Parma return to Serie A after late drama seals third successive promotion

• Win at Spezia seals top-flight spot three years after bankruptcy
• Captain Alessandro Lucarelli: ‘It can’t be real, it’s impossible’

Parma will return to the Serie A next season just three years after bankruptcy, after a 2-0 win at Spezia on Friday – and a late equaliser elsewhere – sealed an unprecedented third successive promotion.

The club won the Uefa Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and three Coppa Italias during their heyday of the 1990s and early 2000s, but had to start again in Serie D after going bankrupt in 2015.

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