Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Kickoff: 6:30 AM ET (USA) / 12:30 CET (ITA)
League Position: Milan (13), Catania (20)
Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania, Italy
So… heard any interesting new lately? After a confusing, frustrating, and for many, disappointing series of events off the pitch at Milan, the Rossoneri try to maintain the momentum from one of their first truly good performances of the year in Scotland as they head to Sicily to face bottom-of-the-table Catania.
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Kickoff: 2:45 PM ET (USA) / 7:45 PM GMT (UK)
League Positions: Milan (13), Celtic (1)
Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
A win today coupled with a likely Ajax defeat to Barcelona would see the Rossoneri qualify for the Round of 16, quite an accomplishment for a side that have been so woeful for much of this campaign. They are going to need a lot of help in Serie A of course but, remarkably, Milan’s Champions League fate still rests in their own hands.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2013
Kickoff: 2:45 PM ET (USA) / 20:45 CET (ITA)
League Position: AC Milan (10), Genoa (7)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
The international break saw some good performances from Rossoneri players, but looks to have done little to relieve the injury crisis. We can at least hope it has re-energized Balotelli, who spearheads a very familiar looking Milan as they resume the Serie A campaign against Genoa on Saturday.
I grew up in Padova, a city close to Venice and a 3 hour drive to Milano. Despite fact about 240 kilometers separate the two cities, there are strong ties between Padova and Milan the football club. Recently El Shaarawy joined the rossoneri after becoming one of Italy’s best prospects at Padova, and before becoming a world class midfielder at Milan, Albertini, also played for Padova. But the ties between Milan and Padova start in the 1960s- the first coach to win a Champions League for Milan (back when it was called Coppa dei Campioni), Nereo Rocco, also arrived from Padova. I recently went back to Padova on vacation and had many Milan related experiences I wanted to share with you. I do believe these stories offer great insight on what is currently wrong at Milan, and more importantly, what needs to happen for the club to return to glory…
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Kickoff: 9:00 AM ET (USA) / 15:00 CET (ITA)
League Position: Milan (11), Chievo (20)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy
Sincere apologies for my absence the past few matches, but work and school got in the way. Looks like the Rossoneri were a bit distracted as well, but you didn’t really need me around to tell you how the Fiorentina and Barcelona matches would unfold, did you?
Gino DeBlasio speaks on Milan’s current predicament:
The Italians love the word crisis. Crisi as the natives would say, is an overused word at the best of time. But for this Milan team, time and time again that word has been resplendently usurped by rimmonto (revival). Yes, Milan, last year revived their European hopes, albeit in the most congruous of circumstances.
Take this year, eleven points in twelve games, crisi without rimmonto is looking like an inevitability. You, and I, are left pointing the finger, accusing the club and asking, where did it all go wrong? If you’re looking for a clear definitive answer, I’m sorry, you’re going to be left asking more questions than getting answers.
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Kickoff: 3:45 PM ET (USA) / 20:45 CET (ITA)
League Position: Milan (10), Lazio (7)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
Draw Barcelona 1-1, lose to Parma 5 days later. Yep, that sounds about right.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Kickoff: 10:00 AM ET (USA) / 14:00 CET (ITA)
League Position: Milan (8), Parma (13)
Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy
Two good-but-not-great performances have bought the Rossoneri a little bit of momentum in the build up to a very winnable game. But make no mistake, Parma have some tools that should worry Milan, so there can’t be another relapse after the high of facing Barcelona.