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Buffon joins PSG for final shot at Champions League glory

Saturday, 2018-07-07 07:17:56
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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon during the warm up before the Coppa Italia final match against AC Milan - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 9, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed for French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a one-year deal with the option of an extra year, the club said on Friday.

The talismanic shot-stopper, now 40, said a tearful farewell to Juventus after 17 seasons at the Turin club when he played his last match in a 2-1 win over relegated Verona in May. Buffon, who was a World Cup winner in 2006, retired from international football in November after Italy’s failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia, although he later said he was open to returning if required.

* Turkey will introduce the video assistant referee (VAR) system next season, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said on Friday. VAR technology will be used in Turkey's top flight Super Lig as well as in the promotion playoffs of the country's second tier league, the TFF said in a statement.

* FIFA has fined the Swedish Football Association 70,000 Swiss francs (US$71,000) and warned it for breaching media and marketing regulations during the World Cup, the governing body said on July 6. FIFA said that it had previously asked the FA to stop displaying unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items but that members of the Sweden delegation continued doing so in their round of 16 victory against Switzerland. The Swedish FA confirmed receiving the sanction about its kit and socks and said it had tried to take remedial action which FIFA did not accept.

* Italian soccer club Juventus FC said that it is considering many opportunities in the player market amid media speculation it is in talks to sign Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo. The Turin based top flight club said it would promptly inform the market "if any agreement should be defined", in a statement in response to request by market regulator Consob.

* Russia face Croatia in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final with the hosts buoyed by support from President Vladimir Putin, coach Stanislav Cherchesov said on Friday. Putin attended Russia's opening day win over Saudi Arabia but has not yet said whether he will come to Sochi for the quarter-final tie. Cherchesov, however, said Putin has been in touch to support the home players.

* England came into the World Cup with low expectations from their fans and much talk of building for the future but as they face a quarter-final with Sweden on July 7, manager Gareth Southgate says this generation might not get a better chance to triumph. England have the most inexperienced squad left in the tournament and should, in theory, be hitting their peak at the European Championships in 2020 or the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, but Southgate believes it would be a mistake to adopt that thinking.

* Liverpool are content with their new signings but will continue to strengthen their squad until the final day of the transfer window, manager Jurgen Klopp said on July 6. Midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita have arrived at Liverpool so far but more signings could be made depending on the overall strength of the squad or if key players pick up injuries during the ongoing World Cup in Russia.

* The President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez on Friday sent his thanks to the country's national soccer team after their elimination by France from the 2018 Russia World Cup on Friday. Uruguay, missing its star performer of the tournament Edinson Cavani to injury, were soundly beaten 2-0. Vazquez said that "with the end of this sporting moment, others will be opened, in which the people of Uruguay will continue supporting with fervor."

Reuters, Xinhua