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Milan Football Tour 2019 squad with coach Phil Gridelet (left)

The Milan Football Tour 2019 was a great success with the team delivering fantastic performances against tough opposition.

The tour commenced with a visit to the San Siro Stadium on arrival in Milan to watch AC Milan versus Lazio in Serie A.  The atmosphere at the game was incredible and provided a perfect start to the tour, seeing one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.

Outside San Siro Stadium
Outside the famous San Siro Stadium in Milan

Following this the boys spent the next two days sightseeing in Milan via a bus tour and training at a local club to prepare for their matches.

On Tuesday the team enjoyed a day trip to Venice for a tour of this spectacular city on water and returned for a long and intense training session on Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday were match days.  The first game against FCD Real Crescenzago got off to a nervous start with the boys conceding 5 goals in the first 25 minutes,  ending the first half 7-2 down.  After a spectacular display of team spirit and determination, Reece Pavani, Captain, led the team to a remarkable second half comeback to win the game 7-8.  Zaa Swan completed a hat trick with Ryan Snook scoring 2 goals, Rafaele Ferrigno, Shane Nugent and Mickey Kapala also on the score sheet.

Milan match day
After winning 7-8 with a remarkable half-time comeback from 7-2

After such an incredible performance the boys were disappointed to lose the second match 3-4, but played incredibly well in a fiercely competitive game against a higher ranked opposition.  Over two days of intense football they demonstrated incredible team spirit, resilience and strength. 

San Siro Stadium
View inside San Siro Stadium

The tour was rounded off with a visit to the beautiful Lake Como and a return visit to the San Siro Stadium to watch Inter Milan against AS Roma.  The students were exhausted by the end of the trip and ready for a rest but were able to balance a fantastic football experience as both spectators and participants whilst also visiting some amazing Italian cities and landmarks.

Phil Gridelet