After ending the calendar year on a 20 year low, Milan fans were given a great gift in the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Perhaps the gift is not brand new or shiny, but it is a gift of healing for fans who remember the summer of 2012. Ibrahimovic may not be able to fix Milan, but for quality-deprived Milan fans, he gives Milan a big fix.

To start of the new year, we invited Federico back to the podcast from Milan Club Buenos Aires. You can follow him on Twitter @Fefinho83 and follow the club @MilanClubBAires. This time around, we discussed:

  • Lightning Round: Quick favorites
  • News of the Week: Milan against racism, Italian Golden Boy, Kaka at Harvard, when fans attack, January mercato
  • The Return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: bringing closure
  • Match Reviews: talking the recent matches
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Federico for the great Milan conversation. Follow him on Twitter @Fefinho83 and be sure to support the Milan Club Buenos Aires by following @MilanClubBAires on Twitter

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

Milan’s fortunes are taking an upturn, no matter how briefly, just in time to celebrate the 120th birthday of the club. We talked about all of the things going on at Milan, including recent matches as well as our favorite memories. Happy 120th Milan!

For such an epic podcast, and with Jonathan on vacation, I had to find epic guests, so of course I invited Dave and Angie from @MilanClubPhilly. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @MilanClubPhilly, and follow Angie on Twitter @AngieFante.

  • Lightning Round: Quick favorites
  • News of the Week: Lega Serie A leadership, epic smacktalk, injury, racism, Bennacer, sports bar, Sport for All
  • Match Reviews: talking the recent match
  • Happy 120 th Birthday Milan: celebrations and looking back
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Dave and Angie for the great convo, please give them a follow: @MilanClubPhilly on Twitter and also on Instagram, and Ange is on Twitter @AngieFante.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_151.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:57am PST

During the International Break, there is less Milan to talk about, but that doesn’t stop the media from spewing rumors and “news.” Amongst their finest work, there were plenty of tell-all interviews with ex-Milan people who have nothing better to do than talk because they are unemployed. So instead, this time around, we gave more fans a chance to shape the conversation.

Filtering the hysteria, Jonathan and I talked about:

  • News of the Week: Subs, partnerships, third generation Milan, agent swap, coach choices, fighting racism sitting down, jail time, retirement tears, virtual coach
  • Match Reviews: talking the recent match
  • Questions from Obsessed Fans: answering listener questions
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_150.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:11am PST

If you read what the media are writing about Milan, you’ll know that Milan as a club has died 29 times in the past two weeks, and the world has also ended multiple times, too. Social media has created a level of hysteria around Milan that makes the Y2K conspiracy theorists look sane and stable. Amongst the turmoil, there are actually some positives and signs of progress, but you have to look past the distraught voices in order to see the calm in the storm.

Filtering the hysteria, Jonathan and I talked about:

  • News of the Week: New channel, stadium update, expecting, end of the world agent, Cutrone #NeverForget, new book, injury update
  • Match Reviews: talking recent matches and Pioli
  • Management, Money, and More: latest info on the business side
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_149.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:10pm PST

After the Giampaolo experiment ended in tragedy and 15 dropped points, we were more than happy to usher in the Pioli Era. With immediate improvement in play, it was a lot easier to swallow dropping two points against Lecce. Off the pitch, however, there was shocking financial news, so the harrowing experience of being a Milan fan still continues, despite improvements on the pitch.

To talk about the issues on and off the pitch, we needed a lifelong Milan fan. So of course we asked Francesco, the president of the Curva Sud America. You can follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. We talked about:

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week: Ciao Giampaolo, welcome Pioli, Caldara is back, new babies, UEFA ban, Golden Boy, deep lagoon, fighting racism
  • Match Reviews: talking recent match
  • Finances: Shocking deficit, increased costs, decreased revenue
  • Pioli: discussing the new mister
  • Coming Up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Francesco for helping us welcome in the Pioli era. Follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8 for all of the updates from the Curva Sud America.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_148.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:27am PST

With the shockingly poor results, the horrific discipline issues, and the indescribable lineups, Giampaolo’s future at Milan is the center of much discussion. We talked about everything at Milan, but especially the theory that we have all been subjected to intentional pain.

Things have just gone from bad to worse, so we wanted some fresh perspective. We invited Adam to join us, of amazing graphic design fame. Follow him on Twitter @AdamFrassinoro and scroll through his timeline to check out his work. In spite of our suffering, we discussed:

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week: Police ban, Tapiro d’Oro, U21 Team of the Week, Sassuolo loss, racism, Quote of the Week
  • Match Reviews: talking recent performances
  • Stadium: The Cathedral vs. The Rings of Milano

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  • Giampaolo: discussing his future at Milan
  • Coming Up: International break

Thanks again to Adam for some fantastic conversation in spite of our circumstances. Follow him on Twitter @AdamFrassinoro and check out his amazing football graphics.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:28am PST

The only thing worse than losing the Derby is having to record a podcast after losing the Derby. But in hindsight, it helped to look at what is going on at the club and how the team are playing. It also helped to put things into perspective, looking at the big picture. Or maybe to make things less clear, I’m not sure. All I know is that Milan seem dazed and confused.

 

With our season starting out so poorly, we needed an expert to help us look at what is going on, so we asked the best: David. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan, the L is for Legend. This time around, we discussed: 

  • Lightning Round: quick faves
  • News of the Week Month: Shirt sponsors, youth, stadium, congrats, record scoring, ban, racism, Quote of the Week
  • Match Reviews: talking recent performances
  • Giampaolo: madness
  • Milan’s Wage Bill: good news
  • Coming Up: upcoming fixtures

Thanks again to David for a lowering himself to our level. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan. Now. You won’t regret it.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_146.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:52pm PST

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
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_145.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:00am PST

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
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_144.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:04am PST

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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_143.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:21pm PST

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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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:22am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

 

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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_139.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:53am PST

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 PST

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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_137b.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:22am PST

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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_136.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:02am PST

 

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
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_135.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 9:57pm PST

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
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_134.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:33am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_131.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:51am PST

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.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_130.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:37am PST

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 PST

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

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_128.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:59am PST

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 PST

Milan are celebrating their 119th birthday having just crashed out of the Europa League and then being slapped with sanctions from UEFA. Not the birthday gifts we were hoping for, but at least not playing in the Europa League might help curb our injury crisis. It’s enough to give anyone the holiday blues.

With nothing to celebrate, we needed twice the star power, so we invited both David and Pete to be on the podcast this time. You can follow David @DavidLSwan on Twitter and Pete at @PDAcquaviva on Twitter. Together, we lamented and laughed about:

  • News of the Week: new player, small profit, new head of scouting, new CEO, nomination, godless January, Curva milestone, happy birthday
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent matches
  • FFP Sanctions: discussing the new sanctions
  • Coming up: upcoming matches, lesson in timezones

Thanks again to both David and Pete for blessing us with their wit and wisdom. To further bless your lives, follow them on Twitter @DavidLSwan and @PDAcquaviva.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_126.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:36am PST

Gattuso just celebrated his first year as Milan’s head coach, so of course his track record has been under the microscope. But with recent results and performances improving, the microscope is looking pretty favorably at him. Much of the attention this week is turning towards Milan’s new CEO, Ivan Gazidis. Certainly, there is always plenty to talk about at Milan.

This conversation needed some genius, so we obviously invited Jovan to join us. We discussed all things Milan, especially:

  • News of the Week: indestructible defender, political statements, UEFA list, surgery news, scoring savant, 4th place!
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent matches
  • Welcome Gazidis: a new CEO for Milan
  • Gattuso’s First Year: strengths and weaknesses
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Jovan for sharing his genius with us. Beware of exceptional genius wandering at large around Montenegro.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_125.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:28pm PST

From Injury emergency to crisis to a full blown injury apocalypse, our season has drastically changed for the worse. Especially for so many of our players, who are personally feeling the pain of this apocalypse. We are already seeing the short term impact of these injuries, but they will also have long term ramifications as well.

We needed a true Milan fan to discuss our suffering, so we turned to Francesco. You can find out more about Francesco by following him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8. Amidst the pain, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: new clothes, strange ban, Golden Boy, new dad, new CEO, awards, waiting for sanctions
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent matches
  • Injury Apocalypse: why so many injuries so soon?
  • Coming up: upcoming matches 

Thanks again to Francesco for suffering with us yet again. Please follow him on Twitter @FrancescoPetra8 to suffer along with him.

Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_124.mp3
Category:serie a -- posted at: 7:01am PST

Like a most improbable dream, Milan are in fourth place right now. Which is a huge shift from recent years and shows that while our football may not be pretty, in fact it may be really frustrating at times, it is more effective than it looks. And that Champions League objective might not be quite so far away as it has seemed all of these years without it.

 With a win, a clean sheet, and fourth place all happening simultaneously, sometimes people get lost in the celebrations. That was clearly the case with our guest this week, so Jonathan and I took the reins once again. We discussed:

  • News of the Week: new partner, best in form player, coach Oddo, fortress, Conti comeback, Zlatan
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent matches
  • Injury Crisis: why so many injuries so soon?
  • Coming up: upcoming matches
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:16pm PST

Any Milan fan that watched the Derby probably feels that all is lost. Coming off of an international break during which the financials were released from Yonghong Li’s Milan, it’s certainly not a fun time to talk about Milan. But with or without the aid of alcohol, those who bleed red and black must carry on. You’re welcome.

There was a man down after that Derby, so my cohost and I were forced to carry on alone this week. Despite our sorrows, immediately after the Derby, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Trophee Kopa, more changes, new player agreement, ciao again Gandini, Festival dello Sport, another Milan derby, no passport for you, Montolivo’s addition, some bald guy
  • Match Review: review of the Derby
  • The Finances of the Chinese Era: mindboggling numbers
  • Coming up: upcoming matches
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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:21pm PST

Milan have three wins in a row, and I couldn't be more frightened. Why? Because we cannot keep a clean sheet to save our lives. It’s like having an amazing dinner, but knowing you’re going to get mugged on the way home. Not being able to keep 90 minutes of mentality is already making our results shaky, but stand to pull the rug out from beneath us in the long run. And it’s not just one game, it’s happening over and over again.

An early game and podcast needed exceptional wisdom, so of course we asked Pete to join us. To find more of his wisdom, follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva. After the Chievo game, we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Debt free, Ancelotti trolls, Golden Boy, whatever with loyalty, the comeback kid, Milan Foundation, Italy callups
  • Match Reviews: review of recent matches
  • Clean Sheet Crisis: why we concede
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Pete for Cutrone. Follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva for more brilliant gifts and wisdom.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:33am PST

Milan·s performances and results recently are lacking, but things are improving off the pitch. The announcement that Ivan Gazidis is finally going to come to the club as CEO was contrasted by lackluster performances on the pitch. Gattuso·s lack of exper

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 2:23pm PST

The clouds have truly lifted at Milanello, and the source of that bright shining light is not the sun, but rather the legendary Paolo Maldini. His mere presence has changed the atmosphere at and around the club. Victory is that much sweeter when he is watching his beloved team play as a director, where he should have been since he retired. He’s helped everyone raise their levels already, even Gattuso. That is the power of Maldini.

 

Even our guests were on International Break this week. But in their absence, we discussed:

  • News of the Week: Europa League, NT duty, wage bills, players out, Conti’s return, the armband fiasco
  • Match Review: review of the Roma victory
  • Gattuso Tactics: not an oxymoron
  • Legends return: the Maldini effect
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

 

Please try to keep yourself together for the rest of the break… Milan will be returning before you know it!

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:26pm PST

One game into the season and the media has already called for Gattuso’s head. Amidst all of the ridiculous hyperbole of the media and the fans, we try to sort through what actually happened in the match and perhaps apply a more realistic view of what might happen this season, particularly with our grinta-filled coach. 

Our guest this time was the amazing Debopam, who is one of the staff at goaldentimes.org. You can follow him on Twitter @rossoneri, and you should definitely check out the book “Tiro: A Football Odyssey from Amazon to Alps.” For this podcast, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: UEFA honor, football helping out, dysfunctional calcio
  • Match Review: review of recent match
  • Gattuso: Discussing the Mister
  • Coming up: upcoming matches 

Thanks again to Debopam for his great conversation. Follow him on Twitter @rossoneri and check out goaldentimes.org. For a real football treat, pick up “Tiro: A Football Odyssey from Amazon to Alps.”

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:09pm PST

OFFICIAL: The Milan Obsession Podcast has signed Jonathan to a longterm contract as cohost. Details of the contract were undisclosed.

Following Leonardo’s example, we have signed a permanent cohost, and expect the podcast to also qualify for the Champions League of podcasts this season. So while we were under the influence of extreme optimism, we previewed the new season with unicorns and rainbows.

We invited Pavlo to bring his optimism agenda and his passion and wisdom to discuss the upcoming season. Follow him on Twitter @PavloBrk. Our optimistic party included:

  • News of the Week: New captain, renewal, Kaka dreams, club mentality, rap battle, Milan heart, Inter laughs
  • Mercato: News and rumors
  • Match Reviews: reviews of recent matches
  • Season Preview: Talking players, coach, and forecast
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Pavlo for raining down optimism upon us. Follow him on Twitter to hold him to his rosy predictions @PavloBrk

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:21pm PST

The long awaited Return of the King, Paolo Maldini, has finally occurred. I have a theory as to why, and it all started with one lucky fan. He won a chance to meet the team, but ended up meeting Gattuso instead. After that, Leonardo was hired on. Then Higuain and Caldara came to Milan. And finally, the return of Maldini. That is a whole lot of luck.

That lucky fan is Ricardo, who flew to Los Angeles from Texas just to watch the game. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Ricky7990. Who knows, maybe some of his luck will rub off on you. In the meantime, he and I chatted about:

  • News of the Week: No B team, Montolivo get out, Strinic in, Calhanoglu’s woman problems, Fasssone’s lack of class, Ambrosini’s new challenge, VAR replays, U.S. TV rights
  • ICC U.S. Tour: second half recap
  • Friendlies: reviews of Tottenham and Barcelona matches
  • Milan in Los Angeles: Meeting Gattuso and watching Milan live
  • Mercato: News and rumors
  • The Return of the King: Maldini’s glorious return
  • Coming up: upcoming matches

Thanks again to Ricardo for sharing his great luck with all of us Milan fans and for his time on the podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Ricky7990

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:23pm PST

In spite of all of the changes off the pitch, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Milan up close and personal here in Los Angeles. From stalking them at the airport to meeting Gattuso to watching them play right before my very eyes, it brought me great joy at a time when there are so many unanswered questions at the club.

My favorite intern, Jonathan, also has plans to see the team up close and personal this season, but at the San Siro. We discussed:

  • News of the Week: future legendary coaches, shut up and work, finally Kalinic, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, ciao Capitano, no thank you Puma, train cup, U19 Euros
  • Friendlies: reviews of Novara & Manchester United matches
  • Serie A Calendar: 2018-19 calendar just released
  • UEFA Ruling: CAS overturned UEFA’s ruling
  • Ownership & Management Changes: out with the old, in with the new
  • Coming up: next friendlies

Thanks again to Jonathan for being a fantastic intern, a passionate Milan fan, and future San Siro pitch invader.

 

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 10:12pm PST

Another change in ownership, a ban from Europe, and a zero balance mercato. When will Milan fans catch a break? So much to talk about, but nothing that we would like to be talking about. And yet as fans, we are still here, still emotionally committed to the red and black. So it seems that hope is all we have.

A fan podcast requires passionate fans, and Pavlo is one of the most devout fans around. Follow him on Twitter for his knowledge, wisdom, and Milan passion @PavloBrk. For this podcast, we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Someone’s lying, Dreaded 3 man defense returning, Spelling errors, Ciao Abbiati, New Youth Sector Director, Maldini is going somewhere, Pig farming crime, Graduation, Curva Sud statement, Serie A season, World Cup or something
  • Mercato News: why it’s so hard to sell players
  • Ownership: the hedge fund arrives
  • UEFA Ruling: waiting for the appeal 
  • Important Summer Dates: when and where Milan will be

Thanks again to Pavlo for bringing hope and optimism at a time when it feels like all is lost.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 7:50am PST

Raduno literally means ·rally,· and that is what is supposed to happen to kick of Milan·s new season today. But what can we rally around? The new kit is poor, we don·t know if we·ll have Europe or not still, and now we don·t even know who will own t

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 11:29pm PST

At a point when our mercato should be taking shape and all of us getting excited for the Europa League and the season, we still have no idea whether or not we will be playing in Europa League. Which has put our mercato completely on hold and intensified rumors surrounding the financial stability of the club. Of course, there’s plenty of other corruption and douchebaggery in Italy to discuss, but it doesn’t change Milan fans’ unresolved pain.

I always enjoy going back to the beginning, and for Milan Obsession, that beginning included Jovan. A lifelong Milan fan and knowledgeable football connoisseur, he and I talked about:

  • News of the Week: extension, criminals, women, Supercoppa, broadcasting rights fail, new coaches, corruption, tennis, shame, farewell
  • World Cup: Is there a World Cup going on or something?
  • UEFA Ruling: still no answers
  • Important Summer Dates: when and where Milan will be

 Thanks again to Jovan for listening to the rants and being willing to talk Milan when there’s not a lot of great stuff to talk about.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 4:54am PST

A season that was supposed to redeem Milan and the hopes of Milan fans took a sharp turn downwards with UEFA’s announcement that they refused to give Milan a settlement agreement. Despite the damper that put on the season and the far reaching implications that the news creates for our future, it was a good time to sit down and reflect on the team and all of our players.

When you want a balanced perspective on Milan, you should talk to Pete. So follow him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva. To wrap up all of the disappointment of this season, we discussed:

  • News of the Week: dumped by an ex, players announcing themselves, a non-European Champions League, breaking wind
  • Player Ratings: Who should stay and who should go
  • Gattuso: his future at Milan
  • Yonghong Li, UEFA, and the Elliott Fund: fact vs. fiction

Thanks again to Pete for being willing to drudge through the disappointments and dissect our players’ season instead of sleeping or something productive. Please follow him @PDAcquaviva on Twitter.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 8:00am PST

There is plenty to talk about at the end of the season, especially our first full season under our new management. But in addition to everything on the pitch, fans have created a controversy that is literally larger than life. And I am not happy about it. So for this episode, you get to hear me rant. A lot.

Nothing is better than talking to a true Milan fan. Unless you get to talk to a true Milan fan who has also played professionally. That is why I asked Intern Jonathan on once again. In between rants, we chatted about:

  • News of the Week: Visit from the President, awards, Nesta in Serie B, Italy National Team, contract extension, best keeper in Serie B, Parma promotion, new partnership, Biglia news
  • Season Update: Serie A update
  • Donnarumma Rant: will Elaine’s head explode?
  • Bonucci’s Leadership: meeting Ermanno
  • Coming up: Upcoming matches

 

Thanks again to Jonathan for listening patiently to my rants and being the best intern ever.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 7:32am PST

After a season of hot and cold performances, looming ahead of us is a cold, dark mercato where there is more confusion than clarity. Despite a meeting with UEFA and a shareholder’s meeting, there are more questions than answers coming from management. And to make matters worse, the future of Mirabelli at Milan is also swirling with rumors and speculation, leaving us further in the depths of confusion

Milan’s recent years have been so traumatic, longtime Milan fan David has become slightly confused about his allegiance. I think he checked out before Allegri left, so he doesn’t realize that Allegri has been at Juve all of these years. You can follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan to witness the confusion yourself. But I always feel bad for people with traumatic injuries, so I invited him on the podcast again. We discussed:

  • News of the Week: New leaked kits, Ciao Oddo, Pirlo’s big night, second teams coming, Biglia’s injury
  • Season Update: Serie A update
  • Mirabelli rumors: will he stay or go?
  • Financial Update: update on Milan finances
  • Coming up: Upcoming matches

Thanks again to David for being a great sport and for humoring me my fashion expertise. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLSwan to see if you can figure out which team he supports.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:27am PST

In six days we played three games and went from good to okay to the worst just like that. We also lost another starter to a season-ending injury. Milan·s scoring problem is finally unable to be ignored, and the historic worst game was enough to suck the

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:18am PST

We hit a bit of a wall in our march toward a return to Champions League, with a loss and two draws in our last three matches. But whatever frustration we have with results and injuries, we also are blessed with a great leader to see us through the tough times. Whatever differences people may have, the one thing I think we can all agree on is that we are all on Team Gattuso.

Every team needs players like my new intern Jonathan. He can start, play 90 minutes, or be a super sub when needed. For this podcast, he stepped up once again and we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Conti setback, hair challenge, best gamers, leaked new kits, Gattuso renewal, more Calciopoli snakes
  • Season Update: Serie A update
  • Gattuso’s Press Conferences: rating the big man’s words
  • Coming up: Upcoming matches

Thanks again to Jonathan for being an ideal intern and super sub and for sharing his wisdom and love of Milan with us.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 12:55am PST

For the past six years or more, Milan fans have been clinging to any hope available, with our dreams being crushed repeatedly like the endless crashing waves in the sea. But now, something has changed. Both on and off of the pitch, fans no longer have to cling to hopes. We have belief.

If you want someone with incredible prognosticating powers, then Vinny is your man. You can listen to Vinny and his sidekick on the Milan Weekly Pod and also follow on Twitter @MilanWeeklyPod and also @ACMClubMTL. He shared his genius with us once again:

  • News of the Week: Live action Mario Kart, positive stats, Coppa Italia Final announced, ICC tournament news, Elaine fangirling
  • Sacchi’s Sanity: quotes from the maestro
  • Season Update: Europa League and Serie A update
  • Injuries: update on injured players
  • International Duty: update on players playing for their national teams
  • Milan’s Financial Situation: sifting through the media garbage
  • Coming up: Upcoming matches

Thanks again to Vinny for sharing his genius and especially for the amazing prediction of our unbeaten streak. Listen for more of his genius on Milan Weekly Pod and follow them on Twitter @MilanWeeklyPod or on @ACMClubMTL

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

Milan has made great strides forward recently on the pitch. And despite recent hiccups, a 13 game unbeaten streak with six consecutive wins and six consecutive clean sheets is some incredibly positive momentum. But stepping back and looking to where we were a year ago, just before the sale of the club, there is even more forward progress. Fans of every kind are already beginning to forget what the club has been through over the past six years and look forward to even better times ahead.

Pete joined us again to offer his wisdom and perspective. And speaking of wisdom and perspective, you can get more of it by following him on Twitter @PDAcquaviva. After the Genoa match, we talked about:

  • News of the Week: Kit sponsor, coach salary, free agents, Bachelor Milan Edition, VAR, rescheduling the Derby
  • Gattuso Gem of the Week: quote of the week from the Mister
  • Season Update: Europa League and Serie A update
  • Looking Back: how Milan has changed in the past year
  • Fanship: looking at Milan and Arsenal from both sides
  • Coming up: Upcoming matches 

Thanks again to Pete for his wisdom and insights. Follow him on Twitter to abuse him or to enjoy watching others abuse him @PDAcquaviva

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 1:54am PST

Games were canceled this weekend to show respect for a player who slipped away too soon. The loss of Davide Astori allowed us to take some time to consider what is really important and to pay our respects. And in that spirit of respect, we also decided to have a conversation ahead of the Europa League match with Arsenal from both sides of the stadium.

Adam is the host of Touchline Radio Podcast, and a devout Arsenal fan (with a place in his heart for Milan.) You can also follow him on Twitter @TouchlineRadio or on Instagram or Facebook, or listen to his podcast on Soundcloud, iTunes, or acast. Despite being frenemies for the next two weeks, we had a great conversation about our respective teams. We talked about:

  • Astori Tribute: emotions for the loss our former Milan youth player
  • Maldini Moment: quote of the week from the legend
  • Europa League: looking at Milan and Arsenal from both sides
  • Coming up: Upcoming matches

Thanks again to Adam for sharing his passion about Arsenal and his love of football. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook and listen in on Soundcloud, iTunes, or acast.

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Category:serie a -- posted at: 6:29pm PST