2014-15 SERIE A REVIEW

PARMA

2014-15 review

Serie A Pts P W D L F A
20th 19* 38 6 8 24 33 75

*Total seven points deducted during season for financial irregularities

Coppa Italia: Quarter-finals / Team rating: 3 / Top scorer: Cassano (5)

It was a dramatic fall from grace for Parma, who went from European places to administration and relegation. Rossella Marrai looks at a traumatic year.

Demise of the Ducali

The chaos that surrounded the Tardini outfit this season was almost surreal at times. It was exactly a year ago the team was celebrating European qualification after a gap of eight years, but their dreams were dashed with a UEFA licence declined due to late payment of income tax on salaries. 

That should’ve been a big warning flag for the Parmigiani, but they tried to continue on as normal. Only months later did people discover the truth.

Heading into Week 16, Parma had mustered just two wins, one draw and 13 defeats, but there was the clear sensation that something was weighing heavily on the players’ minds.

On December 18, 2014, Tommaso Ghirardi sold his controlling stake to Albanian businessman Rezart Taçi, after it was announced that the players had not been paid since July.

Despite the impressive 1-0 win over Fiorentina at the start of the New Year, further problems followed when Antonio Cassano terminated his contract by mutual consent over the lack of wages, while the likes of pivotal defender Gabriel Paletta formed part of an exodus of players that winter.

With Taçi unable to pay the players either, he sold the club two months later for a staggering figure of just €1 to Giampietro Manenti. Sadly, the situation didn’t change on or off the field and Parma remained bottom of Serie A.

It seemed like there was no way out for the 1992-93 UEFA Cup winners when Manenti was arrested in March 2015 on allegations of money laundering. Inevitably, on March 19 the club was declared bankrupt and could only complete the season thanks to a €5m loan from the Lega Serie A.

Ironically, the team fared considerably better under administration, as “at last we had some clear idea of what was happening and someone to talk to about it.” Parma’s squad earned praise from all quarters as they showed pride to take points off Juventus, Napoli, Inter and Roma.

Sadly, Parma’s campaign will not be remembered for what they did on the field, but rather for the chaos, sadness, seven-point penalty and poor management that was somehow allowed to happen. It’ll go down as their worst season to date, but hopefully the Gialloblu will be back in the top flight soon.

The Coach - Roberto Donadoni

The former midfielder had a tough time getting a set of dejected and unpaid players excited to step out onto the field every week, but he did a remarkable job in a team stripped of confidence and desire. Far from the ideal scenario, Donadoni did his best to encourage his players and get results where they could – sadly it wasn’t enough.

Player of the Year - Alessandro Lucarelli

While it may have been tricky to pick out the best player from a team stuck at the bottom of the table, Lucarelli gets the nod for his incredible professionalism throughout the testing campaign. Constantly encouraging his players on and off the field, Lucarelli pitched in with some great displays and acted as union leader negotiating for finances.

Did you know?

- Before this season the least number of wins in a season was seven back in 2007-08, but this year they have set a new record low of just six wins.

- Parma have set a new club record for the least amount of points in the Serie A season, by accumulating just 19 points (albeit with a seven-point penalty). The previous low was 34 in 2007-08.

- If it wasn’t for the seven point deduction, Parma would’ve finished in 19th place ahead of Cesena.

Squad

No Pos Player Apps Gls Assists
91 GK Pabol Bajza - - -
22 GK Alessandro Iacobucci 5(2) - -
83 GK Antonio Mirante 33 - -
2 D Mattia Cassani 13(5) - -
15 D Andrea Costa 20(2) 1 -
38 D Martin Erlic - - -
58 D Mirko Esposito 0(1) - -
28 D Zouhair Agharbi Feddal 12(1) - -
18 D Massimo Gobbi 30(3) - 2
3 D Andi Lila 9(4) 2 -
6 D Alessandro Lucarelli 28 1 1
4 D Pedro Mendes 17(4) - -
13 D Giuseppe Prestia 0(1) - -
27 D Fabiano Santacroce 12(3) - 1
29 D Gabriel Paletta 6 (1) - -
11 D Paolo De Ceglie 11 3 -
3 D Andrea Rispoli 7 (7) - 1
19 D Felipe 11 1 -
37 M Jeremy Broh 0(1) - -
14 M Daniele Galloppa 8(9) - 1
34 M Lukas Haraslin 0(2) - -
21 M Francesco Lodi 20(3) 2 1
31 M McDonald Mariga 4(5) - -
8 M Jose Mauri 29(4) 2 1
23 M Antonio Nocerino 19(1) 3 1
54 M Solomon Nyantakyi - - -
20 M Saphir Taider - - -
33 M Lucas Souza 2 (1) - -
30 M Afriyie Acquah 12 (2) - -
88 A Massimo Coda 9(9) 2 3
5 A Abdelkader Ghezzal 10(9) - -
80 A Cristobal Jorguera 14(3) 1 3
17 A Raffaele Palladino 16(6) 4 1
26 A Sivestre Varela 19 3 1
24 A Cristian Rodriguez 5 - -
9 A Ishak Belfodil 12(10) 1 2
  A Soufiane Bidaoui 1 (3) - -
10 A Nicola Pozzi 0 (3) - -
11 A Amauri 0 (1) - -
99 A Antonio Cassano 18 (1) 5 2
7 A Jonathan Biabiany 1 - -