It’s a showdown that was first played in Serie C1 as late as 1983. But since then, the two sides have faced off on a regular basis, including the season after the first clash.
In today’s Crociati History column, we’ll be looking back at a match played on our home turf 18 years ago, on 26 January 2002.
The Crociati, who had been in the hands of Pietro Gedeone Carmignani for a month following the sacking of Daniel Passerella, who had in turn replaced Renzo Ulivieri before that, were able to beat Francesco Guidolin’s Bologna side, who had been a surprise package that season.
‘Gede’ was again tasked with guiding them towards safety.
Not only did he achieve this, in a feat he would go on to repeat three years down the line in the epic play-off against Bologna, but he also guided the Crociati to their third Coppa Italia, the eighth we’ve added to our trophy cabinet, and still the last piece of silverware the Crociati have won.
It was that ‘Derby dell’Emilia’, won on a cold winter night in Parma, that became a decisive passage in our history.
What’s more, the win was characterised by two statistically significant goals.
Fabio Cannavaro put us ahead in the sixth minute (1-0). Scoring with a header following a corner following a deflection off Bologna Carlo Nervo’s knee, this was Cannavaro’s final goal for the Crociati.
Hakan Sukur, who had just joined the Crociati from Inter, was the one to double our lead, bagging his first goal for the club in what was only his second match for the club, and his first as a starter.
The Turkish forward wrong-footed Rossoblù keeper Gianluca Pagliuca, taking advantage of another corner and taking off his shirt under the Curva Nord in celebration.
Bologna halved the Crociati lead in the 53rd minute through midfielder Fabio Pecchia’s strike. Pecchia turned in a dangerous cross from Argentinian centre-forward ‘El Jardinero‘ Julio Ricardo Cruz, after Crociati keeper Sebastien Frey’s clearance fell short.
Frey later sealed the result for the Crociati, parrying dangerous attempts from Francesco Della Rocca in the 79th minute, and then from Matteo Brighi deep into stoppage time.
Pictured in the slide: Sukur explodes with joy under the Curva Nord after opening his account for Parma. In the images: Carmignani gives instructions from the bench; Cannavaro celebrates; Sukur takes off his shirt after scoring his first goal for the Crociati; On the other side, Frey shows his satisfaction. Pictured below: the celebrations of the Curva Nord.