The season started, the mercato ended, there was an International break. Oh and there was big news about the sale of the club. So much to talk about, some good, some not so much. But amidst all of the news, the progress toward the sale of the club stands out the most, and gives fans a reason to hope.

A new season calls for an important guest, so of course I turned to the President of the Curva Sud America, the legendary Francesco. If you want to be amongst the most important Milan fans, y ou must follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. This time around, we tried to touch on a lot of Milan news, including:

  • News of the Week: Shevchenko speaks, Champions League changes, Milan Glorie, Gattuso’s back, Ciao Umberto Gandini, Milan Ladies honored by the Mayor of Milano, the wage report, Supercoppa news, Milan twins, Balo is back
  • International Break: recapping Milan players who played 
  • Season Update: reviewing the matches to date
  • Mercato Wrapup: players in and out
  • Injury Update: players on the training table
  • Sale of the Club Update: discussing the progress of the sale
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

 

Thanks yet again to the legendary Francesco for some great Milan conversation. Go to Twitter now and follow him @FrancescoPetra8, all of the best Milan fans do.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT

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. 

With so many changes and a new season on the horizon, I needed a big name guest, so of course I turned to the fantastic Gio of Rossoneri TV. Follow him on Twitter @RossoneriTV and be sure not to miss a single video by subscribing to his YouTube channel Rossoneri TV. He is also one of the admins for the Milan Club Montreal, so be sure to follow @ACMClubMTL. To catch up on all of the big news, we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Third kit debut, Forbes assessment, watch out for Gattuso, how did Boateng find a new club?, Milan TV interview, Milan Ladies
  • Sale of the Club: discussing the preliminary agreement
  • Marco Fassone: a little bio on our new CEO-to be
  • Mercato News: players in and out
  • Friendlies: catching up the summer preseason
  • Montella: talking his tactics so far
  • Injuries: who’s on the training table right now
  • Season Preview: the main issues and early fixtures this year

 Thanks once again to the amazing Gio for some great conversation in the face of a very bleak time at Milan. Follow him on Twitter @RossoneriTV and subscribe to his channel Rossoneri TV. Also be sure to follow Milan Club Montreal.

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:04am PDT

Whatever the opposite of news is, that’s where Milan is out. Everything is on hold until the sale of the club is resolved, one way or the other. And that date keeps getting pushed back and pushed back. Meanwhile, everyone else’s mercato is rolling on and our transfer targets are being signed one by one… by other clubs. Still, there are always things to talk about, so even if we’re all so stressed out, we’re still Milan fans… for now. 

For my part in Milan’s commitment to youth, I found an awesome new guest who also hails from the West Coast here in the U.S. His name is Pierluca, and you should absolutely follow him on Twitter at @PierlucaCalcio. Despite our massive concerns about the club and all of our frustrations, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: The Primadonna Curva Sud, new coaches, attention starved, Zapata’s surgery, Ciao Tassotti, new away kit, shut up Wanda, Serie A & Coppa Italia fixtures coming up
  • Bordeaux Friendly: nothing to write home about
  • Mercato News: youth players out
  • Future of the Club: Does the club even have a future?

Thanks again to the awesome Pierluca for some great conversation in the face of a very bleak time at Milan. Follow him on Twitter @PierlucaCalcio

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:03am PDT

A new coach is the start of a new era. How long that era will last largely depends on how much power Berlusconi is given, if the rumors of the club’s impending sale are true. But for now, it’s a new coach, a new season, and a new mercato. Nothing says new like revamping your website and club channel, too. But will Milan’s past come back to haunt them? Or will we finally change for the good? This week the spotlight is on one man, the one they call l’Aeroplanino, to see if he can get us back to winning ways.

Speaking of winning ways, my guest this time was the legend himself, Vinny of @RedCardWeekly. You may also know him as one of the admins of the Milan Club Montreal. We discussed all things Montella plus:

  • News of the Week: The Honorable Honda, new look to Milan media, expired contracts, update on the sale of the club
  • Mercato News: Exits and new player
  • International News: Players representing their national teams
  • New Coach: looking at Montella

 Thanks again to Vinny for the great convo. Follow @RedCardWeekly for the very occasional tweet, and follow @ACMClubMTL because it’s the best Milan club in the world.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:23am PDT

In the mostly quiet lull that we are all forced to endure while negotiations for the sale of the club continue, there isn’t a lot to talk about that is concrete. But there are a couple of little tournaments going on and a few things that are known. So give a listen and feel free to join in the conversation as we are waiting and speculating.

For this podcast, I called upon the legendary cofounder of Milan Obsession, Jovan. If you are new to the blog, you missed out on his epic posts here, but at least you can listen to is brilliant wisdom now:

  • News of the Week: Dumb things, Inter ahead again, negotiation update, Berlusconi’s health, Youth team win, I get to see Donnarumma
  • Former Player News: so many ex-Milan players
  • International News: players representing their national teams
  • Mercato News: contract extensions
  • Milan’s Next Coach: what should Milan be looking for?

Thanks again to Jovan for the fantastic chat in the midst of so much unknown. And good luck with that Euro bet.

 

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:59pm PDT

If you thought there wasn’t a lot going on at Milan, think again. Or I guess I should say that if you thought things were bad at Milan, think again. They can always get worse. Especially with the season over, the only entertainment is Berlusconi’s concept of a joke. And it’s more criminal than entertaining. With so much at stake but so little actually happening, many are questioning their fanship, and with good reason. For those of us who are still loyal to the club, we realize that the M in Milan is for masochism.

Longsuffering fans are getting harder to find, but when you find them, you know they are the best of fans. For this podcast, I found one of the best, Gio from Rossoneri TV. You can follow him on Twitter @RossoneriTV and his YouTube channel, rossoneritv.com is a must subscribe and watch. Also help him rebuild the official Milan Club Montreal by following @ACMClubMTL. Sifting through the good and the bad post season, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Cesare Maldini honored, Abbiati disappointed, new team for Mihajlovic, Oddo back in Serie A?, Champions League gap widens, FIFA better watch out, 3 more years of #TEKITANKA, party at Casa Milan
  • Mercato News: extensions and new signing
  • International News: players representing their national teams
  • Gigio Donnarumma: serious fangirling
  • Milan’s Future: what’s at stake and what’s been said

Thanks again to Gio for commiserating with me and discussing all things Milan. Follow him on Twitter @RossoneriTV and subscribe to his awesome YouTube channel rossoneritv.com. Also help him rebuild the official Milan Club Montreal by following @ACMClubMTL, the one club that you can be sure is properly rebuilding.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

Just when we thought Milan were finally rebuilding, Berlusconi derailed this season with only six games left. With negotiations happening for a potential sale of at least part of the club, the season left us on a giant cliffhanger with very little optimism justified. Still, out of duty or madness or some other reason, a season wrapup seemed the least we could do to maintain some loyalty. Rating the players was also difficult, so I took a high school yearbook approach to make it bearable. For me, humor is the only thing we have left, at least until the big questions are answered.

Milan fans everywhere are praying for something to finally change, so I also went to The Other Pope for guidance, Francesco. Follow him for divine Milan tweets @FrancecoPetra8. For this epic hour long podcast, we chatted about:

  • News of the Month: Maldini honor, online petitions, back to court, tackle stat, new dads, new kit, ciao Abbiati, birthday, team of the season, Rami trophy, new player, Conte crimes, BREAKING NEWS
  • Club News: shareholder meeting, negotiations, Berlusconi speaks, His Majesty
  • Serie A News: season dates, promotions, relegations, broken records, El Shaarawy success
  • Season Update: summary of recent matches
  • Player Season Ratings: ratings of all players
  • Mysteries of Milan: discussing all of the question marks about Milan

 Thanks again to Francesco for taking the time to share his thoughts on Milan at this delicate time. Follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:44am PDT

Everyone was stunned when Mihajlovic was sacked and replaced with the promoted Brocchi with only six games and a Coppa final left. After seemingly finally doing some of the right things to actually rebuild after almost four years, this took us spiraling straight down to that horrible limbo between the champions of yesteryear and the success of the future. So while we wait to see what becomes of our beloved club, all we can do is talk about what can be done to make Milan great again.

For such an important discussion, I needed a truly passionate fan, so I asked Steve, aka the Bonaventura of Milan fans. Steve didn’t let his fame from @RedCardWeekly go to his head, instead he founded a fantastic company called vintagepitch.com with amazing football t-shirts, which you can follow on Twitter @VintagePitch. And as if that wasn’t enough, he is involved in the relaunch of the Milan Club Montreal, or @ACMClubMTL on Twitter. We chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Niang update, Drones, Sexism, VAR technology, Panama Papers, Kobe retires, Milan’s recent loss
  • Season Update: summary of recent matches
  • Make Milan Great Again: discussion of Milan’s demise, the sacking of Mihajlovic, and how to get back to successful ways again
  • Coming Up: a look at the games ahead 

Thanks again to Steve for taking time out of his insanely busy schedule to talk Milan with me. Follow him @RedCardWeekly, @VintagePitch, and especially support the relaunched @ACMClubMTL.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT

Milan fans everywhere seem to be not only deflated, but writing off this season like the past three. However an unpopular opinion is that there has actually been quite a bit of progress and growth this season. As that is my unpopular opinion, for this conversation, we explore whether or not that is true and why and how. So listen and feel free to let me know if you agree that this year could finally be year zero in a Milan comeback.

 

This discussion required the ultimate guest, Francesco. He is a second generation Milan fan, born in Milano, and now spreading the gospel of the red and black in Argentina. Follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. In the face of technical difficulties, we discussed:

  • News of the Week: Borgonovo tribute, Conte exit, ICC tournament, Varese friendly, almost a Berlusconi confirmation, and Water Bottlegate 2016
  • Season Update: summary of recent match
  • International Update: summary of Milan players’ contributions for their national teams
  • Coming Up: a look at the games ahead

Thanks again to Francesco for being an amazing fan and for valiantly fighting the interwebs to be on this podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT

Reflecting on the Silvio years after the recent 30 year anniversary of Berlusconi buying the club, it’s important to look at all of those 30 years. Through triumphs and tragedies and trophies, how will he be remembered? As Silvio the man? Silvio the businessman? Silvio the politician? Or Silvio the owner and President of Milan? Or maybe a combination of all of those? As fans I suppose we can pick and choose, especially those of us outside of Italy. But the anniversary was worth catching up on all things Milan and having that discussion.

Following a lunchtime match at Chievo, I needed someone who was willing to stay awake so early in the morning here in North America, and that person was my good friend Vinny of Red Card Weekly fame. Like the best of celebrities, Vinny is only very occasionally on Twitter, but you can follow him @RedCardWeekly. For our early morning chat, we discussed:

  • News of the Week: Where’s Sheva?, We have a Curva?, Niang’s bad luck, shut up Inter, Berlusconi vs. Mihajlovic, new FIFA president, Video replay technology, Galliani accountability tally (The El Shaarawy Catastrophe), and Water Bottlegate 2016
  • Season Update: summary of the recent matches
  • 30 Years of Berlusconi: then and now, what could have been?
  • Coming Up: a look at the games ahead
  • Thanks again to Vinny for sacrificing sleep and sharing his views on Milan with us. Follow him @RedCardWeekly to see if there is going to be a Red Card Weekly reunion!

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT

When this podcast began three years ago as a personal challenge, I never dreamed that I would still be spending an ungodly number of hours editing these things in 2016. However, it has been so much fun to have different fans on discussing Milan, I can’t imagine life without it. All 70 of them, specifically. It has been a fun way to interact with fans on top of the blog and Twitter. So for that, along with the signs of improvement with the team and a couple of other milestones coming up later this week, it seems like it’s time to celebrate 

A milestone like this required going back to the roots of Milan Obsession, when my dear friend Jovan and I co-founded the blog. Now he is the genius mastermind of a suite of fantasy football sites, including fantasyseriea.com. While catching up on all things Milan, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: De Jong’s farewell, all things Kucka, Donnarumma the kid, Luiz Adriano hair update, Water Bottlegate 2016
  • Season Update: summary of the recent matches
  • Mercato Update: transfer updates post-mercato
  • The Demise of Inter: exquisite schadenfreude
  • Coming Up: a look ahead and an important date for 2 different reasons

Thanks again to Jovan for a great podcast and for his part in the roots of Milan Obsession. Check out fantasyseriea.com and his other sites, where it’s still not too late to get in on head to head action from now until the end of the season.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Nothing could follow the most deliciously epic Derby win on Sunday, but I had to try. I stopped my laughter and screaming and wiped away my tears of joy and set out to talk about all things Milan with a massive smile on my face. The Derby win was a moment of healing and a reprieve from all that fans have endured in the past few years, as well as a gigantic slap in the face to our most hated rivals, something fans could only dream of before today. But after the celebrations are over, there are other games to be played, and so much to look forward to.

An epic win required an epic guest, and luckily @RedCardWeekly’s Steve was available. Which is impressive given his newest venture, vintagepitch.com, where you can order some killer new vintage themed Serie A t-shirts. You can keep up on the new designs and releases by following @VintagePitch. Despite our exquisite joy following that delicious win, we were able to discuss:

  • News of the Week: Primavera success, Ely surgery, set piece woes, epic retirement, goal line technology news, coaches behaving badly, a use for Montolivo
  • Season Update: summary of the recent matches
  • Mercato Update: transfer news
  • Europe or no Europe: should Milan even qualify?
  • Coming Up: a look ahead

 

Thanks again to Steve of @RedCardWeekly for joining be back on earth after a stellar win to talk all things Milan. Go now to vintagepitch.com to order your awesome Serie A t-shirts and be sure to follow @VintagePitch on Twitter for new designs and releases.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:36am PDT

It’s so hard to keep one’s head on straight with all that has happened at Milan. We lose or draw to a relegation side, and it’s easy to go to that dark place where we have spent so much time in these past few years. We win a game, and it’s easy to start building expectations too high again because we want to return to glory so badly. And that’s just the fans. But if you look carefully, the team at least seem to be gradually improving their mentality. However there are clouds on the horizon, with changes possible in the mercato and elsewhere. With a very fragile new mentality following a big win, it’s best to explore all things Milan with a grain of salt.

 

Because this is a fan podcast, I am always looking for passionate Milan fans all over the world. This time, I found Joe, from the East coast of the United States. Recording after the Fiorentina win, we talked about:

 

  • News of the Week: Injury, speaking out, warnings, making chances, strong Serie A, Platini fail, Barbara’s wisdom
  • Season Update: summary of the recent matches
  • Mercato Update: transfer news
  • Leadership on the Pitch: should they stay or should they go?
  • Coming Up: a look ahead

 

Thanks again to Joe for a great chat and for his undying support of Milan from afar

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:50am PDT

It may be a new year, but we are nearly mid season and it seems that we are destined to remain stuck in the middle… in the middle of the table, in the middle of a neverending rebuilding, and in the middle of a crisis for fans. We are continually asking ourselves why we continue to support this club. But for many of us, there are a lot of signs of life with some of our players, and that is worth talking about. So near the midseason mark, it seemed appropriate to talk about our midseason player ratings instead of our usual search for justification of our devotion to this club.

With a new year, I needed a new guest. So I invited long-time Milan Obsession reader Nathan. Follow him on Twitter for all of his Milan opinions @NathanTManuel. You can also read his guest post from a while back. For this special epic movie and holiday edition, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Going home, marriage, family, team of the year, and schadenfreude
  • Season Update: where we are in the standings
  • Mercato Update: transfer news
  • Midseason Player Ratings: rating all Milan players on a scale of 1-10
  • Coming Up: a look ahead

Thanks again to Nathan for ringing in the New Year in Milan style. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @NathanTManuel for great opinions about Milan and more. And don’t forget to re-read his passionate guest post from last year.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:47pm PDT

There is a disturbance in the force. Can you feel it? No? Not surprising, as Milan are still struggling to discover who they are. But there are questions as to whether or not we will see an awakening in 2016. I’ve been using Star Wars as an analogy (but without any spoilers!) because it resonates with our struggles as fans, and of course because the new movie is freaking awesome. So for the last podcast of the year, there are two important messages to take: Merry Christmas and May the Force Be With You. Well, okay, there’s a little more to talk about… just listen already.

For such an epic podcast, I needed an epic guest, so of course I asked Francesco. He is my appointed President of the Curva Sud America, currently residing in Argentina. He is also an important member of The Resistance, so be sure to follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. For this special epic movie and holiday edition, we chose to chat about:

  • News of the Week: Twitter fail, Youth Sector win, ironic disappointment, nepotism doesn’t pay, transfer fails, birthday celebrations
  • Season Update: recap of recent matches
  • The Milan Awakens an epic analogy for an epic football saga
  • Coming Up: a look ahead 

Thanks again to Francesco for sharing his thoughts with us. As a Christmas gift to your timeline, follow him @FrancescoPetra8, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:57am PDT

With so many token moves from the club at the beginning of this calendar year and so many claims of moving forward, fans have subjected themselves to poor performances galore hoping to see some progress. But as one by one, things have fallen through: the deal with Mr. Bee, the stadium, and Berlusconi’s random opening of the wallet, it has become obvious that progress is not in the plans. But with the announcement that Boateng is likely to sign in January and the reports that Montolivo is set to sign a three year extension, not only are we no longer going forward, we are actually regressing.

 The victim of all of this bad news in one podcast was Pete, of pdacquaviva.com fame. If you miss his regular brilliance there, then you should follow him on Twitter at @pdacquaviva. We commiserated about:

  • News of the Week: regressing
  • Season Update: Milan’s regression
  • What the Hell, Milan? regression
  • Mihajlovic Trolling: LOL
  • Coming Up: try to avoid the upcoming matches

If you are not following Pete on Twitter @pdacquaviva, you are seriously missing out. And if you are going to reminisce about the good old days, go back and read his old posts at pdacquaviva.com Your mind will thank you.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:28pm PDT

After an extended injury break, the podcast is finally back. Hopefully, Milan get the memo and step up and give us some more good things to talk about. Until that point, like a baby deer learning to stand and then walk, Milan will most likely still be finding our footing. That process allows for successes and failures, but does not demand the consistency that most of us fans are craving. But even with a run of three consecutive wins, consistency is still very much lacking in this season. Whether it be mentality or injuries or just missing pieces still, Milan are definitely still looking to find their footing.

To bring us back online with the podcasts, it had to be David as my guest. He is the mastermind behind acmilanfinance.com and you can always find his words of wisdom on Twitter if you follow @DavidLSwan. This time we chatted about:

 

  • News of the Week: Oops, Tavecchio did it again, generous Mihajlovic, Ibra spurns Milan, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Bonera’s wisdom, Mexes’ surprise
  • Season Update: Milan’s standing & recent matches
  • Injury Update: who is still out and how long they’ll be gone
  • International Break: who is representing their national teams this week
  • Allegri vs. Milan Grudgematch: predictions for Juve-Milan
  • Coming Up: mark your calendar for the upcoming matches

Thanks again to David for an impromptu podcast on a moment’s notice. Be sure to check out his acmilanfinance.com site and absolutely follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan or you’ll be missing out.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm PDT

Recorded immediately after the disappointing and yet strangely encouraging Derby loss, this podcast was like therapy for Milan fans. Despite losing, there are still encouraging signs within the team. And yet there are bad signs financially while things look to be improving on the pitch. There have been a lot of rumors and criticism of Mihajlovic’, and yet it seems like there is a lot of solidarity and support for him, too. So above all else, it’s a good time to ask yourself: Are you on Team Mihajlovic?

Post Derby, I had to have the co-founder and former co-blogger of Milan Obsession on, the legendary Jovan. Check out fantasyseriea.com to see the amazing fantasy football game he’s created, just one of four fantasy games for four of the major leagues in Europe. In our post-Derby depression, we meandered about:

 

• News of the Week: Mister Nesta, new opening, Q&A for kids, wage bill worries, Curva Sud, Balotelli’s greatest crime

• Match Roundups: Mantova-Milan friendly, Inter-Milan Derby

• Mercato: updates on what has happened in the transfer market

• All About Mihajlovic: where does Mihajlovic stand?

• Coming Up: mark your calendar for the upcoming matches

Much thanks once again to Jovan for staying up late after the loss and blessing us with his genius. Go to fantasyseriea.com now to get in on the fun!

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:46pm PDT

After a very encouraging summer, Milan are haunted again by ghosts of the past. Curva Sud protesting, a terrible third kit, more mediocre Genoa players and free transfers, and reverting to poor performances are just a few things haunting the club now. With the mercato closing and an International break underway, it gives us a little time to reflect on where Milan is and place more realistic expectations on the season.

For this podcast, only one guest would do, and that guest is David Swan. You can find out why by following him on Twitter @DavidLSwan and checking out his fantastic acmilanfinance.com site with all things having to do with Milan finances conveniently translated into English for us. In this epic conversation, we talked about:

• News of the Week: Milan baby, Argentinian barbecue, hideous third kit, free kick dreams, Curva Sud flexing their power 

• Mercato: updates on what has happened in the transfer market 

• Match Roundups: Coppa Italia, Fiorentina-Milan, and Milan-Empoli

• International Break: Who is travelling where

            • The Return of Balotelli: worship or else 

            • Saved by the Bee? discussing the Mr. Bee deal

• Coming Up: mark your calendar for the upcoming matches

Thanks again to David for a fantastic conversation and staying up late for this podcast. Follow his fantastic Twitter account @DavidLSwan and go to his acmilanfinance.com site NOW.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_62.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:02am PDT

For three years now, we as fans were promised that it was Year Zero, that Milan was rebuilding, and that success was in the near future. Only it was never true, and “Year Zero” became like a curse word. But this year, it finally feels like it really is Year Zero, the one we were originally promised. And instead of making us curse, it feels like a party.

For the Serie A season preview, I needed some serious star power, so I used my connections to secure the amazing Steve from Red Card Weekly. You can follow him on Twitter @RedCardWeekly, and since he is humble despite his fame, you may even be able to interact with him there.

• News of the Week: heartbreaking injury, the unbelievable Mr. Bee, Roma fan douchebaggery

• Mercato: updates on what has happened in the transfer market

• Serie A News: new card accumulation rule change, Serie A anthem

• Friendlies: Audi Cup and Trofeo TIM

            • Season Predictions: our picks for Milan and the best and worst in the league 

• Coming Up: mark your calendar for the upcoming matches

Thanks again to Steve for taking time out of his busy celebrity lifestyle to bless us with his wisdom. And if you are not following him on Twitter @RedCardWeekly, then you are dead to me.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:50am PDT

For the past couple of seasons, success has seemed less plausible than someone holding onto the outside of a plane taking off. But that didn’t stop management from claiming that we were contending for the Scudetto or a Champions League spot. However, this summer, they acquired a smart coach, kicked out some players who were at least two years past their expiration date, and brought in players with quality who have a nice combination of youth and experience. And looking at how things are coming together so far, despite being premature, for the first time in a few years, reaching a top three spot finally seems like Mission Possible.

A new season, a new coach, and new players calls for a new guest. So in searching the globe for a world class guest, I ended up in Norway and found Kristian. He has contributed to the comments section of the blog and is a great fan with a very strong knowledge of both football and Milan. This time we talked about:

• News of the Week: Primavera tournament, new sponsor, Muntari making it rain, Galliani speaks, Serie A anthem, Milan’s season fixtures, FIFA presidency, Zaccardo news, mercato update

• Friendly: Real Madrid 0 (10), Milan 0 (9)

            • On the pitch: discussing strengths & weakness, our starting lineups 

• Coming Up: mark your calendar for upcoming friendlies

Thanks again to Kristian for some fantastic conversation and for being a bleeding in red and black Milan fan. Check out his comments on the blog under the screenname Kriskor.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 3:01am PDT

With so many mercato changes in place and four friendlies under our belts, the bizarre concept of optimism is beginning settle in amongst Milan fans. How long has it been since we could truly be optimistic about an upcoming season? And have some foundation for said optimism? While trying not to drown ourselves in the Kool-Aid, there certainly are a lot of signs that things are starting to look up. It’s hard not to have great expectations for the upcoming season.

 

For this conversation, I invited Milan Obsession’s favorite longstanding guest, Francesco. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8 or check out the comments section on the blog, where he is our no. 10 and captain. We talked about:

• News of the Week: Serie A schedule, team dinner, Pazzini bitches, Darmian facepalm, players left behind, Coppa Italia

• International News: Tavecchio and Conte love affair, big changes at FIFA, World Cup draw, soulless Suarez

• Friendlies: Milan 5, Alcione 1; Milan 5, Legnano 1; Lyon 2, Milan 1; and Milan 1, Inter 0

• Mercato: players in and out

             • Mercato Gossip: tossing transfer rumors around

• Coming Up: mark your calendar for upcoming friendlies

Thanks again to Francesco for repping Mauri for us and being on the podcast. Follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8 and check out the comments section on the blog to see why he’s our captain and no. 10.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:42am PDT

 There is always some level of hope as a fan, but for Milan fans, all hope was nearly beaten out of us this past three years. However what has transpired so far this summer took everyone by surprise. In fact events of the last ten days make it seem like some kind of Bizarro World, and I haven’t heard any fans complaining about the change of location. With Milan doing basically the opposite of what they have done the past several years, it is refreshing to see the changes on paper, even if we haven’t seen anything to speak of on the pitch just yet. And I know I for one am loving the change of scenery.

On my tour of Bizarro World, I invited a favorite recurring guest, Pete. If you follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva, you can catch great comments, wit, and news of his podcasts. And possibly even news of some future blogposts from his fantastic pdacquaviva.com. We talked about:

• News of the Week: Ritiro, What happened here?, Lotito’s excuse, Tassotti renews, Stadium news, #RetireBonera25

• Press Conference with Mihajlovic: recapping the entertainment

• Mercato: new players, renewals, players out, Signing of the Season, Galliani accountability

• Coming Up: mark your calendar for upcoming friendlies

*This podcast was recorded B.M. (Before Mexes) And no, it’s not a coincidence that those initials also stand for Bowel Movement.

Thanks again to Pete for a fantastic conversation. Follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva for wit, wisdom, and his fantastic “Podcast without a Plan.” Also check out his blog pdacquaviva.com for upcoming posts this season.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 3:22am PDT

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.

I invited Jovan to this party, my former Milan Obsession co-blogger and the genius behind fantasyseriea.com and his other fantasy football sites. We talked about:

• News of the Week: Serie A promotions, Mastour’s choice, Menez’ surgery, Abate’s wedding, Lyon friendly, Milan’s ticket campaign

• Mercato: deals that are done 

• Galliani: living in 1986 

• New Coach: looking at Mihajlovic 

Thanks again to Jovan for a great discussion and for sharing his valuable time with us. Check out fantasyseriea.com for the upcoming season for fun and a chance to choose your own players instead of just settling for Galliani’s free transfers.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:48am PDT

It was difficult to find much to laugh about this past season, but there were plenty of tears. Tears and pain and frustration and drinking… lots of drinking. But if you’re listening to this podcast, you probably survived, one way or the other. So trying to add a little laughter, but unwittingly causing tears, we got together to try to make some sense of what just happened this year.

For this conversation, I needed a couple of people who have bled red and black with me throughout Milan’s demise. From Argentina, we were joined by Francesco, aka the President of the Curva Sud America. He can be followed on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. Joining us from Florida was Derwuin, of @ToePokePod fame. You can follow him @D_Mendez3, if you dare. We discussed:

• News of the Week: NT callups, Ancelotti declines, Essien out, Zapata speaks out, Cerci robbed of his manhood and more, Abate to tie the knot, Blatter steps down

• Champions League Final: looking from the outside in

• Bee Taechaubol: update on the agreement to purchase a minority share 

The Golden Matri Awards™: 2015 winners (see also 2014 winners) 

• Squad Assessment: talking about players who might leave, and some that should

• Farewell: Saying goodbye to legends

Thanks again to Francesco and Derwuin for celebrating the tragedy that is Milan this season. Follow Francesco on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. Also follow Derwuin @D_Mendez3 and check out his podcast by following @ToePokePod on Twitter.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Finally the torture is over. I’ve never been so relieved for Serie A to end. Between the poor performances, worse results, Curva’s lame boycotts, and Galliani being in denial and bringing in players by the dozens, this season couldn’t end soon enough. But what’s next? Based on the things we know and the things we’ve heard and the great unknown, we talked about the state of Milan, with the focus being on management.

For an epic discussion, I needed epic guests. So joining me this time was Pete of pdacquaviva.com. You can follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva. Also joining me was David of acmilanfinance.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan. We discussed:

• News of the Week: Audi Cup, cryogenic chambers, Rami meltdown, FIFA meltdown, Paletta, @Milanello returns

• Season to Date: our final results from Serie A

• The State of Milan: Berlusconi, Galliani, Inzaghi, Ancelotti, the Squad, Barbara Berlusconi

Thanks again to David and Pete for some epic Milan conversation Be sure to follow them on Twitter @DavidLSwan and @PDAcquaviva. And checkout acmilanfinance.com and listen to the “Podcast without a Plan” at pdacquaviva.com and checkout.

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:25pm PDT

After three losses in a row, Milan won one match. And it wasn’t just any match, it was against second place Roma. And they also launched the sleek new kits, perhaps the best thing they’ve done all year. Not to lose our heads, but a lot of us were happy for this one win and the great new kits, putting us in a better mood to evaluate Milan present and speculate on Milan’s future. And to vent some frustration.

For this podcast, I asked Montreal native and lifelong Milanista Vinny to join me. He is one half of the notorious Red Card Weekly, the amazing show that was another casualty of this season. But you can still follow him on Twitter @RedCardWeekly. We had a lot of great conversation about all things Milan, including:

• News of the Week: New kit launch, ICC tournament, Galliani’s seventh place, Milan are #10, Bonera’s 200th, management restructuring 

• Season to Date: our results from Serie A

• The Mister: who should coach Milan going forward

• The Cost of Rebuilding: a discussion of FFP and Milan’s moves going forward

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

Thanks again to Vinny for some fantastic Milan conversation Be sure to follow the seriously entertaining and underfollowed @RedCardWeekly on Twitter.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:15pm PDT

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse at Milan, we lost to Udinese with a performance that would make Mary Poppins depressed. With rumors of a full-blown meltdown and Inzaghi ordering the team into ritiro until our Genoa match, there hasn’t been much to smile about this week. But maybe that is something we need to start to wrap our heads around. Even if the rumors of Berlusconi selling a majority share of the club come true, it will take more than money tor rebuild this Milan. We need to start being realistic about the future of Milan.

This time I was joined by my Milan Obsession co-founder Jovan. After his brief foray into blogging, he went on to have lots more fun by creating and developing fantasyseriea.com and three other Fantasy Football sites. But he still has time for his lifelong club Milan, as evidenced in our conversation:

• News of the Week: Meet the Mayor, Primavera success, Slumber Party at Milanello, massive losses for 2014

• Season to Date: our results from Serie A

 • The Current State of Milan: how we got here, where we are

• The Future of Milan: trying to be realistic about the speculation and rumors, especially for fans who are waiting for a miracle

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

Thanks once again to Jovan for sharing his passion and wisdom about Milan. Please check out his suite of Fantasy Football games: Fantasy Serie A, Fantasy Premier League, Fantasy Liga, and Fantasy Bundesliga. You can jump in at any time and get some good practice for next season, just like Milan should.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:31am PDT

A Derby win, or even a great performance, would have been such a gift to the fans who have suffered so much this season. But it was not to be. Instead, we got more of the same timid and inconsistent play we’ve seen all season. So disappointing. But if I’ve learned one thing this season, it’s to grasp onto any tiny amount of good, because there’s not going to be a lot more of it any time soon. With back to back wins, and a decent draw going into the derby, it was a letdown on so many levels.

Somehow having the emotional strength to record right after the Derby was our President of the Curva Sud America, Francesco, also known as p3trarch on the blog. Born in Milano and a lifelong Milanista, he truly knows what the Derby means. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. Our post-Derby conversation included:

• News of the Week: the Berlucopter returns, van Ginkel unveiled, Primavera win a trophy in Dubai, guess who’s back? 

• Season to Date: our results from Serie A 

• The Derby: commiserating the draw

• To Sell or Not to Sell: what is known and what is not

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

 Thanks once again to Francesco, especially for recording under extreme emotional distress post-Derby. Please follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8 and check out his comments on the blog.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 3:23am PDT

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. 

I was lucky enough to be joined once again by David, a rare Milan fan in England who actually has Milan season tickets and catches as many games as he can. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan (the L is for Legend) and also check out his site, acmilanfinance.com which is a fantastic reference for the business side of Milan all translated for you into English. For this episode, we chatted about:

• News of the Week: Menexes, Cesare Maldini speaks, 7th place, epic Twitter announce

• Season to Date: our results from Serie A

• Curva Sud Boycott: talking with a Curva Sud season ticket holder

• International Break: #ConteOut 

• FIGC Rule Changes: financial changes for stability

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for 

My sincerest thanks again to David for blessing us with his presence. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan and definitely check out his amazing resource of a site at acmilanfinance.com Cheers! 

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:04am PDT

Since nothing is really happening on the pitch, there isn’t a lot of football to talk about. Especially without midweek games in Europe. And there isn’t much to talk about off the pitch, either. Milan is barely treading water, and as fans, it can be hard to find anything worth talking about that hasn’t already been said. But that didn’t stop us from trying. So anyway…

Joining me once again from sunny South Florida was our very own Derwuin. You can follow him on Twitter @D_Mendez3 for his take on football and more. Also follow @ToePokePOD for updates on his podcast on Serie A that he and his Juventus frenemy will be starting up again soon. This time around, we talked about:

 

• News of the Week: Destro, Maldini, Europa League, #SaveParmaTakeInterInstead, Berlusconi, Cerci, @Milanello

• Season to Date: our results from Serie A

• Injury Crisis: can we fix it?

• How do you solve a problem like Menez?: how he really stacks up 

• Help Inzaghi: a little advice on formations, starters, subs, and more

 • Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

 

 

My thanks again to Derwuin for joining me on such short notice. Follow him on Twitter @D_Mendez3 and also follow @ToePokePOD for news on their upcoming Serie A podcasts.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:53am PDT

Train Wreck

After waking up at an ungodly hour to watch the Empoli game, my spirits were nearly at an all time low having watched such a terrible performance. The weight of years of douchebaggery just came crashing down on me with the injuries, suspensions and poor play from that match just the punctuation mark. The only plausible comparison I could conjure for where Milan is headed was a train wreck. But I’m not jumping off of this train anytime soon. It may hurt, and we may see the inevitable doom, but it’s still my Milan and I’m going to see it through.

My fellow sleep deprived Milanista this time was Pete. You will remember him from other great podcasts as well as his DAI DAI DAI blog. Or you may know him from his wise and witty comments on Twitter. Despite both being tired and despondent about Milan, we had some excellent and enlightening conversation:

• News of the Week: Galliani douchebaggery, Berlusconi xenophobia, Mastour’s surgery, Paletta’s hair

• Season to Date: results from Serie A

• Squad Analysis: how bad is it?

• The Berlusconi Conundrum: Will he sell? What’s in it for him? And more…

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for 

• Happy Birthday: milestones of the Milan Obsession blog, podcast, and more

My thanks again to Pete for excellent conversation despite his sleep deprived state. Check out his fantastic blog at pdacquaviva.com and definitely follow him on Twitter, too.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:29am PDT

Three points and a pre-Galliani Day™ shopping spree have Milan fans feeling some optimism again. But should we be optimistic? If hindsight is 20/20, then definitely not. But if you look carefully, there are some strands of hope we can perhaps cling to. But then again, we face Juventus this week, so if that doesn’t beat the optimism out of you then you may want to see a medical professional about that.

Keeping him up late after the Parma game with a cold, I had the privilege of chatting with my Milan Obsession co-founder, Jovan. Of course he moved on to create the best fantasy football sites for the four major leagues, including fantasyseriea.com. We explored the current state of Milan, including:

• News of the Week: Mexes meltdown, injuries, Honda at the Asian Cup, Ariedo Braida, the outline for the new stadium plans, and the Curva Sud speak.

• Season to Date: results from the league and the Coppa Italia

• Mercato Update: the latest news on Milan transfers ahead of Galliani Day™ 

• Inzaghi’s Report Card: how he has done so far, what to expect and whether or not he should stay 

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

My thanks again to Jovan for his especially while being under the weather. Please check out his amazing fantasy football games like the Serie A one at fantasyseriea.com

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:43am PDT

Milan are in crisis mode again, or at least that’s what I’ve read. But between unrealistic expectations, poor results, a poor squad, and fans behaving badly, perhaps the trouble is not exactly what some think it is. But then again, if everyone thinks it, then Milan really are in trouble. Perspective is a very powerful thing. But perhaps the lack thereof is actually the trouble with Milan after all.

 

This time I chatted with Milano native and second generation Milanista Francesco, the original Milan Obsessed fan and President of the Curva Sud America (according to me, anyway.) When he’s not posting comments on the blog, he sometimes tweets @FrancescoPetra8, so do follow him. For this crisis Milan podcast, we talked about:

 

 

• News of the Week: Goal line technology, Taarabt still talking, injury woes

• Season to Date: results from the league and the Coppa Italia 

• Mercato Update: the latest news on Milan transfers

• Milan Fan Rants: Anger, expectations, and class 

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

Many thanks again to Francesco for his time and willingness to share his views. Please follow him  @FrancescoPetra8 on Twitter to make sure he’s still alive in that God forsaken country.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:32am PDT

That's Life

Milan have managed a treble this season… well if friendly trophies count for a treble, anyway. Which has got Milan fans everywhere dreaming big… maybe a little too big. After seeing our players drive Audis on a racetrack, sit in a Fly Emirates flight simulator, win awards that no one has heard of before and otherwise life the good life in Dubai and then beat Real Madrid in a friendly, it’s easy to get carried away. But it’s also important to remember where the club has been recently and consider what could be happening in the upcoming mercato. Things seem to be looking up, but Milan fans know all too well that things are not always what they seem to be at Milan anymore. That’s life.

I was joined once again by Vinny, whom you may remember from that awesome YouTube sensation Red Card Weekly. He reportedly talks about Milan around the clock, even in his sleep, but you can catch his occasional tweets by following @RedCardWeekly. For this holiday podcast, we talked about:

• News of the Week: Globe Soccer Awards, Zeman fired again

• Adventures in Dubai: Real Madrid friendly and trophy count

• Squad Turnover: based on The Transition, how many players have come in and out of the club since Summer of 2012

• Mercato Forecast: Update and predictions

• Coming Up: Upcoming matches and what to look for

Many thanks again to Vinny for the great Milan conversation. You definitely need to follow the seriously underfollowed @RedCardWeekly on Twitter for his occasional but brilliant wit and wisdom.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:21am PDT

Dear Santa

Milan surprised at the beginning of the season, and again in the last two fixtures, with a win vs. Napoli and a draw with second place Roma. So we go into the holidays in seventh place, but only two points behind third place. These results have people dreaming of more than just sugarplums, but will Santa deliver the goods this Christmas for Milan fans? And if so, what exactly is it that he is supposed to deliver? What part of this season is fantasy and what part of it is reality? With pleas to Santa and coming off of a surprise result, Milanisti everywhere have plenty to talk about this Christmas break.

My guest this time was Dave, the Milanista, comedian, teacher, new father, and former Bodega clerk of the fabulous @DaveLambComedy Twitter account. In his spare time, he writes the amazing game previews on pdacquaviva.com. For this holiday podcast, we talked about: 

• News of the Week: Goal line technology, territorial discrimination, budget deficit, Happy 115th Milan 

• Season to Date: Update on the season

• Marketing vs. Football: also known as Barbara vs. Galliani

• Dear Santa: The most depressing fan wish list ever

• Coming Up: What’s up next

Thanks again to Dave for taking time out of his busy holiday schedule to chat. He is definitely underfollowed on Twitter, so help us change that by following him @DaveLambComedy. Also read his match previews on pdacquaviva.com for a fantastic read every time.

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:16am PDT

Since the last podcast, Milan produced a draw, a win, and then a loss, and have two big games looming before the end of the calendar year. We are still in search of consistency, and waiting for this team to make the San Siro a fortress again. The fans seem to be coming back, but will the team be able to soldier up and make other teams fear Milan at home? We discuss where the team is at now and some promising news for the future.

Joining me this time to chat was the world traveler Derwuin. Having just come back from a trip to Milano for the Derby, we had lots to talk about. Follow him on Twitter @D_Mendez3 and be sure to check out his pics from his trip in his timeline, in this post or in this comment section. This time we chatted about:

• News of the Week: Shirt sponsor extended, new stadium news, the quest for goal line technology

• Season to Date: Update on the season

 

• Derby della Madnonnina: A first person report from the San Siro

 

• In Search of Defense: We discuss the defensive problems and individual players that leave us scratching our heads after each match

 

• Coming Up: What’s up next

Thanks again to Derwuin for the podcast and for sharing his Milan adventures. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @D_Mendez3. Be sure to check out his pics from his trip in his timeline, in this post or in this comment section.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:06am PDT

Despite early encouraging results, more recently the squad have shown that getting the Milan back that we know and love is not going to happen overnight. We fans have been tested already this season with a roller coaster first part of the season including wins, draws, losses, goals scored and conceded, and all of the hype that goes along with those things. Many of our players also want to play for their national teams, but how many of them will? We try to answer that and discuss the newer players and the season so far for you in this episode of Milan Impossible 

My guest this time is the legendary David Swan, one of the rare and endangered English fans of Milan, Serie A, and the Italian National Team. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan and also check out his fantastic acmilanfinance.com site for the most accurate information about Milan’s finances in English, all in one place. For this podcast, we discussed:

• News of the Week: When Amelia attacks, Milan lead at something, Berlusconi’s dream

• Season to Date: Update on the season

• New Player Focus: We rate and/or discuss all ten new players 

• International Duty: Which Milan players are likely to represent their countries, which players should or should not represent 

• Coming Up: What’s up next after the break

Thanks again to David for staying up late after the Sampdoria match to bless all of you with his wisdom. You can get more wisdom directly from the source by following him on Twitter @DavidLSwan. Also, for any questions about player salaries, transfer fees, or other Milan finances, be sure to bookmark acmilanfinance.com, his brilliant site covering Milan finances in English.

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Category:serie a, david, milan -- posted at: 3:57am PDT

 After a brief and very reluctant hiatus, the Milan Obsession Podcast is back… maybe. At least on an “as Elaine can find time to record” basis. So with seven weeks to catch up on, we tried to summarize the Milan team that is also back… maybe. With surprise wins, new players, an injury list that would make Allegri blush, and some experimental tactics, there was plenty to talk about during this international break. Served up with plenty of skepticism and a dash of that scarce thing called hope, now we’ll have to wait and see which comeback is more successful… Milan’s or the podcast’s. 

Bringing back the podcast in style, Pete Acquaviva of the legendary DAI DAI DAI joined me. Pete is a longtime Milan fan who gives amazing analysis on his blog, contributes to other blogs and shows, and is also a great follow on Twitter. This time we chatted about:

• News of the Week: Maldini recognized, Gandini begs, Galliani out of touch, and Inter suck

• Season to Date: Where we are after the first 6 games

• New Player Focus: We rate and discuss all ten new players 

• Injury Roundup: Who’s out and who’s coming back 

• International Duty: Which Milan players are representing their countries

• Tactics: We discuss the 4-2-3-1 vs. the 4-3-3 and Inzaghi’s tactics so far

• Coming Up: Milan’s upcoming matches

Grazie mille again to Pete for sacrificing his time and his NFL games for this podcast. Check out his blog pdacquaviva.com for fantastic writing and analysis, and follow him on Twitter @pdacquaviva to keep up with other news and opinions (his Mesbah profile pic demonstrates his discerning taste.)

 

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:25pm PDT

A week that saw us lose our most talented player and then win the Trofeo TIM left Milan fans in a bit of shock and awe. With a mere seven days left in the mercato we are now at the mercy of Galliani and his ability to shake down other clubs for their players on loans and free transfers. But with another epic fail from management, the livers of Milan fans worldwide are suffering as if the season was well underway. And yet there is still a strange kind of anticipation as the season kicks off next week which makes our stomachs alternate between the nervous butterflies of the possibilities and the nausea of having been reamed once again by management. One thing is for sure, Balotelli has left Milanello, along with a lot of hopes and dreams.

 

 

I was joined this week by the guys from my favorite weekly Serie A review show, Red Card Weekly. Both Steve and Vinny are passionate Milan fans who love calcio and both took the time to share their opinions and humor about Milan with us in this episode. We discussed:

• News of the Week: Ice Bucket Challenge, FIGC rule change

• Match Reviews: Trofeo Naranja:Valencia 2, Milan 1, and Trofeo TIM tournament 2014: Milan are Champions! 

• Match Preview: Serie A Week 1: Milan vs. Lazio Sun. Aug. 31st 

• Mercato News: Updates and rumors 

• Season Preview & Predictions: The schedule, Milan and Serie A

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week 

• Special Message from Elaine

Thanks again to both Steve and Vinny of Red Card Weekly for their insights and humor and especially their time. The season is starting back up, and so will their shows, so be sure to subscribe to their YouTube Channel today so you don’t miss a single awesome episode. Please also follow them on Twitter @RedCardWeekly for a more frequent fix of their take on Serie A.

And don’t forget to join what is undoubtedly going to be the best league in Fantasy Serie A, league Name: Red Card Weekly, league code: d9shQfaWZcIo

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 3:23am PDT

It has been a tough couple of years as a Milan fan, most recently trying to stomach the friendly performances here in the USA. But suddenly, we are feeling like we are in a fantasy with two big exits and a couple of even bigger new signings. Still shell shocked and not sure what to trust or who to believe, our discussion is candid, but shows some hope and optimism again with these new “fantasy” signings as well as the exit of Robinho and Constant. Even if Milan’s mercato ends here, there is a glimmer of hope that the club is doing something, even if we aren’t sure it is necessarily the right thing for the future.

 

This time I welcomed back my original Milan Obsession co-founder, Jovan, who is also the creator of four fantasy football games: Fantasy Serie A, Fantasy Bundesliga, Fantasy Liga, and the all new Fantasy Premier League. We discussed:

• News of the Week: Season ticket fail, referees under attack, and FIGC election

• Match Reviews and Previews: ICC Friendly: Liverpool 2, Milan and Chivas Guadalajara 0, Milan 3. Previews: Valencia vs. Milan Sun. Aug 17th, and Trofeo TIM tournament Sat. Aug. 23rd

• Mercato News: Updates and rumors 

• Season Predictions: Milan and Serie A

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week

Thanks once again to Jovan, my Milan Obsession co-founder and original co-blogger. Check out his Fantasy Football games today, they are a great way to distract you through the upcoming season. Serie A: fantasyseriea.com, Bundesliga: fantasybundes.com, La Liga: fantasy-liga.com, and the all new Premier League game: fantasy-premier.com

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 9:10am PDT

After reasonable success in their friendlies against Lega Pro sides, Milan put in two very poor performances against real teams in the ICC Tournament friendlies thus far. The mercato shows no promise, and to make things worse, the Serie A schedule was released and we face a very difficult start. So if you still have any hopes for this season, your worst fears seem to be being realized. We tried to find the small positives in what is shaping up to be another very painful season for Milan fans.

For this podcast, I was joined once again by the original Milan Obsession member, Francesco. We discussed: 

• News of the Week: Away kit release, small victories, Balotelli’s PSA, Juventus Allegrified

• Match Reviews and Previews: ICC Friendlies: Milan 0, Olympiacos 3; Milan 1, Manchester City 5. Coming up: Liverpool vs. Milan on Sat. Aug. 2nd, and Chivas Guadalajara vs. Milan on Wed. Aug. 6th 

• Mercato News: Updates and rumors 

• Where is the Youth? Will we see a lot of youth get time this year?

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week 

Thanks once again to Francesco, who showed exceptional patience and flexibility trying to record this podcast. Follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8 and look for his omnipresent and fun comments on the blog.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:04am PDT

It’s that time of year. The squad returned to Milanello and were also presented at Casa Milan amongst a day of festivities and over 2,000 fans. The Curva Sud started the season off right with an open letter to the club, too. The mercato is now in full swing, with a number of Milan players already out on loan or sold, and a few new faces, too. So much change, but most heartening for fans were the words of Mister Inzaghi, who talked about the importance of “finding the right Milan DNA.” And that is exactly what I think fans want the club to achieve this summer in training, in the mercato, and especially as a team. 

Returning again is the newly relocated podcast favorite Derek, now representing Milan in Colorado. We discussed:

• News of the Week: Squad presentation, Curva Sud letter, Balotelli in the doghouse again

• World Cup Update: final update from Brazil 

• Mercato News: Who’s out, who’s in, and rumors 

• New Boss: Mister Inzaghi

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week

Thanks once again to Derek for sharing his passion for Milan and his views with us. Please follow him on Twitter @Deekmonn or check out the comments section of the blog, you’ll undoubtedly see him sharing his opinions there.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:33pm PDT

 

There is a massive sporting event being held in Brazil right now, the biggest sporting event in the world. But starting on Tuesday, the real spectacle begins: The mercato. The transfer market makes teams and breaks hearts, but the sharing of rumors is more of a bloodsport amongst fans. Still we decided to brave the waters with some good old fashioned mercato speculation. We also discussed the future of Italian football and oh, yeah, the World Cup.

Returning once again from England for your listening pleasure is David of Twitter and acmilanfinance.com fame. We discussed:

• News of the Week: New Italy coach rumors, Seedorf’s suit, Barbara draws the line

• World Cup Update: How Milan players played and who’s still in Brazil

• The Future of Italian Football: Prandelli’s claims, youth development 

• Mercato News: Co-ownership updates, Milan’s mercato to date, rumors

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week

Thanks so much to David for a fantastic discussion and especially for staying up so late! Please follow the best scout in the world on Twitter @DavidLSwan and check out acmilanfinance.com, a fantastic resource for all of your financial questions about Milan. 

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Category:serie a, david, world cup -- posted at: 1:05am PDT

The World Cup is the greatest event in the world, it’s certainly how I fell in love with football. It also only comes every few years. So even with the official appointment of one Filippo Inzaghi as new Milan manager finally arriving, we are a bit obsessed with the Milan players and their teams in Brazil right now. Still, we focus on Milan, too, and don’t forget to update you on the Douchebaggery Alert System™. But seriously, Forza Azzurri!

Today’s guest is the fantastic Steve of Red Card Weekly fame, the weekly passionate Serie A fan review show on YouTube. We talked about:

• News of the Week: Engaging Balotelli, Seedorf mistreated

• Coaching Changes: Inzaghi official, other changes

• Mercato News: New signings & co-ownership deals 

• World Cup Update: The 8 Milan players in Brazil right now, their national teams and their matchups, plus review of the England-Italy match

• Milan Identity Crisis: Milan make their issues visual with 3 different logos on our kits next season 

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week 

Thanks so much to Steve of Red Card Weekly. Follow he & Vinny on Twitter @RedCardWeekly and definitely subscribe to their YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/RedCardWeekly

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Category:world cup -- posted at: 10:11am PDT

With the level of douchebaggery at Milan already so high at Milan, I called in the big guns to help sort everything out. So we, the Milan Obsession Fantastic Four, talk about the coaching situation and then sort through the roster to give management some ideas as to who to sell and who to keep this summer. Last but not least, we introduce the Milan Obsession Douchebagery Alert System™ to help you know what levels of douchebaggery are going on at any given time. You’re welcome. 

The Fantasic Four includes the President of the Curva Sud America, Francesco; The Comeback Kid, Derek; the awesome Miami Vice, Derwuin, and yours truly. We examined the following douchebaggery:

• News of the Week: Montolivo hitched, No more co-ownerships, Conte’s Premature Exclamation

• Seedorf Out?

• Inzaghi In?

 • Mercato Forecast: Review of all Milan players & discussing contracts, salaries, and whether or not they should stay at the club this summer

• Douchebaggery Alert System™: Where Milan are this week

  

Thanks to my superhero Milan fans, the Milan Obsession Fantstic Four. Follow Francesco on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8; follow Derek @DeekMonn and follow Derwuin @D_Mendez3

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One of the first things that Seedorf did when he was hired was to have the team pick out a song to come out onto the pitch to at the San Siro. Together, they picked “Can’t Hold Us” By Macklemore featuring Ray Dalton, and the rest of their season embodied the spirit of this song. So while we looked back on the performances of this painful season and also look forward to the great unknown that is this summer’s mercato, I thought we as fans could take inspiration from the team and look to the future like the ceiling can’t hold us.

Bringing the DAI DAI DAI, I had two guests this time. Representing the DAI DAI DAI blog were both writers, Pete and Dave. We looked back on this season:

• News of the Week: Atalanta fans, Galliani’s complaining, Berlusconi alienates fans… again, Rocco Maiorino promoted to SD, and Casa Milan unveiled. 

• Reviews: Serie A week 37 at Atalanta, Serie A week 38 vs. Sassuolo

• Player Season Ratings: ratings of each player based on their performances this season on a scale of 1-10

• Seedorf’s Report Card: Rating Seedorf so far and discussing whether or not he should stay

 

Thanks again both Pete and Dave for helping with our player season ratings for this season! Follow Pete @PDAcquaviva and Dave @DaveLambComedy on Twitter and check out the DAI DAI DAI blog at pdacquaviva.com. And if you’re in the Boston area, go see Dave’s standup at Dick Doherty’s this weekend!

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:22am PDT

In case you hadn’t heard, Milan won the Derby on Sunday for the first time in nearly three years. On that high this podcast was recorded, albeit with a healthy fear of playing in the Europa League. We also look to next season, specifically Seedorf’s future as well as the fate of a beloved player and Milanista.

 

My returning guest this time was Jovan, co-founder of Milan Obsession and the genius mastermind of Fantasy Serie A, Fantasy Bundesliga, and Fantasy Liga. We discussed:

• News of the Week: Savicevic makes sense, Scandalous Seedorf, New third kits

• Reviews: Serie A week 35 at Roma, Serie A week 36 the Derby della Madonnina victory vs. Inter

• Upcoming Matches Preview: Serie A week 37 at Atalanta, Serie A week 38 vs. Sassuolo

• Predictions: Europa League Qualification, Milan’s finish, and Seedorf’s fate

• Player Spotlight: Keisuke Honda 

 

Thanks again to Jovan for gracing us with his presence and his infinite wisdom. Check out his epic games Fantasy Serie A, Fantasy Bundesliga, and Fantasy Liga and be sure to sign up this summer to compete next season.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:47am PDT

According to rumors, winning five straight after a season like this gets you sacked. After winning two straight games at home, the prospect of Europa League qualification also looms more closely, too. And welcoming back last season’s young hero from injury just raises even more questions about the summer and next year. It’s the home stretch of a dysfunctional season, and so there is plenty to talk about.

 

My guest this time was Vinny of the fantastic Red Card Weekly YouTube show with two devout Milan fans wrapping up Serie A and football in general each week. We discussed:

 

• News of the Week: Don’t Mess with the Crest™, Annual “bored” meeting, Seedorf news

 

• Reviews: Serie A week 33 vs. Catania, Serie A week 34 vs. Livorno

 

• Upcoming Matches Preview: Serie A week 35 at Roma, Serie A week 36  the Derby della Madonnina vs. Inter

 

• Prognosis: Europa League Qualification

 

• Player Spotlight: Stephan El Shaarawy

 

 

Thanks so much to Vinny for a fantastic podcast. Check out the Red Card Weekly show on YouTube each week and be sure to subscribe to their channel so you never miss an episode. Also follow them on Twitter @RedCardWeekly

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

It may be hard to believe after this season, but Milan have won three in a row. And not just any three games, either. The winning extends beyond the pitch, though, with the new Casa Milan officially unveiled and new commercial ventures being sought in what seems to be the best efforts yet to acquire a new stadium in the near future. After so much heartbreak, it seems that Milan are back to winning ways, and the future looks red and black.

 

Today’s podcast features another new guest, Anthony, also known as @sportscaddy. He is a young journalist who is a featured writer for the Bleacher Report UK and also writes for A Football Report. He is aldo one of the admins for the AC Milan Club NY/NJ. We discussed:

 

• News of the Week: Casa Milan, new commercial ventures, and a new Sporting Director in our near future

 

• Tactics Talk: To attack or defend?

 

• Reviews: Serie A week 30 at Fiorentina, Serie A week 31 vs. Chievo, Serie A week 32 at Genoa

 

• Upcoming Matches Preview: Serie A week 33 vs. Catania, Serie A week 34 vs. Livorno

 

• Seedorf’s Report Card: Does he make the grade so far?

 

 

Thanks so much to Anthony for a fantastic discussion. Please follow him on Twitter @sportscaddy and also follow @ACMilanNYC. Check out bleacherreport.com/uk and afootballreport.com for his fantastic writing.

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