It seems that Gianluigi Buffon was destined to become a great goalkeeper. Why? Yes though, because his mother Maria Stella was a three-time champion Italy in the shot put and at the time set a national record in the discus throw, and uncle Dante played basketball at the international level. Well how here not to grow up an athlete in a certain environment? And Gigi could boast of Lorenzo – his distant relative, a cousin of my grandfather which is also closely linked their lives with sports. Another Buffon was the goalkeeper.
“Yes, we are relatives” – says Lorenzo. Now the old man is 87 years old, but its still bugged with questions, they say, and who, in fact, better? I must say that Buffon does not like such comparisons and believes that his way and his way is “football successor” it is very different.
After all, the other Buffon started in the D Series, defending the colors of godforsaken, polulyubitelsky club Portogruaro, where he was attached to the parents as soon as moved from Latisana in this eponymous town. There Lorenzo in season 1948/49 and launched the career of a professional player. The boy had a remarkable talent and, most importantly, the desire to grow. But here’s the problem – how? Portogruaro is good enough for a good career start, but was not an accomplishment of young talents – after her excellent season in the ranks of the Pomegranate Lorenzo more thought about the care and future prospects.
“I was a little disappointed due to the fact that I could not leave the province. Yes, I knew and honored, but this is frankly not enough. In short, I read in the Newspapers about Bacigalupo, Franzosi and Kasari, wondering if I, in fact, closer to their idols” – was Frank Lorenzo.
Why not? But where? How? Smacked with hints of adventure and uncertainty, 19-year-old tossed about in doubt and feelings of needing sensible advice and nothing hidden, connections.
As you know, the one who searches – that will always find: on the potential and the desire Lorenzo learned the former midfielder of Venice and Bari Felice Argenti, decided to help Buffon to get out of the fourth division forces straight into the elite. Fortunately this had all the possibilities – Arienti, without delay, addressed to the technical Director of Milan and his old friend Antonio’s Busini, which once played in a modest club, Seregno. Originally functionary with skepticism perceived Felice request an audience with allenatore Giuseppe Bigogno, but, nevertheless, being intrigued by the rave reviews, decided to personally meet with potential rookie – his primarily interested in the origin of Buffon is that, like Antonio, was a native of Triveneto. But when the show eventually took place, Busini was in a complete daze – experienced Director was struck by the personal and playing qualities of Lorenzo. So our hero, thanks to the mediation of Arienti, got a coveted contract in mid-January, 1950 officially made his debut for Milan in the match against Sampdoria, by the way, and brought victory with the devastating account 5:1 in favor of the Rosso-Neri.
“As a boy I was a fan of Milan, when Milan invited me to the 49th, I tell you, was so happy I was ready to go there on foot” – Lorenzo Buffon.
It is difficult to say whether exaggerated Buffon, admitting such a passionate love for the Devils or not, but anyway, he is in the Capital of the MOU was delayed for ten years, establishing himself as one of the strongest goalkeepers of the Apennine Peninsula.
I must admit that Lorenzo to a certain extent even lucky because in those days in the ranks of the Rosso-Neri first violin playing is not something that a single performer and a trio of fantastic GRE-No-Li, put on the ears virtually all of Italy. Gren, Nordahl and Liedholm become significant, and eventually the decisive factor in the victories of the red-black team.
But the attack is one thing and protection is another. The presence of high line of attack in any case did not detract from the importance and abilities of Buffon – the goalkeeper perfectly understood the difficulty of competition in the award-winning team and for many years tried to keep high, corresponding to his personal ambitions, the bar. This is despite the fact that the home Keeper was distinguished by a hot temper – it was a very impulsive, passionate and emotionally explosive, like a time bomb. But as soon as Lorenzo was on the field, then instantly transformed – no, his actions certainly were not devoid of a certain playfulness in the majority of cases are demonstrating to the fans, but did Buffon with understanding; otherwise the goalkeeper approached the matter coolly and calmly, as befits the best goalie of the shop. That is why the footballer is appreciated, and 19 (for example, in the first season 1949/50 Lorenzo appeared in nineteen games), and closer to 30 years, with the issues striking criticism of the professional competence of the goalkeeper, does not arise from Giuseppe Viani, nor Ettore Puricelli nor Bela Guttmann, not really regretting their wards.
Stability Buffon has borne fruit and helped the team win several major awards – a special and, perhaps, most memorable for the red part of the city was the championship in the season of 1950/51, which interrupted, for a moment, bestofyou 44-year-old club “drought”. Forty-four years, imagine! In that season (and played from start to finish) Magnifico, as the goalkeeper was called loving fans, shone and proved, more than justifying assigned earlier expectations. And even brighter, to describe the importance of the scudetto, adding that Milan snatched him from the hands of their greatest enemy – the Internationale behind the age-old enemy by only one point.
Rosso-Neri were not immediately consolidate the leading position, but with the purchase of Cesare Maldini Milan has finally turned into a lump on the selection of players is comparable only to that legendary team of Grande Torino, the great protector, like the missing part of the puzzle, complements the overall picture and along with Buffon made the penalty area almost impassable. So it is not surprising that a well-balanced team acquired a gold medal in the championship in 1955, 1957 and 1959 to all, without exception, honors Lorenzo directly had a hand. However, at the dawn of playing for Milan Buffon passed slightly due to a succession of nasty injuries, which had varied favorite place in the “frame” with Narciso Saldana, but was still considered the number one in his role. To stay afloat, but experience, helped another important factor is wildly popular.
Lorenzo was loved by the fans, journalists and paparazzi, initially pursues a charismatic and an outstanding goalkeeper. In June 1959 in the life of Buffon event occurred – the player a second time married, and his wife was the famous host of the TV channel RAI, and model Edie Campagnoli. The lady not just harmoniously complement Lorenzo – it is through the mechanism of media space and attractiveness has made the player a real social person, Beckham Italian spill, if you so wish. Their wedding was said everywhere, considering the most beautiful couple of the country; “Buffon” went to the crowd, filling to overflowing the Cup the San Siro and filling the pockets of the President Andrea Rizzoli. The goalkeeper truly triggered a boom in sports journalism, is closely intertwined with the secular timeline.
Given the above, surprised by the fact that Lorenzo had strained relations with the representatives of Italy Azzurra – team the guy was in 1958 (we will remind, already a three-time champion), making his debut against France, led by Juste Fontaine, who became the best scorer of Swedish championship. A meeting result – 2:2.
His only major international competition was the world championship in Chile, but in 1962 Lorenzo, like most Italians, prefer not to remember – the Squadra Azzurra with Maldini, Rivera, Trapattoni and Omar Sivori failed on all counts and shame went home. Buffon was unbearable – he is the captain of the national team, first took a fierce blow fans and journalists, forgetting about your pet…
At the time Lorenzo was in Milan, and the adjacent inter, after moving there in transit through Genoa. But the sadness was not in transit, projected to provoke a wave of scandals among the true milanista, and in condition and moral stability of the player – it has sharply handed over, became uncertain, and not zaigraev, as in the old, glorious times. Yes, he could win the championship, but ended where, in fact, got started in the Series D, in an inconspicuous team Martin.
Despite the fact that Buffon quietly retired from the sport in 1969, he’s still revered – he was forgiven Rosso-Neri, and he still works as a breeder, looking for boys in Latisana and gives them chances, faith and hope, as once it powersense Felice Argenti.