UEFA HAVE announced that the Giuseppe Meazza will be the home to the UEFA Champions League final in the year of 2016.
Milan’s number one target is to return to the Champions League next season and now they have an extra incentive as the final of the 2015/16 edition will be held at Stadio San Siro, UEFA have unsurprisingly confirmed on Thursday evening.
“Milano’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza – otherwise known as San Siro – has been selected to host the 2016 UEFA Champions League final,” it reads on uefa.com. “The decision was made at Thursday’s UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon and it will be the fourth time the European Cup has been decided at the stadium after showpiece occasions in 1965, 1970 and 2001. The arena, first opened in 1926, is home to both AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano, and has a capacity of nearly 80,000 seats for UEFA competitions.” The world will be able to see how San Siro looks packed this Saturday as the Meazza is expected to be completely sold out for Matchday 3’s Milan-Juventus.
FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio commented UEFA choice: “We can finally celebrate: it’s excellent news for Italian football, which has the ambition to return to be an absolute protagonist in Europe, also thanks to the organization of big events like this or the 2020 Euro’s for which Rome is a candidate and we hope to receive another good news from Geneva tomorrow.
“The CL final and in particular the economic impact on the territory will be an amazing opportunity for Milano, which will be able to prolong the benefits expected for Expo 2015. I’m sure that the local administration, which scheduled important investments for the improvement of the quality of life of its citizens, the requalification and the innovation of the city, will be able to fully seize the opportunity of this sports event. I want to thank my predecessor Giancarlo Abete, Milano and its administrators, the consortium M-I stadium, the clubs Milan & Inter and FIGC’s staff that worked on the candidacy: thanks to an intense team work, we managed to reach the goal we set. I hope to see on the pitch, in that day, at least 1 Italian team.”
San Siro has already been improved but it will undergo more renovations in the next year so it will be in top condition for the 2016 final. This of course doesn’t change Milan’s intention to build a new stadium which they hope to have until 2018.
Milan could be taken to court by former coach Clarence Seedorf over money owed to him, according to the Dutchman’s lawyer.
Seedorf was placed in the Milan hot seat in January after Massimiliano Allegri’s sacking but was unable to sufficiently inspire the club up the Serie A table and the team eventually finished eighth.
That was Milan’s lowest league placing in 16 years and the former midfielder was removed from his role, paving the way for Filippo Inzaghi to come in.
Italian football clubs typically place departed coaches on ‘gardening leave’ rather than terminating their contracts, meaning Seedorf would need to be paid until June 2016 - when his deal was due to expire.
The club and Seedorf are reportedly in talks in an attempt to settle their differences, but Tiziano Treu, a member of the former Netherlands international’s legal team, expects a long road ahead.
He is quoted by Gazzetta Dello Sport as saying: ”We hope for an amicable solution and [one] that satisfies both parties, but the last meeting did not go very well.
"As things stand there is a high chance we will end up in court."
Milan tops Serie A after winning each of its opening two games of the season, including Sunday’s thrilling 5-4 win at Parma.
AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a thigh injury.
Lopez sustained the injury while attempting to reach Mattia De Sciglio’s goalbound backpass during the closing stages of Sunday’s 5-4 win at Parma.
Milan say Lopez has a right thigh injury and will be reevaluated in a couple of weeks.
Lopez, who was signed from Real Madrid on a free transfer in the offseason, will miss Milan’s Serie A matches against three-time defending champion Juventus, Empoli and Cesena. He will be replaced either by Christian Abbiati or Michael Agazzi.
Milan also say defender Alex is struggling with bruising to a muscle in his right thigh and will undergo tests in the next few days.
But that’s not all injury news – as revealed on Milan’s site “Riccardo Saponara suffered an injury to his left knee during a tackle in this morning’s training session. The footballer was taken straight away to the ‘Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi’ in Milan where tests and a visit from specialist professor Herbert Schonhuber revealed damage to the collateral ligament and the meniscus. Tomorrow morning Saponara, with the assistance of Milan’s medics, will undergo keyhole surgery.” The early indications suggest that the 22-year-old midfielder will miss the next 4-6 weeks but things will be clearer on Tuesday.
Fernando Torres is expected to be fit for the game with Juventus this Saturday but Stephan El Shaarawy remains a major doubt. Coach Filippo Inzaghi will hope to have Torres, El Shaarawy and Alex recovered as Juventus are the biggest test yet.
Bonaventura - 25’
Cassano - 27’
Honda - 37’
Menez - 45’ (pen)
Felipe - 51’
de Jong - 68’
Lucarelli - 73’
Menez - 79’
de Sciglio - 89’ (OG)
I’m not even really sure of what I saw here. This was such a bizarre, but wonderful match. Milan really did play a great game though. And having scored this many goals without having a true forward on the pitch was quite astounding. Kinda makes you wonder what’s gonna happen when Torres steps on the pitch.
I was beyond thrilled that Bonaventura scored his first Milan goal on his debut and that both Honda and Menez have scored in both games thus far.
This team is really beginning to mesh together and play as one it seems. Inzaghi is doing a great job and has my full support!
Now onto the next match against Juve…and Allegri.
Milan: Lopez; Abate, Alex, Bonera (C), De Sciglio; Poli, De Jong, Muntari; Honda, Menez, Bonaventura.
Parma: Mirante; Ristovski, Felipe, Lucarelli, De Ceglie; Acquah, Lodi, Jorquera; Ghezzal, Cassano, Belfodil.
Milan - Parma: Probable Formations
MARCO VAN GINKEL has a positive feeling about the switch to Milan but still thinks about Chelsea, who loaned him out to the Rossoneri.
Van Ginkel joined Milan on loan with no option to be bought and yesterday he had his first training session with the group. Milan were keen to sign the player and it seems that they believe he can feature regularly this season: according to Sky Italia, if Van Ginkel plays less than 20 games, Milan will pay Chelsea €1 million for the loan while if he plays more, the fee will be €0.5 mil.
The Dutchman is just starting to settle in but he feels like he took the right step after missing the majority of last season due to a knee injury, managing to appear in just 4 Chelsea games in his debut season after growing up at Vitesse.
“Of course I had imagined my 1st season at Chelsea differently,” Van Ginkel is quoted as saying on Voetbal International. “In a few months’ time a lot can change. I played with Chelsea in the pre-season, especially in the start. It wasn’t bad. But Chelsea have an amazing selection.
“Certainly I wasn’t afraid of it but I want to make a lot this season. And a player you have to realistically look at your opportunities and asses to what extend it’s possible to get what you want at your club. The interest of Milan did something to me. The club has won some many things over the years and has had many good players. Of course last season was disappointing and therefore the club doesn’t play in the UCL.
“But Milan remain one of the biggest clubs in the world. And again, it’s a big and beautiful foreign league. I’m convinced this is the right step for me. The fact that Chelsea rejected a buy-out clause? It gives confidence but for now everything is focused on Milan. I want to show myself and the conversations that I had were promising. They didn’t give up on me and kept calling; that definitely gave me a good feeling. Like at Chelsea, the expectations are high at Milan, but I’m not afraid.
“Wherever you play there is competition and you have to perform. As a midfielder I think Italian football suits me. Milan play with a defensive midfielder and two offensive midfielders who attack and I think that my goal should be getting one of two spots. It’s a nice position. Ajax? There was contact with all the big clubs in the Netherlands. Ajax was definitely worth considering – a nice club that plays in the UEFA Champions League. But the level of the league also mattered to me.
“I played three full seasons in the Eredivisie and last year I opted for a move abroad. At the moment I think I can learn more in Serie A than in the Eredivisie. I feel this is the right decision. The national team? I don’t look too far ahead after the last season but I have a positive feeling. I’m in a new country with a new language and a new culture and I’m at a top club.”
Van Ginkel is unlikely to play from the start against Parma on Sunday evening but according to Adriano Galliani, coach Filippo Inzaghi speaks highly of the 21-year-old. Andrea Poli and Sulley Muntari are still favourites to play in the midfield.
AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez has backed fellow summer signing Fernando Torres to be a success at his new club.
Lopez and Torres were two of the big names brought to the San Siro in a pre-season overhaul of Filippo Inzaghi’s squad, joining from Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively.
Torres, 30, moved to Italy on a two-year loan after a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge, but Lopez is confident of the Spain striker rediscovering his best form with Milan.
"He will be really useful to Milan. He has the characteristics to do good things at a team like Milan," Lopez told the club’s official website.
"He’s an experienced player and it will be important too."
Lopez penned a four-year deal with Inzaghi’s side following Madrid’s purchase of Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas.
When asked why he chose Milan, Lopez said: “Because when there was the possibility to come here, I took the decision with certainty.
"As a club, Milan have a big history.
"Slowly we must continue doing good things. We are working in a positive way with coach Inzaghi and we can recover trying to play match by match and winning."
GIANLUCA DI MARZIO is convinced that Milan will sign Suso from ‘Pool in January or June.
There are more confirmations regarding Suso to Milan. The contract of the Liverpool man expires in June 2015 and the Rossoneri, who appeared to be in talks with him over a summer move, seem to have locked down the youngster.
“Suso agreed to move to Milan,” Sky’s respected and usually reliable journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio, wrote on his Calciomercato column on Tuesday.“Liverpool’s attacker accepted Milan’s proposal and will sign with the Italian club as soon as it will be allowed. His contract expires in a year’s time and in few months he’ll be able to officially commit to his new team.”
Di Marzio also adds that Suso, who will turn 21 in November, received offers from Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, who bid €3m for the player but “Suso dreamed to play in Italy. His father was a footballer like him and together they decided that Italy would be the right career move.
“Suso waits for Milan, he’ll join in June or maybe even in January.” If Milan make a January move they’ll of course have to pay Liverpool a small fee, but that’d depend on the squad’s condition then. The Italian press is sure: Suso will be Milan’s.