PARMA vs. TORINO, THE OLD FLAME: LUCA BUCCI

Parma, 5 April 2019Luca Bucci finds himself in focus as the Old Flame for Parma and Torino ahead of the Crociati’s next match at 15:00 CET on Saturday at the Stadio Tardini.

Bolognese by birth, Bucci came through the Parma youth system. Before earning a starting spot, he built up his first team experience in the late 1980s and early 1990s at Pro Patria, Rimini, Casertana and Reggiana, making 105 appearances during his time away from the Stadio Tardini.

For the 1993/94 season, Bucci returned to Parma where he would make his Serie A debut. It was on 29 August 1993 as Parma beat Udinese 0-1 on the road. For the next three years, he was Parma’s first choice and his displays led to him joining the Italy set-up. Arrigo Sacchi called him up as the third choice goalkeeper and he was in the squad that finished as runners-up in the 1994 USA World Cup. 

He remained at Parma until 1997, winning the European Supercup and UEFA Cup before returning in 2004. Across all competitions, he made 222 appearances in total for the club. 

After a loan to Perugia, Bucci joined Torino in 1998. He stayed with the Granata until 2003, making 173 appearances for them before heading to Empoli where he played 19 times. He retired in the 2008/9 season after joining Napoli at the age of 40. After working as the Parma goalkeeping coach, he currently fulfils the same role at Bologna.