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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:

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:

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:

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 – 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:

To check Live Onlus projects:

This venture is linked with 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:

Twitter: @FarAwayFanPod
Instagram: @FarAwayFanPod

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.


To watch the goal:

To watch the full match:

Chi è il tifoso piu Bellello?

🇬🇧 English version:

Abbiamo tutti molto tempo libero per fare ordine tra le vecchie cose e siamo sicuri che anche a voi sarà già capitata tra le mani qualche vecchia foto speciale sistemando il garage.

Insieme agli amici di I più Bellelli di Parma (pagina Facebook e profilo Instagram) abbiamo deciso di raccogliere tutte le immagini in cui i tifosi del Parma hanno “marcato il territorio”. Vale tutto: la comunione di vostra nipote, le vacanze in Costa Brava o il concerto degli Spandau Ballet, l’importante è che il contesto sia extracalcistico.

Avete 40 giorni di tempo per inviare le vostre foto all’indirizzo email oppure tramite messaggio diretto su Instagram, Facebook o Twitter, indicando il nome, dove e quando è stata scattata. Inviandola date automaticamente autorizzazione alla pubblicazione.

Pubblicheremo sui nostri canali tutte le foto che ci arriveranno e al termine della quarantena i ragazzi dei Bellelli organizzeranno una votazione pubblica per decretare chi sia IL TIFOSO/A PIU’ BELLELLO.

Al primo classificato andrà la maglietta dei Bellelli e una delle nostre sciarpe DADE COLLO numerate. Ai finalisti una spilla “Homo Valdanito”.

E’ il momento di mettere mano al baule dei ricordi: non vediamo l’ora di riempire il nostro album dei Travelling Parmigiani con qualche chicca.

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


* 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


*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