Visit to the San Siro for a derby
Serie A, the Italian top football league, is one of major leagues in Europe. Of course, there are few clubs referred as top in this league and two of them is based in Milan, namely AC Milan and Internazionale. Milan is well known for these big brand names in world football. Briefly, the derby is the match between rival teams. It would be amazing experience for people who is from a country where the football isn't considered so important.
I visited there for a Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus. It was a first time for me to watch major European match in stadium. Since it is kind of derby match atmosphere would be crazy. I got there to the stadium about 3 hours ahead of kick-off, because I was so excited. But I realized that it wasn't that good idea. There was nothing to do other than watching fans drinking and to walk around the stadium. The gates are opened, if I remember correctly, 1 hour before the match. By the way, I recommend you to keep your distance from drunk fans.
When you pass through a gate of the stadium, no video recording is allowed. I required to turn my camera off by angry shouting staff of security. You probably would be asked to delete the video if you have made some recording. Once you entered the stadium, you can easily hear the excited fans loudly chanting and shouting. Also you will have pretty long way to go if you have ordered your ticket for seat in back rows. But it isn't the case.
Since I found my seat, I waited so long until the kick-off by watching how stadium is filled. Then I bet you see magic if it is your first time. I enjoyed calling name of players of line-up and sub squad. If you visit there on March or February, I strongly recommend you to have a warm clothes. I was really cold there.
I think that it would be better leave stadium just before the end of the match. Otherwise I think it would be messed up with getting out of the stadium. Again, keep your distance from fans. And last problem is to find bus to ride to home. It is really crowded in a bus but surely there would be one more room for you. In a bus, I heard interesting and funny conversation between people. I am really surprised that whoever could be involved in conversation.
That is it, enjoy your trip!
Equipment: Warm clothes and binoculars
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)
Home to both AC Milan and Internationale.
A truely impressive stadium. I've been in both away ends now, and it both times the stewards inside don't bother with helping you out to your correct entrance and therefore spreading everyone out. You have to take your chances and get in where you can.
Try and take the tram 16 or the metro to Lotto and then the free bus to the ground. Taxis seem to get stuck in the heavy traffic and can end up costing over £25-30 euros for the trip.
Guided stadium tours The Museum is in San Siro Stadium, entrance Gate n° 21
Timetables: everyday from 10a.m, to 5 p.m.
Guided tours: every hour (timetables can vary on matchdays)
Museum only Tour & Museum
Adults € 7,00 € 12,50
Under 18 € 5,00 € 10,00
Over 65 € 5,00 € 10,00
Under 6 FREE FREE
We went on the tour on the day after the match agaist AC Milan, which was a good opportunity to get a few free souvenirs before the cleaners had finished tidying up.
Equipment: It's probably best to bring either a coat with a hood, or at least a good hat as the locals seem to like to throw plastic bottles down from the top tier.
These are bottles which used to contain water but now have another liquid in them!!
Also take a good map and a sturdy pair of boots, as you will probably have to walk yourself back into town as all the trams and taxis seemed to have dissapearred after you have been kept in for a good hour after the final whistle. Expect to get out of the stadium at around 11.30 pm.
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San Siro Stadium
San Siro or Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is home stadium for AC Milan and FC Internazionale.Capacity 83000 seats.It is not easy to access if you go by foot, nearest subway station is about 1km away.It is situated on the west side of the city.
Every time or if you plan to visit Italy, dont forget to watch any football match here. Football is a big crazy in Italy. After weekly match, you can watch all tv channel (rai uno, due, tre, mediaset uno, 5) will have a talkshow about the game .. and this discussion can be long until 3 hours!Remember:
1. You CANT buy a ticket on the same day of match (match day).
2. All ticket must purchase at leat 24hrs bfore game.
3. Tickets only can purchase at specific place, likes fanshop, bank and bar.
4. Check a cost for a seat .. )best view can cost you up to 90 euro .. depends on game. Game involving Juve, AC milan, Inter and Roma can be expensive than other team.
5. Bring a passport for ticket check at entrance.
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The European Champ Returns To Milan 2007
When AC Milan won the coveted UEFA Champion's League trophy for the 7th time under extraordinary circumstances and sheer perseverance, half the city dashed to Malpensa airport to welcome them back with open arms from Athens!
Milan tifosi are always 100% behind the team - be it in good times or bad times (like the unfortunate Calciopoli incident) in 2006.
CONGRATULATIONS to Milan for defeating Liverpool and winning the coveted UEFA Champion's League trophy. Everyone went absolutely crazy in Milano when Milan were crowned CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE again for the 7th time on May 25, 2007 in Athens. Ecstatic crowds of fans congregated at the Duomo and we juz hugged and celebrated all week long! If you saw a subdued Italian that week in Milan, they were probably Inter fans ;-)
Grazie mille, Pippo Inzaghi, Ricky Kaka, Paolo Maldini e Andrea Pirlo! *
Congratulations also to the Italy National Team for winning the FIFA World Cup in 2006 under extraordinary circumstances and sheer perseverance!
Warning to Milan and Italy detractors: Think twice before you write a team off in the near future. You might just live to regret it. See what happens when people made life difficult for the Italy national team and my favorite team - Milan. We answered the critics by bringing back soccer world's 2 biggest prizes!
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When Milan beat Liverpool FC and won the UEFA Champion's League trophy for the SEVENTH time in May 2007, the entire city of Milan erupted into joy and wild celebration! The celebration lasted for a whole week. And upon the team's return from Athens, they paraded the Cup at Piazza Duomo (please see photo). So if you happen to be in Milan that week, perhaps shopping at the Galleria and wondering what the frenzy was all about - now you know why.
I heard that Inter tifosi (read: Inter soccer fans) left the city that same week and drowned their sorrows in some faraway pubs! :-) Sorry, I can't wait to rub it in.
An Incredible Year for Milan - 2007!
II due protagonisti di questo finale thrilling si cercano.
A perfect picture moment captured by the photographers at acmilan.com showing Kaka's (left) joy at clinching Milan's 7th World Champion's League title in Athens in 2007 (as he celebrated with Milan's midfielder, Massimo Ambrosini).
Kaka is one of my favorite players in Milan and he's definitely the best playmaker in the world today. I hope he'll play with the team until he retires. Kaka is also one player who is proud to show that he is a born-again Christian. You go, champ!
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Giuseppe Meazza is one of the stadiums built for the World Cup 1990 in Italy.
From the outside it looks like an amazing big concrete clog.
The stairs are accommodated in spiral constructions at the corners of the stadium.
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Milan is the city of fashion and design, but also of football. Here plays the two giants Milan and Inter. While Inter had had it's share of heavy seasons lately, Milan has the last two years played probably the best football inte the world!
Every sunday at least 55 000, maximum 85 000, goes to the southwest parts of Milan to see Milan or Inter play their homegames at the gigantic San Siro-stadium.
Even if you aren't interested in sports - this is something you have to do. Just for the experience, looking at the spectacle and all the people who is singing, shouting, crying depending on how it goes for their teams...
The Milan-supporters are in the Curva Sud, and the Inter-supporters on the other end of the stadium (Curva Nord). If you aren't used to stay with them, or goes with someone who knows how it works, a really good advice is to buy a ticket for other parts of the stadium for the first games. You might get a shock otherwise...
Prices to see the game is from 12-15 euro (third floor, curva) up to 150 euro (VIP-stand), but to sit at a good seat in the middle of the stadium you will have to pay around 30-35 euro.
Normally there are still tickets on the matchday, but on the derbies (Milan-Inter) or the games against Juventus it's almost sold out everytime. Tickets on the black market always exist, but then you'll probably have to pay at least 70-80 euro for the worst tickets. Not talking about the risk of buying a false ticket...
Tickets can be bought in advance from the homesite of Milan (www.acmilan.com) or from the ticketcompany of Inter (www.ticketone.it) and you then pick up the tickets in front of the stadium on the matchday.
When it's a big game in Italy it's unfortunately also quite common with fight between supporters and police. But just be careful, don't go around with some clothers from the away-team and don't throw any bottles at the police - and you should probably be fine. And at 95 per cent of the games everything is calmed both outside and inside the stadium.
Equipment: A scarve from the hometeam, best bought outside the stadium for 5-10 euro. Maybe also a matchshirt if you prefer that. During the wintergames it's quite cold, specially during the evening-games, so make sure you have enough clothes on you.
In Italy, the games in Serie A are played on saturday (one at 6 pm and one at 8.30 pm) and sunday (seven at 3 pm and one at 8.30 pm). During the weeks (tuesday and wednesday, thursday) the bigger teams (Milan, Inter, Juventus, Roma, Lazio etc) might also play in the Champions League or Uefacup.
From the season 05/06 there are new rules, which gives the guards the right to check your ticket and passport. Make therefore sure that you buy a ticket from the official spot, the biglietteria or via the sites mentioned above, as you otherwise won't be allowed into the stadium. Important that you bring a passport to the stadium too, otherwise they won't let you buy a ticket.
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Two Italian 'Serie A' Hotshots
Il calcio. Soccer/ Football.
Two very famous superstars who play equally important roles in the Italian Serie A. Christian Vieri in blue-striped shirt (during his long stint with Inter Milan. Vieri has since quit Inter)... and Captain Paolo Maldini (in red and black striped shirt) from AC Milan.
You can find their wax statues inside the San Siro Stadium. Not very life-like and can't be compared with the superb wax works at Madame Tussaud's.
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Forza MILAN -- AC Milan's Football Battle Cry!!
Please go watch a soccer match at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium aka San Siro Stadium and cheer for AC Milan (YES!) or for Inter-Milan (NO!). These teams are 2 of Italy's biggest football teams.
Note: However there can be only be ONE EXCELLENT TEAM - yes, Forza MILAN. The local Milan derby results will confirm my bold statement.. ;-) Yes, in case you haven't already discovered, I am a MILAN fan.
For non-soccer fans, just a gentle reminder and note that the soccer (aka football) season lasts from September till end-May (the following year). Unless you don't mind experiencing the city coming to a total standstill, feel free to visit Milan during important matches like their local derbies, World Cup matches involving Italy, European Cup involving Italy ;-) or when Milan (I mean, AC Milan) makes it to the Grand Champion's League Finals e.g. the CL Finals 2003.
A really, really HUGE screen will be put right smack in front of the DUOMO area/ Piazza Duomo (when the Azzurris play aka the Italian National Team) for soccer fans to congregate and cheer for their team/ Italy.
Back to the San Siro, there are daily guided tour of this mega-stadium. Entry to the stadium museum is via Gate 21 (San Siro). Time: From 10 am to 5 pm (However, there'll be a different schedule for matchdays). It'll be cool to have your picture taken together with the statues of F.Baresi, Paolo Maldini, G.Rivera, the legendary Marco Van Basten, R.Gullit and all the other Rossonero legends. Don't be too disappointed if the statues cannot be compared to those at the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. Oh well...
Equipment: For soccer tifosi, just remember to wear your favorite team gear i.e. for Rossoneri supporters (ahem), please wear their famous red and black striped shirt. Me? If I'm at the San Siro (which is really not often. Do you know how EXPENSIVE these tickets cost?!), I'll wear my No. 3 Maldini OR No. 7 Shevchenko shirts. :-D Forza Milan!
(Please excuse me if you're not a soccer fan. You don't know what you're missing!).
Updated (August 2006): Andriy Shevchenko has quit Milan and joined our arch rival, Chelsea Football Club in London. Traitor! I don't know what I'll do with my No 7 Milan shirt and my No. 7 Milan cushions. I'll probably make a bonfire of it someday (when I've recovered from my shock of his move to Chelsea).
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Nowhere quite like the San Siro
Few stadiums have the legendary status of the San Siro and fewer still deserve it... it really is breathtaking.
It's home to AC Milan and Inter Milan. Both huge teams, though AC have a big edge in recent success. Inter have spent hundreds of millions spent on players without much to show for it. Whichever team you watch, you'll see world class players. And the derby match between them is the big one.
The San Siro is also known as the Giuseppe Meazza stadium...don't get confused if you both names mentioned
Equipment: You can get tickets online for Inter from their website www.inter.it and collect them from the ticket portakabin at the north end of the stadium. Seats in the top tier cost around 18 euro. Children (and women!) go half price.
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Giuseppe Meazza stadium in San Siro
Being a big fan of AC Milan, it is a must to visit Giuseppe Meazza stadium in San Siro. Moreover to watch Milan's game directly in the stadium is an experience that I will never forget.
There's also a museum in the stadium complex which open daily for guided tours (except on match day). There's also a merchandise/gift shop in the stadium complex.
Visit acmilan.com website for more information on tours and ticket bookings.
Equipment: Prior to the game, you can bring your own fans kit (jersey, flags, etc) or you can buy also unofficial merchandise at the stalls along the way to or nearby the stadium.
See AC Milan or Inter Milan play at San Siro
While visiting Milan there's a big chance that one of Milans two Serie A teams will be playing at home. Inter Milan and AC Milan are among Europes most supported football teams with several top class players on each teams.
Visit their web sites for additional information. National Serie A matches are usually played on Saturdays or Sundays while Champions League matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets are sold on the web.
The crowd is always superb and is worth going to the match in itself.
Prices range from €10-€50 depending on your seats.
Equipment: Buy at least the club scarf which is sold outside the stadium before the match.
matchday in Milan
I had the honour of seeing Milan crush Lecce 5-2 in January, 2005. The atmosphere was awesome with 70,000 chanting Italians, and Hernan Crespo hitting a hat-trick. I got to see heaps of goals (and heaps of flares, too), and i only paid 10 Euro for my ticket.
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