Next up at Craven Cottage for Martin Jol’s Whites is Italian Serie A side Parma on Saturday 10th August (3pm), so grab your ticket now.
Tickets are currently on sale and are just £10 adults, £5 juniors and £1 Under 8s when purchased in advance of the game.
Make sure you’re at the Cottage to cheer on the Whites one last time before the Barclays Premier League season kicks off against Sunderland on 17th August.
Buy online at fulhamfc.com/tickets
Inside the Opposition
Parma FC is one of Italy’s premier clubs, finishing the 2012/13 season in 10th place in the Serie A table under the stewardship of manager Roberto Donadoni.
The club has a rich history which has seen multiple successes in European competition over the years but, like Fulham, it has also known what it is like to be at the very bottom and work your way back up to the top. With a commitment to playing attacking football and developing players through their Academy, I Crociati (managed at the time by Carlo Ancelotti) came close to breaking up the domination of Scudetto winners in 1996/97 when they finished second behind Juventus by two points.
In a golden time for the club in the 90s, Parma boasted a fine lineup of former Italy strikers including Enrico Chiesa and Gianfranco Zola and also had the likes of Lillian Thuram, Juan Sebastian Veron, Faustino Asprilla and Hristo Stoichkov on their books.
Now under Donadoni’s leadership, the club is looking to get back into the elite of Italy and showed it still has what it takes by beating Internazionale 1-0 in November; finishing with only one defeat in its last five games to secure a place in the top half of the table.
Players to Watch: Antonio Cassano; Nicola Sansone; Gabriel Paletta
Famous former players: Hernan Crespo; Gianluigi Buffon; Fabio Cannavaro.
Famous former managers: Carlo Ancelotti; Hector Cuper; Arrigo Sacchi.