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Friday, November 16, 2007

"We Will Win for Gabriele." Gigi Buffon

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One the eve of the big match with Scotland, we are reminded that some things are more important than mere games.

One of the most candid and personable footballers of the modern era, Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon, the stellar keeper for Juventus and the Azzurri, had the following to say with regards to the tragic death of Gabriele Sandri in the Gazzetta dello Sport:
"Quanto successo ci ha toccato, sentiamo di avere una responsabilità ulteriore. Se riuscissimo a centrare il risultato sarebbe il miglior regalo che potremmo fargli. Vogliamo regalare una giornata di sport e gioia all'Italia".

"What happened has touched all of us, we feel that we have an ulterior responsibility. If we are successful and obtain the result it would be the best gift that we could give him. We would like to present a day of sport and joy to Italy."

"Ho vissuto questi giorni come una grande sconfitta, ho visto immagini che testimoniano un grave degrado sociale. Sappiamo chi sono i violenti, isoliamoli, diamo il calcio alle persone perbene, nelle curve non può sempre valere la legge del più ignorante. Noi cerchiamo di dare una risposta diversa, in campo cerchiamo di comportarci bene, di dare l'esempio. Non so cosa altro potremmo fare."

"I lived through these days like a great defeat, I saw images that give a testimony to a grave social decline. We know who are the violent ones, let's isolate them, let's give football to the good people, in the curves (areas behind the goals where hooligans congregate) can't still be valid for the laws of the ignorant. We look to give a different response, on the field we look to behave ourselves well, to give an example. I don't know what else we will be able to do."
Gigi Buffon was born in Carrera. The same place where Michelangelo quarried marble for his famous works of art.

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