On this day – October 24, 1988: Licata scores a shock victory in Parma

October 24, 1988 was one of the most exciting days in the history of the Sicilian minnow of the Licata club. This Sunday afternoon, the Serie B debutants attacked the Ennio Tardini stadium with three goals to claim their first away win in Italy’s second tier.

When they beat Parma 3-0 with goals from Francesco La Rosa, Giovanni Sorce and Ciro Donnarumma (no relation to the current Italian goalkeeper…), the Crociati were still far from the Serie A powerhouse they would become a few years later. Still, they were an illustrious scalp to collect for a team whose presence in Serie B was already a miracle in itself.

Known as the GiallobluLicata were a short duration meteors in the history of Italian football, having spent only two consecutive seasons in Serie B before disappearing from the radar of professional football. Back then, they were known to be a sort of “Sicilian national team” as they featured mostly players from the island in their roster.

But Licata would also become known for being the first professional club coached by the revolutionary Zdenek Zeman, who led the Gialloblu to promotion from Serie C2 to Serie C1 in the 1985/86 season.

Despite their thrilling win at Parma, Licata had a rocky start to their debut Serie B campaign. With the club bottom of the table, their coach Giuseppe Papadopulo was sacked and replaced by Francesco Scorsa – who would manage to save them with a series spectacular positive results in the second half. campionato.

Licata lasted in Serie B for one more season, after which they could never reach the same heights again.

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