Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The De Sciglio Dilemma


I thought I had seen it all… the Curva Sud marring Maldini’s farewell forever… fans surrounding both Milan’s and Genoa’s busses and then threatening our players with sticks… the ridiculously excessive abuse of Montolivo by fans who don’t even know why they hate him, they’re just parroting what everyone else is saying. But this takes the cake. Shoving a 24 year-old player’s parents and threatening and insulting him in a parking garage while they simply tried to go home? Why? Because of rumors. Two newspapers with absolutely no credibility reported that De Sciglio is going to Juventus. Like they’ve done for over a year now. The difference being, I guess, the takeover? I don’t know. What they did was so morally reprehensible. And yet the fact that they did it because of completely unfounded rumors… I don’t even know where to begin.

He's played for Milan longer than many of those who criticize him have "supported" the club

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Milan 1, Empoli 2: Some Things Never Change


They say that old habits die hard and some habits die harder than others. To be fair, Empoli were playing for their proverbial Serie A lives, and credit is to be given to them, especially Skorupski. But in this match, Milan were haunted by what Mihajlovic called “the ghosts of Milan.” We saw defensive errors, an inability to score, conceding on a set piece… just like old times. And there may or may not be a correlation to the fact that Montolivo was back on the bench and Galliani came to watch the match. I’ll let you decide. But it also impacted the fans, who behaved like entitled douchebags. Some things never change.

"Yeah, Montella told Montolivo to warm up. Can you believe it?!!"

Milan vs. Empoli: Perception



After all Milan have been through, and now this. It’s devastating.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Milan-Empoli Preview: To the Pain


In the movie “The Princess Bride,” the hero, Westley, challenges the villain, Prince Humperdinck, to a duel. Not to the death, but to the pain. Like Westley, who had suffered immeasurable pain and even death only to be brought back to life by true love, AC Milan has suffered immeasurably these past five years. Still weak from the suffering, Milan’s sale is hoping to bring new life back to the club, our one true love. Empoli are near death… er… relegation, but still five points clear at this point. So Milan need to fight them to the pain… close enough so that they can still hear the shriek of every child at the sight of the 17th place club, just above relegation, wallowing in freakish misery in Serie A.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Back to Work


The Derby dust has settled, the closing is official, and Yonghong Li has returned to China. Berlusconi is counting his money and Galliani is probably not renting a bicycle or eating at Giannino. The media are busy pulling names out of hats and creating stories about bringing every single footballer in the world to Milan, and the fans are dutifully believing all of it. All of this can only mean that it’s time to go back to work.

The letters have cooled on those kits, now it's time to make good on all of those promises

Monday, April 17, 2017

Podcast: Finally


After eleven months of uncertainty, the sale of Milan finally closed. The 31 year legacy of Berlusconi is over. But this new ownership raises as many questions as it brings answers. And speaking of answers, after Inter came into the Derby with a two point lead at halftime, Milan’s defenders came back with two goals of their own to answer. So recording right after that match, you can imagine what kind of conversation this was.

Celebrating with the new management after the Derby

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inter 2, Milan 2: Epic Karma


The irony was not lost on me. In November, Milan suffered a heartbreaking 2-2 draw in the Derby with a goal scored in the dying minutes of stoppage time. So it was only fitting that we should show Inter the same kindness today. And that draw feels like a win, considering the difference in our quality of players. And quality of coreo. The Curva Sud created a Robin Hood themed coreo whose second banner said “Every city has its problems,” aimed at Inter. We definitely won that one. But what a perfect result for us today, who were definitely the underdogs on the pitch. And what epic Karma for Inter.

"Milano: Every city has its problems"

Friday, April 14, 2017

Inter vs. Milan: Lunchtime



“Tastes like chicken”

Inter vs. Milan Preview: Of Serpents and Devils


People are still talking about the closing of the sale of Milan, as well they should be. Particularly since we are getting our first look at the new management today with the big press conference. But like the evil, all-knowing eye of Sauron, my focus has turned completely to the Derby. Because, hello? It’s the Derby. And not just any Derby. One that will likely matter if one team gets a Europa League spot or not. One that finds both teams on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to both their quality of players and their form. A tale of the lowly Biscione, or serpents, and the mighty (if a bit downtrodden) Diavoli, or devils. The Derby is always a tasty treat, but this one is shaping up to be spectacular.

Artwork from the wall in the tunnels of San Siro shows how the story is supposed to end

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Closing...?


It’s the only thing that could begin to distract from the Derby. A Derby with both teams separated by only two points. Both clubs aiming for a Europa League spot. Inter have more quality players, but Milan have better form and more heart. A game that could be one of the biggest of the year, and yet two days ahead of it, we are talking about something else. The only thing that is bigger than the Derby is the closing of the sale of the club.

Cartoon artist @Valerio Marini on the takeover