The story of a country that never knew what it had and what it was.
It is a story that can be told again, but in a very different way, by its former captain and goalkeeper Francesco Totti.
In this first part of a series, Totti speaks to the Italian Football Association about his time at Milan, the role of the national team in Europe and the difference between the national teams of Italy and Germany.
Totti, who was a goalkeeper in both teams, became the first goalkeeper to make it as a national team member and then as a player, but he will always be remembered for his career.
After the match, Toto, in his first full interview since the game, spoke about the feeling of playing against his former side.
He told the ANSA news agency that he could not believe that it was possible.
“It was such a huge moment, the first goal, the moment of the season and the last match, I felt such happiness and joy,” he said.
“The first thing was the feeling, the emotion of playing for my country and it was a dream to play in front of the home fans.
But the moment after the goal was when I realised how much we have to work on and the team needed to start playing together again.”
The story of Totti’s career was never going to be easy.
It took him nine years to finally be given a contract with the national side and then seven years to break into the first team.
He made his debut as a 13-year-old and joined the team at 18.
He played a total of five games for the national squad, scoring a goal.
After being loaned out to Udinese in 2004, he joined Torino in 2007.
He spent three years with the Giallorossi and was part of their 2008 Champions League triumph.
But he made just one more Serie A appearance, against Lazio in 2010, and he never again joined the national under-20s.
He had a contract extension with Torino until 2016, but a knee injury in August 2013 meant that he had to retire.
In April 2015, he left Torino and joined Juventus.
He was signed by Inter Milan in 2017, where he had two years to run on his contract.
Totti had made it clear that he would not go back to Italy and said that he wanted to remain with the Nerazzurri for many years to come.
“I love the Italian culture and I am very grateful to the Nerazioni,” he told ANSA.
I will go to other clubs, to clubs in other countries, but we will see.”