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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
It was to be expected, in truth. Juve are a class above the rest, but you can join them soon enough if you can put down a good start to the season. Good luck for next month!
Just caught up and I'm absolutely delighted you're in the top-flight now! Not the best start, but against Juventus what can you expect? Hoping for another great campaign from you again :D
2016-09-24 08:09#237332 Justice : It was to be expected, in truth. Juve are a class above the rest, but you can join them soon enough if you can put down a good start to the season. Good luck for next month!

Yeah it was never going to be the easiest of starts! The season starts from now really!

2016-09-24 10:46#237342 Jack : Just caught up and I'm absolutely delighted you're in the top-flight now! Not the best start, but against Juventus what can you expect? Hoping for another great campaign from you again :D

Haha thanks man :D they're a class above everyone else tbh and will be for some time until we can catch them up! We're gonna give it our best shot man :D
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7 yearsEdited



02.09.2018: Parma 0-0 Fiorentina
- Hosts Take Point From Fiorentina In Hard Earnt Draw
Sebastian Rode

16.09.2018: Udinese 3-2 Parma
- Udinese Stun Parma With Late Win
3: M. Minesso (Pen)
16: Y. Bolasie
69: N. Belloni
85: N. Gyomber
89: M. Bianchetti
Yannick Bolasie

23.09.2018: Parma 1-1 Atalanta
- Defensive Stubbornness Earns Parma A Point
6: M. Trotta (Pen)
16: F. Bonazzoli
26: F. Bonazzoli
Andrea Conti

26.09.2018: Cesena 2-1 Parma
- Cesena Claim Big Three Points As Parma Underwhelm
18: K. Sigborsson
51: S. Corazza
72: A. Rodriguez
80: N. Gyomber
Lazaros Christodopoulos

30.09.2018: Parma 0-0 Carpi
- Hosts Claim Precious Point Against Surprise Package
Lucas Martinez Quarta

League Table

Player of the Month

Lazaros Christodopoulos

Despite only signing for the club in July, Lazaros Christodopoulos has come in and made an impressive start and has forced his way into the centre of our midfield. Only one assist to his name is misleading as his all round play in the box to box or deep lying playmaker role has helped Parma claim three points from three draws and sooner or later his play will help the side pick up three points by winning a game.


Josh Brillante. The Australian midfielder who has been a key player for the team so far has missed the last few weeks with a thigh strain, although he will only miss the next week or so with the injury and will be returning to full fitness sooner rather than later.
Mattia Minesso. The club’s number 7 is another player similar to Brillante who has missed the last few weeks with a groin strain although is very close to returning to full fitness.
Marcello Trotta. Unlike the other two players in the treatment room, Trotta will miss the next 4 to 5 months with a broken foot, which is a cruel blow for the team, considering how he was starting to settle into the squad.

Next Month

On paper, October looks to be a difficult month. Parma’s meeting with Chievo before the international has become a big fixture after Parma failed to win one of their first six games and the game against the Veronese side could be considered must win. Lazio on paper are a tough side but for Parma they will go into the side confident as the Roman side have struggled so far this season. However AC Milan have had an unbeaten start to the season giving Paolo Vanoli’s men a tough fixture to overcome at the San Siro, before Genoa visit the Ennio Tardini in Parma’s final game of the month.

Other News


Manager’s Thoughts

Yes we’re bottom of the table. But I am not worried yet. We have only played six games this season, and we’ve got a young squad with some new players still trying to find their way. It’s not that the performances have been poor either. Overall we have deserved more than we have got, and eventually if we keep playing the way we have been doing we will get the results we are after. We should have beaten Udinese and Carpi but the quality they have in their sides have shone through and we were unfortunate to drop points, but again we’re not downhearted and I have every belief this squad can turn it around and pull ourselves up the table sooner rather than later.

Welcome to the big league. Results will pick up, but it might take time for the players to adjust to the upgrade in football standards.
2016-09-25 07:08#237366 Justice : Welcome to the big league. Results will pick up, but it might take time for the players to adjust to the upgrade in football standards.

Yeah it's been a tough start but once we get going, we'll not be looking back!
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7 yearsEdited


01 October 2018

Parma captain Raffaele Di Gennaro has been at the club since 2016 when the club were in Lega Pro.
- Club captain believes first win of the season is just around the corner
- Team have played six Serie A games without a win this year
- Parma playing first season in Serie A since 2014/2015

With six games under the belt in Serie A, newly promoted Parma are yet to win this season, drawing three of their games, including a 0-0 draw with ACF Fiorentina, and losing the other three. The club’s only competitive win this season came in the TIM Cup Third Qualifying Round as they beat Pavia 2-0 thanks to two goals from Denis Baumgartner. However according to club captain Raffaele Di Gennaro, morale in the squad is still high, with the players being extremely positive thanks to Parma’s presence in Serie A after four years away. The captain maintained his view that Parma had endured a difficult start to the season, playing three sides that would be challenging for European football come the end of the season giving Parma no time to relax and ease their way into the division.

”Raffaele thank you very much for joining us. How are you finding Serie A and most importantly how is the club finding life in the top division?”
”You’re very welcome. Yeah it’s great to be back. Obviously I’ve played at this level with Inter before and just being around that quality of player back when I was an Inter player was fantastic. The training and the ability was top drawer and hopefully before long we’ll have players of that quality here in no time at all. The lads are enjoying it I think. They’re all very excited to be in this division and to be playing teams of the quality of Juventus and AC Milan is a dream come true for a lot of these players.”

”You say that it is a dream come true for the players but the fans have experienced this before, with the club having a history of competing towards the top end of Serie A. How far do these players realise this and is there a feeling of being under pressure to get back to that level?”
”Yeah all of the players know that the club has a lot of history. Obviously they know that the manager was part of the team that last won the UEFA Cup, he goes around parading his medal a lot. Haha no I’m joking about that one. But yeah of course we realise the weight of the club’s history. We know this club wants to be something that it used to be but no we don’t feel any pressure to get back to that level. The reaction we’ve had from the fans since we got promoted has been great and they’ve treated us like heroes. We’ve got a lot of work to do in this division and the fans are realistic enough to realise that we’re not going to go and win the title this year nor are we likely to push for Europe but that we are going to give everything we have to make sure that we’re playing in this division next year.”

”Is that the aim for the club this season then, to stay in the division? Obviously Paolo Vanoli won’t say anything but what are the players expecting themselves to achieve?”
”Yeah of course that’s what we’re trying to achieve. But then so are Cesena and Chievo who came up with us as are the teams that struggled at the end of the season. The first thing we have to achieve this year is achieving safety and then once we’ve done that then we can think about pushing on and trying to move up the table that little bit.”

”If you’re going to stay in the division then Raffaele, surely the club realises it’s going to have to start winning games pretty quickly?”
”Yes of course we do. But that’s not to say we’re not happy with how we’ve started. Obviously we would have liked to have won some of the games we’ve already played. Games like that Udinese game will live with us for a little while because we were winning and we should have seen it out and picked up the three points in what was a very good opportunity for us. Having said that nobody can say that we’ve not left anything out there on the pitch and given every game 100%. If the win doesn’t come soon we will keep fighting and I can promise the fans here and now that we will continue to keep fighting until we have that victory in the bag.”

”Is the game against Udinese the one that stands out in your mind as the one that Parma should have won over all of the others?”
”Yes but we could have won the other games. Against Udinese we were winning 2-1 with less than ten minutes to go and it all went wrong but then maybe that shows how inexperienced in the division this squad is overall. We should have seen that game out but it is done now and we have to just keep trying and focus on the games that are coming up and the games that we can go and grab a win from. We should have got something out of the Cesena game where we were level but we let it slip and really we do feel we should have won that Fiorentina tie because we had the better chances. But there is no point crying over things like that now because they’re gone and we can only win the games we have yet to play.”

”Finally Raffaele, you play Chievo in your next game, another side that came up with you from Serie B last year. Is this the game where you’ll get your first three points of the season?”
”Obviously we will be looking at this game and thinking that we’re playing a team that are just as good as we are and when I put it like that it means we’re playing a game that really could go either way. We’re confident we’ll get the win here but you never know and if we lose it then we’ll take a look at the next game as the one to go and win.”

”Okay thank you Raffaele, have a good day!”
”Thank you, you too!”

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7 yearsEdited


Date: 28 October 2018
Kick Off: 15:00

AC Milan
Based In: Milan
Position: 7th
Manager: Rudi Garcia
Captain: Alessio Romagnoli
Key Player: Giacomo Bonaventura
Injuries & Suspensions: Cosimo La Ferrera, Andrea Poli, Alexandre Pato
Last Match: 3-0 Vs. IFK Goteborg

Fans Prediction: ”Rudi Garcia has done really well so far and has us playing some of the best football in the country again, but out form has hit a wall recently. We’re back in the Champions League and mid week against Goteborg, going forward we were very dangerous and we got the victory we deserve. Against Parma, we know they’ve got the ability to be so disciplined in defence but this season they’re not offering too much going forward so I think we’ll win, maybe 2 or 3 nil and hopefully bounce back a bit.”

Based In: Parma
Position: 12th
Manager: Paolo Vanoli
Captain: Raffaele Di Gennaro
Key Player: Denis Baumgartner
Injuries & Suspensions: Kristaps Zommers, Rodrigo Alborno, Mattia Minesso, Marcello Trotta
Last Match: 1-0 Vs. SS Lazio

Fans Prediction: ”You know what, I don’t actually think we’re doing too badly. We’ve won our last two games, one of them being against a team as good as Lazio and we’ve only lost one in our last five. The performances have been there, it’s just the results haven’t but with the last two wins hopefully the morale in the squad is higher than it’s been at any point this year. Vanoli changed formation a bit and we were a lot more rigid and dogged against Lazio and if we can go out and play like that against Milan maybe, just maybe we can snatch something. Milan though are having a mixed season so far although you can’t look too far past them as favourites, although play as well as we did against Lazio and we might pick something up.”

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07.10.2018: Chievo Verona 1-2 Parma
- Baraye Double Fires Parma To First Victory
28: Y. Baraye
74: A. Pinamonti
88: Y. Baraye
Yves Baraye

21.10.2018: Parma 1-0 Lazio
- Early Corazza Goal Makes It Two Wins In Two For Parma
4: S. Corazza
Raffaele Di Gennaro

28.10.2018: AC Milan 1-0 Parma
- Benatia Header Condemns Parma To Unlucky Defeat
71: M. Benatia
Mehdi Benatia

31.10.2018: Parma 1-0 Genoa
- Simone Corazza Scores Again As Parma Claim Third Victory Of The Season
28: S. Corazza
Niccolo Belloni

League Table

Player of the Month

Simone Corazza

The forward who has been in fantastic form over the course of the last month and is this months Player of the Month after scoring two goals in two games that handed Parma victory in both. He has been clinical this month and his goals have handed Parma six massive points in their bid to avoid relegation from Serie A and if he continues to score the goals in November, Parma may be able to start looking up the table rather than over their shoulders.


Kristaps Zommers. The club’s number 2 suffered a chest injury in training and will miss the next three weeks.
Rodrigo Alborno. The left back’s latest injury will see the Paraguayan defender only miss the next week of action.

Next Month

A big month for Parma in Serie A as they play three games against sides of varying difficulty. First up is a trip to the Olimpico in Turin to play a Torino side struggling in 19th and looking like a surprise candidate for relegation from Serie A. Next up is the big derby against rivals Bologna at the Ennio Tardini. Parma’s final game of the month will see Maurizio Sarri’s side welcome Parma to the San Paolo in a game that the title contenders will fancy three points from.

Other News

31.10.2018: After another poor defeat, this time to Roma, SS Lazio took the decision to sack manager Stefano Pioli as their manager, meaning the Roman giants had a big decision to make.

Manager’s Thoughts

A much better month where we’ve finally made our mark on this division. The results we have earned this month have been amazing and the only blotch on our record was a tight defeat to AC Milan so we can be extremely proud of ourselves. If we can continue this form into the rest of the season we’re on track to have a good season where we avoid relegation. We’ve got a big job to do next month but if we can keep playing the way we have done this month then who knows what is possible.

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02 November 2018

- SS Lazio approach Paolo Vanoli about vacant managerial position
- Roman side sacked Stefano Pioli two days ago after defeat to Roma
- Vanoli would take over side 18th in Serie A

Two time Serie A TIM winners, SS Lazio have today confirmed that they have made an approach for Parma manager Paolo Vanoli, after sacking Stefano Pioli only two days ago. With the club sitting 18th in Serie A as it stands, the club would be looking for someone to guide them away from the relegation zone and towards the top end of the table as well as trying to take the club forwards in both the Coppa Italia and their ongoing UEFA Europa League campaign. It is not yet known whether or not Paolo Vanoli will take the job or has even attended an interview at the Stadio Olimpico and according to his current club, ”Paolo is concentrating completely on the teams upcoming game with Torino in Turin. There will be no further comment from Parma or from Paolo Vanoli for now.”

Possessing a squad that contains the likes of Marcos Rojo and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in defence, Lucas Biglia, Antonio Candreva, Willian and Felipe Anderson in its midfield and Balde Keita and John Guidetti up front, it has come as a shock to many that Lazio are struggling as much as they are this year. Their only wins in Serie A have come against Torino and Novara this year, whilst in the Europa League they are faring somewhat better, sitting top of their group after three games, after beating Feyenoord and PAOK Thessalonika whilst losing to KAA Gent.

Former defender Alessandro Nesta, who was part of the team’s title winning side in 2000 says that Vanoli would be a good fit for Lazio and that if he were to take the job, his first priority would have to be to inject some youth into the side. ”Italian football has moved on from its defensive, slow tempo stigma and for me Lazio in recent years under Stefano Pioli have failed to inject the right amount of youth in there team. Yes Pioli bought in some very good players in the likes of Willian but the younger players just aren’t there and the squad is getting on a little bit and that is what is costing the club this year. Vanoli would be a very good fit for me, he has proven at Parma that he knows how to handle a club that is desperate and passionate about it’s football and the job he has done in bringing them back to Serie A is fantastic and I would love for him to be in the hot seat at the Olimpico. He would take Lazio back to where they belong, I am sure of it.”

Started steadily in the league which is great. Please don't be tempted by the Lazio offer! Parma is your team, man! Saying that, Lazio have an awesome team to drag out of the relegation zone :P
2016-09-27 09:25#237403 Jack : Started steadily in the league which is great. Please don't be tempted by the Lazio offer! Parma is your team, man! Saying that, Lazio have an awesome team to drag out of the relegation zone :P

Yeah we're starting to pick up some points now and we're beginning to put a little run together!

Haha thanks man, the offer is tempting but achieving success with Parma would be far more rewarding, even if Lazio do have a pretty cool squad!
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7 yearsEdited


Date: 10 November 2018
Kick Off: 20:45

Based In: Parma
Position: 12th
Manager: Paolo Vanoli
Captain: Raffaele Di Gennaro
Key Player: Niccolo Belloni
Injuries & Suspensions: Kristaps Zommers, Cesar, Marcello Trotta Josh Brillante
Last Match: 3-3 Vs. Torino

Fans Prediction: ”Paolo has picked us up a little bit of late. We’ve only lost once in our last five games and we’ve won three of those games which is really pleasing. The lads are playing well and performing, probably, above their limit so if we can continue this kind of form, we’re going to achieve a surprise finish I think. Not that we want to get ahead of ourselves, so as long as we avoid relegation this year I think we’ll be okay and Paolo really start to build something in the summer and over the course of the next few transfer windows.”

Based In: Bologna
Position: 3rd
Manager: Roberto Donadoni
Captain: Lorenzo Crisetig
Key Player: Saphir Taider
Injuries & Suspensions: Lorenzo Paramatti
Last Match: 1-1 Vs. Novara

Fans Prediction: ”I don’t know how we’re doing so well this year. Donadoni is doing an amazing job for this team and if we can continue this kind of form then that is brilliant. However none of us expect to be doing so well so we’re not going to be too upset if we slip up. Parma have done a little bit better of late so it’s going to be an extremely interesting game, but I think we can beat them to be honest.”

Seems like Bologna have hit a decent bit of form to be all the way up in third, just shut down Taider and you'll be alright I think :)
2016-09-27 23:02#237422 Jack : Seems like Bologna have hit a decent bit of form to be all the way up in third, just shut down Taider and you'll be alright I think :)

Its time to bring them back down to earth :P

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