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Matchdays for AC Milan fans are incomplete without a catchy Europop blast from the past

WORDS Sheridan Bird

The early 1980s were a difficult period for AC Milan, including two seasons of toiling in Serie B. Conversely it was a glorious time for Europop, and one unashamedly fun masterpiece from the era has become a Rossoneri stadium classic.

Sarà Perché Ti Amo by Ricchi e Poveri is a bright and breezy love song that debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1981. The title translates as It Must Be Because I Love You and the chirpy single went platinum in Italy – and gold in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and France. The group even tried their luck with an English version called Make it With Me.

Celebrating the confusion and butterflies of love, the song rattles along with a punchy tempo and euphoric feel that make it perfect for matchdays at the San Siro. Official Milan DJ Simo J plays the track when it’s time to announce the Rossoneri line-up before kick-off, and the crowd never fail to sing along.

“When I bump into people in the street, they tell me how much they love the song and the moment it comes on,” he says. “They often ask me to play it more, but we only use it to introduce the starting line-up. It’s been the soundtrack to the formation for around 15 years.”

Fans swap the line “perché ti amo” with “perché tifiamo” (“because we support you”), but on the whole it’s a faithful rendition. The spangly classic is likewise cherished abroad; there’s a magnificent cover version by Milan-mad Indonesian outfit Rumah Angklung to be found on YouTube.

While nothing tops the Champions League anthem for emotion, this dollop of 1980s magic comes close.

The early 1980s were a difficult period for AC Milan, including two seasons of toiling in Serie B. Conversely it was a glorious time for Europop, and one unashamedly fun masterpiece from the era has become a Rossoneri stadium classic.

Sarà Perché Ti Amo by Ricchi e Poveri is a bright and breezy love song that debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1981. The title translates as It Must Be Because I Love You and the chirpy single went platinum in Italy – and gold in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and France. The group even tried their luck with an English version called Make it With Me.

Celebrating the confusion and butterflies of love, the song rattles along with a punchy tempo and euphoric feel that make it perfect for matchdays at the San Siro. Official Milan DJ Simo J plays the track when it’s time to announce the Rossoneri line-up before kick-off, and the crowd never fail to sing along.

“When I bump into people in the street, they tell me how much they love the song and the moment it comes on,” he says. “They often ask me to play it more, but we only use it to introduce the starting line-up. It’s been the soundtrack to the formation for around 15 years.”

Fans swap the line “perché ti amo” with “perché tifiamo” (“because we support you”), but on the whole it’s a faithful rendition. The spangly classic is likewise cherished abroad; there’s a magnificent cover version by Milan-mad Indonesian outfit Rumah Angklung to be found on YouTube.

While nothing tops the Champions League anthem for emotion, this dollop of 1980s magic comes close.

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The early 1980s were a difficult period for AC Milan, including two seasons of toiling in Serie B. Conversely it was a glorious time for Europop, and one unashamedly fun masterpiece from the era has become a Rossoneri stadium classic.

Sarà Perché Ti Amo by Ricchi e Poveri is a bright and breezy love song that debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1981. The title translates as It Must Be Because I Love You and the chirpy single went platinum in Italy – and gold in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and France. The group even tried their luck with an English version called Make it With Me.

Celebrating the confusion and butterflies of love, the song rattles along with a punchy tempo and euphoric feel that make it perfect for matchdays at the San Siro. Official Milan DJ Simo J plays the track when it’s time to announce the Rossoneri line-up before kick-off, and the crowd never fail to sing along.

“When I bump into people in the street, they tell me how much they love the song and the moment it comes on,” he says. “They often ask me to play it more, but we only use it to introduce the starting line-up. It’s been the soundtrack to the formation for around 15 years.”

Fans swap the line “perché ti amo” with “perché tifiamo” (“because we support you”), but on the whole it’s a faithful rendition. The spangly classic is likewise cherished abroad; there’s a magnificent cover version by Milan-mad Indonesian outfit Rumah Angklung to be found on YouTube.

While nothing tops the Champions League anthem for emotion, this dollop of 1980s magic comes close.

Greatest Hits
Music

Greatest Hits

Matchdays for AC Milan fans are incomplete without a catchy Europop blast from the past

WORDS Sheridan Bird

The early 1980s were a difficult period for AC Milan, including two seasons of toiling in Serie B. Conversely it was a glorious time for Europop, and one unashamedly fun masterpiece from the era has become a Rossoneri stadium classic.

Sarà Perché Ti Amo by Ricchi e Poveri is a bright and breezy love song that debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1981. The title translates as It Must Be Because I Love You and the chirpy single went platinum in Italy – and gold in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and France. The group even tried their luck with an English version called Make it With Me.

Celebrating the confusion and butterflies of love, the song rattles along with a punchy tempo and euphoric feel that make it perfect for matchdays at the San Siro. Official Milan DJ Simo J plays the track when it’s time to announce the Rossoneri line-up before kick-off, and the crowd never fail to sing along.

“When I bump into people in the street, they tell me how much they love the song and the moment it comes on,” he says. “They often ask me to play it more, but we only use it to introduce the starting line-up. It’s been the soundtrack to the formation for around 15 years.”

Fans swap the line “perché ti amo” with “perché tifiamo” (“because we support you”), but on the whole it’s a faithful rendition. The spangly classic is likewise cherished abroad; there’s a magnificent cover version by Milan-mad Indonesian outfit Rumah Angklung to be found on YouTube.

While nothing tops the Champions League anthem for emotion, this dollop of 1980s magic comes close.

Penalty Pedigree

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The early 1980s were a difficult period for AC Milan, including two seasons of toiling in Serie B. Conversely it was a glorious time for Europop, and one unashamedly fun masterpiece from the era has become a Rossoneri stadium classic.

Sarà Perché Ti Amo by Ricchi e Poveri is a bright and breezy love song that debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1981. The title translates as It Must Be Because I Love You and the chirpy single went platinum in Italy – and gold in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and France. The group even tried their luck with an English version called Make it With Me.

Celebrating the confusion and butterflies of love, the song rattles along with a punchy tempo and euphoric feel that make it perfect for matchdays at the San Siro. Official Milan DJ Simo J plays the track when it’s time to announce the Rossoneri line-up before kick-off, and the crowd never fail to sing along.

“When I bump into people in the street, they tell me how much they love the song and the moment it comes on,” he says. “They often ask me to play it more, but we only use it to introduce the starting line-up. It’s been the soundtrack to the formation for around 15 years.”

Fans swap the line “perché ti amo” with “perché tifiamo” (“because we support you”), but on the whole it’s a faithful rendition. The spangly classic is likewise cherished abroad; there’s a magnificent cover version by Milan-mad Indonesian outfit Rumah Angklung to be found on YouTube.

While nothing tops the Champions League anthem for emotion, this dollop of 1980s magic comes close.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

The early 1980s were a difficult period for AC Milan, including two seasons of toiling in Serie B. Conversely it was a glorious time for Europop, and one unashamedly fun masterpiece from the era has become a Rossoneri stadium classic.

Sarà Perché Ti Amo by Ricchi e Poveri is a bright and breezy love song that debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival in 1981. The title translates as It Must Be Because I Love You and the chirpy single went platinum in Italy – and gold in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and France. The group even tried their luck with an English version called Make it With Me.

Celebrating the confusion and butterflies of love, the song rattles along with a punchy tempo and euphoric feel that make it perfect for matchdays at the San Siro. Official Milan DJ Simo J plays the track when it’s time to announce the Rossoneri line-up before kick-off, and the crowd never fail to sing along.

“When I bump into people in the street, they tell me how much they love the song and the moment it comes on,” he says. “They often ask me to play it more, but we only use it to introduce the starting line-up. It’s been the soundtrack to the formation for around 15 years.”

Fans swap the line “perché ti amo” with “perché tifiamo” (“because we support you”), but on the whole it’s a faithful rendition. The spangly classic is likewise cherished abroad; there’s a magnificent cover version by Milan-mad Indonesian outfit Rumah Angklung to be found on YouTube.

While nothing tops the Champions League anthem for emotion, this dollop of 1980s magic comes close.

Penalty Pedigree

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