Matteo is 21-years-old and he is a massive Nerazzurri fan. For the past 11 years, whenever Inter are playing at home, he jumps in the car with his father Claudio and drives an hour and a half to reach the San Siro from Alessandria. Upon his arrival, he takes his seat in the primo anello blu, where he supports and cheers for his footballing idols along with thousands of other supporters. He is just like everyone else, apart from one huge difference. Matteo cannot see his favourite players, but instead can only hear them. Matteo has been blind since birth.
However, this condition has never hindered his love for Inter, a visceral passion inherited directly from his father and one that unites them in a unique way: “Being in the stadium gives me a special feeling,” said Matteo. “My father has transmitted this passion through to me and it is fantastic to share it with him. At the San Siro I can take in everything from the people around me, the shouts and the celebrations. And then there is my father who commentates the match for me. After years of doing it he is now quite good!” For 11 years Matteo and Claudio have been almost fixed presences at both the San Siro and at Pinetina. Thanks to a previous meeting with Massimo and Bedi Moratti, who are still both very close to Matteo, they’ve since had the chance to meet a number of legends who’ve made Nerazzurri history; from Ibrahimovic to Materazzi, from Mourinho to Icardi.
These meetings have stuck with Matteo, together with the victories, trophies and defeats, simply because ‘these are also emotions to remember’. Thanks to personalised commentary from his father Claudio, in 11 years Matteo has not missed a single chance, save or goal. The San Siro then takes care of the rest, with the roar of the crowd, the whistles to the opponents, the anxious emotions expressed by those close by and also the sighs of relief after a missed chance for the opposition. The passion present is what is most notable, particularly felt within the heart,