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10 things to know about Totti's first goal

On the 26th anniversary of his first ever goal for the club, we take a look at few interesting facts surrounding one of the first big moments in the story of Francesco Totti...

September 4, 1994. Roma versus Foggia. And the first goal in Giallorosso for a young Francesco Totti.

Totti wouldn't score a goal in his career for another club, of course - he'd save all 307 for the team he grew up dreaming of representing. 

But here are a few interesting facts worth knowing about the very first of those.


1. No. 9 on his back

Totti and the No. 10 shirt are inextricably linked now, but the young forward actually scored his first goal for the club with the No. 9 shirt on.

With Abel Balbo unavailable that day, and numbers assigned from 1-11 based on who was starting each individual game, it was Totti who took the No. 9 - with Giuseppe Giannini and Daniel Fonseca already in the side with greater claims to the No. 10 and No. 11 shirts respectively.

By next season, 1995-96, Serie A introduced the idea of fixed squad numbers for all players for the entirety of the campaign.

Totti took the No. 20 as a result - it would be a few more years before the No. 10 (even Fonseca would claim it for a season before him) would finally be his.


2. Six seconds to goal

Under the Curva Nord, it was Jonas Thern's long ball into the box that was knocked back by Fonseca into space... for Totti to arrive onto with the sort of preternatural timing he would become known for, and then lash a left-footed drive home.

It took just six second from start to finish - and came from the Swedish midfielder's hopeful long ball into the box.


3. Sixth youngest goalscorer

Totti's first goal for the club came when he was 17 years and 342 days old. At the time he was the fourth youngest goalscorer in club history and even now, in 2020, he still sits sixth.

The first in those rankings is the great Amedeo Amadei, who scored at 15 years and 287 days - a record unlikely to ever be beaten. He is followed by Okaka, Di Chiari, Landini and Scardina.

Amedeo Amadei faces Bologna during the 1941-42 season

4. The opposition boss

The Foggia coach on this particular afternoon was Enrico Catuzzi. A former Serie B and C footballer, a few weeks after this game he was replaced by Zdenek Zeman - a coach who would eventually boss Roma and Totti himself.

Catuzzi passed away in November 2006, at the age of 60 - two days after Totti, by then a world champion and Serie A wine, had scored a brilliant brace against Sampdoria (including that volley).


5. The rest of the season

In the end the match at the Olimpico finished in a draw, with the Russian Kolyvanov scoring the equaliser for the visitors.

Roma ultimately finished fifth that season, qualifying for the UEFA Cup as a result. Totti ended his campaign with an impressive seven goals in 25 games.


6. The bright spot

Totti's goal was probably just about the only true bright spot from the afternoon action, from a Giallorossi perspective at least. At the end of the match, president Sensi lamented the final score: "You can't draw this sort of game. I am not pleased at all."

Coach Carlo Manzone did not rise to the bait: "The president is a fan, and fans make observations like this. Above all, it's those who ask him the questions that are wrong."


7. The second arrives quickly

After this first goal, Totti converted his second in Giallorosso soon after - 18 days later, to be exact, in the Coppa Italia against Fiorenzuola.

Roma won 2-1 on that occasion - with Massimiliano Cappioli getting the other - and helped themselves into the quarter-finals of the competition.


8. The players that day

For posterity's sake, here are the 22 players that started this landmark game:

Roma: Cervone, Annoni, Lanna, Thern, Aldair, Caputo, Moriero, Cappioli, Totti, Giannini, Fonseca.

Foggia: Mancini, Padalino, Bianchi, Nicoli, Di Biagio, Caini, Bresciani, Bressan, Biagioni, Kolyvanov, De Vincenzo, Mandelli.


9. And the numbers in the stand

Officially at least, a total of 58,797 fans can truthfully say that they were in the stands at the Olimpico to see Francesco Totti's first-ever goal. A few thousand more were there 24 years later, as Totti waved farewell to football.


10. Lucky number 13

This was Totti's 13th appearance for the club, it coming just about 18 months after his debut off the bench against Brescia in March 1993.

The other teams he played in the interim: Ancona, Padova, Sampdoria, Milan, Sampdoria, Lazio, Reggiana, Foggia, Lecce, Piacenza, Inter and - of course - Foggia.

 
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