My first Italian soccer game

If you’ve ever been to a soccer game in Italy you know just how unique and exciting the experience is.

It would be an understatement to say that Italians love soccer. Think of a die-hard New York Yankees fan at a Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox game.

Fanstravel from far regions to see their team play. Italians even have t-shirts that display that their support for a certain soccer club has been in their family for generations. While in Italy, I was lucky enough to go to Milan’s famous San Siro Stadium to watch a Milan Internazionale team’s home game, known as Inter or Neriazzuri to their fans thanks to their blue and black striped uniform.

Inter played against another Lombardy team, Atalanta of Bergamo.

San Siro Stadium is on the outskirts of Milan and isn’t the prettiest stadium I’ve ever seen, but it seems that Italians are more concerned about what’s happening on the field than the actual stadium. There are twelve large flights of stairs and a ramp, but no elevator.

Some other strange stadium rules are that you can’t have any bottles- they even give you water bottles in paper cups because of fear of throwing them. There’s also a lot of rowdiness and cursing, but the fans are clearly there for one thing: the game.

The game ended in a pare (draw) 0-0.

Written by OSIA National Office Intern, Carol Cummings. Cummings is a senior at American University, majoring in print journalism, with a minor in Italian.

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