Some people don’t have any idea why I hate Inter so much. It goes well beyond sport, it’s not just a cross-town rivalry for me. Most people don’t seem to know or remember the events of 2006 and the scandal known as Calciopoli. Fewer people know Inter’s role in this scandal, let alone how they benefited from it. So with the Derby on the horizon, this podcast is all about why I hate Inter.

Jonathan was the mastermind behind this special podcast, and he was patient enough to listen to my ranting. We talked about:

  • Calciopoli: who was involved, who was punished and why, the legal shortcomings, the people behind the scandal, the “Paper Scudetto,” why the injustices haven’t been corrected, and the impact on Serie A
  • Inter and Racism: the latest douchebaggery 
  • Coming up: upcoming matches
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

After all of the excitement of summer and the optimism surrounding an apparently solid mercato, Milan fell flat on their face in their opening match of the season. There are plenty of questions about the mercato, the coach, the system, the players, and more. So we had plenty to discuss, even if the news wasn’t good.

Questioning everything this time around, Jonathan did our best to cover all things Milan, including:

  • News of the Week: New app, player presentation, Special Team Legends, Cutrone’s words
  • Match Reviews: talking the last two matches
  • Mercato: rumors, players in and players out
  • Coming up: upcoming friendlies
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:04am PDT

We’ve welcomed new players. We’ve seen the friendlies. And with the season set to kick off in less than two weeks, there are just a few loose ends to tie up. This is the time of the year to assess not only how far we’ve come, but to look ahead at where we are going. Time to talk about those summer dreams.

For some fresh perspective, Jonathan and I reached out to a new guest, Martino. You can follow Martino on Twitter @MartinoPuccio. You can also listen to his takes on the world of football on Soccer Showdown on both iTunes and Soundcloud.  This time around, we discussed:

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week: Important partnerships, the shaking San Siro, pricey kits, Polish icon, Dida is back
  • Match Reviews: talking friendlies and performances
  • Mercato: players in and out and dream signings

Thanks again to Martino for a fun podcast. Follow him on Twitter @MartinoPuccio. You can also listen to his takes on the world of football on Soccer Showdown on both iTunes and Soundcloud.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:21pm PDT

Watching all of the fun that Milan supporters had in the United States this past week with the club forced me to record this bonus podcast. We talked about all of the important topics for fans: spirit animals, shoelaces, stadium bids, socks, and of course, Cutrone. This episode was all about how it is to be a fan, learning from two of the best.

 

Of course, if you want some of the best fans in the world, you go to a Milan Club. And not just any club, but Milan Club Philly. I went straight to the top, with the always gracious President, David, and his clever First Lady, Angie. You can follow them on Twitter @MilanClubPhilly, on Facebook MilanClubPhilly, and Instagram MilanClubPhilly. You can also follow Angie on Instagram AngieFante. Together, we discussed:

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week: Piatek’s hair; stadium talk, Serie A fixtures, Pictionary
  • Match Review/Experiences: talking Milan-Benfica and meeting people
  • New Kits: we all weigh in on the new away kit
  • Mercato: players in and out, losing Cutrone support group

Thanks again to David and Angie for sharing their experiences and wisdom. You can follow them on Twitter @MilanClubPhilly, on Facebook MilanClubPhilly, and Instagram MilanClubPhilly. You can also follow Angie on Instagram AngieFante.

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Milan are in the United States for the ICC tour, which gives fans in here the opportunity to see the play live and to possibly interact with our beloved players. However in the midst of the summer fun and some great videos from Milan’s social media team, we are still in the midst of the mercato. Players come and go, and sometimes our hearts get broken, too.

We asked a new guest to help us out this time, someone who not only got to see Milan play, but also got to meet the team. His name is Jesús, and you can follow him on Twitter @z969899 We talked about:

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week: FIFA on racism, ciao, Coppa Italia and Serie A fixtures, Mihajlovic, friendly, new kits
  • Injuries: update on players out and injured
  • Match Review/Experiences: talking Bayern-Milan and meeting players
  • Mercato: players in and out

Thanks again to Jesús for sharing his amazing Milan experiences with us. Give him a follow @z969899 on Twitter.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_141.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

Milan are in the United States for the ICC tour, which gives fans in here the opportunity to see the play live and to possibly interact with our beloved players. However in the midst of the summer fun and some great videos from Milan’s social media team, we are still in the midst of the mercato. Players come and go, and sometimes our hearts get broken, too.

We asked a new guest to help us out this time, someone who not only got to see Milan play, but also got to meet the team. His name is Jesús, and you can follow him on Twitter @z969899 We talked about:

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week: FIFA on racism, ciao, Coppa Italia and Serie A fixtures, Mihajlovic, friendly, new kits
  • Injuries: update on players out and injured
  • Match Review/Experiences: talking Bayern-Milan and meeting players
  • Mercato: players in and out

Thanks again to Jesús for sharing his amazing Milan experiences with us. Give him a follow @z969899 on Twitter.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_141.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

With the start of a new season this time around, there is so much news to discuss. New directors, a new coach, new players and the potential of a new stadium are just a few of the things that made Raduno, or rally, more exciting this year. This season proves to be an exciting ride, and if you blink, you might miss it. So hold onto your new jerseys and press start.

There was so much news and things to talk about this time around, so Jonathan did our best to talk about all things Milan, including:

  • News of the Week: Season ticket prices, Carbone returns, new U21 coach, minority shareholders, Galliani’s mistakes, new style partner, new third kit, Milan Lab traitor, Gigio stays, Atalanta at the San Siro, Gila coaching, meet Jack, Legendary Bonera
  • Mercato: players in and out
  • Injuries, Vacations, and Return Dates: player updates
  • Raduno: Giampaolo’s presentation and new season at Milanello
  • New Stadium: the big announce
  • Coming up: upcoming friendlies
  • Forza Sinisa

 

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:25am PDT

 

New directors, a new coach, and the mercato ready to open, yet the biggest news is that Milan gave up the Europa League to clear our FFP violations. Yet even more important than all of that is that Montolivo, the parasitical, inaccurate passing, tattle-tell, wall-ducking player who usurped the captaincy and got coaches fired is finally leaving the club. To prepare to celebrate the best thing that has happened at Milan in seven years, I give you Montolivo Out.

 

Only one person could fully represent on such an important podcast, so we asked Pete to join us. Follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva to see why he was our man. We talked about:

  • Lightning Round: the most important one to date
  • News of the Week: Get out Fassone, welcome Massara, Italy U21, more stadium woes
  • Mercato: in, out, sell, not, medicals
  • Finally FFP: CAS Consent Award, No Europa League, UEFA losers

Thanks again to Pete for a great season review You can follow him and show your support for his causes @PDAcquaviva on Twitter.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:53am PDT

The transfer window hasn’t even officially opened yet, but with no Milan football, it’s like a petri dish of infectious rumors right now. Mixed in for good measure is a little truth. Some truths are more desirable than others, too. But whether you prefer to know the truth or love to cling to the rumors, this podcast will have something for everyone. Because it’s that time of the year.

With a few big announcements and some things fans hope to be announced, Jonathan and I chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Serie A ups and downs, coaching changes, Piatek, Golden Boy nominations, Platini questioned
  • New Management: new appointments announced
  • New coach: Giampaolo announced
  • Mercato: do you believe?
  • UEFA Is a Four Letter Word: truth and rumors
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_138.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 5:18pm PDT

After the heartbreak of finishing only one point shy of Champions League qualification hit like a punch to the stomach on the final matchday, Milan face even more big changes. With the resignation of our Sporting Director, Leonardo, and coach Gattuso rescinding his contract, and UEFA still delaying their FFP rulings yet again, it feels like just another poor Milan season. But we found plenty to talk about while rating the players and more to make this season not just another Year Zero.

An epic season review podcast requires the most passionate of fans, so we invited Federico to help us. You can follow him on Twitter @Fefinho83. He is also the founder of the Milan Club Buenos Aires. You can follow the club @MilanClubBAires. We discussed:

  • News of the Week: Primavera heartbreak, Inter as usual
  • Match Review: review of last Serie A match 
  • Leonardo: rating his season after his exit
  • Gattuso: rating his season after his exit
  • Player Ratings: rating all of the players on their season 
  • Milan’s Future: discussing the plan going forward
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Federico of Milan Club Buenos Aires for a great season review You can follow him and the club on Twitter @fefinho83 and follow the club @MilanClubBAires.

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

Milan have left everything to the last matchday, and have given control of our European fate to rival clubs. Not that Milan fans needed any more anxiety in our lives, but it’s not particularly surprising, either. So while we are waiting for the final match, we talked about everything Milan, looking back and trying not to think too hard about the future, keeping our fingers crossed.

With so much on the line as the season comes to a close, it was time to bring in the big guns. So we chatted with David of Milan Club Philly. You can follow him and the club on Twitter @MilanClubPhilly, on Facebook @MilanClubPhilly, and on Instagram @milanclubphilly. We talked about:

  • News of the Week: Sheva, monetzing VAR, Raiola ban, “modern symbol,” Lecce are back, baby girl, wagebill decrease, Brazil callup, TIM Cup top scorer, new home kit
  • Match Reviews: review of latest Serie A matches
  • FFP: unfair play (see “Inter vs. Milan: The FFP Derby)
  • Coming up: upcoming matches 

Thanks again to David of Milan Club Philly for such fabulous conversation. You can follow him and the club on Twitter @MilanClubPhilly, on Facebook @MilanClubPhilly, and on Instagram @milanclubphilly.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

 

Milan can’t even celebrate a win anymore because we are unravelling so badly it doesn’t feel like a win. Of course we’ve still been mostly losing, but adding on a ridiculous amount of poor discipline on and off the pitch. With the same tired tactics leading to worse performances and results, it’s actually not that much of a surprise that Gattuso and the team just seem lost.

Despite recording after a win, this one was not that hopeful. Jonathan and I talked about:

  • News of the Week: Shaky San Siro, new kits, budget, Welcome back Brescia, amazing Alesi goal
  • Match Reviews: review of latest Coppa Italia and Serie A matches, discussion of related issues
  • Ritiro: discussing discipline problems
  • Another season without Champions League: discussing the season and our future, Gattuso, and more
  • Coming up: upcoming matches
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 9:57pm PDT

Remember when Milan were in third place and could have gone four points clear? But they didn’t? That same sense of fear has left us clinging to fourth place by a mere point with five games to go. As if that weren’t hard enough for us fans, questioning players, coach, and more, there have been way too many off the pitch distractions, too. At a crucial point in our season, it leaves us clinging to fourth.

There was so much to discuss this time, and even a couple of rants. Jonathan and I talked about:

  • News of the Week: Tapiro d’Oro, Enzo Bearzot award, UEFA at it again, Paid Spectators
  • Match Reviews: review of latest Serie A match, discussion of related issues
  • Coming up: upcoming matches
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:33am PDT

The loss to Inter was soul crushing, then we had to sit through the International Break, only to have our hopes dashed in the first minute against Sampdoria. Despite previous optimism, with so many other teams fighting for top four, it is very clear that Milan’s Champions League berth is not as solid as it seemed only a few short weeks ago. Unless Gattuso makes some productive changes soon, Milan are in hot water.

 

Joining our guest list of Milan fans from all over the world this time was Sabrina. You can follow Sabrina on Twitter @SabriB10, and you should definitely check out her blog Calcio Crazy. Along with Jonathan, we chatted about:

  • Lightning Round: quick questions about favorites
  • News of the Week: International break, Inter suck, actual fines, Sheva’s heir, results, election, ICC tournament, young squad, revenue issues, Pepe Reina’s week
  • Match Reviews: review of latest Serie A match
  • Coming up: upcoming matches and International Break

Thanks again to Sabrina for braving the discussion after the Sampdoria loss. Follow her on Twitter @Sabri10 and read her blog Calcio Crazy.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:01am PDT

This was a tough podcast to record, following the tragic Derby loss. However after venting about what went wrong and all of the darkness of that match, we did manage to discuss some light that will hopefully make Milan’s future that much brighter.

Braving the Derby loss was our President of the Curva Sud America, Francesco. For his bravery alone, please give him a follow on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. Jonathan was back from injury, too, so all of us chatted about:

  • Lightning Round: quick questions about favorites
  • News of the Week: stadium news, new baby, Scaroni in Serie A, Milan Glorie, record sales, new partnership, quote of the week
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent Serie A matches
  • Maldini Dynasty: Will the Primavera’s #10 be Milan’s next #3?
  • Coming up: upcoming matches and International Break

Thanks again to Francesco for braving the post derby conversation. Please give him a follow on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_132.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 7:13am PDT

With Milan in third place, everyone is going crazy for Milan. It may be a little premature, as recent performances show that the team’s mentality is still fragile. In the podcast that was recorded right after the Sassuolo match and  nearly didn’t make it to air because of technical difficulties, we talked about changes at the club, Milan’s recent form, as well as our rise on the table. And, of course, why everyone is crazy for Milan.

Jonathan was literally on the injured list for this one, but luckily, Federico was still available for the starting lineup. Follow him on Twitter @fefinho83 and also give his Milan Club Buenos Aires a follow @MilanClubBAires. We chatted about:

  • Lightning Round: quick questions about favorites
  • News of the Week: double value, Fondazione Milan, new leadership, leaked Milan kits, Paqueta callup, return of Caldara
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent Serie A and Coppa Italia matches
  • Higuain Tribute: recycling and gratitude
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to recycling legend Federico for sharing his brilliance with us. Follow him on Twitter @fefinho and also his Milan Club Buenos Aires @MilanClubBAires.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:51am PDT

By some miracle, Milan are still in fourth place. Morale is high, especially with the performances of a few individuals. Still, there is plenty to discuss and much to be improved within the team. And no one knows better what those things are than the most devout of Milan fans. Good Times.

The most devout of Milan fans includes podcast favorites Pete and David. You can follow Pete on Twitter @PDAcquaviva for his wisdom and follow David @DavidLSwan for his humor. Or is that reverse? The four of us wisely laughed about:

  • Lightning Round: quick questions about favorites
  • News of the Week: UEFA and ECA, making babies, Valentine love, new kit, Inter schadenfreude
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent Serie A matches
  • Donnarumma Form: stats and discussion
  • Midfield Form: talking Bakayoko and more
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to both Pete and David for both making us think and making us laugh. For more wit and wisdom, follow them on Twitter @PDAcquaviva and@DavidLSwan.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:37am PDT

Milan are still in fourth place, even if they still struggle to take advantage of opposition teams dropping points and widen the gap. But confidence is growing, the a number of clean sheets is growing, and we finally have a competent management. Which is why we had the best January mercato ever. Not only is it our first January mercato in so very long, but we truly strengthened the squad to make us more competitive, and we also lowered our wage bill at the same time.

 

Because we recorded during the absolute worst Super Bowl game in history, our guests were all sitting in shock while Jonathan and I talked about all things Milan. Our discussion included:

  • News of the Week: Actual respect, respect fail, benevolence, clean sheets, European top ten, Mihajlovic for the win, Elaine’s luscious schadenfreude week
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent Serie A and Coppa Italia matches
  • January Mercato: all of the ins and outs of this mercato
  • Coming up: upcoming matches
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_129.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:22am PDT

Milan are back in fourth place, and despite a heartbreaking Supercoppa loss, seem bound and determined to fight for fourth, against all odds. This week, we looked more in depth at Gattuso and what kind of future he might have at the club. In an all-Americ

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:59am PDT

No one is more harsh on a team or its players than the team’s own fans, and that is why we do midseason player ratings. Fans got a little relief after a much needed win against the mighty SPAL, having survived the wreckage of a tedious December tailspin. Luckily, the players were rated for their entire season’s performances.

For some fresh perspective this midseason, we turned to a new guest, Walid. Follow him on Twitter @Silm_213 . We chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Fassone irony, captain fine, heartless move, more appealing, year in a number, transfer win, return of Strinic
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent matches
  • Midseason Ratings: discussing and rating the players
  • Coming up: upcoming matches and moral issues

Thanks again to Walid for sharing his passion and opinions about Milan. Please give him a follow on Twitter for more wisdom @Silm_213

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_127.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 9:40am PDT

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