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Parma FC: Back to Stay?

Posted by Marzia Hazra Tuesday, October 6, 2021

Last season Parma finished second in Serie B with 76 points to their name - four short of league winners Bari - and where once again back in Italy’s top flight after having spent a single season in the second tier. When fellow newcomers Bari and Livorno who only had “La Salvezza” set as their targets, Parma had other things on their minds.

Directly after the promotion club president Tommaso Ghirardi declared that he wanted the club to make history the in the coming season. The ambitions were high from the get-go and Ghirardi didn’t waste any time getting started on his new project.

The biggest arrival of the summer was undoubtedly the former Udinese sporting director, Pietro Leonardi. Considering Leonardi’s great record from his previous club the expectations were high. Despite losing important players such as Luca Cigarini and Magnus Troest the side has acted quickly. After an impressive summer full of activities on the player mercato the club has collected a healthy mix of fresh talents and experienced players that could go a very long way.

Newcomer Antonio Mirante has taken over as first choice between the sticks. In defense Hernan Dellafiore, Pablo Fontanello and Christian Panucci have arrived to bolster a young defense. Although Damiano Zenoni continues to perform below par, his team mate Cristian Zaccardo - who joined from German champions Wolfsburg this summer - has really stepped to the plate. The full-back revealed that he had turned down numerous other Italian sides and Champions League play in order to join Parma and his former coach Francesco Guidolin.

Players such as Blerim Dzemaili, MacDonald Mariga and Daniele Galloppa have already left their impacts in midfield. The latter has in particular showcased some brilliant performances as he’s able to dictate play and score important goals. To his disposal Guidolin also has two up-and coming wingers in Jonathan Biabiany and Davide Lanzafame.

In attack Parma has in their possession two of Serie A’s most interesting players. After spending two years on the sidelines in Manchester City, Valeri Bojinov opted for a move to Parma and if the injury prone striker can stay away from injuries he could easily become one of his side’s key players. The same goes for his strike partner Alberto Paloschi. The Milan-product has been regarded as a great talent is probably spending his last season on loan.

The players mentioned above along with the rest of the squad makes a great mix of talent and routine and thus far the newly promoted side has exceeded all expectations. The team boasts great depth for a club of their standards and is unpredictable in their play considering that Guidolin’s men possess enough quality and dimension to play different formations. On top of that, Parma plays free-flowing attack minded football instead of the Catenaccio combined with the counter attacks which is so typical for newcomers.

By the looks of things I would say that Parma is back to stay.

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2 comments

  1. Kevin Walker Said:
  2. Nice article Alessa I'm thinking Bari is also.

     
  3. Reega Said:
  4. Really good article here,
    I have been Parma fans since a long time,
    do you know where I can buy this season parma jersey, it's really hard to look for one in my country

     

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