Member Interviews: Taylor Battistella

This was first published in our monthly club newsletter in November 2017. Register for the newsletter at:

We want to build a strong community at Milan Club Melbourne. To help everyone get to know each other we will profile a club member in each newsletter.

In this first newsletter we get to know club founder and inaugural President, Taylor Battistella.

What’s your preferred name/nickname? Taylor How old are you? 19 Why do you support Milan? Family in Italy! What’s your favourite Milan memory? The final game of the 2012/13 season when Mexes scored a late winner away against Siena, to ruin Fiorentina’s hopes of making the UCL and see us progress. The season was a rocky one after our poor start, and that seemed to show our side’s true character. Unfortunately, we haven’t been the same since… Have you ever seen Milan play live and, if so, what was your favourite moment? I’ve been to Milan twice now. My first ever game was against Livorno, away, followed by Roma at home and an away Milan Derby! As awesome as it was to see a game as famous as the Milan derby, unfortunately both supporter groups were on strike, coupled with the fact Palacio scored a late winner. After all the hype of the match, it was unfortunately a disappointment. Because of this, I’d have to say my favourite ever game was our Europa League Qualifying game against Craiovo earlier this year. Being in Milan with such newfound optimism was amazing, and being at the first game of our club’s new era was truly spectacular! When will we win our next scudetto? I’d like to think we will start to develop as a team from this point on – as the players become comfortable with one another. From there, who’s to say we can’t challenge in the league from next season on, and on all fronts in a couple of seasons time? I think that should be our goal right now. Paolo Maldini or Cesare Maldini? Paolo for me 100%! Growing up playing as a striker, my favourite players were generally attackers. The fact I ranked Maldini up there with all our famous strikers shows just how good and influential he was. His career was longer than I’ve been alive for! When you think of Milan, you think of Paolo. Why did you get involved in Milan Club Melbourne? When I first got Twitter I followed the AC Milan Club New York account. I thought what they had going was amazing, and always wanted to do something similar, here in Melbourne. Now I’ve finished school, I’ve got out and met some people and have started the club with some other passionate Milan fans. I remember sitting in my room in Milan earlier this year and just deciding “stuff it, I’m going to get this started finally”. The rest is history. With the large Italian influence our city has, and calibre of the club, there is no reason we can’t aim to be the largest Fan Club of any team, here in Australia! What has been your favourite experience with Milan Club Melbourne so far? Our first event, the Milan derby was a dream come true. To have so many Milan fans together, in Melbourne, was something I had never dreamed of! Unfortunately we didn’t get a positive result, but that will soon change and both Milan and the Milan Club Melbourne will be a force to be reckoned with! I can’t wait to hear everyone’s stories about the journeys they’ve had over the years – be it watching games in Melbourne at 5 AM or in Italy.