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FOOTBALL: YOU'RE OUT IF WE LOSE TO RANGERS.

PARMA'S multi-millionaire chief Calisto Tanzi has warned coach Alberto Malesani that defeat from Rangers is unthinkable and promised: There will be no alibis.

The Italian club's supremo supported Malesani to the hilt by giving him an incredible pounds 35MILLION to splash out on TWO PLAYERS this summer.

Gers, of course, must overcome Finns FC Haka to set up the big clash with pounds 22m Brazilian superstar Amoroso and his pounds 13m Argentinian strike sidekick Ariel Ortega who are now on board to join Hernan Crespo up front.

And Tanzi has also told his players they're on a pounds 35,000-A-MAN bonus to beat Rangers or FC Haka and reach the Champions League group stage.

They will then be given a cool pounds 1MILLION EACH if they win the tournament.

But the downside to this wealth could be the axe for Malesani if Parma fail.

And Tanzi said: "We've not signed as many players as last season when we managed to win the UEFA Cup and the Coppa Italia.

"The Scudetto was our only miss but two out of three is brilliant.

"Last year we chopped and changed and missed the title. Now we have the stars we wanted.

"Champions League and Scudetto success will be difficult but it must be our aim. There will be no more alibis."

The prolific Amoroso - a star turn in Brazil's Copa America triumph earlier this month - scored 22 goals in 33 games for Udinese last season.

And Tanzi believes the outlay on Amo and Ortega can bring the game's top club prize to Parma.

He stressed: "Add them to Crespo and you have an attack that clubs will fear.

"I have complete trust and the utmost confidence in Malesani. But he knows as I have said before that there are no alibis now."

Under-pressure boss Malesani cursed his luck at drawing Rangers and he reckons Dick Advocaat's men have an advantage.

Parma don't tackle their first domestic fixture until August 21 - three weeks after Gers' SPL opener.

And Alberto said: "I don't like playing teams like Rangers this early.

"They have a massive advantage because they are up and running in their season before us."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:King, Iain
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 25, 1999
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