Parma are officially back in Serie A and with two matchdays to spare. The Crociati have been sitting top of the Serie B table for the majority of the 2023/24 season, and have overcome recent struggles to get over the line. They clinched promotion with a 1-1 draw away at Bari on Matchday 36.

The Serie B title remains undecided, though the Gialloblu will have the chance to wrap that up at home to Cremonese on Matchday 37 in front of a Stadio Ennio Tardini that promises to be in party mode. 

Parma return to Serie A at third time of asking

Adrian Bernabe celebrates scoring for Parma. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

Following their relegation from Serie A in 2020/21, Parma struggled to establish themselves as one of Serie B‘s stronger sides, despite a lot of investment from president Kyle Krause

The 2021/22 season saw them finish 12th, and they took the decision to part ways with coach Enzo Maresca as early as November 23, 2021. Giuseppe Iachini then came in to see them through to the end of the campaign. 

Fabio Pecchia was appointed for 2022/23 after having earned promotion to Serie A with Cremonese and in his first season at the Tardini he secured a place in the Serie B playoffs, finishing fourth. Then, though, Parma lost 3-2 at home to Cagliari in the first leg of their semi-final – conceding in the 85th and 89th minutes – and were held to a goalless draw in Sardinia. 

In his second season in the job, Pecchia made Parma next to unstoppable in the second tier. Going unbeaten in their opening eight games of the season, the Gialloblu lost one of their first 12 – away at Venezia – and looked destined for promotion to Serie A from early on.

Parma captain Enrico Del Prato celebrates a late goal. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

April saw some jitters perhaps creep in, losing to Catanzaro and being held to draws against Sudtirol and Palermo either side of a win at home to Spezia. But the month ended with a comprehensive 4-0 hammering of rock-bottom Lecco to get back on track. 

Then, on May 1, Venezia’s 3-2 loss at Catanzaro presented them with the first chance to confirm their return to Serie A and, with a point away at Bari, they did just that for the fourth time in their history, following previous promotions in 1990, 2009 and 2018.

The 2024/25 season will be Parma’s 28th in Serie A. The club have spent 28 seasons in Serie B, 30 in Serie C and five in the fourth tier.