Parma, 24 September 2018 – Massimo Crippa is our Old Flame ahead of the match between Napoli and Parma on matchday six of the Serie A Tim 2018/19 season.
Born in 1965, the midfielder’s first professional experience in football came at Pavia in Serie C2 in 1986/87, a season in which his team was promoted to Serie C1. The following season saw him make a giant leap forward to join Serie A team Torino. Crippa immediately earned his place on the field in the top division, making 29 appearances and scoring three goals.
In 1988, he was signed by Napoli. Here Crippa found himself playing with Alemao in midfield and behind the forward players Maradona and Careca. He had a successful time at Napoli, winning the UEFA Cup over two legs against Stuttgart in his first season before his team clinched the Scudetto and Italian Super Cup in 1990. He made a total of 150 appearances in the Napoli shirt and scored nine goals.
Together with Gianfranco Zola, Parma managed to sign Crippa from Napoli in 1993, and he immediately got his hands on another trophy as he scored the decisive goal in extra time at San Siro to win the UEFA Super Cup against A.C. Milan.
He played for the Crociati until 1998, winning another UEFA Cup in 1994/95 and scoring nine goals in 147 games in the process. He then returned to Torino, where he helped his team win promotion from Serie B to Serie A, before finishing his career in the amateur leagues.
In the National Team shirt, Crippa played seven times for the U-21s between 1987 and 1988 before making 17 appearances in total for the full team (scoring one goal in a 3-1 win against Turkey in Pescara). Crippa also took part in two Olympic Games: firstly at Seoul 1988 (where he scored in the quarter-finals against Sweden) and then under Coach Cesare Maldini at Atlanta 1996 as an overage player.