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.

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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

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