Serie A Column: Can Parma be this year’s Udinese?

Cassano Parma REUTERS Stringer Photo by REUTERS/Stringer

Thanks to a last-minute strike from Marco Parolo, Parma secured its third win of the season – defeating AC Milan the match and overtaking the club in the standings of Italian Serie A.

After being a small team anonymously navigating in the lower tiers of Italian football pyramid, Parma rose to Serie A in the 90’s, following the purchase of the team by the Tanzi family, owner of the food firm Parmalat. Thanks to the availability of money and to intelligent management of the team, the Crociati quickly established themselves as a top-team both in Italy, where they often battled for the Scudetto, won three Italian Cups and one Italian Supercup. There was also success in Europe, where they won two UEFA Cups, a European Cup Winner’s Cup and a European Super Cup.

Some exceptional players wore the Parma jersey during those years, including Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro, Hernan Crespo, Gianfranco Zola, Sebastian Veron, Hristo Stoichkov, Alberto Gilardino and Gianluigi Buffon, current Italy’s number 1.

Following the bankruptcy of Parmalat in 2003 the team went into administration before being bought by the current president Tommaso Ghirardi. Nevertheless, the club’s best players left the team during the administration period and, as a consequence, Parma’s role in Italian football changed drastically. With the times of enormous availability of funds far in the past the Ducali’s fortunes dropped, eventually getting relegated to Serie B for the first time in their history during the 2007/08 season:

Parma finishes

With 12 points from nine matches, Parma current sits in ninth in the Serie A standings, fully in line with recent years’ performances and the expectations of pundits and fans. Incidentally the position also coincides with the BSports projection.

Nevertheless, after a slow start with only one point gained out of their first three matches, the Ducali started showing very good potential. With 11 points from their following six matches, the club are fifth in this partial standing, tied with the much more celebrated Fiorentina and ahead of Inter and AC Milan:

Serie A Club Form - Last 6 Matches

Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Roma66001501518
Juventus6501128415
Napoli6411114713
Fiorentina6321117411
Parma63211411311
Verona63121412210
Atalanta631297210
Inter6231111109
Lazio62228718
Sampdoria622278-18
Milan62131011-17
Catania613256-16
Torino6132911-26
Udinese620446-26
Cagliari613269-36
Sassuolo6132614-86
Genoa612337-45
Bologna6114716-94
Chievo6105510-53
Livorno6024310-72

While showing a worrying defensive fragility, with 17 goals conceded they have the third worst Serie A defence, Parma can rely on some excellent players in midfield and attack, in addition to such depth in the squad that allows coach Roberto Donadoni to field a good team even in case of player injuries or suspensions.

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