We are used to such kind of posts after every lost match. Most of the times we remind bankruptcy, the rough fields and stands in serie D, some epic match in Lega Pro. A “memory exercise” like this is what helps a community to keep united, in victories and in loss. Especially in loss.
Boys Parma 1977 knows well what a Community – write community, read Family – is. 42 years of “don’t forget” moments, lived together: fun, loss, screams, chants, travels, tears. Tears like the ones for Matteo Bagnaresi, the Ultras, the Boys member tragically passed away 11 years ago. Curva Nord is named after him. Every day, every match his memory is celebrated with the introducing chant: “Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi” is proudly screamed at the beginning of every game to the field and to the sky.
Yesterday a huge flag covered the entire Curva Nord with his nick name “Bagna” and the words “Model, undestructable symbol”.
Memory. Memory is important. Shared memories define a Community.
On Sunday 31st Parma vs Atalanta match day, Boys Parma 1977 will realize a special choreography dedicated to Matteo Bagnaresi in Curva Nord, the beloved Boys tragically passed away 11 years ago today.
After the match all the fan base is invited to Casa di Matteo headquarter, the association founded by Matteo Bagnaresi parents in via Saragat 33 and that we talked about for the Ultras and social network meeting.
Casa di Matteo is a precious place that give practical help to kids with school problems and that organizes receptive activities. The website (in italian): www.fondazionematteobagnaresi.it
To testify the strength of the link between Boys and the memory of a brother like Matteo Bagnaresi – Curva Nord is named after him – nothing more clear than Boys Parma voice: “We are a community, Parma fans, a sort of big family, Matteo memory moved us even more close together and strengthened that ideal that link us since 42 years, thanks to which we met each other and make us proud of being Boys Parma 1977“
Saturday it will be another chance to celebrate and reinforce the old friendship between Parma and Empoli, lasting 35 years. We already have the chance to tell you about the history of the gemellaggiobetween the two teams fan bases, that this afternoon will meet up before the match in honor of the friendship.
Desperados, Empoli Ultras, and Boys Parma 1977 will play a friendly football match on Saturday morning then eat together, and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs, together with his Empoli equivalent organized a BBQ before the game.
Special evening in Curva Nord today before the match. Boys Parma 1977 will make a cake distribution in order to support they lottery.
This is the translation of their communication:
“Saturday night we are back in Tardini, our home, against Inter. It have to be a special night for all the Gialloblu fan base, because we don’t want to let the enthusiasm we brought back from Turin turn off and, with a fenomenal 3-3 at 93° minute served to Old Lady, we would like to continue riding this wave of optimism and fervor!
We would like to celebrate together with you, to all Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi fans. Us, the Boys 1977, decided to place a desk under the Curva where we will offer sweets and slices of cakes made by girls, mums, girlfriends of Group guys and we will have the chance to take our charity lottery on, friendly dumping a ticket on you in exchange of a wonderful slice of cake!
We remind you that the money collected by Boys 1977 lottery, a part for helping who in need (this year our charity objective will be Casa Azzurra in Corcagnano), we support expenses of the Group, like headquarter, choreographies, flags, etc… We would like you to remember the importance we give to this lottery, asking once again the help of you all, Glialloblu fans… Come many on Saturday evening before the match, buy a ticket, celebrate together the 3-3 and we will also eat a slice of cake… hoping to leave the after-dessert bitter, after 90 minutes, to guest supporters!
We wait for you! Com’on Curva Nord Curva Bagnaresi!”
“After bankrupcy we restarted from zero, from humble and shy players, with the desire to win, that fought on every ball: today, these guys, are represented by Baraye.
How could we forget in season 2015/16 against Ribelle when scored under Curva nord celebrating with the balaclava or when he came with us by train to an away match in Forlì? Season 2016/17: same humilty of the previous season: he scores in both derbies celebrating under the Curva Nord with an unique energy. Last season, in Serie B, he has always been available for the team with passion and highest respect, and he became the protagonist for an unbelievable run: a guy that have to be an example for everyone!
Today, back in Serie A, all the fans have a dream, a story that would like to be told, see him playing: Who wouldn’t be proud of such a thing? So, if inside the Club there are people that loves Parma, we invite them lo leave away professional football logics and listen to what their heart is suggesting them… Today, back in Serie A we ask Parma Calcio to let him play before he will leave!
That guy deserves to mark also this season!
Baraye is the symbol of a fairytale played like the main character!”
We could use no better words than these. And we are already crying just thinking about what could happen on Sunday during Parma vs SPAL.
Not just because the Hidden Crusader is our logo but because he represents our recent history, our renaissance, our passion: all of us.
Past Saturday 12nd January an important meeting about Ultras and communication took place in Matteo Bagnaresi Foundation, Casa Matteo.
The event, organized by Boys Parma 1977, was the chance to meet up between different Ultras group (Boys Parma 1977, Ultras Brescia 1911, Gradinata Sud Albenga, 1898 Pesaro, Fossa dei Leoni Fortitudo Bologna), to discover an important place like Casa Matteo, to discuss about the current situation of relationship between Ultras groups and social networks: the generational and cultural change in Curva groups, the change of the national and international rules in stadiums, the relationship between Ultras and Club’s Supporters Liaison Officer, the “digital Daspo”, the negative perspectives of Club’s property stadium…
A big thank you to Boys Parma 1977 for the reception, and for organizing this kind of events. We hope it will be one of a series.
Boys Parma 1977, together with Fondazione Matteo Bagnaresi, organize a meeting on the theme
“Ultras and Social Networks: a difficult coexistence”
Saturday 12nd January at 4:30 PM CET at Matteo Bagnaresi Foundation in Parma.
After an introduction by Boys Parma will talk: Pierluigi Spagnolo, writer and Gazzetta dello Sport journalist; Gabriele Viganò, Sportpeople journalist; Milva Cerveni, tv journalist; Daniele Caroleo, writer and dallapartedeltorto.tk journalist; Giuseppe Squarcia, Parma Calcio 1913 Supporters Liaison Officer and Diego Piccinelli, Ultras Brescia 1911 former Curva Nord
The themes of the workshop will be:
– History of Ultras communication
– Social networks and Ultras mentalità, Ultras in third millenium
– Ultras websites o e-commerce?
– Approval code, electronic daspo and social networks
We think that to live a complete experience as Parma fans, especially for who lives far from Parma, is important to understand who are the main characters of our (recent) story. This is why we created the WikiParma section of the website and this is why we invite you to read this communicate by Parma Ultras Group Boys 1977.
Listen to their voice now because usually you can hear it just in Curva Nord since they avoid public appearance and because mass media too often exploited them.
We hope to have kept the passion with our non-professional translation:
“Born in 1977, we are a group of guys united by Ultras ideal, fans of Parma Calcio and of our town. A name, Boys, invented in 1977 by the dudes that created and passed it on from a generation to another, a name that became an ideal, survived to times and society changes, that had an “home”, a school, in via Calestani 10 since 1998, where we cultivated the values that created our mentality, that permitted Boys to live as Ultras for another 20 years, arriving in 2018, and being one of the oldest group to survive in our movement. This result have to be shared with all the guys that have been part of the Boys: if today we have 41 years is thanks to all those that passed their youth supporting Parma behind our banner. In Curva, in Parma, all of you know us, behind the banner there are faces, names, nicknames, boys, girls. For Boys, for the Group, for Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi, we put our faces, proud to do it, to bring on our ideal, our being Ultras, our living Boys.
Every decision is taken in our headquarter: by 5, 15, 40 people, the ones we are there, discuss and taken only grounding on our being Ultras and to give maximum support to Parma Calcio. We have no other interest. For this reason we never wanted to have relationship with people like Ghirardi or Leonardi, we never asked for nor accepted euros, tickets or seasonal tickets for free. We like to be without owner: with various ventures, and thanks to your essential contribution, we can keep the Group autonomy. This independency allow us to think and act only for ourselves depending on our ideals. We always paid for tickets and so for seasonal tickets; when we had “too much” money we donated and ambulance, almost 100 million liras; in bad periods, money, we put it out of our own pocket to let the Group survive. We would like to make group together, we invest profit in things like this, to bring 70 guys to Naples and let them spend 20 euros. We are not the ones that make money off fans, the merchandise we sell is intentionally at low prices.
For us it never existed to be professional Ultras, nobody never earned or had an agenda a part for Ultras ideal or supporting Parma Calcio. We are Ultras, all normal guys, like you, you know that, we know each other very well, someone since always, someone more recently, we are all Parmigiani, we are Boys, us and you.
We are not interested in cliches, in what conformists say or what Report investigation revealed. We are interested in one single thing: being Boys, being Ultras in our way, support Parma, getting into Curva with our head held high, with clean conscience, look Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi, look into your dignified eyes and being proud or beign Boys Parma 1977.
Boys Parma 1977 made a public statement on Facebook we think it is important to be spread in order to understand more about Parma, Parma Calcio, fans and Ultras. We hope to have been quite accurate non-professional translator.
“An old Hellas Verona Brigate Gialloblu chant said ‘Players, presidents and coaches will change…’ and soon became a real motto and part of our actual mentality. It was 6th April 1994, replay match of a suspended derby, our last game in Mirabello stadium. 3 points donated from Parmalat to Reggiana to help them in not be relegated. Dishonoured derby, colors sullied, a town hurt, a fan base wasted. We brought consequences of this grief for years, influencing the Group future and the relationship with Curva. Since 6th April 1994 we never made a chant for players. A guideline extended to all Parma fans, sign of a mature Curva Nord that understood that football arrived at a no-return point, where giocatori bandiera, iconic player for a team, would have been a beautiful memory and that we had to concentrate on one thing only: yellow and blue jersey. And in these years, the only light at the end of the tunnel was it: the jersey. Tough years, with highs and lows, with promotions and failures, with celebrations in the square and protests. Even if our passion have been molested by institutions, Lega Calcio, thieving presidents and mercenary players, we are still here, blowing out our 41st candle on the birthday cake of Ultras history in Parma. And exactly when you think that the time won’t ever be back, when you resign yourself to modern football coming, then something comes out of the blue and you fall in love again with that game you never stop loving. We are talking about Capitano, of course, but not just about him. Recently was reported our Parma Chinese presidency after a quick break left. Well, behind this move there has been the hand of previous management, composed by Marco Ferrari, Paolo Pizzarotti, Guido Barilla, Mauro Del Rio, Angelo Gandolfi, Giampaolo Dallara and Giacomo Malmesi, the ones that from Serie D took us to Serie A, the ones that kept the promises made before Lizhang coming. We would like to underline how the people we just mentioned made their choices in Parma town, in Parma Calcio and his fans interest; as they understood Lizhang was not apt to being part of the group they didn’t loose time: ‘We put Parma Calcio interest before everything. Seeing how was the situation, we thought it was our duty return majority owner. Prudence management and financial strictness will be the basis of our work. Saying this our priority will be let the Club grow and enhance. our mission was and is still the salvation on the pitch’. Shortly, we had the demonstration that a board made by parmesan people is the basis for the health of our team and our town, exactly as we asked for after Ghirardi shame. Stronger because of this, now we have to give them and the team all our support and our affection, leaving behind all sterile polemics after a single sport event, concentrating on salvation. Because we are interested just in this, salvation, expecially the economical one! Now full steam ahead and let them understand we are by their side, because with that ‘WE are Parma’ management took legitimately an honor place.”