A trip to Milano

OK, so this is another late log of my journey to Milano. The final projects of study subjects I took last semester were killing my time severely. Coding for about 12 hours a day in average, writing reports and papers, and in the end taking written & oral exams. The trip itself was managed pretty well, but the log-writing was not ๐Ÿ˜€

In fact the main reason for this trip to Milano was to watch AC Milan‘s last match for the 2007/2008 season against Udinese. I’m not a Milan fan, but 2 of my friends whom I spent times studying with in Bonn, Mu and Yanto, are Milan fanatics I might say. And since Mu and Tanin were inseparable ๐Ÿ˜€ , Tanin joined the trip as well. I and Mu quite frequently checked the match’s tickets availability through Banca Intesa (one of the official AC MIlan matches selling points), but couldn’t get the ticket until a week before the match took place. It was a special 50% discount, so we chose the best position/price options. I can’t remember the exact seat (I lost the ticket), but we were in Arancio sector for sure, and I think the second row. The regular price for the ticket was โ‚ฌ66 for the seats we chose, but then we needed to pay only โ‚ฌ33. Knowing this price reduction, Elda and Bora decided to join us as well, and later on Alexis was interested as well, bringing a PhD-student girl with him. But they couldn’t get a nearby seats from us, so during the match-time we were separated.

The match was taken place on 18th May 2008 in the famous Stadio Giuseppe Meazza “San Siro”. I and Mu went to Milano on 17th afternoon by train and met with Yanto directly in San Siro to take the stadium tour. The tour was quite interesting. We went to the San Siro museum, then went inside the stadium (the pitch, the dressing room, the bathroom, the lounge etc.). Below is me at the closest possible point to the pitch.

San Siro – Posing near the pitch

After finishing the tour, we went to San Siro’s official merchandise store (also in the stadium) and bought some stuffs. Mu bought a Milan cap, made by Adidas, and surprisingly: made in Indonesia! See… my country’s workmanship is pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ The hat can be seen below.

An official AC Milan cap which was made in Indonesia ๐Ÿ™‚

The “Made in Indonesia” label of the cap

Tanin didn’t join the match-eve tour since he’s spending his time with his ex-girlfriend. We didn’t want to disturb him for sure ๐Ÿ˜€ We took the metro from the Lotto station to QT8 and checked in to our hostel. Then we met Tanin near the Cadorna train station, and headed towards Piazza del Duomo, then went through the famous “Vittorio Emanuele II” gallery passage which is located at one side of Piazza del Duomo. This gallery is packed with famous brand shops including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace etc. The only affordable shop in this gallery for us was the McDonalds ๐Ÿ˜€

Milano – In front of Vittorio Emanuele II gallery (Mu, Yanto, me, Tanin)

After wandering around Piazza del Duomo, we were starved and looked after a good-and-cheap restaurant. Tanin had an information about an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, but we couldn’t find it. We met Elda and Bora on the way and had a dinner together. Then we all went back to the hostel except Tanin. He spent his night in Como.

In the morning when we were enjoying our breakfast, I met 2 Indonesian girls (language students) and found out that both of them were about to watch the same match later that afternoon. But as with the case of Elda, Bora and Alexis, their seats were far from us. After the breakfast, we went to the Teatro alla Scala museum at the city center.

Milano – In front of the Teatro alla Scala museum

Then I, Mu and Yanto went to the cathedral (duomo). Elda and Bora didn’t join us since they had gone there the day before (when we took the San Siro tour). So we went inside the cathedral and went up to the roof by feet. As also with other towers, the scene of Milano from above was awesome.

Milano – In front of the cathedral (duomo)

Milano – At duomo’s roof

After enjoying the panorama from above, we met Elda and Bora again just in front of the cathedral and took the metro directly to the Lotto station. We bought some burgers from McDonalds for our lunch and took a bus heading towards the stadium. Then we were separated again from Elda and Bora due to the different entrance gates. The checking at the gates were a bit paranoid to me, they even opened my backpack and found out what’s inside. What about Tanin? We met him at the stadium safely ๐Ÿ˜€

San Siro – Posing with Mu before entering the stadium

San Siro – Among the crowd of Milan’s tifosi

We entered the stadium quite early which enabled us to see the players warming up while eating the burgers we had bought earlier. The seats were very small and the space between rows of seats were very narrow, making us having to stand up whenever there was someone about to enter or leave the row.

The first half of the match was evenly-dominated by both teams, but only one goal was scored. And it was for the away team. Yeah, my 2 fanatic comrades were shocked (and I believe it happened to all tifosi at the surrounding). But the match was held for 90 minutes, not 45. The clips below were taken with my handycam during the match. I transferred them from miniDV tapes in DVD-quality, but then when I uploaded to Youtube, the image quality decreased significantly.

San Siro – Udinese’s goal

But then on the second half MIlan’s squad really impressed their tifosi by presenting 4 goals. The first one was scored by Pato and followed by Inzaghi soon after.

San Siro – Milan’s first goal (Pato)

San Siro – Milan’s second goal (Inzaghi)

After up by one goal, MIlan’s squad kept pushing Udinese’s defense, and a foul was committed by Udinese’s defender inside their penalty box. Kaka was in charge of the execution, but his shot was tapped by the goalkeeper. Inzaghi was there to make a shot, but then his attempt only hit the post. So funny!

San Siro – Kaka’s missed penalty

But then Cafu’s and Seedorf’s shots brought Milan’s squad to victory by 4-1.

San Siro – Milan’s third goal (Cafu)

San Siro – Milan’s fourth goal (Seedorf)

Despite this last match’s triumph over Udinese, AC Milan won’t participate in the upcoming UEFA’s Champions League session since they only finished fifth in Serie A. But at least they presented a good match that day for the fans. At about the same moment in Parma, FC Internazionale defeated the home side by 2 goals to nil which confirmed their scudetto achievement.

San Siro – After the match (me, Yanto, Mu, Tanin)

After going out of the stadium, we met Elda and Bora, and Alexis with his friend as well. Then we headed to Piazza del Duomo to see the crowd of Inter fans celebrating their scudetto. As we had expected, the square was packed with Inter fans. Black and blue or white with red cross attributes were everywhere to be found on the street. And it was so noisy. But then it was a double celebration day in Milano: for AC Milan’s fans after the team’s triumph over Udinese and for Inter’s fans after the scudetto achievement. I’m really thankful to have witnessed both.

Milano – The crowd of Inter fans at Piazza del Duomo

6 Responses to “A trip to Milano”

  1. 1 Topan August 27, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Wah pas ketemu tifosi Inter masih pake atribut Milan nggak? ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. 2 Dafferianto Trinugroho August 27, 2008 at 8:00 pm


    Hehe… semua atribut masuk tas pas ke tengah kota mas…. Internisti ganas2 juga ๐Ÿ˜€

    all the best,

  3. 3 Yanto August 27, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Inter Merda! We’re gonna get you this time! MWAHAHAHA

  4. 4 Dafferianto Trinugroho August 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm


    Milan has a pretty good squad in the upcoming season with Ronaldinho, Zambrotta and the return of Shevchenko. I think the derby will be pretty interesting. Let’s see how Mourinho will handle his team.

    all the best,

  5. 5 tanin October 12, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Dude, I didn’t go to Como that night

  6. 6 Dafferianto Trinugroho October 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm


    Really? But I thought you went there that night.

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