Marco Van Basten removing his shirt and throwing it to the ground. The Swan of Utrecht sent off by referee Rosario Lo Bello, together with teammates Frank Rijkaard and Alessandro Costacurta. The surreal images of Milan’s second “Fatal Verona” are stuck in any Rossonero’s mind, remembering him of when his club lost 1-2 to the Gialloblu to throw a Scudetto away.
Marco Giampaolo debuted at San Siro with a win as Milan beat Brescia 1-0 on Saturday. A lone goal by Hakan Calhanoglu after 12 minutes saved the day for the Rossoneri’s new coach after his shocking loss in Udine. However, the way is still long for the Milanese side before they can think of achieving something more than a fourth place in the table.
A cap, a bandage on his neck, a hollow-cheeked appearance that still did not affect his proud look. Sinisa Mihajlovic dropped like a bomb on the Serie A opening round as he sat on Bologna’s bench for their debut in Verona. His appearance was the icicle on the cake of a Serie A Round 1 which saw Juventus, Napoli, and Inter win, whereas Milan lost to Udinese.
On this day, 30 years ago, the history of football changed. Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan trampled Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 with braces by Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten to conquer the European Cup 1988-89, the third in the history of the Rossoneri. The triumph in Barcelona marked the International legitimization of the Romagna-born coach’s football verbo.
Lazio and Atalanta emerged as winners from the two Coppa Italia 2018-19 Semi Finals, and will battle for the league cup title on May 15 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. And while the Biancocelesti may have the advantage of playing the last act at home, the Bergamaschi have no intention to stop dreaming after having eliminated Juventus and Fiorentina.
On November 11, 1995, Parma received Fabio Capello’s Milan, an invincible armada which had won three Scudetto in the previous four years. The Ducali’s starting goalkeeper was injured, but rather than resorting to his second in command, coach Nevio Scala decided to deploy an unknown 17-year-old boy. That’s how the legend of Gianluigi Buffon was born.
When they met for their second Derby di Milano in the 1981-82 season, Inter and Milan were facing two opposite situations. With 10 games left, the Nerazzurri were only four points behind the leading duo Fiorentina-Juventus. Milan, on the other hand, lied in the penultimate spot of the league table, and were desperately struggling to avoid relegation.
Higuain? No, Cutrone. Better, both. Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma in Serie A Round 2 bears the mark of the 20-year-old home grown striker, but his extra time goal wouldn’t have been possible without a providential filtering pass by El Pipita. Gennaro Gattuso’s side thus collected their first three seasonal points, in a game which saw two goals disallowed by the VAR.
Emergency operators at the Antonio Cardarelli hospital in Napoli must have recorded a sudden increase in heart attack cases last night, on the wave of the Partenopei’s umpteenth come-from-behind win in Serie A Round 2. Carlo Ancelotti’s side went down 0-2 to a solid Milan trained by Ringhio Gattuso, before reaching heaven with a 3-2 comeback.
It’s still summer football, but whoever decided the fixtures of these initial Serie A rounds knows how to capture people’s attention. The second campionato matchday sees Juventus facing a Lazio side shaken by some alleged tension between President Claudio Lotito and coach Simone Inzaghi, while Milan make their seasonal debut at Napoli.
The hype surrounding Serie A 2018-2019 has been unprecedented in the recent seasons of the Italian top flight, but not many fans will have the will to celebrate at a goal scored on a football pitch this weekend, as the whole of Italy is still shocked at the tragedy that struck the city of Genova, where last Monday a motorway bridge collapsed taking 41 lives.
Winning at home, in Europe, and in the world, and collect all sort of star players. That was the credo of Silvio Berlusconi’s Milan since 1986 to 2012. However, the Rossoneri have been through quite a few troubled seasons recently, passing in the hands of a somewhat mysterious Chinese management before being taken over by U.S. investment fund Elliot.