Once again I have a very special guest coming to us from Milano. He calls himself the “Rain Man” of the Youth Sector, otherwise known as Francesco Battaglia of Milan Next fame. This time, we talk about:   • News of the Week: Ciao Niang, Get better El Shaarawy, grudge match friendly, mercato madness   • Centro Sportiva Vismara: improvements   • Youth Teams:  updates on the Primavera, Allievi Nazionali, Allievi I/II, Giovanissimi Regionali, and Pulcini 2005   • The Milan Model: 4-3-3   • Loaning Young Players:  Bryan Cristante   Thanks once again to the prophetic and wise Francesco. Follow him on @MilanNext on Twitter, or like the Milan Next Facebook page. For the really good tweets, follow him @bennybatta on Twitter.     Happy New Year from Milan Obsession! [...]
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Category:francesco -- posted at: 11:22pm PDT

One of my favorite American Milan fans, Derek , joined me again to indulge in our Christmas wishes for Milan this year. We also discussed:   • News of the Week: Acerbi’s relapse, January signings, Organization changes, Primavera and First Team Champions League Round of 16 opponents   • Tactics: fullbacks   • Reviews: Serie A week 15 at Livorno, Champions League: Milan vs. Ajax, Serie A week 16: Milan vs. Roma   • Upcoming Matches Preview: The Derby della Madonnina: Serie A week 17 at Inter   • Christmas Wishes:  realistic and fantasy wishes for 2014   • Player Spotlight:  Bryan Cristante   Thanks so much to Derek for sharing our special holiday podcast and his Christmas wishes with us! Please follow him on Twitter @Deekmonn [...]
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Category:birthday -- posted at: 5:22pm PDT

One of my favorite voices on Twitter is Anthony, coming to us again from the land down under. Well versed in football and particularly Milan, he is also well spoken. Our conversation this time included:   • News of the Week: Curva Sud tantrum, Galliani’s tantrum, Milan Glorie FTW   • Tactics: the center forward hierarchy   • Reviews: Serie A week 13: Milan vs. Genoa, Champions League: Celtic vs. Milan, Serie A week 14 at Catania   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Serie A week 15 at Livorno, Champions League: Milan vs. Ajax, Serie A week 16: Milan vs. Roma   • Curva Sud Gone Wild:  the protests at the Genoa match   • Changes at the Top:  double the CEOs   • Player Spotlight:  Kaká   Thanks so much to Anthony for another amazing podcast! Give him a follow on Twitter @AVBanovac for great insights and conversation. [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:58am PDT

Well-versed in all things Milan is Gino, coming to us again from England to discuss the club and our current events and status. Today, we talk about:   • News of the Week: Laser Tag, Casa Milan, Allegri confirmed again   • Tactics: goal line clearances   • Reviews: Champions League: Barcelona 3, Milan 1, Serie A week 12 Chievo 0, Milan 0   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Serie A week 13: Milan vs. Genoa, Champions League: Celtic vs. Milan, Serie A week 14 at Catania   • Berlusconi’s “Legal Hobbies”: how is he impacting Milan?   • Player Spotlight:  Gabriel   Thanks so much to Gino for another fantastic podcast! Check out his blog, eatosi.wordpress.com and give him a follow on Twitter @ginodb [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:06pm PDT

Recording immediately in the wake of a painful Fiorentina loss, Derek braves the black hole of sadness surrounding Milan right now for a mostly lighter look at things. We talked about:   • News of the Week: Past players speak, Young player rumors, and a failed eBay sale   • Tactics: switching back to the 4-3-3   • Reviews: Serie A week 9 vs. Parma, Serie A Round 10 vs. Lazio, Serie A Round 11 vs. Fiorentina   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Champions League: Barcelona vs. Milan, Serie A week 12 at Chievo   • Recovering from a serious injury: a personal story   • Player Spotlight:  Mattia De Sciglio     Thanks so much to Derek for a great podcast and for sharing his experiences with us. You can follow him on Twitter at @Deekmonn   [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:25am PDT

Just in time for the Barcelona game, we have our favorite leader of the Curva Sud America coming straight from Messi’s homeland of Argentina, Francesco. We commiserate and laugh and discuss:   • News of the Week: Painful defeats, Slumber parties, and a new defender   • Tactics: conceding set pieces   • International Roundup: Milan players on national team duty   • Review: Serie A week 8 vs, Udinese   • International Break: which Milan players are called up   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Champions League: Milan vs. Barcelona, Serie A week 9 vs. Parma, Serie A Round 10 at Parma, Serie A Round 11 vs. Fiorentina   • How to Survive this Season with Milan: Drink suggestions from our expert bartender   • Player Spotlight:  Valter Birsa     Thanks so much to Francesco, our official Milan Obsession bartender and leader of the Curva Sud America. Follow him on Twitter at @FrancescoPetra8 and wish him luck surviving the Barca [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:01pm PDT

A super sized podcast requires double the guests, and returning this time are podcast favorites Pete of DAI DAI DAI fame and David the wizard of acmilanfinance.com. When not sharing their opinions and analyzing Milan’s misfortunes, Pete and David intermittently mock Elaine’s cold, so if you hear giggling or fake coughing, you understand the focus and dedication they offered this time around. Today we talk about:   • News of the Week: Zamparini lives, Abbiati accolades, injury opportunities, where are Kakás orphans?   • Reviews: Serie A wk. 5 at Bologna, Serie A wk. 6 vs. Sampdoria, Champions League Group Stage at Ajax, Serie A week 7 at Juventus   • International Break: which Milan players are called up   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Serie A week 8 vs, Udinese   • Milan Progress Report: Injuries, Players, Performances, Results, Allegri, Management, Season Forecast, Sustainability     Thanks again to Pete and David for helping us take on [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:59am PDT

For ten seasons now, Massimiliano Allegri has been coaching professionally, and for all ten seasons, his teams have always started slow. This week, however, he declared the reason for this, that September is simply not lucky for him. Well thanks to his unlucky September, Milan fans everywhere must also endure yet another Unlucky September. Thank goodness it’s almost October. I wonder how his luck will be then?   Maybe it’s his tactical genius that makes him so unlucky My guest again this time is the cofounder of Milan Obsession, Jovan. He is also the mastermind behind three amazing Fantasy Football sites: fantasyseriea.com, fantasybundes.com, and fantasy-liga.com. When he is not overseeing the fantasy football, he is a lifelong Milanista and well versed in the beautiful game. Today we talk about:   • News of the Week: Fininvest fine upheld, Milan medical fail, Missing Balotelli, Allegri’s “luck”   • Talking Tactics: formation quandry   • Revi [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:29am PDT

If we play as well as this coreo was executed, we’ll have Champions League for sure this season My guest this time is Derek, one of my favorite Milan Obsession fans and probably the only one in his state with a Milan sticker on his car. Find out what makes a legend tick by following him on Twitter @Deekmonn. We talk about:   • News of the Week: Cover story, reconciliation, and a swap deal   • Reviews: Champions League Qualifying at. PSV and Serie A wwk 1 Hellas Verona   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Champions League qualifying vs. PSV, Serie A week 2 vs. Cagliari   • Mercato: ahead of Galliani Day™, we talk transfer updates and speculation   • Injuries: long term injuries, injury prevention   • Player Profile: A salute to Luca Antonini     Thanks again to Derek for a fantastic podcast. You can find him hanging out in the comments section of the blog or follow him on Twitter @Deekmonn.     [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:35am PDT

My guest this time is Jovan, Milan Obsession co-founder and mastermind behind the amazing fantasyseriea.com, fantasybundes.com, and fantasy-liga.com sites. We talk about:   • News of the Week: The importance of humor, the big friendly, Champions League squad, Super Mario’s latest addition.   • Friendlies Reviews: Audi Cup and the ICC matches   • Upcoming Matches Preview: Champions League qualifying at PSV, Serie A week 1 at Hellas Verona   • Season Predictions: mercato, Champions League qualifying, Serie A, and more     Thanks again to Jovan for another great podcast. Check out his amazing fantasy football sites: fantasyseriea.com, fantasybundes.com, and fantasy-liga.com If his predictions are half as good as his programming skills, it’s going to be a great season! [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:09am PDT

My guest this time is Francesco, the other Pope, aka the President of the Curva Sud America, coming to us from the cold Argentina winter and also via Twitter. We chat about:   • News of the Week: The Lakers-Milan connection, Milan hairstyle update, Bonera and the mercato   • Serie A Schedule released: how the first half of our season may look   • Friendlies Review: Trofeo TIM and the ICC Valencia-Milan matches   • Upcoming Friendlies Preview: Audi Cup and ICC Tournament   • Transfer Update: players in and players out   • Con il Milan nel Cuore: Growing up Milanista                                                            Thanks again to His Holiness, Francesco for sharing his [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 3:05am PDT

With the boys back in training, it seems like the season is just around the corner. In reality, we are about halfway through the summer, and only two weeks into the mercato. So it’s a perfect time to take a step back and take the temperature of the squad and the club over all.   My guest this time is Rodrigo, coming to us from the cold Peru winter and also via Twitter. We chat about:   • News of the Week: helicopter update, Survivor: Champions League Victory Edition, Abbiati speaks   • Transfer Update: players in, players out, players NOT out, potential targets   • 2013-14 Season Forecast: Objectives, Focus on Youth, FFP compliance, Growing the Milan brand   • Preview of Upcoming Friendlies: Trofeo TIM and International Champions Cup Thanks again to Rodrigo for coming out of hibernation to talk Milan! You can follow him on Twitter @Rodrigow93 for lots of great views and conversation   [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:39am PDT

My guest again this week is Pete Acquaviva, the mastermind behind Massimiliano Allegri’s favorite blog, DAI DAI DAI. This episode features: • In the News: bullet dodged, conviction made, and facepalm assessments • Confederations Cup Review: we discuss the injuries to Milan players, their performances, Prandelli’s tactics, and more • Changing Formations: we discuss the subtleties and personnel changes of the 4-3-1-2 vs. the 4-3-3 • Transfer Talk: who may exit, who may stay, and who might come into the squad this summer Thanks so much to Pete for a fantastic podcast and we wish him a continued and speedy recovery from his injury! Follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva and check out his DAI DAI DAI blog at pdacquaviva.com [...]
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Category:international duty -- posted at: 10:55pm PDT

My guest is the returning David Swan, writer for Football Italia and Milan and Italy fan extraordinaire. This episode features: • In the News: Senatori edition • Wheel of Transfers: find out how transfer rumors are made and get exclusive rumors for Milan • Transfer Talk: we guess who’s out, who’s in and what Milan’s priorities should be this summer • Confederations Cup: Milan have 5 starters for Italy in this competition, we give a brief overview of Italy’s chances • Allegri: we discuss the pros and cons of the decision to keep him on Thanks so much to David for another great podcast. Please follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan and also go to the Football Italia website and make pity comments on his articles, maybe you can start a trend of comments made by reasonable people. [...]
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Category:international duty -- posted at: 2:37am PDT

This special edition podcast features Francesco Battaglia, a long-time fan of Milan’s Youth Sector, who can often be found at Centro Sportiva Vismara. He is the genius behind @MilanNext on Twitter and the Milan Next Facebook page, which offer the most complete coverage of Milan’s Youth sector online. We chat about: • In the News: new youth coaches, technical director, and Galli’s announcement about Cristante and Petagna • Youth Sector History: reinvesting in the youth, FFP, and more • Why the Youth Sector? Francesco’s background with the Milan Youth Sector • The Life of a Youth Player: the training and match commitments • What are the odds? How likely it is a youth player to become a professional • Dreams: Francesco shares his dreams for the Youth Sector Thanks so much to Francesco for braving a new language and sharing his knowledge with us! And thanks for all of his work and commitment to Milan Next so the rest of us can keep up with the triumphs of [...]
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Category:francesco -- posted at: 12:41am PDT

Today’s episode once again features David, aka Balotelli, Milan fan and Italian national team fan as well as writer for Football Italia. We also welcome back Pete, aka El Shaarawy, the fantastic writer and analyst of DAI DAI DAI, Twitter, and most recently SportLobster fame. Elaine channels her inner Niang, because he is the best looking, of course. We discuss: • In the News: The time-space continuum on Twitter was forever changed this week, Prandelli’s regrets, Berlusconi spouts off… again • Match Recaps: Pescara, Roma, and Siena • Player Season Ratings: what the experts won’t tell you • Allegri’s Report Card: a balanced (or perhaps imbalanced) account of the maligned manager’s season Thanks to David and Pete for the epic podcast. You can follow David on Twitter @DavidLSwan. You can also follow Pete on Twitter @PDAcquaviva, on his DAI DAI DAI blog, and on Sportlobster. This podcast brought to you by Duct Tape. When Self Control just doesn’t come nat [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:21pm PDT

Today’s episode features Pete, the fantastic writer and analyst of DAI DAI DAI, Twitter, and most recently SportLobster fame. We discuss: • In the News: the impending arrival of Jherson Vergara, Pirlo’s comments about Milan in his new book, the confirmation of Allegri • Tactics Focus: Allegri’s tactical failings • Catania recap: lessons unlearned • Torino recap: missing Montolivo • A preview of what’s coming up: Pescara, Roma, and Siena • Player Spotlight: Stephan El Shaarawy [...]
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:26am PDT

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