Parma, 7 February 2019 – As we approach Parma vs. Inter at the Tardini this Saturday, we take a look back at Davide Fontolan’s career, a former player who is the subject of this week’s Old Flame column.
Born in 1966, the midfielder came through the youth ranks at Legnano, and it was here where he demonstrated early signs of goalscoring potential from 1982 to 1986, scoring eight goals during a four-year spell.
Parma would soon be the beneficiaries of his talent come the 1986-87 campaign, where he played as an advanced No.9 and scored six goals in 31 appearances. His most memorable moment was in the 67th minute of a game against Bari. The game was tied at 1-1 and the striker craftily stabbed the ball into the back of the net after the goalkeeper delayed in picking it up.
The following year, Fontolan joined Udinese (25 appearances and five goals) and then Genoa, making his Serie A debut with the latter. He scored on his top-tier debut during a home match vs. Lecce, then going on to score 15 goals in 67 appearances over two years.
A move to Inter arrived in 1990, although his first year was blighted by an injury picked up in the summer. He would soon get his chance, however, with ‘Fontolino’ playing in Milan until 1996. With the Nerazzurri he made 127 appearances, scoring 11 goals and winning the UEFA Cup on two occasions.
Bologna was his next destination, where he spent four seasons (82 appearances and seven goals) and won the Intertoto Cup. He ended his career at Cagliari in 2000-01.