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R.I.P. FC Parma

Parma declared bankrupt – remember this 1999 UEFA Cup team?

Parma have officially been declared bankrupt, and will have to begin again from the amateur leagues.

The news seemed inevitable after a final deadline to buy the club passed, with baseball legend Mike Piazza announcing that he would not be investing.

“The administrators of Parma FC, Dr. Angelo Anedda and Dr. Alberto Guion, communicated that as of 14.00 today, June 22 2015, no offers have been received for the sporting rights of the club,” a statement confirmed.

“In the coming hours the administrators will meet with the creditor’s committee and the bankruptcy judge Dr Pietro Rogato to make the necessary arrangements for the bankruptcy proceedings.”

The news means that the Ducali will not be able to register for next season’s Serie B, following their relegation at the end of the season just passed.

A new Parma entity will have to begin again from Serie D, the highest amateur league, and attempt to work their way back up the divisions.

Here’s just a few of the names that have graced the yellow and blue of Parma

Taffarel, Asprilla, Zola, Dino Baggio, Thuram, Veron, Cannavaro, Ortega to name just a handful. It seems as if their policy of hoarding many young players and farming them out with the hope they then blossom and can be sold on has finally caught with up them. Football Italia fans of the early 90’s will no doubt be shedding a tear right now.

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