Gianluigi Buffon extends his role with the Italian national team


Gianluigi Buffon will continue as the Head of Delegation for the Italian national football team. The former goalkeeper has extended his contract with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), as announced on Wednesday.

Buffon, who holds the record for most appearances with the Italian national team (176), was initially appointed to the role of Head of Delegation by FIGC President Gabriele Gravina in August 2023. His contract was set to expire at the end of the European Championship, but he has enthusiastically accepted Gravina’s proposal to continue in his role.

During a meeting at the Federation’s headquarters in Rome, Gravina expressed his esteem for Buffon and discussed the possibility of expanding his professional role within the Club Italia structure.

Gravina stated, “Gigi is an extraordinary resource for FIGC and the National Team. He has embraced his new role with great availability and professionalism. I thank him for strongly wanting to continue contributing to the Italian cause.”

Buffon, who recently completed a sports director course at Coverciano, may also be involved in a more operational role within the organization. Gravina added, “His confirmation was my first objective for relaunching the National Team and represents great news for all of Italian football.”

Expressing his enthusiasm for the extended role, Buffon said, “The Azzurri is my second skin. I am happy to continue the journey as a manager that I started less than a year ago with the National Team. I thank President Gravina for his trust, and as I have always done in my career, I will give my all for the National Team.”

Buffon also mentioned that in recent months, he has acquired knowledge and professional skills that he hopes will be useful for the development of Club Italia and the strengthening of all the Italian national team.


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