Football is a huge part of American identity and much of our entertainment and community comes from events revolving around football games such as tailgating, super-bowl parties, etc.
In Milan, and most of Europe, the national sport is “football” or what Americans would call, soccer. There is a huge appreciation of soccer in Milan and there are bitter rivalries in this sport much in the same way as Ohio State University feels towards University of Michigan. Milanese people dress in the colors or jerseys of their home soccer team as they excitedly rush to the soccer stadium. Once inside the stadium, the crowds are wild and highly enthusiastic, cheering, swearing, and engrossed in the game. However, unlike in America, there is no tailgating, which I believe is mostly just an American practice.
Attending a soccer game in Milan was a great adventure. It made me nostalgic of the football games back at the Ohio State University, because although it was a different sport, the energy, the cheering, and the atmosphere was exactly the same as back home. I feel that although the sport itself is important, the most important part of a national sport is the community it brings together, and the shared enthusiasm to support your home team.