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Buffon announcement catches Prandelli off guard

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon's separation from his wife surprises coach Cesare Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli  looks at a training session in Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 20 , 2014,   Italy opened i...
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon smiles as he arrives at a training session in Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 20 , 201...
From left, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini warm up during a training session in Coverciano training complex,...
Italian player Mario Balotelli warms up during a training session in Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 20 , 2014. The Azzu...
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli listens reporters' questions during a press conference at Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 2...

Italy Soccer WC 2014

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli looks at a training session in Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 20 , 2014, Italy opened i...

Italy Soccer WC 2014

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon smiles as he arrives at a training session in Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 20 , 201...

Italy Soccer WC 2014

From left, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini warm up during a training session in Coverciano training complex,...

Italy Soccer WC 2014

Italian player Mario Balotelli warms up during a training session in Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 20 , 2014. The Azzu...

Italy Soccer WC 2014

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli listens reporters' questions during a press conference at Coverciano training complex, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, May 2...

ROME (AP) -- Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon's announcement that he is separating from his wife caught coach Cesare Prandelli off guard as the Azzurri opened their World Cup training camp Tuesday.

Prandelli says he was "surprised by his statement. ... I'm sorry, because whenever there's a separation it's upsetting for everyone. But the serenity with which he made the announcement leads to believe that he's mentally ready for this event."

Buffon, whose personal life has been under an intense spotlight in recent weeks, told Sky TV he has been "separated for a while" from Czech model Alena Seredova, who he married three years ago.

The couple has two boys.

Buffon is preparing to play at his ninth major international tournament, moving him level with former Germany great Lothar Matthaus as the top Europeans.


Updated : 2020-12-06 07:39 GMT+08:00