MILAN – Adolfo Sormani’s Napoli side will be up against Aldo Dolcetti’s Primavera Milan team in this evening’s semi-final at 20.03 in San Pacnrazio.In the last group A game of the Ostuni tournament, Milan drew 3-3 with Brindisi, getting the top spot in the knock out stages and getting through to the semi-finals.
(IN THE PHOTO: Ibra and Robinho, 85 appearances each in 2 seasons with Allegri on the bench)MILAN – Since Allegri has arrived at the club, Milan have played 93 games.In these two seasons (2010/2011 + 2011/2012) the Rossoneri coach has made use of all the human resources he has had at hand. 39 players have taken to the field for the team, 20 of which have made more than 30 apperances.‘Appearances’ is taken to mean at least 1 minute of an official match.Here are the details (the first number refers to Allegri’s first season with the club and the second to the season just finished9: IBRAHIMOVIC 85 appearances (44 + 41)ROBINHO 85 (40 + 45)ABBIATI 83 (41 + 42)T.SILVA 79 (37 + 42)ABATE 77 (40 + 37)SEEDORF 70 (30 + 40)BOATENG 61 (27 + 34) NESTA 61 (26 + 35)ANTONINI 59 (27 + 32)AMBROSINI 54 (31 + 23)EMANUELSON 53 (42 + 11)PATO 51 (18 + 33)VAN BOMMEL 50 (34 + 16)NOCERINO 48BONERA 49 (29 + 20)GATTUSO 45 (7 + 38)CASSANO 40 (19 + 21)ZAMBROTTA 36 (16 + 20)AQUILANI 31FLAMINI 31 (2 + 29)EL SHAARAWY 28YEPES 28 (11 + 17)PIRLO 25MEXES 24AMELIA 22 (14 + 8)INZAGHI 18 (9 + 9)MUNTARI 14MERKEL 13 (3 + 10)MESBAH 12MAXI LOPEZ 11ODDO 10JANKULOVSKI 7SOKRATIS 7STRASSER 6 (1 + 5)DE SCIGLIO 5ROMA 3LEGROTTAGLIE 1DIDAC VILA' 1ODUAMADI 1
It has been claimed that the Italian wants the striker out but he has apparently already spoken with the player about leading the Rossoneri next season
The versatile midfielder admitted he does not know why Bert van Marwijk decided to drop him from the provisional squad for this summer’s tournament in Poland-Ukraine
After a series of goodbyes over the past week, now is the time for the Rossoneri to make real plans for the months ahead, bringing in a host of new players
MILAN – Rino Gattuso is Milan “to the death!” And if a man like Gattuso, while these words come out of his mouth, says that Antononio Nocerino could be the next to wear his number 8 shirt, that’s not to be taken lightly. It’s a sign, a stamp, a guarantee.Rino doesn’t see Nocerino as just a goal scorer, but as a player that takes on responsibility, a player of certain values who radiates respect in the Rossoneri changing room, but like the Curva Sud sings (He plays, he scores, he celebrates with us), the goals are there and there’s a lot of them.Nocerino’s numbers in his first season with the club see him flying high: 11 goals, 10 in the league and 1 in the Nou Camp in the Champions League. Two other players in the club’s illustrious history made a similar start to their season….Inzaghi in 2001/2002 and Kakà in 2003/2004. Among the midfielders, the only one who comes close to Andrea Pirlo, with nine goals a season, but unlike Nocerino, he also took the team’s penalties. Clarence Seedorf is no stranger to goal celebrations (62 in his career, touching double figures in 2006/2007 and 2007/2008) either but he never got past 10 goals a season in official club matches. High number and comparisons to giants won’t unbalance the player, but nevertheless give an idea of the immensity of his season. Noce got quite emotional last weekend. He now knows that the club means and you can believe that he’ll make it his own.
MILAN - In Gubbio on Monday 21 May, the draw will be held for the Final Eight of the Primavera TIM 2011/2012 season.The Rossoneri could be drawn against Inter, Roma, Lazio or Juventus for the Quarter Final stage.
The Dutch midfielder is determined to continue playing for at least two more seasons, and could even stay with the Rossoneri despite previously stating he would leave San Siro
On Monday 21 May 2012 at 14.00, the presentation for the Final Phase of the Primavera TIM 2011/2012 season will take place followed by the draw for the Quarter Finals. Dolcetti’s players could be drawn against Inter, Lazio, Roma or Juventus.
The Italian striker explained that he was ‘the happiest man in the world’ when he returned to the field, but confessed that he considered retiring as he feared for his life
The ex-Inter, Real Madrid and Ajax star is coming to the end of his current contract, and reports from Brazil suggest that Rio de Janeiro will be his next destination
The Brazil international reportedly wants to return to the club where he made his name, but the Rossoneri’s refusal to let him leave on loan remains a major stumbling block
MILAN - The second edition of the “Rossonera Cruise – Milan Junior Camp 2012,” departs on 2 June from Genoa with 4,000 passengers on board the 140 ton cruise liner. The ship will dock first in Spain (Barcelona), Tunisia (Tunis), Malta (La Valletta as well as Italian ports Messina and Civitavecchia. The cruise will once again provide the chance to enter the Rossoneri world; A magnificent Mediterranean holiday in the company of players and the club’s technical staff. MilanLab will also be present while Milan Junior Camp will be one of the parts of the cruise dedicated to the younger fans. Children will be able to play on the ship’s pitches under the expert supervision of the club’s youth team coaches.
MILAN - "After the heart operation I was optimistic, but after seeing how athletes die suddenly in the field such as Bovolenta and Morosini and I wanted to give up." This is what Antonio Cassano told the Chi magazine which will be out tomorrow. "I seemed incapable of any judgement. My wife was worried. I stared at the wall, sitting on my couch. I wanted to do away with football. I said: 'I will give up. Guys, I am playing with my life here. When I was informed that I could go back and play, I cried," said the Milan striker.
Cassano continued: "I will never forget the comeback. Milan-Fiorentina, the coach Massimiliano Allegri told me: 'Get ready.' My legs were shaking like never before. Not even when I debuted in Serie A. I was starting to live. I was the happiest man in the world." Looking ahead to the European Championships, he added: "Coach Cesare Prandelli has always given me confidence, I never let go. Now we are looking ahead to the European Championships and I am ready. Hopefully we will do well."
MILAN - Milan through its communications department, has denied reports that there may be incompatibility 'between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and coach Massimiliano Allegri' because "it is totally without foundation and untrue." (ANSA).
It had been claimed that the Sweden international, who has been linked with a move away from San Siro, has fallen out with his boss and several team-mates
MILAN - The exhibition to celebrate legendary Milan coach Nereo Rocco has opened in Trieste. Click here for the photos from the opening.
(IN THE PHOTO: Ibra back in Malmo, Sweden on August 14th, 2011)
MILAN - Milan have six players on international duty preparing for Euro 2012.ITALY: There are three players in the 32-man preliminary Azzurri squad currently training at Coverciano. They are Abate, Nocerino and Cassano. GROUP FIXTURES: June 10, Spain-Italy; June 14, Italy-Croatia; June 18 , Italy-Republic of Ireland.SWEDEN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the 23-man squad named by coach Eric Hamren.GROUP FIXTURES: June 11, Ukraine-Sweden; June 15, Sweden-England; June 19, Sweden-France.FRANCE: Coach Laurent Blanc has called up Philippe Mexes.GROUP FIXTURES: June 11, France-England; June 15, Urkaine-France; June 19, Sweden-France.HOLLAND: Stekelenburg, Van Bommel, Emanuelson and Sneijder are the Italian-based players in the preliminary 36-man squad named by coach Bert Van Marwijk. GROUP FIXTURES: June 9, Holland-Denmark; June 13, Holland-Germany; June 17, Portugal-Holland.
MILANO - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the Sweden squad for Euro 2012.Full squad of 23 players: Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Psv Eindhoven/Hol), Johan Wiland (Copenaghen/Den), Paer Hansson (Helsingborgs). Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (Bologna/Ita), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa/Ita), Mikael Lustig (Celtic Glasgow/Sco), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos/Gre), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich/Eng), Martin Olsson (Blackburn/Eng), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht/Bel). Midfielders: Emir Bajrami (Twente/Hol), Rasmus Elm (AZ Alkmaar/Hol), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul/Tur), Kim K„llstroem (Olympique Lyonnais/Fra), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland/Eng), Anders Svensson (IF Elfsborg), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Mosca/ Rus), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al Hilal/Ars) Strikers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan/ITA), Johan Elmander (Galatasaray/Tur), Tobias Hysen (IFK Goeteborg), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven/Hol), Marcus Rosenberg (Werder Brema/Ger).
MILAN - PSV Eindhoven have officially signed Mark Van Bommel on a one-year contract. Warm greetings to the "General" from everyone at Milan.
MILAN - The youth team drew 3-3 with Brindisi in their final group match in the Ostuni Youth Tournament and will now face Napoli in the semi-final tomorrow at 20.30 in San Pancrazio.
MILAN - In the summer of 2002, after spending two months away from Milan, Alessandro Costacurta said: "I will not play for an Italian team next season, at the end of the career I want to see the my career statisitcs and only read Milan."In a football, it is often lamented the end of the standard-bearers, was a good sign, then strengthened by the return of Billy from Juventus for another five years, from 2002 to 2007. But these are days now when the concept of the standard-bearer is back on the top step of the podium.
There is no crisis, the standard-bearers are as they have always been with Alessandro Del Piero claiming he would never play for another Italian club against Juventus.
It was a principle strengthened last night, during a link between Coverciano and Studio Milan on Milan Channel where Rino Gattuso said: "If you talk to my agent, you will find that there have already been enquires from Italian teams. But I do not feel like joining them. It is just a short good-bye for now at Milan."
(IN THE PHOTO: The award ceremony yesterday in Siena)MILAN - Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was in Siena yesterday to receive the Golden Bridle award,where he also took stock of the Rossoneri's season: "This season I would give us a 6.5. We were up by 8 ahead of the meeting with Barcelona after that we were at 5. But we have to congratulate Juve because they won 10 of last 11 games. The head to head meeting has weighed on the title."
On Pirlo: "Juve have improved with him in the side. I never questioned his qualities, but a coach must make choices according to the team and Juve have been able to tailor their game around him."
Nesta, Inzaghi and Gattuso: "To stay at Milan for so long they are, in addition to the technical and physical qualities, players with the great moral qualities. It will not be easy to replace these quality players. Nesta, alongside Baresi, for me is one of the greatest defenders of all time. Inzaghi has been excellent, he knows the characteristics of all the defenders in the league. Even yesterday he knew exactly what to do to embarrass his opponents. Yesterday was their day so I preferred not to talk and leave them to take centre stage."
On Ibrahimovic: I feel that today there is no danger in saying he is the most important member of our team. We have up to August 31st to make moves in the transfer market.
"I believe that today there is no danger of seeing the players from the most important of our squad. As for the market there is time until August 31. We've got two midfielders in as Montolivo and Traore who will give us a hand. We have agreed with President Berlusconi and Galliani on a squad of 25 players. For next season we place great emphasis on Pato's fitness, as he lost a season to injury."
On Tognaccini: "I hope that he remains, he has been here for 14 years and he has done a great job. If he does not stay then we will still remain in good hands."
MILAN - The Ansa new agency has reported that the thoughts of Adriano Galliani during a media day yesterday: "I am not joking. I spent all Sunday evening with Ibra who has sworn his eternal love for Milan."
MILAN - The Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri has spoken to Italian radio station RTL 102.5 about the end of the season.Here are some of the topics that the technician touched upon: "Coaching champions like Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is everyone's dream. I am lucky to have Ibrahimavic and Thiago Silva, without taking away anything to those who have quit. I think that over the last 10 years Milan have had some great champions especially Italians. Unfortunately, they are not with us anymore which is bad for Italian football. Inzaghi has once again demonstrated his professionalism and above all I think he had the possibility of closing his time at Milan in the best way possible in Milan and then I do not know if his career is over. This was a beautiful gift, among other things he has scored a beautiful goal: although this year has had some injuries, he still has the quality that is difficult to find in other strikers we have in Italy and Europe."Allegri added: "It is normal that when you are a player you want to feel important, always wants to show what you can do and always play. On, the other hand, there is a coach who always has to be tough who has to make choices. Yesterday, I thanked Inzaghi as I thanked everyone who played their last game for Milan, for what they gave me during these two years and because they helped us win the title in my first year."
We look back at the most memorable strikes of the season as part of our review of the Italian top flight’s best moments in 2011-12
We take a look back at some of the scenes that made the 2011-12 campaign one of the most memorable yet heartbreaking in recent memory
The forward’s future remains up in the air after a season in which he infuriated Roberto Mancini with numerous disciplinary problems, before helping the club win the title
The Rossoneri saw many legendary figures leave the club over the weekend, leaving the coach relieved that the Swede and the Brazilian are going nowhere
The 35-year-old defensive midfielder has returned to Eindhoven from the Rossoneri on a one-year contract, seven years after departing the Philips Stadion for Barcelona