As Parma’s season was unraveling, Gialloblu captain Alessandro Lucarelli served as a rallying point for his teammates and proclaimed he was prepared to follow the club to Serie D. His words now seem much more than empty promises.
The Crociati were declared bankrupt after a tumultuous campaign, where Parma finished bottom of the table after being deducted seven points.
Their points deduction came after failing to pay players’ wages, and the Crociati looks set to begin next season in Italy’s amateur leagues as the storied club is reborn as Parma Calcio 1913.
“I’ve died with this club and I want to be part of its rebirth,” Lucarelli said in an interview with Parmafanzine.
“I received a few phone calls from clubs in the professional ranks but I don’t care, I will not go back on my word.”
The 37-year-old centre-back was credited with keeping the Parma ship afloat during the tail-end of the campaign, where the club won plaudits for their battling attitude as the Gialloblu took points from Roma, Inter and Napoli and Juventus.
Lucarelli has made over 222 appearances for the defunct Parma side since joining in 2008 from Genoa.