Parma finally give fans something to cheer about with upturn in form

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It's been a torrid season for Parma Football Club on and off the field, but the past three weeks have been staggering for the club sitting bottom of the Serie A table.

After finishing 6th in the Italian league last season, a Europa League spot was awaiting the club, but with unpaid bills and debts, the club were banned from taking part in the European competition.

Parma Issues

Things then got even worse for the club as their owners came and went, they couldn't afford to run their facilities at the training ground, they couldn't afford to take part in competitive matches and none of their players were being paid.

Parma, who have a rich history, have had four owners so far this season. Two of them have now been banned from the game for four months, whilst another has been arrested for money laundering.

From February 15th to March 8th, they didn't play a game due to forfeiting scheduled matches due to financial reasons and then to top the misery off, they were announced bankrupt last month.

Just days before announced bankrupt, they were stuffed 4-1 by Sassuolo, and then days later they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Torino.

However, the three games after those defeats and the bankruptcy announcement, Parma have come away with seven points and have given the fans something to cheer about in a altogether forgettable season.

The first result was away at Inter Milan and heavily expecting a defeat, Parma came away with a 1-1 draw thanks to an equaliser from defender Andi Lila. The score draw at the San Siro gave the club their 10th point of the season after 27 games.

They then followed up the impressive 1-1 draw with a 1-0 home win against 13th placed Udinese thanks to a goal from Silvestre Varela. The three points took Parma up to 13 points for the season, but still firmly rooted to the bottom.

Juventus Win

Then came the biggest shock of the season and the most impressive result.

Parma beat top of the table and Serie A champions Juventus 1-0 at home, dishing out only Juve's second loss of the season.

The win put the struggling club onto 16 points after 27 games and still five points away from 19th placed Cagliari, but after the season they've had, it's been a great three weeks for the Italian side, who possibly face extinction over the Summer.

Crippling debts and poor management have cost Parma dearly this season and could cost them dearly beyond this campaign, but finally the team have given the fans something to cheer about with three impressive results on the trot.  

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