Parma Calcio will refund season ticket holders for the closed doors matches due to Corona Virus emergency.
Fans will have the chance to get the money back or decide to devolve their quote to The Strongest Team in Parma, the intuitive in support of the Infectious Diseases and Intensive Care wards of Parma’s Ospedale Maggiore that is facing a big emergency.
The Club will guarantee a donation of 100000 euro to the Hospital.
Covid-19 emergency is spreading all around Europe and it hit first and strongly Northern Italy and Parma province. To front all this situation hospitals are making huge efforts to keep guaranteeing the standard services and, most of all, to assist properly Covid-19 affected people with critical care equipments.
Parma Calcio launched a campaign called “Support strongest team in Parma” [Sostieni la squadra più forte di Parma] in order to collect money for the local hospital infectious diseases department.
To contribute donating please make a bank transfer to:
IBAN: IT 39 R 03069 12765100000046031
BIC/Swift code: BCITITMM
Bank: Intesa San Paolo – filiale di Parma
Company: Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma
Reason (copy and paste exactly, otherwise the transfer will not arrive properly): La squadra più forte di Parma – Reparto Malattie Infettive
When ParmaFansWorldwide ordeal started we couldn’t imagine it would grow so fast and so freely as it did. Surely it happened thanks to the passion of you all, but nothing could be possible without the open-mindedness, the kindness, the friendliness and the curiosity of some people that helped us, giving us the support and motivations to go on in the project of a worldwide Parma fans network.
One of those inspirational person, Massimo Zannoni, aged 72, passed away yesterday.
A part from being huge collector, historical memory of the Club and co-founder of Parma Museum association, President of Parma Club Mediolanum and writer, beloved professor for generations of students (read Gigi Buffon Instagram memorypost here, between the others), he was a friend.
He was our friend and was a friend for all the fans we used to bring the Tardini’s Ernesto Ceresini Museum on match day, to whom he always asked us to translate his memories of some old experience as a Parma supporter. You can’t imagine how many epic stories Massimo could tell you.
The reason is the high price in away stand, that is a big barrier for fans that weekly would like to support their club, bringing kids and families to the stadium: away stand in Turin will be 43 euro + presale right.
Boys and CCPC asked to the fan base to not attend the game in Turin but to devolve money to Pediatric Oncology Hospital in Parma. During next home matches against Lecce and Roma in Curva Nord there will be the money collection in Tardini.
Since some year Boys Parma are bringing on a campaign asking for low and fixed price for away fans of every Club. Following the fans, Parma Calcio, at the beginning of this season, tried to make deals with other clubs in order to fix the same low price in away stand. With the clubs that accepted the proposal Parma fixed a low price in away stand and got the same back: in happened in Genova (with Sampdoria), Udine, Bergamo with prices from 10 to 15 euro and kids concessions in some case too.
To make their voice louder Boys put a banner outside Juventus stadium, Tardini and Lega Calcio headquarter in Milan with written “19/1 Juve-Parma 43 euros are immoral, we want popular prices“. The venture of the protest and the benefit whip round reached national newspaper that, at last, amplified the news.
We hope that other fan bases will follow the protest an that Lega Calcio will seriously consider the idea for a low and fixed price in away stands for everyone, like it happens in other European countries. So the slogans for a “Family-friendly Calcio” will pass from being just words on paper into reality.
Who wants to join the whip round but will not be in Tardini next week can write us in order to get the info how to donate to the Parma Children Oncologic Hospital.
You surely remember that our fans were not in San Paolo and why, since we talked about it before the match. Boys, Centro Coordinamento, Danè and the Parma fan base met in front of Tardini to say no to tickets price rise and to be treated as customers before than supporters.
To let you understand the link between the fan base and the Club, the big family feeling that we are so proud of, we report a post on Facebook by Marco Ferrari, one of the Magnificient Seven of our Renaissance and Vice President and spokesman of Nuovo Inizio. Even if these words were published as a private citizen and not in a press conference they can give you the measure of the humanity we are lucky to be surrounded by.
“Higher prices and worst stadiums. Telematic odyssey for a ticket purchase. Rules that seems to be written to keep people far from the stadium. Clap your hands for Parma fans, that today said “no”, staying home and sending everybody a clear and strong message”.
As we told last may, Parma won an important Social Media award as the best account for the Social Media Soccer Twitter Challenge. You can find a resume of the Challenge in this previous post.
Next Sunday, in Tardini, Social Media Soccer – the Italian start-up company that focus on football teams social media data and that organize and important Social Football Summit once a year – will award Parma board and Communication team. To them our most sincere congratulations.
In case you still don’t know all the Parma Channels, here is the complete list:
Both parties have committed a finance pro-rata a 3 year business plan that will be the blueprint for Parma Calcio’s development. Parma Calcio will also have access to the international scouting network and knowledge developed by Link International thanks to the network with managed clubs as Granada FC (La Liga), Tondela FC (Primera Liga) and Chonqing Dangdai Lidan FC (China Superleague).
From Parma Calcio website: “We are glad to have found a final solution to the problems occurred last autumn – says Marco Ferrari, Vice President and spokesman for Nuovo Inizio – reaching an agreement that satisfies both parties and that is in the best interest of Parma Calcio. We deeply appreciate the investments made by Jiang Lizhang in Parma Calcio over the past few years that have been crucial for the immediate relaunch of the club. We are also pleased to count on the contribution of the management delegated by Hope Group, whose professionalism we have already appreciated in the past “.
“We are very excited to continue this beautiful journey that started in Serie C with our partners,” says Jiang Lizhang, President of Link International and Hope Group. “Both Nuovo Inizio and Link/ Hope have prioritize Parma’s interests above anything else. We are certain that the current agreement will ensure the best development of the Company, which we will continue to support in every way so we can take this historical Club where it belongs”.
This is not the only news: in last days an extraordinary shareholders meeting of Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche revealed that Nuovo Inizio has an option to buy 9% of PPC quotes due to the fact that Parma Calcio majority shareholder covered also PPC quote during past onerous capital injections. In this way PPC would low any future business risk and the quotes would be balanced with the real deposits. For next 10 years PPC, even if with a 1% quote, will still have a member into the Parma Calcio board.
In the close future the Parma Calcio ownership asset could change again: 69% Nuovo Inizio, 30% Link International, 1% Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche.
It seems to be back at those glory times, when Parma had relationships in many countries around the world – also thanks to the Parmalat commercial links – and could include football schools in every continent, hotbeds of talents. We are starting rebuilding it, finally, and this is a great news especially for abroad fans.
Today, Parma Academy Panama, the first intentional Academy project for the reborn Parma Calcio, will be hosted in Tardini and will step the pitch before Parma vs Milan. Those young football talents, lead by Alexis Gomez, Sport Director, have been traveling trough Europe and visited Collecchio training center where they met CEO Luca Carra and all the players and had a taste of what we all hope it will be their future training center.
Boys visited also Madrid and they could touch the Champions League for the first time… who knows if the second time they will touch it will be… Good Luck, guys!
We wish all the best to Panama young talents, to Parma Academy Panama and to this International project that we hope will have more extension.