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Penpix of Italy's squad for World Cup finals

Reuters | Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Italy's national soccer team pose for an official photo in Coverciano, near Florence, June 3, 2014.

Goalkeepers:

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus). Age 36; 139 caps. Still one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The 2006 World Cup winner, who made his international debut in 1997, is set to play at his fourth World Cup and was also an unused squad player in 1998. Jokingly described as a "pensioner" by Franz Beckenbauer after a Champions League match last season. His mother was a discus thrower and his father a weightlifter. Overcame depression in 2003-04.

Mattia Perin (Genoa). Age 21; 0 caps. Still waiting for his first cap despite being regularly called up over the last two seasons. Was raised at Genoa although he spent last season on loan at relegated Pescara.

Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St Germain). Age 27; 8 caps. The former Palermo keeper, first given his chance by Walter Zenga, has become a crowd favourite at Paris St Germain since moving to the big spenders in 2011. Set a club record of 948 minutes - which included nine successive matches - without conceding a goal in Ligue 1 during the 2012-13 season. Italy's third-choice goalkeeper at Euro 2012.

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