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TARDINI FOR SPECIAL: AN UNFORGETABLE INTERNATIONAL EVENT FOR 360 ATHLETES

Parma, 12 May 2024 - Friendship, passion, and lots of fun. Tardini for Special, the third edition of the event organized by Parma Calcio and Parma Calcio Academy dedicated to paralympic and experimental football. The Ennio Tardini was filled with smiles, enthusiasm, and love for the sport. From morning until evening, it brought together and touched the teams present, coming from all over Italy and Europe, for an even more international edition.


With over 360 participants and 24 teams divided into 3 levels of disability, boys and girls took on each other on the fields of Parco Ferrari and the Ennio Tardini, amidst applause and enthusiasm, supported by the cheers of the many people present. Arriving on the official Parma Calcio bus, the Parma Calcio Special team, led by coach Stefano Cavalli, was also present.


In the morning, on the pitches of the US Audace, autographs and souvenir photos were taken with Gabriel Charpentier, a forward of our First Men's Team. In the afternoon, after the final matches of each category, Torino, Juventus, and Atalanta, the winning teams of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd levels respectively, challenged the 'home' team, the Gialloblu Legends. Taking to the field were Marco Ballotta, Gabriel Paletta, Alessandro Melli, Davide Giorgino, Ze Maria, Stefano Montanini, Marco Osio, Luca Mondini, Luigi Apolloni, Massimo Susic, Marco Giandebiaggi, Ferdinando Piro, Fausto Pizzi, and Roberto Mattioli.

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In level 1, Torino and Ajax faced off in the final, with the Granata securing a 2-0 victory. Reggiana took third place. In the second level, victory went to Juventus, who defeated Insuperabili 1-0 in the final. Fiorentina finished in third place. In level 3, Atalanta emerged victorious, defeating Feralpisalò 1-0. Hellas Verona's team took third place.


In the afternoon, in the areas surrounding the Tardini, the associations Always With Blue, Gufi Hockey School, and Cus Parma gave children and young people with disabilities the opportunity to check out the world of paralympic sports. Paralympic champions Vittorio Podestà (handbike) and Lorenzo Nunziato (duathlon) shared their experiences, highlighting the value and importance of sports.


In the evening, in the presence of Simone Alberici, President of LND Emilia Romagna, Davide Antonelli, Sports Delegate of the Municipality of Parma, Andrea Vittorio Vaccari, Vice President of CONI Emilia Romagna, and Roel Vaeyens, Managing Director of Parma Calcio Sport, 'Tardini for Special' concluded amidst the smiling faces of the participants and with the words of Luca Martines, Managing Director of Corporate Parma Calcio.


'In this third edition of 'Tardini for Special', I want to thank all of you who came from all over Italy, as well as from San Marino and the Netherlands. We thank the referees, the people who made this day possible, and the parents, who accompany the kids with so much dedication wherever they go. It was a beautiful day where we truly felt the purest sense of sport,' emphasised Martines.

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