Parma F.C. was founded in 1913. It is a Serie A football club renowned in Italy and Europe for its successes including three national cups, a European Cup Winner's Cup, two UEFA Cups, a European Supercup and an Italian Supercup. It plays in the city's stade Ennio Tardini which used to host up to 29,000 spectators but is being renovated in 2008 after the club was demoted to Serie B. In spring 2009 the team was promoted again in the top league (Serie A).
Parma is also home to two rugby union teams in the top national division, Overmach Rugby Parma and SKG Gran Rugby, and Zebre, a new franchise in the Pro12 competition, replacing Aironi.
Parma Panthers is the Parma American football team for which John Grisham's book Playing for Pizza was based.
Also volleyball, women basketball and baseball have large popularity in the city and have scored relevant successes.
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