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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.

You can’t cover history

All of you that came for at least one time to Tardini in the last five years surely remember the big graffiti on the left side of box office: a huge Alessandro Lucarelli while making a sliding tackle on former president Ghirardi, colpable of our failure in 2014/15.

That graffiti was a symbol of our came back, a tribute to our all-time-Captain, that never left even in worst times. Our renaissance symbolically started from that sliding tackle: Nuovo Inizio, Serie D/C/B triumphs, the new Krause Era, everything happened thanks to that first “act of force” by Lucarelli that stand with us taking our part against Ghirardi (and all the other evil people that tried to exploit on our beloved Parma Calcio), perfectly represented in the graffiti.

Few days ago that piece of art, representation of our recent history, was covered by another graffiti. We don’t know if it was caused by ignorance or if it was an intentional attack, we just know that such lack of respect will never cover our memories, our history, our pride for what Lucarelli did for us.

All the best of Parma in one video

Video: Lorenzo Melegari Song: Lucio Cavalca

We want to wish you all the best for 2021 with this video mashup made by our friends of satirical facebook page I più Bellelli di Parma that mixed two best things of this -mostly awful – year that is ending: the stunning video “Parma in un giorno di neve” by Lorenzo Melegari with Parma under the snow and the Lucio Cavalca‘s parmesan dialect satirical cover of Leonard Cohen Hallelujah. it is a condensate of “parmesanity”: the class and elegance of Melegari images and the irony of Calvalca’s “Cm’e l’è dura”, that manage to get a smile out of our last months forced reclusion.

All the best, lads. We hope to meet you all in Tardini soon.

Original video: https://youtu.be/g2rqPIapXKg

Original song: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CI3_2sIonnX/?igshid=ro1782c9kli6

In difficult times

Credit: Boys Parma 1977

A Football community like our one is fed by the relationships between people. That’s why it is so difficult for us to go on with our daily tale in these weird times: no meetings, no relationships, nothing to talk about. There are already so many journalistic websites that fill pages and pages with match reports, tranfers rumors, gossips and whatever. That’s not us.

Parma Fans Worldwide was born to talk about Parma as an (international) Community. To bring Parma closer to abroad fans and help abroad fans to come closer to Parma: Parma town, Parma team, Parma fan base. In one word to give voice to all the Parma Family.

A couple of weeks ago, for a tragic event, we had a powerful demonstration of what the Parma Family is. It happened that a member of the Boys passed away. His funeral was endorsed and heart rending – like it always is when a 39 years young man pass away for a sudden illness – and once again demonstrated the strength of a Community. In the yellow and blue crowd you could recognize Sampdoria, Empoli, Rapid Wien, Bordeaux, even Genoa scarves to demonstrate once again how football is a matter of people more than a matter of players. Bietto left a huge hole in the Group and all his community compacted to relieve his sorrow and scream his tribute to his warrior.

We never talk about what happens on the pitch, as said, many others already do that well, but the message that Boys Parma 1977 launched couple of days ago is strong, clear, and it fits enough to make it ours: Let’s fight as Ultras for Parma and for who is watching us from up there.

It is during difficult times when it is more important to stay together, as a Community, as a Family. We have a big and strong one. Hold it tight.

Ciao Bietto.

Credit: Boys Parma 1977

Sometimes it is ok to be old

Credit: Hernan Crespo

Sometimes it is ok to be old.

Old enough to have seen him on the pitch.

Old enough to swear because of him.

We publish this pic with Hernan Crespo with a Parma Calcio jersey because it is representative of his essence.

Maradona was heritage of everyone who loves football. Barcelona, Napoli, Parma, Milan… the colors doesn’t matter.

Rest in peace, Diego.

I had a dream

Football clubs have one president, mine had seven. Trustable people, professionals. Parmesan.

Football clubs have one presidents, mine had seven. Partners, guarantors, friends. Parmesan.

Football clubs have one president and now, mine, too. American, stranger. Forestér, like all of us.

I write while I cry, I write wondering about a lost football, that will never come back. I think that I would prefer go on like this, cuddled by my seven presidents, one better than the other, pride of an entire Town and fan base. Those who rebound the Club and brought it form serie D to where it deserves to be. Those who protected, team and town, from ill-intentioned and that waited and waited that the right moment came to deliver their creature into the right hands. And they did it for Love, don’t tel me I’m wrong. They did it for Love. 

The same Love that a father needs to bring his daughter to the altar. I can barely imagine how hard it could have been and I damn it.

Damn this football that took away from me the best seven presidents I could ever desire. I had the dream they could last forever but it was not possible.

I would hug them one by one and cry on their shoulders. I would tell them thank you for the work, the passion, the love. Scream it in Curva Nord, together with fellows and friends. Scream all my pride for what we re and what they did , that we have been a Force, together. Scream to who will come after that he is welcome, if he will respect our history and if he will have the patience to understand who and what we are. 

It cant be differente for us, that first we tasted what means – as forestér – to be welcomed by Parma Family.

But for tonight, I still damn this football that took away the best seven presidents I could ever desire. I had a dream. And tonight I don’t want to fall asleep because I know that tomorrow it will end.

Seven times THANK YOU.

The important thing is to honor it

The (double) second Parma Calcio jersey is out since today and it is a surprising change from the classic 90s looking striped kit that characterized the latest second jerseys in past seasons.

The two second kits are the negative of each other: a yellow one with a dark blue stripe on the chest (with the same texture of the new training line) and a blue one with a yellow stripe, quite classic Boca Juniors looking.

As in latest two years we will have 4 kits then.

As always the only one thing what we hope for is that who will deserve to wear it on the pitch will sweat and honor it.

Direct link to official Parma Calcio store: https://shop.parmacalcio1913.com/it/13-kit-gara

Here the four kits

“Goodbye Parma” D’Aversa farewell letter

Credit Instagram.com/ipiubellelli

Manager Roberto D’Aversa published a farewell letter to say goodbye to board, players and Parma fan base.

Thank you, Bob, and all the best for your next steps.

“Goodbye Parma,

after four years of success, fights, victories, smiles and goals achieved, it is time to say goodbye. We lived a magnificent experience together, we tasted the challenge, thanks to everybody’s work and sacrifice we reached unbelievable results. Thanks to the support of a property made by men, Parma fans, unite and passionate: like a Family is. And I’ve been part of this family too, together with them I grew up as a man and as a manager: Parma trusted in me and let me work serenely, together with good people. I have to say thank you to Pizzarotti Family, Guido Barilla, Marco Ferrari, Giacomo Malmesi, Gian Paolo Dallara, Angelo Gandolfi and Mauro Del Rio. We we together into history, with them the fan base can be confident.

A special thanks to my players, all I trained during this venture. As I use to say: players are the one that step the pitch, if we won they deserved it. It has been a pleasure to share this adventure with them, every one of them gave me something. I am a very demanding manager, I pretend a lot from me and from who works with me so I have to thanks all the club members: warehouse workers, fundamental, secretaries, press office, medical staff, boards, CEO Luca Cara, Chief Operating Officer Stefano Perrone and all the employers. I fought together with Daniele Faggiano, a great football expert, always ready, as a sport director, for good words at the right time.

Me and my staff – precious for me – reached great results thanks to the help of everyone: Alessio Cracolici has been a fundamental man, always there as a Team Manager. My greetings also goes to the legend of this team that I have been lucky to know both as a player and as a Club Manager: Alessandro Lucarelli was an example.

It is impossible to forget Parma’s wonderful supporters , to whom goes my huge embrace. Their passion always warmed up us, even when things wasn’t so easy. Their support never lacked. To who applauded, supported, whistled, criticized, especially to them, I say thank you. Without their push, we won’t go so far.

Goodbye Parma. I will always be grateful to you.“

What Family is

Thanks to all the Parma Family members (fans, board, players) that supported us into this run to the conquer of Football Content Award as “Best Club Content Creator – International”

As we use to repeat Parma is a small town but a big Family. We demonstrated it once again whatever the poll result will be.

See you in Tardini, lads, or in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, pubs, cafes, restaurants, streets… wherever we had chance to meet and share time together in these last year.

There is time to vote until tonight at 11 pm CEST but this video, realized asking you at the last minute a contribution, is already a victory for us and a big demonstration.

Thanks by the heart.

How to vote:
🇬🇧 https://parmafansworldwide.com/2020/06/06/vote-for-parma/
🇮🇹 https://parmafansworldwide.com/it/2020/06/06/vota-per-parma/