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Francesco Totti (born September 27, 1976 in Rome) is an Italian football player, who currently plays for AS Roma in Serie A and for the Italian national team.

Francesco Totti's position is that of a striker or an attacking midfielder, though he's best known for playing as the "trequartista", a compromise between the two positions where the player acts as a link between midfield and attack, allowing him to both create and score goals. He is also Roma's first choice to take free kicks, having scored a number of goals from dead-ball situations.

He is also widely recognised as the symbol of Roman football, having never left the city's team despite the possibility of playing in stronger and richer clubs, and being the number one goals corer in the club's history.

Childhood

Totti was born and raised in Rome, in the Porta Metronia city neighbourhood. His parents are Enzo and Fiorella Totti. Unlike other children his age who preferred to watch cartoons, Totti was always more interested in watching football matches instead. Totti constantly played football with older boys. His mother refused a big deal for her son from A.C. Milan while waiting for a deal from his favourite club A.S. Roma. His mother intended to never let her son step foot out of the "Eternal City". Totti finally joined the A.S. Roma junior team in 1989.

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National team

Very talented as a teenager, Totti scored in Italy's 4-1 defeat by Spain in the final of the UEFA European Under-18 Championship in July 1995. In the final of the Under-21 competition in 1996, Totti opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw against the Spanish before triumphing on penalties.

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Totti made his senior Azzurri debut in the Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland on 10 October 1998. He played in the finals tournament and scored against Romania and Belgium and played in the final; losing to France. Although he was on the losing side, Totti was named Man of the Match in the final and described by many soccer legends, including Michael Platini (France), as the best player of the tournament.

Disappointment followed at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, with Totti failing to make a significant impact and then being sent off as Italy lost to the South Korea in the second round, when he controversially received a second yellow card for alleged penalty area diving by the referee Byron Moreno.

At Euro 2004, Totti garnered negative media attention when he spat at Christian Poulsen, a midfielder for Denmark. Totti was subsequently banned until the semi-finals, but did not play in the tournament again, as Italy failed to qualify for the next round. In defense of Totti, Poulsen has developed a reputation for a dirty player. The Danish defender was described as "a coward" by A.C. Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti during the 05-06 season, for his continuous provocation of Kakà with the ball far away., Sporting Life.

Totti's participation in the 2006 FIFA World Cup was put at risk by the broken ankle he suffered a few months before the tournament. He recovered in time to join the national team, although he was not yet in his best shape. During the match with Australia, he scored from a penalty in the closing minutes of regular time to give Italy a 1-0 victory. This propelled Italy into the quarter finals. After the goal, he celebrated by sucking his thumb, in honour of his young son. Italy then went on to face Ukraine, a match in which Totti provided a valuable assist to striker Luca Toni. Italy went on to win the match 3-0 and moved on to the semi-finals to face Germany. Totti started the game against Germany as well, and stayed on for 120 minutes, helping Italy defeat the Germans 2-0 in a sensational ending to the game. The Italians went on to face the French team in the finals. The score remained 1-1 through extra-time, after which the Italians won by a penalty shootout. For his work at this World Cup, Totti was selected for the 23-man Mastercard All-Star Team.

Totti is currently considering whether or not to continue playing for the national team after he had made it clear that his intention was to retire after the World Cup. When holding the world cup, he said that he was 50-50, if to retire, or to stay in international play. However, as soon as Roberto Donadoni took over a Italy's head coach, his first intention was to convince Totti to stay on the national team. Totti wanted to retire so he can spend more time with his family. Donadoni and Totti will meet on August 26th at the San Siro stadium in Milan to discuss his Azzurri future.

Club

Francesco Totti was just 16 when he made his first appearance for AS Roma in a 2-0 away victory at Brescia Calcio on March 28, 1993. He scored four goals in twenty one outings in 1994-95 and over the ensuing seasons became a team regular. He was named Italy's Player of the Year in 2000 and in 2003. The following season (2000-01) he helped AS Roma secure their first league title since 1982-83, having scored thirteen Serie A goals. In the 2001-02 campaign Roma finished runners-up to Juventus, but Totti returned with a then personal-best of fourteen goals during the 2002-03 season.

  • 2003-04: Playing in a more advanced role, Totti hit a career-high twenty goals as Roma finished second in Serie A behind A.C. Milan.
  • 2004-05: A very disappointing season, the only bright side of which was Roma finishing second in the Italian Cup and thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup. In the 2004-05 season Roma had to replace four coaches. Despite all the problems, Totti scored twelve goals, and helped Vincenzo Montella score 21 with numerous assists. On December 19 2004, Totti broke A.S. Roma's goal scoring record when he scored against Parma. It was Totti's 107 goal for the club, a record previously held by Roberto Pruzzo.
  • 2005-06: A strange season for Roma and Totti. On 19 February 2006, while playing in the Italian Championship against Empoli F.C., he suffered a fracture of his left fibula, and severed the interconnecting ligaments with the malleolus. He returned from his injury on 11 May 2006 as a substitute in Roma's 3-1 defeat to Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia. As in the 2004/05 season, A.S Roma came in second in the Italian Cup (again trailing to Inter Milan). In the Serie A they finished 5th, and only qualified for the UEFA Cup for the second season in a row. On a more positive note, the team won eleven consecutive victories, setting a new Serie A record. The last match was won against rivals S.S Lazio. Coach Luciano Spalletti turned the team's line up from a defensive one to an attacking one (despite playing without strikers for most of the season, and for the last 3 or so games playing without Totti), and the team moved from fifteenth to fifth by the end of the season. The team was spectacular in mid-season, with Totti scoring fifteen goals; an impressive number for a midfielder often playing out of position as a lone striker. He also provided many assists.

 

Personal life

Totti is married to Ilary Blasi, a former model, considered one of the most beautiful celebrities in Italy, who currently works as commentator and host on several RAI TV programmes. The couple had their first baby, named Cristian, on November 6, 2005. and now after the world cup, Totti's wife is yet again pregnant, and Totti is expecting his second son after 9 months from now.

Totti also runs a football school, named Number Ten, and owns a motorcycle racing team called "Totti Top Sport".

His best friend is his brother, Riccardo. However, Totti always says that his brother was the better player when they were kids, but he was unlucky on his way. Riccardo now is Totti's agent.

He also had a bad relationship with his previous coach Fabio Capello, who is currently coach of Real Madrid. Totti accused Capello of being a traitor for leaving Roma suddenly without a warning, and left the Roman team in a very bad shape which had them almost relegated to the second division in 2004-2005 season. This rift started on Capello's last days with Roma: according to Totti, his behaviour to most of the players changed, and once advised the younger players not take Totti as their role model player, but to take Brazilian Emerson as an idol for his hard work. Several months later, Capello, Emerson and Frenchman Jonathan Zebina all left AS Roma for rivals Juventus suddenly. As of today, Totti and the Roma fans still treat those three men as traitors who left the club.

Additional information

A goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, Totti published two self-effacing joke books in order to raise money for a children's charity. They were bestsellers for many months. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Some of the jokes were filmed into short clips that were acted out by Totti himself along with some of his teammates in the team, like Del Piero, Buffon, Nesta and Cassano.

Totti's idol player in his childhood was ex-Roma captain Giuseppe Giannini, whom he considers as his elder brother: he always wished to just shake hands with Giannini, and was one of his biggest fans. Several years after, Totti himself had the opportunity to play alongside Giannini on the pitch in the AS Roma kit.

Totti is famous for his chipping technique, called in Italian il cucchiaio (in English, "spoon"). He has scored many beautiful goals using this technique. His famous early goals using this technique was in a shoot-out against Netherlands in the Euro 2000 semi-final when he scored against Netherlands keeper Edwin van der Sar, he also scored a second famous one two years later against Lazio in the derby, which ended 5-1 to the Romans at the time they played their best football.

Francesco Totti
Personal information
Full name Francesco Totti
Date of birth September 27, 1976 (1976-09-27) (age 32)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 10
Youth career
1988–1990 Roma
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)2
1990– Roma 468 (205)
National team3
1998–2006 Italy 058 00(9)
1 Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 25, 2009.
2 Appearances (Goals)3 National team caps and goals correct as of July 9, 2006.

References

  1. ^ Some of them were aired on websites over the net: is one of them-showing his teammate Nesta.

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Comments

I think he is the most intelligent player in the world , i like him becuase he is a one club player like DELPEIRO & MALDINI, all of them are simple the best & great in the world.
with out him italy would be nothing. So he needs to play in the world cup

Francesco Totti is the best player ever!
he's the king of rome indeed.

GUDGUD......XXXXXXXX

Totti is the best offencemen in the world!Frachesco totti makes all the soccer players look like Boloni.They are so bad that Bolognia, Italy lost it's name.

totti plays like no other, fast, accurate and has a powerful shot, he has amazing control and can put the ball anywhere he wants, from set pieces and in play, totti is a soccer legend.

dude totti is the best no one can touch him he is the reason i started playing soccer

Totti.., I love You...!! Htet

Totti is the best player in the world. I wish i played soccer just like him.
He must be God's brother.

totti the sexist men on earth..by lela

Totti is the best player I have ever seen. Maybe Puskas was better, but noone else is in the basket....He can see the whole area in every direction at the same time.Maybe he is an UFO, but not normal I'm sure. I think he is an alien.I can not understand why everybody can not see that...
Would like to see this god as frequently as I can.We those who could see him are bloody lucky I tell you....

totti king roma

Totti is and will always be a fantastic player!! Totti is God!!

he is the best scorer who can also set  up his teammates

hes awsome !! very good looking too! lol

totti is the best footballer in the world i like him very much

Totti is the worst football player in the world, how can anyone like him damn i can;t..yuk

totti is the best player in the world, i know that, he is my idol

He is a main part of the Italian football history with no doubt



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