PARMA VS. PISA: THE OLD FLAME

Parma Calcio are all set for their first official game of the season, with the Crociati set to take on Pisa at the Tardini in the third round of the Coppa Italia. The match will kick off at 20:30 CEST on Sunday 12th August.

As for players who’ve represented both of our clubs in the past, this week’s ‘Old Flame’ is Massimo Susic. Born in Mossa (Gorizia) on 11th March 1967, Susic made his professional debut with Udinese. He made his first Serie A appearance in the 1985-86 campaign, playing 12 games during his first year and 14 in his second. He then featured for Messina in Serie B during the 1987-88 campaign. With the Giallorossi he played 24 games in Italy’s second tier, scoring just one goal.

He then returned to Udine the following year, once again in Serie B. He played 14 games before then joining Parma in 1989. His first year with the Crociati saw the team secure a historic promotion to Serie A, with Susic playing a key role in the heart of the defence. During that year he played 37 out of 38 games, skipping just one game against Reggina due to suspension.

Following promotion Susic then returned to Udinese (33 games in Serie B), before then joining Pisa in 1992. Susic went on to play two full seasons with the Nerazzurri in the second division: recording 69 appearances and scoring two goals. He returned to Parma in 1994, arriving just in time for Parma’s involvement in the UEFA Cup. He made his tournament debut on 2nd November 1994, featuring in the second round away-leg against AIK Stockholm. In Europe, he also played against Odense in the quarter-final and Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-final. He notably started during the second leg of the final against Juventus at San Siro when Parma secured the title.

Susic’s career then continued with Cremonese (32 appearances, two goals), Treviso (55 appearances, one goal), Monza (19 appearances) and Triestina (14 appearances).