Parma F.C. Academy

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Parma F.C. Academy (it. Settore Giovanile) is the youth set-up of Parma Football Club, comprising eight squads divided by age group: Primavera, Allievi Nazionale and Allievi Regionali (who train at Centro Sportivo di Collecchio), and Giovanissimi Nazionali, Giovanissimi Regionali Esordienti Regionali, Esordienti Provinciali and Pulcini (who train at Campi Stuard).[1]


Parma Under-20s
Parma's crest
Full name La Primavera del Parma F.C.
Nickname(s) I Crociatini (The Young Crusaders)
La Primavera Crociata (The Crusader Youth Team)
Ground Centro Sportivo Parma Calcio, Collecchio[2]
President Tommaso Ghirardi[3]
Head Coach Hernán Crespo
League Campionato Nazionale Primavera
2013-14 6th, Girone A
Website Club home page

The Primavera is the Parma football team composed of footballers between 17 and 20 years old, which is the most senior youth category according to Italian football’s hierarchy. Each season, the Primavera squad is trialled for promotion to the first team before the beginning of the Serie A season. Players deemed ready for first team football are registered and given a first team squad number.

The team currently competes in the Italian Campionato Nazionale Primavera, which has been known as the Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti since 2006, but have never won the title.[4] Parma failed to finish in the top five of their fourteen-team league, finishing sixth, and so were eliminated before the play-offs began in the 2010–11 season. The squad also compete in the Coppa Italia Primavera, the national Italian youth cup competition, but have also failed to win that competition[5] and were knocked out in the second round in the 2010–11 season for the second consecutive year. Having won neither of the two Italian Primavera competitions, Parma have never competed in the Supercoppa Primavera.

The closest the team has come to a major honour was in the Torneo di Viareggio, a major youth tournament contested by teams from all over the world, succumbing to a 3–1 defeat at the hands of Brescia Calcio in 1996. Appearances in the third place play-off of that competition have ended in a 1988 win on penalties over A.C. Milan and a 1–0 defeat to Internazionale in 1989.[6] The play-off was abolished in 2009, but Parma did manage a fourth semi-final appearance in 2012, losing 1–0 to Juventus F.C..[7]

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 January 2015.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
54 Ghana MF Solomon Nyantakyi
55 Italy DF Luca Pipoli
56 Italy MF Giovanni Tortora
58 Italy DF Mirko Esposito
59 Italy MF Lorenzo Capezzani
Italy GK Michele Falco
Italy GK Diego Rossetto
Italy GK Massimiliano Simonazzi
Italy GK Riccardo Verdi
Italy DF Domenico Frare
Italy DF Alessandro Mainardi
Italy DF Christopher Petrini
Italy DF Luca Procacci
Italy DF Matteo Saccardo
Italy DF Ivan Santagiuliana
Italy DF Federico Varini
No. Position Player
Italy DF Davide Zuccolini
Italy MF Juri Bottino
Italy MF Patrick Corbelli
Brazil MF Leonardo Dias Consulin
Italy MF Giovanni Liberti
Italy MF Ciro Lucchese
Italy MF Davide Mazzocco
Italy MF Simone Scognamiglio
Italy FW Vittorio Attili
Cameroon FW Frank Didiba (on loan from Inter)
Slovakia FW Lukáš Haraslín
Chile FW Ignacio Jeraldino (on loan from Chile San Felipe)
Dominican Republic FW Geremy Lombardi (on loan from Inter)
Argentina FW Gonzalo Martínez
Italy FW Lorenzo Mitta (on loan from Inter)
Italy FW Giacomo Zecca (on loan from Piacenza)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
57 Italy MF Alessandro Canino (at Modena)
Italy GK Tommaso Corradi (at Carpi)
Italy DF Salvatore Russo (at MonosPolis)
Italy DF Davide Zagnoni (at Piacenza)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Sergio Corso (at Piacenza)
Italy MF Filippo Pollino (at Cesena)
Slovenia MF Zoran Švonja (at Salernitana)
Italy FW Christian Damiano (at Bari)

Co-owned at other clubs[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player



Other youth teams[edit]

Below the Primavera, which, for the 2014–15 season caters for those born in 1995, 1996 and 1997, are the following youth teams:[1]

  • Allievi Nazionali (under 17s) – Players born in 1998
    • League winners in 2003–04[9] and 2012–13[10]
  • Allievi Regionali (under 16s) – Players born in 1999
  • Giovanissimi Nazionali (under 15s) – Players born in 2000
  • Giovanissimi Regionali (under 14s) – Players born in 2001
  • Esordienti Nazionali (under 13s) – Players born in 2002
  • Esordienti Regionali (under 12s) – Players born in 2003
  • Pulcini (under 11s) – Players born in 2004

Notable former players[edit]

Many players from Parma's Settore Giovinale go on to have careers in professional football, whether at Parma or at other clubs. The following is a list of players who have played in Serie A.

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Giovanili: definite le date della ripresa delle attività" [Youth: dates confirmed for resumption of activity]. Parma F.C. (in Italian). 13 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Centro Sportivo" [Sports Centre]. Parma F.C. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Organigramma" [Organisation Chart]. Parma F.C. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Albo d'Oro". Lega Serie A. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Albo d'Oro". Lega Serie A. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Viareggio Cup: le curiosità di Parma – Juventus" [Viareggio Cup: Parma – Juventus trivia]. Parma F.C. (in Italian). 17 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Parma, Viareggio Cup: la Primavera esce a testa alta in semifinale" [Parma, Viareggio Cup: Youth team walk away from the semi-finals with pride] (in Italian). 18 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Organigramma" [Staff] (in Italian). Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Campionato Allievi Nazionali edizione 2003/04" [2003/04 edition of the Allievei Nazionali championship] (in Italian). Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lucarelli, scudetto al primo tentativo con gli Allievi del Parma" [Lucarelli, title at first attempt with the Parma Allievi]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian) (RCS MediaGroup). 19 June 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

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