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When Marcello Lippi joined Juventus and knocked Milan off their perch

Marcello Lippi, who turns 70 today, has lifted just about every trophy on offer to an Italian manager, but winning the double with Juventus in 1995 remains a truly special achievementBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraIn any discussion about the gre…

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The best kits in the last 50 years of Serie A

The Gentleman Ultra writers and readers pick their 15 favourite Serie A kits while (just about) managing to stay friendsItaly has always been a home to style and some of the world’s finest sportswear manufacturers, so picking the top 15 kits in Serie A…

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Golazos galore: the 25 best goals from the golden era of Serie A

Channel 4 showed live matches from Italy from 1992 until 2002, capturing some of the greatest players and goals of all time. These are the very best of them

By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman Ultra, of the Guardian Sport Network

On 6 November 1992, Channel 4 took a bold risk and went to Genoa to broadcast a Serie A match live for a British audience. Italian football had a reputation for being dull and defensive, but the players put on a show. Sampdoria and Lazio produced a stupendously entertaining 3-3 draw, with Beppe Signori and Roberto Mancini both on the scoresheet. A week later the cameras captured Milan’s 5-4 win over Pescara, which featured goals from Massimiliano Allegri, Paolo Maldini and Gianluigi Lentini, as well as a couple of own goals from Franco Baresi and a hat-trick from Marco van Basten.

The viewers had been converted and they would remain hooked for the next decade. Below we have compiled the 25 best goals from the 10 years Football Italia was broadcast on Channel 4. To keep the list interesting, every player is limited to just one appearance – the entire 25 could have been by Roberto Baggio and Álvaro Recoba otherwise – and dead balls are denied entry.

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Parma: the football club milked for all their worth | David Gendelman

It is incredible that a Serie A team could go bankrupt so spectacularly twice in a little over 10 years. But in Italy the incredible has become the commonplace

• Originally published in Howler Magazine

Roberto Donadoni, the coach of Parma, looked like he hadn’t slept in days. He had bags under his eyes, and his hair was a messy tangle of grey. He was sitting at a conference table beside Parma’s captain, Alessandro Lucarelli, who could not keep still, frowning and fidgeting when he paused between exasperated monologues. The men had held press conferences at the team’s headquarters in the Parma suburb of Collecchio before, but usually in front of no more than a dozen reporters. On this day in late February, the room was packed with far more than that.

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Parma relegated to Serie D after failing to find a new owner

• ‘No offers have been received for the sporting rights of the club’
Club were declared bankrupt by an Italian court in March

Parma have been relegated to Serie D after the club failed in their bid to find a new buyer who could relieve them of their debt.

“The administrators of Parma FC, Dr Angelo Anedda and Dr Alberto Guion, communicated that as of 14.00 today, June 22 2015, no offers have been received for the sporting rights of the club,” said a statement on the club’s website.

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Former All-Star catcher Mike Piazza could purchase Italian club Parma

  • Piazza mulling Parma purchase La Gazzetta dello Sport reports
  • 12-time MLB All-Star may bid for troubled club in 9 June auction
  • Relegated Parma carrying estimated €22.2m ($24.7m) in debt

Former All-Star catcher Mike Piazza is mulling the purchase of Italian soccer club Parma, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Wednesday.

“Yes, I was at Parma,” Piazza told the Italian daily in a phone interview. “And I’m interested, though I can’t say that it will go through.”

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Bankrupt Parma put up for sale for €20m by Italian judge

• Club sit bottom of Serie A
• Players not paid all season Continue reading…




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Parma deducted another four points for breaching financial regulations

• Italian Football Federation hand club second points deduction this season
• Latest deduction leaves club bottom of Serie A with 12 points from 30 games
• Paolo Bandini: club’s plight makes meaningless win mean so much

Parma have been deducted another four points for breaching financial regulations, adding to the three they were penalised earlier in the season, the Italian Football Federation said on Thursday.

The decision means that Parma, who are bottom of the table but beat Serie A leaders Juventus 1-0 on Saturday, are left with 12 points from 30 games, nine points behind Cagliari who are one place ahead. The club were declared bankrupt last month and have not paid their players all season.

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Parma stand on brink of oblivion and make a meaningless win mean so much

Victory over Juventus will make little difference to either team but mattered more than ever to players and fans who refuse to go quietly into the night
Match report: Parma 1-0 Juventus
Lazio overtake Roma in second place after Empoli victory

It was at once the least important result of the weekend, and one of the most important all season. Parma’s 1-0 win over Juventus on Saturday will almost certainly make no difference to either team’s league outcomes this season, the victorious Ducali concluding their weekend 13 points adrift of safety in last place, whilst the defeated Bianconeri remain 12 points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

And yet, this result still mattered. It mattered to a squad of Parma players who have carried on showing up to work every day even though they have not been paid since last summer. It mattered to their fans, 15,000 of whom filled the stands of the Tardini despite their team’s predicament. It certainly mattered to the 18-year-old goalscorer José Mauri, who declared this to be the joint-happiest day of his life – matched only by the one when he signed for Parma four years earlier.

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Juventus suffer rare defeat at financial and football strugglers Parma

Parma pulled off the biggest surprise of the Serie A season on Saturday, with the crisis-hit club beating the runaway leaders Juventus, 1-0, inflicting what was only the second defeat of the campaign for Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

José Mauri scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark, while a string of fine saves from the Parma goalkeeper, Antonio Mirante, also helped Roberto Donadoni’s side to a memorable win.

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Former Italy forward Antonio Cassano admits he misses football ‘to death’

• Cassano ripped up his Parma contract in January
• ‘I’d still like to play but I see myself as a sporting director in the future’
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Carloz Tevez hits winner for Juventus against Cesena to keep huge lead

• Roma beat Cesena and remain 14 points adrift with 10 games left
• Lazio are one point behind Roma after defeat of Verona
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Italian court declares Serie A side Parma bankrupt in 10-minute hearing

• Club owes £72m and stands bottom of the league
• Parma’s players have not been paid all season
Owner arrested on money-laundering charges

An Italian court has declared the Serie A club Parma bankrupt in a hearing that lasted only 10 minutes.

It is not yet clear whether Parma will be able to finish the season though Associated Press reported that there was a plan in place with the league’s governing body and the Italian football federation to fund the club for the rest of the campaign.

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Parma owner Giampietro Manenti arrested on money-laundering charges

• Club faces bankruptcy hearing on Thursday
• Bottom side of Serie A are £72m in debt Continue reading…



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Parma owner Giampietro Manenti arrested on money-laundering charges

• Club faces bankruptcy hearing on Thursday
• Bottom side of Serie A are £72m in debt Continue reading…



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Napoli’s Champions League hopes dented by Serie A defeat at Verona

• Luca Toni strikes twice to sink Rafa Benítez’s side
• Sassuolo hammer Parma 4-1, Chievo win at Genoa
• Juventus edge closer to title with win at Palermo
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Serie A sides vote to give Parma emergency fund to finish season

• Fund comes from money paid for fines from crowd trouble or other violations
Parma’s downfall pains a city and its people and there is little cause for hope

Italy’s top football teams have voted to give Parma a €5m emergency fund to help the club finish the season.

Sixteen of the 20 clubs in Serie A voted in favor of the measure on Friday. Roma, Napoli and Sassuolo abstained, and only Cesena voted against the move. The measure means last-place Parma should be able to play Atalanta on Sunday, after its previous two matches at home with Udinese and at Genoa were postponed indefinitely because the club could not pay for basic services such as security and electricity.

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Serie A sides vote to give Parma emergency fund to finish season

• Fund comes from money paid for fines from crowd trouble or other violations
Parma’s downfall pains a city and its people and there is little cause for hope

Italy’s top football teams have voted to give Parma a €5m emergency fund to help the club finish the season.

Sixteen of the 20 clubs in Serie A voted in favor of the measure on Friday. Roma, Napoli and Sassuolo abstained, and only Cesena voted against the move. The measure means last-place Parma should be able to play Atalanta on Sunday, after its previous two matches at home with Udinese and at Genoa were postponed indefinitely because the club could not pay for basic services such as security and electricity.

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Roberto Donadoni’s bench up for sale as Parma’s financial crisis deepens

• Cash-strapped Serie A club’s game against Genoa postponed
• Players are now having to do their own laundry
• Parma’s downfall pains a city and its people

A changing room bench which Parma manager Roberto Donadoni sits on before matches and gym equipment from the club’s Ducali training ground have gone up for sale as the financial crisis at the Serie A club deepens.

For the second week in succession, the 1995 and 1999 Uefa Cup winners have seen a league fixture cancelled, with Donadoni’s side due to trip to Genoa postponed indefinitely by the Italian football federation (FIGC) on Friday.

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Roberto Donadoni’s bench up for sale as Parma’s financial crisis deepens

• Cash-strapped Serie A club’s game against Genoa postponed
• Players are now having to do their own laundry
• Parma’s downfall pains a city and its people

A changing room bench which Parma manager Roberto Donadoni sits on before matches and gym equipment from the club’s Ducali training ground have gone up for sale as the financial crisis at the Serie A club deepens.

For the second week in succession, the 1995 and 1999 Uefa Cup winners have seen a league fixture cancelled, with Donadoni’s side due to trip to Genoa postponed indefinitely by the Italian football federation (FIGC) on Friday.

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