Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Poll: 2016 Predictions

With the mercato closing in a little over a week and the season opener in the books, I thought today would be a good time to take a poll to see where everyone thinks we’ll be in the league at the end of December when we face Juventus in the Super Coppa. That would hopefully be after the club sale closes, and looking into a mercato with €100m to potentially spend thanks to the Sino Europe group. So take the polls and feel free to let us know why you voted the way you did or whatever in the comment section.

What do YOU think?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Milan 3, Torino 2: Diversion

First I have to say that one diversion for me were Torino’s away kits. They all looked like beauty pageant contestants, with a sash that said “Suzuki.” So I kept giggling thinking that they were all apparently competing in a Mr. Suzuki pageant or something. But giggling aside, winning our season opener was such a positive for Milan. We had only won one of the past five openers, so it was really important. And with a fairly empty San Siro, the win will be important for coming matches, too. But the win was also a bit of a diversion from the issues of recent years and even weeks, a very refreshing diversion  indeed.

Always good to see this kind of action

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Milan-Torino Preview: Karma

When your eccentric billionaire owner runs your club into the ground, then twists the knife in your back by inexplicably firing the best thing that happened to the club in recent years, then proceeds to trash that coach in the media, you have to know that it’s all going to come back and haunt you. The coach who was fired, is of course Mihajlovic, and he is bringing Torino to the San Siro to haunt us. Though historically, Milan have done well against Torino, the summer fixtures are reversed this time around. So a Milan win or even a draw would be a great way to start the season, but beware of Karma.

Montella says this team is ready for Torino, even if what we saw on the pitch says otherwise

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quattro Stelle: 2006 - Semifinals & Final

This is the twelfth and final post in a weekly series highlighting Italy’s four World Cup wins from qualifications to the finals. Read the eleventh post here.

Although it has now been ten years, I remember Italy’s 2006 win like it was yesterday. And even if the events off the pitch seem to still impact Italian football, I will always remember that day when talent triumphed over greed, football over corruption. Nothing can take away the exquisite joy of Italy lifting its fourth World Cup.

The game of the tournament

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Podcast: Transformation

It’s hard to believe what has and hasn’t happened this summer. With a preliminary agreement finally in place, an unimpressive preseason, and a very light mercato, fans are left to meter their excitement with a large dose of reality. With the new season starting up before the physical transformation of the club and our team, it’s harder to be excited or optimistic about the first half of our season. I think most fans are watching as closely to see what happens off of the pitch with our transformation.

Changes in ownership and management... will the players on the pitch follow suit?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Preseason Anxiety

Last summer at this point, we were at least cautiously optimistic, with the club having invested approximately €90m during the transfer window. We also had a coach who had a good track record and was very passionate and outspoken (translation: easy to believe in.) So although we were still missing some pieces and still clinging to some dead weight, many fans really believed we could get back into Europe last season. But this year… it’s all so strange. When the preliminary agreement to sell the club was signed, some people acted like we won the lottery. But it’s really more like when your dad takes a new job at a new company and there is the opportunity in the future for more pay, but you need new shoes now. With the sale delayed for so long, we are limping into this season with a very minimal mercato and a coach who doesn’t have as much success under his belt. Plus, those friendlies… some of the scorelines ended okay, but if you watched the games, it was more than enough to give you preseason anxiety.

That's his confident face

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Is Milan Better Than a Newly Promoted Bundesliga Side?

What kind of gameshow is this, that fans wait all summer for their hopes and dreams, only to be disappointed both on and off the pitch? And tomorrow that gameshow takes us to Germany. Freiburg, specifically. To play a friendly with the newly promoted Bundesliga team who copied our kit color scheme this year. A Milan side prior to 2012 would be expected to dominate this match with our bench players. But given the performances thus far this summer, you just have to sit back and ask yourself: Is Milan better than a newly promoted Bundesliga side?

The German version of a red and black first kit, a white second kit, and an army green third kit

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quattro Stelle: 2006 - Round of 16 and Quarterfinals

This is the eleventh and penultimate post in a weekly series highlighting Italy’s four World Cup wins from qualifications to the finals. Read the tenth post here.

The knockout stages would feature a big change at this World Cup - the loss of the “Golden Goal.” Instead, if the game was tied at the end of regulation, the teams would play two 15 minute overtime periods, regardless of any goals. Following this, the match would be determined by a penalty shootout.

The new Added Extra Time (a.e.t.) rule alone would be applied once in the Round of 16 and again in the semifinals until a result was produced. The a.e.t. rule plus penalty shootouts would be used once in the Round of 16, twice in the quarterfinals, and most memorably in the final.

A photoshopped pic is worth 20 cards

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Notorious Trofeo TIM

I know you’ve been waiting for this day since last year. Certainly Montolivo has, as this bizarre tournament is one of the only chances he has at lifting a trophy. In just three non-FIFA-sanctioned 45 minute matches (and possibly some penalty shoot-outs,) one lucky team will take home a trophy. A shiny, meaningless trophy. It has all of the excitement of laundry day, but without all of the clean clothes. Forget about that worldwide gathering of athletes that only happens every four years. This is the notorious Trofeo TIM.

Even if only to let him touch a trophy

Monday, August 8, 2016

Marco Fassone: Milan’s Future?

Every Milan fan should want to learn as much as possible about this man by the end of the sale closing later this year. (If the sale does close, that is.) Fassone has specifically been named in the paperwork to become the CEO of Milan. And while jokes about his appearance are rampant, fans might be pleasantly surprised if they google just a little further than images. Some may feel he is not an ideal candidate, but Milan could certainly do worse. And the more I learn about him, the more optimistic I am that he could be the key to Milan’s future.

It's almost as if Galliani knew Marco Fassone would be taking his job