Parma's UEFA Cup winning side of 1998/1999: Where are they now?
From UEFA Cup champions to bankruptcy in the space of 15 years, Parma has gone on a wild ride but their stars of yesteryears live on.
Back in the 1990s, Parma had some of the best players in the world in their ranks. Some would go on to be World Cup winners whilst others would go on to have success at other clubs in Italy and around the world.
In the 1998/1998 season, Parma had an outstanding campaign, picking up two trophies and finishing 4th in a highly competitive Serie A. Not only did they have one of the best seasons, but also they took Europe by storm winning the UEFA Cup. But whatever happened to the side?
Here is the starting XI from that victory over Marseille that day, and what they got up to later in their careers.
One of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Gianluigi Buffon made his name as a young goalkeeper at Parma. Heralded as a great talent, the Italian showed maturity beyond his years. Buffon spent his entire youth career with Parma and made his debut against a fierce AC Milan side as a 17-year-old and he even managed to keep a clean sheet.
The goalkeeper was at Parma from 1991 to 2001, making 168 appearances in Serie A and came away with this UEFA Cup, the Italian SuperCup and the Coppa Italia.
He then joined Italian giants Juventus for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper and has remained at the club ever since including a year in Serie A after the club was relegated following the Calciopoli scandal. At the age of 39, Buffon is bidding to win his first ever Champions League and is on the verge of winning six straight Scudetti with the Old Lady. The veteran is also considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever played the game.