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.
We start knowing abroad fan by asking them to introduce themselves and their groups. The first to do it is Lucasz from Poland, well-known admin of www.fcparma.com.pl, the most complete non-italian website about Parma Calcio. Lucasz is the president of Official Parma Fans Club Poland, member of Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs CCPC.
“Hi! My name is Lukasz Baron, I come from Poland, and live in small city – Rybnik, which is by the way very similar to Parma – the club who I really love. My passion to Parma start in 1997, I was 5 and spend holidays with family in Roma. One day in the city center in market placy I spot a beautyful yellow-blue-white scarf, I didn’t know what was is but I really wanted to have it so I forced my father to bought it for me.
So it start like that. Later I searched more information about Parma. In 1999 I saw my first football club match in tv, which were… Yes, you guess, Parma vs Olympique and I completly fall in love with this team. In next years I spread my konowledge about club and his history, and in 2006 with one friend from center of Poland – Mikolaj, I establish a polish website about Parma – fcparma.com.pl and Parma polish fan club (Crociati dalla Polonia). My friend decided to withdraw in 2009 (study, family etc.) so from that moment website and fan club is completley my project. What about website, we publish regular news from Parma (usually 4-8 articles per day), we also got many section about, for example, club history, actual championship, tifosi and also some kind of graphics for fans. Everybody can find something interesting
On the other hand we got a fan club, which unites Parma polish fans (now there are about 20 members). We organized a few meeting in Poland and we also organised a travels on Parma’s matches, so far we were at 15 games. In our hands there is two fan club flags (http://www.fcparma.com.pl/dzial/Flagi-CDP) with which we travel to Tardini. We also make gadgets like t-shirt, stickers, hoodie etc.
Since few weeks (of course thanks to big help of Parma Fans Worldwide) we are a part of Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs. I hope it will be a big step in future develop of Crociati Dalla Polonia.”
On 21st September will be officially donated in Amatrice, the town hit by terrible eartquake almost two years ago, two fields, one tribune with roof, forniture for A.S.D. Amatrice for 2018/19 season and a 9 places van. All this has been purchased with money collected by Italian Ultras during the campaign “Ultras d’Italia per Amatrice”: in 4 month they could reach the sum of 161.277,27 euros.
On 21st September there will be the official inauguration in Amatrice. Parma fans (Boys 1977 + Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs) donated more that 3000 euros.
This is the list of al Ultras groups that took part to the fund raising: Ancona: Curva Nord Ancona; Andria: Curva Nord Andria; Bari: Curva Nord Bari; Barletta: Gruppo Erotico 1987; Benevento: Curva Sud Benevento; Brescia: Irriducibili Leonessa (Basket); Campobasso: Crazy Bus / Primitive Groove (Collettivo dj); Cantù: Eagles Cantù 1990 (Basket); Carpi: Ultras Carpi Guidati dal Lambrusco; Cassino: Laterale Sud Cassino; Catanzaro: Ultras Catanzaro 1973; Cava de’ Tirreni: Curva Sud Catello Mari; Cesena: Curva Mare Cesena / Centro Coordinamento Clubs Cesena; Civitanova Marche: Civitanovesi Ultras; Crotone: Curva Sud Crotone; Empoli: Desperados Empoli 1983; Fano: Panthers Fano 1977; Ferrara: Curva Ovest Ferrara Otto Settembre; Firenze: Unonoveduesei Curva Fiesole; Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Blue Supporters Garmisch (Hockey); Genova: Tifoseria Sampdoriana; Giulianova: Ultras Giulianova 1979; Gravina: Noi Ultras Gravina / La Gravina Ultras; Grosseto: Maremmani 1912; Gubbio: Gubbio Supporters 2004; L’Aquila: G.S. Supporters (Basket); Latina: Leone Alato Littoria; Lucca: Curva Ovest Lucca; Mantova: Ultras Mantova; Martina Franca: Ultras Martina Curva Nord; Messina: Curva Sud Messina; Milano: Curva del Milano (Hockey); Milano: Curva Nord Milano; Milano: Ultras Milano (Basket); Monaco di Baviera: Ultras Antwerpen 1994; Monopoli: Bad Boys 1987 Monopoli; Nardò: South Boys 2002 Nardò; Fedelissimi 1993; Tabula Rasa; Novara: Nuares; Olbia: Ultras Olbia; Parma: Boys Parma 1977 / Centro di coordinamento Parma Clubs; Pesaro: Pesaro Ultras 1898 / Vecchia Guardia 1979 / Gioventù Pesaro / Porto Pesaro; Picerno: Teste Matte; Pistoia: Curva Nord 1921 / Pistoia 1312; Pistoia: Baraonda Biancorossa (Basket); Pordenone: Supporters Pordenone; Prato: Curva Ferrovia Matteo Ventisette Prato; Reggio Emilia: Teste Quadre / Gruppo Vandelli; Rieti: Commando Ultrà Rieti 1997; Rieti: Old Fans Rieti (Basket); Rimini: Curva Est Rimini; Roma: Curva Nord Lazio; Roma: PGU Roma; Roseto: Curva Nord Roseto 1927 (Basket); Salerno: Curva Sud Siberiano; San Benedetto del Tronto: Curva Nord Massimo Cioffi; Sassuolo: Curva Nord Sassuolo; Taranto: Taranto Supporters; Terni: Curva Nord Terni; Torino: Curva Maratona Torino; Torre Annunziata: Curva Sud Torre Annunziata; Tortona: Gradinata Est Derthona; Treviso: I Fioi Dea Sud (Basket); Tricase: Rum Boys Tricase 2006; Tricase Fans; Trieste: Curva Furlan; Centro Coordinamento Triestina Club; Udine: Curva Nord Udine; Veglie: Veglie Tricolore; Vicenza: Curva Sud Vicenza 1902; L’Aquila 5/9/2018; Red Blue Eagles L’Aquila 1978.
We know that all of you when go – or when will go – to Parma bring back home some memorabilia. The ticket is not enough and the Official merchandise neither: you need something more personal. Something that would tell you about that specific moment: Curva Nord Boys fanzine, stickers, advertisement poster with a Parma logo on, etc. because these object would represent a piece of history, a piece of your history in Parma.
Objects are guardians of our memories, especially for away fans like us that can’t follow the team every week, but once or twice a year.
Walking in Collecchio Training center or in Tardini restricted areas is an experience, and who had the luck to do it can confirm it. Think about how many players and coaches walked there, changed before a match, talked, fought, had fun.
Think about all the players and coaches that spend part of their life there: how many times they changed in Tardini locker room ? how many laughs or fights did that walls see?
In Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs – CCPC offices, the little yellow building at the left of Tardini Gate that some of you started to know because is the place where we met with all the abroad fans before the matches, there is one of these “memory objects”. It is a door. That door was threw away during some Tardini locker room renewal and people of CCPC found it and decided to use it in their office, creating specifically a wall for it.
That one, was the old Parma locker room door and on it you can read the signatures of some of most famous names in our 90s history. Some of them are clear: Taffarel, Brolin, Buffon, Di Vaio, Simplicio… If that door could speak!
To be honest inside that place there are plenty memory objects and most of all there are people that are the real Parma Calcio memory guardians, and they are more than kind. If you go there for visit in Parma bring and italian dictionary and knock at their door. If they have free time they surely be happy to tell you some story about Faustino Asprilla or Hernan Crespo. And we are not talking about some newspaper gossips, but about real life stories because the majority of these champions were – and still are -for real part of Parma family and memory guardians are there to testify it.
For anyone interested in tickets for Inter Milan vs Parma match at San Siro stadium, on 15th September 2018 at 3 PM CEST read here.
At the moment for away fans area – third ring blue, price 21,90 euro – it is requested Tessera del Tifoso (fidelity Card). We say “at the moment” because the commission who have to decide about it will probably deliberate on the week-end. Rumors says it won’t be necessary, but are just rumors.
It is possible to purchase this kind of tickets only on Vivaticket.it or, with our intermediation, through Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs, that also organize bus service from Parma leaving at 10 am cest at total cost (ticket + bus) of 35 euros for who is a member of our Parma fans club (Parma Fans Worldwide) or another official Parma club. Otherwise cost will be 45 euros. Places on the buses are not unlimited.
If you want to watch the match from another area of the stadium you can buy tickets directly from Inter website at this link: https://www.inter.it/en/biglietteria . Tessera del Tifoso, at the moment, is required only for Parma province residents.
Remember that Inter Milan hottest fans area is second ring green and all the green area. It would be risky and not respectful to go there with our colors on.
Our suggestion is to contact us before purchasing the tickets. We can give you suggestions and maybe we can organize a fans meeting or make easier your coming to the stadium from the airport or the train station.
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:
UPDATE: when we wrote this note the parking was available. In last weeks it use to be all reserved for Parma Club and stadium professionals – they probably red our post 🙂 – but we leave it here because in front of the parking gate there is another, smaller, free parking. In case you don’t find place there there is Barilla Center payment parking (via Emilia Est, 7B)
If you are coming to Parma for a match in Tardini for the first time or just would like a suggestion to park safely from meeting opponent fans and for free before a big match, maybe this quick guide can be useful.
Especially in big matches day driving and parking around the stadium can be a mess and a loss of time. We suggest you – as many local Parma fans does – to park in Auditorium Paganini parking.
It is a free parking located in the back of Barilla Center and – listen – open from 6 am to midnight from 1st April to 31st October and from 7 am to 8 pm from 1st November to 31st march.
Distance from stadium is almost 800 meters, so not impossible to walk.
It is used by many Parma fans and not so known outside the town so you probably won’t find opposite team fans there.
To arrive there the suggestion is to put on google maps: via Toscana 5/a, Parma. It will be easier since around there you will find lots of one way streets.
Get into the gate, leave there the car, then walk on the opposite way keeping Auditorium behind you. You will exit then another gate then go straight until you pass Barilla Center (on your right side) and arrive in via Emilia est, turn right arriving to a round square with a fountain. Following the trees street you will find on your left you will arrive in 5 minutes to the Tardini stadium, hopefully for a good match.
If when you are in front of Tardini you are looking for Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs office, to meet us or other fans before the match, it is the yellow building on the left side of the gate, looking at it.
Remember: only thing to check is gate closure time, especially in winter time.
Parma vs Udinese represents a milestone in PFW history. It was the first time we organized a meeting with abroad fans, in which we helped some of them to get tickets, in which some of them joined officially a Parma Club and used the membership card for discount in Tardini shop.
Little things for the most, important for us: the network is growing.
We met some fans from UK, Slovenia and Croatia in CCPC office, an historical place at Tardini gate, where some trophies are guarded. We made purchase in Official merchandise shop with 10% discount, join Official Parma Club Crociati Balkan member – born from historical Parma Boys Balkan Facebook group – to watch the match together, even meeting player after match for pictures signing.
A long day, ended with a coming back home in late night for someone, early morning for someone else.