Parma, 15 August 2019Parma Calcio begin their cup run this Saturday at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, where they face Venezia in the third round of the Coppa Italia 2019/20, in a knockout match kicking off at 18:00 CEST.

This isn’t the first time that the Crociati have started their quest for the Coppa Italia up against this opposition. The same fixture took place in the round of 32 in the 1997/98 season and in the round of 16 in both of the 2000/01 and 2003/04 seasons.

Each of these three occasions was played across two legs, with the Crociati emerging victorious in every single one.

The most exciting of these encounters was without a doubt the first, when Parma, at the time coached by Carlo Ancelotti, succeeded in overturning a 3-2 defeat suffered away in the first leg (the goals scored by Maniero and Milanese in the final thirty minutes), with a subsequent 3-1 victory at home.

In the return leg 20 days later, on Wednesday 24 September 1997, the Crociati went into the break three goals to the good despite a much-changed line-up: Antonio Benarrivo was suspended, while four starters were rested with the match sandwiched in between league fixtures against Piacenza and Udinese, both of which Parma won.

The key man that day was Enrico Chiesa, who bagged a brace.

In the 25th minute, after Stefano Fiore had hit the woodwork, our striker beat Alessio Bandieri in the Venezia goal and scored after a month of firing blanks: his diving header from near the penalty spot ended up in the back of the net following Pierluigi Orlandini’s cross from the right flank. Ten minutes later, Parma’s No. 20 doubled the lead as he linked up with fellow striker Adailton, skipped past a couple of defenders and finished with his right foot.

Just before the sides headed back for the break and after setting up Chiesa’s goal to make it 2-0, a shot from the Brazilian forward was unluckily redirected by Simone Pavan into his own net in front of the Curva Nord. Venezia were top of Serie B and coached by Walter Novellino. They had no intention of giving up. In the 62nd minute, Nicola Marangon got one back after being left by our defence to go up against Gianluigi Buffon on his own.The 3-1 win sent Parma through to the last 16 of the Coppa Italia, with the side eventually going out to AC Milan in the semi-finals.

Pictured above: Enrico Chiesa. Pictured below: Support from the Curva Nord against Venezia in the 1997/98 Coppa Italia.