PARMA PROMOTED TO LEGA PRO IN FIRST SEASON SINCE BANKRUPTCY
24 April 2016
Captain Alessandro Lucarelli is the only player to have remained at Parma since they were demoted to Serie D, although his contract is expiring in June.
- Club secure promotion in first season since rebranding
- Draw with Romagna Centro enough to send Parma up after Ravenna lose
- Nevio Scala willing to back Vanoli in transfer market to make sure Parma maintain third tier status
Parma have returned to Italy’s professional ranks after the reborn club clinched promotion in their first season following bankruptcy.
The new club secured promotion to the third tier with a 3-3 draw with Romagna Centro on Saturday, as second placed Ravenna couldn’t avoid falling to defeat against bottom club Sammaurese. The two-time UEFA Cup winners were wound up last summer after racking up debt of more than 200m euros (£143m).
”The message that comes from Parma is that we’re back,”
said captain Alessandro Lucarelli. Parma have eased through Serie D, the highest level of amateur football in Italy, collecting 76 points, by winning 22 of their 37 games played so far this season. The new club, formed in July, is backed by pasta maker Guido Barilla with former coach Nevio Scala as president. Scala, 67, guided Parma to three of their four European successes in the 1990s.
In addition to two UEFA Cups, between 1992 and 2002, Parma also won the European Super Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup, three Coppa Italia’s and an Italian Super Cup. ”We are enjoying the rewards of an extraordinary ride,”
said Scala. ”Let’s enjoy the victory, as it’s the first of a process that we hope will se us as contenders again next year.”
Coach Paolo Vanoli, the former Italy and UEFA Cup winning defender, who played for Parma between 1998 and 2000, said this ”was a victory for the whole city.”