Author Archives: Pete Acquaviva

Pete writes about Milan on this blog. Occasionally other things. You would know which of them it is if you've gotten this far.

Market Assessment – How YOU Doin?

What I Like:

1. The Bonucci Signing – Zvonproir Boban critiqued Milan’s transfer window just after halfway through the window with the comment, “They’ve signed good players, but no one world-class.” Fair point. Not after the Bonucci signing, though. It seems the club agreed, as someone was able to expel Montolivo from the halls of Rohan and return the King to his former glory.

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Don’t You Wish This Was About Montoleader?

I’ve been waiting for the right time to pop up with some new writing, and I think we’ve found the right occasion. Every time I was going to talk about how pleased I was with a transfer, or a potential exit (Montoleader) – something paused me. It’s an incomplete picture, this Milan side, and it didn’t seem prudent of me to hop in and speculate midway through the project.

What would I say? It’s going well. I like the signings? You’ve read this dozens of other places. There’s no new insight. I don’t have anything you would take away from reading this that you couldn’t surmise on your own, or have someone spoon feed you on the latest “how the tactics shift” piece with each new arrival. That being said, who doesn’t read those?

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AC Milan Sold to Yonghang Li – First Impressions

Here we are. To be honest there was more than a moment of doubt, and before we all jump for joy, let’s contextualize what happened here. Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company Fininvest sold just over 99% of the shares of AC Milan to a holding company headed by Yonghang Li, a Chinese billionaire. Deliberately, this has been a clouded process, and staring through the murk has yielded more frustration than answers, with this consortium changing pieces over the past two years. You can find the how and the specifics in many places, and that’s not really why anyone reads me.

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Warning Signs

We might be whistling past the graveyard. I don’t think it’s necessarily there yet, but there’s certainly a lot of misplaces huberis surrounding this club right now. Since this won’t see the light of day for several weeks, let’s contextualize what’s going on as this is written. Sino-Europe Sports have made two confirmed hirings, Fassone (Inter, Juve, Napoli) and Mirabelli (Inter chief scout, scout at Southampton).

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Reality and Why It’s Overrated

There’s an awful, overused and misapplied quote by Marilyn Monroe who gets reverence mostly because she died young and beautiful. It goes something along the lines of, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.”

First of all this is a terrible quote for so many reasons, but just factually – it’s adrift of reality. That’s not how things are. That’s not how people work, that’s not how life works. But at the same time it’s also true in the sense, that Monroe is the sort of person who IS able to play it like that. If Kathy Bates said that quote, nobody would remember it.

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Running in Place

I’m not a Silvio apologist. I’m a Silvio realist. First all let’s caption this piece with the caveat that a discussion of Silvio starting and ending with Milan simply isn’t possible. Silvio was one of the pioneers of the methods Manchester City, PSG and other football clubs employ today. All the while, he was arguably onto more important business: running Italy.
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Winter in Milan

I used to write about tactics. It started a few years back: how the game unfolded to me was important. Making sense of the constant motion, the unstated technique of being in the right place at the right time, and appreciating how breakdowns in that structure affected the whole seemed like the most productive use of my time. It wasn’t like we were witnessing the third rebirth of Bilsa here, this was just Allegri juggling around a 4-3-3 into a 4-3-1-2 while finding creative uses for Urby Emanuelson and giving Kevin-Prince Boateng all the confidence he needed to dupe Schalke into thinking he was a 9.

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Udinese v Milan Post-Match Comments

So by now, I have a question for everyone. Why are you reading this? Feel free to leave a response in the comments – I do read them. Are you reading because you want to understand the game better? Maybe because you’re such a fan of Milan, you’d read any drivel put on a page about them? Or perhaps you know me in real life and want to hook me up with a +1 page view?

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Milan v Empoli Post-Match Comments

New Season! Same shit. I’ve been gone a while, and a lot of what I’ve been trying to do is contextualize just how bad. There’s not an answer yet to the extent of the damage, but the scars are clearly visible on Mijalovic’s side.

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Episode 5: Giancarlo Rosselli