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Marchetti's miraculous rise

Federico Marchetti could be forgiven for pinching himself as he wakes up every morning in South Africa. Second in line to Gianluigi Buffon at the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the 27-year-old will be wearing the gloves for Italy against New Zealand on Sunday after his colleague was ruled out with a herniated disc. An unfortunate way to come to the fore perhaps, but the Cagliari No1 has suffered his own fair share of misfortune and just five years ago found himself out of the game altogether. traces his long and torturous route to the top.

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