We believe that in the picture taken by Parma players, staff and board inside Tardini locker room after “Salvation match” we are ALL IN, because – let us be rhetorical – it is the truth that “we are Parma” all together, as a Family.
Yesterday we demonstrated it: the ball seemed to enter the goal pushed by the support of us all.
We would like to say thank you to the Club, a part for the great result on the pitch, for the recognition we received before the match for the work we are doing as Parma Fans Worldwide Networkto help all the Parma fans outside Italy. This recognition have to be shared with all of you.
We cannot nominate one by one all the people we met this season in Tardini, during away matches or outside Italian borders, and the dozens with whom we chat daily. You just have to know that in that picture we are there all together.
Take a long breath now. We survived in Serie A.
We are safe and, after this season, we believe even stronger.
We are not that good with microphones and speeches, this is a point. We had all clear in mind but then on the stage we mess up as usual.
Resuming for who missed what happened tonight: we won Football Blogging Award 2019 as Best Forum (judge vote) in Manchester Ethiad Stadium.
At the announcement, we jumped on the stage with the Hidden Crusader balaclava on and would like to be funny and smart and profound at the same time but basically what we would like to say, and didn’t, was just a big “Thank you”: to Alessandro Lucarelli and Marco Ferrari because without them Parma could not exist anymore; to Coordinamento Parma Clubs, Boys Parma 1977 and all the fanbase for being such a great Family; to my family; to Keung and Hong Kong and Macau crew for their amazing work with Greater China division; to all the already organized fans groups that trusted us, to every single fan that join us for a match or contact us to have someone to share the same passion with.
To you and to the next Hidden Crusader that will recognize himself in that gialloblu balaclava and join us.
We are so bad with speeches we also forgot to dedicate it. We want to dedicate this to Mirko the Fighter, in such a crucial day for him, and to all the little big heroic kids that, like him, have to fight a battle they did not choose to engage. If Football gives these kids a chance to smile, then Football should exist even just for this.
Many of you contacted us about the limited edition “BluCrociati” shirt made for the 5th May match against Sampdoria because you discovered around internet some “supposed” trustable sellers that are boasting about the selling of this kit at special price.
To clarify for everybody, collectors and not, in Italy, UK, Hong Kong, wherever, after we talked directly with Parma Calcio marketing departement and Erreà in the person of Aris Briselli, owner of Erreà Play Store in Parma (the only official show room and shop of Erreà in town): the price for the jersey is 99 euro and it is available ONLY from two sellers: Parma Calcio – online and in Tardini store – and Erreà – online and in Erreà Play store in Parma in via Toscanini.
Only in shops in town there is the chance for personalization with players names and number. In the moment in which we write the only names available in Tardini store are Inglese, Gervinho, Bruno Alves and Kucka and the cost for the personalization is 15 euro. It is a limited edition jersey, even with special numbers, so the Club decided to limit the names available.
Only season ticket holders can buy the shirt in Parma with a 20% discount and the Club sent some 20% discount coupon code to some frequent buyer from the online store. This is the maximum discount possible.
So, the less you could pay for a BluCrociati jersey is 79 euro (65+22% VAT) in case you buy it online with a frequent buyer coupon code – if you are in a no vat country you could have duty discount on this tax due to local rules – or if you are a Parma season ticket holder.
As both, Parma Calcio and Erreà told us, don’t trust who sell at lower price even if he is saying that kits arrive directly from the factory or from some “mysterious” distributor: kits are produced in Europe and are all located in Parma at the moment of the sell opening.
The goalkeeper red jersey was produced just for the players and will not be for public sale: don’t trust who say it is available, otherwise Parma and Erreà would have it in their store, don’t you think?
Vote for Football Blogging Awards is over now. Before discovering if we reached the almost impossible goal of winning in one of the two categories that we have been nominated for – Best Forum and Best International Content Creator – wewant to thank you all.
Parma Fans Worldwide project was born less than one year ago and the website even later. It is amazing how fast we grew and the huge contribution every Hidden Crusader put into it. This is our biggest victory, despite whatever the poll result will be.
We will be in person at the gala event in Manchester Ethiad Stadium on 9th May for the vanity and the pride of being the ones that bring a piece of Parma under the international spotlights again. And also hoping to come back with new energies, new links, hopefully a sponsor that will allow us to bring on this project in this way or even better.
Even if not in person, we will be there all together because we made it all together.
We are asking you the last effort to bring the Hidden Crusader to the top of the International Football Blogging Industry.
Hidden Crusader is you and for you Parma Fans Worldwide worked during all this season. We aimed to let people in Parma understand that abroad fans are Real Fans, and we reached. We aimed to let abroad fans understand that in Parma they are welcome and if some door seem closed, you just have to knock, and we reached.
Now we arrived to the unhoped-for goal of having been nominated as Best Forum and Best International Content Creator at the important Football Blogging Awards. One last step to the international consecration.
If you believe that Football without Fans is nothing, support us!
Few hours until the voting closure at 23:59 of 21st April GMT, few hours to vote in for different ways:
1 – HERE: You can click on the right bar (or bottom, if you’re using a mobile device) white widget putting 2 votes, one for “Forum” and one for “International Content Creator”.
4 – ON INSTAGRAM: head to the Football Blogging Awards Instagram page, click on the relevant category (Best Forum and International Content Creator) image, and tag our account @parmafansworldwide in the comments.Football is made by Fans, vote for Parma Fans Wordlwide at Football Blogging Awards!
Supporters are there in glory days and during the losing ones. So, anyway it goes, thank to all of you.
You started because one of your friends tried one time and convinced you. He said “Com’on it’s easy, it is not that expensive, you’ll enjoy”. So you got your first experience.
After that, you said to yourself you would never repeat it again. Because you don’t need it. Because one time is enough. But.
But your friends get more and more and you are there with only that one. So you say yourself “Why not? It is not dope. What can happen?”
Nothing. Nothing special but you now can’t stop it.
Do you have that La Spezia promotion red jersey? And the 1999 iconic yellow and blue? With Parmalat flower or without? There is difference. And Black Phoenix? With sponsor or without? Match worn? Really?
Nothing, Nothing special but you just can’t stop it.
Collecting can be like a drug. Every addict need a trustable dealer or at least someone that can give him good suggestions about the goods and who are sellers to trust. So we created the Collector’s Corner. A Forum – still in trial version, so be patient – where show your collection, meet other addicts and ask for suggestion about Parma merchandise originality, seller trustability and any kind of good advice needed.
Since the Forum will be a free space we ask everyone’s collaboration to start it up well and keep it an honest information exchange place between Parma Fans, not a marketplace.
Voting in support for our run for Football Blogging Awards as Best Forum and Best International Content Creator will end at 23:59 on Sunday 21st April 2019 GMT. Until then we need all you possible support because, even if we are a fans community, we are competing against some mainstream website made by great professionals.
4 – ON INSTAGRAM: head to the Football Blogging Awards Instagram page, click on the relevant category (Best Forum and International Content Creator) image, and tag our account @parmafansworldwide in the comments.
Football is made by Fans, vote for Parma Fans Wordlwide at Football Blogging Awards!