Long live the King! Last affair of Totti

31 May 2017

Francesco Totti is the last from Mohicans. Francesco Totti is a symbol, love, honor and conscience of Roma.

Long live the King! Last affair of Totti

Francesco Totti is the captain of the football club. The irreplaceable leader of club had played his last match on the 28th of May. Gambling & Sports proposes its readers to immerse into the atmosphere which predominated in the souls of Italian football fans of Roma before and after “Olimpico”.


Recently, cameras at “Olimpico” were constantly catching two banners devoted to Francesco Totti. "No Totti no party" - this in many respects the simple phrase became a peculiar symbol of Roma. For the last 20 years without Totti really nothing interesting was happening. If Francesco weren’t in Rome, he probably would be worth thinking up.

Ever second Roma had created Totti’s cult and he also didn't betray his club. Never ever. And he didn't even dare to play with the feelings of the Italian football fans, thinking about the perspective transfer to Manchester City or Real Madrid. PSG was very close in negotiations with Totti but it was impossible to move him from his native place even having enormous finance and an opportunity to enrich the collection of trophies.

In Rome (and in "Roma "as well) Totti became the same place of interest as Fontana di Trevi or the Colosseum. With only one difference- nobody throws coins into Totti and nobody scrapes sand from him. And these are all differences. Crowds of fans as well as foreigners are dreaming of seeing Totti and two above mentioned miracles of Rome.

Never will I forget one interesting history that has happened to me in September, 2011. During my stay in Rome I visited more than one shop with sports stuff. Having appeared on popular tourist street (Via del Corso) and having entered the football shop I started a conversation with the stuff seller. The slip of the tongue of the cheerful Italian was, probably, according to Freud: "You support Totti or Lazio?"

You support Totti or Lazio?

The second banner at “Olimpico” was glorifying Totti as a King. "Il Re di Roma". It is short and what is the most important, quite appropriate. He was really the King of Rome. Even if he spends a minute quantity of time during the season. It is not important whether deservedly or unfairly. The history of two last years has gathered so much unpleasant and smelly matters that sooner or later the wound would break.


At all blasphemy of the situation there are a lot of voices in Rome recognizing that Totti's leaving Roma now... will restore the situation. Since 1993 the moment of the debut in a camp of "she-wolf" Francesco had gained his authority. Head coaches of opponent teams not even mentioning his own teachers reckoned with him. There was a big question who orchestrated a game in a locker room of "she-wolf". Who had the last word? During the first coming of Luciano Spalletti to Rome the relationship of the coach and King were far from being ideal. The situation was saved by Spalletti's sharp mind: having been left without forwards, Luciano has made of Totti "the wandering forward" with the tactical scheme +0. It was the forerunner of the well-known Spanish "false nine" with which "the red fury" were winning all large international tournaments since 2008 up to the Brazilian failure in 2014.

The phrase which is used in heading is very ambiguous. And ambiguous is the situation in Roma. It is unclear, who was a prisoner? Spalletti who has incited against himself the Roman stands and Totti or after all Totti who couldn't force the head coach to let him act in the field. The fact that between Spalletti and Totti something had happened became known in February 2016. Totti recovered from an injury and before a game with Palermo has given a furious interview: "I can’t bear this anymore. I don’t understand why should I stay in Roma as a substitute player. I am good now. The trauma that I got in autumn doesn't hurt anymore. I want to play! But I don't play. Only because the coach has decided that I don’t play. It is terrible for me not to play … Yes, I perfectly understand that it is really hard to spend 90 minutes on the field. But on the other hand did I really deserve such career ending? I have given to Roma so many forces that I have the right for some respect!

And Spalletti … We say each other "good morning" and "good evening". And that is all. He tells about me beautiful things in press but never in my face … I respect him as a coach and I consider that he is worth of being the coach of Roma. But … My contract expires in June. I wait for news from the president of club James Palotta. We will sit and negotiate and we will listen to each other. I hope that bosses will be honest with me".

Totti has packed his things and left the training camp before the game against Sicilians. Fans were shocked but Spalletti calmly reacted on all angry calls of media - the one who is strong at the moment is playing. Actually Francesco Totti began to understand his age even before Spalletti’s coming. Rudi Garcia has changed the scheme of Roma to 4+3+3 one. High-speed and force wings were the mainstream of the French expert and Totti as if he was great airship in the company of quick modern airplanes was making every time his small technical miracles. He was lacking speed and physics but Totti was always famous for the non-standard thinking and sometimes such passes and absolute authority were helpful in difficult situations.

Francesco Totti


Totti felt like a real elephant in a china shop sitting on a bench. Spalletti was insisting - Totti was playing less and less. When in September 2016 after several months Totti has prolonged the agreement with Roma for one season his wife Ilary Blasi has called Spalletti "the little man" and it became clear that the conflict is still opened but in order to avoid its development the sides took a break.

Totti was trying to become “the playing coach” for the last years of his career. The process of negotiations with Miralem Pjanić was useless after the Bosnian was tempted with the Turin perspectives. Being in reserve he didn't even dress up as he understood well that Spalletti won't let him play. As a result for the whole season Totti has spent exactly 364 minutes. Only Juan Iturbe and Gérson had less minutes in Roma.

And nevertheless, even despite his age this Roma was lacking Totti terribly. Having appeared on the field for the last time in a t-shirt of Roma Totti participated in the goal attacks, constantly aggravated and created the moments, and once nearly scored a goal to Genoa. It is hard to say now how there would be Totii’s performance if in his two last seasons for "she-wolf" Spalletti was more loyal to the legend.

The evening after the game with Genoa was magnificent. The family came to him and treated Totti with tasty cake according to the recipe of his wife - the fan of Lazio by the way. Totti bites off a tasty piece of cake with a theatrical gesture on the camera and said: “Did I finish a career? I haven’t told this yet". You can understand this phrase as you want but most likely Totti is just joking. We can’t imagine him in the system of the other club.

May, 29th. Morning. Francesco had a rest with his family and the second half of the day he spent in Trigoria, in a training camp of Roma. This time Francesco was only helping his son Christian to attend classes in academy of Roma. As soon as Francesco crossed the territory of Trigoria the press service of Roma has sent the news to information agencies about the renewal of the contract with Strootman and the forthcoming meeting of Spalletti, Monchi and Gandini. Around "Emperor" (you waited for this nickname from the very beginning of article) is still built the entire life of Roma.

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