June 17th, 2001
It is June 17th, 2001 On Match Day 34 the last of the season we are at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Roma prepares to face Parma as Roma have a chance to secure their first Scudetto Since 1983. Going into the Final Day of the season it continued to be a tug of war for the League Title with Roma and Juventus Title chase coming down to the final day. Going into the last Day Roma were top with 72 Points with Juventus narrowly behind with 70. Juventus had been unbeaten in 11 games it was a must-win game. 24-Year old Captain Francesco Totti would lead out Roma in front of 74,773 fans as 4th place Parma was awaiting. Totti looks out into the stands on the verge of achieving his childhood dream; Born and raised in the capital a true Roman joined Roma as a 13-Year-old makes his Debut at 16 named captain at 22. Totti Realizes as he looks out in the crowd that he is one of them he understands them and what it would mean to the club and the City. With Juventus playing at the same time they would have to win there was no other choice it was unknown when the next opportunity would arrive they had to win the suffering had to end. The game kicked off as fans awaited to be champions of Italy after having to watch Rivals Lazio win the Scudetto the season earlier. In the 19th Minute, Totti got a cross from the legendary Gabriel Batistuta. Totti came in from the center of the box and smashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to give Roma the lead as Totti put Roma on the verge of glory. He took off his shirt and ran towards the fans to celebrate this is now an iconic image as this story has been told and retold since that fateful day. History was being made Gabriel Batistuta and Vincenzo Montella added two more as the final whistle blew Roma had CONQUERED ITALY WINNING their First Scudetto Since 1983 after an 18 year wait the pain and suffering was over. They beat Juventus to the punch as Roma finished with 75 points Juventus just behind with 73. This was the birth of What Totti would one day become one of Football’s World’s Most Iconic players in history he has written the book of Italian football this country this league could not exist without him you can not tell the story of the tradition the passion of football in this country without mentioning Francesco Totti. One of the most respected players of all time. He broke records despite lack of Trophies his loyalty to the city help him become one of the greatest players to ever grace the pitch 307 Goals 197 Assists later a King was Crowned.
The Birth and Rise Of A King
Francesco Totti was born in Rome, Italy on September 27 1978 as a kid he grew up a Roma fan hoping one day to play for his hometown club. As a young child he idolized former Giallorossi captain Giuseppe Giannini. Totti and his family grew up in an area of Rome called Porta Metronia; a place where he started developing his skills at a very young age as he would play against kids much older than he was his talented didn’t go unnoticed as many scouts and coaches across Italy were interested in bringing him into their respective clubs. At the very early age of 8 years old Totti began his career playing youth football for a few different sides in Italy. He played for Fortitudo, Smit Trastevere and Lodigani his rise to prominence only would continue as he got older he possessed skills of a player well beyond his years. The bigger clubs in Italy started taking a real interest in him AC Milan would come calling offering him a place on the Milan academy but the young stars mother refused the offer as she wished to keep him close to home. Shortly after the team across the road Roma’s rivals S.S Lazio had a deal in place but Roma youth coach Giuseppe Giannini persuaded his parents to let him join Roma instead he joined Roma’s youth team in 1989. After three seasons in Roma’s youth program from 1989-1992 Totti would be called up to the first team at the end of the 1992-1993 season he would make his first appearance at 16 years old in late march 1993 in an 2-0 away win against Brescia he would make one more appearance in that season he had finally saw his dream become a reality. In that summer he would play in his first tournament as he and his Italian teammates headed out to Turkey for the U-16 European Championships in Turkey. Totti and Italy made it to the final but lost to Poland In the final. In the next season Totti would play a slightly increased role the next season but still struggled to get games as he didn’t play a great deal of games mostly being used as a sub he ended up playing 10 games in his second season struggled to get games he wasn’t ready to be a starter and nearly was sent on loan to Sampdoria unfortunately he would have to wait for the next season to get his first goal. In Totti’s next season he would get a much increased role as he appeared 25 games that season it was a season Totti’s promise began to show. In September of that season (1994) as finally a childhood dream would be realized as he would score his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw against Foggia he would go onto score 7 goals in that season as he began to open people eyes on how good he could be. The next two seasons he failed to improve on the 7 goals he scored but none the less he showed his worth in other ways. He was continuously improving over the next 3 season he scored 23 goals in total and 20 in the league. He was becoming a star in Rome. Highlighting it was his rise was his breakout season in 1997-1998 season where he scored 13 in league goals which were more than double his amount from the previous season (5). He also was named Roma’s youngest ever captain that season at 22 years old age. After the season he was awarded the Guerin d’Oro Over this this period Totti he competed in Greece in 1995 for the U-16 but lost in the final to Spain in addition to that Totti and Italy competed in the 1996 U-21 Championship in Spain Italy won the title he had also debuted in the Italy National side in 1998 it was clear a star had arrived wasn’t a king yet but you saw that potential in him even back then.
Totti’s breakout season in 1997 showed the world and Roma what he is made of he was emerging into a great player on and off the field the leadership qualities he displayed at such a young age was second to none. The years he spent under Roma boss Zdenek Zeman from 1997-1999 helped Totti really start to grow as a player and was developing play maker. He started showing a certain maturity for a player much older than a player in his early 20’s. Both physically mature and mentally mature he played his role in the Bosnian coach 4-3-3 system very well commanding his own on the left wing as the young Italian started drastically improving in all areas really started to excel in his as he changed to a left winger in his previous season. New role became a world beater in one on one situation. On the ball he was second to none was starting to become an excellent passer and added a very very powerful shot he was gaining all the tools to be one of the worlds bests players despite Zeman not being a great manager for Roma he really helped progress Totti on the verge of superstar status. Despite his 14 goals he wasn’t called up for the 1998 World Cup squad but his time would come. In Zeman’s second season Totti only got better he scored 12 goals in the league and 16 totals in the 1998-1999 season. He also scored his first derby goal against cross town rivals Lazio. After that season Totti was Named Serie a Young Player of the Year as his hard work was rewarded. He scored 30 goals and provided 26 assists during Zeman’s tenure. Zenman really helped Totti become a star it put him in poll position to become one of the world’s best players. He was player that was on the verge of world class the real question became weather trophies would come along with individual success.
EURO 2000 Belgium/Netherlands
Before the 2000-2001 Season Totti was selected to the 2000 Euro Italy squad that would travel Belgium/Holland for the 2000 European Championship. Italy did very well winning their group with 3 wins out of 3 they then would take on Romania in the Quarterfinals with Totti scoring his second goal of the tournament in their 2-0 win over the Romanians; Which Set up a Semi Final match up against the Hosts Netherlands it was 0-0 after 120 minutes it would need a shootout to decide the outcome. Totti would slot home his Penalty as Italy would prevail to clinch their ticket for the Euro 2000 Final. They would come up against a very good French team once again it would take extra time after a late equalizer by France but this time they wouldn’t prevail as France would become champions of Europe despite losing in the final Italy had a great run through the tournament Totti would be named to team of the tournament and despite the loss would be named MAN OF THE MATCH for the Final. It would set up confidence going into the 2002 world cup.
Fabio Capello And The Scudetto
Change began to come in 1999-2000 season Roma appointed one of the top managers in World Football AC Milan manager Fabio Capello. The Italian won 9 trophies while in charge of the Milan giants winning 4 Serie A titles 3 Super Coppa’s A European Super cup and the big one winning the champions league. A big Splash by Roma giving Totti a manager that can deliver greatness to Roma this would be a turning point for Totti career his one league title would come under Capello. From the very beginning Capello’s goal was to win the league title. In that first season it didn’t work out the way they wanted they struggled in the league as they had to watch their noisy Neighbors S.S Lazio win the Scudetto. Roma finished 6th in the league that season Totti didn’t do bad but he didn’t to particularly well that season either as the Roma Captain just finished with 8 goals an underwhelming season for one of the worlds bests. A frustrating season to say the least however Fabio Capello and Totti weren’t discouraged as the next season gave Roma another crack at it. Over the summer In the 2000-2001 season Capello brought in the likes of Walter Samuel from Boca Juniors and there big money signing Gabriel Batistuta from Fiorentina who had 168 Serie A goals to his belt the ageing superstar moved to Rome to give on last crack at the Scudetto this was one of the great Roma team along with the new signings this was a team that featured Cafu one of the all-time great goal scorer Vincenzo Montella and of course the king Francesco Totti along with several other good pieces. Things worked a lot better this time around Totti was used as an attacking midfield role in Capello’s 3-4-2-1 formation due to his excellent passing skills and the fact that he was developing into a play maker he was comfortable with that role as he played it with great success in the 2000-2001 season Totti scored 13 goals in the league matching his career high and 16 goals in all competitions. Batistuta also proved he still had something to give as he scored 21 goals for Roma it would be a dog fight between Roma and Juventus coming down to the last game of the season and Totti delivered the opening goal as Roma concurred Italy for the first time since the 80’s as Roma won the Scudetto Fabio Capello would keep his promise. After the season Totti would win Serie A Footballer of The Year & Italian Footballer of the Year. After a lot of hard working and battling all year Totti was a Champion. By the 2001-2002 season he was regarded as one of the best players in world football he would finish Top 15 in the Ballon D’Or voting this would also be the season that current club legend Danielle De Rossi would make his debut as well. The next season Totti and Roma put together another very strong campaign he continued to develop in Rome his leadership and loyalty to Rome made him a hero to the Roma supporters. In the 2001-2002 season Totti would win his first trophy for the club beating Fiorentina in the Supercoppa Italiana putting in quite a performance scoring a goal and getting an assist as well. During that season it would be a dog fight once again with Juventus once again just one point separated the two but this time it would be Juventus who would take back the Scudetto. However Roma finished in a respectable 2nd as well as having a pretty successful European journey. Totti would score 12 goals in all competitions that season he also would win the Serie A Italian player of the season for the second time.Over the next two seasons despite lack of success Totti would enter the conversation for the best player in the world as he scored 20 goals in each of the following two seasons now in his mid-20’s he had proven to be one of the world bests. 2003 was a season to forget season where the team finished 8th despite making the Coppa Itaila final. Roma got second again in 2004 in a tremendous season where they had the best defense in the league and was the highest scoring team but AC Milan still won the league. It would be the end of the Fabio Capello era after he controversially left Roma for Juventus following the 2003-2004 season. He since then has been forgiven after he admitted years later that he shouldn’t have done that. It would be a new era for roma as they would lose a top class manager under Capello Totti won The Serie A player of the season twice and Serie A Itlain Footballer of the year three times.
World Cup 2002 Japan/South Korea
Totti along with teammate Vincenzo Montella Would be selected again for another International tournament as Totti and his Italy teammates would head out to Japan/South Korea for the 2002 World Cup it wouldn’t go poorly but it didn’t go as well as they would have liked their elimination largely had to do with controversy it which resulted in Totti getting sent off. Italy would finished second in their Group behind Mexico getting 1 loss 1 win and 1 draw getting just four point so it was already quite concerning. Despite that Italy had one of the best teams in the tournament with the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Christian Vieri, Francesco Totti as the goal scoring options Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Nesta were two of the best defenders in the world the Captain Pablo Maldini was already a legend and not to forget their Keeper Buffon who had just signed Juve for a record fee of 46.8 Million they were destined for Greatness however Byron Moreno had other ideas. Italy would face off against Hosts South Korea in a Round of 16 match a match that now his considered one of the most scrutinized refereeing in World Cup history. The referee was absolutely disgusting was adamantly against Italy from the kick off It was 1-1 going into extra time and this was the Golden goal era meaning next goal wins. In Extra time Totti was fouled in the penalty era but instead of giving a Penalty to Italy Totti was sent off for diving it wasn’t a dive it was a clear Penalty. Damiano Tommasi would get in scoring position to win the game but he was called offside anther disgusting call by the referee it was clearly fixed the higher ups wanted South Korea still in the tournament the Koreans would win the game in one of the most disgusting games ever a disgrace to football as Italy went out in the Round Of 16. their Next Tournament didn’t go well either as they were Knocked out of Euro 2004 as well after failing to advance through the group.
The King Of Rome and Luciano Spalettti
After losing manager Fabio Capello to Juventus as well as some other pieces Roma went through major struggle in the 2004-2005 seasons. Totti had to carry the weight with a Young 21 Year old Danielle De Rossi and Vincenzo Montella basically his only help. It turned out to be one of the worst seasons Roma ever went through. Finished 8th that season over the course of the season they went through four different managers Cesare Prandelli, Rudi Völler, Luigi Delneri and Bruno Conti it really showed how much of a role Capello played in Roma’s success However there was some posttively as Totti broke a Roma record for the most goals ever in Roma history he became Roma’s all-time leading scorer in Serie A after netting his 107th career league goal against Parma, breaking the record previously held by Roberto Pruzzo. Totti still did very well individually scoring 15 goals that season as he started making history breaking 200 goals for Roma but was an awful season. At the start of the season Roma Hired Udinese boss Luciano Spalletti to take over to try to give Roma a sense of hope. Roma much improved under Spalletti getting 5th in the league Totti continued to show his brilliance as a leader and a footballer. He would go on to score 17 goals in total that season has he led Roma to the Coppa Itaila final despite losing it was great improvements from the season prior. Despite getting 5th that year the biggest scandal in Italian football history would hit the Papers. The scandal was uncovered in May 2006 by Italian police, implicating league champions Juventus and other major teams including Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina when a number of illegal telephone interceptions showed a thick network of relations between team managers and referee organizations, being accused of rigging games by selecting favorable referees. In Result Champions Juventus would get two league titles stripped an go down to Serie B with a point deduction Lazio Fiorentina AC Milan would also go down to Serie B so because of these events Roma would overtake 2nd place and Inter would claim the title that season. After the world cup that summer Real Madrid would attempt to sign Totti but the Roma captain refused to leave his boyhood club as he proved his loyalty to the roma fans. The 2006-2007 season would be arguably the very best of his career and one of the best seasons for Roma in quite some time. Inter Milan blitzed through the league like nothing winning it without much difficulty however Roma did end up in second.. In the Champions league Totti led Roma on their deepest European run since the early 80’s as Totti would score 5 times in the group stage and once in the knockout stage as they would make the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Manchester United. They also had another crack at the Scudetto winners Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia final Roma would outdue the league winners 6-2 over the two games as Spalletti delivered a trophy in just his second season as Totti capped off his best ever season with silverware. That season he lead the league in Assists and Totti won the Golden Boot scoring 26 goals in the league and Roma record 32 goals in total a record that stood for a decade before Dzeko broke it with 39 goals this season that year Totti was also in the top 10 in the Ballon D’or voting and won the European Golden Shoe. In 2007-2008 season Juventus returned from Serie B But it didn’t matter Roma were still able to recap their success. They won another trophy beating Inter in the Supercoppa Italiana thanks to a De Rossi penalty. They would go on to finished second for the 3rd season running this time only 3 points behind Inter Milan. They would go on another cup run as well and once again it would be Inter vs Roma in the Coppa Italia final. Interg would fight but were unable to deny Roma to defend the title as Roma went back to back;and In the champions league Roma would make it to the Quarterfinals again but just like the previous season Man Untied got the better of them. However they won two trophies that season the 31 year old did very well for himself once again scoring 18 goals in total. He also he claimed Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for the 4th time. It was clear that Spalletti and Totti can win together but could they win the big one. In 2008-2009 things didn’t go according to planned after three years in a row getting 2nd and back to back Italian cups things started to fizzle out they went out in Cup out in the round of 16 in the Champions league and they finished all the way down in 6th in the league. Totti did go on to score 15 goals that season despite all the disappointment they was a millstone achieved in late April 2009 Totti scored his 175th Serie A goal in a 3–2 home win over Lecce, overtaking Amedeo Amadei as Roma’s all-time highest goal scorer; with the goal, Totti also became one of the top-ten goal scorers in Serie A history he has proven that he is the true king of Rome Spalletti and Totti won a fair an amount together but yet again there would be change as Spalletti left for Russia to take over for Zenit St. Petersburg. During their time together Roma won Two Coppa Itaila’s one Supercoppa Italiana made the champions league Quarterfinals once Totti won a golden boot golden shoe was the top assist man during one season and Totti scored 82 goals in their four years together.
World Cup 2006 Germany
After controversy surrounding Italy’s last world cup Italy were looking for another crack at the biggest sporting competition in the World. Totti and De Rossi and the rest of the Italy squad would head to Germany for the 2006 World Cup. They drew USA, Czech Republic and Ghana in their group a fairly easy group. Italy win their group winning 2 games and drawing one earning 7 points Ghana would finish as the runner up as both would advance to thru Round of 16. They would play Australia Italy would leave it late in stoppage time of that game Italy would be given a Penalty up to take would be Roma’s Francesco Totti he would put it in the top left corner to give Italy the narrow 1-0 win. In the Quarterfinals Italy would make easy work of Ukraine beating them 3-0 as Italy looked like the favorites. In the Semi Finals Italy would take on the Hosts Germany in a do or die Semi Final the battle Europe’s bests. Italy and Germany would get it there all in a back in forth game they would leave it very late once again as Italy struck in 119th minute when Fabio Grosso gave Italy the lead coming off a corner in a blink of an eye Italy would score again in the 120th minute when Alessandro Del Piero made 2-0 to send Italy to the World Cup final. In berlin they would face France a team that has been one of the favorites all tournament led by the best player in the world at the Time Zidane also a team that had Thierry Henry. They beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the Semi Finals due to some controversy but the French teams have still been one of the bests. It was Italy it was France two European sides fighting for ultimate glory. France would open the scoring with a Zidane Penalty to make it 1-0 to France Italy would equalize with a Marco Materazzi goal not long after to make it 1-1. This game would go the distance it went deep into extra time but controversy would strike in the 108th minute when Zidane was shown a RED CARD for Head-butting Marco Materazzi after the Italian insulted his sister. As Zidane was pictured walking past the World Cup Trophy in iconic image Zidane would never play ever again. The game ended up going to penalties. Pilro scores Wiltord Scores Materazzi scores David Trezeguet hits the bar to france to give the advantage to Italy. De Rossi scores Abidal scores Del Piero scores Sagnol scores and to win the shootout and world cup for Italy Grosso scored to win Italy World Cup. ITALY ARE FINAALY CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD Once again. Roma boys Totti and De Rossi were World Champions. After the world cup Totti was named to the World Cup Team of the Tournament. After the World Cup Totti considered Retirement from the National side but was undecided he made his official retirement from International football in 2007 in 8 years and four tournaments (Euro 2000, World Cup 2002, Euro 2004, World Cup 2006) Totti made 58 appearances scoring 9 goals in his Italy Career finishing his career with two Euro goals and one world cup goal. Totti may not have a ton of trophies but he just won the most important one in a footballer’s career.
It would be a very different era of football for Roma after relatively successful years under Capello and Luciano Spalletti Roma would go through many changes over the next several seasons. Totti at this point was approaching the end of his prime he still would have to ability to carry on for several more years but Totti as a World Class one of the bests in the world type of player was coming to an end. About 2-3 years left in his prime but winning the league again kind of looked slim at this point as the players around him didn’t seem to have enough for a real title challenge over the last several season Roma would lose several key pieces as well so things looked slim from here. They would go through several managers over the next few seasons. In the 2009-2010 season Roma would hire to replace the departing Luciano Spalletti. Roma would do very well that season as they put together a title challenge but again it was be Inter Milan winning yet another league title as Roma lost the league by 2 points. Roma would go on yet another cup run facing Inter but Inter would win the cup as well as the champions’ league completing the treble. Roma once again would finish the season empty handed as well as experiencing a very disappointing European journey going out in the Round of 32 in the Europa league to Panathinaikos this was one of Totti’s last big scoring years as the 33 Year old would score 25 goals in all competitions. After a surprising title challenge the year before the 2010-2011 season would be a disaster from start to finish. Roma finished 6th that season 20 points plus from the top of the table Roma had 2 managers that season as they just couldn’t get it right Claudio Ranieri was sacked midway through the season followed by Caretaker manager Vincenzo Montella. Despite Roma being so poor Totti remained consistent as at age 34 was finding the back of the net quite frequently he would score 17 goals that season despite the team being so poor Roma would make the Round of 16 in the champions league but would be taken out by Shakhtar Donetsk 6-2 definitely a season to forget. The 2011-2012 season wouldn’t go any better in what I consider the worse season as a fan I’ve ever experienced. Roma would hire Former Barcelona B manager Luiz Enrique as new manager. It was a disaster from day 1 Roma lost in the Europa League Playoff Round to ŠK Slovan Bratislava a team I hadn’t heard of at the time and controversially subbed out Totti in that match. In the league that season it would get a lot worse. Roma would not only finish far out of Europe getting 7th on 56 points but Roma lost both Derby games against Lazio which was unacceptable. Totti didn’t have the best of season either as he didn’t play well under the Spaniard. Totti finished with 8 goals that season but it wasn’t just Totti no one played well he did bring in some good signings but was just awful at Roma. In the 2011-2012 season the down spiral would continue for the Romans. Roma would bring back Zdeněk Zeman as manager but it didn’t work out very well either as he wouldn’t last the season getting the axe in February. However Totti did well under him once again as he would prove that age is just a number Scoring 12 goals at 36 years old Roma finished 6th and lost in another cup final in perhaps the most painful one yet as Roma lost to their Noisy Neighbors Lazio a very poor 4 year period for Roma .
Challenging Again And The Emergence of The Super Sub
After several poor seasons Roma would hope to turn their fortunate around as they desired to challenge once again. In the 2013-2014 season Roma would hire Lille Manager Rui Garcia as the team’s new manager Rudi was a 3 Times Winner of French Manager of the Year and a League winner however due to some of the past failure Roma supporters weren’t so sure. Totti at this point was an aging star who was now looked at as a Super Sub even though he wouldn’t take that role for a few more seasons. Rudi Garcia got his Roma career off to a tremendous start winning their first 10 games. Very early in the season Totti had signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2016 to once again show his loyalty to the club and the City. After a poor past few season Garcia made the Roma Faithful believe again with Totti’s leadership in the team they surprised everyone by attempting a title challenge. They were great throughout the year but the Monster that was Juventus was too much of a challenge as they would finish second but the team made great progress they did well in the derbies and managed a very good second in Serie A that season they also went on a pretty good cup run with Roma making it all the way to the Semi Finals. Totti wasn’t as clinical as he once was but he led the charge for Roma doing very well for himself personally and as a captain only scored 8 goals that season but proved he could do very well even at his old age showing his longevity however he did have some injures that season. In that season he would be awarded for his leadership qualities received the “Captain of Captains” award by the association Editutto and Baker Tilly Revisa. Totti celebrated 700 overall appearances with Roma that season he also ended that season as Serie A’s top assist provider. Totti and Roma wanted to build on their success into the 2014-2015 seasons. On 30 September 2014 season Totti made some more history in Roma’s champions’ league game against Manchester City Totti became the oldest scorer in the history of the champion’s league being 38 years and 59 days. History would become a thing that season Totti would score two goals in the Roma come from behind win in the Roman derby against Lazio becoming the top scorer in the history of the Roman derby with 11 goals. In the famous fixture he famous went with a selfie celebration after roma equalized. He was just getting warmed up he made history for the 3rd time that season becoming Serie A’s All time goal scorer from the spot after Totti scored his 68th penalty against AC Milan. Roma did well again as Roma finished second for the second year in a Row Totti would also be the team’s top scorer for the 7th time with 10 goals as it would be the last time in his career he scored 10 plus goals. Roma would go out in the Europa league Round of 16 after finishing 3rd in the champions’ league group but getting second in back to back season was a big improvement from the season prior. In the 2015-2016 Season Roma brought in some really good signings to give Totti one last chance at a league title. Dzeko and Salah headlining the lot despite the additions Roma didn’t get off to the best of starts and some of the signings took a while to pick up the pace. Early in the season Totti would hit another milestone as the Totti scored his 300th Career goal but he would pick up an injury and miss some time when Totti returned he would move into 3rd on the all-time appearance list with 592. After failing to impress finding themselves in 5th about mid-way through the season Roma decided to Sack Garcia after 2 and half seasons with the club. Roma would bring back a familiar face as Luciano Spalletti would return to Rome. After he brought in El Shaarawy things would start to change and Roma would go on a big winning run. However there was a bit of controversy due to Totti’s lack of games played mostly being used as a super sub however Totti came through in the biggest way in a brilliant come from behind win over Torino. He was subbed on in the 86th minute his first touch of the ball scored an equalizer than in the 90th minute Roma was given a penalty Totti would score a late winner in one of the most dramatics Roma wins of my life time. Spalletti got Roma back on track as they would finish the season hot Roma finished 3rd that season despite dropping one spot from the year before it was a very good season. Roma made the champions league Round of 16 but lost to Real Madrid however in Madrid Totti got a standing ovation by the entire crowd a sweet moment. Totti finished the season with 5 goals now at 304 career goals. In the 2016-2017 season it what would be his final season Roma had one of the best ever seasons ever. The 2016-2017 seasons turned out to be one of the best seaosns in Roma’s history despite only scoring 3 goals they became of the strongest teams in Europa led by Dzeko who broke two Totti records scoring 39 goals in total. Roma had one of the best attacking teams in world football scoring 90 goals in the league and 123 in total. Last year turned out to be a record breaking season for Roma as they would set bench marks in several areas including Points, wins, away wins, Goals scored and many more there was also a few personal records broken as well a season in which Roma looked like title challengers for most of the year but a few slip ups led to Juventus becoming champions of Italy for the 6th season in a Row. However they were some very positive things about last year’s season a season in which Roma were able to return to the champion’s league in one of the tightest races for second we have seen with Roma and Napoli fighting it out over the last few months. With Roma ultimately getting it on the last day of the season thanks to a 90 Minute goal from Perotti in a come from behind win against Genoa on Totti Day; A season that had 4 derbies between Lazio and Roma as the competitiveness of Derby only intensified going forward having split the four games which included a Coppa Itaila Semi Final. A 2nd Place finish confirming their return to the champions league a year where we saw Dzeko show his worth scoring a career best 39 goals in all competitions as well as 29 in the league earing him the Golden Boot proving to be one of the most dangerous players in the league as well as Woich Szczęsny earning the golden glove with 15 clean sheets as he developed into one of the best keepers in the league. A European Journey that ended in disappointment going out in the Round of 16 to Lyon in the Europa League. Yet Roma put together a much improved season despite missing out on the league it was an emotional roller coaster ride of the season as Roma had to say good bye to a legend as Francesco Totti Played for the very last time leaving the entire Stadio Olimpico In tears in the final game of the season.
Derby Della Capitale (Roma vs Lazio)
I couldn’t possible done this article without talking about the derby. Football’s biggest rivalries the Derby Della Capitale may not be at the level of El Classico in terms of competitiveness but it is one of the most dangerous violent and passionate derbies there is easily one of the biggest rivalries in the world. The meaning of the derby means more in Rome than perhaps any other city or derby in the world which is what makes this derby so special. It is politically driven as well as location based Roma and Lazio fans often argue about who is the real fans of Rome the supremacy in the city matters above all else. Historically throughout time Roma and Lazio were winning very few Scudetto’s the meaning of the season was the derby it wasn’t about we are the champions of Italy it is about we finished higher than them. This is why the derby means so much to this city this has never been a title battle between the two of them well not very often at least this was the only reason to be proud if you were to ask me now if I rather win the derby or the title I would win the derby without even thinking about it the supremacy in the city Rome is what matters the most. These matches often lead to fairly violent scenes the two clubs simply cannot stand each other and as a Roma fan I am no different. Totti and Lazio have their fair share of battles with one another great performances and Great goals. Totti has scored in this game more than any other player in history with 11 goals he never shy’s away from showing who the Real King of Rome is. In one derby win Totti wore a shirt that said game over and we can’t forget his symbolic his selfie celebration. Totti is a symbol of Rome and is a symbol of this derby. In Totti’s career along with having the most goals Roma have finished above Lazio 13 out of 25 of his seasons. Totti has won 23 Derbies against Lazio along with 17 losses and 17 draws. During his career Totti and Roma always had the upper hand against Lazio this is a part of the derby that we will miss Totti has always been a part of this game and having him not there anymore seems strange Totti made every derby a must watch. The Derby games and performances Francesco Totti had his hand prints on will never be forgotten even Lazio fans payed tribute when he retired Totti made this Derby what it is. Totti’s Chip will never ever be forgotten that it’s now been plastered in the History of the Roman Derby it won’t be the same ever again
“Il Capitano” Rome’s greatest son
When I was 4 Years old I was just starting to get into Football My dad had just spent some Italy. When he returned from his trip he brought me back a Cup with A.S Roma’s logo on it. From that moment forward I become a Roma fan feel in love with the club and the City. When I first saw Totti I instantly fell in love with the way he played he made me love Football. Roma fans have more of an intense and Affectionate Relationship with Totti than any other players than any other sports we are more emotionally connected with them. Kobe left the Lakers people were sad Peyton left Denver People were Sad Jeter left Yankees People were Sad but this situation is just different. Were Totti played his last ever game for Roma I felt will feel emotionally disconnected from everything there have been more than Tears you have to understand that Totti’s Relationship with Roma is unlike anything were seen in sports history. He’s not Just a Hero he’s not just a Legend He’s a GOD not any GOD he is the GOD He will always been THE KING OF ROME. I’m not even sure what to do with myself sometimes after his retirement he is everything to me and to all of us we ALL SHOULD BOW DOWN to Not Just the Legend but the Man Not King Arthur Much Stronger not King George Much Bigger Not KING JAMES More Loyal The Great KING TOTTI from Ball to Legend an From Legend to GOD. He wont be Remembered for the Number of Titles but His Devotion to a City and a Team Unlike anything we have seen before. It had been confirmed that he was due to Retire in the final Match of the 2016-2017 season in front of a sellout crowd at the Stadio Olimpico. It was an important game for the seaosn as well as Totti with Roma needed a win to go into next seasons Champions League. It was 2-2 going into the 90th minute Roma was given a free kick as they got one final chance to win the game. Raja Nainggolan would send in a cross from the deep wing his cross reached Fazio who sent his powerful header towards Dzeko; Dzeko then headed it towards Diego Perotti and with the game on the line on Francesco Totti day he would smash it past the keeper to bag a 90th minute winner against him former team on Totti day to make it 3-2. Perotti took off his shirt and ran towards the Roma supports as the entire team celebrated in front of their fans the place erupted. I’ve seen a lot of Roma games in my life and honestly I don’t think the Olimpico has ever been that loud. An amazing goal great team work by all the parts involved The whistle would blow as Roma won 3-2 on Totti day. A massive win for Roma as they would get back into the champions league as the emotional of it all got to everyone as we saw Totti walk off for the very last time. After the match ended Totti with his wife and kids made his final lap of the Stadio Olimpico as he looked at the crowed everyone was emotional as very small kids to grown adults were in tears all 72,000 fans were in a depressing state. When he reached midfield he greeted his teammates to say good bye to the men he has shared the field with some of his teammates were taking it really hard Alexandro Florenzi, Danielle De Rossi and Kosta Manolas among them. He then received some sort of Roma plaque given to him by De Rossi as he hugged his longtime friend. Totti raised it towards the crowd as he would hand to his wife and would start his farewell speech. “The moment has arrived. I’ve cried the whole day. This was my only jersey,” said Totti. Damn it. I get goosebumps when I think about June 17, 2001. From tomorrow, I’ll be a grown up. I want to dedicate this letter to all of you – to all the children that have supported me. I’d like to think that for you, my career has become a fairytale for you to pass on. It’s really over now” said Totti in a letter to the Roma fans This was Roma and Totti’s final moment years will go by time will pass but they will never be another Totti he came here in 1989 as boyhood fan and he left a King.
Serie A: 2000–01
Coppa Italia: 2006–07, 2007–08
Supercoppa Italiana: 2001, 2007
FIFA World Cup: 2006
Mediterranean Games (Under-23): 1997
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 1996
Guerin d’Oro: 1998, 2004
Serie A Young Footballer of the Year: 1999
UEFA Euro 2000 Final: Man of the Match
UEFA Euro 2000: Team of the Tournament
Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2000, 2003
Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
ESM Team of the Year: 2000–01, 2003–04, 2006–07
Serie A Goal of the Year: 2005, 2006
2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
2006 FIFA World Cup: Assist Leader
Serie A Assist Leader: 1998–99, 2006–07,2013–14
Serie A Top Scorer: 2006–07
European Golden Shoe: 2006–07
Pallone d’Argento: 2007–08
Golden Foot: 2010
Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare “Gaetano Scirea”: 2014
Premio internazionale Giacinto Facchetti: 2014
UEFA European Under-21 Championship All-time XI: 2015
UEFA President’s Award: 2017
5th Class / Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2000
CONI: Golden Collar of Sports Merit: Collare d’Oro al Merito Sportivo: 2006
4th Class / Official: Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 2006
Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer: 307 goals
Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in Serie A: 250 goals
Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 17 goals
Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Europa League: 21 goals
Roma All-Time Leading Goalscorer in UEFA Competitions: 38 goals
Roma All-Time Appearance Maker: 786 games
Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in Serie A: 619 games
Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Champions League: 57 games
Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA Europa League: 46 games
Roma All-Time Appearance Maker in UEFA competitions: 103 games
UEFA Champions League oldest goalscorer: aged 38 years 59 days as of 25 November 2014
Serie A youngest club’s captain: aged 22 years 34 days
Most goals for a single club in Serie A: 250 goals
Rome Derby All-Time Leading Goalscorer in Serie A: 11 goals
Most penalties scored in Serie A: 71 goals
Most different teams scored against in Serie A (alongside Roberto Baggio and Alberto Gilardino): 38