Sunday, July 5, 2015

Poll: Who is the Signing of the Season So Far?

After three years of dredging lower league teams for free transfers, Milan seems to have been somehow awakened and making the changes fans have been begging for. From a new coach to some older players leaving to a few new signings, everything is looking up. But if you had to pick just one person who will make this season for us, who would it be? Would it be Mihajlovic? One of the players who was finally shown the door? Or one of the new signings where we actually spent €8m-€30m for?

A few of the right kinds of changes and we have a whole new team

Friday, July 3, 2015

Raduno 2015

“Raduno” is the Italian word for “rally.” More specifically the first time the players return to Milanello for the beginning of a new season. For this season, that happens today. With the changes in the squad being so on point so far this summer, there is a new air of optimism amongst fans. For the first time in at least three years, it feels like we are actually starting a new season, beginning anew. Too bad those spoiled political brats of the Curva Sud might miss out on it, having made a statement that they will not participate as usual prior to Galliani making it rain. I mean it’s not like fans should show up for a rally for their team to kick off the season or anything. Whatever. For the rest of us, this raduno represents hope and healing, a renewal of faith in the team we have not been able to quit these past few years. Benvenuto.

Declining the invitation this year will be the "fans" of the Curva Sud. Their loss.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Out With the Old, In With the New

There has been so much focus so far this summer on which players might be coming in at Milan that it seemed an almost unexpected surprise yesterday that so many contracts were rescinded or expired. A refreshing surprise, too, as fans realized that some of the players who have been such a weight and a burden to this team are finally gone. Who knew that we could strengthen the team so much by losing a few key players? Perhaps fortifying the team as much as bringing in some quality players might do? So while the mercato is now officially open and rumors are multiplying exponentially, let’s say goodbye to the outgoing players and hello to the new players.

We've freed the beast

Monday, June 29, 2015

Guess Who’s Coming to Milanello?

I cannot tell whether it is fear or excitement that surrounds the players’ upcoming return to Milanello on Friday. The hope and optimism for the mercato that swelled with news of the agreement with Bee Taechaubol crashed and burned like the Hindenburg when Galliani’s initial transfer attempts failed miserably. So now Galliani has been working overtime, planning a mercato like it’s 1986. The co-ownership deadline was last Thursday, contracts are expiring tomorrow, and the mercato officially opens on Wednesday. Yet with so little tied up so far, it leaves us all to ask: Guess who’s coming to Milanello?

Working overtime to figure out a plan for this mercato

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mister Mihajlovic

Never say never, that is the first lesson Mihajlovic learned after being asked to coach AC Milan. Fans were very quick to remember his promise that he would “never” coach Milan. And yet when the opportunity arose, he jumped on it, a decision that may just prove to be mutually beneficial. After seven years of experience as a head coach and two years as an assistant coach, it seems the perfect time to take the reins of a club like Milan. And for Milan, he may just be the perfect coach to steer us out of this mess. It is with a surprising amount of optimism that I welcome Sinisa Mihajlovic to Milan.

He's played and coached for club and country, can he bring Milan back to greatness?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mister Inzaghi: A Belated Farewell

It’s a bit belated, but it’s the least I could do to honor a Milan legend like Filippo Inzaghi. After saying goodbye to him as a player three years ago, I don’t even know if I could wax so eloquent this time around. But after two years coaching in the youth sector and this past year coaching the first team, we are parting ways again. Only this time we don’t know if he’ll ever be back. And no one could blame him if he didn’t ever come back after the way he was treated by the club. But it’s impossible for me not to say a proper goodbye to the man who gave everything he had to Milan, even if in the end it wasn’t enough. So for you, Super Pippo, a belated farewell.

The results may have gone missing, but you made up for it in passion

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Podcast: Party Like It’s 1986

1986 was an important year for Milan’s history. It was the year that Silvio Berlusconi bought the club, beginning the years of big spending and no accountability. It was also the beginning of Sinisa Mihajlovic’ senior playing career. And it’s the year that seems to keep on giving, as Galliani seems stuck in the year 1986 as far as his transfer dealings, and now we have Mihajlovic, former Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio, and Inter player as the coach who is supposed to pull us out of a slump that is actually worse than where we were in 1986. So there’s nothing to celebrate, but for this podcast, we’re going to party like it’s 1986.

Not sure if moving forward or stuck in 1986

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yellow Tie

Despite my usual cautious approach to the mercato, waiting until things are official, I am pissed off. Not that I expected as much as some people did after the agreement with Mr. Bee, since I’ve maintained that there’s no actual money until the deal is official. Nor did I agree with all of the transfer targets necessarily, at least not under the current state of Milan. But we desperately needed a young, talented midfielder. Whether or not that was Kondogbia may never be known. Instead, Inter get to find out. Inter. Our cross town rivals and orchestrators of Calciopoli. We should have never even let them into the race for Kondogbia, and now he is theirs. I think it’s time to hang up the yellow tie.

Never trust a man with this many yellow ties.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mauro Tassotti: Unsung Hero

There is a saying “always a bridesmaid, never the bride,” which seems like a strange phrase to use for a footballer. But it couldn’t be more applicable to Tassotti, who spent his entire career being a backup to other stars. In fact, so much so, that now when he supposedly is finally leaving Milan after 35 years, I have heard nothing official about his departure yet, although it seems to be happening. Both in his playing career and his coaching career, he is truly an unsung hero.

Only glimpses at the spotlight, usually in the background, but always a part of greatness

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Milan Martyrs

Many fans have spoken of their disgust for the way that Milan has treated its legends in recent years. From pushing them out, not even calling them before announcing they wouldn’t be renewed or giving the captain’s armband away, to pushing them into retirement and hiring them as a coach only to fire them or to give them a squad that no one could coach. To say nothing of the fact that so few even work for the club, they are treated like strangers in their own family. For a club that is known for its family-like relationships, it’s almost criminal that so many legends have become Milan martyrs.

Don't mess with our heroes