The most intimidating player in the Italian league didn’t earn his status by accident. Gianluigi Buffon is so over-the-top good that it’s hard not to take his reality-breaking skills for granted.
At age 39, while Buffon certainly isn’t as fast as he was nearly 20 years ago when he first professionally debuted, he’s evolved his game to make use of his experience, field intelligence, and legendary consistency to remain at the top of the world’s talent pool. Puma, the manufacturer responsible for Italy’s 2018 World Cup jerseys, wanted to honor the man who has for the last two decades has helped push Italy to a high-level of soccer on the world stage.
October 9th marks the 20th anniversary of Gianluigi’s debut with the ‘Squadra Azzura’. Puma along with permission from the Italian Football Federation decided to celebrate this anniversary by having Gianluigi wear the 2018 blue kit while the rest of his teammates don the away colors against Macedonia. But Puma didn’t stop there, the big cat brand commissioned legendary graffiti outfit ‘Kamp Seedorf‘ to place murals in every city that Buffon would play a world cup qualifier in.
The matching of Puma’s energy and Kamp Seedorf’s talent along with affinity for painting soccer legends has paid off in spades. The murals each capture a different pose of Buffon, but all look undeniably fresh and impressive.
The 2018 Italy jersey features the new Italian Football Federation badge, designed to pay homage to the great Italian sides of time past with reference to the ‘Il Tricolore’ on the sleeve cuffs and back collar. The color is a return to the classic ‘Azzurro’ blue to rekindle the memories of victories past and spur on the team in the now.
While the color and crest are a throw-back to Italy’s past, the materials of the new Puma 2018 Italy Home kit are cutting-edge. Evoknit thermoregulation technology provides enhanced moisture management and an all new adaptive cooling system that helps to keep your body’s temperature right where it needs to be for optimum performance.
That isn’t just marketing lip service either, the 2018 Italy jersey really does have cooling fins in key zones on the shirt that act as channels to regulate your body temperature. Combine those cooling fins with Puma dryCELL technology, a high performance yarn that wicks sweat away from the body to keep you feeling dry and at your ideal temperature.
The 2018 world cup marks Buffon’s chance to be the first player in the world to ever participate in 6 world cup tournaments. While he will of course need his teammates to win games, his control of the posts promises to be as unstoppable and unforgettable as ever.