It might be showing its age, but the Guiseppe Meazza Stadium in the San Siro district of Milan – nicknamed La Scala del Calcio (the Opera House of Football) – is still one of the most impressive venues on the continent. At the time of writing, the Borussia Dortmund team are out on the pitch preparing to face FC Internazionale tomorrow.
Wednesday will be BVB's seventh visit to Italy's largest football ground. There have been victories that counted for little and defeats that prompted celebrations; there was even a European semi-final at the stadium in 1995, although the game – which finished 2-2 – pitted BVB against Juventus rather than one of the Milan giants.
BVB's last visit came at the start of 2003 when they beat AC Milan 1-0, although they exited the (second) UEFA Champions League group stage with what was the highest points tally of any club at that point. Six months earlier, they lost 3-1 in Milan – but a 4-0 victory in the first leg saw them reach the UEFA Cup final against Feyenoord.
The most recent of their two clashes with Inter dates back 25 years to 1994. Borussia Dortmund won by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals from Michael Zorc and Lars Ricken, though they had lost the first leg 3-1 at home. Dortmund's overall record at the Guiseppe Meazza Stadium is almost even: two wins, one draw and three defeats. (br)