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Going Through The Motions

Last home match in what has been a season best forgotten. As our tifosi have been looking forward to next season for months, and as Zaccheroni now only tries to say what he can in these last two weeks in hopes of finding a job with another club come next year, it’s certainly hard to try and find the words here. So, as you excuse this non-preview, here are the call-ups and absentees etc. for both Juventus and Parma on Sunday.

Parma in Turin with 19 players

Parma has already announced the list of players called-up for the Sunday match at the Olimpico. The emiliani will arrive in Turin with 19 players. Here is the list published on the website

Goalkeepers:Mirante, Pavarini
Defenders: Antonelli, Castellini, Lucarelli, Vinicius, Zaccardo
Midfeilders: Baccolo, Galloppa, Lunardini, Morrone, Pasi, Valiani
Attackers: Biabiany, Bojinov, Crespo, Lanzafame, Paloschi

20 called-up for the last home match of the season including Trezeguet

For the match against Parma, the last home match of the 2009/10 season, Alberto Zaccheroni called-up 20 bianconeri. Amongst these there is also David Trezeguet. Besides suspended player Salihamidzic, the other missing players are Chimenti, Grygera, Giovinco, Paolucci, Sissoko and Zebina.

Below is the list of players called-up:

1 Buffon
2 Caceres
3 Chiellini
4 Felipe Melo
5 Cannavaro
6 Grosso
8 Marchisio
9 Iaquinta
10 Del Piero
11 Amauri
13 Manninger
16 Camoranesi
17 Trezeguet
18 Poulsen
26 Candreva
28 Diego
29 De Ceglie
33 Legrottaglie
39 Marrone
41 Pinsoglio

Parma in away matches

As is typical for many mid-table teams, Parma scored most of its points in home matches: 31 points at the Tradini compared to less than half from away matches (15 in all from 3 victories, 6 draws and 9 defeats). The difference in rendition cannot be explained from the number of goals scored (20 at home and 19 away), but by those conceded (16 against 32).

The path undertaken by Guidolin’s team in away matches began with a point gained in Udine followed by 2-0 against Inter. The third match coincided with the first victory: 1-2 at the Olimpico against Lazio. After the 1-1 against Sampdoria, the emiliano suffered two consecutive defeats against Atalanta (3-1) and Milan (2-0). On the 13th match day, Parma won in Florence by 2-3. The first round came to an end with a 2-2 draw against Genoa and two defeats against Roma (2-0) and Livorno (2-1).

At the end of the first round, Parma was 8th in an absolutely tranquil position. The second round had a negative start: in the first 3 away matches, Zaccardo and company did not manage to gain a single point with two defeats in Siciliy (3-0 in Catania and 2-1 in Palermo) and a 2-0 defeat in Cagliari. The situation changed radically in the matches that followed: 3 consecutive draws against in Siena, Bari and Verona against Chievo, and a victory in Naples by a 2-3 score.

After the great feat at the San Paolo, Parma let go and in the last 3 matches did not manage to advance in the table. They lost 2-3 at home against Genoa and 1-2 against Roma. In between the two matches they played the Derby dell’Emilia against Bologna during which a goal by Biabiany was not enough due to the two goal comeback scored by Di Vaio.

Del Piero very present in Juventus-Parma

Eleven victories, five draws and one defeat: the statistics of Juventus-Parma are clear. It is a relatively recent duel, seeing that the emiliano have only been in the Serie A for the last two decades, but history says it has always been an important appointment and often one of the top parts of the table.

The undisputable top scorer of the match is Alessandro Del Piero who, with 9 goals against Parma, has made the emiliani one of his favourite victims. The series of exploits by the captain began with a bang. He had not yet turned 20 when on his year of debut with the senior squad, he scored a memorable hat-trick in a 4-0 win made even more precious thanks Fabrizio Ravanelli’s goal.

Two years later Juventus-Parma featured a strange fact. The match winner came from a free-kick by Del Piero, which was saved by goalkeeper Bucci comfortably. However the keeper made a colossal mistake when he made a few steps back crossing the goal line, and as documented unmistakably by all the slow-motion replays, scored an own-goal taking the merit off the captain.

On the 23rd November 1997, Alex took part in an exciting 2-2 draw with a goal, the 1-1 equalizer: Chiesa, Crepso and Amoruso were the other goal scorers. The 1-0 victory during the 1999/2000 championship is an unforgettable one: Pinturicchio managed to break the opponents’ resistance with a header notwithstanding a series of great interventions by Gigi Buffon. For the captain it was the end to a nightmare: two days from the end of the tournament, he managed to score his first goal (not from a set-piece or penalty) of the season.

In 2001/02, Alex took part in the 3-1 victory by scoring the 2-1 goal thanks to a right-footed shot. The other scorers were Tacchinardi, Lamouchi and Trezeguet. In the following championship, Del Piero invented the equalizer in the dying minutes of the match which ended 2-2. Three minutes before the final whistle, Juventus was losing 2-0. The 14th of December 2003 saw the return to easy victories: 4-0 thanks to two goals by Miccoli, a goal by Del Piero and a stylish final goal by Nedved.

The contribution by the number 10 was more significant the following year, when he managed to score the opener after 6 minutes. Ibrahimovic made the score 2-0 in the middle of the first half. This was the last goal by Alessandro against Parma. In 2006, on the 90th minute he missed the opportunity from the penalty spot, to break the 1-1 deadlock score with goals by Dessena and Ibrahimovic in the first half.