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 logo
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 Fausto Pizzi[4]
League Campionato Nazionale Primavera
2011-12 9th, 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.[5] 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[6] 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.[7] 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..[8]

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 February 2014[9]

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

No. Position Player
26 Argentina MF José Mauri
33 Argentina FW Martín Martínez
34 Italy DF Davide Zagnoni
36 Italy GK Daniele De Angelis
43 Croatia GK Marijan Ćorić
50 Slovakia MF Lukáš Haraslín
51 Senegal DF Dembel Sall
55 Italy GK Diego Rossetto
Italy GK Victor De Lucia
Ivory Coast DF Karl Aleppo
Senegal DF Hervé Diedhiou
Italy DF Mirko Esposito
Italy DF Domenico Frare
Italy DF Luca Pipoli
Italy DF Davide Zuccolini
Nigeria MF Johnson Adejumobi
No. Position Player
Italy MF Juri Bottino
Italy MF Alessandro Canino
Italy MF Lorenzo Capezzani
Italy MF Sergio Corso
Brazil MF Leonardo Dias Consulin
Serbia MF Filip Janković
Italy MF Davide Mazzocco
Ghana MF Solomon Nyantakyi
Senegal MF Badara Sarr
Serbia MF Zoran Svonja
Bulgaria MF Georg Ivanov Vassilev
Italy FW Vittorio Attili
Italy FW Marco Boscolo Zemelo
Italy FW Alberto Cerri
Dominican Republic FW Geremy Lombardi (on loan from Inter Milan)
Italy FW Francesco Silipo

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
93 Italy GK Mirko Pigliacelli (at Sassuolo)
Italy DF Nicolò Belotti (at Carrarese)[10]
Italy DF Simone Ciciotti (at Foligno)
Italy DF Matteo Mantovani (at Chieti)[11]
Ghana MF Godfred Adofo (at Romania CFR Cluj)[12]
Ivory Coast MF Yves Benoit Bationo (at Empoli)[10]
Italy MF Nicola Berselli (at Sassuolo)
Italy MF Sergio Corso (at Mantova)
Italy MF Gianmaria Cucurnia (at Spezia)[13]
Italy MF Vittorio Fabris (at FeralpiSalò)[14]
Italy MF Marco Firenze (at Giacomense)
Italy MF Mattia Musi (at Mezzocorona)
Italy MF Cristian Pedrinelli (at Renate)
No. Position Player
Montenegro MF Irfan Šahman (at Crotone)[10]
Italy FW Alesso Aracu (at Savona)[15]
Italy FW Michele Bentoglio (at Vallée d’Aoste)
Italy FW Mauro Cioffi (at Renate)[10]
Italy FW Riccardo Cocuzza (at Gubbio)
Italy FW Nicolò Dallaglio (at Pontedera)[16]
Italy FW Diego De Giorgi (at Fondi)[17]
Italy FW Giuseppe De Vincentis (at Carpi)
Italy FW Samuele Marinucci (at Arezzo)[18]
Italy FW Paolo Martino (at Ancona)[19]
Italy FW Giuseppe Pasquariello (at Fidenza)
Italy FW Simone Smacchia (at Spezia)[20]

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
Italy FW Domenico Mungo (with Chieti)[21]



Other youth teams[edit]

Below the Primavera, which, for the 2012–13 season caters for those born in 1993, 1994 and 1995, are the following youth teams:[1]

  • Allievi Nazionali (under 17s) – Players born in 1996
    • League winners in 2003–04[22]
  • Allievi Regionali (under 16s) – Players born in 1997
  • Giovanissimi Nazionali (under 15s) – Players born in 1998
  • Giovanissimi Regionali (under 14s) – Players born in 1999
  • Esordienti Nazionali (under 13s) – Players born in 2000
  • Esordienti Regionali (under 12s) – Players born in 2001
  • Pulcini (under 11s) – Players born in 2002

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. ^ a b c "Organigramma" [Staff] (in Italian). Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Albo d'Oro". Lega Serie A. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Albo d'Oro". Lega Serie A. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Viareggio Cup: le curiosità di Parma – Juventus" [Viareggio Cup: Parma – Juventus trivia]. Parma F.C. (in Italian). 17 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Primavera" [U20s]. Parma FC (in Italian). Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Le ultime operazioni di mercato" [Last transfer market moves]. Parma F.C. ( 31 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "UFFICIALE: Crisetig va allo Spezia" [OFFICIAL: Crisetig goes to Spezia]. Sportsbook24 ( 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "UFFICIALE: Parma, ceduto Adofo al Cluj" [OFFICIAL: Parma, Adofo to Cluj]. Sportsbook24 ( 31 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "UFFICIALE: Parma, Cucurnia in prestito allo Spezia" [OFFICIAL: Parma, Cucurnia on loan to Spezia]. Sportsbook24 ( 17 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "UFFICIALE: Fabris dal Parma alla Feralpi Salò" [OFFICIAL: Fabris from Parma to Feralpi Salò]. Sportsbook24 ( 22 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "UFFICIALE: ceduti tre giovani al Savona" [OFFICIAL: three youngsters off to Savona]. Sportsbook24 ( 12 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "UFFICIALE: Parma, torna Dallaglio" [OFFICIAL: Parma, Dallaglio returns]. Sportsbook24 ( 16 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Parma, cessioni in Seconda Divisione" [Parma, sales in Seconda Divisione]. Tutto Mercato Web ( 28 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "UFFICIALE: Marinucci si accasa all'Arezzo" [OFFICIAL: Marinucci si accasa all'Arezzo]. Sportsbook24 ( 10 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "UFFICIALE: Parma, Martino in prestito all'Ancona" [OFFICIAL: Parma, Martino on loan to Ancona]. Sportsbook24 ( 25 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "UFFICIALE: Spezia, arriva Smacchia dal Parma" [OFFICIAL: Spezia, Smacchia arrives from Parma]. Tutto Mercato Web ( 31 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "UFFICIALE: sei nuovi volti per il Chieti" [OFFICIAL: Seven new charges for Chieti]. Tutto Lega Pro ( 19 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Campionato Allievi Nazionali edizione 2003/04" [2003/04 edition of the Allievei Nazionali championship] (in Italian). Retrieved 11 March 2011. 

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