Iacoponi farewell letter

Pic: Davide Fornari

During all these years I never had the chance to think about how could I say goodbye to this colors, this town, this Club, with whom I could reach amazing target, realize dreams that still today, just thinking about, it’s all goose bumps.

I would like to have the chance to hug personally, in Tardini, all the people that have this jersey tattoed on the heart, that know what it means and his history, and the emotion that provoked wearing it and fighting for it. Unfortunately it was not possibile, so I need to use this way hoping that all the emotions that I am feeling now and that are contained in such a great experience arrive to all of you.

“Thank you” is an easy word, but in his semplicity it contains all the gratitude for what I lived with you and thanks to you. It has been five wonderful years, with some bad moment but also with many great success, obtained giving all that I had in every training, in every match, in every moment inside and outside the pitch.

So, from the bottom of my heart: thank you Parma, thank you parmesan people. I don’t think it will be a goodbye, but the history that we wrote together can’t be forget and will always be one of the thing I am more proud in my life.

This town, this team, this supporters will always be part of me. I always felt welcome. I will come back often, to meet again those people that contributed to live and write with me these five years that I will never forget.

Simone Iacoponi

Mi smo Parma: 2500 km for Parma Calcio (and food)

I am Dejan from Croatia, president of the official group “Balkan“, associated with Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs. I go to Parma Calcio matches once a month, never alone. My mission is to bring there as many fans from ex Yugoslavia. Last month, against Monza, I made company to guys from Montenegro, Miloš and Uroš, two long time Parma fans that came for the first time ever in Tardini.

Did you know: Parma is the first italian city rewarded by UNESCO for gastronomy! There are some interesting “close to the club” restaurants.
Few hundred meters from the stadium you can eat pizza & more in “Don Alfonso”. Surprise is expecting you at the door: owner is Domenico Morfeo, legendary attacking midfielder. He is not just a boss: he’s the one who could bring you the dessert at least. I saw pleasure on his face when I asked him to sign his old match worn shirt from my collection. At the end he get outside with us, smoked one cigarette and we chat a little.

In the other part of the city, closer to Cittadella, we had a dinner in “dal Capitano”. Our eternal captain Lucarelli let us eat in his VIP room at the basement. He went there just for us, he always find a time for fans and this is incredible. We had a gift for him (our MI SMO PARMA shirt), he honoured us with one extra dish included in a fish food menu. “Sala del capitano” is something really special, kind of his personal tavern for friends and museum of his career. Miloš and Uroš gave to Ale a special Montenegrin wine and brandy, very appreciated!

Unfortunately at one point is time to come back home, and complete a 2500 kilometers travel by car. Anyway it was, as usual, unforgettable!

Pozivam sve navijače koji pričaju moj jezik da mi se jave!

Fans meeting in Como (and Parma)

Campionato started, season tickets are for sale, fans crowd into the stadiums more and more every week and it is time also for us to be back at our normality: meeting for matches!

Next week it will be time for an important match in Como, where Parma isn’t playing since long time. The interesting thing is that the match will be on sunday 28th november night and just three days later there will be another match in Tardini against Brescia, on thursday 1st at 6 pm. It can be a good chance to watch two matches in a row and visit different cities.

For who is interested to come we will give full fans-to-fans assistance to help buying ticket in the right area (with no extra charges!), suggestions for transportation, transfers and whatever is needed.

We are also preparing a big thing for sunday 28th: a lunch all together with Parma fans of Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs coming to Como and some friends of Como supporters “Pesi Massimi”.

We are back, in the end!

My tremendous experience at the Tardini

It starts now a new se section of our website dedicated to your experiences in Parma or with Parma Calcio. We are sure it will be an useful feature for who aim to come for a match or for a visit. We remember all of you to contact us for any need for a Fans-to-fans (non profit) help.

Who wants to send his contribution is welcome!

And thanks to Camille for breaking the ice!

“Hello! I’m Camille, a high school English teacher from Belgium. My passion for “il Parma” started quite a long time ago when I was still a teenager – back in the late nineties. That time is still called “the Golden Decade” but as other years went by – more difficult for the club with failure or bankruptcy even followed by a relegation in serie D – I grew even fonder and fonder of il Parma. Coming to Parma to see the Crociati play in their own stadium has been a dream for so long.

This summer, my husband and I booked a trip to Italy (visiting some northern cities) and when I heard Parma was going to play a friendly match at the Tardini while we were in italy, I couldn’t miss the chance! So, I reached out to my dear friend Paola who directly put me in contact with Parma Fans Worldwide. Both of them gave me all the information and advice I needed to make my dream come true! In fact, it is quite easy to get tickets or to find a safe parking space.

The atmosphere at the stadium is really welcoming, like a big Italian family. My husband and I were truly happy to be at the Tardini last Sunday ! We had a blast ! We met many friendly and awesome people and found ourselves truly welcomed.

I really encourage all Parma fans around the world to enjoy such a wonderful experience!”

Ciao Paolo

Sadly Paolo Borelli, a great friend of Parma Fans Worldwide, passed away today, after fighting against a terrible enemy.

Paolo was a great Parma fan, member of Danè 1973, founder of Parma Museum, collector, bike fanatic.

We loose the kind eyes that all the abroad fans used to cross while visiting the Parma Calcio museum on match day. He was always there, telling stories about our beloved Parma and curious about the stories abroad fans had to tell, as all the cultured people are: open minded and curious.

We will miss you, Paolo.

Help for Como flooded families

Como Calcio fans group “Pesi Massimi” launched a fundraiser in support for some families in need strongly hit by the flood that recently affected Como Lake.

Despite the colors and the rivalries on the pitch, this is exactly what we like of football: build communities linked to territory that work together in solidarity for who is in need. Boys Parma and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs abitually do this, Pesi Massimi are a clear example that they are not the only ones.

We decided to support them, if you want to join our donation write an email to info@parmafansworldwide.com and we will give the instruction how to participate.

Tickets for Parma vs Lecce

Tickets for the first official match of the season, Parma vs Lecce, that will take place next sunday at 18 cest in Tardini for Coppa Italia 2nd round are for sale at this link for Tribuna Petitot and Visitors section. Curva Nord tickets will be for sale just in Parma province and Tardini box offices. The tickets office will not be open on match day.

As usual, if someone needs help for purchasing tickets, contact us by email or whatsapp and will try to give as much assistance as possible.

We remember that, as reported on Parma Calcio website “Access to the stadium for those over the age of 12 will be granted only to those in possession of the COVID-19 Green Pass (vaccinated for at least 14 days or holder of a certification of recovery from Covid-19 in the previous six months, or a negative result of a test carried out in the previous 48 hours). The green COVID-19 certification will not be required at the time of purchasing the ticket but at the entrance to the facility, where each spectator will have to undergo a body temperature check. It should be noted that those who purchase a ticket without having the Green Pass will not be entitled to any refund. Parma Calcio underlines that other forms of certification will not be accepted, such as self-certification, which do not have a specific QR CODE issued by the Ministry of HealthQR CODES that have been issued by the Ministry of Health will be checked via the VerificaC19 app.

In line with the Stadium Rules of Use, it will be mandatory to wear a face mask during the entire event. In order to guarantee social distancing, it will also be mandatory for each ticket holder to sit in the seat assigned to them.”

Tickets for Parma vs Sassuolo Friendly match

Tickets for friendly match Parma vs Sassuolo that will take place in Tardini on Sunday 1st august 8.30 PM will be for sale today from 4 PM at this link: https://sport.ticketone.it/event/it/47417/90600771/parma-vs-sassuolo-amichevole

Due to Covid restrictions there will be availability just for 3600 tickets in Curva Nord (5 euro) and Tribuna Centrale (10 euro). Green Pass or negative test (no more than 48 hours before) needed to get in,

Parma Fans HK won the fans league

(By Ernest Kam)

Parma Fans Worldwide Hong Kong claimed the Serie A Hong Kong Fans’ Super League winner after defeating Fiorentina supporters in Hong Kong and Hong Kong AC Milan Fan Club.

The tournament was organized by Hong Kong AC Milan Fan Club, held on the 22nd May,2021 in Hong Kong. Four Hong Kong Fan Club including Inter Club Hong Kong, Fiorentina supporters in Hong Kong, Parma Fans Worldwide Hong Kong and Hong Kong AC Milan Fan Club competed for the title.

Parma Fans Worldwide Hong Kong draw its first match with Inter Club Hong Kong 1-1 and secured with a 4-0 victory over Fiorentina supporters in Hong Kong and won 2-0 over Hong Kong AC Milan Fan Club to hold on the title.

Tournament leading scorer Chun Yin, from Parma Fans Worldwide Hong Kong, scored five goals in three matches. Coco, another Parma Fans Worldwide Hong Kong player, kept two clean sheets in the tournament which means he won the Golden Glove Award.

Congrats, guys!

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