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The Ballad of Faustino Asprilla, an eleven made in heaven

Tino birthday was few days ago, what a better way to celebrate him than a love song?

Thanks to the Norwegian band Pelicat – follow the guys on their Instagram page or YouTube – we can demonstrate one more time how football is not a matter of results, statistics, trophies and money collectors. Football is a language, is an Art that can capture the heart of passionate people. Few footballers, few Artists, pierced the heart like Tino did. We all Parma fans know this, every Newcastle fan know this, every sensitive, passionate football lover know this.

Faustino Asprilla from Tuluà, Colombia, “an eleven made in heaven” that probably will not be remembered in the alamanacs of who consider the football just a matter of data, numbers and Ballon d’Or collection, will never, never, never be forgotten by (footballistic) pure-hearted.

We all felt in love with you, Tino, with your unpredictability and your somersaults, and every time, like Pelicat say in their Ballad for Faustino Asprilla:

“And it felt like a movie

Everytime you put on your shoes

No one brought the beauty

To the beautiful game

Like you”

If this is not Love, then what is it, Love?

LISTEN and DOWNLOAD “The Ballad of Faustino Asprilla” by Pelicat

Parma Academy looking for partnerships

As told on Parma Academy website, Parma Calcio affiliation branch, the Club is always looking for partnerships and collaborations with other teams, both if they are football academies or normal youth teams that would like to connect with Parma Calcio.

What you probably don’t know is that Parma Academy look also abroad for possible collaboration. In case you work for a football club or academy, can contact the Club by filling the application form at this link.

Maybe, in 20 years, there will be a Champion in our team thanks to you.

Lucarelli DOC, Wednesday is the day

On 22nd june 2015, after the Parma Football Club bankrupcy, the club fall into non professional league: serie D. All the players look for other clubs, but one.

Alessandro Lucarelli, il Capitano, stand in the newborn Parma Calcio 1913 and decide to restart from the amateurs, with the promise to bring back Parma in serie A. The rest is history. Our history.

After 4 years of work and difficulties that you can just imagine, Il Mestiere del Capitano, the documentary written and directed by Davide Potente, produced by Luciano Parravicini and Lux For Media with the support of Ministero della Cultura an Siae and, expecially with the contribution of all the Parma fan base will be finally show.

The day is Wednesday 8th June at 6 pm in Astra Cinema in Parma , but surely after the premiere there will be more chances to watch this unique tribute to our legendary Capitano.

To Davide Potente, writer and director from Bari, Parma fan since kid, all our gratitude for the professionalism, the obstinacy, the passion, that had to bring this movie to the end. It was not that hard as bringing a Club from serie D to serie A, but not that far. Thanks, Davide.

Premiere thanks to “Pugliesi a Parma” association and Comune di Parma

Lonigo presente, anyway

Pic: Nicolò Fabris Facebook account

Today, on his Facebook page, Parma Calcio former communication manager Nicoló Fabris announced he will work for the Club no more. An extremely quick and cold note on Parma website confirmed the news.

We never comment the management choices, would they be related to the sport or the managerial area. We are fans: we support anyway, wherever and whatever happens. We are always optimistic about the future and we are sure that the future will be bright both for Parma Calcio and Nicoló, but today we can’t hide our sadness.

Nicolò has been the founder of the well know website ParmaFanzine, a self-financed blog that informed Parma fans quicker and in a more accurate way than the official press agencies, back ten years ago. In some moments ParmaFanzine was the only way to get informations about our Club, for who was not living in town. Legends tells that in the anguished weeks of the failure season he slept in his car outside Collecchio training center to get news before anyone else, and we don’t doubt it is true, check that season videos on YouTube, Nicolò is always there, in the front line. After an experience in a Serie A communication team, Nicolò was deservedly called by Marco Ferrari and the “magnificent seven” as a Communication manager of the Club, a role in which we felt to have a person able to understand the fanbase feelings, since from the fanbase he comes.

Nicolò and his work with Parma Fanzine inspired us. Inspired us both personally, showing how to follow (and realize) a dream, and professionally, tracking a way no one else covered before. Nicolò is an away fan like us, grown far from Parma like all of us, being the only Parma fan in his hometown (Lonigo), like us. He found a way to tell Parma Calcio to all the italian fans and did it better than anyone else. He helped thousand fans around Italy reaching informations we needed, demontrating there was a public for his news. He fueled our passion daily since one day we decided to start a channel to collect all the Parma fans outside Italy. Without any doubt we can say Parma Fans Worldwide won’t exist without ParmaFanzine experience.

We wrote a goodbye post that looks like a pre-obit, sorry for that. We just would like to send our bigger “thank you” and “good luck” to Nic and probably sadness spoke for us more than needed.

Things will be brighter for everyone. We are sure about that. We have to be.

Good luck, Nic, we see you in Curva Nord.

22nd June 2015. Parma failure. (Pic: Stadio Tardini)

Iacoponi farewell letter

Pic: Davide Fornari

During all these years I never had the chance to think about how could I say goodbye to this colors, this town, this Club, with whom I could reach amazing target, realize dreams that still today, just thinking about, it’s all goose bumps.

I would like to have the chance to hug personally, in Tardini, all the people that have this jersey tattoed on the heart, that know what it means and his history, and the emotion that provoked wearing it and fighting for it. Unfortunately it was not possibile, so I need to use this way hoping that all the emotions that I am feeling now and that are contained in such a great experience arrive to all of you.

“Thank you” is an easy word, but in his semplicity it contains all the gratitude for what I lived with you and thanks to you. It has been five wonderful years, with some bad moment but also with many great success, obtained giving all that I had in every training, in every match, in every moment inside and outside the pitch.

So, from the bottom of my heart: thank you Parma, thank you parmesan people. I don’t think it will be a goodbye, but the history that we wrote together can’t be forget and will always be one of the thing I am more proud in my life.

This town, this team, this supporters will always be part of me. I always felt welcome. I will come back often, to meet again those people that contributed to live and write with me these five years that I will never forget.

Simone Iacoponi

Ciao Paolo

Sadly Paolo Borelli, a great friend of Parma Fans Worldwide, passed away today, after fighting against a terrible enemy.

Paolo was a great Parma fan, member of Danè 1973, founder of Parma Museum, collector, bike fanatic.

We loose the kind eyes that all the abroad fans used to cross while visiting the Parma Calcio museum on match day. He was always there, telling stories about our beloved Parma and curious about the stories abroad fans had to tell, as all the cultured people are: open minded and curious.

We will miss you, Paolo.

Help for Como flooded families

Como Calcio fans group “Pesi Massimi” launched a fundraiser in support for some families in need strongly hit by the flood that recently affected Como Lake.

Despite the colors and the rivalries on the pitch, this is exactly what we like of football: build communities linked to territory that work together in solidarity for who is in need. Boys Parma and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs abitually do this, Pesi Massimi are a clear example that they are not the only ones.

We decided to support them, if you want to join our donation write an email to info@parmafansworldwide.com and we will give the instruction how to participate.

Tickets for Parma vs Lecce

Tickets for the first official match of the season, Parma vs Lecce, that will take place next sunday at 18 cest in Tardini for Coppa Italia 2nd round are for sale at this link for Tribuna Petitot and Visitors section. Curva Nord tickets will be for sale just in Parma province and Tardini box offices. The tickets office will not be open on match day.

As usual, if someone needs help for purchasing tickets, contact us by email or whatsapp and will try to give as much assistance as possible.

We remember that, as reported on Parma Calcio website “Access to the stadium for those over the age of 12 will be granted only to those in possession of the COVID-19 Green Pass (vaccinated for at least 14 days or holder of a certification of recovery from Covid-19 in the previous six months, or a negative result of a test carried out in the previous 48 hours). The green COVID-19 certification will not be required at the time of purchasing the ticket but at the entrance to the facility, where each spectator will have to undergo a body temperature check. It should be noted that those who purchase a ticket without having the Green Pass will not be entitled to any refund. Parma Calcio underlines that other forms of certification will not be accepted, such as self-certification, which do not have a specific QR CODE issued by the Ministry of HealthQR CODES that have been issued by the Ministry of Health will be checked via the VerificaC19 app.

In line with the Stadium Rules of Use, it will be mandatory to wear a face mask during the entire event. In order to guarantee social distancing, it will also be mandatory for each ticket holder to sit in the seat assigned to them.”

Tickets for Parma vs Sassuolo Friendly match

Tickets for friendly match Parma vs Sassuolo that will take place in Tardini on Sunday 1st august 8.30 PM will be for sale today from 4 PM at this link: https://sport.ticketone.it/event/it/47417/90600771/parma-vs-sassuolo-amichevole

Due to Covid restrictions there will be availability just for 3600 tickets in Curva Nord (5 euro) and Tribuna Centrale (10 euro). Green Pass or negative test (no more than 48 hours before) needed to get in,