PARMA-CAGLIARI: OUR OPPONENTS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

Parma, 18 September 2018 – The Crociati will play at home against Cagliari on Saturday at 15:00 CEST in their fifth game of the Serie A Tim 2018/19 season. Let’s get to know our next opponents better.

THE “CASTEDDU”: THEIR HISTORY

Cagliari, also known amongst the club’s fans as “Casteddu” – a synonym used to refer to the city of Cagliari – were founded in 1920 and that year played for the first time on 8 September against Torres. The historical period most associated with the Rossoblu began in the second half of the 1960s, a time when they started to compete right at the top and eventually went on to win Serie A. In 1963/64, they gained promotion to Serie A for the first time, with young striker Gigi Riva playing an important role in this achievement. Under head coach Manlio Scopigno in 1968/69, they would go on to finish second in Serie A behind Fiorentina and reach the final of the Coppa Italia, where they lost against Roma. Aside from Gigi Riva, during this period had a number of excellent players such as Albertosi, Cera and Domenghini. They would eventually go on to win the Serie A in 1970 after going top following a 1-0 win against reigning champions Fiorentina early on in the season.

Another period of historical significance for Cagliari was the first half of the 1990s. During this time, Claudio Ranieri led the club to two successive promotions from Serie C to Serie A. After fighting relegation for two seasons, Cagliari managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup following Carlo Mazzone’s arrival as head coach. In 1993/94, the Sardinian club reached the semi-final stage of this cup under the leadership of Bruno Giorgi with Luis Oliveira and Dely Valdes (scorer of 17 goals that season) up front.

THIS SEASON

Rolando Maran has come in to lead the team this season following four seasons at Chievo. During the summer transfer market, Cagliari were able to bring in Leonardo Pavoletti from Napoli, Darijo Srnadallo from Shakthar Donetsk, Lucas Castro from Chievo, Filip Bradaric from Rijeka and Alberto Cerri on loan from Juventus.

Cagliari have so far picked up five points from four games this season: they lost 2-0 away to Empoli in their opening game and then drew 2-2 at home to Sassuolo. They then beat Atalanta 1-0 away in what was their first win of the season before drawing 1-1 against Milan in their last outing. Over these games they have scored four and conceded five: Pavoletti (twice), Barella and Joao Pedro have got their goals.

In their last Serie A game, Maran’s team lined up as follows: Cragno, Srna, Romagna, Klavan, Padoin, Castro, Bradaric, Barella, Joao Pedro, Pavoletti, Farias.