Gianluigi Buffon desperate to seize missing Champions League medal

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon knows he cannot let slip this chance to finally fulfil his dream of Champions League glory.The best shot-stopper of his generation has a medal collection befitting of his standing in the game, but continental glory remains a glaring omission from the veteran’s success-laden CV.Buffon is the sole survivor of the Juventus side that lost the 2003 final to AC Milan and feared his last chance at Champions League glory had passed by after suffering the same fate against Barcelona two years ago.But, at the age of 39, the World Cup winner finally has a chance to win the trophy he dreams of when Massimiliano Allegri’s side face holders Real Madrid under the roof in Cardiff.“Probably the emotions I might feel might be different to any other guy who is younger than me or any other player like Dani,” Buffon said, sat next to three-time Champions League winner Dani Alves at the pre-match press conference.“Dani has already won this competition and he has at least four or five years ahead of him in his career“I have to exclude this possibility as far as I am concerned, so, yes, it will be much more special for me.“But at the same time, I want to play this game without regrets and without thinking of these issues.“This is my moral imperative for this game and I hope I can manage to do that because our team is very compact and based on collaboration.“I am aware that if I play well, I will be able to help my team so this would be the greatest gift I could give my team-mates.”Buffon is the last line of a miserly defence that has conceded just three goals in Juventus’ unbeaten journey to Cardiff, producing displays that have belied his advancing years.At 39 years 126 days, the Italy international would replace compatriot Paolo Maldini as the oldest player to win the Champions League on Saturday – but such records mean little to someone who still feels like a “young boy”.“When you get to this stage, you know perfectly well how you arrived here and all the effort that you have had to put into your work,” Buffon told a packed press conference in a tent outside the ground.“There’s nothing better in life than to obtain a reward after working so hard and sweating to get it.“There’s nothing better than sharing this prize with your team-mates, with a group of people that you’ve worked with for months and months, with team-mates who have perhaps worked even more than I have to reach this point.”Juventus knocked out Porto, Barcelona and Monaco to set-up Saturday’s final against a Real Madrid side attempting to retain the Champions League crown.It looks to be the unstoppable force against the immovable object, but something has to give and Buffon hopes it is the Bianconeri’s poor record on the biggest stage.Juventus have lost their past four Champions League finals and six in total – more than any other club.“We do have trust in our capabilities for tomorrow,” Buffon, in his 16th season at Juventus, said.“We are confident but at the same time we also feel humble because Real Madrid does have a certain feeling with finals.“They are used to winning finals, we on the other hand have lost quite a number of finals, so perhaps it’s a good match in that sense.“We’re going to try and overturn our record in history.” The 39-year-old has never lifted European football’s ultimate prize 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES

first_imgCongratulations to the Donegal Senior Team and especially Glenswilly players Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden on their wonderful success in reaching the All Ireland Final.It will be a very busy and exciting few weeks now leading up to the final. Ticket orders are now being taken by club secretary Sharon McGinty. All orders in writing or by email only please. Email [email protected] Priority will be given to club members – 1 ticket per member.The final of the Laurence McGinty Cup will be held this evening Tue in Glenswilly at 7pm between Glenswilly and Glenfinn. Congratulations to the U16 team who won the Div 3 championship on Monday evening with a good win over Downings. The U13 girls will travel to play McCumhaills on Wed at 6pm. The U13 boys will travel to Fanad on Friday evening while the U15’s have a home game against Letterkenny Gaels on Sunday at 12pm. The Senior and Reserve teams have an away match on Sunday against Four Masters at 1.30 and 3pm. Louise, Karen and Mary would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who helped at the summercamp especially the teenagers, their help was greatly appreciated.  GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Australian Open: World No.1 Simona Halep ready to face Serena Williams

first_imgSimona Halep might be the current number one in women’s tennis but the Romanian believes the best player in the world will be awaiting her when she takes on Serena Williams in the fourth round of the Australian Open.The 37-year-old American took a year off after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017, before returning to action last season when she reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Serena was eight weeks pregnant when she won the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and, though she has played selective tournaments since motherhood, the American is still the player to beat in the women’s draw at Grand Slams.French Open champion Halep has topped the rankings since October, 2017.”In my opinion, to be number one in the world and to be the best player in the world, it’s a little bit different,” Halep told reporters on Saturday after a 6-2 6-3 third round win against the older Williams sister, Venus.”In this moment, I’m number one in the world, so I will take that. I feel like I have been there many months, many weeks.”But for sure she’s the best player in the world because she won so many Grand Slams. She’s been a lot on number one. I cannot compare my results to her. But in this moment, I’m confident that I’m in this position, and I’m positive about it.”Let’s see that once more, @Simona_Halep.The World No. 1 keeps her dream to become an #AOChampion, alive. #AusOpen #AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/guYiNES0tfadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019HUGE CHALLENGEThe losses in the finals in London and New York left Serena, who is seeded 16th at Melbourne Park, still seeking a 24th Grand Slam singles title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.She has lost only nine games this week in her first three rounds.”I only beat her once in my life, so I cannot say much about this match,” Halep said, referring to her nine overall meetings with Serena.”Just that it’s going to be a huge challenge for me. It’s always great to play against Serena because every time I have to learn something from the match.””It’s going to be a bigger challenge, but I’m ready to face it.” – @Simona_Halep on playing another Williams sister, #Serena next.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2emVY5NA4Q#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Halep admitted that she used to be intimidated by Serena when she was younger but said the “great champion” will be just another opponent in the last 16 clash.”I’m used to this pressure. I’m used to facing her,” Halep said. “I’m in a good position. I feel confident. I played very well today. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same against her.”Definitely it’s the toughest draw I’ve ever had… it’s a huge challenge. Every time I face the (Williams) sisters is a big challenge for me. I just want to try to play my best tennis because I have nothing to lose against them.”last_img read more