Hanover's stadium announcer Frank Rasche first took over the welcome and the introduction to the event. Naturally, he first took the opportunity to ask questions about Gianluigi Buffon, Filippi's protégé at Juventus Turin and five-time world goalkeeper as well as captain of the Italian national team. The first thing Rasche wanted to know was what type of person Buffon was. Filippi described the 159-time national goalkeeper as a very positive thinker. Despite his 38 years, Buffon is still one of the world's best goalkeepers because, like many soccer greats, he has an exceptionally strong personality and still takes his job very seriously, he said. Despite his great ambition, however, he is not dogged, but is always an open and friendly person.