Season Review 2017/2018 – Episode 1

Football, like life, is a story to tell and our story, in last three years, IS the football.
We do it from fans to fans: even if translation is rough we are sure you will appreciate it anyway.
+++ this is a non professional and free translation made from the original post on Parma Calcio 1913 official website that you can find at this link +++

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New season will see us again in Serie A. While Crusaders are on holiday, waiting for new season to start, let’s taste again the emotions of Serie B 2017/18 league. This is the first Episode of “Season Review”.
Our long travel to Serie A began in the second half of July 2017, when in Collecchio started the pre-seasonal retreat. Medical visits, presentations and first training of new players (Frediani, Barillà, Siligardi and Pinto, for example), then it is time to leave to Pinzolo, Trentino, for the retreat.Before leaving, Roberto D’Aversa speaks with press: “We start with enthusiasm, we have great desire to satisfy our fans. Now we start from this group and from his enthusiasm, that also in Florence final demonstrated his greatness”.
On 20th July the team, under D’Aversa coaching, started the training. after three days, on 23rd, Crusaders play first friendly match of the season: 14-0 to Pieve di Bono, first goal scored by Iacoponi. In Pinzolo arrive two new players: Dezi and Insigne, both from Napoli.

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More matches follow like 12-0 to Settaurense and 4-0 to Dro, in Pinzolo arrive also Gagliolo and Di Gaudio, so 1st august Crusaders finish the retreat and go back to Collecchio, to follow with trainings two days later.
First official match is Coppa Italia second round against Bari. In San Nicola we lost 2-1: Crusaders go forward with a Calaiò penalty but Bari remount and kick us out of the competition. D’Aversa said: “I’m pretty satisfied of our performance, not of the result”.
After this match Crusaders plays two more friendlies against bigger opponents like Fiorentina (0-0) on 13 August and Empoli (1-1). Team is ready for the debut: two years after the societary renaissance, Parma Calcio 1913 starts the Serie B league. First one is a home match against Cremonese: “There is desire to start tomorrow. We’re honored to be the first in doing it opening the league, Parma is an historical team. Surely it will be emotional, tomorrow, the championship debut. I hope that my team will step the pitch fighting on every tackle, because i think that passion and belonging feeling of our tifosi deserve it” so spoke Mister D’Aversa.
On 25th august we debut in the league and we do it in the best way: winnning. Victory goal is scored by Calaiò, again on penalty, like in Coppa Italia in the beginning of august.

Calaiò explain: “Help the team for me is the most important thing, giving my experience in the category. Fortunately with this goal I restarted from where I left last year. Our mission is to keep united and not take goals, looking for scoring first”.Second episode will follow…

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