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(FM16) Il Ritorno: Parma Calcio

The story of a club far from its 1990's heyday and its quest to return to the top of Italian football
Started on 5 May 2016 by mgriffin2012
Latest Reply on 12 December 2016 by mgriffin2012
2016-06-03 15:58#233132 BeanyUnited : Loving all three of these signings! I think you have more a task spending the money at this level than being able to save it! Who is worth that much at this level haha!!

Also loving the pink kit :)

Thanks mate! Yeah it wouldnt be easy to spend all of it anyway, and I want to keep the club stable financially as well :P

Haha thanks man :D

2016-06-03 16:23#233152 ScottT : Appears to be a good signing, plus I'd like one of those third kits, could you send one to Gateshead please? ;)

It's on its way mate ;)
2016-06-03 16:47#233160 Atoobie : Looks like a good little signing there :)

Thanks man, should push our other right back all the way :D

2016-06-03 18:14#233165 Jack : You're making good use of this money so it seems, another top signing for this level :)

I'm a shrewd negotiator ;)
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8 yearsEdited


25 July 2016

Denis Baumgartner and Niccolo Belloni are Paolo Vanoli’s latest signings at the Ennio Tardini.
- Highly rated forward and versatile winger complete transfers to Ennio Tardini
- Baumgartner signs contract until June 2018 and can play anywhere in the forward line
- Niccolo Belloni capable of playing out wide and in the middle after signing on one year loan

Parma have today completed the signings of the latest additions to their squad ahead of the upcoming Lega Pro season. The new players joining last seasons Serie D Champions are two very highly rated youngsters, as Denis Baumgartner joins the club from Serie A side Sampdoria whilst Niccolo Belloni joins from Serie A giants Internazionale. Both players are determined to play a big part in any successes Parma may enjoy this season and manager Paolo Vanoli is believed to have been very happy after securing the signatures of the two new men.

Baumgartner arrives at Parma, for a fee believed to be worth around an initial £650K to Sampdoria, and after having already collected 6 caps for Slovakia’s under 21 side, Parma manager Paolo Vanoli and fans will be confident that the young forward can take Lega Pro in his stride as he looks to build what seems to be a promising career. ”He is a very good young player with an awful lot of potential for the future. The way he has developed so far in his career could make him an incredibly valuable player for us in the coming seasons and if he can hit the ground running this year then he is going to have a very good year for this developing team.” Said his manager when he was asked for his thoughts on the clubs latest signing.

Meanwhile the player, who made 4 appearances for Sampdoria in Serie A last season, declared his happiness at securing a move to as big a club as Parma. ”It is a very good club with a lot going on at the minute but I am thrilled to be here and hopefully we can go on to bigger and better things this season and next.”

Niccolo Belloni, who made 14 appearances for Ternana Calcio in Serie B last season, joins from Internazionale, having previously had loan spells at Modena and Pro Vercelli in Italy’s second tier. Being able to play out wide on the right as well as in the centre of Parma’s midfield, Paolo Vanoli says ”I am happy to have secured the signing of such a versatile player. He can play in a number of positions and he has some great attributes for a team at our level and if he can play to the best of his ability, then we could have a really special player in our ranks this season.”

Meanwhile Belloni, said he had hoped for a permanent move to Parma but said ”If I can impress enough over the coming weeks and months, then hopefully I can secure a permanent deal here. That will be my own personal goal for the coming season. I think it is clear that my future does not lie at Internazionale, and for me Parma is just as good a club as any for me to build my career at.”

More good signings. But go on blow all the money on one superstar, it's what the club did before and looked how well it turned out for them
Very excited about Baumgartner, a top signing for the here and now and also for the future - you've got a good eye ;)
Mate is there not a good player you can't sign!!! Good signing after good signing I wish I had your knack for bargains ;)
2016-06-04 11:59#233197 ninjaskill : More good signings. But go on blow all the money on one superstar, it's what the club did before and looked how well it turned out for them

Haha not gonna happen mate ;) need to bring in the reinforcements and one marquee signing might not be possible :P

2016-06-04 14:14#233202 Jack : Very excited about Baumgartner, a top signing for the here and now and also for the future - you've got a good eye ;)

Yeah me too man, I'm very hopeful he's going to be one of those players that stays with the club all the way through our rise through the league system!

A club legend in the making!

2016-06-04 14:32#233210 BeanyUnited : Mate is there not a good player you can't sign!!! Good signing after good signing I wish I had your knack for bargains ;)

Haha no I dont think so ;) haha its a skill I can teach mate ;)
Oi, I bet Baumgartner will be 'out of this world' for you ;)
2016-06-05 10:25#233268 Atoobie : Oi, I bet Baumgartner will be 'out of this world' for you ;)

You'll have to wait and see on that one ;)
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8 yearsEdited


20 August 2017

- Parma manager unveils squad list for 2016/2017 Lega Pro season
- Club allowed to register a maximum of 24 players for league fixtures
- Any new signings can still be registered providing there is space in the squad

Manager Paolo Vanoli has today confirmed his squad details for the upcoming Lega Pro season, in which Parma will look to secure promotion to the second tier of Italian football as they continue their rebuilding. Vanoli has confirmed that he has filled 21 of the 24 permitted spaces in the squad, although with Vanoli stating that there are still transfers in the pipeline, it is likely the vacant spaces will be filled before the deadline at the end of the month.

New signings Tommaso Cancellotti, Niccolo Belloni, Giammario Piscitella and Denis Baumgartner are all included as are the faces from last year’s successes including Alessandro Lucarelli, Walter Rodriguez and Daniele Melandri. With several members of Vanoli’s squad boasting Lega Pro experience, the manager is confident that his team can have a successful season fighting in the third tier of Italian football. The manager confirmed that ”I am very happy with the squad that we have here this season. There are some very fresh new faces in the team, mixed with the players who have the experience of last season’s struggles, and for me I think we do have a squad here that could challenge in Lega Pro this year, as well as potentially be good enough to have a good go in Serie B. There is a lot of experience in the higher tiers in this team which is excellent for all of us and we are confident of having a good season.”

Below is the full details of the 21 members of Parma’s squad that have been registered this season.

A very strong squad, this season has me excited already!
Hope the legend Lucarelli has another good season with you, otherwise it's a great squad and I'm confident of another strong season from you!
Hopefully another good season for you here MG!
2016-06-05 12:12#233276 BeanyUnited : A very strong squad, this season has me excited already!

Thanks man, hope you enjoy it as much as I am doing! :D

2016-06-05 18:30#233299 Jack : Hope the legend Lucarelli has another good season with you, otherwise it's a great squad and I'm confident of another strong season from you!

I hope so, hopefully his age and lack of pace doesn't cost him this season! Thanks man, hopefully we can push for promotion this year!

2016-06-05 19:30#233316 Griffo : Hopefully another good season for you here MG!

Hopefully mate :D
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8 yearsEdited


26 August 2016

Raffaele Di Gennaro, Federico Piovaccari & Josh Brillante all have experience with Serie A clubs.
- Raffaele Di Gennaro arrives on two year contract from Internazionale
- Federico Piovaccari signs on free transfer after being released by Western Sydney Warriors
- Josh Brillante joins from Fiorentina in £400K transfer

Parma have today unveiled three new signings that are believed to have completed Paolo Vanoli’s side ahead of the 2016/2017 Lega Pro season. Goalkeeper Raffaele Di Gennaro, midfielder Josh Brillante and forward Federico Piovaccari have all signed on the dotted line for Parma ahead of the new season, with manager Paolo Vanoli confident that the trio can help lead Parma to success in the third tier of Italian football. Di Gennaro arrives from Internazionale, having spent time on loan at AS Citadella and Latina Calcio, and is expected to become Parma’s first choice goalkeeper. Piovaccari is the most experienced of the three signings having played Champions League football for Steaua Bucharest only a few years ago, and having scored 6 goals in 28 games for Eibar in La Liga just two seasons ago. However Parma fans are most excited about the signing of Australian midfielder Brillante, with fans drawing comparisons between the midfielder and Mark Bresciano, the legendary Parma midfielder who also hailed from Australia.

With the signing of Di Gennaro, Parma have finally put an end to the questions as to who Parma will use between the posts this season with many fans delighted that Di Gennaro chose to leave the San Siro for the Ennio Tardini. Manager Paolo Vanoli was as expected extremely happy with the signing of the 22 year old keeper, stating ”He has a very bright future at this club and in football and he could go on to become a real stalwart in goal for this team. If he achieves his true potential then we have a very solid goalkeeper here that could stay here for a long time.”

Di Gennaro took to his facebook page upon confirmation of his transfer to Parma, writing ”I am over the moon to be here. This is a fantastic club and I hope I can help take it back to the level it belongs at. Thank you to Inter for all the hard work they put in to me but this is time for me to start a new chapter at this club.”

With the signing of Brillante from Fiorentina, Parma have drawn comparisons with the signing of former midfielder Mark Bresciano, but manager Paolo Vanoli was quick to stop the talk. ”Josh is a player with a lot of potential but him and Mark are very different players and I think it is the best thing for Josh for the comparisons to stop so that he can develop at his own pace and in his own way. He could become a very important player for us, just like Mark Breciano did but for me that is as far as the comparisons should go.”

The midfielder was also very happy at his signing for Parma, declaring in his first interview with the club ”I am thrilled to be here, to be here to play first team football at a level I know I am capable of excelling at. Fiorentina are a big club but I wasn’t playing the amount of football I wanted to and now, here at Parma I can do just that and hopefully help the team to success in the process.”

With the signing of forward Federico Piovaccari, manager Paolo Vanoli has signed a player with a vast amount of experience at a range of different levels, having played Champions League football with Steaua Bucharest during a loan spell in Romania, as well as playing La Liga football with Eibar and Serie B football with Novara and US Grosseto. ”He has an eye for goal at this level that I wanted from somebody else in this squad. We have goals in abundance in our forward line and we should be well stocked for the season ahead and hopefully Federico can come in and score a handful of goals and more to really help drive this team forward.”

The forward was also happy to have signed for Parma, and hoped that this time his stay at the club would last longer than a season. ”Hopefully I can impress enough over the course of this season to stay here a bit longer than I have done in the last few years. I am confident in my ability to score goals and if I can do that then hopefully the club will be in a very impressive position come the end of the season.”

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