Milano-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport discusses the Chinese ‘derby’ this afternoon between Inter and Parma.
“On one hand, Zhang Jindong’s Suning is a massive company, while on the other hand Parma’s owner, Jiang Lizhang, has had smaller businesses, but since 2015 he has become part of another massive company (Wuhan DDMC.) Zhang took over Inter about two years ago while Jiang is still waiting on his first anniversary with Parma. Both of these Chinese businessmen have the same goal: to create a club that is capable of self-financing.”
“The history of Inter’s owner is well known, he created an empire starting from an appliance store. The Parma owner came from a fishing village and had a background in sports newspapers (from writing, selling, to marketing.)”
Jiang is currently 36 years old and is the current Parma president while Steven Zhang could become Inter’s president at age 26. Another thing both clubs have in common is their choice of a recognizable leader, for Inter it was Javier Zanetti, while for Parma it was Hernan Crespo.