Milan x San Siro

The San Siro is set to close its doors for the final time in 2026 with its replacement being built on the car park adjacent to the iconic sporting venue.

Both Inter and AC Milan announced that their new stadium is set for completion come the end of the 2022/23 season, but the Mayor of Milan has said the stadium that dominates the skyline of the Italian fashion capital won’t be demolished until 2026.

The stadium shared by the Italian powerhouses has hosted a plethora of memorable games. In 2010 the 80,000 capacity stadium witnessed Inter put the groundwork’s in places for their treble. A Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona (3-1) providing a great memory on the canvas of the ground.

Many a derby has been held within the four stands. One in particular to be reminisced upon is the Champions League quarter-final between AC and Inter in the 04/05 season. A game that provided an iconic image of Materazzi and Rui Costa watching as flares being thrown onto the pitch. Said flares hit Milan keeper Dida in the head, injuring him and giving the referee cause to abandon the match, that was already 3-0 to Milan and that’s how it would finish.

Who can forget the real introduction of Gareth Bale. October 20th, 2010. Half-time saw Spurs down 4-0 but what would proceed shocked the world. Bale did what he would do so often in years to come and took the London outfit on his back and carried through the second half. A second half that saw him get a hat trick and keep the deficit to one goal.

At 94 years old and still going, the San Siro has been an icon in football for as long as its foundations have been down. They say everything comes to an end, and its true but for such an overwhelming and historic venue to be lost will ultimately be a very sad day.

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