The Stadio Ennio Tardini has historically been a tricky place for any team to go and claim all three points. The 29,906 capacity arena, which hosts a vocal home support, formed the bedrock of Parma’s renaissance in the nineties, driving the team on to threaten established Serie A superpowers whilst rubbing shoulders with Europe’s finest.
Looking to avoid succumbing to the curse this evening will be the Bianconeri, who possess a marginally inferior record from the 21 previous championship away encounters contested with the Gialloblu (W5 D10 L6).
Motivation for Antonio Conte’s men to push for what would be their first victory in Parma since 2010 can be found in the form of a host of inspirational Bianconeri comebacks.
These begin in early 1995, when Juventus, under the stewardship of Marcello Lippi, found themselves trailing to the league leaders through a Dino Baggio effort shortly after the restart. But Paulo Sousa’s cross-cum-shot beat Giovanni Galli to give the visitors hope, before Fabrizio Ravanelli completed the turnaround with a diving header and penalty.
Three years later, in 1998, Carlo Ancelotti’s Gialloblu could have been forgiven for thinking they were home and dry after first-half goals from Mario Stanic and Massimo Crippa established a seemingly comfortable advantage. Yet the Bianconeri had different ideas, instantly gaining a foothold in the game through Alessio Tacchinardi, ahead of Filippo Inzaghi’s eventual equaliser.
History repeated itself in 2004 when, approaching the closing stages with a one-goal deficit, Igor Tudor popped up at the death to make it honours even between two future Italy international coaches: Cesare Prandelli and Marcello Lippi.
Another coach with international pedigree, Fabio Capello, was at the helm for the final game of the comeback series, a 2-1 win in the 2005/06 season. Marco Delvecchio saw his opener pegged back by a long-range Mauro Camoranesi strike, while Patrick Vieira completed the comeback after converting Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s assist.