A history than consists of great match-ups on the pitch and a storied friendship in the stands. Parma Calcio 1913 and Unione Calcio Sampdoria are two examples of sportsmanship, fairness and loyalty. For around 30 years, while the two teams have competed to win, the two sets of supporters have shown mutual respect, love and passion for their teams’ shirts.
Today, the two clubs have decided to mark this historic link between the fans by creating special mash-up kits thanks to collaboration from the technical sponsors Erreà and Joma. On 5 May, when the teams meet at the Stadio Tardini on matchday 36 in Serie A, Parma will wear a Gialloblù version of the Sampdoria kit while the Blucerchiati will wear a special version of their kit featuring the Crociati’s cross.
Blucrociati – Not Just Colours is the name of this initiative celebrating two of the most iconic Italian kits while preserving the clubs’ own identities and historic colours in embracing the respect that each fanbase has for the other.
The Blucerchiato version which will be worn by the Parma team and made by Erreà will be yellow and blue in colour. The kit itself features many small details. For example, the classic Cross of St George will be replaced by the emblem of the Duchy of Parma. On the back, there will be a triangle with the club’s badge along with celebratory text to commemorate the fixture saying: “Parma Calcio vs Sampdoria, 5 maggio 2019.”
The Crociati-style shirt that Sampdoria will wear made by Joma will feature the cross in the four colours that distinguish their home kit. Under the badge, their kit will also have a celebratory text dedicated to the fixture.
The kits worn in the match will then be put up for auction. The funds raised by Parma will be donated to the Istituto Gaslini in Genoa while those raised by Sampdoria will be donated to the Ospedale dei Bambini in Parma.
PRICE – The Parma Calcio kit will cost €99 and all season ticket holders will receive a discount of 20%. The Box Limited Edition has also been produced specially for the occasion featuring both Bruno Alves and Fabio Quagliarella’s shirts for the price of €198.
WHERE TO BUY – The shirt will be available from the club’s Online Store and at the Tardini Store which will also open specially on Wednesday 1 May. On Wednesday 1 May, Thursday 2 May and Friday 3 May, it will be open between 15:00 CEST and 19:00 CEST. On Saturday 4 May, it will be open from 09:00 CEST and 13:00 CEST and again from 15:00 CEST to 19:00 CEST. On Sunday 5 May, it will be open before, during and after the game for all with a ticket to Parma vs. Sampdoria.
(Photo Parma Calcio 1913)