- Address: Via dei Piccolomini, 5, Milan
- Country: Italian Republic
- Capacity: 80,000
- Opened: 19 September 1926
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: AC Milan (football), Internazionale (football)
Extra stadium info – Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
The stadium, nicknamed San Siro, opened in 1926 with a capacity of 26,000. It hosted several FIFA World Cup matches. The venue hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup game on 27 May 1934. The match was won by the national football team of the Swiss Confederation, commonly known as Switzerland, after defeating the Netherlands 3-2. That year, two more FIFA World Cup games were played at the stadium. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza hosted six FIFA World Cup games in 1990. The first 1990 FIFA World Cup game at the venue was won by Cameroon after defeating the Argentine Republic in front of 73,000 spectators.
In 2009, the stadium hosted a rugby union match between the Italian Republic and New Zealand with 80,000 people in attendance, which became a record attendance for a rugby union match in the Italian Republic. In 1987, the national rugby union team of New Zealand won the inaurugal edition of the Rugby World Cup. They won the tournament after beating the French Republic in front of 48,000 fans in New Zealand.
AC Milan and Internazionale
AC Milan and Internazionale both use the stadium for home games. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is named after a former football player of Associazione Calcio Milan and Football Club Internazionale Milano. AC Milan was founded in 1899 and Inter was founded in 1908. AC Milan moved to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in 1926. FC Internazionale Milano moved to the stadium in 1947.
Italian top-flight football league titles
In 1901, AC Milan were crowned Italian football champions for the first time in their history. Inter won the Italian top-flight football league in 2010 for the first time in their history. Juventus became the first Italian football club with 10 top-division titles, followed by Internazionale in 1966. In 1979, AC Milan became the third Italian football club with 10 top-fligt league titles.
The European championship for football clubs
AC Milan and their arch-rivals Inter both won their first European football championship title in the 1960s. In 1963, AC Milan became the third football club with a European championship title after beating Benfica in London. Real Madrid from Spain became the first one and SL Benfica from the Portuguese Republic became the second one. FC Internazionale Milano were crowned European football champions in 1964 for the first time in their history after beating the Spanish football giants Real Madrid in Vienna.
Inter in the competition which ended as the Toyota Cup
In 1964, Inter became the first Italian football club with a world championship title. They won the title after winning the competition which ended as the Toyota Cup in 2004. FC Internazionale Milano won the competition after beating Club Atlético Independiente from the Argentine Republic. The first leg took place in the Argentine Republic in front of a crowd of 65,000. Independiente won the first leg. The second leg, which took place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in front of 50,000 fans, was won by Internazionale. They won the play-off, which took place in the Spanish city of Madrid in front of 25,000 people, 1-0.
AC Milan in the competition which ended as the Toyota Cup
In 1969, AC Milan became the second Italian football club with a world championship title. That year, they won the competition which ended as the Toyota Cup after defeating the Estudiantes de La Plata from the Argentine Republic. The first leg between AC Milan and the Estudiantes de La Plata took place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 60,000 fans showed up for the first leg, which ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side. The Estudiantes won the second leg, which took place in the Argentine Republic in front of a crowd of 45,000, 2-1. The second leg became infamous for the violence on the pitch.
The aftermath of the second leg
Following the violent match between the Estudiantes de La Plata and AC Milan in Buenos Aires, the entire team of the Estudiantes was arrested on orders from the Argentine leader Juan Carlos Onganía Carballo. The former goalkeeper Alberto José Poletti was suspended for life and did time in prison. He was later pardoned. Eduardo Luján Manera and Ramón Aguirre Suárez both endured prison time and suspensions. Néstor Combin, who played numerous matches for AC Milan, argued that Ramón Aguirre Suárez’s elbow broke a bone in his face.
AC Milan in the FIFA Club World Cup
AC Milan, nicknamed I Rossoneri, won their first FIFA Club World Cup title in 2007 after defeating the Boca Juniors from the Argentine Republic. They drew an average attendance of 56,000 in 19 home games during that domestic league season. AC Milan began the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup final with Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Clyde Seedorf, Daniele Bonera, Filippo Inzaghi, Gennaro Ivan Gattuso, Kakhaber Kaladze, Massimo Ambrosini, Nélson de Jesus Silva, Paolo Cesare Maldini and Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite.
Inter in the FIFA Club World Cup
Internazionale, also known as I Nerazzurri, won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2010 for the first time in their history after beating Tout Puissant Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They drew an average home attendance of 59,000 during that domestic league season. Cristian Eugen Chivu, Diego Alberto Milito, Esteban Matías Cambiasso Deleau, Goran Pandev, Iván Ramiro Córdoba Sepúlveda, Javier Adelmar Zanetti, Júlio César Soares de Espíndola, Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, Maicon Douglas Sisenando, Samuel Eto’o Fils and Thiago Motta Santon Olivares started for Internazionale in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup final.
Silvio Berlusconi and Valentino Rossi
Silvio Berlusconi, who became the leader of the Italian Republic in 1994, became a fan of AC Milan. He was born in 1936. Berlusconi the richest Italian. He was the owner of AC Milan from 1986 to 2017. The Italian motorcycle road racing legend Valentino Rossi, the first professional racer with 10 million followers on his main social media page, made clear that he is a fan of Internazionale. Rossi, who was born in 1979, is widely regarded as one of the best motorcycle road racers of all time.