Roma - Squad profiles
February 13, 2003
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Francisco Lima (midfielder)

Born: 17.04.71

Nationality: Brazilian

Roma had hoped to use Lima as part of the bait to lure Edgar Davids away from Juventus this summer but the latter would not play ball and the versatile Brazilian midfielder remains.

Just as capable of creating as breaking down opposition attacks, he lists Lecce and Bologna as his previous employers. Even though they were willing to let him go, Lima has been in fine form for Roma this season.

Damiano Tommasi (midfielder)

Born: 17.05.74

Nationality: Italian

Hard-working, disciplined central or right-sided midfielder whose goal was controversially ruled out for offside in Italy's World Cup 2002 loss to South Korea.

That incident is still being talked about in Italy to this day and Tommasi will forever be associated with the incident.

One of the most improved players in Italian football over the past two years, he is in his seventh season at Roma, having made his name at Verona. Tends to chip in with a crucial goal when the side is facing a battle.

Gabriel Batistuta (forward)

Born: 01.02.69

Nationality: Argentine

Undoubtedly one of the best marksmen in the world over the past decade, but the signs are that 'Batigol' is now past his prime.

Injuries are taking their toll and his finishing is not as explosive as it used to be.

Began his career in his native land with Newell's Old Boys, River Plate and Boca Juniors before heading to Italy to rack up the goals for Fiorentina and now Roma, whom he joined for £22 million in June 2000.

A living legend of the game, he may still have a final say in the destiny of the Champions League this season.

Antonio Cassano (forward)

Born: 12.07.82

Nationality: Italian

Extravagantly-gifted young attacker who first burst upon the Italian scene with a memorable solo goal for Bari against Inter in 1999 and was subsequently bought by Roma for £18 million.

No question about his wonderful touch and dribbling ability. But he is being held back by his wild child ways, having clashed with Capello and Italian Under 21 boss Claudio Gentile.

Scored the winner against Genk in the first round of the Champions League.

Marco Delvecchio (forward)

Born: 07.04.73

Nationality: Italian

The long-haired front runner often does not get the credit he deserves. He is very adaptable - he can play as a central striker, in the 'hole' or out wide on the left - and is a man for the big occasion; Delvecchio scored Italy's opener in the Euro 2000 Final defeat to France.

Formerly with Inter, Venezia and Udinese, he is regularly linked with Premiership sides. Hit the target in the Champions League clash with AEK Athens in the first phase.

Vincenzo Montella (forward)

Born: 18.06.74

Nationality: Italian

Opportunistic, quick of thought and movement and with a goal scorer's sixth sense, he has developed into a fully-fledged Italian superstar in recent times, notching 42 League goals for Roma in the last three seasons following a 1999 move from Sampdoria.

Surprisingly only enjoyed 35 minutes of playing time at the last World Cup, but Montella has proved his worth with some fine goals in Serie A this season.

Francesco Totti (forward)

Born: 27.09.76

Nationality: Italian

Faithful to Roma since making his first team debut as a 16-year-old back in 1993, he is the most naturally gifted attacking-third player in Italy, an exciting blend of brilliant technique, creativity and devastating finishing from set-pieces or open play.

Where is his best position? Italian national coaches have often used him in attack, while Roma coach Fabio Capello prefers to give him a free role on the shoulder of the strikers.

He started the Serie A campaign in wonderful form and scored a famous winner against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium in the first phase of this competition.
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