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!

Boys on Tardini renewal

Few days ago Parma Calcio published the results of the public questionnaire about the Tardini that highlighted the firm opinion that such an iconic reference for the town should not be moved somewhere else and that the majority of the people thinks a renewal is necessary, adding some new service that could allow to live it 7 days a week and keeping the ones existing -Iike the museum – there.

Even if the project is still not public, Boys Parma 1977 decided to write a letter in which they underlined some points they consider extremely important talking about a Tardini renewal. You can find the letter, in italian at this link.

Boys Parma 1977 consider the stadium a place for passion and not for profits, a place where all the history was built, and don’t consider a total renewal necessary. Anyway they are conscious that a fashioned “old style” stadium as they like is not possible nowadays but believe that to bring back people there what should be needed is a reduction of bureaucracy and restrictions to the fans (and keeping the price low in some areas) . Their thoughts are the consequences of decades of support and of travelling all around Italy and Europe: their point of view is the most experienced one, talking about who lives the stadium and saw the changes through the years.

In short, Boys focus on few important points all related to the identity of the place and to the importance of fans as people and not as customers: only in this way it is possible to build or, better, reinforce a Community, to keep the stadium full, to make it a point of force for a Club and a town. Boys believe that the name should remain the same, so the name of Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi with all the graffiti there since they are the history of the support in Parma, and the history of a Community made of people. Boys ask for an info point and underline that the Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs CCPC should remain where it is – at Tardini gate – because of his fundamental work as point of reference for all the fan base. So the museum.

Curva Sud should be designed for families: popular prices same as in Curva Nord where no huge facilities are needed a part for the ones for people with disabilities.

Boys are worried that if a shopping center will be built it will be a non identitarian one (with some global brand): they suggest to give the places in order for their services to the Community and not just to their monetarization.

They specify these are just opinions made from their point of view, not a general considerations on a project, that it is still not public. They believe that the best way is a discussion with the entities involved to make the best for Parma Calcio and the Community.

Ferrari remembers us that we are made for memorable feats

Yesterday Marco Ferrari published on his Facebook page a post to show his support for the Team and where he remembers us some truths and that it is in bad times that we use to show the best of us. Because we have never been a “normal” team, so nothing is prevented.

“It is when you are down and all the others think you are dead and laugh at you that the will to get up and fight should rise strongly. We have never been a normal team. Parma is synonymous of bad falls, but also of memorable feats. And it is in worst moments that we often could give the best of us. It is time to find that spirit. We can’t accept any destiny that is not the one we can still write by ourselves. Parma Calcio is a great group, made by strong players, led by a manager that is a stone in the tempest, prepared by a staff that would jump into the flames for Parma and supported by a great President, full of energy, resources, grit and enthusiasm. We need nothing more than this to go to war. And I would not exchage any of this elements with our opponents.

Come on Parma! Ten fights to write another piece of history.

Forza Parma. Sempre.”

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