopper will likely be behind Italy and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma in the pecking order.
First video review in Serie A leads to saved penalty
MILAN (AP) — The opening match in Serie A also produced the first decision from video review on Saturday.
The Video Assistant Referee awarded a penalty to Cagliari but Diego Farias' effort was saved by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and the Bianconeri went on to win 3-0.
"I don't want to comment on the VAR, just as before I didn't comment on the referees' decisions," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "I'll only say that luckily we have Buffon in goal: He's still the best."
SERIE A 2017-18: 5 teams to watch out for this season
MILAN (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on in the Italian league this season, which starts this weekend:
Following another Serie A-Italian Cup double, Juventus has had to deal with infighting and the departures of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, however, has again bought shrewdly in the offseason.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will not extend his contract with the Serie A side, putting Europe's elite clubs on alert.
Milan must now decide whether to sell the talented teenager before his current deal expires at the end of next season.
Milan CEO Marco Fassone announced the decision on Thursday after talks with Donnarumma's agent Mino Raiola.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — After more than two decades of top-level soccer, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says next season will be his last.
Unless Juventus wins the Champions League.
Buffon tells Italy's Sky Sport that if Juventus "were to win the Champions League I would continue playing one more season to try and also win the Club World Cup and other trophies."
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Here's a look at the duels that could be decisive when Juventus and Real Madrid meet in Saturday's Champions League final.
BUFFON vs. RONALDO
One of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time will be trying to stop one of the greatest forwards.
Gianluigi Buffon, the 39-year-old Juventus veteran seeking his first Champions League title, takes on Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid star trying to win the title for the third time in four seasons.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica sold goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to Manchester City for 40 million euros ($45 million) on Thursday, making the Brazilian the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time.
The fee has only been eclipsed by the 53 million euros that Juventus paid Parma for Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Benfica said in a statement that half of the fee for Moraes will go to third parties, including the 23-year-old keeper's former Portuguese team, Rio Ave.