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All you have to know about Parma Calcio: who is who, official statements, tickets price list, events…

Parma (town) for kids

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pic from: www.parmafacciamosquadra.it

Mission of this page is to bring Parma – all “Parma world”, not just the Club – closer to abroad fans, in order to understand better that “kind of magic” all of us feel once we step into that bicycle busy streets.

This is one of the ventures we would like to bring to you: Parma Facciamo Squadra is a charity project born in 2013 thanks to the contribution of three local business Chiesi Farmaceutici, Fondazione Cariparma and Barilla Group (also part of  Nuovo Inizio, in the person of Guido Barilla) that donate one euro for every euro that the charity fundraiser gain from citizens (Multiplier Effect).

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The money collected will be devolved in projects for kids in need: food and primary needs, education, sport and culture. The amount will not be given to only one association but distributes to the families really in the need that will be chosen by a council of association spread in Parma territory that works daily by this families side: Centro di Aiuto alla Vita, Rete dei Laboratori Compiti, Polisportiva Gioco, Emporio Parma, Famiglia Più, Portos, AUSER, Giocamico, Per Ricominciare.

This is why the name of the campaign is “Let’s team up”: the subjects involved are many and widespread.

There will be many fundraising ventures, the one the video – with Lucarelli, Faggiano, Carra and Piovani – refers to is “Anolini solidali”, a charity sell for handmade anolini typical parmesan dish – never call them “tortellini”! – in piazza Garibaldi next week-end.

You can also donate directly to Parma Facciamo Squadra project choosing the specific area of interest at this link: www.parmafacciamosquadra.it/dona-ora.html

All the info, in italian, on Parma Facciamo Squadra website.

Boys Parma statement not to miss

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Lega Pro final in Florence – pic from Boys Parma Facebook page

Boys Parma 1977 made a public statement on Facebook we think it is important to be spread in order to understand more about Parma, Parma Calcio, fans and Ultras. We hope to have been quite accurate non-professional translator.

“An old Hellas Verona Brigate Gialloblu chant said ‘Players, presidents and coaches will change…’ and soon became a real motto and part of our actual mentality. It was 6th April 1994, replay match of a suspended derby, our last game in Mirabello stadium. 3 points donated from Parmalat to Reggiana to help them in not be relegated. Dishonoured derby,  colors sullied, a town hurt, a fan base wasted. We brought consequences of this grief for years, influencing the Group future and the relationship with Curva. Since 6th April 1994 we never made a chant for players. A guideline extended to all Parma fans, sign of a mature Curva Nord that understood that football arrived at a no-return point, where giocatori bandiera, iconic player for a team, would have been a beautiful memory and that we had to concentrate on one thing only: yellow and blue jersey. And in these years, the only light at the end of the tunnel was it: the jersey. Tough years, with highs and lows, with promotions and failures, with celebrations in the square and protests. Even if our passion have been molested by institutions, Lega Calcio, thieving presidents and  mercenary players, we are still here, blowing out our 41st candle on the birthday cake of Ultras history in Parma. And exactly when you think that the time won’t ever be back, when you resign yourself to modern football coming, then something comes out of the blue and you fall in love again with that game you  never stop loving. We are talking about Capitano, of course, but not just about him. Recently was reported our Parma Chinese presidency after a quick break left. Well, behind this move there has been the hand of previous management, composed by Marco Ferrari, Paolo Pizzarotti, Guido Barilla, Mauro Del Rio, Angelo Gandolfi, Giampaolo Dallara and Giacomo Malmesi, the ones that from Serie D took us to Serie A, the ones that kept the promises made before Lizhang coming. We would like to underline how the people we just mentioned made their choices in Parma town, in Parma Calcio and his fans interest; as they understood Lizhang was not apt to being part of the group they didn’t loose time: ‘We put Parma Calcio interest before everything. Seeing how was the situation, we thought it was our duty return majority owner. Prudence management and financial strictness will be the basis of our work. Saying this our priority will be let the Club grow and enhance. our mission was and is still the salvation on the pitch’. Shortly, we had the demonstration that a board made by parmesan people is the basis for the health of our team and our town, exactly as we asked for after Ghirardi shame. Stronger because of this, now we have to give them and the team all our support and our affection, leaving behind all sterile polemics after a single sport event, concentrating on salvation. Because we are interested just in this, salvation, expecially the economical one! Now full steam ahead and let them understand we are by their side, because with that ‘WE are Parma’ management took legitimately an honor place.”

WikiParma: Nuovo Inizio

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Faggiano, Malmesi, Pizzarotti, Ferrrari, Lucarelli, Carra during 22nd October press conference – credit to parmacalcio1913.com

Article about Nuovo Inizio for WikiParma section is realized thanks to availability of Marco Ferrari, that kindly accepted to chat with us on their project and that we officially thank.

Nuovo inizio – “new start”, in English – is the partnership composed by seven parmesan businessmen that at the moment has the majority quote (60%) of Parma Calcio 1913.

Nuovo Inizio was born between February and March 2015, when was almost clear that Parma FC was about to fail and Parma risk seriously to disappear from every football world maps or start a difficult renaissance process like happens for the most of failed teams, under the impulse of Marco Ferrari that contacted and encouraged Parma business community to join the project.

The seven businessmen – Guido Barilla, Giampaolo Dallara, Capital B in the person of Mauro Del Rio, Marco Ferrari, Erreà in the person of Angelo Gandolfi, Giacomo Malmesi and Impresa Pizzarotti in the person of Pietro Pizzarotti – shared the assumption of responsibility to take charge of Parma football renaissance. Together with their mobilization, also some medium and little businessmen and normal citizens decided to do their part creating Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche, the popular action that now has the 10% of the club. This assumption of responsability involved also the fans that subscripted more that 10000 seasonal tickets, an absolute record for a Serie D (fourth italian division) team. The motto they chose, “Noi siamo Parma”, (We are Parma in English) was definitely fitting.

In summer 2015 Nuovo Inizio refounded the club with the name of Parma Calcio 1913, with 70% of the quotes and 30% to Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche. In 2017 they sold the majority quote to Chinese businessman Jihang Lizhang and Link International but in October 2018 they re-took control on it after Chinese property agreement non-fulfillment.

Nuovo Inizio mission has always been “town-oriented” in order to preserve a Parma patrimony like the football club. The seven businessmen – who never looked for footlights – always declared don’t consider themselves as the Club owners but a sort of guarantors for the Club of us all. Without urgency, they will conceed majority quote to grounded investor, possibly parmesan, that will guarantee Club a bright future. Despite the fragmentary property, Nuovo Inizio demonstrate to be capable of strong decisions, as the renewal of management in 2016 or the defense of coach D’Aversa after a bad defeat in Serie B season against Empoli or, at last, their recent back on the helm of the Club.

Since they are again in control, they already announced some renovation in young team training center and very soon they will make an important capital increase. After that we will discover if Chinese quote will reduce and maybe know more about our close future with the certainty, demonstrated until now with facts, to be in good hands.

Nuovo Inizio back at the helm of Parma Calcio

We are supporters, not journalists. Our mission is to bring Parma Calcio and Parma closer to abroad fans and, hopefully, vice versa, but we think all you outside Italy would like to know more about what happened yesterday: the Nuovo Inizio back at the helm of Parma Calcio.

Nuovo Inizio – a 7 parmesan businessmen group composed by Guido Barilla, Giampaolo Dallara, Capital B in the person of Mauro Del Rio, Marco Ferrari, Erreà in the person of Angelo Gandolfi, Giacomo Malmesi and Impresa Pizzarotti in the person of Pietro Pizzarotti – refounded together with Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche, Parma Calcio 1913 after the failure. Nuovo Inizio had the intent to save Parma football team, restart football passion in Parma and entrust it in the hands of a reliable football specialized businessman that was found in Chinese Jihang Lizhang and Link International. Almost one year and an half ago they sold majority quote to the Chinese group, keeping the 30% (10% still in the hand of PPC, as you already know) and the promise of being the guarantee for Parma town and fans that they would intervene incase of need.

This happened yesterday. After Link International agreement non-fulfillment, due probably to Chinese government restriction on football investments, Nuovo Inizio exercised their rights and retook 60% of Parma Calcio. In their official statement and press conference they underlined intention of a capital increase and to keep being a guarantee for the Club future and, maybe future transfer to some real trustable investor, if there will be ever condition to. Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche will still have his role of citizenship representative and will keep having a member inside the board.

Just a quick overlook on who composes Nuovo Inizio. We will talk about them on WikiParma soon. A huge thank you to Facebook page Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria, for conceding us to use their pictures.

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Guido Barilla: Italian businessman and the chairman and CEO of Barilla Group, the world’s largest pasta company, which is 85% owned by Guido, his brothers Paolo and Luca, and a sister. (from Wikipedia)

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Giampaolo Dallara: Italian businessman and motorsports engineer. He is the owner of Dallara Motorsports, a company that develops racing cars. (from Wikipedia)

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Mauro Del Rio: founder and president of Buongiorno, a DOCOMO Company that develops apps and services for mobile devices. He is also, between other roles, chairman of DOCOMO Digital, the European holding of NTT DOCOMO. (from LinkedIn)

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Marco Ferrari: former CEO and chairmen of Zodiak Active and founder of industrial holding NEXT 14. Former minority Parma FC owner from 2009 to 2013 when he left the board. (from ParmaLive)

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Angelo Gandolfi: founder and president of Erreà, sport equipment company supplier.

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Giacomo Malmesi: lawyer and former Parma Calcio vice-president.

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pic credit Parma-Reggiana #maistatastoria

Pietro Pizzarotti: member of the Mipien board, the holding owner of 94,5 % of Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A., the construction company founded by his family more than 100 years ago. (from Pizzarotti.it)

WikiParma: Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche

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We inaugurate a new section of the website dedicated to explain who are the main characters in Parma Calcio World: Nuovo Inizio, Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche, Museum Association, Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs, etc.

First chapter is dedicated to Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche (PPC) that we had the chance to discover better during a chat with Franco Bardiani, that we thanks since now for his kindness.

At the end of 2014/15 season, a courthouse decided that Parma FC had officially to disappear due to failure procedure that was the consequence of Ghirardi/Leonardi administration. In two months, just two months, two different entities was born and took charge of Parma Calcio rebirth: Nuovo Inizio, a 7 Parmesan businessmen group about whom we will talk in next chapters, and Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche, the popular action started from Parma citizens.

Due to the impulse of Giorgio Orlandini and Marco Ferrari – that was also one of the “Magnificent 7” businessmen of Nuovo Inizio – PPC was born in July 2015. The idea behind it was absolutely innovative for Italy: bring a group of fans to have a quote of their football club. At the very beginning it was almost a sort of pact between friends to which various kind of people took part: not just businessmen but many normal citizens that decided to participate even with one singular quote of 100 euro value, that represented their personal brick to rebuild Parma Calcio.

The first subscription involved 144 people that contributed with different amounts – starting from 100 euro, one action cost – and that represented the 30% of the newborn Parma Calcio 1913. The remaining 70% was by Nuovo Inizio that participated with almost 2 millions euros. PPC represents Parma town and Parma fanbase inside Parma Calcio 1913 board: one of the 9 member of the board is Paolo Piva, lawyer, PPC council member. Having small percentage of a society doesn’t mean to have a huge voice in decisions but it is a way to have a look to what happens inside it, to be a sort of guarantee for Parma fans and citizens.

After the joining of Chinese new majority owner Desport (Hope group) that now got 60% of Parma Calcio 1913, the percentage of Nuovo Inizio is 30% and PPC has a 10%.

Despite the obvious quote percentage reduction due to new investment needs linked with fast promotions, the number of subscribers of PPC action is increasing until almost 900 people. Between them, not just citizens of Parma but also people from Canada, Israel, United States, Switzerland, France, UK…

If you want to have more infos about how to join Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche you can write to this email address – info@parmapartecipazionicalcistiche.it – or visit their website: www.parmapartecipazionicalcistiche.com

Parma Store and Museum opening hours

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Parma Calcio Official Store and Museum “Ernesto Ceresini”, both located under Tribuna Ovest in Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma, entrance from Piazzale Risorgimento, new opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm

Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm

Thurdasy and Sunday: closed.

On match day Store and Museum will be open starting 2 hours before the match. Remember that on match day the access is reserved to the owner of a Tribuna Ovest ticket. If you have another kind of ticket, contact us and will check if there will be anyway the chance to go to the shop even on match day.

Press review update: The New York Times

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Almost one month ago The New York Times published a reportage about Parma Calcio renaissance. The New  York  Times. Someone said we were going to disappear and be forgotten.

We list the article in our “Nobody will ever talk about Parma anymore” section dedicated to fundamental articles and podcast about Parma Calcio.

Here is Rory Smith‘s reportage with Nadia Shira Cohen pictures, a recap of our recent history with focus on new era that just begun:

🗞️ The New York Times – Back From the Dead, Parma Embraces a Soccer Renaissance by Rory Smith @RorySmith (with Nadia Shira Cohen pictures), Aug 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/sports/soccer/parma-serie-a-italy.html

 

 

Nobody will ever talk about Parma anymore

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“Nobody will ever talk about Parma anymore” so they said on the other side of the river Enza, Reggiana supporters. We don’t call them Reggio Audace, in respect for their history (whatever it is) because football is made by fans, not by chairmen, televisions or courthouses.

Well, they was wrong.

Here and AT THIS UPDATED LINK you find a list of articles or podcasts about us. Something you can not miss at all and that can help you remember part of our history, the feeling of being in Tardini Curva Nord, the taste and the atmosphere there was and there is in Parma.

–  Mani Djazmi podcast from World Football program on BBC World Service, where we undeservedly participated.

🎧 World Football PODCAST (aug/sept 2018):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsyx/episodes/downloads

🗞️ Mani Djazmi artiche on BBC Sport (aug/sept 2018):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/45364161

🗞️ Our quick report with some pictures here (aug/sept 2018):

https://parmafansworldwide.com/2018/08/31/hello-from-bbc/

 

Golazzo “The totally italian football show” podcast by James Richardson, Jimbo, with Gabriele Marcotti and James Horncastle bring us back to nineties and recap our recent history with some interesting stories and some original historical audio.

🎧 GOLAZZO “The rises and falls of Parma” (may 2018):

https://audioboom.com/posts/6835731-the-rises-and-falls-of-parma

– Very complete and accurate article about our recent history on These Football Times

🗞️ THESE FOOTBALL TIMES “Alessandro Lucarelli: Parma’s selfless hero who took them from the fourth tier back to Serie A” by Gary Thacker @All_Blue_Daze (sept 2018)

https://thesefootballtimes.co/2018/09/07/alessandro-lucarelli-parmas-greatest-legend-who-took-them-back-from-the-brink-in-the-fourth-tier-to-serie-a/

 

Give me sport – givemesport.com – Paul Roger Mitchell article about a well-remembered episode during our tough failure season. We put the link to our post as introduction to Roger article, that you find linked there.

🗞️ GIVE ME SPORT – “Fan ownership could solve Serie A crisis after Parma debacle” by Roger Paul Mitchell (2015)

https://parmafansworldwide.com/2018/08/01/461/

 

– On 90s era

🗞️ THESE FOOTBALL TIMES – “The insatiable rise of Parma in the 1990s” by Luca Hodges-Ramon (November 2016)

https://thesefootballtimes.co/2016/11/22/the-insatiable-rise-of-parma-in-the-1990s/