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Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has equaled Fabio Cannavaro's record of 136 international appearances for the Azzurri.
Buffon started the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday to match the now retired Cannavaro's number of caps.
The match is being played at the Juventus Stadium - a fitting location for Buffon, who has spent his entire club career at Juventus.
Buffon made his Italy debut aged 19 on a snowy field in Moscow when he replaced the injured Gianluca Pagliuca midway through the first leg of a crucial qualifying playoff against Russia to reach the 1998 World Cup.
The 35-year-old Buffon was a key player in Italy's victory in the 2006 World Cup.
Italy can qualify for the 2014 World Cup if it beats the Czech Republic.
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Juventus expect Gianluigi Buffon to remain at the club for the rest of his playing days.
The Italy goalkeeper received a standing ovation in the 2-1 triumph over the Czech Republic in Turin after he equaled the record of 136 international appearances set by former Azzurri captain Fabio Cannavaro.
Buffon has proved crucial in helping Italy book a place in next year's World Cup...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer When it comes to defining the record-breaking career of Gianluigi Buffon, Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev may have put it best.
''Italy has a monument in goal,'' Penev said after watching the 35-year-old Buffon deny his squad with three highlight-reel saves in the Azzurri's 1-0 win Friday.
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Italy and the Netherlands became the first European teams to qualify for next year's World Cup, and the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina also grabbed spots in the field on Tuesday.
Giorgio Chiellini scored in the 51st minute and Mario Balotelli converted a penalty in the 54th, giving Italy a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Czech Republic in Turin. Goalkeeper Gianluigi...