League Play In
Blue and black striped shirts, black shorts, blue socks
Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.
If you like books about sports there is just the shop for you in Milan! A store full of books and videos, only about sports!
Books written of the football-stars, book with all the statistic from Serie A, Premier League, La Liga from the beginning until today, or the video with all the goal from Robert Baggio.
Most of the books however are in italian, and those who are in english cost more.
Equipment: A lot of money, once started, you can't stop buying...
It had been a life long amibition of mine to attend a match at the San Siro, and it certainly was not a let down.
We purchased tickets online through the official AC Milan website at the cost of 28 euros for their Serie A match against Parma.
The game was oricginally to be played on the Sunday afternoon but we received and email notification from the AC Milan website informing us that it had been re-scheduled to the Saturday night with an 20.30 kick off. For television purposes i assume, money talks.
We arrived at the stadium and picked up our tickets from the ticket office no problem, although there were literally hundreds of touts flogging match tickets from the moment we arrived at the nearest metro station to when we arrived at the vincinity of the stadium.
We took our seats a full 45 minutes prior to kick off and already the stadium was over half full and the atmosphere was building. By the time kick off came round there were approx. 70,000 fans there. The atmosphere was crackling and the home end where all the 'ultras' gather was bouncing, with flares being let off, and huge banners waved.
The game was also pretty special with AC Milan running out 3-1 victors, young Brazilian legend in the maikng Kaka' being the star of te show. But what got me was the constant chanting from the home fans throughout the game and just the setting of the San Siro which is pretty breathtaking when full near to capacity.
Milan 1 Inter 0
This is definitely the perfect score for Milan tifosi. ;-) During the Serie A Milan derby matches (played twice per season), you really wouldn't want to be stuck in Milan - if you aren't a fan of il calcio (football/soccer). The city center will get extremely crowded - esp. after the matches.... when all these crazy fans make their way from the San Siro to the city center to celebrate!
Sadly, the celebration is usually one-sided. AC Milan have been winning these derby matches consistently for a couple of years now.
Poor, poor Inter tifosi.....
Unless you've just arrived from USA, you'll be forgiven for not knowing who this great man is. ;-) Every country on this Earth (including Africa!) knows who Maldini is - except USA!
Yes, this is none other than Mr Paolo Maldini himself - 4 times World Champion and Captain of AC Milan. He has been consistently voted by the media and fans worldwide as the Best Left Back Defender in the world and was the runner-up in the mid-1990s as World Player of the Year. It's a pity such accolades are usually reserved for the high-profile strikers instead of defenders. Maldini deserves nothing but the best.
In his younger days, way before Mr David Beckham became a style icon, Maldini was approached by Giorgio Armani to model his line of clothings. Knowing the humble Maldini, he declined. If only Mr Beckham has Maldini's humility. (Please - fans of Beckham, don't bombard me with nasty emails!).
Maldini currently marshalls the team in a central defender's role.
Sorry to Inter and Juve fans....
The Milan tifosi (read: fans) always look forward to games against our arch rivals like Inter and Juventus. The red and black Milan side of the city (supporting the Rossoneri which incidentally means Red/ Black in Italian) will go WILD whenever the team win such matches!
If you're a soccer fan, you'll enjoy the atmosphere during such moments in the city.
But if you're not a soccer fan...(sigh), what can I say? You'll feel choked in the city during match days and the days after. ;-)
Why, catch a soccer match at the almost 89,000 seat San Siro Stadium - featuring the 6 times European Champions --> AC Milan.
Alright, Mr Berlusconi, now that I've helped raise the profile of Milan, do I get season tickets to their games. ;-) Per favore?
A trip to the San Siro to watch Milan vs Piacenza. Impressive stadium and atmosphere but Milan were helped by a seemingly biased referee, Piacenza deserved far more than a 2-1 defeat, still I usually support the underdog!
The San Siro stadium is one of the most famous stadium in Europe and is home to the Italian giant's Internazionale and AC Milan. There are buses, trams and the metro all to chose from as ways to get there. Once there, it is possible to get on a stadium tour but they wanted passports (or other ID) before issuing passes. There was a merchandising shop but it was very small compared to the ones at Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool in England. If possible, it would definitely worth seeing a football match at this stadium.
Tickets for Inter Milan games can be ordered and sent internationally from the official Inter Milan website.
Equipment: Alternatively buy a ticket from the ground on the day, I think they're available right up till kick-off. It's a big stadium so not many games sell out. You've probably got sod all chance with Inter versus Ac though.
The San Siro is the home of AC and Inter Milan. The atmosphere inside the stadium is magnificent. Climb the towers to the upper stands and savour the surroundings.
This is "La Scala del calcio"(the Scala theatre of the football) where AC Milan and and FC Internazionale play : it's a great emotion to enter into this stadium!
Ok, it's not active sport.
But a visit to Milan is not complete without watching a soccer game...
It can be cheaper then you think.. you just gotta learn some secret tricks..