PARMA: Following securing promotion to Serie A on Wednesday evening with an away draw at Bari, Parma were confirmed and crowned as Serie B champions on Sunday afternoon with a 1-1 draw against Cremonese at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Having guided the Crociati back to the top flight of Italian football and delivered their first-ever Serie B title, Parma president Kyle Krause spoke exclusively to Total Italian Football during the celebrations in Piazza Garibaldi in the city centre.

“It has been [a long time coming],” a delighted Krause told Total Italian Football, surrounded by 10,000 Gialloblu supporters in the city’s main and most central square.

Parma didn’t have it easy against Cremonese either. The Crociati had an early Valentin Mihaila goal ruled out for an apparent handball, and Botond Balogh was then harshly dismissed for what was interpreted to be the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity. But Fabio Pecchia‘s side rallied, dug in and managed to equalise after falling behind to a stunning goal from their former player Franco Vazquez.

“There was a lot of chaos today,” Krause added. “But the boys played fantastically and they’ve done that all year.

“It was a crazy game and it showed the depth this team has, and the togetherness of the team. It was a great indication of how the season went for us.

“Now we’re thinking about next season, and maybe even the season after that too [laughs].”

Having seen his men’s first team successfully seal promotion and a second-tier title this season, Krause is now hoping the Parma Women first team can also book promotion via the Serie B Femminile playoffs.

They are currently third in the Serie B Femminile table and three points behind second-placed Ternana [second place is the only playoff place], playing away at Pavia on Monday night.

β€œWe brought 25 people over from America and 25 down from Piemonte,” Krause said. “We told everybody on Wednesday night that they could come if they wanted to, and they all came.

“So tomorrow we’re going to Pavia to watch the women play and then I’m going back to America. Then I’m back, I hope, for the final game and the two playoff games.”