Parma begin long road to recovery with Serie D promotion

After some tough times, things are finally looking up at Parma. (Getty) Source: Getty Images

Parma completed the first step in their long battle to get back to the top of Italian football as they were promoted to Lega Pro on Sunday.

It marks a significant step for the club – now under the new guise of Parma Calcio 1913 – after they were declared bankrupt last year having racked up debts in excess of $322 million.

The new club were admitted into Serie D and have strolled through the division unbeaten so far, winning 25 of their 35 matches.

This weekend's 2-1 victory over Delta Rovigo mathematically confirmed their rise into the third tier for next season, much to the delight of Gigi Apolloni.

"This is the culmination of a project begun months ago," the coach said. "The boys have honoured the jersey in the name of every fan. This is a victory for the whole city."

Source Omnisport