MILAN - May 31st, 2009 was coach Carlo Ancelotti's last match in charge of Milan while it was also the last appearance for Paolo Maldini and Ricardo Kakà.The match was in Florence and Milan defeated Fiorentina 2-0 with the goals coming from Kakà and Pato which saw the Rossoneri qualify for the Champions League.
MILAN - The Italy Under-21 squad coached by Ciro Ferrara have been training at La Borghesiana in Rome with Milan players De Sciglio, El Shaarawy, Paloschi and Romagnoli all involved.The team is preparing to face Ireland at the Showgrounds, Sligo on Monday, June 4th at 16.00 Italy time.
MILAN - Thiago Silva and Alexandre Pato were both on the scoresheet for Brazil in their friendly against USA which finished 4-1. Thiago socred on 52 minutes and with three minutes remaining Pato who had come as a substitute for Leandro Damiao.
MILAN - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in Sweden's 3-2 win over Iceland yesterday while this evening Philippe Mexes will play for France against Serbia this evening. Abate, Cassano, Montolivo and Nocerino will be in action for Italy against Russia on Friday.
(IN THE PHOTO: Today at Milanello, Comi and Rodrigo Ely at work)
MILANELLO – Milan will leave for Gubbio on Saturday morning, and on Sunday evening they debut in the Final Eight Primavera against Juventus (live on Sportitalia at 9pm, also on Milan Channel with a presentation in the studio at 23.45). The young rossoneri will be without Carmona, Calvano, Kingsley Boateng or Pelè Tuncara, but can count on Mattia Valoti and Mattia De Sciglio (on duty with the Italian under 21s) after the first game, in the case that Milan qualify.PHOTOS OF THE TEAM TRAINING TODAY AT MILANELLOJuan Luca Sacchi from Macerata will officiate the game. The whistle blower from Marche will have Leonardo Camillucci and Alessandro Marinelli in support on the sidelines. The fourth official will be Luca Albertini.When the draw was made on May 21st, Filippo Galli, in charge of the youth sector of the rossoneri, stated about Juventus “We know about their strengths and how much they want to win the championship, but we’ll give everything on the pitch. Juventus won their group in style. Semi final? We obtained 53 points just as Inter did, and our team has values that are not just technical as they have proved themselves in difficult moments. The final talking will be done on the pitch, but we will certainly arrive motivated for this difficult fixture”.“When you get to this point” – Juventus coach Marco Baroni said – “you need to realize that every opponent is dangerous. Last year we saw Varese go in to the final and when I coached Siena a few years ago we were a whisper away from the scudetto. We will see a quality Milan side, but we have to think about ourselves. For two months we’ve known about this match and we’re well prepared, even without those away playing for Italy”.
The winner between the rossoneri and the bianconeri will meet (in Gubbio on June 6th), the winner between Inter and Palermo. On the other side of the draw, Roma-Varese and Lazio-Torino. The final is also in Gubbio, on Saturday 9th June.
(IN THE PHOTO: Daniele Bonera with his wife, Paola)MILANO – Not being selected for the European Championships by Cesare Prandelli, his ex coach at Parma, Daniele Bonera can enjoy his 31st birthday.After having played well for the whole season, Daniele has recovered from the injury he suffered in the recent derby match in the league.For the sixth time, Daniele can celebrate his birthday as a Milan player. In July 2006 he arrived at the club, to his delight seeing as he is a big fan of AC Milan.With the rossoneri, Daniele has won: One Club World Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 Scudetto, 1 European Super cup, 1 Italian Supercup. Best wished from everyone from the club!
MILAN - Current and former Milan players are getting ready for Euro 2012.Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in Sweden's 3-2 win over Iceland yesterday while this evening Philippe Mexes will play for France against Serbia this evening. Abate, Cassano, Montolivo and Nocerino will be in action for Italy against Russia on Friday.
There are six current Milan players in the 16 squads at the tournament along with four former Rossoneri:
- Ukraine: Andriy Shevchenko - at Milan from 1999 to 2006- Holland: Marx Van Bommel - at Milan from 2010 to 2012- Holland: Klaas Jan Huntelaar - at Milan 2009-2010- Greece: Sokratis Papastathopoulos - at Milan 2010-2011
Thiago Silva and Alexandre Pato were both on the scoresheet for Brazil in their friendly against USA which finished 4-1. Thiago socred on 52 minutes and with three minutes remaining Pato who had come as a substitute for Leandro Damiao.
MILAN - Saturday morning will see the Primavera side start their Final Eight adventure.Aldo Dolcetti's players will leave for Gubbio on Saturday and on Sunday evening at 21.00, they'll be up against Juventus.
MILAN - "We’re special when it comes to reacting. Emilia has a strong heart and all of this tragedy, the dead, the injured, the lost, the dispersed, the fallen factories; they scare us, they make us cry but we know how to get out of this disaster. Now the whole country must help Emilia just as often Emilia has helped others”.Carlo Ancelotti had this to say in an open letter published in Corriere dello Sport: “I don’t know if there’s any damage done to my home in Felegara – writes Ancelotti, who found out about the earthquake through his daughter Katia – it was spared after the first one. But I know what happened in Cavezzo, Mirandola, Medolla, San Felice sul Panaro and Concordia which are all towns I know well. As a child I went to play on those football pitches and I went to school in Carpi and Modena. They’re strong, hardworking people who live calm lives, people who are now suffering but who know how to react and get back on their feet. The response from football was immediate and it was right not to play the international friendly. Football can help and my part won’t ever be missing. Best wishes to my land in this difficult time”.
MILAN - The four Milan payers with the natioanl side (Abate, Cassano, Montolivio and Nocerino) will train twice today: at 10.30 and at 17.00.Italy leave for Zurich tomorrow afternoon and on Friday at 20.45 will face Russia in a friendly.
MILAN - Davide Di Gennaro, young Rossoneri player on loan at Modena this year spoke to the Milan Channel yesterday: “It was a powerful experience. The people of Modena are hard working and dignified but it’s obvious that the earthquake was strong and the people are in difficulty. I was In Modena preparing for a friendly but obviously the game didn’t go ahead. Milan? I’m waiting, my contract with the club ends next year and we’ll be talking to the club soon.”
MILAN – A football tournament at the Masseroni sports centre in Milan for the launch of Milan’s new Adidas match jersey for next season.On 5 May through fubles.com, Adidas asked Milan fans to come out and play. The best players were then called up for a mini tournament with four teams.The top two were then called to play against Milan legends, Maldini, Serginho and Costacurta.
The Italian Under 19 side beat Armenia 4-1 to get second place in Group 7 of the Elite Phase of the European Championships. They don’t qualify.Valoti and Belotti scored in the first half while it was Beltrame and Busellato in the the scond half.Valoti’s goal came in the second minute and the young Rossoneri scored with a header after being picked out by Politano. In the other group 7 game, Spain beat Belgium 2-1.
MILAN – The number 10 shirt has an even stronger link with the Rossoneri. From Gianni Rivera to Antonio Cassano. National team coach Cesare prandelli honors Milan and Antonio Cassano. The Milan forward will have that number on his back for Euro 2012. The last time it happened was in 1974 with Gianni Rivera.Milan’s list of number 10 is long and illustrious. From Roberto Baggio who wasn’t playing for the Italian side during his time at Milan to foreigners of the caliber of Schiaffino, Gullit, Savicevic, Kakà (a true number 10 despite the 22 he wore), Rui Costa and Seedorf while Roberto Donadoni used to wear the number 7 for Italy.That the number 10 for Italy will lead to the number 10 for Milan can’t be taken for granted, but it can’t be denied that Antonio Cassano’s season started with the captain’s armband for Italy against Spain in Bari and was followed up by powerful performances for Milan. After his operation, the player now ends his season with number 10 on his back, a number with a history.
MILAN – For the presentation of the new Milan jersey for the 2012/2013 season, Adidas called on Milan fans through fubles.com to come and play some football with Adidas and Milan.The best players were then chosen for a mini tournament with 4 teams up against Maldini, Serghino and Costacurta.On the margins of the event, Serginho took some time to speak to the Milan Channel: “Gabriel is a keeper with a future. He still has something to learn but at Milan he’ll be able to do that and become a great keeper. The Brazilian market? People only talk about Ganso, Neymar, Lucas and Damiao but don’t forget Dedè, a Vasco da Gama defender, he plays with Thiago Silva for the national side and he’s ready to make the move to European football”.Serginho also made some flattering comparisons for Milan’s Brazilian centre back: “Paolo Madini who is here with us tonight was a player at the level of Franco Baresi, but Thiago is up there too. He’s had three great seasons with Milan and he’ll be able to make history with the club like Maldini and Baresi. He still has a lot to win with the Milan jersey”.