The Last Roman – Part 23: World Cup 2002 | @FMCM_FC

Hello and welcome to another Tuesday with Totti. We are not in Rome this week. We are in Japan & South Korea for the 2002 World Cup. Let’s have a look at the groups and the team that Totti will be leading.

Some very weird teams have qualified and some of the groups look well matched. France vs Germany in the groups will be brilliant. Our group doesn’t look too bad and the squad is fully fit which is always helpful.

Always vital to start with a win an we do so here. Gautieri is stretchered off after just 7 minutes which is a concern. Chiesa gives us the lead just before half time. We are poor in the second half and Yugoslavia miss a host of chances including Mijatovic missing a penalty. We punish those misses when sub Zanini scores to seal the win for us.

We get a point against Nigeria. They have a really decent team to be fair. Filippini finally breaks the deadlock on the stroke of halftime after a few goal mouth scrambles. Nigeria grow into the game though and deservedly get an equaliser thanks to Finidi.

Routine win to see us through to the next round. Totti opens the scoring, back in the team from his suspension. Iuliano scores the 2nd with a thunderous header.

We massively survive a huge scare here. Sweden take the lead and it takes us until the 80th minute for Totti to get us level. It goes to penalties and Totti misses! Magnusson misses to let us back in. Mild has to retake his penalty and misses it! Albertini steps up and sends us through.

When Totti switches it on there is no stopping him at all. It’s a cagey first half but we lead 1-0 thanks to Ferrara heading in Totti’s corner. In the second half Totti swings in another corner which Panucci heads home. Totti then scores 2 in 5 minutes to end it as a contest.

Maldini puts us right in it getting sent off after 15 minutes. Turns out we are actually brilliant with 10 and wipe the floor with Brazil. Signori makes it 1-0 at half time. Totti with 2 corners and Luliano and Panucci are on hand again to head them home. World Cup Final in coming.

ROMA WIN THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well ok it’s Italy but it’s my Romans who lead the charge. We are 3-0 up inside the first 15 minutes with goals from Pistone, Totti & Filippini. Spain then make it 3-2 inside 20 minutes. Gautieri puts us 2 goals in front before half time. Totti seals it and lifts the World Cup!!! What a way to end the season.

Join me next time as we start Season 6 with 3 World Cup winners!!

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