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All week we will be unveiling the winners of our Team of the Year voting with a mixture of regular and guest writers. Here’s your winner for the trequartista position, as Francesco Pizzolla explains Kevin-Prince Boateng arrived at Milan under curious circumstances. The German-born Ghana international had impressed at the 2010 World Cup and caught the eye of Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi. Preziosi bought Boateng and brought him to Serie A. However, after undergoing a medical with the Rossoblu and [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Jun - 22 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

As recently as a month ago, not many people could say they had heard of Stephan El Shaarawy. Serie B can be very hard to follow (in Italy as well as abroad) and very few could say they had seen the fantasista work his magic on the pitch. Fast-forward one month and the 18 year-old is on the way to becoming a household name. After some stunning performances in the Serie B Promotion Playoffs, the Genoa-owned player attracted the attention [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Jun - 22 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

The news had been swirling around for quite some time that Andrea Pirlo and Milan would part ways at the end of this season, and while many fans hoped he would come to an agreement with the Rossoneri, it was finally made official this week that Pirlo would be leaving. After 10 years and over 400 appearances with the club, Andrea Pirlo decided it was time for a new experience. I think it’s safe to say that Milan fans everywhere [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On May - 20 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

At the end of the 2009/2010 season, Milan were at a crossroads. The Rossoneri hadn’t won anything important since 2007 when Kaka carried an aging squad to a surprise Champions League victory. Domestically, Milan hadn’t been crowned champions of Italy since 2004. Even worse, rivals Inter had just won the last 5 Scudetti and came off the best season in their entire history, winning a unprecedented treble. Reports started to swirl around that Silvio Berlusconi had lost interest and was [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On May - 13 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

After a fantastic performance in the derby vs. Inter, Milan had to prove to the calcio world that they were in fact the top side in Serie A this season with an important match in Florence versus Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Fiorentina. With Inter defeating Chievo and cutting the lead to -2 again and high-flying Napoli winning in Bologna and reaching Milan in the table, the match against Fiorentina was without a doubt a must-win. The greatest thing Milan gained from the [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Apr - 13 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It’s amazing what a little bit of rest can do. For Milan, it transformed a squad that was demoralized, tired, and out of ideas into a squad that was focused, determined, confident, and most of all, victorious. The most important derby since 2003 ended 3-0 in Milan’s favor, and if you believe in omens, the last time Milan had won both derbies in a season was in 2003/2004 when Milan last won the Scudetto. With seven games left to go, [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Apr - 4 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

We asked Francesco Pizolla and TB to preview the biggest game in Serie A this season. This Saturday, at 20:45 CET, the most important Milan derby in recent years will take place. This is probably the most important derby since the 2003 Champions League semi-final derby, and Christian Abbiati even stated a few days ago that the atmosphere surrounding the Milan camp at the moment is very similar to how it was in 2003. As much as you read from [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Apr - 1 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Milan will go into next week’s hugely important derby in the exact way they didn’t want to: Only 2 points ahead of Inter. If hypothetically Inter do go ahead and wind up winning this Scudetto, Milan fans will most certainly look back at these last two results as the results that compromised the season. The match against Palermo was difficult to watch, a hopeless Milan side failing miserably at getting a result. If the match had lasted even 90 more [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Mar - 23 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

  As the final whistle blew Sunday afternoon at the San Siro, Milan players and fans knew that an opportunity had been lost. Inter had surprisingly drawn against relegation-troubled Brescia (goal scored by known Milanista Andrea Caracciolo), and Milan stepped onto the pitch vs. Bari knowing they could extend their lead to +7 at the top of the table. The game vs. Bari obviously looked easy on paper: Bari were last place with 16 points, had one foot in Serie [...]

Posted by Francesco Pizzolla On Mar - 16 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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