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AC Milan to leave the San Siro? Say it ain’t so!

Feb 10, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

San Siro

There are so few things to truly count on in life. Or in soccer, it seems.

Rivalries will prevail, as we know. Rangers and Celtic supporters will share a certain disdain. Same for Real-Barca, Boca-River Plate, Portland-Seattle and such.

We know Pele will be scoring king (for a while longer, at least, right Leo?). We know FIFA will operate by the “guideline” more than the “rule.”

Venue-wise we count on Manchester United lining up at Old Trafford. Real will perform at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, AC Milan will … wait … what? AC Milan will not perform the calcio at the fabled San Siro? Say it ain’t so!

Today it’s a little closer to reality.

AC Milan and Inter Milan have shared the ground since 1947. In the interim, the San Siro has hosted two European Cup finals, an opening match, a quarterfinal and other matches of the 1990 World Cup, a Champions League final and more big matches beyond those than anyone could possibly remember. The stadium will host the 2016 Champions League Final.

  1. Greg - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    By all accounts its a terrible pitch due to complete lack of sunlight ever since they put the roof on nearly 25 years ago (some say it claimed the career of van Basten), there’s no where to expand other than up because of the horse track behind the two tiered stand which week only make the pitch worse.

    • Steve Davis - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      You make great points. No doubt the place was fabulously flawed. But … still … it’s history, you know? And that counts for a lot.

      • Greg - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        Oh definitely, they might need to do what Juventus did to the Delle Alpi and shrink it? Inter and AC both average around 45,000 in an 80,000 seater, seems logical?

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