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#blucrociati riddle

Blucrociati, this is the hashtag (and the claim) of and unknown venture by Parma Calcio and Sampdoria that will be announced this afternoon at 530 pm CEST on Parma social channels. It is a mix between the word blucerchiati, a way to call Sampdoria fans due to their blue jersey with iconic circles, and crociati, Parma fans, obviously referred to the Parma Calcio crusader historical home kit.

As known, Parma and Sampdoria fanbases have a strong friendship born between Ultras Tito Cucchiaroni and Boys Parma 1977 during season 1990/91, when Boys made a banner with “A noi l’Europa, a voi la gloria: lo scudetto alla Sampdoria” [Europe for us, Glory for you: Scudetto to Sampdoria] congratulating for the victory of the league, the last time a non-mainstream club won a Serie A title.

Since then, the friendship extended to all the fan bases – it is quite common to see a blucerchiata shirt or a Sampdoria scarf in Tardini Curva Nord and yellow and blue colors in Marassi Gradinata Sud – and to Clubs. Friendship it is so strong that it is common to see great collaboration between Clubs for lowing ticket prices, making flags parade and… something else that we will discover this evening.

Stay tuned, we will update as the mystery, started when a full page on Italian main sport newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport appeared today, will be unveiled.

34 years of Gemellaggio

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.

Flag parade before Parma vs Empoli on 30th September 2018

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