Parma, 15 February 2022 – Throughout Crociati History, it’s never been easy to win on the other side of the river Pò at the Stadio Giovanni Zini in Cremona, one of the most hotly anticipated away days for our fans.

The last time went took on Cremonese away from home was almost a quarter of a century ago.

On Sunday 5 November 1995, on Serie A matchday five, Parma Calcio scored either side of half time to brush the Grigiorossi aside.

Fabio Cannavaro opened the scoring in the 42nd minute to bag his first goal for the Club on just his tenth appearance.

He intercepted the ball in the six-yard box, latching onto Fernando Couto’s headed effort that crashed into the post, and turned it home (0-1).

The ball in was delivered by Hristo Stoichkov, who whipped it in from the free-kick on the right, which was awarded for a foul on the Bulgarian star by former Parma midfielder Marco Giandebiaggi.

The Crociati doubled their lead in the 75th minute through Gianfranco Zola, who stayed true to form a scored a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the box (0-2).

Alessandro Nista also made his debut for the Crociati that day, two weeks before the debut of a 17-year-old Gianluigi Buffon.

Three days beforehand, the usual starting goalkeeper Luca Bucca had got injured at the Stadio Ennio Tardini against Swedish outfit Halmstad; in that game, Parma won 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit to progress to the Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final.

In Cremona, head coach Nevio Scala decided to respect the established hierarchy and play the second-string keeper at the club but, 15 days later, it was Buffon who got the nod to play against AC Milan at the Tardini.

The international break between the two matches gave the boss time to observe the progress made by the academy product.

Photos: Cannavaro and Zola. Below: Crociati fans at the Zini.