In Beijing against Argentina

Two years ago we talked about them for a great gift that touched Parma fans in a difficult moment for the community. Now we are talking about them for the beginning of the football season.

Last August 20, Parma Chinese Fans Club played a friendly match with the Argentine Chinese fans in Wangjing Sports Park in Beijing.

The match was their debut in 2022 season, and despite the 3-4 loss it has been a great chance to stand on the pitch again.

Well done, guys!

Lucarelli DOC, Wednesday is the day

On 22nd june 2015, after the Parma Football Club bankrupcy, the club fall into non professional league: serie D. All the players look for other clubs, but one.

Alessandro Lucarelli, il Capitano, stand in the newborn Parma Calcio 1913 and decide to restart from the amateurs, with the promise to bring back Parma in serie A. The rest is history. Our history.

After 4 years of work and difficulties that you can just imagine, Il Mestiere del Capitano, the documentary written and directed by Davide Potente, produced by Luciano Parravicini and Lux For Media with the support of Ministero della Cultura an Siae and, expecially with the contribution of all the Parma fan base will be finally show.

The day is Wednesday 8th June at 6 pm in Astra Cinema in Parma , but surely after the premiere there will be more chances to watch this unique tribute to our legendary Capitano.

To Davide Potente, writer and director from Bari, Parma fan since kid, all our gratitude for the professionalism, the obstinacy, the passion, that had to bring this movie to the end. It was not that hard as bringing a Club from serie D to serie A, but not that far. Thanks, Davide.

Premiere thanks to “Pugliesi a Parma” association and Comune di Parma

Lonigo presente, anyway

Pic: Nicolò Fabris Facebook account

Today, on his Facebook page, Parma Calcio former communication manager Nicoló Fabris announced he will work for the Club no more. An extremely quick and cold note on Parma website confirmed the news.

We never comment the management choices, would they be related to the sport or the managerial area. We are fans: we support anyway, wherever and whatever happens. We are always optimistic about the future and we are sure that the future will be bright both for Parma Calcio and Nicoló, but today we can’t hide our sadness.

Nicolò has been the founder of the well know website ParmaFanzine, a self-financed blog that informed Parma fans quicker and in a more accurate way than the official press agencies, back ten years ago. In some moments ParmaFanzine was the only way to get informations about our Club, for who was not living in town. Legends tells that in the anguished weeks of the failure season he slept in his car outside Collecchio training center to get news before anyone else, and we don’t doubt it is true, check that season videos on YouTube, Nicolò is always there, in the front line. After an experience in a Serie A communication team, Nicolò was deservedly called by Marco Ferrari and the “magnificent seven” as a Communication manager of the Club, a role in which we felt to have a person able to understand the fanbase feelings, since from the fanbase he comes.

Nicolò and his work with Parma Fanzine inspired us. Inspired us both personally, showing how to follow (and realize) a dream, and professionally, tracking a way no one else covered before. Nicolò is an away fan like us, grown far from Parma like all of us, being the only Parma fan in his hometown (Lonigo), like us. He found a way to tell Parma Calcio to all the italian fans and did it better than anyone else. He helped thousand fans around Italy reaching informations we needed, demontrating there was a public for his news. He fueled our passion daily since one day we decided to start a channel to collect all the Parma fans outside Italy. Without any doubt we can say Parma Fans Worldwide won’t exist without ParmaFanzine experience.

We wrote a goodbye post that looks like a pre-obit, sorry for that. We just would like to send our bigger “thank you” and “good luck” to Nic and probably sadness spoke for us more than needed.

Things will be brighter for everyone. We are sure about that. We have to be.

Good luck, Nic, we see you in Curva Nord.

22nd June 2015. Parma failure. (Pic: Stadio Tardini)

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.

“Different stories, same passion”

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