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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Francesco Totti
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Italy forward Francesco Totti
Born: 27/09/76
Club: Roma
Position: Striker
Debut: 10/10/98 v Switzerland
A playmaker who skilfully links midfield and attack, Francesco Totti is the natural successor to former Italy legend Roberto Baggio.

Totti made his Roma debut as a 16-year-old and by 1995 had established himself as a first-team regular at the Stadio Olimpico.

Despite the pressure of replacing Baggio at international level, Totti had a successful Euro 2000 campaign, scoring in wins against Romania and Belgium.

The following year he inspired Roma to their first league title since 1983, netting 13 times.

But Totti's 2002 World Cup campaign ended sourly with a red card in the second round defeat to co-hosts South Korea.

Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni has built his team for Euro 2004 around Totti's creative talents and the Roma star's three-match ban for spitting is a serious blow to the Azzurri.


Did you know? Despite being linked with a move to Chelsea, Totti says that playing football in England does not appeal to him.




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