JUVENTUS-PARMA, THE OLD FLAME: FABIO CANNAVARO

Parma, 31 January 2019 – The history of matches between Juventus and Parma is also one of players who contributed to the success of both clubs. Undoubtedly, Fabio Cannavaro is one of these.

Born in Naples on 13 September 1973, Cannavaro came through at his local side, making his Serie A debut for Napoli against Juventus during a 4-3 defeat in Turin on 7 March 1993. That Napoli side was coached by Marcello Lippi who Fabio would also work with at Juve and Italy.

1995 was a very important year for him. On 8 January, he scored his first professional goal against AC Milan while in the summer he was sold to Parma. In our shirt, he lined up alongside Buffon and his defensive partner Thuram to form one of the greatest defences in Italy and Europe. With Parma, Cannavaro won three trophies in 100 days in 1999. They were: The Coppa Italia, UEFA Cup and Supercoppa Italiana. He then became the Parma captain, lifting the Coppa Italia while wearing the armband in 2002. His time with the Crociati ended after he made 288 appearances and scored five goals. 

He then moved to Inter. For the Nerazzurri, he reached the 2003 Champions League semi-final before joining Juventus in 2004. Cannavaro spent three seasons with the Bianconeri, the first of which came between 2004 and 2006 before he returned in the 2009/10 campaign. Overall, he made 128 appearances and scored seven goals. In between his time in Turin, he played for Real Madrid, twice winning La Liga in addition to a Spanish Super Cup. Dubai outfit Al Ahli would be the final club of his playing career.

Fabio Cannavaro was also a massive figure for Italy. With the Under-21s, he won two European Championships in 1994 and 1996. For the senior side, he reached the Euro 2000 final but the 2006 World Cup in Germany is the greatest memory of them all. The solid defence that was marshalled by Cannavaro proved decisive as the Azzurri went on to lift the trophy on 9 July 2006 in Berlin. A few months later, he also won the Ballon d’Or. 

As a coach, Cannavaro was the number two at Al Ahli before heading to China with Guangzhou Evergrande where he worked alongside Marcello Lippi who moved from a coaching to a directorial role. After, he spent time in Saudi Arabia with Al Nassr, Cannavaro moved the Chinese second division, leading Tianjin Quanjian to the Chinese Super League for the first time in their history. The following season, they finished third and earned qualification to the Asian Champions League. Now, he’s back at Guangzhou Evergrande.