The constant turns and twists of Milan’s fate can be difficult to keep up with. We look to every game with hope in our hearts and are rarely rewarded. Off the pitch there is even more craziness, and if you are truly looking for answers, social media is definitely not the place. But as fans, if we stick together and wade through the rumors and critics and cling to reality, we can perhaps find some answers together.

The stars aligned so that I could have Susy on the podcast to chat about all things Milan. Follow her on Twitter @SusyCampanale and also follow @FootballItalia, where she is the brilliant editor for the amazing English speaking Serie A site. A little known fact is that despite her neutrality on the site, she is a devout Milanista. So we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Hall of Fame, retirement, Milan birthday gift, Montella’s new job
  • Season Update: Serie A,Europa League, and Coppa Italia update
  • Donnarumma Saga 2.0: fan douchebaggery
  • Gattuso: highs and lows
  • Milan’s Future: still looking for answers
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Susy for her fantastic insights. Follow her on Twitter @SusyCampanale to get more brilliant insights and also follow @FootballItalia to get up to the moment Serie A news in English.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT

With the long overdue yet surprise sacking of Montella and the unfortunately predictable promoting of Gattuso from the Primavera squad, fans are dealing with yet another change at the club.  And not a change for the better. Despite making a coaching change to improve results, management have chosen a coach who is least likely to do that. It seems the club have lowered expectations.

Battling late nights, technology glitches, and having to talk about Gattuso, David truly was a Legend this time around. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan out of pity alone. And while you’re following, listen to what we talked about against all odds:

  • News of the Week: Change in fortunes, change in kits, worldwide fans, congrats Oddo, Milan class
  • Season Update: Serie A & Europa League update
  • Montella: regrets
  • Gattuso: regrets
  • Ownership: questions, FFP, refinancing, #WeAreNotAfraid
  • VAR: regrets
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to David for his wisdom and his patience. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan to take advantage of the money back guarantee offered. 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:43pm PDT

Milan are playing poorly, and mentality seems to be suffering. With three losses in seven league matches, everyone is getting stressed out. The players are under scrutiny. Montella particularly is under scrutiny. There have already been crisis meetings with Fassone and Mirabelli. But one solution has been largely overlooked, and this podcast reveals it: Borini for Captain.

 

The genius behind this solution is Vinny. Formerly of Red Card Weekly on YouTube, Vinny and his partner in crime are now the voices of @MilanWeeklyPOD, the English podcast for Radio Rossonera International. In addition to solving all of Milan’s problems, we discussed:

  • News of the Week: New sponsor, Niang love, Injury recovery, earthquake slam, new look Italy, Montella honored
  • Matches: a quick recap of games
  • International Break: highlights of Milan’s players on NT duty
  • Mentality and Montella: discussing Montella’s & Milan’s situation
  • Derby predictions and coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Vinny for a great discussion about everything Milan. Follow @MilanWeeklyPOD and tune into Radio Rossonera International to hear more of his brilliant wisdom.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:39am PDT

Milan fans are pretty happy these days until there is a loss. Then it is an end of the world scenario. But not everyone wants to sack the coach after a poor 90 minutes. It’s important to keep looking forward and having healthy discussions about where the club is headed.

 

I always know I can count on Jovan, the co-founder of Milan Obsession, to speak practically even after a tough loss. Licking our wounds after the Sampdoria match, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Injury Tuesdays, Conti’s surgery, Golden Boy, new partner, contract improvements and extensions, cleaning up at Juve
  • Matches: a quick recap of games
  • VAR: pros and cons, grade so far
  • #Montella Out: discussing this social media movement
  • Fassone: discussing his words and transparency
  • Coming up: upcoming Europa League & Serie A matches

Thanks again to Jovan for the great Milan conversation. Let’s wish him the best in his travels this weekend. May he bring us all luck!

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT

Serie A is underway, and Milan qualified for the group stages of the Europa League. With some exciting wins, fans were excited, but now with a massive loss to Lazio in the league, there are a lot of doubts flying. So I think we can say officially that Milan are in the trenches.

When the framework of a rebuilding starts to take shape, you need someone who has been in the trenches. So obviously, I asked Christian to join for this convo. You can follow him on Twitter @CLumia and also check out his new Serie A account, @Calcio_Bros. This time we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Suso sizzles, transparency, Liedholm prize, Ambrosini talks captaincy
  • Matches: a quick recap of games
  • Mercato Report: who came and left
  • Europa League: our group stage draw and matches
  • International Break: a brief recap of players who played
  • Sports Marketing Course: a journey to Italy
  • Coming up: upcoming Europa League & Serie A matches

Thanks again to Christian for the great convo and relaying his travel adventures. Definitely follow him on @CLumia and also his brand new Serie A account @Calcio_Bros.

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:26pm PDT

The team has been renewed. The preseason matches have been played. And whether or not Milan is ready, the new season is upon us. There is plenty to talk about, plenty to try to predict, and more than enough excitement in preparation for this much anticipated season. How this ends, only time will tell. But either the Devil is coming back, or we are in league with the devil. 

Gearing up for a new season, I needed someone in the know, so I asked Pete to sit down for a chat. You can follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva and read his blog at pdacquaviva.com. This is what we talked about: 

  • News of the Week: New CFO, season ticket sales, Europa League attendance record, injuries, new stadium for Atalanta 
  • Europa League qualifying and Friendly: a quick recap games and VAR
  • Mercato Update: who is leaving
  • Changing of the Captaincy: the greatest moment of justice ever
  • Financial Fair Play (FFP): update on Milan’s FFP status 
  • Season Predictions: Europa League, Serie A and Montella predictions
  • Coming up: Europa League playoff round and Serie A week 1

Thanks again to Pete for allowing me to be on his podcast again. Give him a follow @PDAcquaviva and read his blog pdacquaviva.com.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:09am PDT

Some people suffer from a serious condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is not to be taken lightly. Milan fans have also suffered over five years of trauma, and in some ways we may have our own version of PTSD. Nothing brings the flashbacks and anxiety back like talks of funding or deadlines, and there has been some talk about those things lately. However, there is football being played now, and still so many good things to talk about that we can still enjoy being a Milan fan better than we have in a long time.

Nothing says fan podcast like a guest who was born in Milano and is a second generation Milanista. That is, of course, Francesco. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. This time, we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Season tickets, killer kit, Mr. X returns, Gattuso, Serie A schedule for this season
  • Friendlies and Europa League qualifying: a quick recap of recent games
  • Mercato Update: who is staying and going
  • Biglia and Bonucci: the mystery behind them not playing
  • Pallotta’s Comments: financial smacktalk
  • Coming up: Europa League qualifier second leg

Thanks again to Francesco for a fantastic conversation once again. Give him a follow to see how the new signings affect the health of his liver: @FrancescoPetra8

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

They said it would never happen. But “they” are mostly Juventus legends who are clearly not up to date on modern football, or Juve fans who have had their hearts ripped out, stepped on, and shipped to Casa Milan. And “it” was Leonardo Bonucci agreeing to come to Milan. And be our new captain. And possibly impregnate our women. (Okay, I may have made that last part up. There is a lot of hysteria around this transfer. Forgive me.) With five new players coming in since the last podcast and more possibly being signed as I type this, Milan’s mercato has become a frenzy of spending, celebrating, and sheer excitement for the future. Please join us as we celebrate Bonucci Madness.

With Milan buying players faster than Berlusconi can get out of a lawsuit, I needed someone knowledgeable and sensible to sort everything out with. So of course I spoke with David. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan (the “L” is for legend.) We spoke about:

  • News of the Week: Edgar Davids fashion, friendly in Lugano, the Europa League Draw
  • Mercato Update: new signings, renewals, departures, and Borini
  • Leonardo Bonucci: Juve exit, Milan captaincy, impact on formation, etc.
  • Coming up: ICC Tournament matches

Thanks again to David for a fantastic conversation once again. Except for the Inter bits. I should have deleted those. Still, do follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan, it’s the best thing you’ll do all year.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:42pm PDT

With the team returning to Milanello, there is excitement in the air. All of the new signings not only give Milan fans something to talk about, but also something to finally truly dream about. There are some players leaving, some deals yet to be worked out. But for the first time in years, the return to Milanello will actually feel like a rally, or raduno.

Kicking off a new season meant I needed a new guest, and that was Christian. You can follow Christian on Twitter @CLumia, and you will definitely want to follow him to see what he’s got coming up. On the podcast, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Tennis anyone?, Italy U21, Silva’s Portugal, U16 Scudetto, returning to Milanello, social media problems
  • Club Update: board of directors meeting and more 
  • Mercato Update: new signings, renewals, and departures
  • Coming up: summer friendlies and Europa League qualifying

Thanks again to Christian for the great conversation. Follow him on Twitter @CLumia to see what’s coming next.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:50pm PDT

 Anger. Pain. Hurt. Disappointment. Despite such a promising beginning to our mercato, we are all filled with anger. I never knew an 18 year old could break my heart like this, even when I was 18 years old. Donnarumma represented hope, faith, and the future of Milan, so his failure to sign a contract renewal represents a death of all of those things on some level. With emotions still raw, it was important to talk about what we know and how we feel.

I had to go back to the beginning for a conversation like this, so I asked my original co-blogger and founder of Milan Obsession, Jovan, to be on the podcast. We managed to talk about a few things besides Donnarumma, including:

 

  • News of the Week: Suso, U21 Euros, U20 World Cup, FFP agreement, new team manager
  • Mercato Update: new signings
  • Donnarumma: renewal failure

 

Thanks again to Jovan for funneling his anger into intelligent conversation and for helping me to not break something while recording.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:20am PDT

The sale of the club drastically changed Milan’s finances. But this season put Milan back in black in a footballing sense as well. With a positive season, a Supercoppa trophy, a sixth place finish, and thus a third round Europa League qualifying spot. And as if the season wasn’t enough to smile about, we are already making some very exciting signings in the mercato, too. So on every front, Milan are back in black.

It’s difficult to imagine such an epic podcast without the brilliant Pete. You can follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva. With so much going on, we had to pare down our discussion to:

  • News of the Week: King of Rome, New kits, Chinese restrictions, Gattuso, Donnarumma honors
  • Season Update: reviewing recent matches and season results
  • Player Review: discussing player performances and futures
  • Mercato Update: sifting through the rumors

Thanks again to Pete for helping to sum up an interesting season. Follow him on Twitter to find out when he writes again @PDAcquaviva.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:15pm PDT

With an injured mentality, there’s a lot to be down about. But we managed to find things that are much more frightening. It was too easy to jump on the sunshine and rainbows train after the close of the sale of the club, and the performances on the pitch since then have pushed people too far. Reality is not as pretty, but there are still things to be happy about (like Inter’s shambolic season.) Also, we discovered the answer for everything.

In good times and in bad, I can always count on Francesco for good conversation about Milan. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. Recording after the Roma defeat, we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Inzaghi, communications, Milan Ladies, VAR, Ancelotti, Serie A racism, a visit from managemen
  • Season Update: reviewing recent matches
  • The Elliott Fund: why they took a gamble on Milan
  • The Summer Mercato: sifting through the rumors
  • Derby at Casa Milan: travel report
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

Thanks again to Francesco for a great conversation after a heartbreaking game. Follow him on Twitter to show your support for a fellow Milanista @FrancescoPetra8.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:04am PDT

After eleven months of uncertainty, the sale of Milan finally closed. The 31 year legacy of Berlusconi is over. But this new ownership raises as many questions as it brings answers. And speaking of answers, after Inter came into the Derby with a two point lead at halftime, Milan’s defenders came back with two goals of their own to answer. So recording right after that match, you can imagine what kind of conversation this was.

To discuss the massive changes at Milan, I needed a massive Milan fan, so of course I asked Michelangelo. You can follow him at @mkidj on Twitter and also on Snapchat at mkidj to find more wisdom. Find out what we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: new kits, new Milan babies
  • Season Update: reviewing Palermo and Inter matches
  • Sale of the Club: finally, actual news!
  • Club Finances: questions and answers about club finances
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

Thanks again to Michelangelo for the great postmatch conversation. Follow him on Twitter @mkidj also mkidj on snapchat.

If you liked this podcast, you might also like the latest @touchlineradio podcast where Elaine was Adam’s guest talking about the Derby, the club sale, and experiences in blogging, podcasting, and social media. Check it out on Soundcloud or in iTunes at Touchline Radio.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:02pm PDT

Uncertain performances on the pitch and an uncertain future have left much to the imagination. With a Derby on the horizon and a European spot becoming less likely with every unconvincing performance, hopes are starting to fade on the pitch. Similarly, off the pitch the newest closing date seems more likely than ever, but only because of a massive loan that brings more questions than answers. All of it adds up to all new levels of uncertainty.

In times of uncertainty, I like to find wisdom, so of course I turned to Jovan for some much needed wisdom. He is the co-founder of Milan Obsession and always has some great perspective to offer. So we talked about some of the bigger issues at Milan right now, including:

  • News of the Week: Brocchi in the news, Silvio’s priorities, Summer fun, young player news, TV rights, Abate’s injury, bad news
  • Season Update: reviewing the matches to date
  • Sale of the Club: updates, news, forecasts
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

Thanks again to Jovan for sharing his wisdom and general awesomeness in a time of so much uncertainty

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 7:03am PDT

I’m not gonna lie, this is not a positive podcast. If you’re not already taking any Milan-induced antidepressants, you probably should talk to your doctor before you listen to this one. Or at the very least buy stock in acohol. The club has sunk to new depths each year for the last four and a half years, and just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, it does. With the latest failure to complete the sale of the club, you’re going to need a lot of Prozac to continue to support Milan.

Luckily, David was here to save the day and give us hope. He is the best scout in the world, he’s well-versed in Milan finances, and now he will be available via Twitter @DavidLSwan for your suicide prevention counseling needs. He blessed us with his wisdom in the following areas:

  • News of the Week: Donnarumma’s big birthday, Berlusconi landmark, ICC Tournament, Inter fined by association 
  • Season Update: reviewing the matches to date, meh midfield, quest for Europe
  • Sale of the Club: predictions, history, and speculation
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

Thanks again to David for saving us from ourselves and for making Montolivo’s impending return seem like a silver lining. Follow him on Twitter or else: @DavidLSwan

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:35am PDT

Six years ago, Milan Obsession quietly came into existence as a humble little blog talking about Milan. Four years ago, the podcast was added. And now, in 2017, I think it’s clear that I will never stop talking about Milan. Ever. Like it or not, I took this chance to have a great chat about Milan to celebrate these milestones. You’re welcome.

Some Milan fans are born, others become legendary, and my guest this time did both of those things. Vinny just escaped the paparazzi after his brilliant Red Card Weekly videos and now he is one of the admins for the Milan Club Montreal. After escaping the nonstop hounding by the press and the nonstop harassment from women, he was kind enough to chat with me about:

  • News of the Week: Bonaventura extension, legends of Buffon, Berlusconi no show, Papa Vangioni, Oddo sacked
  • Season Update: reviewing the matches to date
  • Injuries: Milan’s walking dead
  • Montella: assessing his performances to date
  • Mercato Update: closing out Galliani’s epic mercato
  • Sale of the Club: updates and discussion
  • The Future: van Basten on Serie A
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

If you want to watch Milan in HD on RAI International, please sign the petition from Milan Club Montreal

 

Thanks again to Vinny for sharing his brief quiet moments talking Milan with me for your pleasure. Follow Milan Club Montreal on Twitter @ACMClubMTL.

 

Thank you to all of the support over the years here on the blog as well as on the podcast. Getting to interact with other Milan fans is the best part of all of this madness. Thank you for reading, listening, writing guest posts, commenting, interacting on Twitter, being my guest on podcasts, and everything all of you do to make my Milan Obsession seem sane.

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

 The podcast has freed itself, at least for one episode, from the closet in the basement which it has been hiding in. Because midseason. There’s just too much to talk about. From day to day news, a season update, talking about Montella and the squad, to the vast amount of mercato news. Oh yeah, and that little subject of the sale of the club. So take advantage of this temporary freedom and listen… for the sake of the podcast. 

An epic return of the podcast required an epic guest. Which means Pete, of course. Anyone who has ever followed him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva knows what I am talking about. So in tackling the midseason mountain of dialogue, we discussed:

  • News of the Week: Papa Bertolacci, Suso’s right arm, Milan Ladies moment in the spotlight, Lapadula virtuoso, FIFA’s bigger World Cup, the letter J
  • Season Update: reviewing the matches to date
  • Montella: Milan players who are representing
  • The Squad: players on the training table
  • Mercato Update: players on the training table 
  • Sale of the Club: players on the training table
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches to watch for

Thanks again to Pete for coming out of hiatus for us. Follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva. And don’t punch babies.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:16pm PDT

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