Parma, 25 November 2021 – The trip to Como, at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia, where on Sunday 28 November (at 20:30 CET) Parma Calcio will play again for the 14th day of Serie B 2021/2022, is always one that we take a look at in Crociati History.

It evokes emotions and a rivalry between the fans that goes back a long way.

It harks back to matches played every season without interruption from the 1940s to the 1980s.

There was one exception at the dawn of the current millennium (2002/2003), due to a ban, it was played at the neutral Piacenza ground.

So, on the eve of our forthcoming trip to Lake Como, it seems fitting to recall the last match our team played in the legendary Studio Sinigaglia, although the result was a goalless draw (0-0).

It was Sunday 10th September 1989, the third round of Serie B.

For the  coach Nevio Scala’s Parma, who after eight months in charge were promotion to Serie A for the first time. This was their second away match of that season.

It was a tough match.

In the Settore Ospiti, with many historical banners of our Curva Nord, there was a huge crowd of Crociati supporters.

Most of them had arrived by train. They brought the noise, chanting incessantly.

Sinigaglia was a fortress and Como had hopes to finish high up the table.

Among their ranks there were the former Parma man Giampiero Vitali on the bench and Francesco Turrini starting for them, the future Crociato Graziano Lupetto Mannari, the talented Egidio Notaristefano and Salvatore Giunta as well as the current Como coach Giacomo Gattuso.

The squadra blu, however, at the end of the season found themselves relegated to Serie C1 finishing second to last in the standings.

Parma, beginning its long journey to promotion, got the fourth point of their campaign.

Previously they had drawn 0-0 on the opening matchday in the fiery away match in Reggio Calabria and won 1-0 in the opener at the Tardini against Pescara.

After the draw in Como, Scala’s boys were second in the table, one point off the top.

On that Sunday Giacomo Zunico, whom our club had bought in the previous days from Catanzaro for the record sum of one billion lire, was in goal for the first time.

It was an investment that helped Parma Calcio understand its intent and path for the future.

In the photos: two pictures of the Crociati fans at Sinigaglia on 10 September 1989 (in the first one during the pre-match warm-up) as well as Zunico in the Parma jersey.