Del Piero vs Totti - One Last Battle

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Post by McLewis Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:48 am

Del Piero vs. Totti – one last battle


Juventus entertain Roma this weekend. Dave Taylor writes on the last possible meeting between Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti.


Back in the late 1990s, Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero were chatting after an exam at a remedial school for college drop outs. “How did it go?” Totti asked the Juventus ace. “Not so well, Francesco, I handed in a blank sheet,” said Del Piero. “You too?” replied the Roma captain. “Now they’re going to say I copied.”

That was a well known joke, but, in real life, it could be said that he and Del Piero have mirrored each other throughout their careers. One makes his debut, the other makes his debut, one becomes the Capocannoniere and so does the other, one scores 200 goals and the other scores, well, you know what I mean.

For instance in Week 32, four minutes after Del Piero scored a crucial second goal for Juve with one of his cracking free-kicks, down in Rome his friend scored the Giallorossi's second, typically by being in the right place at the right time. Just another example of the way the veterans' careers have seemingly corresponded since making their Serie A debuts in the same year, Francesco in March 1993, while Del Piero, six months later in September.

Del Piero currently stands on 207 goals in 509 League appearances [Serie A and B], while from 496 games played, Totti has scored 212 goals. Once again not dissimilar stats.

The pair of jokers meet up for what could be the last time this weekend as two of the world's most outstanding No 10s share the same pitch, and neither will want to miss the occasion. Certainly the riveting sub plot of the duel between the only two true flag bearers, of a generation brought up on fantasisti, has caught the public’s attention.

Coincidentally it was almost a year ago to the day that a similar situation arose, I even wrote a blog on it but they never met. Unfortunately Alessandro picked up an injury and only Totti played, as Juve ran out 2-0 winners.

This weekend neither is injured, but again whether Del Piero starts the game is debatable. One of the few differences between them, at least this season, has been that Francesco has started 21 games and scored five goals, while Del Piero has started just three matches, scoring twice.

But it's the similarities between them that stand out and none more emphatic than the examples they have set to youngsters with their passion, skill and above all singular devotion to the shirt, a loyalty far and beyond the normal call of duty.

Other affiliations include both winning World Cup medals, both wearing the Azzurri No 10 shirt, with Alessandro selflessly giving the celebrated jersey to Totti and switching to the No 7. Both have won League titles, both have won countless other trophies and personal awards and both are their respective clubs' record appearance holders and goalscorers. For anyone else to come close to these outstanding records will be like making melanzane alla parmigiana without cheese and a frying pan, impossible.

Sadly, for football fans there is one more important difference, the way Juve and Roma have treated their respective bandieri. Roma rewarded Totti with a long contract with improved wages. Yet Juventus treat their own devoted flag-bearer shabbily and in comparison to Roma's handling of Totti, downright disrespectfully.

Yet all these statistics, similarities and friendships will matter not one iota when the two meet for what should be a great game. Both will have one thought and one thought only in their respective minds, to win for the shirt


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Kudos to Patrick Bateman for finding this article. Thought it was a nice gesture towards the Juve fans.


Should make for an interesting subplot to tomorrow's match as the writer says.

Thoughts on these two icons?

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Post by TrezeGent Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:26 am

Present Italian National Team cries about classy players such as these two.

I doubt Del Piero's gonna be part of the encounter though. He might get subbed in however.

Just found this:

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Post by leemhuis Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:48 am

I am all for Totti in this game.
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Post by Milan31 Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:54 am

Love both of them, but rooting for Totti!
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Post by Luca Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:22 am



I remember this posted here way back when, I saved it
Amazing video

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Post by McLewis Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:43 am

Luca wrote:

I remember this posted here way back when, I saved it
Amazing video

Dem flicks and first touches :bow:
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Post by Jack Daniels Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:16 am

The number 10s of my childhood.
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Post by andiii Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:29 am

del piero all the way, he does dive a fair bit. but he doesn't have the dirty/douchebag side that totti does
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Post by Tomasso Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:11 am

Despite all of his negative personality traits and the fact that I detest him as a person, Totti is the embodiment of the 90s/early 2000s Italian striker. He scored more goals than Del Piero while playing for an inferior team (Roma is a great club that I respect, but let's be real, only for a brief period were they on Juventus' level during Totti's prime). Totti was also a star in international tournaments like Euro 2000 and WC 2006.
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Post by manlio Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:05 am

Totti is the better player .

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Post by dostoevsky Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:55 am

Fantastic video, Luca, thanks for posting it.

All I can say is that I truly hope this is not the last time they shall face off. It will be tragic if it ends here, for Del Piero deserves to step out onto the turf in Torino to play once more in the Champions League. I still hope that I won't have to really say goodbye until next season or beyond.
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Post by RealGunner Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:03 am

Love Totti, One of my favourite player of all time. What he did in his prime was just unbelievable stuff.

saying that, ADP took the NO 10 role to another level, Was unplayable at times.

two legends in the game

but i will be with the King of Rome
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Post by Patrick Bateman Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:54 pm

Luca wrote:

I remember this posted here way back when, I saved it
Amazing video

:bow:

Excellent video
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Post by McAgger Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:04 am

I'm shivering from cold by reading this article and remembering the primes of these two football greats, although it is over 100 Degrees F here today.

I was always a Roma and Totti fan over Juve and Del Piero but this game I will purely watch for the pleasure of witnessing the two greats face to face for one last time.
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Post by red&blacklegion Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:48 am

Cmon Totti, give us our scudetto. bounce
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Post by Luca Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:00 am

I don't think you can really say one is better than the other. Both are club icons and have achieved so much success respectively and together for the national team.

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Post by Zoidberg Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:00 am

Hilarious read. Totti is absolutely boss. Del P is great as well.

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