A Como Football Weekend may not be high on your agenda when looking at stadiums to visit however a trip to Como may be the perfect way to complete a football weekend involving other clubs.
Where is Como
Como is in the North of Italy, 40km north of Milan. Many people choose to stay in Milan as Como can be expensive, whilst a train is quick and easy – just 41 minutes costing as little as 5 Euro per person.
Why visit Como 1907?
Como is best known for it’s beautiful lake. Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake (after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore) and is where you will find the stadium!
Como have been in Serie A previously, 2002-2003 (as well as previous short spells) however two bankruptcies have seen the club suffer relegations and bobble around Serie C and Serie D for much of their recent history.
Como 1907 are now in Serie B, the second tier of Italian Football so not only is this a great view, but you may get to see some great opposition too.
Cesc Fàbregas joins Como
Como 1907 have seen an increase in interest from football fans around the world by signing Cesc Fàbregas. The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder joined Como from Monaco in the Summer of 2022 with the vision of helping them return to Serie A – given to him by now CEO Dennis Wise.
Como 1907 Stadium
Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia was built in 1927 and can hold 13,602 spectators. The stadium has one large covered grandstand where tickets cost approximately 38 Euro’s whilst tickets in the fan curves cost a very reasonable 18 Euro’s. There are also discounts available for children including a Family Pack (2 Adults and 2 Children) however whilst advertised we couldn’t apply the discounts on the Viva Ticket website and ended up paying Adult prices for all 4 tickets which was disappointing.
Entrance to stadium
Como 1907 v Parma
Our Como Football Weekend included a match between Como and Parma. The home side went into this match undefeated in their last six league matches which had seen them climb to 11th in the table. In Italy finishing 3rd to 8th qualifies you for the promotion play-offs so with Parma occupying that 8th position, 5pts above, this match had lot’s riding on it.
Entering the Stadium
Entering the stadium was an easy walk from the town centre where we had spent the morning. We easily approached the gates and walked through after a passport check and bag check too.
The setting of this stadium is second to none and we chose the grandstand for the best possible view. Immediately opposite was the stand with read “COMO” and even more impressive as it remained an empty area of the stadium allowing it to be constantly in view.
The view from the Main Stand
Beers and hotdogs were available with only small queues. The beers cost €5 and during the match there was no wait at all. It was surprising that we couldn’t find any area in our stand selling merchandise so we left with no scarf or shirt which we had hoped to acquire.
To our left were the Ultras who were caked in sunshine throughout and left us envious of not being there too. They were in great spirits with blue pyros filling the area as the game kicked off.
Como fans greet the team
There were two names on the team sheets which every person wanted to hear and were rewarded with. For Como, number 4, Cesc Fàbregas and in the opposition goal, number 1, Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon!
Every pass the ex Arsenal player Fabregas made was greeted with a cheer – even the most simple sideways pass. For Buffon it wasn’t such as good start as the opening goal was smashed past him after just 5 minutes from Alberto Cerri. Soon after, an innocuous ball swung in low hit a mixture of post and Buffon, as the ball was spilled back into a dangerous area which could easily have led to a second goal.
The chances which Como were creating spread enthusiasm throughout the team which was no more evident than when Nicholas Ioannou, wearing Number 44 and a facemask due to an old injury, won a ball he shouldn’t have, conceded the corner and then offered a fist pump to the ultras which was met with a rousing response from the home fans behind the goal.
Legend in goal for Parma, Guinluigi Buffon pulled off a first half save which rolled back the years to prevent a second Como goal which was coming.
The home fans were disappointed when just before half-time they lost Fabregas, who walked off the pitch to great applause. Young fans clambered down the stairwells to offer pre-made cardboard signs requesting a match-worn short which would never arrive. The closest the yellows got to the home goal in the opening 45 minutes was the yellow boat on the lake behind.
Parma had an insignificant first half
Half Time: Como 1 Parma 0
In the second half Parma looks a little more threatening, however the home goalkeeper only had to make one relatively comfortable save. Not long into this period Como were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Up stepped Arrigoni, who had replaced Fabregas just before half-time, and his effort seemed to be too tame, however being slightly unsighted due to the defensive wall, the ball squirmed past him. The crowds shock and excitement was there for all to see.
In the 61st minute there was a straight red card for Parma when Alessandro Circati was judged to have been the last man when he brushed aside Patrick Cutrone. Whilst this seemed a harsh sending off, it didn’t seem that it affected the match result which always seemed to be going the way of Como.
Parma fans in Away End
Full Time: Como 2 Parma 0
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