Milanistas, the diehard fandom all started with the Ultras of the 60s/70s, The Fossa dei Leoni. This was the first ultras group to form in Italy, and the name was selected in reference to the nickname of AC Milan’s stadium of the early-to-mid 1900s. These ruthless ultras paved the way for some of the most famous and notorious fans in all of football history.
To be a true Casciavit you must be passionate, you must have knowledge of the club you love, and you must be stubborn. The Rossonero has once been home to some of the world’s most influential icons, from Ronaldinho to Kaka, from Pirlo to Maldini, Baresi to Gattuso, it’s impossible to finish the list in a single breath. Use these legends to your advantage, argue with your pedigree, stand tall on your pedestal because there will always be opposition focussing on knocking you off. AC Milan’s recent seasons don’t offer you much, so make like your peers and deliver the world a chronicle on Italian football.
You are a ‘Casciavit’ and proud. A nickname given to AC Milan fans by the Inter supporters of the early 1900s, Casciavit refers to the once working class fanbase that differed from that of Inters more financially successful supporters. The term directly translates to screwdriver. This is the history of AC Milan, this is what makes one of the most successful clubs in football history so amazing. The working-class team would go on to achieve all the glory, more glory then Inter and their ‘Bauscia’ (showoff) fandom.
If you’re a new Milanista, you must realise the passion you have for your beloved Rossoneri is unmatchable. You know what this historic club is worth, so when you see sagas and shenanigans unveiling, you make your voice heard with your peers. An example; The Donnarumma story. We all know Gianluigi Donnarumma, the young up and coming goalkeeper who came through the youth ranks at AC Milan, touted as the next Gianluigi Buffon, even sharing his first name. It once all came crashing down when he demanded a paycheck of up to $6,000,000 per year. The saga lasted weeks, and when the fans reached their boiling point a 100 foot banner was revealed in the crowd of AC Milan’s 3-0 win over Hellas Verona in the Coppa Italia. Donnarumma was reduced to tears, apologise were made, and the entire narrative was swept under the rug… for now.