When Gianluigi Buffon Made Debut He Faced George Weah And Roberto Baggio, Blackburn Were Champions Of England And Dennis Bergkamp Was British Record Transfer


GIANLUIGI BUFFON has called a press conference where is expected to call time on a glorious 23-year career.

The great man has been playing regular football since November 19, 1995 when he kept a clean sheet for Parma against AC Milan‘s imperious attack of George Weah and Roberto Baggio.

Getty A 17-year-old Gianluigi Buffon during first season with Parma, in 1995-96

AP:Associated Press Roberto Baggio and George Weah were opposing strikers on Gianluigi Buffon’s debut

Fast forward 23 years, and Buffon is still regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Among his team-mates when he made his bow were Gianfranco Zola BEFORE he made his move to Chelsea and a young Fabio Cannavaro.

But what did the football landscape look like in November 1995?

SunSport takes you back.

Action Images Blackburn were surprise Premier League champions in 1995 after dramatic climax

Getty Images Paul Rideout’s header past Peter Schmeichel won Everton FA Cup in 1995

Ben Radford/ALLSPORT Steve McManaman scored twice as Liverpool beat Bolton in 1995 League Cup final

Blackburn were the kings of the Premier League at a time when only one country from each nation went into the Champions League — and were England’s sole representatives in the Europe’s premier competition.

Kenny Dalglish had become only the third manger in English football to win the title with two different teams, thanks in large part to the goals of Alan Shearer.

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Rovers clinched the championship on a dramatic final day when, despite losing at Anfield, United’s draw at West Ham meant they were uncatchable.

The Red Devils were also shocked in the FA Cup final when Paul Rideout’s header won the trophy for Joe Royle’s Everton.

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