The away match closer to Parma is coming next weekend, since Gialloblu will face Sassuolo in Reggio Emilia, as we already told you. We hope that this Travelling Parmigiani tale will encourage as many fans as possible to buy the ticket despite weather reports and fill our stands in Mapei Stadium.
Why? Because Dmitriy made almost 7000 km in 5 days (by plane, bus and train) to watch a couple of Parma matches last week, and this season is his third visit to Italy. We asked him couple of questions because his travel can be an example for other Hidden Crusader out there.
– When did you start supporting Parma and why?
I’m a Parma fan since 1994. On 23 august 1994 there has been the farewell match of Spartak Moscow legend Fedor Cherenkov – a sort fo Gigi Buffon for Spartak fans – against Parma in Moscow. I’m a Spartak fan since I was a kid and Cherenkov was my idol. After watching that match at the stadium I became also a Parma fan. Parma way of playing was different by other Italian team especially because I don’t like teams that suffer for 90 minuets and then at 91 score the winning goal. Parma was different.
– How many times you watched Parma matches live lately?
In Serie B in Tardini with Novara (3-0) and away against Salerinitana (0-1), unfortunately following match against Palermo was delayed for snow and I couldn’t watch it. This season I’ve been at home match against Cagliari (2-0), away against Juventus (3-3), with Atalanta home (1-3) and Frosinone away (3-2).
– What about your last trip?
I love Parma town and visiting it even if there are not matches. To be honest I love Italy in general and I would like to visit all of it. This time I arrived in Milan from Saint Petersburg, then I spent a day in Piacenza, two in my loved Parma where, a part to attend the match against Atalanta, I visited wonderful Reggia of Colorno and Torrechiara Castle. Then I moved to Florence before going to Rome and Frosinone to watch the match with Parma supporters in away stand.
The trip has been interesting itself but of course the two lost matches this time wasted my mood, especially the one against Frosinone: even with a lot of injured players we lost three points and I hope we could take control again on our season as soon as possible.
Let me say that I visited many italian cities but Parma is the most beautiful and the one I love the most.
I would like to thank you Parma Fans Worldwide for the help given to all of us abroad fans.