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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
I would argue that you've had the tougher run-in to the Final, and for that I fully expect your boys to live up to expectations by lifting that trophy!
2016-08-17 19:13#236384 Justice : Hopefully you can come out of the final victorious, good luck!

Thanks mate!

2016-08-17 19:34#236390 Jack : I would argue that you've had the tougher run-in to the Final, and for that I fully expect your boys to live up to expectations by lifting that trophy!

Haha we'll try not to let you down ;)
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7 yearsEdited


19 April 2017

Yves Baraye celebrates his goal in the second leg that helps Parma secure the Coppa Italia Lega Pro.
- Paolo Vanoli’s men seal competition on away goals rule
- 2-2 draw in Sicily enough to help Parma to title
- Paolo Vanoli delighted but reiterated importance of earning promotion

ACR Messina 2-2 Parma

Goals: 26 Di Simone, 30 Baumgartner, 30 Tumminello, 64 Santacroce
Man of the Match: Gennaro Di Simone

In an energetic game in Sicily, both sides shared the spoils in the first leg of the Coppa Italia Lega Pro Final. Both sides created plenty of chances and three quickfire goals between the 26th and 30th minutes saw fans go home happy, down to the entertainment value on show at the game. It was Messina who will most likely be the happiest as they twice led Parma after two very well taken goals but the visitors tonight will now be the favourites as they just need a 0-0 draw at the Ennio Tardini to lift the trophy.

The hosts were in front inside the first half an hour as Tumminello came forward with the ball, before he crossed in with a whipped cross. The cross was looking for Padulano, but Francesco Luoni managed to put the forward off and disrupt the run to connect with the ball. However Luoni only managed to delay the goal as the ball went all the way through to Gennaro Di Simone who hit the ball first time, curling the ball into the far bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Messina. The equaliser was very much forthcoming for Parma though and three minutes after going behind, Paolo Vanoli’s men were level as Francesco Corapi slipped the ball in to Simone Corazza who took the ball first time, smashing it against the crossbar. The ball was loose though and fell straight into the path of Denis Baumgartner, who tapped home to score his twelfth goal of the season and his eighth in the Coppa Italia Lega Pro.

The equaliser though was taken as a sign for Parma to switch off and straight from kick off the ball was down their end again as Tumminello, who had provided the assist for Messina’s opener was played into acres of space as Parma’s defence switched off and the Messina forward smashed the ball into the back of the net to put the underdogs back in front. In the second half though, it was Parma who came out the better team, creating at least five chances which could have seen them level the scores but the goal did come in the 64th minute as Francesco Corapi’s free kick was driven into the penalty area hard. Fabiano Santacroce was the first to react and beat his man and drove the ball past the Messina keeper to make it 2-2. There was almost a last gasp winner for Parma in the second minute of stoppage time as Giammario Piscitella pushed forward before cutting inside on to his left foot. The winger took aim for the penalty area, but he mishit the ball, and as a result it lofted over the keepers head before smacking against the inside of the post and rolling across the goal line. However the Messina defence cleared it away and the first leg ended in a 2-2 draw with Parma taking two away goals to the second leg at the Ennio Tardini.

Parma 1-1 ACR Messina (3-3 Agg – Parma Win On Away Goals)

Goals: Baraye 33, Padulani 82
Man of the Match: Francesco Corapi

In the second leg of the Coppa Italia Lega Pro Final it was Parma who lifted the trophy after overcoming Girone C side Messina in a tense game at the Ennio Tardini which had a very tense finale after a poor defensive error by Alessandor Lucarelli.

In a first half of competitive action and with Messina knowing that a 0-0 draw would not be good enough to win them the competition, the visitors pushed forward looking for a goal to give them the edge. However in the 33rd minute they were hit on the break as Alessio Innocenti found Tommaso Cancellotti out wide on the right, before the Italian full back crossed in to the penalty spot where Yves Baraye was waiting patiently to tap the ball home and make it 1-0 on the night and put them 3-2 up on aggregate.

With 82 minutes on the clock though, Messina were able to grab their equaliser and give their fans hope that they could still lift the trophy. Tumminello received the ball just inside the Parma half and bought the ball towards Raffaele Di Gennaro’s goal, before playing a through ball into the Parma penalty area. Alessandro Lucarelli, bought on as a gesture to the club legend to allow the captain to lift the trophy should Parma win it missed his interception allowing Fabio Padulani to get clean through on goal before placing the ball past Di Gennaro to make it 1-1 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate.

In the final ten minutes of the game it was Messina who came forward consistently, knowing that if they scored a second goal on the night they would at least take the game to extra time or even win it if Parma were unable to reply. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for Parma, Paolo Vanoli’s defence held strong and it was Parma who made sure that they got their hands on the trophy.


Final winning manager Paolo Vanoli: ”We are delighted to have secured this competition. It should give us a huge boost ahead of the final three games in the league season. We didn’t expect to win it when we started out at the beginning of the season but this is a great win for us as a club. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t too bothered about winning this competition at the start of the season but this is big for us and I am delighted to have our hands on a piece of silverware this year. Now we just have to make sure we do the job in the league and make sure we are promoted to the second tier.”

Great to see you back!
Fantastic result for Parma, congratulation on the silverware and I'll be very surprised if there's not more to come in the next few seasons!
He's back with a bang! Vanoli will go down in history as one of Parma's greatest managers for this streak :D
2016-08-19 03:50#236437 Griffo : Great to see you back!

Thanks mate!

2016-08-19 16:25#236454 Justice : Fantastic result for Parma, congratulation on the silverware and I'll be very surprised if there's not more to come in the next few seasons!

We shall see about that one :P

2016-08-20 00:55#236471 Jack : He's back with a bang! Vanoli will go down in history as one of Parma's greatest managers for this streak :D

Haha more good things to come i promise :D
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7 yearsEdited


Date: 30 April 2017
Kick Off: 15:00

Based In: Parma
Position: 1st
Manager: Paolo Vanoli
Captain: Alessandro Lucarelli
Key Player: Francesco Corapi
Injuries & Suspensions: Michele Messina, Mattia Minesso Fabiano Santacroce
Last Match: 1-0 Vs. Lumezzane

Fans Prediction: ”This is it. Our chance to secure the Girone title and earn promotion to Serie B. Cittadella gave us a massive shock last time around and we were poor to be honest. After that defeat we slipped out of form a little and it looked like we might even lose out on the Play Offs but we’re doing really well at the minute and have had some great results since the turn of the year. Cittadella won’t make it easy for us at the Ennio Tardini and to be honest I think we might have to wait to celebrate the title until the final weekend of the season.”

AS Cittadella
Based In: Citadella
Position: 3rd
Manager: Roberto Venturato
Captain: Giuseppe Pugliese
Key Player: Filippo Scaglia
Injuries & Suspensions: Andrea Paolucci, Filippo Lora
Last Match: 2-1 Vs. Venezia

Fans Prediction: ”All the focus here is on Parma getting the result they need to earn promotion. I think though we can upset the apple cart. They struggled against us back in December and if we can win it will give us a massive chance of earning promotion back to Serie B. We have to go for their throats and if we do, then we will get the result we want in this game and we can push for promotion.”

pfffffft easy game for you, don't write another update unless you win 20-0 ;)
2016-08-20 22:14#236501 Justice : pfffffft easy game for you, don't write another update unless you win 20-0 ;)

Haha looks like i'd better write that update then hadn't i ;)
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7 yearsEdited


30 April 2017

Denis Baumgartner celebrates scoring the goal that seals Parma’s place in the 2017/2018 Serie B season.
- Parma celebrate promotion to Serie B after 2-1 victory over AS Cittadella
- 19 year old Denis Baumgartner is club hero after scoring 85th minute winner
- Superior head to head record over Vicenza means Parma cannot be caught

Parma have today secured their place in Serie B for the 2017/2018 season as a 2-1 victory over AS Cittadella at the Ennio Tardini confirmed the Girone A title for Parma and guaranteed that Paolo Vanoli’s men would finish first in Lega Pro Girone A and would seal the only automatic promotion spot in the division. The two time UEFA Cup winners have now won promotion in each of the last two seasons, after they were demoted from Serie A at the end of the 2014/2015 season after serious financial issues in which they were wound up for bankruptcy. After winning the Serie D title last season, club captain and legend Alessandro Lucarelli stated that ”Parma are back!” and this year’s successes this year further indicate that the club is on its way back to the top of the Italian game.

After contesting a tightly contested season in Lega Pro Girone A in which they bravely fought off the competition from Vicenza and AS Cittadella, Parma were at one stage being linked with sacking their manager Paolo Vanoli. However today they can now celebrate securing their place in the second tier of Italian football for next season. Despite going behind mid way through the second half against Cittadella, Parma managed to turn the game around and score the winner as Denis Baumgartner, signed for around £1 Million from Sampdoria last summer, smashed home to complete the comeback. The goal sent Parma fans wild and manager Paolo Vanoli spoke to the Italian media at the end of the game stating ”We have done extremely well and I am immensely proud of the team and what they have achieved this season. Not many people thought we could come up this year and go and win promotion straight away but we have done that and now we can relax for the final game, knowing that the hard work is done and that we can just go out there and try and win the game for the sake of winning it!”

Club chairman Nevio Scala, who has been running the club since they were demoted from Serie A has been more than happy with the work of Paolo Vanoli since the former left back took over. After the result against Cittadella that saw Parma secure promotion to Serie B, Scala stated ”This is another fantastic day for the club. We’ve had a few of them just recently and it is clear that the work Paolo and his team are putting in is working and that the club is heading in the right direction. We are effectively a new club and we have had to assemble a new squad for the last few seasons, but now this summer hopefully Paolo can build on the success he has had with this squad and just touch up the quality a little and we can have a good season in Serie B next year.”

Great to see you back with a bang the cup and promotion. Hope you enjoyed China
2016-08-21 01:34#236510 ninjaskill : Great to see you back with a bang the cup and promotion. Hope you enjoyed China

Thanks mate, success is in our blood ;) Yeah was absolutely amazing man thanks :D
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7 yearsEdited



02.04.2017: Pordenone 2-4 Parma
- Parma Go Top Of Lega Pro Girone A With Comeback Win
4: L. Cattaneo
29: N. Belloni
53: M. Buratto
68: F. Corapi
77: G. Piscitella
80: F. Corapi
Francesco Corapi

09.04.2017: Parma 1-1 Giana Erminio
- Defensive Complacency Costs Parma Two Points
69: N. Belloni
71: S. Bonalumi
Mattia Borghi

16.04.2017: Venezia 0-0 Parma
- Parma Return To Top Of The League After Vicenza Lose
Tommaso Cancellotti

23.04.2017: Lumezzane 0-1 Parma
- Parma Move Three Points Clear With Win
66: S. Corazza
86: F. Santacroce
Niccolo Belloni

30.04.2017: Parma 2-1 AS Cittadella
- Parma Celebrate Second Successive Promotion With Comeback Victory
69: M. Bruccini (Pen)
82: S. Corazza (Pen)
85: D. Baumgartner
Enrico Alfonso

07.05.2017: Pro Piacenza 0-0 Parma
- Parma End Regular Season With Stalemate
Denis Baumgartner

League Table

Player of the Month

Denis Baumgartner

Taking home the final Player of the Month award for this season is the 19 year old who has set the club alight with some fantastic performances and two goals. The goal that secured Parma’s place in the second tier of Italian football will live long in the club’s modern memory and his performances have been more than deserving of this award and also highlight the potential of the player and how big a role he can play in Parma’s future.



Next Month

As a reward for winning Girone A, Parma will take part in the Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione in what will be an unusual tournament this year. All three clubs have played in Serie A as recently as 2013/2014 and will be back in with a shout at earning promotion to Serie A next year after winning the three Girones. Parma start their campaign to be crowned Lega Pro champions against Cesena at the Ennio Tardini before meeting Catania at the Angelo Massimino – Cibali in what could be the decisive game.

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Manager’s Thoughts

A fantastic way to end the season with the league title and the divisions cup competition. It is fantastic to see and we are extremely pleased with how well we’ve done. The nature of the win over Cittadella was brilliant but it doesn’t matter how you win it so long as you do, and we have won the league and now have the chance to be crowned Lega Pro Champions if we can get the right results against Catania and Cesena. It wasn’t so long ago that we were playing these teams in Serie A and now we will be playing them in Lega Pro and next year in Serie B and that is something that is really exciting for me as Parma manager. We’re looking forward to finishing this campaign strongly, and we have two games to go to try and win silverware and then we can go on a long awaited holiday and refresh ourselves for the Serie B season ahead of us.

Superb season mate, you've really got the momentum back in the hearts of the Parma players and fans. I'm not sure how the Italian system works if you get promoted from this division, but I'm sure you'll tear it to shreds once again :D

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