Crociati

TORINO VS. PARMA – THE OLD FLAME: ROBERTO MUSSI

Parma, 7 November 2018 – Torino vs. Parma is a fixture that includes more than just one player who represented both teams, however, this week we focus on the career of Roberto Mussi.

A defender born in 1963, Mussi came through the youth ranks at Massese – a club he helped gain promotion from Serie D to Serie C2 before then being signed by Parma in 1984.

He made his Crociati debut in Serie B, while then becoming a more regular player the following season in Serie C1. In helping the team getting back to Italy’s second tier, Mussi became a focal point for Parma at the back, with then-Coach Arrigo Sacchi playing a key role in his development. After the tactician left the Crociati, he took the defender with him to Milan, and so ended Mussi’s first stint with Parma – one that included 88 appearances.

Mussi remained with the Rossoneri for two seasons, playing 30 games and winning the Scudetto and the Cup Winners’ Cup. Torino then acquired his signature in 1989 and he duly helped them achieve Serie A promotion in his first season at the club. Mussi’s Granata then secured further silverware in 1993 as they triumphed in the Coppa Italia. In the meantime, Roberto had received his first call-up to the National Team, which culminated in Sacchi selecting him for the 1994 World Cup in the USA. The Azzurri ultimately finished in second place, with Mussi providing Roberto Baggio with the assist for his first goal against Nigeria in the last 16.

That summer saw Mussi’s return to Parma. His second spell with the club would last until 1999, recording 125 appearances and an honours’ list that includes the UEFA Cup in 1995 and 1999 and also the Coppa Italia in 1999. He also represented the National Team at the 1996 European Championships.

After retirement, Mussi returned to Parma to become a Youth Coach and a scout in the early 2000s before then returning to Massese as a director.