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Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian people Association football who is the captain of Serie A club A.S. Roma. Francesco Totti primary position is that of a trequartista, though Francesco Totti has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker. Totti has List of one-club men at Roma, is the A.S. Roma statistics and records Top all-time goalscorers and the A.S. Roma statistics and records All competitions appearances in the club's history. Francesco Totti is considered as one of the finest players in Francesco Totti generation, and also Roma's greatest player ever.

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Francesco Totti, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian people Association football who is the captain of Serie A club A.S. Roma. Francesco Totti primary position is that of a trequartista, though Francesco Totti has also been successfully utilized as a lone striker. Totti has List of one-club men at Roma, is the A.S. Roma statistics and records Top all-time goalscorers and the A.S. Roma statistics and records All competitions appearances in the club's history. Francesco Totti is considered as one of the finest players in Francesco Totti generation, and also Roma's greatest player ever.

A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner and UEFA Euro 2000 finalist, Totti was selected in the All-Star team for both tournaments. Francesco Totti has won many individual awards, including a record five Italian Footballer of the Year awards and two Serie A Footballer of the Year awards. Francesco Totti was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In 2011, Totti has been recognized by International Federation of Football History & Statistics as the most popular footballer in Europe.

Often referred to as Il Bimbo d'Oro (The Golden Boy), Er Pupone (The Big Baby), and Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator) by the Italian sports media, Totti is currently the top active Serie A goalscorer and Football records in Italy Goalscoring in league history with 211 goals.

Early career

Totti was born in Rome, to parents Lorenzo and Fiorella Totti. Francesco Totti family raised in Porta Metronia neighbourhood. Francesco Totti idolized ex-Roma captain Giuseppe Giannini and regularly played football with older boys. Totti began to play youth team football at the age of 8, with Fortituto, then Francesco Totti joined Smit Trastevere and Atletico Roma F.C.. After coming to the attention of scouts, Francesco Totti mother refused a lucrative offer from A.C. Milan to remain in Francesco Totti hometown, and Francesco Totti joined the Roma youth squad in 1989.

Club career

Early seasons

After three years on the youth team, Totti made Francesco Totti first appearance for Roma's senior side at the age of sixteen, when coach Vujadin Boškov let Francesco Totti play in the 2–0 away victory against Brescia Calcio on 28 March 1993. In the following seasons, Francesco Totti began to play more games and scored Francesco Totti first goal on 24 September 1994 in a 1–1 draw against Foggia Calcio. By 1995, Totti had become a regular in the starting eleven and scored 16 goals in the next three seasons. When Francesco Totti assumed the team captaincy in 1998, Francesco Totti began to gain recognition as a club symbol. Manager Zdeněk Zeman played with an offensive Formation %28football%29 4–3–3 formation, in which Totti was the Midfielder Winger. Totti scored 30 goals during Zeman's two-year managerial stint.

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

Scudetto 2001

By the 2000–01 Serie A 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 Francesco Totti passing skills. Francesco Totti scored thirteen goals in the campaign. On 17 June 2001, Francesco Totti won Serie A, and scored one goal in a 3–0 2001 Supercoppa Italiana victory against ACF Fiorentina.

Totti was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. Francesco Totti received Francesco Totti first Ballon d'Or nomination in Ballon d'Or 2000, finishing fourteenth in the voting and fifth the Ballon d'Or 2001. Francesco Totti had also become a widely recognized idol of the supporters, who were able to identify with Totti's background as a lifelong Roma supporter and Rome native and also Francesco Totti prowess on the pitch.

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

As a striker with Spalletti

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

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

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

Totti scored Francesco Totti 200th goal with Roma in a 4–0 2007–08 Coppa Italia win over Torino F.C. on 16 January 2008. Francesco Totti was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for the fifth time in Francesco Totti career on 28 January. Francesco Totti suffered a season-ending injury to Francesco Totti right knee during a 1–1 draw with A.S. Livorno Calcio on 19 April. Tests revealed a tear of Francesco Totti anterior cruciate ligament that required surgery, making Francesco Totti miss four months. Roma won their ninth 2008 Coppa Italia Final with a 2–1 victory over Internazionale on 24 May. Though Totti did not play, Francesco Totti was still allowed to lift the cup as the team's captain. With this win, Totti became the most successful captain in team history. At that time, Francesco Totti has won five titles and ten runners-up medals.

Ranieri era

Roma's difficult start to the 2008–09 A.S. Roma season season and continued struggles at the start of the 2009–10 A.S. Roma season season saw Spalletti resign after Francesco Totti four year reign and be replaced by Claudio Ranieri. Totti performed well in the inaugural UEFA Europa League. Francesco Totti has since scored three hat-tricks, first in a 7–1 away win against K.A.A. Gent in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round and then another with the same score against MFK Košice at the Olimpico in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round. Francesco Totti also scored 3 goals against A.S. Bari in Serie A upon Francesco Totti return from a month-long injury.

On 30 November 2009, Totti confirmed Francesco Totti had signed a new five-year playing contract which will see Francesco Totti with the club until 2014, after which Francesco Totti will become a club director for a further five years. The deal was made official by the Board of Directors on 16 December 2009. Roma offered a gross annual salary of €8.9M for 2009–10 and €8.6M in the next 4 seasons.

With a 24-match unbeaten run in Serie A, Roma became the only challengers to Inter in the last three rounds for the league title, ultimately finishing runners-up after the final fixture. Despite Totti's several injury problems, Francesco Totti surpassed legends such as Gabriel Batistuta, Giuseppe Signori, and Kurt Hamrin in the all-time league scoring records. Totti also played in the 2010 Coppa Italia Final against Inter on 5 May 2010 but received a red card in the closing minutes of the second half for kicking Mario Balotelli. Roma lost 0–1, failing to bring home their 10th Coppa Italia.

Montella's reign

In the 2010–11 A.S. Roma season season, Roma continued their 'traditional' early struggles, partly blamed on Ranieri's failure to develop a consistent set of tactics, changing both formations and lineups after every week. Though on a personal level, Totti won the Golden Foot award, Ranieri's lack of faith in Totti meant that the captain would face more time on the substitute's bench in favour of Marco Borriello, Mirko Vučinić and Jérémy Menez. This limited playing time (including an 91st minute substitution against U.C. Sampdoria) resulted in only three league goals in 21 appearances. Following Roma's loss against Genoa on 20 February 2011, Ranieri resigned as trainer of Roma and Totti saw Francesco Totti former teammate Vincenzo Montella appoint to caretaker coach.

Montella reverted to Spalletti's 4–2–3–1 system and Totti appeared to find Francesco Totti best performance again. Within Francesco Totti first five league appearances under Montella, Totti, now reinstated into the starting lineup managed to score seven goals including braces against S.S. Lazio, Fiorentina and Udinese Calcio. On 3 March, Totti has been voted the best active Italian player in a poll conducted by La Gazzetta dello Sport with 100 Italian personalities, including footballers, politicians and showmen, took part in the vote.

On 20 March, Totti became the sixth player in Serie A history to score 200 goals, finding the target twice in that 2–2 draw with Fiorentina to raise Francesco Totti total to 201. On 1 May, Totti scored a brace against Bari to equal and overtake Roberto Baggio in the total number of goals scored in the league with Francesco Totti 205th and 206th goals. Thus, Francesco Totti became the top fifth all-time Serie A goalscorer behind only Silvio Piola, Gunnar Nordahl, Giuseppe Meazza and José Altafini. Totti completed a remarkable turn-around in Francesco Totti season, completing the 2010–11 Serie A campaign with 15 goals - scoring 12 goals in Roma's last thirteen league fixtures.

Luis Enrique 2011 – present

2011–12 A.S. Roma season began with Totti getting few starts under Luis Enrique Martínez García in a season that got off to a rocky start for Roma. Francesco Totti sustained an injury on 1 October 2011 in the second half against Atalanta B.C. which kept Francesco Totti out of action until being subbed in at the 66th minute on 20 November 2011 versus U.S. Lecce, which Roma won 2-1. During this absence, Francesco Totti presence was sorely missed on the pitch as the giallorossi's predominantly new and young team suffered highs and lows in their performances as they grew accustomed to each other. In mid-December, as Totti began regaining form post-injury, Francesco Totti presence became more regular in Luis Enrique's formations, often playing trequartista or attacking midfielder. On 12 December 2011 an otherwise strong performance on pitch against Juventus F.C., inclusive of an assist to Daniele De Rossi's opening goal, was marred by missing a second half penalty. Totti offered up several more assists, notably Pablo Osvaldo's in Roma's 3-1 win over S.S.C. Napoli at the San Paolo, and Daniele De Rossi's goal against Calcio Catania at the Massimino. In the Roma tailsman's deeper position on pitch Francesco Totti doesn't seek out goals as often, opting to rather play more of a supporting role by bridging the attack and midfield, Francesco Totti presence and experience in games offering much needed depth.

On 8 January 2012, Totti scored Francesco Totti first goal of the season against A.C. ChievoVerona, converting first one penalty in the first half and then another in the second, in a game which ended 2-0 for Roma. Francesco Totti went on to score two goals in a 5-1 win against A.C. Cesena which allowed Totti to set a new record as Francesco Totti second goal of the match brought Francesco Totti tally to 211 league goals - the most any player has ever scored for a single club in Serie A. As the second round of the 2011-2012 season begins, Totti's goals remain at four but Francesco Totti performances continue to convince and in Roma's 4-0 win over rivals F.C. Internazionale Milano on 5 February 2012, Totti's corner turned into an assist for Juan as Francesco Totti headed in the opening goal in Roma's dominating performance. As of that game, Totti's stats for the season are 4 goals and 5 assists in 15 appearances.

International career

Totti first came into international prominence while playing in UEFA youth tournaments. Francesco Totti scored in Italy’s 4–1 defeat by Spain in the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in July 1995. Totti won the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, in the final match, Francesco Totti opened the scoring in a 1–1 draw against the Spanish before triumphing on penalties. After starring with the Azzurrini in Italy's Italy national under-19 football team and Italy national under-21 football team sides, Totti earned Francesco Totti first cap for Italy national football team during a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying victory against Switzerland national football team on 10 October 1998.

Euro 2000

Italy went to UEFA Euro 2000 with Totti in excellent form. Francesco Totti scored 2 goals during the tournament. The first goal came against co-host nation Belgium national football team in the first round, the second against Romania national football team in the quarter-finals. Francesco Totti confidently chipped Penalty kick in the semi-final Penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands national football team was named as one of the "magic moments" of the tournament. Though Italy lost to France national football team in the final, Totti was named the man of the match and was selected for the 22-man UEFA Euro 2000 UEFA Team of the Tournament.

2002 World Cup

After being handed the number 10 shirt and Italy's Playmaker duties, much was expected of Totti in Francesco Totti début FIFA World Cup. However, disappointment followed at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, with Totti failing to make a significant impact and then being Misconduct (football) during Italy's second-round loss to Korea Republic national football team 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 UEFA Euro 2004 after Francesco Totti spat at Denmark national football team midfielder Christian Poulsen in a goalless draw on 14 June 2004. Francesco Totti 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.

2006 World Cup

Totti recovered in time to join the national team for their victorious 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign despite not having had much match practice during Francesco Totti three months on the sidelines recovering from injury. Marcello Lippi showed enormous faith in Totti, assuring Francesco Totti during Francesco Totti rehabilitation that Francesco Totti spot in the Azzurri World Cup team was secure and to focus on recuperating. This encouragement and show of faith fueled Totti's desire to work even harder to overcome what could have been a career-ending injury and make it to Germany against all odds (and much of the Italian media's opinion). Totti did recuperate in time and in fact played the entire time in Berlin with metal plates in Francesco Totti ankle that had yet to be removed following the surgery. Nonetheless, Francesco Totti was a fixture in Marcello Lippi's side, playing in all of Italy's seven games. During the tournament Francesco Totti played along with Andrea Pirlo behind lone striker Luca Toni, forming a dangerous attacking-midfield pairing. Totti finished the tournament with the most assists of any player, as well as scoring a single goal via a penalty in Italy's 1–0 round-of-16 win over Australia national association football team on 26 June. In recognition of a successful tournament, Totti was selected for the 23-man 2006 FIFA World Cup All star team.

Retirement

Totti intended to retire from the Azzurri after the end of the World Cup, but reneged on Francesco Totti decision and remained undecided on Francesco Totti future for over a year, not being called up in the meantime. Francesco Totti made Francesco Totti retirement official on 20 July 2007, at the beginning of the Serie A 2007–08 Serie A season, in order to focus solely on club play with Roma. Then-Italy coach, Roberto Donadoni attempted to get Totti to change Francesco Totti mind for the remaining UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers but was not successful.

After the national team reunited with Marcello Lippi, Totti announced that Francesco Totti would play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals in South Africa if Francesco Totti got called up. However, there was no official statement release from Totti or Lippi about a possible comeback. In the event, Totti was not named in the final squad, and Italy was subsequently eliminated, finishing last in their group, their worst ever group stage result in World Cup history. Diego Maradona and former national teammates Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon said one of the reasons for Italy's early exit is that the Azzurri lack creative players like Totti.

Goal celebrations

Totti is known for celebrating Francesco Totti goals in exuberant manner. Francesco Totti most famous celebration took place on 11 April 1999 in the second Derby della Capitale of the Serie A 1998-99 season, in which Francesco Totti scored during the final minutes of the game and celebrated by flashing a T-shirt under Francesco Totti jersey, which read "Vi ho purgato ancora" ("I've purged you guys again"), in reference to events at the previous derby against Lazio on 29 November 1998 when Totti helped Roma come back from 3–1 down with an assist to Marco Delvecchio for 3–2 and finally a goal of Francesco Totti own for 3–3. Another derby goal against Lazio saw Francesco Totti take over a sideline camera and aim it at the Roma fans. He's displayed numerous message t-shirts under Francesco Totti jersey over the years, including two for Francesco Totti wife "6 Unica" ("You're the One") and "6 Sempre Unica" ("You're Still the One") and a political one "Liberate Giuliana" ("Free Giuliana") in honor of Giuliana Sgrena, an Italian journalist kidnapped in 2005 by insurgents in Iraq (later freed). The most recent shirt's message was "Scusate il Ritardo" ("Sorry for the delay") which Francesco Totti flashed on 8 January 2012 in an apology to fans for Francesco Totti goal-scoring drought after scoring Francesco Totti first goal of the season versus Chievo_Verona.

As a tribute to Francesco Totti then-pregnant wife, Ilary Blasi, Totti imitated a childbirth scene by stuffing the ball under Francesco Totti shirt and laying on Francesco Totti back while Francesco Totti teammates extracted the ball. Francesco Totti current ritual of sucking Francesco Totti thumb after a goal began after Francesco Totti son was born and subsequently after the birth of Francesco Totti daughter. Blasi has revealed that Totti actually sucks Francesco Totti thumb solely dedicating Francesco Totti celebration to her.

Personal life

Totti's wife Ilary Blasi is a former showgirl who has been a co-host of Italia 1's hit show Le Iene since 2007. The couple married on 19 June 2005 at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, their wedding was aired on television with proceeds being donated to charity. They had their first child, Cristian, on 6 November 2005. Their second child, a daughter named Chanel, was born on 13 May 2007. The couple has often been referred to as the "Italian Beckham's" and their private lives are often speculated upon in Italian magazines and tabloids.

Totti's brother Riccardo serves as Francesco Totti agent and manages many of Francesco Totti brand and business interests, under the name "Number Ten", including the Francesco Totti Academy, a football training school, and the Totti Soccer School, which is a soccer camp for children with disabilities. Totti also owns a motorcycle racing team called Totti Top Sport.

Totti became a UNICEF_Goodwill_Ambassador Italy for UNICEF in 2003, and the FIFA/SOS Children's Villages in January 2006. As a fundraiser for a children's charity, Francesco Totti published two bestselling, self-effacing joke books containing jokes the locals often told about Francesco Totti and Francesco Totti 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 Francesco Totti cucchiaio goalscoring technique, which inspired the title of Francesco Totti 2006 autobiography, Tutto Totti: Mo je faccio er cucchiaio (Romanesco for "I'm going to Chip Him").

Totti also collects jerseys from teams around the world. In 2003, after a Six Nations Championship rugby match between Italy national rugby union team and Ireland national rugby union team, 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.

Totti launched Francesco Totti official website

On February 2010, Totti signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with online gambling company Party Poker. Totti admitted that Francesco Totti is truly passionate about poker, playing online and with Francesco Totti teammates.

Honours

Club

Winners
- Serie A: 2000–01 Serie A
- Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2001 Supercoppa Italiana, 2007 Supercoppa Italiana
- Coppa Italia (2): 2006–07 Coppa Italia, 2007–08 Coppa Italia

Runner-up
- Serie A (6): 2001–02 Serie A, 2003–04 Serie A, 2005–06 Serie A, 2006–07 Serie A, 2007–08 Serie A, 2009–10 Serie A
- Coppa Italia (4): 2002–03 Coppa Italia, 2004–05 Coppa Italia, 2005–06 Coppa Italia, 2009–10 Coppa Italia
- Supercoppa Italiana (3): 2006 Supercoppa Italiana, 2008 Supercoppa Italiana, 2010 Supercoppa Italiana

International

Winners
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
- Mediterranean Games: 1997 Mediterranean Games
- FIFA World Cup: 2006 FIFA World Cup

Runner-up
- UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship: 1995
- UEFA European Football Championship: UEFA Euro 2000

Individual


- Guerin d'Oro (2): 1998, 2004
- Serie A Young Footballer of the Year: 1999
- UEFA Euro 2000 Final Man of the Match
- UEFA Euro 2000 2000 UEFA European Football Championship UEFA Team of the Tournament
- Serie A Footballer of the Year (2): 2000, 2003
- Italian Footballer of the Year (5): 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
- European Sports Magazines ESM Team of the Year (3): 2000–01, 2003–04, 2006–07
- FIFA 100
- Oscar del Calcio Serie A Goal of the Year (2): 2005, 2006
- 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 FIFA World Cup All star team
- Capocannonieri: 2006–07 Serie A
- European Golden Shoe: 2006–07 European Golden Shoe
- Pallone d'Argento: 2007–08
- Golden Foot: 2010

Records

- Serie A Active Leading Goalscorer: 211 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 266 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in Serie A: 211 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 16 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Europa League: 21 goals
- Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Competitions: 37 goals
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker: 632 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in Serie A: 492 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Champions League: 50 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Europa League: 38 games
- Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA competitions: 88 games

Orders

- Image:Cavaliere OMRI BAR.svg 5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000

- Image:Friedrich Order.png Collar of Merit Sports: Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo: 2006

- Image:ITA OMRI 2001 Uff BAR.svg 4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006

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