Italian football is characterised by the culture that lives in its terraces. In Milan, where Ultras first find their origins, the city and its traditions are manifested in the Curva Nord and Sud. For a club like AC Milan, their success domestically and abroad has indelibly marked football history, Here, the ultras became a focal point of the club, and inspired the growth of Ultras culture across the world.
Organised supporters groups find their origins in Italy during the 1960’s as Helenio Herrera revolutionised Inter-Milan. Beyond the success on the pitch, he also brought with him the culture of Argentine Barras. By the Mid 60’s groups had emerged across Italy, beginning with the Boys of Inter and the Fossa Dei Leoni of AC Milan.
The success that AC Milan enjoyed throughout the 70’s 90’s and 2000’s saw San Siro’s Curva Sud grow into one of the world’s most renowned terraces. The Curva Sud has historically been characterised by two main groups. The Fossa Dei Leoni, who were established in 1968, and would become a focal point of culture and events in the city of Milan. This group was then followed by the Brigata Rossonera, established in 1975, and whose banner you can still see hanging on the terraces today. In 2005, the Fdl ended their run as a group following an increased presence by the mafia in Italian terraces.
Since 2010, AC Milan’s ultras have gathered under one banner, “Curva Sud Milano”. The nature of their support has changed significantly. The days of Champions League finals and golden ball winners are long gone.
The loss of so many club legends and the dramatic transition that has impacted AC Milan in the last decade goes far beyond the pitch. As the club awaits another successful cycle, their fans prepare as well. Hoping to build the atmosphere of the Curva Sud of old, one that is worthy of a great AC Milan.