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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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...
A Rossoneri Forever!
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?
Milan's Games Against Arch Rivals Are Exciting!
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. ;-)
Paolo Maldini - My Rossonero Hero ;-)
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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Milan vs Inter (Serie A)
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.....
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