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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/

Vote for Parma

For the second straight year we have been nominated as Football Content Award (“The Oscars of the Football Content Industry”) finalists, as Best Club Content Creator – International.

To discover what our unique fans-to fans network is read here: ”Parma: Small Town Big Family”

We are really proud of this result – whatever the poll will decide – and we invite you to support our nomination with your vote. You can vote until 18th June midnight in 4 different ways and all the votes will be counted:

1 – HERE by using the widget in the side bar (or at the bottom of the page in mobile devices)

2 – On FCA’s WEBSITE by choosing us in the Best Club Content Creator – International: https://footballcontentawards.com/2020-voting/

3 – INSTAGRAM: head to Football Content Awards page and tag @parmafansworldwide in a comment under the Club Content Creator International image. Here the direct link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5qJ5fnBIM/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

4 – TWITTER: post this tweet:“I am voting for @parmafansww in @The_FCAs for #BestClubCreator

Thanks for your support, and for all the kind messages we are receiving.

Hidden Crusader is all of us. We are One. One Family.

Parma Family.

Lucarelli behind the stove

Don’t worry, Alessandro Lucarelli will continue with his work in the Club as club manager, he just decided during this quarantine to make a video receipt behind the stove of his restaurant in Parma.

He is a presenting a seafood carbonara, revisited by Giovanni Petronella, the chef Ristorante “Dal Capitano”, opened by Lucarelli at the end of 2019.

The restaurant is located in via Montanara 15 in Parma (tel +39 05211790059 – reservation@ristorantedalcapitanoparma.it) and is specialized in Livorno – Lucarelli home town – seafood cousin.

Ristorante dal Capitano social accounts:

Facebook Page @RistoranteDalCapitanoParma

Instagram profile @RistoranteDalCapitanoParma

Chef Giovanni Petronella Instragram @Giovanni_PetronellaChef

Match worn shirts on charity auction

Live Onlus, a charity no profit organization that is mainly supported with the sale of match worn football items, just put on sale some very interesting Parma Calcio match worn or issued items thanks to the donations of some collectors.

You can check all Parma (and other teams) available items on the Ebay account: https://www.ebay.it/usr/onluslive

To check Live Onlus projects: www.ilovelive.it

This venture is linked with ForzaParma.it poll for the election of Parma ever best 11.

Far Away Fan Pod: a voice, finally!

Parma Fans Worldwide was born a couple of years ago, aiming to help making community and giving support to abroad Parma fans. To resume our story, read “Small Town, Big Family”

During this long route, marked by some milestones – like the collaboration with outstanding BBC journalist Mani Djazmi, the “Grazie Capitano” project, the victory of Football Blogging Award , and many meetings we had and you had in your cities – we always looked around for other organizations with the same target than us in order to built some day, who knows, a network of networks. Not that easy, it seemed we were a sore thumb.

But we finally found a voice.

There is a guy, in India, that started a very very interesting and unique podcast focused on supporters that follow far away teams. His name is Shaun and we can assure you he has a genuine interest towards your stories and the right awareness to understand and tell them.

We invite you all to download, subscribe, rate, follow Far Away Fan Podcast. It will be an impulse for him to not give up and maybe his work will be inspirational for others.

Here all the channels:

www.FarAwayFan.com

Twitter: @FarAwayFanPod
Instagram: @FarAwayFanPod