AC Milan vs Inter Milan 22/04/2024 San Siro Stadium

The Derby della Madonnina, also known as the Derby di Milano (English: Milan Derby), is a derby football match between the two prominent Milanese clubsInter Milan and AC Milan. It is called Derby della Madonnina in honour of one of the main sights in the city of Milan, the statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of the Duomo, which is often referred to as the Madonnina (“Little Madonna” in Italian).

In the past, Inter Milan (commonly abbreviated to Inter) was seen as the club of the Milan bourgeoisie (nicknamed bauscia, a Milanese term meaning “braggart”), whereas Milan (nicknamed casciavit or casciavid, meaning “screwdriver” in Lombard language, with reference to the blue-collar worker) was supported mainly by working class. Because of their more prosperous ancestry, Inter fans had the “luxury” to go to the San Siro stadium by motorcycle (motoretta, another nickname given to the Nerazzurri). On the other hand, the Rossoneri were also known as tramvee or tranvee (i.e. able to be transferred to the stadium only by public transport). Today, this socioeconomic divide has largely been mitigated and preference for either club is personal or familial.

Taking place at least twice during the year via the league fixtures, this cross-town rivalry has extended to the Coppa ItaliaChampions League, and Supercoppa Italiana, as well as minor tournaments and friendlies. It is one of the only major crosstown derbies in association football that are always played in the same stadium, in this case the San Siro, as both Inter and Milan call San Siro “home”. Though both clubs share this stadium, Inter ultras traditionally occupy the stadium’s northern end (Curva Nord) while Milan ultras occupy the southern end (Curva Sud).