Day 7: Moments in Milan
June 2, 2009
MILAN, Italy - We arrived in Milan late Sunday morning after a difficult time packing the bus. With about a week of shopping under our belts, the athlete and coaching staff's luggage has seemed to almost double in size! Our first stop was the Duomo, which is the largest Gothic church in the world. The entire church was built with white marble, and it is the centerpiece of the lively and industrious city of Milan.
Many of the players took in some sights such as Castello Sforzesco and the opera house, which is the location of the famous 'Last Supper.' Others chose to explore the shopping areas for which Milan is world famous. After a short time of roaming through the boutique-lined streets, we met back at the bus and headed to the much-anticipated Inter Milan vs. Atalanta match.
The stadium and atmosphere was something that can't be described in words. The energy and excitement created by the fans were incredible. It was thrilling for the staff and players. But more importantly, to the coaches, the enjoyment for us came from witnessing how the players reacted to the environment and how entertained and impressed they were with their surroundings.
Throughout the game we learned new cheers and songs, which we continued singing on the bus later that evening! Inter Milan won, 4-3, in an exhilarating and high-scoring game. After the match ended, we watched the team receive the trophy for winning its 17th Italian League Championship, which was an event in itself! Another exciting element to witness first hand was the final game and retirement of Luis Figo, who was World Player of the Year in 2002.
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