Parma, 14 October 2021 – On Sunday 17 October, Parma and Monza meet for the first time in 31 years as the Crociati host the Biancorossi at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on matchday 8 in Serie B.

Delving into the archives of Crociati History, we want to take a look at that 1-0 win on Sunday 4 March 1990, which came after a period of poor form that had begun in January.

It was, for Nevio Scala’s legendary team, the first sign of a revival that would culminate in the Club’s first-ever promotion to Serie A.

It was decided by a penalty, converted in the 35th minute by Fausto Pizzi.

The “Re del Gol” (Goal King, a nickname taken from a chant in his honour sung by the Curva Nord) sent goalkeeper Davide Pinato the wrong way.

He was ice-cool from the spot – just one of the many decisive dead-ball situations converted by Pizza throughout that historic season.

Referee Dario Boerno awarded the penalty to the Crociati after Monza defender Carmelo Mancuso had handled the ball on the goal line to deny Pizzi.

That finish, which took Pinato completely out of the picture, was destined to go in.

Parma certainly deserved to win that day because, both before and after the goal, captain Lorenzo Minotti and Co created a raft of opportunities on the front foot which just weren’t going in, due in part to misfortune, wayward finishing and the defensive blockade erected by Monza.

Pizzi was in the thick of the action again in the second half as his free-kick struck Pinato’s right-hand upright.

Header: Pizzi celebrates. Below: the tifo in the Curva Nord that day.