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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_59.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:42am PST

 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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_58.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 3:22am PST