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Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti Vicario.JPG
Personal information
Full name Francesco Totti
Date of birth 27 September 1976 (1976-09-27) (age 33)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 10
Youth career
1984 Fortitudo
1984–1986 Smit Trastevere
1986–1989 Lodigiani
1989–1992 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992– Roma 434 (188)
National team
1991–1992 Italy U-16-15 19 (5)
1993–1995 Italy U-18 14 (7)
1995–1997 Italy U-19 8 (4)
1997 Italy U-21 4 (2)
1998–2006 Italy 58 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 July 2006

Francesco Totti, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who is the current captain of Serie A club Roma. His position is that of a striker or an attacking midfielder, though he is best known for playing as a second striker. He has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number-one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. "Er Pupone," as he is commonly nicknamed, is universally considered as one of the greatest players of his generation and in the annals of European football.[3][4][5]

Totti won several awards in Italy during his career including a record 5 times Italian Footballer of the Year and 2 times Serie A Footballer of the Year.[6] He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.[7]

Totti is currently the top active Serie A goalscorer, and joint-seventh all-time in league history (along with Giuseppe Signori) with 188 goals.[8]

Early career

Totti was born and raised in Rome's Porta Metronia neighborhood. He idolized ex-Roma captain Giuseppe Giannini, and regularly played football with older boys. His mother refused a lucrative offer from AC Milan to remain in his hometown[9], and he joined the Roma youth squad in 1989.

Club career

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Early seasons

After three years on the youth team, Totti made his first appearance for Roma's senior side at the age of sixteen, when coach Vujadin Boškov let him play in the 2-0 away victory against Brescia on 28 March 1993. In the following seasons, he began to play more games, and thus he succeeded in scoring his first goal on September 24, 1994 in a 1-1 draw against Foggia. By 1995, Totti had become a regular in the starting eleven and scored 16 goals in the next three seasons. When he assumed the team captaincy in 1997, he began to gain recognition as a club symbol. Manager Zdeněk Zeman played with an offensive 4–3–3 formation, in which Totti was the left winger. Totti scored 30 goals during Zeman's two-year managerial stint.

Though Totti was not called up for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he was named the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in the 1998-99 season.

Scudetto 2001

By the 2000-01 campaign, Roma, then helmed by Fabio Capello, was building a competitive team around Totti, who had started to play as trequartista to take advantage of his passing skills, in addition to scoring thirteen goals. On 17 June 2001, he won Scudetto, and scored one goal in a 3-0 Supercoppa Italiana victory against Fiorentina.

Totti was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001, and received his first Ballon d'Or nomination, finishing fifth in the voting.[10] He had also become a widely recognized idol of the supporters, who were able to identify with him due to his being a lifelong Roma supporter and a Rome native, in addition to his prowess on the pitch.

In the following years, Totti played as second striker as part of a 3–5–2 formation, and scored a career-high twenty goals in the 2003-04 season as Roma finished runners-up to Milan in the Scudetto race, in addition to picking up his second consecutive Italian Footballer of the Year award. Despite a disappointing 2004-05 season that saw Capello leave for Juventus and Roma slip to eighth place while making four coaching changes during the course of the season, Totti maintained his consistent offensive output by scoring fifteen goals, among them his 100th Serie A goal against Internazionale on October 3, 2004. Two months later, on 19 December, he became Roma's all-time leading scorer after netting his 107th career goal against Parma, breaking the record previously held by Roberto Pruzzo.

As a striker with Spalletti

Francesco Totti during the 2006-07 season.

Roma's new coach for the 2005-06 season, Luciano Spalletti, went with a 4–2–3–1 formation, during which Totti would not remain forward waiting for crosses or passes, instead going back to take the ball, and thus creating spaces for the attacking midfielders. In this new position, Totti began to score more frequently than the past and scored 15 goals in 24 matches, during which the team won 11 consecutive games.

On 19 February 2006, Totti suffered a fracture of his left fibula and ligament damage during a match against Empoli after being fouled by Richard Vanigli. Totti risked missing the 2006 World Cup, but returned to the side on 11 May 2006 as a substitute in Roma's 3-1 Coppa Italia final defeat to Internazionale. A metal plate had been attached to his ankle during surgery, but doctors decided not to operate again and remove it following Totti's return, after concurring that it would not affect his gameplay.[11]

The 2006-07 season was a personal high for Totti, as he finished as Serie A's top scorer with 26 goals as Roma finished runners-up to Inter but exacted revenge on the Nerazzurri as they took home the 2007 Coppa Italia. Totti also was the recipient of the ESM European Golden Shoe award as the top European goalscorer. Despite being the highest active goalscorer in Serie A, he was not among the finalists for the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year[12] due to his national team absence, though he was nominated for the 2007 Ballon d'Or, finishing tenth in the voting.

Francesco Totti during the 2008-09 season.

Totti scored his 200th goal with Roma in a 4-0 Coppa Italia win over Torino on 16 January 2008. He was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for the fifth time in his career on 28 January. He suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during a 1-1 draw with Livorno on 19 April. Tests revealed a tear of his ACL that required surgery, making him miss up to four months.[13] Roma won their ninth Coppa Italia with a 2-1 victory over Internazionale on 24 May. Though Totti did not play, he was still allowed to lift the cup as the team's captain. With this win, Totti also became the most successful captain in team history.

Ranieri era

After Roma's difficult time in the 2008-09 season and continued with two consecutive Serie A defeats at the start of the 2009-10 season which saw Spalletti resign after his four year reign to be replaced by Claudio Ranieri, Totti had some great performances in the inaugural UEFA Europa League. He has since scored three hat-tricks, firstly in a 7-1 away win against Gent in the third qualifying round and then another with the same score against Košice at the Olimpico in the play-off round. He also scored 3 goals against Bari in Serie A on his return from a month-long injury.

On 30 November 2009, Totti confirmed he has signed a new five-year contract with the club until 30 June 2014 and then become a club director for another five years when he decides to hang up his boots.[14] The deal was officially ratified by the Board of Directors on 16 December.[15][16]

International career

Totti in the Euro 2000 final against France.

Totti first came into international prominence while playing in the UEFA youth tournaments and won the UEFA under-21 championships in 1996. After starring with the Azzurrini in Italy's Under-19 and Under-21 sides, he earned his first cap for Italy during a Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland on 10 October 1998.

Euro 2000

Italy went to Euro 2000 with and Totti was in excellent form. He scored 2 goals during the tournament. The first goal against co-host nations Belgium in the first round and the second goal against Romania in the quarter-finals. Though Italy lost to France in the final, Totti was named the man of the match[17] and he was selected for the 22-man Team of the Tournament.

2002 World Cup

Disappointment followed at the 2002 World Cup, with Totti failing to make a significant impact and then being sent off during Italy's second-round loss to South Korea after being handed a controversial second yellow card by Byron Moreno for an alleged dive in the penalty area.

Euro 2004

Totti acquired a measure of infamy at Euro 2004 after he spat at Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen in a goalless draw on 14 June 2004. He was subsequently banned until the semifinals, but never made it back to action and finished the competition scoreless due to Italy's elimination in the first round.

Rashad Sadygov against Totti.

2006 World Cup

Though Totti recovered in time to join the national team for the 2006 World Cup, he was not completely in game shape after three months on the sidelines following his injury against Empoli, and played with metal plates in his ankle that had yet to be removed. He nonetheless was a regular fixture in the Marcello Lippi's side. During the tournament he played behind the lone striker Luca Toni rather than as a pairing, notably scoring the lone goal via a penalty in Italy's 1-0 win over Australia on 26 June, and starting in the final against France until being substituted in the 61st minute. Italy went on to win the World Cup, and Totti was selected for the 23-man All-Star Team.[18]

Retirement

Totti intended to retire from the Azzurri after the end of the World Cup, but reneged on his decision and remained undecided on his future for over a year, and was never called up in the meantime. He made his retirement official on 20 July 2007, at the beginning of the 2007–08 Serie A season in order to focus solely on club play with Roma. Italy coach at that time Roberto Donadoni's attempts to get Totti to change his mind for the remaining Euro 2008 qualifiers proved futile.[19] After the national team reunioned with Lippi, Totti announced that he would like to play in the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa if he gets called up.[20]

Goal celebrations

Totti is known for celebrating his goals as well as scoring them. His most famous celebration was in the second Derby della Capitale of the 1998-99 season, in which he scored during the final minutes of the game and celebrated by flashing a T-shirt under his jersey, which read "Vi ho purgato ancora" ("I've purged you guys again"), in reference to his scoring against Lazio in the previous derby on 29 November 1998. Another derby goal against Lazio saw him take over a sideline camera and aim it at the Roma fans.

As a tribute to his then-pregnant wife, Ilary Blasi, Totti imitated a childbirth scene by stuffing the ball under his shirt and laying on his back while his teammates extracted the ball. His current ritual of sucking his thumb after a goal began after his son was born and subsequently after the birth of his daughter. Blasi has revealed that Totti actually sucks his thumb in honor of her, as she has a habit of sucking on her thumb.[21]

Personal life

Totti in 2007.

Totti's wife, Ilary Blasi, is a former showgirl who currently works as commentator and host on several Mediaset TV programs. The couple had their first baby, named Cristian, on 6 November 2005. Their second child, a daughter named Chanel, was born on 13 May 2007. His brother Riccardo serves as his agent. Totti also runs a football school, "Number Ten," and owns a motorcycle racing team called "Totti Top Sport."

Totti became an ambassador for UNICEF in 2003 and the FIFA/SOS Children's Villages in January 2006. As a fundraiser for a children's charity, he published two bestselling, self-effacing joke books containing jokes the locals often told about him and his teammates. Some of the jokes were filmed in short sketches featuring himself with good friends and national teammates Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Christian Vieri, Antonio Cassano, Marco Delvecchio and Alessandro Nesta and former national team coach Giovanni Trapattoni in a short show called La sai l'ultima di Totti.

Totti is famous for his cucchiaio goalscoring technique, which inspired the title of his 2006 autobiography, Tutto Totti: Mo je faccio er cucchiaio (Romanesco for "I'll Chip Him").

Totti also collects jerseys from teams around the world. In 2003, after a Six Nations rugby match between Italy and Ireland, Irish players Brian O'Driscoll and Denis Hickie each received a Totti jersey in exchange for their own shirts.

Totti is featured on the cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 4, along with Thierry Henry and Italian referee Pierluigi Collina.[22]

Honours

Club Playing Honours

Decal of Totti alongside the Scudetto shield, displayed on a house in Rome.
Giorgio Napolitano (right) awards Totti with the 2007-08 Coppa Italia.
Winners
Runners-up

International Playing Honours

Winners
Runners-up

Individual

Orders

  • Cavaliere OMRI BAR.svg
    5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000[23]
  • ITA OMRI 2001 Uff BAR.svg
    4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006[24]

Career statistics

Correct as of 13 February 2010.
Team Season Serie A Coppa Italia European
Competitions1
Other Tournaments2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Roma 1992–93 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
1993–94 8 0 2 0 - - - - 10 0
1994–95 21 4 4 3 - - - - 25 7
1995–96 28 2 1 0 7 2 - - 36 4
1996–97 26 5 1 0 3 0 - - 30 5
1997–98 30 13 6 1 - - - - 36 14
1998–99 31 12 3 1 8 3 - - 42 16
1999–00 27 7 2 0 5 1 - - 34 8
2000–01 30 13 2 1 3 2 - - 35 16
2001–02 24 8 - - 11 3 1 1 36 12
2002–03 24 14 5 3 6 3 - - 35 20
2003–04 31 20 - - 1 0 - - 32 20
2004–05 29 12 7 3 4 1 - - 40 16
2005–06 24 15 2 0 3 2 - - 29 17
2006–07 35 26 5 2 9 4 1 0 50 32
2007–08 25 14 3 3 6 1 1 0 35 18
2008–09 24 13 - - 7 2 1 0 32 15
2009–10 15 10 1 0 6 11 - - 22 21
Career Total 434 188 44 17 79 35 4 1 561 241

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
2Other tournaments include the Supercoppa Italiana

Competition statistics

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. April 26, 2000 Stadio Oreste Granillo, Reggio Calabria, Italy  Portugal
2 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly match
2. June 14, 2000 Koning Boudewijnstadion, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium
1 – 0
2 – 0
UEFA Euro 2000
3. June 24, 2000 Koning Boudewijnstadion, Brussels, Belgium  Romania
1 – 0
2 – 0
UEFA Euro 2000
4. October 7, 2000 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy  Romania
3 – 0
3 – 0
2002 FIFA World Cup Qualification
5. June 2, 2001 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia
0 – 2
1 – 2
2002 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6. June 11, 2003 Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
0 – 1
0 – 2
UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
7. October 13, 2004 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy  Belarus
1 – 0
4 – 3
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. October 13, 2004 Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy  Belarus
3 – 1
4 – 3
2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification
9. June 26, 2006 Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany  Australia
1 – 0
1 – 0
2006 FIFA World Cup

See also

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Abel Balbo
A.S. Roma captain
1998-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Francesco Totti, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. He plays for A.S. Roma in Italy's Serie A, a league where he also stands as the top active scorer, with over one hundred goals. Between 1998 and 2006 he was a regular member of the Italian national team, with whom he won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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  • Because I grew up playing for Roma and I want to die playing for Roma, because I have always been a Roma's fan!
    • Answering the question: "Francesco, why don't you play for another team for two or three years in order to win something more?". From the TV show "Controcampo" 4/18/2007)

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  • I'll remain forever in Rome, I can't see me with a different jersey.
  • Shut up! They are four, go home!
    • Totti to Tudor during Roma-Juventus 4-0 on 2/8/2004.
  • Maybe I will play my last year in Serie A for Lazio!
  • I'm really happy that we have won because you can win the "Scudetto" only by beating the minor teams!
    • In an interview after the "Derby" Roma-Lazio 3-2 on 10/31/2007.
  • I'll chip him.
    • Totti to his teammates Maldini e Di Biagio before his penalty against Netherlands in Euro 2000 semifinals.

About Francesco Totti

  • Zdenek Zeman: "Who are the best five Italian players? Totti, Totti, Totti, Totti, Totti."
  • Pele: "Totti is the best player in the world. He has just been a little unlucky in the past.".[3]
  • Diego Maradona: "Totti is a great player and he will keep on showing that. He represents Italian soccer and the Italian fans will have fun with him.".[4]
  • Michel Platini: "If I was playing today I'd be like Totti, who's become an out-and-out striker. There aren't any No.10s in the old playmaker role anyway.".[5][6]
  • Marcello Lippi: "It is clear that Totti is one of the few players who doesn’t have a substitute because there is nobody around who plays like him.".[7] "There are no alternatives for Totti in Italy."[8] "No one else could play Totti's position."[9]
  • Fabio Capello: "Only Gigi Riva could kick the ball like him in Italy. But only with his left foot. Totti can use both feet and can hit the ball in several ways. Such champions can shoot ten times per match and eight of them are aimed on target, while five are very dangerous and can turn into a goal. Totti's shooting qualities are unique and they will stay intact for life."[11]
  • Jose Mourinho: "You know more than me what Totti means for Roma, for the Serie A, and for his team-mates. I want him to play because he's the best player in the Italian championship in terms of spectacle and quality of play.".[12]
  • Alex Ferguson: "Totti is the architect of everything they (Roma) do and we have to decide how best to deal with him. The issue is what we do with our centre-backs and whether we push one on to Totti but we can't let him control the game. It's a tricky one but we have to resolve it as best we can.".[13]
  • Arsene Wenger: "Totti is a great player and a superb talent, he will be a big threat to us.".[14]
  • Laurent Blanc: "With Totti on the field, he brings something special to Roma. He is not just a great player, but also their Colosseum.".[15]
  • Luca Toni: "When he's in form, Francesco is the best player in the world at his position."[17]
  • Juninho Pernumbucano: "Totti is a great player, one of the last number 10s remaining in football. The way to play football today has pushed out real number 10s who make the show. I have a lot of admiration for him, I think he is the best number 10.".[18]
  • Giuseppe Giannini: "Francesco is Roma, a new group has to be built around him. Totti should be rewarded with an extension because he is not only a 'monument' to Roma but a quality player".[19]

Notes and references

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Francesco Totti
Personal information
Full name Francesco Totti
Date of birth 27 September 1976 (1976-09-27) (age 34)
Place of birth    Rome, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 10
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993- Roma
National team
1998-2006 Italy

Francesco Totti (born 27 September 1976) is an Italian football player. He plays for Roma.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1992/93RomaSerie A20000020
1993/948020-100
1994/9521443-257
1995/962821072364
1996/972651030305
1997/98301361-3614
1998/99311231834216
1999/002772051348
2000/01301321323516
2001/02248001133511
2002/03241453633520
2003/04312000103220
2004/05291273414016
2005/062415220322917
2006/07352652944932
2007/08251433613418
2008/09241300723115
2009/10
CountryItaly 41417843177324530219
Total 41417843177324530219

International career statistics

[1]

Italy national team
YearAppsGoals
199830
199960
2000124
200161
200260
200351
200462
200550
200691
Total589

References


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