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Talking about you in Parma

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We proudly announce that next Tuesday 19th February at 5:45 PM we will be guest of Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs to have a speech about Parma abroad fans, together with Giuseppe De Cristofaro (Parma Calcio 1913 Brand and Digital Marketing), Michele Galli (Museum Association President), Angelo Manfredini (Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs President), Giuseppe Squarcia (Parma Calcio 1913 Supporter Liaison Officer) and Massimo Zannoni, President of Parma Club Mediolanum and organizer of the event, that we would like to thank you for inviting us.

We already knew that, but this is an additional demonstration of interest and openness by Parma town and Parmesan fanbase toward people like you that, even if from far and with obvious distance and language obstacles: follow, support, love Parma Calcio.

If you have been in Tardini lately you surely notice it. Sometimes there could be some understanding problems due to different languages, but if you have the precious chance to get deeper inside the surface, talk to people, share experiences together, you’ll recognize that we are all part of the same yellow and blue Family.

We have the presumption to think that such “kind of magic” is not everywhere and is not for everyone. If you are a Parma supporter you probably didn’t follow the most winning team in football history, nor the one with bigger stadium or fanbase. You just found your cup of tea. Especially from abroad, you can not born Parma fan, nor became. You just discover you are (and probably always has been).

We hope this meeting will be an important step to build an organized, recognized, respected Parma abroad fans network.

Thanks again to Massimo Zannoni and Parma Club Mediolanum for the invitation and to all of you for supporting Parma Fans Worldwide project.

34 years of Gemellaggio

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Athos Bagnoli and Angelo Manfredini in Centro Coordinamento office

Parma Calcio is a Family, when you come in the town and especially in Tardini you notice it. It is the kind of things it is more difficult to explain by words than to feel.

Between Parma and Empoli there is a friendship that last since 1984. On 25th November 1984 during Parma vs Empoli match in Serie B there was so much fog that some Boys Parma fans – usually located in Curva Nord – went in the opposite side of the stadium to watch at least the goal on that side, where Parma was trying to score: we were loosing 1 to 0 but Empoli fans didn’t know it because they could not see the opposite side goal because of the fog.

At the end of the mach some Parma fans that were in Curva Sud congratulate with Empoli fans for the victory and they were surprised by that since they supposed it ended with a 0 -0 draw. The chat ended up with some beers after the match and there begun one of long-lasting friendship in Italian football history.

Rivals on the field but friend outside: the link grew year by year and soon the Gemellaggio was officialized with a flags parade before a match. Tradition that was observed also last Sunday in Tardini before the 7th Serie A round. Before the match begun, both supporters groups sang the name of the opposite team.

We use to repeat that football is made by fans, by people. This is the demonstrations: ultras organizing friendly Fans football match before the Serie A game as a chance to stay together (here the photo gallery); presidents of both Centro Coordinamento –  the organizations that coordinate all official fans clubs – embracing for the meeting in Serie A after years like old friend does.

In the picture you see well-know president of Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs, Angelo Manfredini, and his Empoli equivalent, Athos Bagnoli: both dedicated life to their football passion and in defense of fans rights despite Tv oriented and tickets price rising policies that are keeping people far from football.

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Flag parade before Parma vs Empoli on 30th September 2018
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“Proudly friends” Boys Parma before Parma vs Empoli on 30th September 2018

Press review update: The New York Times

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Almost one month ago The New York Times published a reportage about Parma Calcio renaissance. The New  York  Times. Someone said we were going to disappear and be forgotten.

We list the article in our “Nobody will ever talk about Parma anymore” section dedicated to fundamental articles and podcast about Parma Calcio.

Here is Rory Smith‘s reportage with Nadia Shira Cohen pictures, a recap of our recent history with focus on new era that just begun:

🗞️ The New York Times – Back From the Dead, Parma Embraces a Soccer Renaissance by Rory Smith @RorySmith (with Nadia Shira Cohen pictures), Aug 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/sports/soccer/parma-serie-a-italy.html

 

 

Hello from BBC

Alessandro Lucarelli at the end of the interview – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com

 

FIRST THE LINK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsyx/episodes/downloads

So it started.

Hello from BBC.

It was not Bale-Benzema-Cristiano or Barzagli-Bonucci-Chiellini. Was THAT BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation. We received an email from Mani Djazmi, the presenter of World Football, a weekly program dedicated to most special stories in football world on BBC World Service, that was interested in realizing an episode totally dedicated to Parma renaissance.

So it started an incredible two-days in which we followed Mani in his interviews and researches. We had the chance to talk about football and give our small help to such a great expert and professional. We will never be enough thankful for that.

We could attend to Pietro Pizzarotti and Captain Lucarelli interviews in Collecchio Training Center, see coach an players pass in front of us at the end of morning training session, relaxed and focused on Saturday match. We step Tardini pitch with well known Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs (CCPC) President Angelo Manfredini that took us also to locker rooms and honor tribune and told us incredible stories about nineties glory days. Before the official interview, while we were in CCPC office, Sandro Melli, one of Wembley heroes, get into and had a coffee in front of us. Can you imagine?

We heard from Parma Partecipazioni Calcistiche (PPC) member Franco Bardiani words all the passion behind the popular action that together with Nuovo Inizio allowed Parma’s rebirth. We hate in Pepèn, well known Parmesan paninoteca and we went also to a football game in Correggio, in the deep Reggio Emilia province, where Parma played only three years ago. So many things that it was necessary three episodes to tell everything.

And now? Now Juve is coming. BBC World Football dedicates a whole program to Parma Calcio and we are so proud of all the people we met in these days. Until Parma will be made by these people we can really trust in an even brighter future.

Despite every result on Saturday night, believe us: be proud of what Parma Calcio is. It is made by great people, it is a family and, even if you are far, you are part of it anyway.

At this link you will find the podcast of this World Football episode and all the previous podcast:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsyx/episodes/downloads

And here the article that Mani Djazmi wrote about Captain Lucarelli interview.

Alessandro Lucarelli: The Parma captain who kept the club going

 

Thank you again Mani, for the incredible experience.

Collecchio’s main quarter – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Inside the offices – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Mani checking audio – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Pietro Pizzarotti interview – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Sandro Melli at the bar in from of Angelo and other CCPC members – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Angelo Manfredini interview – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Franco Bardiani on the pitch – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
THE DOOR in CCPC office – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Coppa Italia and Winners Cup in CCPC office – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
Football and food in province – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com
On Correggese tribune – credit to www.parmafansworldwide.com