Parma, 27 February 2019 – Having featured for both teams, Stefano Morrone is this week’s Old Flame in view of Empoli vs. Parma at the Castellani on Saturday 2 March at 15:00 CET.

Born in 1978, he started off with Cosenza in Serie B, spending two seasons with the Lupi from 1996 to 1998 – his record consisting of two goals in 27 appearances. The following year he joined Empoli, with whom he made his Serie A debut. During his time in Tuscany, he made 24 appearances before joining Piacenza. His 18-month stint there included 32 appearances, while Venezia then came calling in 2001, where he scored one goal in 18 games.

After securing promotion in the Veneto, he then returned to Cosenza where he helped them avoid relegation. Following a year with Palermo (five goals in 35 matches), his journey took him on loan to Chievo (20 appearances) before returning to the Rosanero one season later (23 appearances). After a two-year spell with Livorno (72 games and seven goals), he eventually ended up in the Crociati shirt.

Morrone spent six seasons with Parma, receiving the captain’s armband after relegation to Serie B and then helping the team rise back up to the top tier. During the next five years in Serie A, Morrone made 175 appearances for the Crociati, scoring 10 goals in the process. He concluded his playing career with spells at Latina and Pisa before then starting his adventure as a coach. In 2015 he was named as Parma’s Youth Coach, while he also spent a brief time in charge of the First team prior to D’Aversa’s arrival. He most recently coaches Sassuolo’s Berretti and Primavera sides.