In the early 1980s Milan were in the darkest place in their history. After being relegated and promoted twice in the space of 2 years between 1980 and 1982 our backs were against the wall and our future looked uncertain. Inter had taken the city as it’s stronghold and in the 1984/85 season we were set to battle again although we hadn’t won in the last 9 attempts. After early goals from both sides the game looked to be a stalemate. Suddenly, after the hour mark, Pietro Virdis fired a cross to the ex Portsmouth striker Mark Hateley who rose above the inter defence and slotted the ball past the keeper. We won the match, with this symbolic victory being the catalyst to our rise to the world stage.
When we played Portsmouth in the UEFA Cup in 2008, Our CEO Adriano Galliani spoke fondly of Portsmouth as the team "where Mark Hateley played”.
Come and join us to watch the Derby on Sunday 22nd Of September 4:45am at Cafe Notturno, RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/2287859131262736/?ti=icl or on our website https://www.milanclubmelbourne.com.au/events-1/derby-della-madonnina-season-opener