«I Think that no other European Team has a Totti with Totti’s
Francesco Totti was born in Rome on the 27th of September 1976. Since 1994, year of his debut in A series, he has been linking his name to AS Roma, of which he’s the captain and the symbol. He’s the best goleador of all times of AS Roma history. He has more attendances than others both in Italian Championship or in European Cups. In 2004 he was included in FIFA 100.
The list with the 125 best living players of the world on the occasion of the Federation Centenary. In 2006, during an interview, Totti was defined the best soccer player of the world by Pelè.
In the Italian Championship of 2006-2007 he won the European scorer ranking with 26 goals, obtaining the “European Golden Shoe”. With the National team he scored 9 goals. He made his last presence with it during the World Cup final of 2006, winning the highly prized cup after the suffered penalties.
Francesco Totti’s Technical Characteristics
Francesco Totti played the great part of his career as advanced midfielder and second forward. Recently he’s covering first forward role. In spite of his great goal instinct, he acts as an assist-man and game creator. In short, he’s a manoeuvre forward. Endowed with great technique, he’s considered one of the best Italian soccer players in these last years. He has a considerable game vision, a great precision in passes and kicks and a great power with both feet. These qualities have been making him the AS Roma reference point for 15 years.
The debut with AS Roma and his consecration
He debuted on the 16th of December 1993 in “Coppa Italia”. Unfortunately AS Roma was eliminated by Sampdoria team after penalties. The debut as regular player was the 27th of February 1994 again vs Sampdoria team.
In 1994-1995 season Totti scored his first goal in A series (4th of September 1994) against Foggia. The following season he became the adamant regular player of AS Roma. In 1998, Aldair yielded him the captain bend. The same year he was nominated “Guerin d’oro” and the Italian Soccer player Association blessed him as the Italian player of the year”; afterwards he received his first Oscar as Best young player of 1999. In 2000 he won another Oscar as “Absolute Best Player”.
The star of the “Scudetto”
In 2000 – 01 AS Roma won its third Italian Championship of its history thanks to Gabriel Batistuta, Marco Delvecchio, Vincenzo Montella and Francesco Totti, the leader. AS Roma was equipped with a killer trident. During that season Francesco Totti scored 13 goals in 30 matches and led his team to the final victory. He became again the “Italian player of the year” and he was included in the list of possible winners of Golden football. In the end he was placed in 5th position.
The first accident: the flash recovery and the world champion victory
On the 19th of February 2006, at the 7th minute of AS Roma – Empoli, he underwent the first serious accident of his career. The interested parts were the left fibula and the ankle’s ligaments. That was a great loss both for AS Roma or the National team. In fact at the end of the season there was the World Championship in Germany. The captain recovered in three months and played the international tournament as a regular player, except the match vs Australia where he will score the decisive goal on penalty at the 95th minute. The 9th of July 2006 Italy team won the World Champion Cup: Totti’s assessment was 1 goal and 4 assists.
After “Calciopoli”: “European Golden Shoe” and “Coppa Italia”
The year 2006 is the post-Calciopoli (the Italian Soccer Scandal). Totti showed to be back in shape after the accident. He scored 26 goals and he won his first “Coppa Italia” as AS Roma Captain. The 11th of February 2007 he scored his 139° goal of his career (in A series) becoming the best Italian active player.
TOTTI AND THE NATIONAL TEAM
From Under 15 to Under 23
Totti was appreciated for his great qualities since his young age. He wore the National Team t-shirt since the youth sector. He became European vice-champion with Under 18 National team (1995), losing the match vs Spain. The following year he took his revenge defeating the same Spanish team during the Under 21 Final European Championship after penalties.
In 1997 Italy under 23 conquered the golden medal at the “Mediterranean Games”. Totti was one of the best players of the tournament and during the final he scored 2 goals. (final result: Italy 5 – Turkey 1)
The major National team
In 1998, in spite of a great season, Francesco Totti wasn’t included in the list of the National team on the occasion of the World Championship in France. His debut will be postponed the same year at the end of the international Tournament, the 10th of October during Italy – Switzerland (2 – 0). He scored his first goal with the national team the 26th of April 2000 during Italia – Portogallo (2 – 0).
Totti at Euro 2000, the final: France – Italy
Totti took part in the European competition of 2000 in Holland and Belgium. He expressed great game techniques that made him known internationally. He scored 2 goals against Belgium and Romania. During the semi-final, vs Holland, he was the protagonist of the famous “cucchiaio” (spoon). He kicked underneath the football in a very tender way letting Van Der Sar, the goal-keeper, completely wrong footed. At the end of the tournament Italy will be defeated by France during the extra times.
The World Championship in South Korea and Japan of 2002
Totti participated at his first world championship in 2002. Unfortunately Italy will be eliminated by South Korea during the eighth finals after great controversy about the refereeing.
German World Championship of 2006
After a flash recovery, Francesco Totti succeeded in participating to the World Championship in Germany. He was convoked by Marcello Lippi, the Italian coach, in spite of the serious accident, that caused him three months of complete rest. During this important competition he scored 1 goal and made 4 important assists.
He became world champion on the 9th of July 2006 at the Olympiastadion of Berlin. The following months he decided to leave the national team.
FRANCESCO TOTTI’S RECORDS
• He collected 426 attendances and 184 goals in A series (absolute records in As Roma history).
• He’s the best active Italian scorer with 184 goals ahead of Del Piero (168) and Inzaghi (151).
• He is the As Roma player with more attendances and goals with 551 matches and 236 goals.
• He is the As Roma player with more attendances and goals in European cups with 78 matches and 34 goals.
• He is the As Roma player with more attendances and goals in the major National team with 58 matches and 9 goals.
• He is the record-holder of attendances in Rome Derbies.
TOTTI AND CHARITY
Francesco Totti is well-known in the world not only for his great soccer qualities but even for his several charity initiatives.
Totti is UNICEF ambassador and with their permission, he published 4 books with charity aim: two books about jokes on himself and a little Soccer Guide. In 2007 he published his 4th book, with a DVD, called: “My life, my goals”. This book retraced Totti’s career both in AS Roma or the National Team.
On the 16th of January 2008 he appeared as “PaperTotti” in a famous Comic book. The proceeds of the subscriptions were given as a gift for charity.
He was the official testimonial of “Partita del Cuore”, charity match between singers and vips played on the 12th of May 2008 to promote a fund raising for the construction of the “Campus Produttivo della Legalità e della Solidarietà” (Productive Campus of Legality and Solidarity).
Club Playing Honours
• Serie A: 2001
• Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2001, 2007
• Coppa Italia (2): 2007, 2008
• Serie A (5): 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
• Coppa Italia (3): 2003, 2005, 2006
• Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2006, 2008
International Playing Honours
• UEFA Under-21 European Championship: 1996
• Mediterranean Games (Under-23): 1997
• FIFA World Cup: 2006
• UEFA European Under-18 Championship: 1995
• UEFA European Championship: 2000
• Serie A Young Footballer of the Year: 1999
• Euro 2000 Team of the Tournament
• Serie A Footballer of the Year (2): 2000, 2003
• Italian Footballer of the Year (5): 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
• ESM Team of the Year (3): 2000-01, 2003-04, 2006-07
• FIFA 100
• 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
• Serie A Top Scorer: 2006-07
• European Golden Shoe: 2006-07
• USSI Silver Ball (Serie A Fair Play Award): 2007-08
• Roma all-time leading scorer
• Roma all-time highest number of appearances
• 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000
• 4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006