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June 2001

Galliani agrees with Checci Gori
30.6 || webmaster

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani: "I have heard what Fiorentina chairman Cecchi Gori said, and he is right when he says that not only Fiorentina have got economical problems, others clubs as well. I hope that they will soon get over their troubles, I am optimistic."
calciomercato.com

Meeting for Nakata
30.6 || webmaster

AS Roma and AC Milan have a meeting for the transfer of Nakata. The move of the Japanese star is strictly connected with the transfer of Rui Costa to Parma as earlier Tanzi club were linking with a move Nakata but if Rui Costa accepts to join Parma, Nakata might sign for AC Milan.
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Galliani agrees with Checci Gori
30.6 || webmaster

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani: "I have heard what Fiorentina chairman Cecchi Gori said, and he is right when he says that not only Fiorentina have got economical problems, others clubs as well. I hope that they will soon get over their troubles, I am optimistic."
calciomercato.com

Meeting for Nakata
30.6 || webmaster

AS Roma and AC Milan have a meeting for the transfer of Nakata. The move of the Japanese star is strictly connected with the transfer of Rui Costa to Parma as earlier Tanzi club were linking with a move Nakata but if Rui Costa accepts to join Parma, Nakata might sign for AC Milan.
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Milan contact Roma for Nakata
30.6 || webmaster

Roma's president Franco Sensi has revealed that he has been approached by Milan for Japanese creative hub Hidetoshi Nakata.


Milan need a new creative star as Leonardo has left and Boban is now veteran-class. Nakata featured just 15 times for the giallorossi in the Scudetto-winning campaign and Sensi admitted that if Rui Costa goes elsewhere, Milan look favourites to sign the Japanese international. "If Milan fail to sign Manuel Rui Costa, then I think Nakata will be their next objective," he said.

soccerage.com

Milan signs Pirlo! -- official!
30.6 || webmaster

The Italian U21 playmaker has signed today for AC Milan.
Pirlo's contract will expire on the 30th of June 2005.
It seems that the deal is arround $ 17 mil.

Spurs chasing Sheva
30.6 || webmaster

Tottenham are ready to shatter their transfer record to lure Andrei Shevchenko from Milan as they seek to unite the 24-year-old with his Ukraine strike partner Sergei Rebrov.
Glenn Hoddle hopes to negotiate the signing in the next fortnight and is willing to swap Norway's Steffen Iversen as part of a deal worth around Ł30million.

Shevchenko, among the world's finest goalscorers, is unhappy at Milan, who failed to qualify for next season's Champions League. He has made it clear he would jump at the chance to play in the Premiership and, in particular, alongside Rebrov.

The pair formed a formidable partnership with Dynamo Kiev and continue to shine for Ukraine. The indications last night were that Shevchenko is willing to spurn offers from Real Madrid or Barcelona in favour of White Hart Lane.

"Andrei's situation at Milan is not the best and definitely he wishes to play with Sergei," said Sandor Varga, Rebrov's agent and a close friend and advisor to Shevchenko. "If you put these two players together in one club there is no question the club will be successful.

"The fact that Tottenham are not in the Champions League would not be a reason for Andrei not to join them. Milan are not in the Champions League either, and England is his first choice.

Tottenham last night denied they were planning to buy Shevchenko but it is understood their owners Enic are trying to work out a deal. Any offer of Iversen could interest Milan, not least because the 24-year-old is remembered there from the Rosenborg team that triumphed in the San Siro in 1996 to eliminate Milan from the Champions League.

Although Shevchenko would still cost a fortune in fees and wages, Enic's billionaire founder, Joe Lewis, is intent on making a success of Tottenham and the new owners were yesterday preparing to unveil Liverpool's Christian Ziege as their latest signing, joining Teddy Sheringham, Gus Poyet and the defender Goran Bunjevcevic.

Shevchenko has scored 24 goals in each of his two seasons in Serie A since moving to Milan from Dynamo Kiev for Ł16m. He was Italy's top scorer in 1999-2000 and finished second behind Hernan Crespo of Lazio last season.

http://football.guardian.co.uk

Rui: but I want Terim
30.6 || webmaster

He calls our newspaper in tears: 'Me for Parma? I am not a package. I like AC Milan, but Real ...'. Meanwhile, he will be in Madrid today. 'They wanted to extend my contract two weeks ago, and now, they already decided my future. Parma always wanted me, but I have to be respected'. 'I won't complicate Fiorentina's situation, I would love to stay, but I am the ex-captain now'.
calciomercato.com

AC Milan: Nakata
30.6 || webmaster

Sensi admits: 'Galliani wants the Japanese'. But Rui Costa wants AC Milan or Real and wants time to decide. Toldo says 'no' to Parma. AC Milan's vice-chairman: 'There are no secret documents for Rui Costa and we didn't negotiate for Nakata'. Sensi: 'If AC Milan do not sign the Portuguese, they will get Hidetoshi'.
calciomercato.com

Agreement reached with Pierini
30.6 || webmaster

AC Milan on Gamarra as well. Rui Costa is not close anymore, so Galliani wants Nakata and Riquelme.
calciomercato.com

Fiorentina sells Rui to Parma! :(
29.6 || webmaster

Financially troubled Italian club Fiorentina are
selling Portuguese international forward Manuel Rui Costa and Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo to Serie A rivals Parma, Fiorentina announced Friday.
The two players, who are both aged 29, were part of a 61.3 million dollars deal payable over two years.
Rui Costa, who is holidaying in the Algarve region of Portugal, said he was surprised to find himself at the centre of the team's financial wrangles.
calciomercato.com

Milan players status -- official!
29.6 || webmaster

MILANO - After and intense day of negotiations, Milan AC presented the list the numerous consensual decisions as regards copartnership agreements of some players.
The Club of via Turati settled most of the copartnerships they had with other Serie A, B and C1's teams.
Redeemed players: Bonomi (from Prato), Cavaliere (from Viterbese), Corrent (from Salernitana), Cretaz (from Brescello), Donati (from Atalanta), Nicoletti (from Fiorenzuola), Passoni (from Castelsangro), Pelatti (from Prato), Saudati (from Perugiaand already traded to Atalanta) and Topic (from Monza).

Definetively traded: Sadotti to Pescara and Teodorani to Verona. Renewed Coownerships: De Zerbi with Salernitana, Succi with Chievo and Graffiedi with Cesena.

No offers from Milan and Livorno for the player Grego who will thus automatically go to the Tuscan Club being it the latest Club he played at between the two copartners, before his being loaned to Padova.

And finally, as for Maccarone's decision, contended for with Empoli, they'll have to wait until Saturday 30 June at 11.00 a.m. when at Football League the offers will be made known.

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Rui Costa's agent: "AC Milan, Lazio, Parma and Real"
29.6 || webmaster

Manuel Rui Costa's agent Carlo Pallavicino has declared: "Rui's relationship with Terim is that good that if I would had the chance, negotiations would be already over but there are also Lazio, Real Madrid, and Parma. I hope that those teams, together with Juventus, are to make a bid to Fiorentina."
calciomercato.com

Veron pondering his future
29.6 || webmaster

. Lazio midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron is considering his future as Manchester United, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Barcelona trail the Argentinean international. The 26-year-old had put transfer talks on hold whilst he was being charged with falsely obtaining a EU passport but after being cleared a few days ago he is now desperate to sort the matter out.

Veron said: “An Italian team has taken an interest in me and there's always Manchester United - we'll see. This has removed a burden from me, now I can quietly ponder my future.”

Lazio president Sergio Cragnotti said: “Lazio do not want a player who is not happy in this team. The future of Veron is in his hands. But after the absolution, I think he could still stay here.”

soccerage.com

Rui says no to Parma but Milan is out of the race
29.6 || webmaster

Fiorentina’s Portuguese midfielder Manuel Rui Costa has rejected the multi-million dollar offer made to him by Serie A side Parma. The reason behind Rui Costa’s decision is that he would prefer to go play with Real Madrid or Lazio, teams that would guarantee him greater possibilities of silverware.

AC Milan, that was indicated as the favored side to clinch Rui Costa, have now withdrawn from the race to sign the Portugal international as they don’t have enough money to finalize the deal. All of Milan’s financial efforts are infact being spent on Juve striker Pippo Inzaghi, a deal that is set to be officialized early next week.

Parma had offered Fiorentina $75 million dollars (the amount Viola chairman Cecchi Gori needs to cancel the team’s debts) and half of Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso in exchange for Rui Costa, Toldo, and half of Nuno Gomes.

soccerage.com

AC Milan: Nakata?
29.6 || webmaster

Parma are ahead in the race for Rui Costa. The Japanese would be the ideal alternative for Galliani.(...) AS Roma want $33m for the Japanese, but Parma are offering $20m. A meeting between AS Roma and Branchini-Pallavicino, agents of the player could have lowered the fee, but there are other possibilities, including AC Milan. So, if Rui Costa joins Parma, AC Milan will fight to sign the Japanese'. (...).
calciomercato.com

Milan, watch out, Rui might not join
29.6 || webmaster

Parma's offer to sign both him and Toldo: $55m. The two clubs reached an agreement, but if Real Madrid do not sign Zidane, they will fight for the Portuguese.
calciomercato.com

AC Milan want Gamarra
29.6 || webmaster

He would play alongside Maldini, with Kaladze in midfield. The arrival of Inzaghi and the departure of Comandini will be announced on the same day.
calciomercato.com

Sandrelli: "Rui Costa could play for AC Milan"
28.6 || webmaster

Fiorentina's director Massimo Sandrelli, talks about transfers on 'Antena 1': 'Rui Costa could play for AC Milan'. On Fiorentina's financial situation, he added: 'It's a difficult moment, we're in a financial crisis'. On Nuno Gomez, he said: 'We know nothing at the moment, but there might be news next week'.
calciomercato.com

Rui: "Real in talks with Fiorentina"
28.6 || webmaster

On 'Radio Cadena Ser' in Spain, Rui Costa talks about his future, and about interest of Real Madrid. 'I am very happy, Real is one of the best teams in the World. I didn't talk with Real's directors, but I think that they contacted Fiorentina directly. The whole issue is very complicated and it needs time. AC Milan, Lazio, Parma and Real Madrid are all teams who want me'. He added: 'Every player would be flattered to play for Real and when I think about it, I feel happy'.

calciomercato.com

Comandini to Atalanta: Inzaghi can join
28.6 || webmaster

AC Milan are very close to complete the transfer of striker Comandini with Atalanta, and so, they can sign Juventus' striker. Galliani admits: 'We are very close to sell Comandini to Atalanta'. 'We hope to solve financial problems to sign Rui Costa as well'.
calciomercato.com

Parma increases bid for Rui
28.6 || webmaster

Tanzi ready to sign the Portuguese. A super offer, but AC Milan will offer more. $58m to Fiorentina(for the midfielder and Toldo), $4m per season for four years to the player. AC Milan will try to take advantage of Terim.
calciomercato.com

AC Milan squanderer
28.6 || webmaster

According to calciomercato.com's readers AC Milan (27,1 %) are the team that are going to invest more for the next season. Behind the Italian club: Juventus 21,9 %, Real Madrid 19,2 %, Inter Milan 14,4 %, Manchester United 5,8 %, Lazio 4,4 %, Parma 4,2 % and AS Roma 3,1 %
calciomercato.com

Terim on holidays, Rui Costa for AC Milan
28.6 || webmaster

While the coach goes in Turkey, AC Milan are now very close to sign the Portuguese: $28m offer ... Fiorentina want $38m.
calciomercato.com

Rui Costa, it's just a matter of hours
28.6 || webmaster

Fiorentina's Ottavio Bianchi is about to finalize the transfer of the Portuguese. AC Milan could offer Sala as well. Comandini joins Atalanta as the club continues to negotiate for Mendieta and Helguera.
calciomercato.com

The False Passport Verdicts Of The Serie A Teams
27.6 || webmaster

The Verdicts of the false passport trials have just been reached and are the following:

A year ban (till the 30th June 2002) for Inter’s Alvaro Recoba and Lele Oriali with a $1 million US fine for the club.

A year ban (till the 30th June 2002) for former Roma players Gustavo Bartelt and Fabio Junior with a $750,000 fine for the Giallorossi plus a ban till the 31st of March 2002 for their sports director Franco Baldini.

A year ban (till the 30th June 2002) for AC Milan’s Brazilian goalkeeper Dida and a $500,000 fine for Milan.

A year ban (till the 30th June 2002) for Udinese’s Brazilians Alberto, Warley, Jorginho and Da Silva with a $1.5 million fine for Udinese and a 2 year ban (till the 30th June 2003) for Gino Pozzo ( a top member of the management) and a ban till the 31st October 2001 for Sigfrido Marcatti.

As far as Lazio is concerned, their Argentinean Juan Sebastian Veron has been found not guilty alongside the chairman Sergio Cragnotti and Nello Governato whereas Felice Pulici (a member of the management) has been banned till the 30th June 2002 with a $1 million fine for the club.

soccerage.com

Inzaghi and Rui
27.6 || webmaster

Medicals in Como for the Juventus player yesterday. Galliani: if the Portuguese leaves Firenze, he'll surely join us. Confirmed: AC Milan are waiting to sell Comandini(Atalanta or Udinese) and will then announce the signing of Inzaghi.
calciomercato.com

Mendieta: no to AC Milan
27.6 || webmaster

AC Milan offered $33m and Jose' Mari for Valencia's Gaizka Mendieta, but the club turned down their offer. Mendieta's wish is to join Real Madrid, and Jorge Valdano confirmed that the club is linked with the player. Cortes doesn't want to let the player go, but the player is waiting for a call from Real Madrid before pondering a move to Italy(AC Milan/AS Roma). It's no secret that the Spaniard is wanted by Real Madrid's chairman Florentino Perez.
calciomercato.com

Restructure, please Silvio!
27.6 || webmaster

Another season, another empty feeling for Rossoneri tifosi world-wide. Sixth place in Serie A preceded by last season's third place finish is remarkably bad for a five time European champion club.
Milan are no longer seen as a major force in Italian football, let alone world football. Let's be honest, without the Ukranian, Milan would have finished nearer the relegation zone, if not Serie B.
Their European performances at the San Siro for the last couple of years have been atrocious.

Milan seem happier at remaining unbeaten rather than risking their point for a victory. It has been very saddening to see Milan eclipsed by the likes of Roma and Parma this season in Italy and by Galatasary and Deportivo in Europe.

The annihilation of Inter in the derby match was a rare treat for Milan fans, but too rare a treat for my liking.

Consistency is required.

For consistent results hard working players are needed.

Injuries to Redondo, Gattuso and Ambrosini this season have crippled the midfield, but isn't that the idea of having a world class squad in the first place? Recently Galliani has been warning Terim that he must sell before he buy. Where is the problem in that? Terim should call Galliani's bluff and sell 10 or 11 of those fringe players who quite simply are not good enough to play in the first team. With the money made from selling these players he could purchase maybe 3 or 4 world class players.

If Milan were to streamline their playing staff, as Galliani 'favours', they could concentrate on constructing a smaller squad of perhaps 22 world class players.

Next season we only have the league and the UEFA cup to compete in (forget the Coppa Italia, everyone else does).

So please Silvio, Adriano, Terim or whoever is currently holding the strings restructure the squad.

Milan can only be made big again by paradoxically reducing the number of players in their squad.

Written by John Cagney

Sheva: "I absolutely do not want to leave but..."
26.6 || webmaster

Andrei Shevchenko has talked about his future to Russian magazine Sports-Express: "I absolutely do not want to leave AC Milan though a lot depends on the board's transfers' policy. If AC Milan would buy a great champion that will able us to compete for scudetto as Champions League I will be totally doubtless."
calciomercato.com

Inter 'Steal' Creative Dhorasoo from AC Milan
26.6 || webmaster

AC Milan were a step away from signing Lyon’s 28 year old magician Vikash Dhorasoo, but in the last moment their city rivals Inter convinced the player to choose the blue and black side of town.

Inter will pay Lyon $13 million US dollars for the player, while the salary Dhorasoo will enjoy has yet to be disclosed. Dhorasso scored 3 goals in 44 matches this season, and was the playmaker of the French side that ended up 2nd in the league, four points behind champions Nantes.

soccerage.com

Donadoni moves into coaching
26.6 || webmaster

Legendary former rossonero Roberto Donadoni has moved into management with Serie C1 side Lecco.

The former Azzurri has massive Serie A and international experience and also featured in the MLS.

soccerage.com

Milan want Rui Costa
26.6 || webmaster

AC Milan’s general manager Adriano Galliani declared earlier this afternoon that:

“If Fiorentina decide that there is a possibility of them selling their Portuguese star midfielder Manuel Rui Costa then we are ready to make them an immediate offer as the player is of unquestionable worth and our new manager Fatih Terim is a real fan of his.”

soccerage.com

Comandini leaves
26.6 || webmaster

It's over: Inzaghi will sign for AC Milan and Comandini will join Udinese. The Juventus player, meanwhile, is on holidays. For Terim, Inzaghi is not enough: he wants Rui Costa as well.
calciomercato.com

Milan to meet Alaves in a freindly
26.6 || webmaster

Alaves will officially present their new side in a friendly match against AC Milan this summer, in Vitoria. The match will be played on September 2nd. AC Milan signed Contra and Javi Noreno from the Spaniards this season.
calciomercato.com

Galliani on Inzaghi
26.6 || webmaster

AC Milan's Adriano Galliani talks about Filippo Inzaghi. 'We reached an agreement, but we need to find the funds'.
calciomercato.com

Niculae: "Van Basten made me play football"
25.6 || webmaster

Romanian and Dinamo Bucharest 20 year old international Marus Niculae, strongly linked with AC Milan nowadays, has admitted in an interview that Van Basten was the one who made him play football.
"At 9 years old I was national champion in judo and then I saw the 1990 World Cup. I liked several players a lot and started to enjoy football. But in the next year I've seen Van Basten on TV and I said to myself that I must give up judo and play football."

ProSport

Shevchenko's stats
24.6 || webmaster

Despite Lazio's Crespo has been this season's top scorer, Andriy Shevchenko is still an amazing striker. As last season did, he has scored 24 goals in 34 league's matches (average 0,7) this season. In total this season: 34 goals in 51 games (average0,6). Only Swede Gunnar Nordahl scored more goals in one season (38 in 39 games in '50-51 as 35 in 37 in '49-'50).
calciomercato.com

Bierhoff gets married in Bavaria
23.6 || webmaster

AC Milan German forward Oliver Bierhoff is to get married today in Oberflossing (Bavaria) close by the border between Germany and Austria. The same place chosen by Williams' Ralf Schumacher for the same aim.
Bierhoff and his wife will soon leave for the honey moon: USA and a Caribbean island.
calciomercato.com

Terim wants Rui Costa
22.6 || webmaster

On Terim's request, Galliani is trying to sign the duo. Comandini to be sold to Fiorentina. Lazio linked with Rui Costa as well, but Terim can do the trick for AC Milan.
calciomercato.com

After Inzaghi, Riquelme
22.6 || webmaster

The Argentine in case Rui Costa doesn't join. Inzaghi: 'Yes, I will join AC Milan. This transfer will change my life'. Braida contacted Fiorentina who again, said 'no'. That's why, AC Milan could decide to sign the Boca Juniors midfielder instead.
calciomercato.com

C. Zenoni: "I'm not afraid of competition"
22.6 || webmaster

MILANO - In addition to Massimo Donati from Atalanta comes also Cristian Zenoni. As expected, he reportedly said he's "extremely happy to play for a great club such as Milan is". Then adds: "As for all the rest I'll find out myself the day of the meeting".
"To come here at Milan - he affirms - is something I'm proud of. I'm well aware there'll be a lot to learn and also that competition will becombat-hardened. Many excellent players who widely proved their value. I believe they'll help me come out. I have strong will and enthusiasm, that's for sure. I think they will help me to stand out and and find great satisfaction".

At Milan he will meet many champions ("I'm looking forward to get to kknow them") but also some friends. In fact, Zenoni will find people he already played in the National with: "I'll find Coco and Ambrosini again, but also Gattuso and Comandini. I've been knowing them since the times of the Under 21. It will be great to share the same team and the same targets".

On the other hand, Cristian will depart from his twin brother Damiano after sharing a parallel carrier for 14 years. They only separated once, in the season 1997/98, when his brother was loaned to Alzano team, this after sharing the experience with Pistoia (loaned).

"If he's envious of me? No way. On the contrary, he was excited. Actually, I do hope that in the near future he'll have the chance to play for a great Club, may be joining me here at Milna....never know".

"Only, I think it'll be hard to persuade my family to change team... - he smiles - pretty tough job after so many years, but I'll make it".

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Donati: "Milan represents a dream come true"
22.6 || webmaster

MILAN - Before leaving for his summer holidays in Dubai along with his friend Nicola Ventola, Massimo Donati released his first statements as a Milan player.
"How does it feel like?" It's difficult to describe what I'm feeling, now. Today, I was thinking about and telling myself: I will be playing at Milan. This is a dream come true. Actually this rumour has been going around for months, nevertheless I've always tried to do my best while at Atalanta, not thinking about the future so to avoid absent-mindedness."
The feeling you get is that your faced with a boy way more mature than his age (20 years old turned recently-born in Sedegliano, province of Udine, on 26 March, 1981).
"I didn't realized what was happening, not even when I signed the contract-explains Massimo-I realized I actually joined this team as I crossed the gate of Milanello for the first time, about ten days ago."
http://www.acmilan.com

Milan want Riquelme
21.6 || webmaster

A rumour from Milan would have the Rossoneri trying to sign Boca Juniors’ star player Juan Roman Riquelme, that is said to have already signed with Spanish club Barcelona.

The new red and black manager, Fatih Terim, considers necessary after the insuccess of Milan’s management in signing Rivaldo, Rui Costa or Mendieta.

SoccerAge.com

Three Milan stars to get married
21.6 || webmaster

Three AC Milan's stars are to get married. Goalie Christian Abbiati will be married on Thuersday June 21, Saturday will be Oliver Bierhoff's turn and on June 30 newly signed Cosmin Marius Contra in Bucharest.
calciomercato.com

Milan to inerhit 100 million Turkish fans according to Terim
21.6 || webmaster

Fatih Terim believes that Turks all over the world will become AC Milan supporters now that he has been appointed coach at the San Siro.

The Turkish coach arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Wednesday night, having flown in from Milan where he put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Italian giants.

He was greeted by a huddle of journalists and explained to them why he was so pleased with the deal. "The part that makes me so happy is that Milan will have 100 million more supporters because of me," he said.

"All the Turkish people – living at home and abroad in countries like Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan – will now follow Milan. My soul is still in Turkey, but my heart will be in Milan," he went on, adding that his first impressions of the club were extremely positive.

"Milan is a great club and I am very proud to be associated with such a professional institution. It's so organised – everyone has their own job and they know what they're doing," he explained.

The former Galatasaray boss is convinced that his appointment will help speed up the development of football in Turkey. "The fact that I have signed for Milan is a massive step for Turkey and for our football. This country will reap benefits from this," he insisted.

Terim also revealed that he does not intend to change his coaching style at the San Siro. "My philosophy will remain the same. We'll play positive, attacking football that the fans will enjoy watching," he said.

"Even the players will like my style. I am the boss, though, so only I will chose how we should play. The players have to carry out my plans on the pitch.

"Some people ask me what system I play. Is it a Dutch system, a French system or a Brazilian system? They don't understand. It's none of these – it's the Terim system."

Terim also made it clear that he intends to hold on to Argentinian midfielder Redondo, whose season was ruined before kicking a ball when he injured knee ligaments in October following his £11 million move from Real Madrid.

"I have spoken to Redondo and asked him to come over. He was in Spain, but we talked for half an hour," said the coach. "I told him that Milan need him playing again.

"I know his qualities and he has agreed to join us for training on July 16. He will be wearing a Milan shirt when we play Ajax in the Amsterdam tournament on July 26."

Redondo hinted back in January that he would be interested in moving back to Real Madrid after a disastrous six months at Milan.

http://www.onefootball.com

Agreement reached for Inzaghi
21.6 || webmaster

Yesterday, crucial meeting between the two clubs: agreement reaced for $33m. Terim always interested in Rui Costa though, and he wants Pierini as well. The coach: 'Being here is a dream'. On August 4, friendly match against Besiktas for the farewell match of the 35-yar old midfielder Mehmet.
calciomercato.com

Terim wants Gamarra quickly
20.6 || webmaster

AC Milan are aiming to complete the signing of Paraguayan former Atletico Madrid defender Carlos Alberto Gamarra early next week. His club Flamengo will accept a $6million offer for the 30 year-old with 67 caps.
New Milan boss Fatih Terim is eager to add Gamarra to the rossoneri backline and with Flamengo in substantial debt, vice president Walter Oaquin is also keen to push the deal through.
http://www.soccerage.com

Terim wants Gamarra quickly
20.6 || webmaster

AC Milan are aiming to complete the signing of Paraguayan former Atletico Madrid defender Carlos Alberto Gamarra early next week. His club Flamengo will accept a $6million offer for the 30 year-old with 67 caps.
New Milan boss Fatih Terim is eager to add Gamarra to the rossoneri backline and with Flamengo in substantial debt, vice president Walter Oaquin is also keen to push the deal through.
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Meeting today for Inzaghi
20.6 || webmaster

AC Milan general manager Ariedo Braida has up dated the situation about the transfer of Inzaghi, after the meeting with some Juventus board members: "The gap is still important because we are talking about a really huge amount of money. We will meet again on Tuesday. A defender is not coming and consequently I denied Pierini's arrival." In the meanwhile Fatih Terim has explained his ambitious plans and Braida confirmed: "There are no contrast with the board's policy."
calciomercato.com

Saudati signs with Atalanta
20.6 || webmaster

AC Milan 23 years old forward Luca Saudati signed a 5 years contract with Atalanta. This season the player wore Perugia jersey.
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Milan reaches an agreement with Inzaghi
19.6 || webmaster

The club and Inzaghi reached an agreement: Thursday's meeting between Galliani and Giraudo will be cricual. Contract for the player: five years with $4m per season.
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C. Maldini remains with AC Milan
18.6 || webmaster

AC Milan’s general manager Adriano Galliani announced shortly after the new manager, Fatih Terim’s, press conference that former trainer Cesare Maldini has accepted the management’s offer to join the club as the head of the scouting department (signing a 3 year contract).
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vs. Reggina ratings
18.6 || webmaster

Abbiati 5, Chamot 6, R.Junior 6 (59'Sala 5.5), Maldini 6,
Coco 6, Helveg 6, Kaladze 6, Giunti 6, Leonardo 6 (66'Ba 5.5),
Comandini 6 (81'Bierhoff -), Shevchenko 6.
Fiori, Daino, Donadel, Guly).
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Milan unwilling to pay Inzaghi's fee
18.6 || webmaster

Agnelli: 'He'll probably leave'. However, negotiations are blocked with AC Milan. Moggi will try to use him to sign Vieri. Real Madrid, AS Roma and Parma the other sides linked. Juventus want $37m from AC Milan, who are only ready to offer $27m. AC Milan on Kovacevic, although Rui Costa stays the main objective.
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Terim happy to be in Milan
18.6 || webmaster

Terim: "In my opinion Inzaghi is not an indispensible player. If he arrives he will play. We will try to use the players that are already here. They did not ask me before buying new players that's why I could not give any suggestions. I am happy to be here after Capello and Sacchi, two among the best players of the world."
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Recoba is satisfied
17.6 || webmaster

Inter Milan Uruayan forward Alvaro Recoba has declared after today's win over Bologna: "To end the league ahead of AC Milan is a small satisfaction." Talking on the fake passports' scandal he added: "I am serene."
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Reggina vs. Milan - match summary and report
17.6 || webmaster

REGGIO CALABRIA - Milan's season ended with defeat against a Reggina side, that battling against relegation, were spurred on by great home support.
Cesare Maldini was happy to recall Giunti, Paolo Maldini and Kaladze after missing out last week due to suspension. However there were still many absentees (Redondo, Albertini, Ambrosini, Gattuso, Boban, Serginho, Josť Mari, Costacurta and Rossi).

Reggina started the stronger of the two teams. Zanchetta hit a free-kick that was deflected for a corner by Milan's defensive wall and again from a dead ball, Mezzano's well hit left foot shot was saved by Abbiati.

After twenty four minutes, another free-kick from Zanchetta went just wide of Abbiati's right hand post.
Inspired by the movement of Giunti and Leonardo (in his last match for Milan before returning to San Paolo), the Rossoneri then started to take hold of the game.

Leonardo struck a good left foot shot from outside the area, but Taibi reacted well and saved with his fists. Just three minutes later, on the half hour mark, Comandini headed just over the bar.
With seven minutes remaining to the half time whistle, Shevchenko went close to scoring, his header forcing Taibi to make another good save.

Despite the heat, the game continued to be played at a fast pace. Shevchenko went close to opening the scoring again ten minutes into the second half when his header was yet again blocked by Tiabi. Reggina replied with a good shot from Marazzina, but Abbiatio saved at the second attempt.

Milan took the lead twenty three minutes into the second half. Receiving a throw in, from outside the area Kaladze controlled the ball well, entered the area and beat Taibi with a left foot shot.
Despite looking relegation in the face, Reggina kept their heads up and desperately looked to turn the result around.

Da Costa came on with twenty five minutes remaining and played a crucial part for the home side. Just a minute after entering the action he hit the post from outside the area. Reggina continued to attack, with both Dionigi and Marazzina coming close to equalising.

With just thirteen minutes remaining, Reggina continued attacking and from a corner Stovini found Morabito who beat Abbiati with his left foot to level the score.
Four minutes later substitute Da Costa beat the out coming Milan goalkeeper to score the winning goal for the home side.

Scorers: 68' Kaladze, 77' Morabito, 81' Da Costa
REGGINA (3-5-2): Taibi; Stovini, Vargas, Mezzano; Bernini, Brevi (50' Cozza), Mamede, Zanchetta (65' Da Costa), Morabito; Dionigi (75' Bogdani), Marazzina. Coach: Colomba.
Subs not used: Belardi, Oshadogan, Vicari, Veron.
MILAN (3-5-2): Abbiati; Chamot, Roque Junior (57' Sala), P. Maldini; Helveg, Kaladze, Leonardo (65' Ba), Giunti, Coco; Comandini (80' Bierhoff), Shevchenko. Coach: C. Maldini.
Subs not used: Fiori, Guly, Daino, Donadel.
Referee: Farina from Novi Ligure
Booked: P. Maldini (M)

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It's official: Terim is Milan's coach!
17.6 || webmaster

MILANO – Milan A.C. inform that from 1st July the first team coach will be Fatih Terim, to whom the club send their best wishes in obtaining positive results in line with the history of the club.
At the same time, a big thank you is sent to Cesare Maldini who, with the important assistance of Mauro Tassotti, had not only the achievement of taking the team into next season’s UEFA Cup, but also helped to create a climate of attachment within the team and the club.
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Reggina vs. Milan - the line-up
16.6 || webmaster

Coach Cesare Maldini talks about tomorrow's match against Reggina: 'We'll go there with our best line-up'. On Inter Milan, who want to end the season in front of AC Milan: 'They should be quiet after the derby'. Probable line-up: Abbiati; Chamot, Roque Junior, Maldini, Coco; Helveg, Giunti, Kaladze, Leonardo, Comandini, Shevchenko.
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C. Maldini: "I'm leaving a great side to Terim"
16.6 || webmaster

Cesare Maldini will leave AC Milan today, and Terim will take over from next Tuesday. The coach said: 'Of course, I would have loved to stay, but I did well with Tassotti. I am sorry that I have to leave, it was a great experience. I am leaving a great side to Terim, since injured players are recovering'. On the Turkish coach, he added: 'In Firenze, he learned how Italian football works. He's a great man'.
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Terim Will Arrive in Milan on Monday
16.6 || webmaster

SoccerAge.com sister site Rete.it is reporting that former Galatasaray and Fiorentina coach Fatih Terim will arrive in Milan on Monday to meet with his new staff and survey the Milanello training grounds on which he will lead his new side, AC Milan starting next week.

At twelve o’clock on Tuesday, Terim will hold a press conference to officialize his move to the red and black Serie A giants.

Galliani insists for Montella
16.6 || webmaster

Although Terim's plan features Kovaecevic together with Sheva. The agent of the striker was seen in Milan, but Inter Milan and Juventus want him as well. Galliani blocks Comandini until 2005.
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Mendieta to join Milan or Juve
15.6 || webmaster

Gaizka Mendieta will move to Italy. Rumours from Spain say that Valencia's midfielder will join AC Milan or Juventus, after both offered him $5,5m per season. Valencia, on the other hand, are waiting for the player to release comments, since he's yet to talk after his side's Champions league defeat.
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Galliani: '$35m for Inzaghi or Thuram are too much'
15.6 || webmaster

AC Milan's Adriano Galliani is not ready to spend insane fees for Inzaghi or Thuram. He said: 'Juventus want $35m for Inzaghi, and I repeat, it's too much. If they decided to lower the fee, then we might negotiate. Same story for Thuram. We wanted him but Juventus signed him for $35m, too much'.
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Comandini extended
15.6 || webmaster

AC Milan forward Gianni Comandini extended his contract till 30th of June 2005.
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Energie Cottbus sign Topic from AC Milan
15.6 || webmaster

AC Milan have sold Bosnian forward Marko Topic to Energie Cottbus for around $500.000. Topic, 25 and 19 international caps, has spent last season on loan at Austria Wien.
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Inzaghi too expensive
15.6 || webmaster

(Galliani) 'Juventus and AC Milan are the best, but they are asking too much for Pippo'. Terim. 'The new coach will be announced on Sunday evening, but it would be nice to have Ancelotti back with AC Milan'.
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Passports, Maldini: 'Dida never played as a EU-player'
14.6 || webmaster

Paolo Maldini talks about the fake passports issue: 'I don't think the sentences were right. Dida never played a match as a EU-player but still was punished'.
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Rossi, Daino & Serginho extends
14.6 || webmaster

Important day for AC Milan: no new signings, but three players extended their contracts: Sebastiano Rossi(one year), Daino per(two years) and Serginho(four years). The goalkeeper said: 'I am very happy, and I don't think that the club extended my contract because Dida was banned'.
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Inzaghi: AC Milan or Inter Milan?
14.6 || webmaster

Inzaghi: it will be Milano! Rumours: the player agreed to join AC Milan last Tuesday. But Inter Milan want him as well. Galliani will wait for the end of the championship before raising his club's offer. Rumours say that AC Milan will sign him for $28m and the player will earn $3,5m per season for four years.
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Galliani working for the backline
14.6 || webmaster

Oddo, Pierini and Zago linked. Sala and Chamot will leave. Coloccini back from San Lorenzo, while Guglielminpietro will leave for Spain. Bierhoff, wanted by Brescia's Mazzone, could stay if he gets guarantees.
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Abbiati: "I am not crossed with Rossi's contract's extension"
14.6 || webmaster

Goalie Christian Abbiati has explained through his team's official web site: "I am absolutely calm. I am not crossed with Rossi's contract's extension, it could be even an extra motivation for next season."
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Dida banned!
13.6 || webmaster

MILANO - At the end of hearing relating to the false passports' trial and concerning the case of Milan player, the Federal Prosecutor's office put forward a 2-year ban call for the player and a thousand-million fine to be payed by Milan AC for strict liability.
This is a very hard claim, especially on account of the fact that the player never took the field as a Community individual and that the Club itself did a self-denunciation relating to its goalkeeper false passport.
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Moratti: "I want to end ahead AC Milan"
13.6 || webmaster

Inter Milan chairman Massimo Moratti has explained: "To end the league ahead AC Milan would be a small but an important satisfaction. During this season several times I have seen my hopes falling apart. Waiting for next season the player are still forced to do their best."
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Bierhoff: "I want to play next World Cup"
13.6 || webmaster

Oliver Bierhoff has talked about his uncertain future: "I still do not know what to do next season. I have already spoken with the board but I have not decided yet if staying here or not." To the question on the rumoured link with Brescia he replied: "All the forwards would love to play with Baggio. I want to play next World Cup, and from this aim will depend my choice."
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Thank you, Leo!
13.6 || webmaster

If it wasn’t for the too many injuries, for the missed matches and for his love for “the game”, Leonardo would still be with Milan. But he loves soccer and he wants to play, and that’s why he chose to go home and end his career there, in Brasil. It’s a simple story, and Leonardo says that it must not be a sad one.
“I don’t want my leaving Milan to become a reason for sadness and sorrow; I’m leaving this team happy for what I have accomplished and for everything I’ve learned here”, said Leonardo.
We must respect his wish and his decision, although it was taken against the will of most of the club’s officials and fans. We got used to thinking that he will be always there, that no matter where or when, injured or not, we can always count on his presence. Well, it’s no longer like this. He’s going back to Brazil, to end his career playing, enchanting the supporters and being once again “The great Leonardo”, a true artist of the field.
One thing is for sure: Leonardo, in his last match for Milan, will not only be the captain of the team, but the captain of all Milan fans’ heart.
Good luck and a big Thank you, Leonardo de Araujo Nascimento, for the magic moments you’ve given us. We, the fans, hope to hear from you soon, for this is not good-bye…

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Inzaghi in Milan - 49% chance
12.6 || IVO

After a relatively quiet day for Adriano Galliani, he has spoken out on the situation regarding the possible transfer of Filippo Inizaghi to Milan for next season. "As it stands at the moment, I think there's a 49% chance that Inzaghi will be wearing the Red and Black uniform next season. We have made an offer to Juventus but they seek a higher price for Inzaghi. Niether side has changed their position as of yet. Due to this stalemate I'd say that there's only a 49% chance of the transfer being realized. Now we need to concentrate on filling a roster of 32 players. Inzaghi is not the only possibility in a move from the Bianconeri of Torino to Milano. Juventus coach Carlo Ancelotti is not expected to be at Juve for next season and Galliani is well aware of this. "The roads taken by both Milan and Ancelotti could meet", said Galliani.
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Irregular passports: Milan's turn!
12.6 || webmaster

At 10:00cet, the trial against Italian side Sampdoria started. Chairman Enrico Mantovani, director Domenico Arnuzzo, director Pierluigi Ronca, legal representative Leandro Cantamessa and lawyers Daniele Bianchi and Giuseppe Sciacchiatano are all present. Federal attorney Carlo Porceddu is missing. His place was taken by vice-attorney Stefano Palazzi. After this case, it will be AC Milan's turn.
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Jose Mari out
12.6 || webmaster

Today, in the Santa Maria di Castellanza clinic, Jose' Mari Romero Poyon underwent groin surgery. The player will be out for one month.
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Paolo Maldini: "I'll never coach"
12.6 || webmaster

Paolo Maldini won't follow his father steps when he retires from the game of football. He said: 'I'll never coach. It's too stressful, just take a look at mt Dad ...'. AC Milan's captain talked about Italy as well: 'Trapattoni's National side is strong because the team is full of enthusiasm. I think we'll be favourites for the 2002 World Cup Finals alongside France and the Argentine'. On his future, he added: 'I'm still fit, even if I'm 33, and I have two more years with this club. I will see when my contract expires'.
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Milan back on Rui Costa
12.6 || webmaster

If Galliani fails to sign Inzaghi, he'll have $33m to spend on the Fiorentina player. Terim would love to have him in Milan as well. Meanwhile, Corioni might decided to sign Bierhoff. The German: 'It would be nice to play alongside Roberto Baggio'.
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AC Milan on Zago
12.6 || webmaster

Brazilian Zago is yet to reach an agreement with AS Roma for his contract renewal. He wants to extend for three more years, but the club continues to delay the meeting. (...) AC Milan are interested after they tried to sign him in the past. However, also linked are Monaco: new coach Deschamps called Zago to talk with him about a possible transfer.
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Ancelotti could be part of AC Milan's staff
11.6 || webmaster

This night AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani said an amazing thing: Carlo Ancelotti could be part of AC Milan staff next season. It would be a return for the current Juventus coach because he played several seasons with AC Milan. Which role Ancelotti has in AC Milan with Terim's arrival?
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Milan vs. Brescia - players ratings
11.6 || webmaster

Milan: S.Rossi 6 (29'Abbiati 7), Sala 6, R.Junior 6, Chamot 6,
Coco 5.5, Guly 5 (70'Daino -), Helveg 6, Gattuso 6.5, Leonardo 6.5,
Comandini 5 (65'Josč Mari 6.5), Shevchenko 6.
(Ba, Donadel, Gabrielli, Bierhoff).
CT: C.Maldini.

Brescia: Srnicek 6, Petruzzi 6.5, Calori 6.5, Bonera 6.5, Diana 6,
A.Filippini 5.5, Bisoli 5.5 (78'Correa -), E.Filippini 6, Bachini 6.5,
R.Baggio 6.5 (90'Galli -), Hubner 5.5 (60'Tare 5).
(Castellazzi, Kozminski, Esposito, Marino).
CT: Mazzone.

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Maldini praises Leonardo
11.6 || webmaster

The match between AC Milan and Brescia was, with that of Inter in Bari, to have nothing at the stake in this crucial Serie A round. Both teams arrived to this match with the respective targets already reached, and, as consequence of this, the emotions were not many.

Due all that after the final whistle the protagonists spoke more about their own matters, and AC Milan's coach Cesare Maldini talked about his possible future experience on the bench of Arabia Saudita.

"I'm very happy about this short adventure at the club - says Maldini - the team qualified for the Uefa Cup, and the balance is positive in the end; but I know that my future is not decided yet, and at the end of the next week I'll see what to do, even if, in case of departure, I should study the Arabian, because I the only language I know, but Italian, is the dialect of Trieste" joked the coach.

Maldini underlines also the fact that his club had to face great difficulties in this season, first of all the injuries; in Sunday's match AC Milan missed 10 players.

But the coach preferred to not sing a song already known at Zaccheroni's time, so he praised especially Leonardo, at his last home appearances with the club, and the Brazilian was the only true protagonist of the challenge.

"Leonardo is a terrific player and a great man, we'll all miss him; he's happy to come back in Brazil, but he's also disappointed because he has to leave Italy, even if we hope to meet him again as a collaborator one day".

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Milan vs. Brescia - match report
10.6 || webmaster

MILAN – A draw at the San Siro between Milan and Brescia, with little excitement for the fans, particularly in the first half. The match was played at low rhythm by both sides, but the final result, thanks also to Atalanta’s home defeat, was enough for Milan to confirm their qualification for next season’s UEFA Cup.
In their last home match of the season, Milan again had to put out a makeshift eleven due to the many missing players. Four of the squad were out suspended (Paolo Maldini, Giunti, Kaladze and Serginho), while another six were injured (Costacurta, Albertini, Ambrosini, Redondo, Boban e Garcia). After only half an hour of the first half goalkeeper Sebastiano Rossi also had to leave the pitch due to a back problem. Cesare Maldini’s solution to the many absences was to move Helveg into an unfamiliar central midfield role alongside Gattuso. In defence, Sala and Chamot started the game.

Making his last ever appearance for the rossoneri at the San Siro, Leonardo took the captain’s armband and lined up behind a front pairing of Comandini and Shevchenko.

It was Brescia who had the first attempt on goal after just two minutes. Antonio Filippini, found by Bachini, dribbled past the out coming Rossi, but from his low cross Hubner missed the target.
Ten minutes later, Guly controlled a cross from Coco in the area and his left foot shot brushed Srnicek’s left hand post.

Just after the half hour mark Baggio and Calori combined for a free-kick from the edge of the area, saved without problem by Abbiati, having just replaced Rossi in goal.
With four minutes remaining to the interval, Shevchenko found himself the space to race into the area, immediately release Comandini, who controlled well, turned his marker, but shot over the crossbar.

In the second half the game picked up pace a little. A free-kick from Leonardo found Coco, who sent his header over the bar, while four minutes in Brescia went close with efforts from Hubner (blocked by Sala), Baggio and Diana. Baggio then hit a great free-kick that Abbiati was able to push away on the line.
After fifty six minutes Shevchenko found the net, knocking in a rebound after a header from Sala hit the bar. However referee Rosetti disallowed the goal for an offside against Milan’s striker.

Milan opened the scoring through JosŤ Mari, having just come on. With a great right foot shot past Srnicek, his goal on sixty eight minutes looked likely to be the only goal of a subdued game.
However, just two minutes later Bachini equalised with a good shot from the edge of the area.
The end of the game brought emotional moments for the fans, perhaps more than had been seen in the ninety minutes of football. Baggio went off to applause from all around the ground and his place was taken by ex Milan favourite Galli, to great appreciation from the fans.

As the players left the pitch, the fans saluted Leonardo, at the end of his last appearance at the San Siro wearing the shirt of Milan.

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Galliani postpones everything to the end of the season
10.6 || webmaster

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani explained: "We will play Reggina away in order to achieve a win, I will inform everybody about the next manager (Terim) only on June 18 or 19 evening. Maldini and Tassotti are doing a great job, we are fifth placed and we already qualified for next Uefa Cup." On Inzaghi, Galliani ended: "Juventus requested us to stop negotiations until Monday 18. We will meet at the end of the season."
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Leonardo says it is hard to leave
10.6 || webmaster

AC Milan Brazilian star Leonardo played the last match in San Siro: "It is tough to say good bye to a team, to the supporters and to all the people that threaded me so good but I have decided to come back to Brazil. I run away from the fans because I could not stand it any longer. I'm happy to leave because I have learnt a lot."
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Milan launches bid for Boskovic
10.6 || webmaster

Milan may have found their new Savicevic and have launched a $7.5million bid for Red Star's Branko Boskovic.


Dejan Savicevic himself alerted Milan to the creative's skills and the rossoneri have been tracking him for the last few weeks. The likelihood is that Milan will buy him and then loan him back to Red Star for another year.



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AC Milan 1 - 1 Brescia - match summary
10.6 || webmaster

Milan-Brescia 1-1 (0-0)

Milan: Rossi (29' Abbiati), Chamot, Roque Junior, Sala, Coco, Gattuso, Guglielminpietro (71' Daino), Helveg, Leonardo, Comandini (64' Jose' Mari), Shevchenko. Coach: Cesare Maldini.

Brescia: Srnicek, Bonera, Calori, Diana, Petruzzi, Bachini, Bisoli (78' Correa), Antonio Filippini, Emanuele Filippini, Baggio (88' Galli), Hubner (60' Tare). Coach: Carlo Mazzone.

Scorers: 67' Jose' Mari (M), 69' Bachini (B)
Referee: Rosetti from Torino
Bookings: Petruzzi

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Daino renews
10.6 || webmaster

Daniele Daino, AC Milan defender recovered from a bad injury that forced him to stay far from the field for one year and an half. He extended his contract with the red&black team for two years more. Daino will be tomorrow on the bench for the match against Brescia.
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C. Maldini says he might turn down foreign offer
9.6 || webmaster

Cesare Maldini: 'I don't have to wait until the end of the championship to talk about my future. I received an offer to coach abroad but I might turn it down to stay with AC Milan as chief of scouts'.
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Celebrations for Milan tomorrow
9.6 || webmaster

It's party time for AC Milan. Tomorrow, the club will celebrate the 50th year from the first championship won. The team will wear a special jersey and a special dinner with Liedholm, Buffon, Bardelli, Burini, Silvestri, Zagatti, Belloni, De Grandi, Sant'Agostino Vicarotto, Carnier and Eleni will be organized.
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Leonardo to be captain
9.6 || webmaster

AC Milan want to give Leonardo a special present for his last match in San Siro with the red&black t-shirt. The team decided to give him the captain belt. The Brasilian player at the end of the season will be back to Brazil to play with Sao Paulo.
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Coloccini to return
9.6 || webmaster

San Lorenzo's 19-year old Fabricio Coloccini, owned by AC Milan, will soon make his return in Italy. The player said: 'I talked with Terim and he told me that he's following me'. Coloccini, was loaned out to San Lorenzo and he did mighty well in the Clausura tournament. Before returning in Italy, he will in action in the Under 20 World Cup Finals.
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Cesare Maldini like Coco
9.6 || webmaster

Cesare Maldini talks about transfers, about Filippo Inzaghi: 'He's a great player, he found the net 83 times in four seasons. However, if a great players signs, I would prefer if he was a defender'.
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Inzaghi's agent: "He's still far from Milan"
9.6 || webmaster

On Wednesday Juventus managing director Antonio Giraudo postponed talks with AC Milan about Filippo Inzaghi to the end of the championship. But it sounded just a formality after the deal seems to be wanted by both clubs.

At the contrary few hours later is the agent of the player, Tullio Tinti, to explain there isn't any certitude yet "To be fair in this moment the chances to see Inzaghi wearing AC Milan's jersey in the next season are really a few"

"I just came back from a vacation and no one contacted me. Of course I'm happy to hear one of my players is wanted by AC Milan, but any talk must still begin" Tinti said.

"Inzaghi has still a contract on with Juventus and I am sure he wants to respect it. And it's of course possible he could move to Galliani's club, but personally Filippo never said me AC Milan is his first choice" the agent concluded.

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Contra completes move
9.6 || webmaster

Cosmin Contra is now an AC Milan player after the Alaves ace signed a four-year deal worth over £US 1m salary a year to the player.

The Romanian international explained why he chose to leave the UEFA Cup finalists and move to Italy when he said: "I have received quite a few offers from other clubs, including Real Madrid, but I chose to come to Milan - not just because their offer was the best on the market - but because this team has a serious project to get back at the top of European Football once again.”

"I came here to do even better than what I did in Spain. Maybe it's not a coincidence that AC Milan will also play the UEFA Cup next year just like Alaves did this season. However my number one goal is to win the Scudetto."

Contra, however, knows that life won't be that easy for him with the Rossoneri and that, unlike in Spain, he will have to fight hard to become a first choice.

He added: "I know that inside this team the competition is tough and I'm sure it will never be as easy as it was at Alaves where I have played each game."

"This is a difficult challenge and I know that here in Italy the pressure is much tougher than in Spain. It will be tough, but I'm not afraid of anything or anyone."

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Bierhoff uncertain
9.6 || webmaster

AC Milan and German international striker Oliver Bierhoff has admitted he is still uncertain about his future at the club.

The player says he is yet to speak with the management, but also denies that he is about to join Roberto Baggio at Brescia.

He said: "So far AC Milan's management has told me nothing about my future, nor have other clubs tried to reach me. I honestly don't know if Brescia and AC Milan have started some sort of negotiation.

"Next Tuesday I will speak with Adriano Galliani, the team's Vice-President. I've decided to do it myself because I no longer have an agent. After signing my last deal through Claudio Pasqualin (who is also Alessandro Del Piero's agent, amongst others) I decided to do things on my own.

"Let's get this straight. It's not that I had any kind of problem with Pasqualin and we parted as friends, but I prefer doing things by myself because this gives me the chance to take a closer look at the situation. In any case should I need any legal advice I would surely call him. As for my future I only want to know what the management really wants from me."

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Galliani on Inzaghi
9.6 || webmaster

Galliani on the Inzaghi issue: 'We will need a striker to play alongside Sheva'. He explained: 'I suffered a whole year, with the fear that Shevchenko would injure himself, I don't want to suffer anymore'. Coco extends.
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Boskovic linked again
9.6 || webmaster

AC Milan are keeping an eye on 'the new Savicevic'. Branko Boskovic, 22, of Red Star Belgrade, is considered to be one of the best talents in his country. His fee: $5-$7m.
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Terim to keep Helveg
8.6 || webmaster

Denmark international Thomas Helveg believes that Fatih Terim will be the new coach of AC Milan – and it is that appointment that will keep him with the Rossoneri for another three years.

"We seem to be getting Fatih Terim as manager for the coming season, and I am looking forward to that," Helveg said.

Persistent rumours had linked Helveg with a move away from the San Siro in the summer as he and Oliver Bierhoff are the two players most closely associated with Alberto Zaccheroni, who was dismissed as coach in March. Zaccheroni brought both players with him from Udinese in 1998, and their time had looked up, but Helveg at least is now set to stay.

"The negotiations should be terminated in near future," he told bold.dk, "but I am certain I will be staying in Milan for another three years. I expect it to be announced officially next week."

In March, the Dane was linked with a move to Spain, although he indicated even then that staying in Italy would be his preferred option. "My agent has informed me that a top Spanish side are interested in me," he said.

"I must, however, admit that I would prefer to stay in Italy. I have settled well in Italy. but football is my job and if I have to move, then must we take it from there."

Internazionale and Parma have also been linked with the 29-year-old.

It has long been one of the worst-kept secrets in football that Terim is to take the hot-seat at Milan next season, replacing caretaker-coaches Cesrae Maldini and Mauro Tassotti.

Rossoneri officials continue to deny any contact with Terim, but it is understood that he will be officially named as Milan's next manager when the Serie A season finishes in the middle of June.

Indeed, Terim's greatest supporter at former club Fiorentina, ex-Viola general manager Giancarlo Antognoni, has already been offered a post, while Antonio Di Gennaro is tipped to come in as assistant manager and Andrea Pazzagli as the goalkeeping coach.

Terim has revealed that he will return to Italy next season but denied that a deal with Milan had been concluded. "It is true that next season I will coach in Italy," said. "I don't want to give the Galatasaray fans any illusions. At least for the moment I am not going back to Turkey. Yes, I am hoping for a call from Milan."

Onefootball.com revealed last month that Galatasaray had failed in a bid to lure Terim for next season. "He said that he had just signed a contract with AC Milan," explained former Galatasaray director Yurdasen Karahasan.

"Our director Mehmet Cansun tried to persuade Terim to take over again, but we were too late. He told Cansun that he had expected an offer from Galatasaray much earlier and that he was disappointed we were not in touch before."

Terim walked out on Fiorentina at the end of January and was immediately tipped to replace former Milan boss Zaccheroni. But no agreement was forthcoming as Terim was insistent on bringing his entire backroom team with him – a condition Milan were initially reluctant to accept.

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Milan vs. Brescia - match preview
8.6 || webmaster

Milan are only 2 points from be mathematically qualified from next season’s UEFA Cup and they will have to obtain them in this clash as their final match of the season will be against Reggina who will definitely need the full 3 points.

Brescia have nothing more to prove this season as they are mathematically out of the relegation battle and can’t aspire for the UEFA Cup so one can expect a rather uninterested Brescia that might just help Milan reach their season’s backup objective.

TEAM NEWS AND FORM GUIDE…

Milan will have to do without Serginho, Maldini, Giunti, Kaladze Redondo, Ambrosini, Albertini, Boban and Costacurta and so the manager C.Maldini will play a 4.4.2 with: Rossi, Helveg, Roque Junior, Chamot, Sala, Guglielminpietro, Gattuso, Leonardo, Coco, Shevchenko and Comandini.

Brescia will have to do without Pirlo, Gonzalez and Yllana and will play a 3.5.1.1 with: Srnicek, Petruzzi, Calori, Bonera, Diana, A.Filippini, Bisoli, E.Filippini, Bachini, R.Baggio and Hubner.

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Rossi to discuss contract extension
8.6 || webmaster

After extending the contract of Francesco Coco, AC Milan will discuss the future of Sebastiano Rossi, who might decided to extend for one year. 'Seba', who played as a regular after the arrival of Cesare Maldini, played some outstanding matches and it seems as if Terim would love to have the 36-year old with him. However, in case he does not extends his contract, Juventus are ready to make an offer, although that might not be the case since Rossi said that there will be no particular problems to extend his contract with AC Milan.
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AC Milan's Francesco Coco extends contract
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After extending Gattuso's contract two weeks ago, AC Milan have just extended the contract of Francesco Coco. The young talent will stay with the club until June 30, 2004.
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Manuel Rui Costa to decide future after Italian Cup Final
8.6 || webmaster

Manuel Rui Costa prefers to concentrate on the Italian Cup rather than on transfers. He said: 'I never said that I want to leave. Last year, I said so, but not this year. I am happy in Firenze and I would have to have a good reason to leave. I will be 30 next year and so, my future will be decided this year. If I stay, I will end my career with Fiorentina'. Many clubs are linked with the Portuguese star as he said: 'Yes, I know that. I read that Lazio are interested and so are AC Milan. But I won't talk about my future right now, I will only do so after the Italian Cup Final'.
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Oliveira offered to AC Milan
8.6 || webmaster

The Uruguayan played in the Spanish Second Diviosn with Zalayeta. But Galliani, if he decides to sell a striker, would use the money to sign Inzaghi.
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Boskovic as playmaker?
7.6 || webmaster

Ex AC Milan star, Dejan Savicevic has recommended Red Star's player Boskovic to Milan's president Silvio Berlusconi calling him the new "Genius of Milan". Due to Savicevic's recomendation Milan is very keen on signing Boskovic.
Boskovic is only 20 years old and plays as an attacking midfielder. He is a fast, and a very creative player. He is perhaps best known for his strong free kicks. He is also the captain of the Yugoslavian U21 side.



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Coco: Thuram, not Inzaghi!
7.6 || webmaster

Francesco Coco talks about transfer rumours: 'Inzaghi is a great player and if he joins, I would be more than happy. However, we already have Shevchenko, Comandini and Javi Moreno. Maybe, it would have been better to sign someone like Thuram, for the backline'.
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Inzaghi: "Milan is my future"
7.6 || webmaster

Inzaghi insists: Javi Moreno doesn't scare him. Goalkeepers to be included in the negotiations: Abbiati or Rossi in Turin.
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Juventus postpone talks with AC Milan about Inzaghi
6.6 || webmaster

There wasn't any negotiation officially opened on Wednesday between Juventus and AC Milan to fix the price of Turin's side forward Filippo Inzaghi. At least this was what Juventus managing director Antonio Giraudo said arriving at the meeting of the Soccer Board

"There were too many voices yet about transfer market in past days, and at the moment our club is just trying to concentrate on last two Serie A games, against Vicenza and Atalanta" Giraudo said.

"So any talk about market will begin from June 18th, not earlier" Giraudo stated.

By his side AC Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani, who was the one to announce a negotiation for Inzaghi could start on Wednesday, said to have not any problem "I agree totally with Giraudo, this means we'll meet again on June 18th"

Meanwhile papers reported AC Milan should be ready to figure out a bid around 60 billion lire (USD 27), while Juventus is expected to ask at least 80 (USD 36m).

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R. Junior about the match vs. Brescia
6.6 || webmaster

AC Milan defender Roque Junior commented on the match against Mazzone's team: "We must win on Sunday against Brescia to go to Reggio more relaxed. We'll have many absents but the substitutes can have a chance to show their skill." On Roberto Baggio who is frightening the red&balck defence: "He is a great player, an undisputed champion who can do the difference. He always did it in each team he was. But even if Baggio, we are able to beat them."
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Comandini: "I want to end the season in the best way possible"
6.6 || webmaster

AC Milan forward Gianni Comandini has declared on his future: "Two matches are still left, I want to end the season in the best way possible. I think it is still to early to discuss about the future, the board will decide about it at the end of the season. I have already talked about my future one month ago and since then nothing has changed."
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Sao Paolo Sign Milan's Leonardo
6.6 || webmaster

Linked with PSG and a move to Greek champions Olympiakos recently, Milan's Brazilian creative Leonardo has returned to Sao Paolo instead.

The Brazilian club unveiled its new coach Nelson Baptista during a press conference late on Monday and announced that Milan's midfielder had agreed personal terms. Leonardo made his name with Sao Paolo in 1991-4 before a transfer to PSG after impressing in the 1994 World Cup. He joined Milan in 1997.

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Cragnotti Believes Northern Powers Are Conspiring Against Rome
6.6 || webmaster

With Juventus forward Fillippo Inzaghi only a signature away from becoming an AC Milan player, Lazio supremo Sergio Cragnotti exposed his fears of a Northern conspiracy against the Roman teams.

" Inzaghi's sale to AC Milan shows how there is a probable alliance between the Northern giants to stop Rome from being the new capital of Italian football. It isn't normal that a strong team like Juventus sells their best forward to their biggest rival. They want to stop the new trend that sees the epicenter of football moving from the North to the South," said Cragnotti.

SoccerAge.com

AC Milan 2001/02 Explained By Adriano Galliani
6.6 || webmaster

AC Milan’s general manager Adriano Galliani underlined during a press conference yesterday that their club is the one who has spent the most so far in order to improve next season’s squad:

“We are the only Serie A squad to have spent over $50million US so far for players that could reinforce the areas we thought necessary such as: Atalanta’s Massimo Donati and Christian Zenoni ($30million) and Alaves’ Javi Moreno and Contra ($20million).

In reality this could not be the end of our shopping as we are trying to work on one more really big deal that whether we do or don’t manage to conclude will be the last one we are going to work on. For this kind of player we could invest another $50million, that is if the president considers this the correct kind of investment that would really allow us to make an enormous improvement.

As far as our selling is concerned, we will probably release some youngsters but none of our big names will be going anywhere. In the case of Helveg, we have requested that Inter allow us to buy him back as in the prospective of a 4 man defence the Danish defender would be of vital help.

As far as Coloccini is concerned, considering his quality season with San Lorenzo and a valid defender can always be useful. Sebastiano Rossi will meet with us at the end of this season to decide what to do with his future, and Oliver Bierhoff, who has another year contract with us, has expressed the necessity of finding a team that will guarantee him a place in the starting line up in view of next year’s World Cup, so the decision is entirely his.

In the last few weeks the papers were implying our interest for Spanish midfielder Gazika Mendieta, which I can confirm, but when we found out that the player cost at least $58millionUS we decided that Cosmin Contra would be a more valid solution.

Finally I can confirm that we have decided to take back both Saudati (who played with Perugia this season) and Corrent (who played with Salernitana) and are will have to discuss with Empoli for Maccarone.”

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Inzaghi - Milan: Today the agreement
6.6 || webmaster

Inzaghi to join AC Milan: the day has come. Galliani and Giraudo will meet this afternoon. Inzaghi already reached an agreement with the club: 4 years at $5m per season. Berlusconi gave his go ahead: Juventus want cash.
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Thuram: "AC Milan or Juve? I will decide"
6.6 || webmaster

(Thuram) 'I want to play in a team with four at the back'. AC Milan fans want him and not Inzaghi after a survey on the newspapers. Thuram: 'I will leave. I want a great team'. Price: $23m + player. He will earn $3m per season.
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Abbiati: "I'll stay with AC Milan"
6.6 || webmaster

'I will take the 18 of Leonardo and I will fight for a place at the World Cup Finals'. 'I am sad because they left me out, but I want to fight'
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Pierini to join as well
6.6 || webmaster

Terim working for his AC Milan: Fiorentina want Sala in exchange. Guglielminpietro to be offered instead. With this move, Kaladze will move back and Contra on the right. Chamot to leave as well.
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AC Milan linked with Lopes
6.6 || webmaster

Fatih Terim during his trip to South America has monitored a skilful Brazilian midfielder and immediately informed AC Milan about his name. We are talking about Palmeiras's Wellington Lopes, 22. He is a strong midfielder able to play behind the forwards as on the left zone as well.
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On this day...
5.6 || webmaster

Milan gain their record away victory, 8-0 at Genoa. There are hat-tricks for Nordahl and Schiaffino, while Frignani grabs a brace.
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Leo agrees with Sao Paolo
5.6 || webmaster

The negotiation is still in progress between AC Milan attacking midfielder Leonardo and the Brazilian team Sao Paolo. Leonardo will be in Brazil within the 19th of June to discuss the details of the contract that will link him to the club for three seasons.
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Comandini linked with Torino
4.6 || webmaster

Torino are searching for new players in order to face serie A. The club are targeting AC Milan's Gianni Comandini and Vicenza's Luca Toni for the attack while former Auxerre, Inter Milan and AC Milan, Taribo West, currently at Derby County, seems set to move back to Italy.
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Inzaghi - just a matter of hours
4.6 || webmaster

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed negotiations about Juve international forward Filippo Inzaghi: "On Wednesday we will meet Juventus. We have already bought several good players (Javi Moreno and Contra from Alaves as Donati and Cristian Zenoni from Atalanta) and this morning I have met president Berlusconi and he is satisfied with the new arrivals but he let me free about making an offer for Inzaghi."
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Fiorentina confirms that Rui Costa is not for sale
4.6 || webmaster

Rui Costa's manager Carlo Pallavicino, working with Branchini Associati, explained about his player: "Important bids from Italy as abroad are coming but this is not something new. Fiorentina confirmed us that Rui Costa is not for sale."
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Berlusconi: Give me Inzaghi
4.6 || webmaster

The name of the 'big champion' was revealed. The agreement is close. Pippo: 'Finally, my AC Milan'. Juve, ready to sign Thuram. Berlusconi to give the go ahead to Galliani for the Inzaghi transfer. No parts exchange, only money: $33m. Inzaghi: 'I was happy in Turin, but it's a honour, playing for AC Milan, team which has been interested in me in the past as well'.
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Inzaghi: "What a duo with Sheva"
4.6 || webmaster

Inzaghi to join AC Milan: Important meeting on Wednesday. Galliani: 'Thuram will join Juventus'. The striker: 'Berlusconi wanted me when I played for Piacenza'. Inter Milan to offer Emre for Coco.
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Galliani denies to have offered Abbiati in exchange for Thuram
3.6 || webmaster

Galliani rejected reports that the club may sell highly-rated goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. "We will not, for any reason, sell Abbiati," he said.
"He is our future keeper so there's no point writing about a possible swap deal with Lilian Thuram."
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F. Inzaghi to join AC Milan
3.6 || webmaster

Probably Filippo Inzaghi will join AC Milan next season according to sources close by both sides. The player as his agent are to meet AC Milan board by next week as vice president Galliani is already preparing the new deal which will tie the international striker with the Milan club.
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Milan's Inzaghi desire is mutual
3.6 || webmaster

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has dropped a bombshell on the transfer market by claiming: We like Filippo Inzaghi and he likes us. Inzaghi always tells people, even the Juve directors, that if he were to leave the Bianconeri then Milan would be top of his list. The Juventus striker is already rumoured to be leaving the club after being dropped in favour of David Trezeguet and the possible arrival of Christian Vieri.

However, Galliani also noted that most of the Rossoneri’s summer shopping has been completed. With the signing of Christian Zenoni, Massimo Donati, Javi Moreno and Cosmin Contra our transfer market is closed, admitted the Rossoneri supremo, but it could open again only for a big star. Gaizka Mendieta? I don’t think so, we’re set on the right flank now with Contra. Inzaghi is a great player and I admire him very much. What counts is that Milan have already invested £33m in new players, more than any other club has done without selling any of their squad.

Galliani revealed the background to the swift move for Inter target Contra from Alaves. We are in debt to Real Madrid as they already had a deal for the player, he said. I called Real President Florentino Perez and thanks to our close relations between clubs the Spaniards agreed to pull out of the deal. I have sent a letter of thanks and I will try my best to repay the favour. Real offered us Michel Salgado, but we wanted Contra above all else.
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WCQ - Kaladze on the field
3.6 || webmaster

AC Milan defender Kahka Kaladze was on the field playing the match Georgia-Italy. While the National anthems were played the player cried. He was openly moved. Kaladze is living the terrible kidnappen of his brother.
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Juve release Inzaghi
3.6 || webmaster

Juventus striker Filippo Inzaghi declared about his future: "I am flattered about AC Milan link. It's important to know that Berlusconi and Galliani still appreciate me. If I should change team, AC Milan would be my first choice." Afterwards he added a sentence that sounds as a 'good bye': "I had a great time at Juventus, I have won as I have scored a lot. My contract still runs but luckily some teams want me. But it is not fair to talk about it now, it is better to discuss about a possible transfer at the end of the season."

Galliani:"If we have Serginho, we don't need Rui Costa"
2.6 || webmaster

Galliani files up the opportunity to see Manuel Rui Costa with AC Milan's shirt: "If we have Serginho we don't need Rui Costa. I want to thank Real Madrid's Florentino Perez who retired from the auction for Contra, we have a debit with him. Abbiati is absolutely not transferable. Helveg should stay, but we have to speak with Inter Milan. Coloccini did a great season with San Lorenzo and Bierhoff still has a year contract. Of course he wants to play more regularly due to the World Cup and he can decide on what he wants to do. He conquered this privilege with his exemplary behaviour. About Mendieta we retired when we knew about the $58 millions clause and we found an alternative with Contra."
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Galliani: "Inzaghi? Ancelotti?"
2.6 || webmaster

AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani replied the journalists who asked him about Filippo Inzaghi: "Filippo Inzaghi? We don't want to deceive anyone. Pippo is a great player, it's enough to watch all the goals he always scored. He always declared pubblically, in case of transfer, his desire is to join AC Milan. I exclude every swap. We can give some young player away, but not the regular ones. Possible big reinforces could interest the attack or/and the defence. About the coach, we will chose between Cesare Maldini and Fatih Terim."
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Galliani:"We are the only ones who spent $50 mil."
2.6 || webmaster

During the usual metting between AC Milan club's board and the trading partners, Vice President Adriano Galliani commented on the team's plans for the future: "Till now we are the only ones who invest $50 millions to reinforce the roles we considered to be reinforced: $30 millions for Donati and Christian Zenoni from Atalanta, $20 millions for Javi Moreno and Contra from Alaves. And It couldn't be ended here. We are still chasing important targets and we don't exclude to sign a great element able to do the difference. If we can reach someone special we carry on, on the other hand we will stop. It could be possible to invest $50 millions more on a single player, but the major shareholder has to agree before."
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AC Milan on Thuram
2.6 || webmaster

AC Milan ready to offer $27m + Abbiati to the Tanzi family, who consider this offer, the best one so far. Juventus reached an agreement with the player though, while Lazio want Thuram to ignore the racism problems.
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AC Milan in London for Rebrov
2.6 || webmaster

Last month, it were more rumours but recently, it could be just more than that. AC Milan are ready to sign Sergei Rebrov, of Tottenham Hotspurs. A scout of AC Milan met a Spurs' director, and the two agreed the transfer. Rebrov is not 'untouchable' after he only scored 8 goals in 29 matches. Tottenham ended 12th in the championship but their chairman said that he wants to fight in the upper part of the table with Manchester United and Arsenal from next saeson. Teddy Sheringham already joined and he'll play alongside Steffen Iversen, ex Rosenborg. All this means that the Spurs could be ready to sell Rebrov for $18m and in that case, Bierhoff would join Fulham.
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vs. Roma ratings
2.6 || webmaster

Milan: Rossi 6.5, Helveg 6, Roque Junior 6.5, P.Maldini 6.5, Coco 6.5,
Guly 5 (79'Chamot -), Kaladze 5.5, Giunti 6, Serginho 5.5,
Shevchenko 6.5 (93'Leonardo -), Comandini 5 (69'Garcia -).

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AS Roma 1 - 1 AC Milan
2.6 || webmaster

AS Roma tried to add a win to strengthen their championship hopes, Milan would thwart their every effort managing to squeeze a 1-1 draw leaving both side to share a point.
Roma started off the match dominating the ball on the ground. Totti would create many chances, drawing fouls and playing the ball out to the wings. Roma produced many crossed, but they all met the heads of Milan players as the Rossoneri dominated the air game.
Milan's first chance came as a ball was headed laterally into the box. Standing alone, Shevchenko trapped the ball but his half volley was a definate mishit and it rolled paralel to the goal face.
Roma would get a chance as a great combination from Totti saw Tommasi go on a run towards net, but his hard shot was easily saved by Rossi who was right in the path of the ball.
Shevchenko would continue supplying Milan with chances, this time, a ball from Serginho was played down the middle, but Antonioli came out to block the Ukrainian's shot.
But just before the halftime whistle blew, Milan were awarded a corner kick. The ball was an outswinger, heading right towards Francesco Coco who brillaintly headed it past a diving Antonioli giving his side the 1-0 advantage just before the beak.
Roma came out for the second half seemingly more awake than the Milan side that was beating them. The dominated the ball once again, but failed to put in any goals.
But finally, substitute Montella would score the equalizer. Dribbling down the right side, he cut the ball to his left foot and shot a curling ball into the top left of the net.
Milan would try to answer, but Roma would shut down their desperate attempts. Batistuta almost gave Roma the winner as his turnaround volley was brilliantly saved by Rossi who gave his side a miracle.
Roque Junior would head the ball against the post at the other end, but the game would end in a stalemate 1-1.
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Leonardo: "Milan forever in my heart"
1.6 || webmaster

MILAN - To matches to go. After four seasons and a shield won being a protagonist (12 nets) Leonardo's experience at Milan is coming to an end. "I hope I left behind a good memory of myself", he says. No doubt about it, we say, considering the loving attitude his fans showed.
"I want to thank everybody. Playing at Milan has been the greatest experience of my career. But also the most difficult. I played in Spain, Japan and France, but I got to Italy when I reached maturity. I will never forget the shield of two years ago. I'll always cherish this experience in my memory".
Next Sunday, against Brescia, he'll play his last match at Milan: "It will be an emotional day. After four years, it will be hard to leave this place, especially the fans. They have always given me great support".

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Rossi will stay in Milan
1.6 || webmaster

AC Milan’s number 1 goal keeper Sebastiano Rossi, who has been with the Rossoneri for 11 years, is very near to signing a new contract with the club that should last till the year 2004.

If initially Milan seemed intentioned to confirm Christian Abbiati as the number one keeper, after the recent very positive performances by Rossi, Abbiati has found more room on the bench and will very probably look for another club next season: top of the list seems to be Torino (newly promoted to Serie A).

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£7m Serginho rejected Fiorentina approach
1.6 || webmaster

AC Milan defender Serginho has revealed that he turned down a move to Fiorentina earlier this season. "I was thinking about it, but in the end nothing came of it," the Brazilian admitted.

"It was a difficult time for me," explained the £7 million-rated star. "Not only on the pitch, but in my private life as well. My father in Brazil was sick, and moving to another team and another city would have caused even more complications."

Now that he has returned to form, Serginho has no regrets. "It was definitely the right decision to stay and play in Milan," he said.

So good has Serginho been of late, that the club's vice-president Adriano Galliani singled him out for praise. "I thank him for that," Serginho said. "Towards the end of this season a lot of people have showed that they care."

The impression he gives is that, under former coach Alberto Zaccheroni, that wasn't always the case. "If my performances have got better, then I also have to thank the people around me for their support, something that didn't happen before," he added.

"I feel that both Cesare Maldini and Mauro Tassotti trust me, even though they took over the side at the most delicate part of the season."

Serginho recently received the backing of his team-mate, former Brazil captain Leonardo. "Serginho is one of the strongest Brazilians in Europe," he said.

"Serginho could fit very well into our national team, even if Roberto Carlos plays on the left and is rightly untouchable. It's impossible for a player like Sergio not to be in the squad.

"When he came to Milan, nobody knew him and he had some difficulty in acclimatising at the start, as do all foreigners who come to play in Italy. But you could immediately see his true potential.

"This year, Serginho is showing everybody his technical worth, which, together with his physical power, makes him the great player he has shown himself to be."

onefootball.com

Bierhoff to Fulham!?
1.6 || webmaster

Fulham are strongly linking AC Milan veteran forward Oliver Bierhoff. The player through some assistants has confirmed some meetings with the English club. According to the French manager Jean Tigana, Bierhoff is the right man for their first season in Premiership, though Anderlecht's Jan Koller was his first choice.

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Exclusive! First pic of Contra in Milan's shirt!
1.6 || webmaster

EXCLUSIVE ON THE INTERNET! THE FIRST EVER PICTURE OF CONTRA IN MILAN'S SHIRT. COPYRIGHTED GAZETA SPORTURILOR ROMANIA!
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