"I've always been a soldier on call for duty for the national team and Juve, so I could never desert them -- I've always got to be ready. Even when I am 60, if disease struck all goalkeepers then I
would be ready because that is how I view the notion of a national team."
-- Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
, who tearfully announced his retirement from international soccer
at the age of 39 earlier this month after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup, now saying he could accept a recall. (Gazzetta dello Sport
What a Godsend he has been to Italian futbol.