Season Review 2017/2018 – Episode 2

Football, like life, is a story to tell and our story, in last three years, IS the football.

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+++ 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 +++

EPISODE 2 – “United in difficulties”

Meantime transfer market close and Parma Calcio have time to do the last strike: Fabio Ceravolo, known as “la Belva” (the Beast, ndt) arrives from Benevento: “I chose this team because my flame have always to stand switched on. When you hear Parma is interested in you, you can not regret…”

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After victorious match in Tardini for Crusaders comes first away match, against Novara. In Collecchio, on 2nd September, it is the day of the debut of… the new official Bus, driven by historical driver Aldo. Before leaving to Piedmont, D’Aversa takes stock of the situation in press conference: “We passed the first obstacle, now we have to try doing the best possible in other 41 that still miss to the end. Pressures don’t have to worry, but encourage us. Our will, in this season, is to do our best. It will be clearly fundamental to keep balance when difficulties will come. We could pass obstacles on our way only thinking with serenity to daily work”.
Also second obstacle is passed: on 3rd September Parma beat Novara. Crusaders, that play in Piola Stadium for the first time in the season with third red kit (and still without sponsorship, but will arrive soon) win 0-1. He will be Antonino Barillà to score the winning goal from a corner scheme. It is such an important and difficult victory for Parma, considering that Novara got one post for half time with Ronaldo and Macheda: “We fought on every ball until the end. The goal, that I dedicate to my daughter, it is the proof of weekly work of everybody. So, this is not a victory in the sign of Barillà, but in the sign of Parma Calcio, that fought until 90° bringing back three points” so explains the midfielder after the match.


Parma, after two matches won, on third day come back to Tardini against Brescia. D’Aversa says: “We don’t have to undervalue this match, they have really good young players. It will be a more difficult match than the two before”. The rain comes to mess things, on 10th September a big storm pass over Parma and it is difficult to play, especially in second half. Parma vs Brescia is one of that matches in which who scores first, win. And Brescia do that, at 59° with Ferrante.
“We are sad not to neither draw. Field was unplayable, anyway we should have conquer at least a draw. In the first half we made the match and tried to do what we trained for, arriving to score” will explain at the end Iacoponi.

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Ransom doesn’t arrive soon. After first seasonal defeat, two more will come. In Perugia, in second away match of the season it ends 0-3: Han in the first half and Bonaiuto scores two goals in the second half: “Difference was made by determination in doing things, we did not win a tackle in the first half. At the beginning of the match wwe had two chances to score, but I didn’t like at all determination, that completely lack.” Explains D’Aversa after the match.
Other home match, other defeat: now is Empoli to beat us. On 19th september we lost in Tardini 1-2: Tuscans forward with Caputo, then Captain Lucarelli draws. Joy is short because Simic scores again for Empoli. Lucarelli talks: “Best medicine is daily hard work, with humilty and with desire to get out this moment. But we have to go there with the desire to make good result. Attitude, hunger and spite are important to win”.
It is not a simple moment: after two victories, three defeats in five matches, and on 23rd September we go in Penzo Stadium against Venezia, rival in Lega Pro in the past season. “We have to make the pitch talk and get out this difficult moment” explains D’Aversa. And the pitch says that getting out of difficulties is possible, standing united. match is not easy, Neroverdi led by Pippo Inzaghi are well organized.


Parma wants victory and Di Cesare scores from a corner kicked by Scozzarella: 0-1 for us.”Today it was important to restart, after tre defeats. In past season, at one period, Benevento lost seven matches, then was promoted to Serie A”. So “Emperor” Di Cesare said at the end of the match. A prophecy?

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