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Parma's players hold a minute of silence for Italian Motogp rider Marco Simoncelli prior to the start of a serie A soccer match between Parma and Atalanta at Parma Tardini stadium, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. The Malaysian MotoGP has been stopped off Sunday after Italian Marco Simoncelli died in an accident involving Valentino Rossi of Italy and American Colin Edwards. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

Parma return to Serie A

Once at the top of Italian and European football, Parma F.C. had fallen from grace.

After going bankrupt in 2015, the club ceased to exist. After a rebirth in Serie D, Italy’s fourth division, Parma have earned three consecutive promotions to return to Serie A.

This is the first time in Italian football history that a club has earned three straight promotions into Serie A.

40-year-old club captain Alessandro Lucarelli has stayed with the team since their last season in Serie A, 2014-15, and has now led them back to Italy’s top flight.

Parma earned automatic promotion in dramatic fashion on the final day of the Serie B season. After earning a 2-0 victory over Spezia, Frosinone squandered a lead over Foggia to secure second place for Roberto D’Aversa’s side.

Parma have miraculously returned to the top flight of Italian football.


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