Monday, March 30, 2015

Podcast: International Broken

Usually it seems like there isn’t as much going on during international breaks for Milan fans. But despite having fewer players called up than we have in a long time, there is actually a lot to talk about. And it’s not just Milan’s performances or even the players who were called up by their national teams. The Curva Sud are still demanding answers and there are changes being made in Serie A, too. And yet it still kind of feels like instead of a just an International break, things everywhere in Italy are just simply broken.

Conte's only two fans and Milan's only two Italian players originally called up this break

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gunnar Nordahl: Il Cannoniere

During this International break, I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at a Milan legend who gave up his right to represent his country in order to sign with Milan. If you’ve ever heard of the epic Gre-No-Li trio, he was the “No” in the Gre-No-Li. He is also the only player still to have won the capoconnoniere (top scorer) title five times in Serie A. So many goals, so many records, from such humble beginnings. Like other legendary players and coaches, Gunnar Nordahl is permanently etched into Milan history. In fact, he is known in Serie A as “Il Cannoniere,” or the gunner.

A giant of a man, a legend of a player

Thursday, March 26, 2015

International Call of Duty

For anyone claiming that this side has more quality than Allegri’s sides, their International teams would beg to differ, even considering injuries. While this is probably the lowest number of international callups from Milan I can remember for some time, we do still have a few proud players representing their countries during this international break.

Luckily Conte hasn't watched Cerci this season so he still go the callup

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ask Not What Milan Can Do For You, Ask What You Can Do For Milan

The Curva Sud go to every match, wave their flags, bring clever banners, make amazing coreo for all to see, then sing and chant for 90 minutes to try to lift their team to victory. Well…. almost every match. Because, you see, sometimes they feel a little entitled, and want to put their agenda ahead of supporting their team. We all have been frustrated in recent years and can understand why they might ask for something in return for their sacrifices. But there is no contract to being a fan. Their support is not solicited, they chose to do those things, to spend their time and their money, and the club never promised them anything in return. As a fan, you either support your team through thick and thin, or you don’t. On Sunday, the Curva Sud didn’t. And although their presence was missed by all of the players and others, it was the members of the Curva Sud who missed out the most. Which begs the question… what is the role of a fan in these dark times? I present to you an unpopular view: Ask not what Milan can do for you, ask what you can do for Milan.

Love and devotion should be in good times and in bad

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Milan 3, Cagliari 1: With or Without You

Milan are the new Relegation Beaters™. Milan have only won three Serie A matches this calendar year, and they have all been against the three teams in the relegation zone. Today’s match came at an important time, though, as fans and the media have built expectations and disappointments into such a frenzy, one that has greatly impacted the morale of the team as well as fans all over the world. So the decisive 3-1 win was a welcome distraction from all of the rumors and negativity surrounding the club. And they even pulled off the win without the Curva Sud, the fans who claim to support the team but missed a decent game tonight so that they could go get their pedicures or whatever. That’s right, Curva Sud, Milan will find a way to win on the pitch with or without you.

A reason to celebrate, too bad some people didn't come to the party

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Milan-Cagliari Preview: The Smoking Gun

As if either team’s fans weren’t aware of the season they’ve fallen victim to, Saturday night’s showdown features two coaches whose futures are also suspect. With Cagliari in the relegation zone, 4 points behind 17th and Milan in a shameful 10th place, tied with next week’s opponent, both teams will be desperate to grab the three points. But win, lose, or draw, come Sunday morning in the media and for the fans, it will be the coaches who will be the smoking gun.

Will Smoking Man be the smoking gun?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Coaching Conundrum

First there was Conte. After undermining and then firing Seedorf last season, Milan let it slip out that Inzaghi was not their first choice last summer, and that Conte had agreed to terms with the club before waiting it out for the National Team. So it was inevitable that when Inzaghi’s Milan started to slip, that more rumors would begin. Amongst the forerunners, Fiorentina’s Montella, who has been linked by the press to Milan so many times in the past, but has always denied any approach from Milan. And then Conte again, as his results with Italy have been lacking. So with a shortage of options, the press quickly grabbed onto the news that Milan had inquired about Empoli’s Maurizio Sarri. But is he really the man Milan need?

It's lonely at the top... even lonelier in 10th place

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fiorentina 2, Milan 1: Rainy Days and Mondays

It kind of seems like Milan have been all “Rainy Days and Mondays” all season long. What started as a bizarre comedy has turned into a downward spiral that is now just like a giant black hole. Or at least that’s how my heart feels after watching Milan play. It gets so hard to even see anything good anymore, even though there usually are positives. They are just overshadowed by journalists rallying the cry for Pippo’s head and social media following them like mindless drones. But even if you can look past all of the senseless noise, it’s downright depressing to be a Milan fan this year. So the rain in Florence was very appropriate tonight as Milan gave up another lead, at least this time to a team above us on the table.

Contrary to popular belief, the minute of silence was not to mourn Milan's season. (it was for a ref who died, people)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fiorentina-Milan Preview: Second Chances

Less than two years ago, Fiorentina’s Champions League qualification spot was left up to fate, or more specifically a particular Milan team and Fiorentina's Tuscan rivals, Siena. In that last game of the 2012-13 season, Milan were awarded a soft penalty to equalize, both teams were on ten men, and then Mexes of all people scored the winner to give Milan the coveted third place instead of Fiorentina. The controversy was voiced quite loudly by Viola supporters, as they claimed their rivals threw the game, having nothing to lose, and accused Milan of getting too many penalties, the ref of foul play, amongst other things. But Monday they could possibly get a second chance at a third place spot, not ironically by taking down the team that “stole” their third place finish two years ago. But then again, Milan could use a second chance or two these days, too.

De Jong scored against Fiorentina in October, but he's injured now... will someone else step up?