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Who is the most Bellelli Parma fan?

We never stop collecting photos for our Travelling Parmigiani album and during these days we have more free time to look into old pictures boxes. So we decided, together with a very famous satirical page called I più Bellelli di Parma (Facebook page and Instagram profile), to start a challenge to choose the most “Bellelli” Parma fan. What does that mean? Uhm… not that easy to translate, just look for the most weird picture in which you are showing up your footballistic passion: during your wedding day, at your cousin’s graduation or on a Brazilian beach.

We want to see how all of us mark the territory outside football context. Tomas Brolin, for example, wear a Parma jersey during Sweden National Day. Rengga while he is on holiday with his wife, Stefano in front of an iceberg in Iceland!

You have 40 days to send the picture to us by email info@parmafansworldwide.com or with a direct message on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, putting your name and the place where the pic was taken. Sending it you automatically authorize us to publish it. Every pic will be published on our channels. After the collection, Bellelli guys will make an online poll to vote for the best one.

To the winner a Bellelli tshirt and our DADE COLLO numbered scarf; to all the finalists one of our Homo Valdanito pin.

Don’t wait too much for looking into the memories boxes… the countdown already started!

In ancient times (by C. Del Vasto)

Author: Carlo Del Vasto

🇮🇹 Versione italiana: Nell’antichità

🇪🇸 Version en Espanol: En la antigüedad

In ancient times, to explain difficult concepts related with life, death, behavior, morals, love, hate, they used short tales.

Jesus did that, the best storyteller of all times, great Greek philosophers, Gandhi and so did Omar Sivori.

Then, one day, English invented football and the world changed, for better or worse.

Empire economic and political colonies started dribbling, shooting, make goal… rete… gol. Football started being inflected as calcio, futbòl, soccer… but also jogo bonito, catenaccio, tiki taka. Every community express their own phobia and love of life with football, Basilian creativity and irreverence, German order and discipline, Uruguayan garra charrua, Argentinian all and nothing, the spirit of football essence of Maradona’s Argentina, the sigle person that marks the difference for better or worse. Italian teamwork, because when we play as a team, we always win.

They say when you cannot face a problem, the Universe disclose it to you in the most different ways, we are in this aspect to learn. Football is one of those indirect messages sent to us to understand the World, assumed you are tuned on the right frequencies.

Every match is a life example, you just have to figure yourself with the jersey of one team on. AC Milan’s Istanbul final teach us not ever take for granted what you got. Inter Milan 5th of May that, even if you have Ronaldo and one point more than the opponent, in the world things not always go as you wished. Juventus Perugia game, teach you that evil not always win and that some messages comes from above, heavy rain and disasters sometimes for something good. My Velez Sarsfiels that an absurd goleador goalkeeper in the person of Jose Luis Chilavert and a unite laboring team conquer Libertadores in Brazil and win over Milan, the battleship, in Tokyo. Maradona that scores two goals to English right after Malvinas’ war.

Every piece of play has a meaning.

A goal from the middle of the field is a daring, epic result. Bicycle kick is elegance and ambition. In some latitudes they call it “chilean” because the first or the most famous player making this kick came form the pepper-shaped country. […]

Today’s parable is the match that was played for 16th round of Italian league, day 9th of January 2000.

Parma plays a bad match against what it is an invincible team with Zidane at his best (how the hell was he good?!) and with referee Farina that blows the whistle every time in favour of the Vecchia Signora and not even the worst guadañazo for Parma. Juventus dominates in the midfield but can’t finalize, first because Pippo Inzaghi is not in his best day, second because there was a certain Fabio Cannavaro there. But at 59th minute Torrisi makes a faul to Del Piero and is sent off. Penalty kick. Del Piero scores.

Dino Baggio loose his head, is sent off and makes that money hand-gesture that costed him also the national team. In the meantime got in Burrito Ortega, that with River Plate played until late, getting in drunk in the first half and getting drunk the defenders in the second, and also Walem.

It is 92nd minute, Parma plays in 9 against 11, fields is a swamp, bianconeri are everywhere. It’s damn cold and the non-stop rain filters until fans and players bones. Supporters breath contract so much that seems fog, or many little smudge pots.

To believe is to create, if you believe enough it becomes real. The observer modifies matter and reality.

And so, when everything seemed to end, a light is lighten up by who you would never expect, Walem… Who the hell is Walem? He make a wonderful pass on the left to Crespo, that enter the box, hypnotizes three Juve defenders and scores with a shot with the left foot, that is not his main.

And the whole stadium falls down. Crespo run to the corner and starts a celebration no one of us will never forget.

Uncontrollable joy. In Curva Nord happens what Argentinian call avalancha, avalanche.

It is a jubilation, embraces, raised arms, liberating screams.

He is the hero, but also all the others players on the pitch, sent off Torrisi and Dino Baggio and the fans that constantly supported the team.

Hernan Jorge Crespo, Hernan /Ernani like Verdi’s opera bandit, Jorge like Saint George, that defeated the Drake.

That big guy that in his first days in Parma didn’t shine, even being reclutant with the yellow and blue shirt, too similar to the Boca Juniors one, he that wasa a Gallina (River Plate son) in the heart. He that, in River, stand hours in the training center to try bicycle kicks, backheel, rabonas with el principito Francescoli.

The legend says that a River Plate fan sent him a training jersey to put under the millionarios Parma one and that from then he started scoring gol, so it is spelled in Argentina, and to let a little capitol city fall in love with him and his feet.

In this moment, we all are that Parma that fight against a ruthless rival and apparently invincible, we are outnumbered and without resources, we have no more defence, even if we are in disadvantage, even if everything seems to be against us.

We are those that never give up, that fight till the end, that believe and try every possible chance. We are Dino Baggio that makes the money hand-gesture and charge with the System.

We don’t have to expose but keep the position.

Keep united, don’t faul, don’t get in contact, let restart and change the result against statistics, against forecasts. Let do our part staying at home, then our Walem (doctors) and Crespo (nurses) will score.

Everything is impossible until someone makes it.

Miracles doesn’t exist, but sometimes happens.

WE WILL EMBRACE AGAIN LIKE THAT DAY.

To watch the goal: https://parmafansworldwide.com/2020/01/09/happy-9th-january-parma-fans/

To watch the full match: https://parmafansworldwide.com/2018/10/02/watch-parma-historical-matches/

Stay home, stay safe

Hint: Coruzzi

We don’t like to talk about things we don’t know about and we never wanted to go out from our main mission that is to create an international Parma fans network. But this situation worldwide – and especially in Italy – force us to spread a message, the same one you keep listening from everybody: Stay at home, and we will sooner be back meeting in Tardini.

Parma Calcio, despite the actual difficulties, is wothily providing daily contents for fans. Some of them in Italian language (players reading fairy tales to kids, video messages from Parma Legends), many others for all the fans around the world, especially via Twitter and Facebook, never forgetting to Support Parma Strongest Team.

Thanks to everyone who will follow and spread this simple message.

Stay home, Stay safe.

And we will sooner be back meeting in Tardini.

(Thanks to Coruz and Keung)

Dear Bobby: letter to a friend

[English version follows]

🇮🇹 Il nostro piccolo grande reporter Mirko ha messaggio per un amico speciale:

“Quella con la Juve è una partita molto importante. Vedo la formazione e dico “Sì, Bobby gioca!” Mi si riempiono gli occhi di gioia. In quel maledettissimo 43° minuto Bobby si fa male, i miei occhi cambiano. Diventano pieni di rabbia e ho quasi voglia di piangere. Guarda caso, dopo che Inglese esce dal campo, la Juve segna grazie a una sfortunata deviazione di Matteo Darmian. Al posto di Inglese entra Cornelius che al minuto 55 segna con uno splendido colpo di testa saltando mezzo metro più di Cristiano Ronaldo. Purtroppo la partita finisce 2-1 per la Juve.

Ora parliamo dell’infortunio di Inglese. Quando lo vedo uscire dal campo con quasi le lacrime agli occhi, mi arrabbio cosi tanto che al gol del Parma non esulto neanche.

Bobby, non so come finirà questa stagione per te, ma non scoraggiarti. Metticela tutta e non arrenderti perché quando in campo ci sei tu, è tutta un’altra cosa.

Io so che guarirai presto e tornerai più forte di prima. Ora c’è solo un’altra cosa che ti devo dire: BUONA FORTUNA

A VOLTE IL LUPO NON E’ COSI’ CATTIVO COME SEMBRA*”

* Questa è la frase che ha accompagnato Mirko durante la terapia. Mirko è tornato a casa after one year lo scorso ottobre, e due giorni fa, a 7 mesi dal trapianto, ha partecipato a una corsa benefica i cui proventi – insieme a quelli della vendita di una maglietta con il motto di Mirko – sono andati al reparto di Oncologia pediatrica dell’Ospedale di Parma.

🇬🇧 Our little big reporter Mirko has a message for a special friend:

“The Juve match it is an important one. I see the lineup and say “Yes, Bobby plays!”. My eyes are shining with joy. In that damned 43rd minute Bobby got injured, my eyes change. They become full or rage and I almost want to cry. Coincidentally, after that Inglese is off, Juve scores thanks to a unlucky touch by Matteo Darmian. Instead of Inglese, Cornelius get in and at the 55th minute, with a wonderful header, he scores jumping half a meter more than Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately the match ends 2-1 for Juve.

Now, let’s talk about Inglese’s injury. When I see him getting off I almost have tears in my eyes, I’m so angry that when Parma scores I can neither exult.

Bobby, I don’t really know how this season will end for you, but don’t give up. Go all out for it and don’t give up because when you are on the pitch, it’s all different.

I know that you’ll heal soon and that you’ll be back stronger than ever. Now there is another thing I wanna tell you: GOOD LUCK

SOMETIMES WOLF ISN’T SO BAD AS HE SEEMS*”

*This is the motto that accompanied Mirko during the therapy. Mirko went home after one year past October, and two days ago, 7 months after the transplant, took part to a benefit run and the money collected – together with the ones collected with the sell of a t-shirt with his motto on – went to Pediatric Oncology Hospital in Parma.

Credit: Tiziano De Cristoforo

Happy 9th January, Parma fans

It’s 20 years and it’s still a vivid memory for all of us, Hernan Crespo “definitive goal” against juventus.

We would like to celebrate it thanks to a creative image – called “Homo Valdanito” – by Gabriele Nicoli, @ni_.ga._ on Instagram, a great Parma supporter that lives outside Italy, that will be soon become a collectible pin.

It will be our way to celebrate this foundative memory for every Gialloblu fan and the town of Parma, that will be “Italian Culture Capital” for 2020.

Who is interested in the pin, please contact us by email or WhatsApp.

Football is made by fans

Today, the organized fans will not be in San Paolo Stadium to support the Team. The three bigger groups – Boys Parma 1977, Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs and Danè – released few days ago a statement in which communicated the decision not to go to Napoli.

This decision was taken after the price for San Paolo away stand release: 40 euros (39,50 + 0.50 fee). 40 euros is a never seen price – a part for 45 in Juventus Stadium last year – for an italian away stand and is compounded by the fact that police use to let away fans in only after the match started and the condition of the building and the view are horrible. We wrote about the cage last season: Live from a cage.

Fan base choice is painful but necessary to disagree a policy that threats fans merely like customers, that consider Stadium a place for families only in talk shows, that ignore the UEFA directive that tells away fans stand have to cost the same as the lower local stand price.

As further protest Boys asked to all the fans to meet in front of Tardini at 6 PM CET (starting time of the match) and follow the match on the radio together.

We totally agree with this protest. We are worried about this way of consider fans only like customers and the way to try count something is only keep staying united.

It will be a pity to see empty stand in San Paolo and a one way support, it will be painful to give up to go to Juventus Stadium, but this is the only way to let hear our voice.

Football is made by fans.

PS: 40 euro is the same price for a low-cost ticket to Parma (landing in Parma, Bologna, Milan) or to some more welcoming town like Cagliari and back, where you can land in the morning, have good food, watch the match and go back home in 24 hours.

If you don’t dare to book because you think the organization is too complicated, contact us. We are here for this. We are a Family, never forget it.

One year ago

One year has passed since the day of the release of our first common project as a worldwide fans network: the concept, production and show of a song dedicated to Alessandro Lucarelli as a way to thank him for what he did for the Club and all of us.

Thanks to the collaboration of Plin – the Gialloblu satirical commentor – and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs we could make our official debut in front of all the players and board during “Natale Gialloblu”, the dinner organized by CCPC to wish merry Christmas to the Club.

It has been the first time we went under the spotlights after months of hidden networking and support to all the fans spread around the world that would like to visit Tardini or simply find someone to share their passion with.

Waiting for the new edition of Natale Gialloblu – planned on 10th December – we share with you some unreleased pictures of that night. We just wanna remember you that we are still here, in Parma and almost everywhere around the world, to help all the Hidden Crusaders feeling part of the Parma Family.

Thanks to Willi Bonati for the pictures.

Parmesan (and Emilian) food experience in London

Credit to “In Parma by Food Roots”

We know that many Parma supporters, when coming in town to watch a match, take the chance to have dinner in one of many amazing restaurants and trattorie spread in Parma town and province.

Last time we have been in London – for the First Parma Fans Worldwide Meeting – we decided to eat in restaurant suggested by trusted parmesan friends: In Parma in Fitzrovia, London. We felt the need to feel at home after more than one week around UK and, to be honest, to check if those praises to the restaurant were right.

They did.

Trust us when we say that if you feel the need to experience real, original parmesan food in London you can’t miss “In Parma” (10 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia, W1T 1SH, London) and sister restaurant “Via Emilia” (37a Hoxton Square N1 6NN, London), where you can find traditional dishes made with trustable original product from Food Valley.

Via Emilia is competing in these days to win the prize as Best Authentic Italian Restaurant in London 2019. To support it, vote here: https://loveitalianlife.com

All Food Roots London restaurants links:

Via Emilia website: www.via–emilia.com

Via Emilia Facebook: www.facebook.com/viaemiliabyfoodroots

Via Emilia Instagram: @viaemilia.restaurant

In Parma website: www.in-parma.com

In Parma Facebook: www.facebook.com/inparmabyfoodroots

In Parma Instagram: @inparma.restaurant

The first school day is a good day

Parma Calcio decided to donate a kit to every kid that started school in Parma town and province.

The venture, called “Forma la tua passione” [Cultivate your passion], is made in collaboration with Erreà and Ringo (young teams main sponsor) and consist in distributing a Crociata jersey to every kid – almost 3000 – that is starting primary school this week.

A great way to stimulate the support and testify the importance of youngers in Parma Calcio project, as made with low price ticket policy.