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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
Best of luck mate!
2016-05-12 16:29#231437 Griffo : Best of luck mate!

Thanks mate, stay tuned ;)
Hopefully you can get the win, but you weren't joking on the names - amazing.
2016-05-12 17:49#231452 ScottT : Hopefully you can get the win, but you weren't joking on the names - amazing.

Hopefully mate! There's plenty more where they came from ;)
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8 yearsEdited


19 October 2015

Paolo Vanoli speaks to the media after his team beat Imolese 3-1 at the Ennio Tardini.
- Manager believes side are well positioned to push for promotion this year
- Attacking football he is trying to implement is in the clubs blood
- Fans need to be strong for the time being

Parma manager Paolo Vanoli has today spoken to the media after his team put in their best performance of the season at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, beating Imolese 3-1 in a comfortable victory. With Parma seemingly struggeling to find form at the beginning of the season at their own stadium, fans have been disgruntled slightly after the teams performances away from home, sometime at venues hosting less than a thousand people, have been more pleasing and the team have put in very good performances on the road. Eurosport today finally got the chance to catch up with the Parma manager and get his thoughts on how the clubs rebuilding process is going.

Eurosport: “Thank you for allowing us to interview you today Paolo. You’re nine games into your debut season as a manager at this big club. How do you think it is going so far?”

Paolo Vanoli: “Yeah I think we’re doing well. We might be off the pace a little bit at the top of the table, but I’d be lying if we hadn’t settled down well so far this year. However that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of hard work to do, before you even take into account the fact that we still have to play 29 more games. But you asked me how it was going so far, and I would have to say it is going well. Second in the table is a fair reflection of where we are at, at this moment in time and we have to be happy with that.”

Eurosport: “Surely your aims for this season are about securing promotion and returning to professional football?”

Vanoli: “Yes of course. We might have been relegated down to the fourth tier of the league system, but I think the rebranding of this club and the rebuilding process off the pitch is going really well. We’ve got a very good squad here for the level we are at, and it is one that should be pushing for the league title and pushing for that promotion to the professional level of football here.”

Eurosport: “Obviously, only one team gets promoted from this level, meaning that the push is going to be extra hard. There is no room for error in the race for promotion, are you sure your team is up to it?”

Vanoli: “Haha this is very similar to that last question, but yes I do think we can go up this year and achieve top spot. Like I said the quality of the squad is top drawer for this level and we are more than good enough to go all the way, lift that title and earn a place in the Lega Pro next year.”

The Parma players celebrate after the 3-1 victory over Imolese finally pleases the fans with their best home performance of the season.

Eurosport: “You obviously know this club very well from your playing days here. Back then, in the team that won the 1999 UEFA Cup Final you had the likes of Gigi Buffon, Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo in the team. Do you think that this club can have that sort of line up again in the near future?”

Vanoli: “Yes of course I do. That line up was something incredible haha and I was probably the one player that wasn’t nearly world class. Gigi, Fabio [Cannavaro], Veron and Hernan were and still are, world class players, and it would be brilliant if this club can return to that level sooner rather than later, but first things first, is getting out of this division.”

Eurosport: Paolo, can you understand why fans were slightly grumbled by the fact that away from home Parma have looked a lot better than they have done at the Ennio Tardini this season?”

Vanoli: “Obviously yes. The Ennio Tardini is one of the bigger stadiums in this division, and 8,000 people roughly have been coming to see us this year, whilst when you compare this to the away days, where 800 came to watch us in our first away game. Our performances at home haven’t been as good as the ones away from home and we know we need to address this, but hopefully we did just that against Imolese.”

Eurosport: Okay, that about concludes this interview Paolo. Thank you very much for attending.”

Vanoli: “Thank you very much, take care.”

A superb victory over Imolese, well done!
Very well set out update, I like the style!
2016-05-12 21:45#231467 Justice : A superb victory over Imolese, well done!

Thanks mate, hopefully more of them to come :P

2016-05-13 02:23#231471 Griffo : Very well set out update, I like the style!

Thanks mate, plenty more where it came from :D
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8 yearsEdited



03.10.2015: Legnago 0-3 Parma
- Brilliant Second Half Performance Maintains Parma’s Presence At The Top
70: F. Corapi
73: M. Messina
90: M. Guazzo
Matteo Guazzo

10.10.2015: Parma 1-0 San Marino Calcio
- First Home Win Since Opening Day Sees Parma Close Gap At Top To 1 Point
48: M. Messina
Michele Messina

14.10.2015: Ravenna 0-0 Parma
- Reckless Challenges The Story Of The Game For Parma
40: C. Miglietta
90+3: A. Innocenti
Alessandro Lucarelli

17.10.2015: Parma 3-1 Imolese
- Best Home Performance Of The Season Earns Parma Important Victory
10: W. Rodriguez
35: R. Musetti
43: R. Pasi
51: M. Guazzo
Giulio Mulas

24.10.2015: Mezzolara 1-1 Parma
- Late Equaliser Denies Parma Chance To Move Clear At The Top
48: R. Musetti
90: N. De Lulis
Nicolo De Luis

31.10.2015: Altovicentino 0-0 Parma
- Failure To Take Chances Raises Concerns Over Parma’s Promotion Bid
Luca Lavagnoli


Parma 3-0 Ligorna
- Riccardo Musetti Double Inspires Parma Into Second Round
1: M. Guazzo (Pen)
63: R. Musetti
90+2: R. Musetti
Giacomo Ricci

League Table

Player of the Month

Giacomo Ricci

The young wing back who was propelled into the first team after a suspension to Rodrigo Alborno has had a terrific first month in the first team making five appearances and assisting 3 goals in all competitions. With performances like this Alborno’s place in the first team may be under threat if Ricci continues to develop the way he has.


Crocefisso Miglietta. The midfielder who has been a key figure in Parma’s journey to second place in Serie D this season will miss up to six weeks with a twisted ankle, ruling him out of the big games to come for Paolo Vanoli’s men.

Next Month

A difficult start to November for Parma as they face three of the teams in the top 7 places in Serie D in their first three games. Their first game is at the Ennio Tardini against fourth placed Correggese before Paolo Vanoli’s team visit seventh placed Lentigione. However the big game of the month sees Parma play Forli at the Ennio Tardini in a massive game as the side in first place visit the team in second. Delta Rovigo are next up for Parma before an away day in the Serie D cup against Siricusa, with Parma finishing their run of fixtures against Clodiense who at the moment sit fifth in Serie D.

Other News


Manager’s Thoughts

A few too many draws this month and that is something to be concerned about. Sometimes this month I’ve wondered whether we know how to hit the back of the net. If we took some of the chances we create we would be well clear at the top of Serie D. However we have to deal with what has happened but next month, in some very tricky fixtures we have to start turning these draws into wins and then if we can do that, hunting down Forli’s lead at the top of the table is going to be much easier. There is a crucial game against them next month and if we can win that, then I am confident we continue to move forward as a club.

A draw's always better than a defeat mate! Keep it up! maybe try some attacking positioning training or outright attacking training? might turn the tide
2016-05-13 11:43#231486 InfraRed : A draw's always better than a defeat mate! Keep it up! maybe try some attacking positioning training or outright attacking training? might turn the tide

Yeah that is true and we're still in the running atm! :) Yeah trying all manner of things at the minute to get the boys going in front of goal!
An unbeaten month isn't often one to complain about, but I have a feeling that you can certainly push your players to perform at an even higher level!
2016-05-13 14:54#231494 Justice : An unbeaten month isn't often one to complain about, but I have a feeling that you can certainly push your players to perform at an even higher level!

Yeah you're right, i shouldn't really be complaining but theres just a lack of consistency at the minute so it would nice to be doing better! But hopefully from here we can really push on! :D
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8 yearsEdited


01 November 2015

The artwork displayed on the Parma website to advertise their fan day when Parma play Correggese.
- Parma announce ticket offers for home game against high flying rivals
- Chairman states the club needs to be sustainable and build for the future
- Manager Paolo Vanoli predicts exciting game

Parma have today announced that their home match against Correggese on November 7th will be used as a fan day as a chance for the club to expand its fan base. Exclusive food and drinks offers will be in place at the Ennio Tardini, as well as the great deal, that adults who buy a ticket on the day can take any child into the venue for free, albeit with limited tickets available. Both manager Paolo Vanoli and the club chairman Nevio Scala have given their opinions on the event, with the overall theme from the two interviews being that it is going to be a great day for the Serie D club. Predictions for the event suggest that the Ennio Tardini will see a bumper crowd for the game with an estimated 9,800 people expected to turn up at the stadium.

Chairman Nevio Scala, could not contain his excitement when questioned about the event by the club’s official website. ”As a club, we have to accept that it is our responsibility, with the position we are in, to go and get ourselves out there, earn some new fans. By doing things like this fan day we are allowing ourselves to do that. If we were a Serie A club or the team that was winning the UEFA Cup or the Cup Winners Cup, we would get new fans by way of our success, but we are not that club anymore, and we have an obligation to the future of this team to build its fan base. Paolo is doing a terrific job on the pitch in my eyes, and now it is the turn of the backroom staff to replicate that off the pitch.”

When the club’s official website quizzed manager Paolo Vanoli about the decision to hold a fan day, the member of the 1999 UEFA Cup winning team, declared his delight. ”Listen, it’s not really anything to do with me the organisation of these kind of events. However if it is going to help the team by bringing in extra Parma fans then that is brilliant and we look forward to walking out onto the pitch that day in front of a bumper crowd who will be looking forward to a big game between two teams at the top of the table.”

Fan day sounds amazing

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