Serie A after three straight promotions

It took the court just 10 minutes to declare Parma FC bankrupt in March 2015. The quick decision ended months of torment in which the club had been docked points on several occasions; players and staff had gone without their wages; games had been postponed because they could not pay stewards; the club had been sold – twice – for €1; and, having finished sixth in Serie A the season before, they had sunk to the bottom of the league. Men's Nike Atlanta Falcons #73 Ryan Schraeder Limited Red Tank Top Suit NFL JerseyMercifully, Parma were allowed to finish the season in Serie A, with relegation to Serie B a formality. However, when the club could not find a new buyer or pay their debts – which totalled $218m, Authentic Paul Carey Jersey including unpaid wages of €63m – they were denied a place in Serie B and were folded for the second time in a decade. They would have to start the 2015-16 season, as Parma Calcio 1913, in Serie D. Like Fiorentina, who went bankrupt in 2002, and Napoli, who suffered the same fate in 2004, Parma had to re-form in the lower leagues and set about returning to Serie A. A group of local entrepreneurs, called Nuovo Inizio (New Beginning), took over the club, appointing former coach Nevio Scala as president and http://www.officialfootballvikingshop.com/Nike- Emmanuel-Lamur-Jers... the former player Tom Kuhnhackl Authentic Jersey Luigi Apolloni as manager. Both men had won various domestic and European trophies in Parma’s golden era in the 1990s, which helped the club connect with their past. The fans were remarkably http://www.footballtitansofficialonline.com/Nike-Bruce- Matthews-Je... loyal, buying more season tickets in Serie D than they had in the club’s final season in Serie A. Not only did the fans help generate matchday revenue but they also bought shares in the club through a crowdfunding scheme. Their support on the terraces was reciprocated on the field. II Ducali won promotion to Serie C in style, going unbeaten all season and amassing the highest points total ever recorded in the league. Escaping Serie D at the first attempt was merely the beginning for Scala. “ We are enjoying the rewards of an extraordinary ride,” he said in April 2016. “Let’s enjoy the victory, as it’s the first of a process that we hope will see us as contenders again next year.” Parma’s next promotion, to Serie B, was won the hard way. After a string of defeats early in the season, Apollini was sacked. Roberto D’Aversa, in just his second coaching job, took over and turned things around. He guided Parma to second place, enough to give them a spot in the last-16 stage of the gruelling play-offs. Parma beat Piacenza, Lucchese and Pordenone to set up a final against Alessandria in late June. With club legend Hernan Crespo in the crowd to offer support, they won 2-0 to seal promotion to Serie B. Back-to-back promotions attracted the interest of Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang, who bought a 60% stake in the club to become Parma’s majority owner and new president. Lizhang was wise. He ensured the club kept its local feel and did not alienate fans. Nuovo Inizio held on to a 30% stake, while the supporters retained 10%. Lizhang appointed Hernan Crespo as vice president and set his sights on a third straight promotion: “Parma will rise again like a giant to take back its rightful place in Italian football. I hope we can soon celebrate Serie A with the team and the fans.” His wish came true last weekend. Going into the final day of the regular season, Frosinone were in pole position to finish second and earn automatic promotion to Serie A. Parma needed to win at Spezia and hope Frosinone would drop points at home to Foggia. With just over an hour gone, it was on. Parma were 2-0 up and Foggia were beating Frosinone 1-0. As things stood, Roberto D’Aversa’s men were going up. But this script would offer at least one more twist. In the space of five minutes, Frosinone scored twice to take the lead against Foggia and leapfrog Parma in the table. With the clock ticking down, it seemed as if Parma would have to settle for another tilt at the play- offs. But then, with just one minute of the season remaining, Foggia substitute Roberto Floriano scored an equaliser at Frosinone. They had left it late, but Parma had done it. wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseyswholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys

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