MILAN - Massimo Ambrosini is confident Milan has a bright futre ahead. Speaking at the club's anniversary book launch the captain said: "It is a transitional year but we believe in the young players and it will be an important season for them in the league and in Europe. Having the president backing us certainly helps."
The young striker, who netted his first goal for the Rossoneri in the Coppa Italia on Thursday, revealed that he would love to be as good as his Brazilian idol some day
The Selecao star’s dad insists his son will not go back to the Vila Belmiro next year, as he believes there is no reason for the forward and the Rossoneri to sever their ties
The Netherlands international tweeted a photograph of himself in good spirits after he went under the knife to correct a serious leg injury, sustained while playing for his club
The Selecao star’s father, who is also his agent, reveals that his son will not make a switch to his former club during the winter period, but says a summer move is very likely
MILAN - Pescara's official website has announced that Cosic, Romagnoli, Cascione, Colucci and Blasi will be unavailable for Sunday's match against the Rossoneri at the San Siro.
MILAN - Antonio Danilo Giannoccaro will referee Milan-Pescara at the San Siro on Sunday afternoon. He'll be assisted by Maurizio Viazzi and Maurizio Liberti with Giancarlo Rubino as fourth man and Marco Guida and Francesco Borriello behind the goals.
Giannoccaro has done 88 games in Serie A and 7 with Milan with a record of 4 wins, a draw and 2 losses. With Pescara he has overseen 2 losses and as many draws and wins.
MILANELLO - Click here for a full breakdown of Milan's training session today.
(IN THE PHOTO: Allegri and Tassotti under the snow at Milanello)
MILANELLO – The team started training at 11.30 at the Milanello sports centre with a long warm up on the snow covered pitches.
Training continued with a practice match on a reduced pitch which ended 5-3 with a brace for Montolivo, El Shaarawy and Nocerino. Ambrosini and Acerbi also scored.
The players who started last night’s match trained in the gym.
Daniele Bonera took part in all the session apart from the practice match.
Montolivo, Constant, Muntari and Ambrosini all took a full part in training. Boateng spent the session in the gym.
MILAN – An exhibition not to be missed at the Triennale in Milan with 46 pieces realized by students from the Brera Academy.
Entrance is free from 10.00-20.00 tomorrow and Sunday 16 December wuith four special portraits of the club’s history making captains: Cesare Maldini, Gianni Rivera, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini.
Anyone who purchases the book “Second Skin” will receive tow complimentary tickets to Milan-Pescara on Sunday.
Ahead of the Under 17 Friendly against Greece in Athens on 19 December, Daniele Zoratto has called up three members of the Rossoneri youth sector:
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MILAN - The Rossoneri Primavera side face Roma at the Vismara sports centre for the quarter finals firswt leg of the TIM Cup. Kick off is at 14.30 and entrance to the Vismara sports centre will be free of charge for the day.
MILANELLO - 10 centimetres of snow at the Milanello sports centre today but thanks to the central pitch being covered and the work of the groundsmen, the team will be able to train at 11.30 as scheduled.
MILAN - At 23.23 yesterday evening on the social network Instagram, Thiago Silva celebrated Milan’s goal in the Italian cup against Reggina with the following: “Mario Mario Yepesssss Yepessssss”.
Mario Yepes played for Paris Saint Germain and was Thiago Silva’s team mate at Milan. Two good reasons to celebrate the player’s first goal for the club.
MILAN – As reported on the site yesterday, Paolo Maldini, Marco Van Basten and Nereo Rocco have been entered into the Italian Football Hall of Fame yesterday in Florence. Here’s some of what Maldini had to say:
“The Rossoneri couldn’t be the team we saw at the start of the season. The change has been enormous. We had to be patient. El Shaarawy? I wasn’t expeting his form. He has shown great class, a modern player as he plays all over the pitch. The team is still far off from third place and I don’t think the teams head of us will slow down. As far as Roma go, Totti is definitely still a big part of the team. I’m very happy for him. Filippo Inzaghi? He’s started this new career as a coach and it’s always a good idea to start working with young players.”
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MILAN - All the post match interviews following Milan's TIM Cup win this evening.
MILAN - All the photos from this evening's TIM Cup win.
MILAN – Here’s what players and management had to say after Milan’s cup win over Reggina this evening.
“It’s an important win this evening, we played a bad first half and we did better in the second 45. The players deserve to get through to the next round. It was important to get that done and now we’ll think about Sunday. Niang is young, he has quality and he has to improve. He scored this evening and he’ll be given time to grow and he’ll definitely grow. Antonini got better as the game went on. It was Abate’s second game back and things will get better as they go on. There was tiredness on the pitch in the second half. We’re in good shape physically and should be getting better in the second half. It’s never good to make comparisons with Balotelli. Niang is a different player to Mario and he should be given the pace to grow. In Robinho I see a player who is committed and who wants to stay. Bojan wanted to do a bit too much here this evening, he should play as he know how. He has great technique. Pazzini has a great strike.”MAURO TASSOTTI
“We wanted to put in a good performance and give a chance to some players who haven’t played that much in a while. Bojan has to stay calm. He’s trying to do too much and should instead of forcing it, he should wait for it to come. We had some problems in the first half and the second 45 went much better. We’re happy to be in the qauter finals with Juventus. We were waiting for a chance to give Niang an opportunity to play and we’re happy with what he did this evening. He gave the team movement. If we don’t stay focused we can lose games, we have to be quick. You can play good or bad but you can’t do anything without concentration.” BOJAN
“The win was good for the players to gain trust and for the team to keep on going forward. We have to be always focused as the other teams have good strong players and if we don’t stay focused we’ll run risks. I’m happy with the performance even if I didn’t score.”SULLEY MUNTARI
“I played and a I feel good, I’m happy. I was out for six months but it didn’t hold me back. It’s better that the national team coach takes players to the African Cup of Nations who are 100% fit and I’ll stay here. I’m sorry to be out of the national side but it’d be impossible to be out for 6 months and then go straight to the African Cup of Nations. De Jong is a big loss for us, but I’m back playing now and we try and do well for him. I have to stay fit and try to help the team and do whatever the team and the coach asks of me. We can get higher in the league. When there were problems, I always said that the team would come back. Now we want to win the last two games before the winter break and then start the new year as best we can.”
“I’ll do whatever the team asks of me, the important thing is to play. If I’m fit to start the game I’m happy but it’s the coach who decides. I0m happy to be back and to have played an entire game. With the cold and the initial fear of getting inured again, you go slow at first then when you get confidence back it gets better. The President was fundamental in our turnaround. His presence was good for the team. Now the new players are settled in and the positive results have helped us. Robinho is a great player and it’s always better to have him in your team. He’s important for us and let’s hope he stays. Inter managed to get a win at the Juventus stadium and I don’t see why we can’t do the same.”
The Italian coach is happy with his side’s form of late but will not contemplate clawing back into contention for third spot, preferring to focus on the upcoming clash with Pescara
MILAN – It was a much changed Milan side with Abbiati in goal, Abate and Antonini at full back with Yepes and Zapata in the middle. Flamini, Strasser and Emanuelson made up the midfield with Bojan, Pazzini and Robinho starting up front.
It was a cagey opening from both teams with Robinho firing the first shot in anger for the hosts. It was deflected off a defender and gave the Rossoneri the first corner of the game. Pazzini brught a save out of Reggina keeper Facchin on 14’ and the visitors had a chance of their own on 18’ through Fischnaller who shot high. Flamini found Pazzini on 21’ but Facchin saved well. On 24’ Reggina thought they took the lead through Bergamelli but the ref blew for offside. Pazzini had a header on 34’ but it was too central to beat the keeper. The first half ended scoreless.
No changes for either side at half time and Mario Yepes gave his team a deserved lead immediately through a headed goal. The Columbian met Emanuelson’s cross at the back post and got the ball past Facchin. On 54’ Allegri took off Robinho and brought on Niang and almost scored immediately after a great ball from Pazzini. On 64’ Reggina brought on Barilla for Campagnacci. Niang then turned provider for Pazzini only for Facchin to push the shot out for a corner. On 76’ the fans were able to welcome back Sulley Muntari from his injury worries. He took the place of Strasser. Niang got his goal on 79 and only two minutes later, Pazzini made it three after more good work from the French teenager. On 84’ Yepes left the field for Acerbi to a great ovation from the crowd.
A convincing win and a ticket to the next round to meet Juventus on 9 January 2013 in Turin.
MILAN - Milan cruised a convincing 3-0 win against Reggina in the TIM Cup last 16 tie under the snow at the San Siro. The goals came in the second half thanks to Yepes, Niang and Pazzini. The Rossoneri are through to the quarter-finals where they will meet Juventus at the Olympic stadium.
The Rossoneri legend does not believe his former club are in the race for the league title and has tipped the current top three to maintain their charge for the crown
MILAN – Milan-Pescara on Sunday won’t be just another game for the men on the teams’ benches.
Massimiliano Allegri will find himself up against the team that he played for, once against Milan at the San Siro stadium on 7 February 1993.
Sitting on the Rossoneri bench that day was Fabio Capello while the team from Abruzzo was coached by Giovanni Galeone. Allegri wore number 8 on the pitch.
Pescara’s new coach Cristiano Bergodi is another ex-Pescara player and also played at the San Siro, firstly in 1988 and secondly in 1989. Milan won both games, the first 2-0 and the second 6-1.
The last time these two teams faced off was in the 1992-93 season. It was 7 February and Round 19 of Serie A. A double from both Savicevic and Papin meant the game ended 4-0 for the Rossoneri.
In the 198-89 season was the highest scoring match between the two. It ended 6-1 for Milan with a double for Virdis and Gullit, a goal from Rijkaard and an o.g. from Gasperini. Tita scored for the visitors.
On 20 March 1988, it ended 2-0 for Milan with goals from Massaro and Gullit. In the 1980-81 season with both teams playing in Serie B, the game ended goalless.
A double from Aldo Maldera and a goal from De Vecchio on 4 March 1980 meant a 3-1 win for the hosts with Pescara scoring through Nobili.
MILAN - Milan have dominated most of the first half of the TIM Cup game against Reggina at the San Siro but the score is still 0-0 at the break. Robinho created most of the chances for the Rossoneri through to Pazzini.
Goals from Mario Yepes, M’Baye Niang and Giampaolo Pazzini sealed a comfortable win for the hosts and paved the way for a mouthwatering quarter-final with the Italian champions
MILAN - Here below are the official line ups for the TIM CUP game between Milan and Reggina at the San Siro:MILAN: Abbiati, Abate, Zapata, Yepes, Antonini, Flamini, Strasser, Emanuelson, Bojan, Pazzini, Robinho.REGGINA: Facchin, Freddi, Ely, Bergamelli, D'Alessandro, Rizzo, Castiglia, Bombagi, Rizzato, Fischnaller, Campagnacci.
MILAN - Fabio Scozzoli, noted Milan fan, has won the 100m men's breaststroke at the world championship's in Istanbul. The winning time was 57.10s.
Congratulations from everyone at the club.
MILAN - Ghana's football association has named it's 25 man squad for the African Cup with three players from Italy:
Badu (Udinese), Asamoah (Juventus) and Boakye (Sassuolo).
MILAN – A.C. Milan celebrates its 113th birthday with a book telling the club’s story. “Second Skin” will be presented on 14 December at the Triennale in Milan in a private event.
On 15 and 16 December the same event will play host to the works of 50 young artists who give their own interpretation of the A.C. Milan jersey alongside historic examples.
Among the artists on display: Di Mauro, Monzo, Negrini, Pionna, Torcoli, Valla and Zecchini among others such as Bonfanti, Forghieri, Tabarelli and Rastelli.
All pieces are open to auction during the evenings with all proceeds going to the Milan Foundation and all works left unsold will be put on E-bay. The event will be presented by none other than Ilaria D’Amico.
The inspiration for the book “Second Skin” comes from the players who have worn the jersey. The cover was realized by Fabio Novembre. 200 pages tell the story of the club. The glorious history of the club is re-told in the book, the club’s victories in Europe and beyond with words from Cesare Maldini, Gianni Rivera, Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Massimo Ambrosini. The book has been published in both English and Italian and will be available for €30 from bookstores as well as the club’s official site 14 December.
The book comes with a preface from President Berlusconi’s daughter and board member Barbara, “Dedicated to the many players who have fought for this jersey for more than a century, And most of all to the fans who even during he darkest moments, have loved and will always love our great Milan”.