The next Milan Derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan takes place on Sunday 19 April. Since 2011 both teams have lagged behind Juventus in Serie A, but a chance to see these two classic rivals play at the iconic San Siro stadium should not be missed.
In Italian the match is called the Derby della Madonnina in honour of one of the main sights in the city of Milan, the statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of the Duomo, whose nickname is the ‘Little Madonna’.
The football match takes place in the imposing San Siro stadium that unusually is shared by both teams as their home ground. Each team has their own area and bars plus, of course, extremely passionate fan clubs. When the teams meet in the stadium on Derby days the atmosphere is memorable to say the least.
If you’re visiting Milan it’s important to know a little about the differences between the city’s two main football clubs and even more so if you are planning to go to the Derby. So here’s a quick run down….
Name: AC Milan (or just ‘Milan’)
Colours: Red and black
Supporters: Traditionally supported by the working class who are called nicknamed ‘casciavit’ which Milanese dialect for ‘screwdriver’ in reference to blue collar workers. Over the years this has changed and the club is now owned by Silvio Berlusconi.
Best players 2014/2015: Jeremy Menez (striker) and Keisuke Honda (forward).
Most legendary player: Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi or Marco Van Basten.
How to impress a Milan fan: Don’t mention Verona! This is in relation to two matches where the team lost to Verona due to refereeing errors/bias. What particularly stung was that the referee in the second match (in 1990) was the son of the referee in the first match (in 1973).
Name: Inter Milan
Colours: Blue and black
Supporters: Traditionally supported by the middle/upper class white collar workers who are called ‘bauscia’ which in old Milanese dialect means a ‘show off’ or ‘snob’.
Best players 2014/2015: Samir Hadanovich (goalkeeper) and Mauro Icardi (striker).
Most legendary player: Giacinto Facchetti, who was not just a player but also the president.
How to impress an Inter fan: Memorise the formation that won the treble (Champions League, Coppa d’Italia and the Scudetto) in 2010.