Derby dell'Enza

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Derby dell'Enza
Other names Derby del Grana
Locale  Emilia-Romagna
Teams Parma F.C., A.C. Reggiana 1919
First contested 7 December 1919
Reggiana 2–1 Parma
Promozione Emilia
Most recent meeting 16 February 1997
Reggiana 0–0 Parma
Serie A
Number of meetings Competitive: 79[1]
League: 76[2]
All-time series Reggiana wins: 27
Draws: 27
Parma wins: 25
Largest victory Four Parma victories by a margin of 4 goals

The Derby dell'Enza, also referred to as the Derby del Grana (Italian pronunciation: [ˈderbi del ˈɡraːna]), is the local derby contested by Parma F.C. and A.C. Reggiana 1919 in football in Italy.[3]

The name derives from the River Enza, which forms the boundary of the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia. Grana is a type of hard, mature cheese, of which Parmigiano-Reggiano, or Parmesan cheese, is a famous example, Parmigiano and Reggiano being the Italian adjectives for Parma and Reggio Emilia, the respective home cities of the two clubs.

The match is contested twice a year when the two clubs participate in the same league competition, but this last happened in the 1996–97 Serie A and Reggiana currently play in Lega Pro, the third tier of the pyramid, while Parma still sit at Italian football's top table in Serie A, leading to calls for its revival as a friendly.

The rivalry stems from a historical rivalry between the cities of Parma and Reggio Emilia, which transcends sport.[4] Despite the close rivalry, Parma are comfortably the more successful of the two sides, having won 8 major trophies.[5] The first of these was as recent as the 1991–92 Coppa Italia triumph. Before the 1990s, neither side had played in Serie A, Italian football's top tier that was formed in 1929, so Parma's dominance is a recent trend. Fan violence between ultras groups is often a problem in this derby.


Separated by just 25 kilometres, Parma has historically been seen as a snobbish or aristocratic city, the capital of the small state Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, home to monuments, churches and palaces, and whose famous sons are musicians Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini and painter Parmigianino, while the residents of Reggio Emilia were perceived as less affluent and hot-blooded with a strong background in agriculture, the first city to fly the Tricolore in 1797, but also excelled in the arts through the works of Ludovico Ariosto and Antonio da Correggio. The cities share the protected naming of the world-renowned Parmesan cheese, more properly called Parmigiano-Reggiano.[6] Parma's football team was founded in 1913 and A.C. Reggiana 1919 was founded six years later in 1919.[7] 1919 would also be the first year they met, as they duked it out in the Promozione and the Prima Categoria in what were both sides' first two seasons in league football from 1919 to 1921.

The two Emilian sides had six more meetings before 1930 was out, but neither side was able to win away from home. From 1932, the clubs had a since unmatched run of 8 consecutive seasons of league derbies in a period in which Reggiana had the upper hand, finishing above Parma in the league every year. This trend continued across the 1940s and 1950s, although derbies did not so occur so frequently over those years. For the 1952–53 Serie C campaign, Reggiana was given a 20-point deduction for misconduct denounced by the Parma management and was relegated to the ignominy of IV Serie that season. However, they returned as the 1960s neared with four seasons of Serie B contests in which the spoils were shared with three wins apiece out of eight, but Parma's relegation from that division in 1961–62 put an end to derbies until 1970.

On 18 November 1973, the derby was a goalless affair, but nonetheless notable for its on-pitch actions because of the match's three sendings-off. After coming to blows in the second half, both Sega (Parma) and Stefanello (Reggiana) were given their marching orders. Reggiana's Zandoli joined them after an off the ball incident to give the home side a man advantage.[8] The 1973–74 Derby dell'Enza contents March 1974 also ended goalless, while the January 1976 match had the same lack of incisiveness, but ended one apiece.[9][10] On the third last day of the 1974–75 Serie B season, the two sides met when they were threatened with relegation. A second half goal from Reggiana's Sileno Passalacqua was the only goal of the game and it ultimately sealed Parma's relegation fate.[11] Reggiana would go on to avoid relegation via a spareggio against Alessandria in Milan.

Carlo Ancelotti, the only man to manage both Reggiana and Parma, went on to win major titles with Milan and Chelsea.

In the 1989–90 Serie B season, both teams performed well, chasing promotion to Serie A. Fan trouble was caused by Parma fans in the Reggio Emilia game in late December, when they attempted to halt the train early in order to avoid police controls and also damaged locals' cars. In the match itself, Parma were superior, Maurizio Ganz scoring twice without reply.[12] In the return match at the Tardini, Parma secured promotion to Serie A for the first time in its history. Nevio Scala's team again won the game 2–0 thanks to goals from Alessandro Melli and Marco Osio. The Parma fans' celebrations were in stark contrast to the behaviour of Reggiana's, of whom three were arrested, after cars were damaged, windows broken and Stazione di Parma was subjected to acts of vandalism.[13] Parma had also secured a first league Derby del Grana double in exactly 30 seasons, when Reggiana achieved the feat.

Serie A's first Derby dell'Enza took place on 24 October 1993, following Reggiana's summer promotion. Alessandro Melli scored the only goal of the game for a Parma team fatigued by mid-week exertions in Haifa.[14] The return meeting on 6 March 1994 was bizarrely interrupted by a calf injury to referee Pierluigi Pairetto after just 20 minutes, meaning the match was called off at half-time and not completed until 5 April.[15] In September 1996, the clubs' last meeting at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, trouble was caused by the Ultras Ghetto, a Reggiana ultras group, as cars were vandalised and flares and firecrackers thrown into the Parma fan areas, despite a police presence of 500. The match itself was dominated by Parma, who emerged victors by three goals to two after Reggiana twice came from a goal behind to equalise before Gianfranco Zola netted the winner.[16] In the clubs' most recent encounter in 1996–97 and first at the new Stadio Giglio (which had replaced the Stadio Mirabello in 1995),[17] metal objects were thrown at Parma goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the match.[18] A gap had already opened between the fortunes of the club at a time when owner Calisto Tanzi owned Parma and sponsored Reggiana.[3] The match finished goalless, but Parma would go on to finish in second position, which remains a club record, and Reggiana finished bottom, 18 points adrift of safety. This gap has only widened in the years since, as Reggiana have sunk two divisions below Parma.

Reggiana's good performance in the 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione, the third tier, while Parma were in Serie B, the second, raised the possibility of a 77th league derby in 2009–10, but this was extinguished when Parma won promotion back to Serie A at the first attempt and Reggiana failed to qualify from the play-offs.[19] Because the match has not been played for some years, some have called for its revival as a friendly which would raise funds for charity, but the possibility was denied in the summer of 2010 due to worries about public order.[20] Despite the relative inactivity of this derby in recent years, Reggiana has played no other side on more occasions in league football.[2]


Total Parma at home Reggiana at home
Matches Parma
Draws Reggiana
Matches Parma
Draws Reggiana
Matches Parma
Draws Reggiana
League 76 24 26 26 78 68 38 20 9 9 52 23 38 4 17 17 26 45
Coppa Italia 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2
Coppa Italia C 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
Competitive 79 25 27 27 80 70 39 20 10 9 52 23 40 5 17 18 28 47
Coppa del Primato 4 1 2 1 4 4 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 3 2
Total 83 26 29 28 84 74 41 20 11 10 53 25 42 6 18 18 31 49



The listed results cover the clubs' league meetings.[21]


Coppa Italia[edit]

The two clubs have met just once in the Coppa Italia and Reggiana won the game 2–1, scoring the winning goal in extra time.[22]

Date Venue Result
11 September 1938 Stadio Mirabello Reggiana 2–1 Parma (a.e.t.)

Coppa Italia Semiprofessionisti[edit]

Parma had the better of the two meetings in the Coppa Italia Semiprofessionisti. The sides met in Group 15 of the preliminary round.[23]

Date Venue Result
25 August 1976 Stadio Mirabello Reggiana 0–1 Parma
5 September 1976 Stadio Ennio Tardini Parma 0–0 Reggiana

Other competitions[edit]

Parma and Reggiana also played each other in the Coppa del Primato on 4 occasions:[24]

  • 6 May 1934: Parma 0–1 Reggiana
  • 9 May 1934: Reggiana 0–1 Parma
  • 29 December 1934: Reggiana 2–2 Parma
  • 1 January 1935: Parma 1–1 Reggiana

Shared personnel[edit]


A number of players have played for both clubs over the course of their careers. This is an incomplete list of players who have made at least one appearance for both:

Head coaches[edit]

Only one coach has taken charge of both Derby dell'Enza outfits: Carlo Ancelotti. In 1995, he took his first job in management at Serie B side Reggiana, where he led the team to fourth position and promotion to Serie A. In the summer of 1996, he moved directly to fellow Serie A team Parma to replace the club's all-time most successful coach, Nevio Scala. Parma finished in second position in his first year in charge, which remains a record high league finish for the Ducali, and fifth position in his second and final season.

Head coach Reggiana career Parma career
Span G W D L F A Win % Span G W D L F A Win %
Italy Carlo Ancelotti 1995–1996 41 17 14 10 45 36 41.46 1996–1998 87 42 27 18 114 85 48.28

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ Zucchini, Francesco (24 October 1993). "Le lady emiliane unite dal formaggio divise dal pallone" [The Emilian clubs united by cheese divided by football] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
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  9. ^ Cocconcelli, A.L. (1 April 1974). "Lots of work, draw fair" [Match without goals but not short on emotion] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  10. ^ Morini, Claudio (27 January 1975). "Tra Parma e Reggiana rincorasa "alla cieca"" [Parma and Reggiana run down blind alleys] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  11. ^ Cocconcelli, A.L. (9 June 1975). "Per la Reggiana 1 gol e 2 punti di speranza" [1 goal and 2 points give hope to Reggiana] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  12. ^ Cocconcelli, A.L. (31 December 1989). "Scala corre veloce; La strada porta in A" [Scala runs fast; the road leads to A] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  13. ^ Vannini, Franco (28 May 1990). "E una cosa meravigliosa" [It's a wonderful thing] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  14. ^ Dradi, Francesco (25 October 1993). "Ingranaggi vincenti" [Gutsy win] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  15. ^ "arbitro in buca: sospesa Reggiana Parma" [Referee in hole: Reggiana-Parma suspended]. Corriere della Sera. 7 March 1994. 
  16. ^ Dradi, Francesco (22 September 1996). "Parma, una vittoria tra lacrimogeni e tanti interrogativi" [Parma, a victory which brought tears and many questions] (PDF). L'Unità (in Italian) ( 
  17. ^ Longhi, Lorenzo (8 September 2011). "Ricordate lo stadio Giglio? Ora è all'asta fallimentare..." [Remember the Stadio Giglio? Today it's being auctioned off...]. Sky Sport (in Italian) ( 
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  19. ^ "Parma, svegliati. O vuoi farti raggiungere dalla Reggiana?" [Parma, wake up. Or do you want to be overtaken by Reggiana?] (in Italian). 27 January 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Tabellini Pro 1938/39". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Tabellini Semipro 1976/77". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Altri tornei". Retrieved 21 December 2012. 

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