Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, better known as San Siro, is the largest stadium in Italy. AC Milan and Internazionale fans love their stadium and are fed up that it may disappear in a few years. In this edition of Stadium of the Week we travel to Italy.
“You don’t see such an atmosphere as in the Milan derby in the Premier League”
– Christian Eriksen, player of Internazionale, after his first derby from Milan.
The fans of Internazionale impressed their new star player, Eriksen, with a fantastic tifo action. With large banners and banners, supporters behind the goal showed a huge picture of a knight on a horse, raised above a monster crawling out of the ground to represent AC Milan. Actions like this show how much is at stake during the Derby della Madonnina, played in the joint stadium of the rivals from Milan.
Stadium with a unique appearance
With a capacity of 80,000, San Siro is the largest stadium in Italy. The impressive stadium was a lot smaller when it opened in 1926. Over the years it has been renovated and renovated, for example in the run-up to the 1990 European Championship. The third floor and the roof, were added. To support the construction, the cylinder-like concrete towers were built at the corners of the stadium. The towers, which also serve as a stairwell, give the stadium a unique appearance.
Initially, only AC Milan played in the stadium, but in 1947 Internazionale joined. Both teams had many successes in San Siro, won league titles and European Cups. In 1980, the stadium was named after Giuseppe Meazza, three-time top scorer of Serie A and two-time world champion with Italy. Meazza is mainly a club legend of Internazionale, but also briefly played for AC Milan. The fans of AC still call the stadium San Siro, after the district in which the stadium is located.
Four major European finals
Two Europa Cup 1 finals and two Chamions League finals have been played in San Siro. In 1965 Internazionale won the European Cup 1 in their own stadium by beating Benfica. Five years later, Feyenoord held the trophy up there after a 2-1 victory over Celtic. For a long time after that there were no major finals in Milan. In 2001 San Siro was the host again for the first time. Bayern Munich defeated Valencia in the Champions League final after penalties. The most recent CL final in San Siro took place in 2016, when Real Madrid won after penalties from Atlético Madrid.
Nuovo Stadio Milano
AC Milan and Internazionale have announced plans to build a new stadium. The Nuovo Stadio Milano will be located next to the current stadium and the teams want to start playing there in 2022-2023. San Siro may be demolished, although there is a lot of protest against it. Several politicians from Milan say: “San Siro is a monument, a symbol of Milan in the world. That can’t just be destroyed with a bulldozer.” The municipality of Milan owns San Siro, so it has the last word. One thing is clear: if you want to see AC Milan or Internazionale play in this historic stadium, you have to be quick. You only still have two years.
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