(For the first time since 1958, Italy failed to qualify for the Football World Cup to be held in Russia, 2018. One of the greatest goal-keepers & inspiring footballers of all time, Italy's own Gianluigi Buffon retired from International Football. The Poem is a tribute to him and his inspiring presence in the Global football arena for almost 22 years.)
Not always does man's valiant efforts yield results,
Not in every tale does success follow struggle.
In a game of Genius, chance intervenes and strikes...
The tables get turned, bringing all troubles.
But when the Azzuri's own numero uno takes guard,
Standing tall at the citadel of Juventes and Italy's defence,
Goal-keeping seems an art & skill much like the verse of the bard,
Many duels emerge in a team's game in a strictly speaking sense.
An example - In 2006, a flying push to deny Zidane's header in Berlin,
Laurels and awards, 175 appearances, consistently saving...
Beyond a mad rush of statistics, the control and the gentle grin,
Being honest to the game and not to winning or losing.
Too much to learn and get inspired from one of the greatest goal-keepers of all time!
Still, times change and legends weep, and all that's good comes to an end.
Those acrobatic saves and that inspiring presence shall be missed for nostalgia is not a crime.
When life kicks at you, be like Buffon and say - "I'll stop but not bend."
Place & Date
Tuesday, 14th of November, 2017.
#16-7-16, Bhramara Ground Floor, Saladi Jamindar Street, Palakollu, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh - 534 260.
"Be Like Buffon" (Tribute/Poem)
Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon (born 28 January 1978) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He captains Serie A club Juventus, and formerly also captained the Italy national team. He is widely regarded by players, pundits and managers to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and, by some, to be the greatest ever. Buffon is known for his "outstanding shot-stopping" and for being "a vocal organizer of the defence and a key dressing room personality"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gianluigi_Buffon