With the upcoming Derby Della Madonnina we asked members of The Red & Black Forums a few questions. Here are the answers (disclaimer – we didn’t edit the grammar and syntax, feeling that some of the thoughts might become too official while they were written in a somewhat poetic style):
1. In a few words describe what the derby means to you, a fan not living in Milan?
Jasper: Everything. Hard to explain. I’m so desperate I play lottery that week just to get lucky and see it. This year numbers are 36; 7; 35; 3; 31; 39. (lottery failed only got one number right)
DugiNesta: It means alot to me. I’m in university but I got one week off and came home to prepare for the derby. My local team is gonna play this weekend too and what’s the funny thing is that will be also a city derby like Milan – Inter. I support that team for all the time I remember but all I’m thinking is MILAN – INTER.
Sven: Every derby is a different for me. Overall it was not a big deal before Inter run of Scudetto’s, the inequality was too much and I used to saw Juve as a bigger game sometimes. But those days it has become the game of the season. I got anxious like no other game, and this one is hitting on my nerves. Sometimes I just want it to end fast. This feeling reminds me UCL’s finals and semis of the past.
inomilan: I just love it. Beating those pezzo di merda f*** gives me so much joy. It’s because of this game I got my friends to watch football (and it’s the only time they see me crazy, even if it was just through live streaming). Being a fan not living in Milan, this is the time that streams are usually better, so I get to watch them more.
Sage: the derby is a beautiful game when there is something on the line, but in recent years its importance has been irrelevant and the only reason you would badly want to win is based on hate, but when there is something on the line, may it be 3 crucial points or a knock out stage, it makes the victory much sweeter, and the loss far more bitter.
seveners: The derby is always the most important game of the year for (and CL final if we make of course). There is no word to describe it.
Cristina: It’s the game you look forward to all season long. This year there’s so much on the line, I don’t know how I’ll be able to keep calm during the game. We all want the Scudetto badly, and there’s no better way to get there by beating Inter.
Congo Powers: ~my fav derby was the CL semi euroderby. in the past few years its been the most important fixture of the year..for a few reasons… obvi this year it is THE game of the year. i drink exclusive liquor for this match. will most likely be barbancourt this time.
Sod-Lod: It is the ancient sacred heart believe, personality determines and emotionality disinters!
Pedro: When it comes to football a lot. The derby always matters. In football I like to see my team winning when it matters, and/or beating their main rival. Now both are the case, so this game matters twice as much as most games. The game will certainly affect my mood (the game being nervous breaking and emotional), but in the end it is only football to me – a game in which I don’t even participate myself, so why bother too much about something you cannot influence?
Giova21: It means so much, sadly living in northern England there are few who share my passion for it so I cant discuss it in great detail with many people before I get annoyed that they’re frankly not interested (dumbass manutd/liverpool/chelsea fans). However for me it defines my mood for weeks, whether its just a case of pride or to actually decide a league/cup I celebrate it like I did when Italy beat France in 2006. It’s bragging rights it’s pride it’s putting those lowlife pezzi di merda in their place, rubbing their noses in it!! I’m nervous even before the previous fixture has kicked off, and throughout the match (especially this season’s first leg) I was shaking for ninety minutes but let out a full-blooded roar when Tagliavento blew the whistle!
diehardmilanist: I am from Albania(definitely out of Milano 😛 ) and the derby means a lot to me. I am excited as hell on all Milan matches,but when we play against Merda I feel better than when I am high sometimes, definitely when it happens,the match of the year for me and I am all fired up for it
Charbel: As of late, it’s not been of true significance. The outcome didn’t change the course of the season’ of each team, and thus it really hasn’t been all that important. But, fact remains, when the season is over and I’ll be starving to watch any match related to Milan – it’s usually the derby that is put. I’d watch the game again and again if it was a win, if it’s a loss though I’ll make sure that i don’t come across the channel putting the match for the next couple of hours. This year, it’s different though. A win for either side would bring them one step closer to the Scudetto, so this just adds icing to the cake.
Senatore_M84: For me it’s weird. The derbies significance didn’t REALLY mean the same to me till about 2007. Pre-calciopoli i ALWAYS looked forward to jube more as the rival. Hated Jube, wanted them done.
Since calciopoli I’ve moved away from that really. Inter with there involvement and rise has gotten to me in another way. Before it was fun, even if inter won, i wasn’t concerned. It was almost like losing to Roma, oh whatever sucks but they aren’t a rival. Yeah of course I didn’t want to lose but it didn’t hit me the same.
It’s only since then, seeing millions jump on inter bandwagon, see them run milan’s name thru the dirt, calling milan cheaters “oh milan was involved in calciopoli!” etc. that REALLY struck a nerve.
Now it’s like dead week for me. Just major anticipation all week, can’t wait… and real depression upon a loss
Dwa Milan: The Derby is always important but the prestige and excitement will be bigger for me when it becomes a decisive game in our season, such as the ones on the Champions League and this season I guess.