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The Archive

October 2001

Terim left to make up shortfall
31.10 || webmaster

Milan will be without Andriy Shevchenko, Paolo Maldini and Manuel Rui Costa when they defend their two-goal lead over CSKA Sofia in the UEFA Cup.

Fatih Terim admits that coping without the illustrious trio will not be easy and in Shevchenko's case, that absence will extend until after Sunday's trip to the Stadio delle Alpi to face Torino.

As Milan prepared to fly out to the Bulgarian capital, Terim said: "On Sunday I was very worried because by the end of the game we had lost three crucial players.

"Maldini is hugely important for our defence but most of all he is also a player that keeps the team together, a true captain.

"His natural replacements are Kakha Kaladze and Serginho but I will choose who will fill in for him nearer the time, once I have completely assessed our opponents.

"As for Rui Costa, he's a very generous player. He kept on playing despite the fact that he wasn't feeling well and had a persistent pain in his ankle. This means that he isn't only strong as a player but also as a person."

The former Galatasaray coach also confirmed that due to his nose fracture he will keep Shevchenko out of not only tomorrow's match with CSKA Sofia but also Sunday's Serie A game with Torino.

Terim has also issued a word of warning for the people of the Ukraine, stating that 'Sheva' may not recover in time to play in the first leg of his country's World Cup play-off with Germany on November 10.

He added: "I won't risk Andriy in Turin. He will start running again only on Sunday and I am not even sure that he will be ready in time to play the match with Germany on November 10."

Meanwhile Filippo Inzaghi says Milan should not underestimate CSKA Sofia in tomorrow's UEFA Cup clash, despite the fact that the rossoneri won the first leg 2-0.

He said: "What happened to Inter in Krakow yesterday is an example to all of us as what we shouldn't do. It seemed as if the nerazzurri thought they had already booked their placed in the next round and yet they were almost forced to play extra time.

"We must learn from this and understand that we have to stay focused throughout the match."

Milan in Iraq
31.10 || webmaster

According to Iraqi newspaper Al-Baas Al-Ryadhi AC Milan should be negotiating with the Federation to sign the young forward Imad Mohamed Ridha and the deal should be almost done. The details are still unknown. The player according what the newspaper wrote should confirm: "The economical amount will be decised in the next days". Imad Mohamed, 19 years old, has been the main author of the victory of Iraq on Japan in Asia juniores championship and he scored 4 goals in World Cup Qualifiers matches.

GALLIANI: MILAN REJECTED REAL'S SHEVA BID
31.10 || Kenneth

REAL MADRID'S interest in Andrei Shevchenko has long been rumoured, but now Milan have conceded they have received an official bid from the Spanish side for the Ukrainian striker.

In September, Raul revealed that Shevchenko was the man he most wanted to partner the in world football, with the Spanish international left to forage a lone trail up front as Fernando Morientes is often injured.

Now Milan's vice-chairman Adriano Galliani has admitted Real have contacted his club several times over making a bid for Shevchenko but they are yet to give in to the offers available.

Galliani revealed that Real president Florentino Perez had talked to Milan about the former Dinamo Kiev star but they were not prepared to sell their best player for the sake of money.

"Last summer Real offered an amazing figure for Sheva, but we didn't accept it. To sell a champion to pay debts is not a solution for the club," said Galliani.

"As many team have done, Milan have not thought of selling stars to solve club financial troubles. Juventus' great financial strength is because of Zinedine Zidane's sale to Real Madrid.

"If we had sold Shevchenko our economic situation would be the same but I would have committed suicide."

Milan-Beckham: $157m
31.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan ready to offer Beckham a $5,5m/year contract. For his wife, a $21m contract to work with TV network Mediaset.

Meanwhile, captain Maldini out for 40 days.

Shevchenko will face Germany, insists Ukraine chief
31.10 || Kenneth

Ukraine assistant coach Volodymyr Veremeyev is confident that AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko will be fit to play in the World Cup play-offs against Germany next month despite breaking his nose on Sunday.

Shevchenko suffered the injury in the goalless draw with Bologna and initial prognosis suggested he would need at least ten days to recover, making him a major doubt for the first leg at least on November 10.

Veremeyev, however, moved to allay growing fears in Ukraine that the country's most potent weapon would not be fit to play.

"According to our information the problem is not so bad that Shevchenko's participation in the matches is in doubt," he said.

"I've spoken to [Tottenham forward] Sergiy Rebrov already and I can calm his fears as well as everybody else's. According to Milan, Andriy will return to training in five days."

Ukrainian football federation president Hryhoriy Surkis has admitted that information about Shevchenko's condition is of the greatest importance in Ukraine.

"It has caught the attention of the nation," Surkis said. "That's why I called Milan immediately and have been in touch constantly."

Surkis also praised Shevchenko's determination to be back in time for the game.

"They have told me that the doctors wanted to operate four days after the incident because they thought it too risky to intervene until the swelling had gone down.

"But Andriy wants to play for Ukraine so much that he insisted that the operation be done immediately. Luckily everything has gone well for him. Andriy is a real professional and courageous man."

"I expect Shevchenko to join the national squad, but the main thing for me is his health. I hope everything will progress as we expect it to."

Shevchenko, who finished top scorer in the European group stages with nine goals, refused to comment on the knock he sustained against Bologna.

"The only thing I'm thinking about now is to recover as soon
as possible to play in the matches with Germany. I don't want to miss this chance," he said.

Meanwhile, Werder Bremen's 31-year-old left back Viktor Skrypnyk has been called up to the squad to face Germany.

He has 18 caps for Ukraine and scored twice, but injury have hit his chances with the national side since he last played for Ukraine in a Euro 2000 qualifier against France on March 27 1999.

"This call up is quite unexpected after such a long break, but I'm really pleased with it," he said. "I always say what an honour it is for me to play for Ukraine and these feelings only increase before such important matches."

Skrypnyk will be the only Ukrainian in the squad who plays in Germany.

"My German team-mates have joked with me about this, but they have wished me luck personally," he said. "They haven't said much about the opposition though."

Before joining Werder at the start of 1997, Skrypnyk played for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and was considered one of the most versatile players in the Ukraine league. He is the second highest scoring defender in the history of the Ukraine league with 24 goals.

Contra: "In Sofia for a positive scoreline"
30.10 || webmaster

AC Milan's Cosmin Contra, talks about Thursday's UEFA Cup match against CSKA Sofia: 'The 2-0 of the first leg is a comfortable lead. However, we will go in Sofia for a positive scoreline''.

The defender added: 'We'll see how the squad behaves without key players'.

Gattuso about the previous match and the Serie A
30.10 || webmaster

AC Milan's Gattuso talks about last week's 0-0 draw against Bologna: 'When your opponent celebrates after a 0-0, you realize a lot of things. Bologna defended well and it wasn't easy for us to find gaps'.

On the Italian Serie A, the midfielder added: 'It's the most difficult, but not the most beautiful one. Except Chievo, few squads know how to entertain'.

Gattuso about Chievo
30.10 || webmaster

On Chievo, AC Milan's Rino Gattuso explains: 'All this attention for Chievo irritates me, because it seems as if we can't play football. We'll see in 2/3 months though'.

On violence, he added: 'In England, referees are unimpressed in front of a harsh challenge, because English football cares about entertainment'.

Italian Cup - AC Milan vs. Perugia
30.10 || webmaster

AC Milan's official web site announced that on November 13, at 20:45 CET, the squad will be in action against Perugia, a match valid for the Italian Cup.

Ajax: Co Adriansee avoiding Van Basten's arrival
30.10 || webmaster

Ajax coach Co Adriaanse said he doesn't agree at all with Marco van Basten's arrival in the technical staff: "It's not sure that a great player is also a great coach. A great horse doesn't become a great jockey. I can't understand how he can be useful to us now." Ex AC Milan forward said he would like to come back to world of football and Ajax immediately offered him a place in their technical staff.

Maldini out for a month
30.10 || webmaster

Captain Paolo Maldini underwent scans this morning after suffering a late injury last Sunday against Bologna. The player could be ruled out for 30-40 days with a thigh injury.

Auction for Beckham
30.10 || webmaster

At the end of the season, Ferguson will leave and David might follow him. Inter Milan and AC Milan favorites to sign him, with Juventus linked as well. Beckham's contract expires in 2003. Signing him in January means spending $48m.

Milan looking for a defender again
30.10 || webmaster

A defender is needed after Maldini's injury. Leverkusen's Lucio is linked: $12m.

Gargo and Kuffour the alternatives.

Coloccini set for permanent Alaves deal
29.10 || Kenneth

Alaves appear ready to finally stump up the £9million for AC Milan defender Fabricio Coloccini who has been on loan in Spain this season.
The Argentinian is believed to be keen on securing a permanent move but Alaves have struggled to come up with the required fee Milan are demanding.
However, it seems they are now able to find the cash for the player and a deal could be completed this week following recent impressive performances.
He struck the winner yesterday in Alaves' 1-0 win over Las Palmas and was also on target twice against Valladolid last week and earlier in the season against Deportivo La Coruna.
Coloccini was considered one of the hottest prospects in South America when he moved to Italy a year and a half ago but he has yet to be given a chance in Serie A.

INJURY BLOW FOR SHEVCHENKO
29.10 || Kenneth

ANDREI SHEVCHENKO has emerged as a doubt for Ukraine`s World Cup qualification play-off against Germany on November 10, after fracturing his nose in Milan`s 0-0 draw with Bologna on Sunday.
The striker was forced from the field of play during the second-half at the San Siro with a nasty looking facial injury. He was promptly taken to hospital, and X-rays confirmed he had sustained a broken nose.

The former Dinamo Kiev man has had surgery to correct the problem, and early, unconfirmed, reports are suggesting he could return in ten days, meaning he will be available for the vital qualifier with Germany.

Ukraine are certain to do everything possible to make sure their star forward is fit for the encounter with Rudi Voller`s Germany in two weeks` time.

Shevchenko was not the only player to visit the hospital from the San Siro encounter, as Bologna defender Fabio Macellari suffered a similar injury.

Milan`s woes have been further compounded by news that Italian defender Paolo Maldini faces a spell on the sidelines, and Rui Costa has dislocated his ankle.

Maldini hobbled off during the second-half with a leg injury, and he is likely to be sidelined for around two weeks, while Rui Costa could be out for a longer period.

Milan coach Fatih Terim bemoaned his side`s mounting injury problems.

"I don't like to have so many players injured all together," he said after a game which also saw Portuguese ace Rui Costa pick up an injury.

"Shevchenko`s injury did not help us, " he added. "We also suffered when Maldini went off, as we were just starting to assert.

"I hope Andrei and Paolo are not out for too long, as they are key players and are irreplaceable."

Injuries and Goalless Draw Mark San Siro Clash
29.10 || Kenneth

In perhaps the most boring match of the weekend, Milan failed to capitalize on the opportunity to go lone second in the Serie A table when they were held to a goalless draw by Guidolin’s Bologna. The match ended in extreme frustration for the Rossoneri who simply couldn’t find that lone goal to seal the win. The Bologna players meanwhile celebrated the final whistle like they had just won the championship. Surely a sign of what they had come looking for.


Terim fielded his tried and tested 4-3-1-2 with Contra at right back and Kaladze coming in for the injured Albertini in the center of the pitch. Guidolin played his usual six-man midfield with Nervo, Olive, Pecchia, Brighi and Macellari just behind the offensive minded Zauli.


The match began with a few scares for either side as Pippo Inzaghi went close with a header wide of Pagliuca’s right hand post. A few minutes later Bologna broke through the Milan defence and Nervo’s half effort went straight to Abbiati. On the counter, Kaladze’s through ball found Shevchenko who dribbled past two players but could not find the power to beat Pagliuca. That seemed to be all the excitement the fans had in store in the first half. For the remainder of the half, Bologna played their typical defensive style of football rarely bothering Abbiati (save a snapshot Zauli effort that went over the bar). To their credit however, the Bologna defence completely took the Milan strike force out of the game with neither Inzaghi nor Shevchenko able to do anything at all to bother Luca Pagliuca. The only note worth mentioning came at 39’ when Bologna coach Francesco Guidolin was banished to the stands for excessive protests.


At the break, Terim surprisingly replaced the sluggish (and also injured) Rui Costa with Massimo Donati whilst Umit Davala came on for Gennario Gattuso. The substitutions changed the match slightly as Milan were able to cope better with Bologna’s midfield and started to play a more effective style of football. Bologna, however still looked solid as ever with the trio of Gamberini-Falcone-Castellini looking forever in control at the back. Milan finally got themselves together and put some pressure on the Rossoblu defence but were put on the back foot by the departure of Andriy Shevchenko. The striker clashed with Castellini while attempting to head a cross and broke his nose. Terim was forced to use his last substitution and Milan replaced their best player with veteran Marco Simone. On 61’ Fabio Pecchia almost found the go ahead goal but was thwarted by Christian Abbiati who stole the ball from the former Napoli man’s feet.


From then on, it was all Milan. The Rossoneri, realizing that time was running out charged the Bologna net but simply could not break through the stubborn Bologna defence. Inzaghi wasted a number of good opportunities, namely off Serginho and Simone crosses while Marco Simone himself was ineffective to say the least. Bologna brought on Claudio Bellucci for a lack luster Cruz to snatch a late winner but it was just not in the cards. Milan’s last ditch efforts were not helped by the fact that skipper Maldini limped off with ten minutes to go to leave his team a man down. For Bologna, young Matteo Brighi was simply brilliant, doing for Bologna what Albertini typically does for Milan. The former Juve midfielder battled on through the ninety minutes and was responsible for most of Milan’s problems. For Milan, the absence of Albertini hurt them tremendously as “Il Metronomo” would have been the solution to their scrappy football.


To sum it all up, a disappointing night for Terim and his boys. Bologna were at times guilty of wasting time and excessive fouls, but no doubt they got what they came for. The team embellished its record as the best defensive unit in the league and once Beppe Signori and Cipriani are back, there are no limits to what Guidolin and his boys can achieve. All in all, an impressive performance by the men in yellow (on the day) and a not so impressive one by Milan.

MATCH DETAILS:
AC Milan: Abbiati, Contra, Laursen, Costacurta, Maldini, Gattuso (46'Umit), Kaladze, Serginho, Rui Costa (46'Donati), Shevchenko (53'Simone), Inzaghi
(Rossi, Chamot, Brocchi, Pirlo)
Trainer: Terim

Bologna: Pagliuca, Gamberini (70'Fresi), Falcone, Castellini, Nervo (84'Wome), Olive, Pecchia, Brighi, Macellari, Zauli, Cruz (68'Bellucci).
(Coppola, Zaccardo, Tarantino, Goretti)
Trainer: Guidolin

Booked: Gamberini, Umit, Kaladze, Gattuso, Serginho, Costacurta, Bellucci, Fresi

Sent off: Guidolin

Attendance: 55,000

Italians track Spanish starlet
29.10 || Kenneth

Atletico Madrid youngster Fernando Torres is set to become at the centre of a bidding war between a host of Italian clubs desperate for his signature.

The 17-year-old Spaniard is highly considered as a star of the future and Juventus, Milan, Inter, Lazio and Roma have all expressed an interest in the attacker.

It was claimed last month that Juve had already secured an option on the player last month but both Bianconeri and Atletico officials denied the report.

Torres is said to be attracting bids of around £20m despite his tender age. But Atletico are believed to have inserted a buy-out clause on his contract which is reportedly set at a staggering £58m.

Premiership champions Manchester United have also expressed an interest.

Milan obligation forces Helveg to miss Holland
29.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan midfielder Thomas Helveg has bowed to pressure from the club to miss Denmark's game with the Netherlands next month. "Milan have a right to demand I stay at home," explained Helveg, whose contract bars him from any more internationals this year.

The friendly match in Copenhagen on November 10 has been a major source of controversy.

Milan and Serie A rivals Udinese have put pressure on their Danish stars – Helveg, Martin Laursen and Martin Jorgensen – to miss the Dutch game because it clashes with the Coppa Italia.

However, Denmark coach Morten Olsen has insisted he will call up the trio – and the Danish FA (DBU) have filed an official complaint to Fifa about the behaviour of the Italian clubs.

Helveg is the first to put club before country but he admitted it was a tough decision.

"I would really have liked to play in the game against the Netherlands," said the midfielder, who has helped guide the Danes to the World Cup finals.

"But Milan have a right to demand that I stay at home, and I must respect that," he explained to the BT newspaper.

Helveg's contract stipulates he plays a maximum of seven times for Denmark each year and he has already fulfilled that quota.

Milan on Bostian
29.10 || webmaster

AC Milan are interested in Cesar Bostian, 19, of Slovenia. AC Milan scouts already monitored him and were impressed with his performances.

The club want to sign him and loan him out to Vicenza or Perugia. If Perugia fail to sign him, chairman Gaucci might decide to sign Frenchman Jean Pierre Antonetti, 21, of Egaleo.

Milan want $ 13 mil. on Coloccini
29.10 || webmaster

Deportivo Alaves contacted AC Milan to sign Fabricio Coloccini. The Italian club replied that the player's fee is $13, a fee which Alaves cannot afford.

Despite the fee, the Spaniards are ready to do anything to find the money, chairman Gonzalo Anton revealed. The reason is simple: the player will be sold later on for a much higher fee.

Simone on his comeback
28.10 || webmaster

Marco Simone declared on his comeback to "San Siro" stadium: "Today's emotion was one of the most important of my career. I am satisfied with the result because Bologna are a good team and are well positioned on the standing."

Terim expects to be criticized
28.10 || webmaster

Fatih Terim talked on today's home draw with Bologna: "AC Milan can not always play well, today's Bologna's defence were well organized, we have tried but we have not managed to win. I am expecting some critics following today's performance but I do not care."

Shevchenko in surgery
28.10 || webmaster

Andriy Shevchenko has already undergone an operation to reduce a fractured nose this evening after a clash of heads with Bologna defender Marcello Castellini. The Ukrainian international left the field bleeding copiously during today’s 0-0 draw between Milan and Bologna.

In the final minutes of this encounter Rossoblu defender Fabio Macellari also sustained a fractured nose during an accidental collision, while Julio Cruz received a cut to his eyebrow, Paolo Maldini limped off with a thigh problem and Manuel Rui Costa twisted his left ankle.


Milan doctors admit that it is “highly unlikely” that either Shevchenko, Maldini or Rui Costa will be able to feature in Thursday’s UEFA Cup second round second leg tie at CSKA Sofia.

Milan 0 - 0 Bologna - match report
28.10 || webmaster

Milan took the derby last week with their all-attack style of play, but Bologna were quick to take advantage of the inevitable defensive vulnerabilities on the counter-attack. This was an extremely ill-tempered encounter that saw two fractured noses, Bologna Coach Francesco Guidolin sent off for dissent just before the break and Paolo Maldini limp off injured to leave Milan in ten men for the final minutes. This is the first time in over three years that the Rossoneri have failed to score at the San Siro.

The Rossoblu were certainly a more balanced side in the first half and went close several times in the first half with Carlo Nervo, Julio Cruz and Lamberto Zauli, but Fatih Terim's men also created scoring opportunities for Filippo Inzaghi.

Terim's substitutions changed the game against Inter and this time fellow Turk Umit Davala and Massimo Donati took over from Gennaro Gattuso and, surprisingly, Manuel Rui Costa.

Another change was forced minutes later as Andriy Shevchenko fractured his nose in an horrific clash of heads with Castellini, an incident that gave Marco Simone his first appearance in a Milan jersey four and a half years after he left the San Siro for France.

The Rossoneri held the field with greater confidence in this form and took control of the match. Inzaghi wasted one chance and did score another, but it was ruled out for an offside position that had initially been considered passive.

The tension rose considerably in the final minutes as Fabio Macellari also suffered a fractured nose while Umit and Cosmin Contra were involved in scuffles with the opposing players.

Milan: Abbiati; Maldini, Laursen, Costacurta, Serginho; Contra, Gattuso (Donati 46), Kaladze; Rui Costa (Umit 46); Inzaghi, Shevchenko (Simone 52)

Bologna: Pagliuca; Falcone, Castellini, Gamberini (Fresi 69), Nervo (Wome 84); Olive, Brighi, Macellari, Zauli; Pecchia, Cruz (Bellucci 69)

Ref: De Santis

Guidolin: "We'll attack Milan"
28.10 || webmaster

Bologna boss Francesco Guidolin has said that his side won’t be looking for just a draw at the San Siro this afternoon. The Rossoblu take on a rejuvenated Milan side who disposed of Inter last week.

"We know that it will be difficult but we must try to win it," Guidolin stated. "We’re not going there with the intention of just trying to defend against them. We’ll employ pressing tactics as usual on their main ball players while we will look to counter attack with real speed."

However, Milan forward Pippo Inzaghi (pictured) has promised to not make it easy for Guidolin’s men.

"It will be a delicate game but we must take advantage of playing at home and in front of our fans," he said. "Should we not win then the three points we won in the derby last week would become almost useless."

The Italian added: "We’ve worked hard this week but we are not taking the game against Bologna for granted. We can’t afford to make mistakes and undervaluing our opponents would be our first error."

The former Juve player was also asked about Chievo Verona, the revelation of the season so far. "Chievo are no surprise anymore. They are very organised but also have some good players. Their first place is something that they really deserved."

Danes report 'uncooperative' Milan and Udinese
27.10 || webmaster

The Danish FA have made an official complaint to Fifa after AC Milan and Udinese refused to release Thomas Helveg, Martin Laursen and Martin Jorgensen for next month's friendly with Holland.

Both Serie A clubs have Italian Cup games on November 10, when Denmark take on the Dutch in Copenhagen, and although the competition is usually regarded as rather insignificant, they have forbidden the players from leaving..

"We have sent an official letter to Fifa," Danish FA general secretary Jim Stjerne Hansen told BT. "We want their decision on whether the clubs can stop our players coming back to Denmark on a day which is officially reserved for internationals."

Fifa seem in two minds over compelling Milan and Udinese to release the players from their games with Perugia and Internazionale respectively.

"It is correct that November 10 is an official international day," said spokesman Andreas Herren. "But originally it was reserved for World Cup play-offs. I am not sure if the day is also free for friendlies. Our legal department will have to find that out."

Ajax to convince Van Basten?
27.10 || webmaster

Ajax are trying to convince ex AC Milan forward Marco Van Basten to come back to world of Fottball as coach of the Youth team. The general manager Arie van Eijden declared on the newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: "I heard that Marco is tired of playing golf and he is thinking to come back to the world of Football".

Milan on Bostian
27.10 || webmaster

In Croatia a new Igor Tudor is born, even if he is from Slovenia. He is 19 years old and his name is Cesar Bostian, Dinamo Zagreb fullback. Powerful body (190 cm 85 kg), Bostian is in Croatian top 11 this season. Regular with Slovenian under 21, surely he will take part in the squad for World Cup 2002 if Slovenia manage to qualify against Romania. Srecko Katanec, Slovenian coach, considers him as one of the best players in the Balkans. At stadium "Maksimir" in Zagreb there are talent scouts from Milan, Vicenza and Ajax.

RUI COSTA'S VIOLA SADNESS
27.10 || Kenneth

MILAN star Rui Costa admits he thought Fiorentina would be his last club, and still feels affection for La Viola.
Although content with life with the Rossoneri, the talented schemer feels a tinge of sadness at seeing his former club languish towards the foot of the Serie A table.

The Portuguese international, looking forward to parading his talents at the 2002 World Cup, also admits the best player in his position is Real Madrid ace Zinedine Zidane.

"It is true that each time I love a team, I have to leave them," he told planetfootball.com.

"I begin to think it is me who brings the bad luck! Joking aside, I always become involved in the teams I play for, and I was so sure that Fiorentina would be the last one in my career.

"But the club made the wrong decisions. At the begining, the president Vittorio Cecchi Gori was very close to the team then, in the last few years, he started to stay too far away, even from the players.

"It is quite normal what has happened. We knew the situation was a hard one, but not to this level.

"I certainly do not hate Fiorentina a little bit after all what has happened."

Rui Costa admits missing Gabriel Batistuta, who quit Artemio Franchi for Roma, whom he helped lift the Scudetto.

"For one part, I was happy I had more responsibilities," he revealed. "I was the captain and I won the Coppa Italia as captain.

"But, at the same time, I missed Batistuta a lot.

"He was a very big friend to us - me and my wife.

"Just think that two years ago, when my wife lost a baby, he scored two goals and dedicated them to us. Wonderful."

As regards the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea, the 29-year-old is full of praise for his Portugal colleagues.

"We are the best generation ever," he smiled. "We played at two European Championships, and one World Cup, in six years. It never happened before.

"It is our golden generation. The same players who won the Under-21 World Championship.

"Eusebio is our image man - he is always near the national team. Before this, he was the same for Benfica.

"Just think, when I was chosen, from 500 boys, it was him who immediately said I had the qualities to play for Benfica.

"One day, he sent me to the dressing room because I said 's**t'. I felt so ashamed, I did not even have the courage to tell this to my father - he only knew about it when I wrote my autobiography."

And is Rui Costa the best playmaker in the business?

"No, it is still Zidane," he answered, honestly.

AC Milan-Bologna Preview: Will Milan go top?
27.10 || Kenneth

Serie A’s most prolific attack (17 goals) takes on the championship’s stingiest defence (3 goals) in one of the lesser matches of the weekend. But for Milan, the timing couldn’t be better. They will go into the match knowing the outcome of the Juve-Inter game and if Torino can stop Chievo’s run, the Rossoneri have a chance to go top. Bologna’s cause isn’t helped by the fact that they haven’t won at the San Siro for 37 years. For sure Guidolin will look to play for a point at the San Siro to maintain his team’s position in the league while Milan will want to win at all costs to emphasize their title challenge and prove that they are not hung over from the derby victory.


FORM GUIDE
Milan: WWLDWW
Although eyebrows were raised at Milan’s poor run of form against Perugia and Venezia, I am willing to write it off as a minor hitch, even though it did cost them 5 valuable points. The Rossoneri have played 10 games this season and won 7 scoring an amazing 25 goals in these 10 games! At home they have been even better having tied only one game and winning five (scoring 17 times and conceding just 4 goals).

Bologna: WWLWDL
Bologna have been erratic all season and can credit their superb standing to former Inter keeper Gianluca Pagliuca and his unyielding defence. But, I fear for them, as a team that has netted just 4 times in 7 games is not going to have a lot of luck traveling to the San Siro. The defeat versus Empoli in midweek didn’t help to exorcise any ghosts either. However, Bologna have been known to put in some strong performances against the bigger teams and Milan will be wary.


TEAM NEWS
Milan are still without long term injured Ambrosini, Redondo, Aliyu and Jose Mari. But that does not seem to bother them anymore as the management has ensured the presence of able replacements. The only doubt for Terim will be whether to play the extremely effective 4-3-1-2 or the 3-4-1-2 to counter Bologna’s packed midfield. I believe he will go with the latter and play the mesmerizing duo of Contra and Serginho on the wings. Demetrio Albertini is still struggling with his knee injury and will have to pass a late fitness test. Otherwise Kakha Kaladze will take his place in midfield alongside the mastiff, Gattuso.

Bologna are having all sorts of troubles up front with their best player and prolific goal-scorer Beppe Signori ruled out due to injury. What’s more, his able replacement, young Giacomo Cipriani is also out indefinitely. Milan will be thanking their stars considering these two wreaked havoc on the Milanese giants in the last fixture coming back from 0-2 down to score 3 times, and only a late Sala strike earned Milan a home draw. Guidolin would be wise, however, to change his stance and throw in an extra forward in the form of Claudio Bellucci, otherwise he can forget trying to score against this Milan team.


WHO’S HOT
Milan: Everyone. They say there’s nothing like a derby win to raise your moral. Even better if it’s a four goal comeback and better yet if it follows a 6-0 thrashing.

Andriy Shevchenko is in irresistible form having scored 13 goals from 12 games this season (all comps. club and national).

Cosmin Contra showed once again why it’s not wise to leave one of the most tantalizing right-sided players in the world on the bench.

Bologna: Lamberto Zauli may not be the most talented player on the planet. But, the former Vicenza veteran has put in outstanding performances in midfield and up front. If Milan play with only one central midfielder, he will score, I guarantee it.

Gianluca Pagliuca was widely regarded as the best in the business a few years ago. The former Italy gatekeeper has shown consistently though, that at 35, he’s not lost his shine.


WHO’S NOT
Milan: Kakha Kaladze has been under tremendous pressure lately. The Georgian’s poor form and the pain of his brother’s kidnapping are preying on the player’s mind. Will he prove that he can still be relied on?

Bologna: Julio Cruz may have been called up for his national side, but to me, he has not done the one thing required of him: score goals. He has played reasonably well over the past few weeks, but given that he is the only striker fielded by Guidolin, he has a far greater responsibility. Bologna’s meager attack can be blamed on the Argentine’s finishing.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Milan (3-4-1-2): Abbiati; Laursen, Costacurta, Maldini; Contra, Gattuso, Kaladze, Serginho; Rui Costa; Shevchenko, Inzaghi

Bologna (3-5-1-1): Pagliuca; Gamberini, Falcone, Castellini; Nervo, Pecchia, Brighi, Olive, Macellari; Zauli; Cruz


SOCCERAGE PREDICTION
Bologna have proven before (versus Internazionale) that the San Siro does not intimidate them. But on Sunday they will come across a unit that is just bubbling with energy and fantastically orchestrated and I feel Guidolin’s dull defensive tactics will not pay off for a change. I see the men from Bologna going down hard: AC Milan 3-0 Bologna

Moratti: I fear Juve more than Milan
27.10 || Kenneth

Inter President Massimo Moratti thinks that tonight’s game against Juventus will be more difficult that last week’s Milan derby. "This match has always had a particular tradition to it," he said.

Inter lost 4-2 to the Rossoneri last Sunday and Moratti is hoping that his Nerazzurri side can get something out of the Delle Alpi clash this evening.

"The game against Juventus has always and will always have a history to it," he added. "We must go into the game in the right frame of mind because I fear them more than I did Milan last week.

"There is the desire to do well, just as there was prior to the Milan derby, but we must try to give that little bit more. And hopefully we can get a positive result."

The President also commented on injured duo Ronaldo and Christian Vieri. "I’ve spoken to Ronaldo this week and he seemed in good mood.

"As for Vieri, he’s got one of those troublesome injuries that just won’t go away. But we want to protect him from further damage so that we can count on him later in the season."

Ronaldo could be back in action on Thursday for their UEFA Cup clash, while Vieri is still expected to be out for at least another three weeks.

Bologna can stop Milan claims Zauli
27.10 || Kenneth

Lamberto Zauli has admitted that it will take some performance to beat Milan tomorrow afternoon but believes that Bologna could take the points.

"To face Milan we need to find the right spirit that was missing in our midweek game against Empoli," said the midfielder.

"As for a recipe for success then I would have to say that apart from our mentality we will have to try to stop them playing because man for man they are technically better than us."

Bologna have been in good form recently despite a 3-1 home defeat to Serie B side Empoli in the Coppa Italia – even though they still went through to the Third Round on aggregate.

The Rossoblu are currently fourth in Serie A after holding Juventus to a 0-0 draw last week.

As for Milan, Fatih Terim’s side are hoping for another three points after the derby win saw them get back on the Scudetto trail.

Inzaghi on Chievo: 'They deserve to be up there'
27.10 || Kenneth

Filippo Inzaghi talks about Chievo Verona: 'Chievo is no longer a surprise. They are organized, and united. They are up there because they deserve it'.

Serginho: "Me and Terim have the same mentality"
26.10 || webmaster

Serginho praises coach Terim: 'If I was called with the National side, it's not only thanks to him, because to be called you have to work hard. Of course, we have the same mentality for this game: fantasy and joy. He's a great coach and a great man'.

Real eye Coloccini
26.10 || webmaster

Real have approached the agent of AC Milan's Fabrizio Coloccini, currently on loan with Alavés, to enquire about the possibility of signing him.

The 19-year-old Argentinian, officially on the books at Milan, was outstanding during The Vitorians' recent encounter with Real and left a good impression on the Madrileño technical staff.

Real have already been in touch with the player's agent, Gaetano Paolillo but the deal could be complicated. Coloccini joined Alavés on loan at the start of the season and The Basques will retain the right to hold on to the player should they hand over 15 M Euros to Milan at the end of the loan spell on June 30. Real could offer to pay Milan the sum plus an additional commission to Alavés for acting as middlemen in the operation.

Milan however could recover Coloccini after Christmas, despite reports that the defender is less than pleased with the way he has been treated by The Rossineri.

Coloccini hit two goals last weekend at Valladolid, bringing his league total to three.

Dilemma for Danish trio
26.10 || webmaster

Danish internationals Martin Laursen, Thomas Helveg, and Martin Jorgensen look set to be involved in the latest club versus country debate. Their Italian clubs have important cup fixtures which clash with Denmark's game against Holland next month.

AC Milan's Laursen and Helveg are due to face an away tie in Perugia while Jorgensen's Udinese are set to take on Internazionale.

All three players would be automatic choices in the Denmark squad and Laursen is not relishing having to make a decision. "This is no easy decision," he admitted.

"After all, the club are paying my wages and I know I will come under pressure not to go home for the international but I want to play for my country even if it is not popular in the club."

Outspoken Denmark manager Morten Olsen is bound to play a major role in the argument.

Olsen, who has established a reputation for not allowing club commitments to get in the way of international games, is likely to exercise all his rights as national boss and demand that the players compete against Holland.

Abbiati delight at new AC Milan deal
25.10 || webmaster

AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year with the Rossoneri.

Abbiati turned down the offer from Barcelona – who then signed Roberto Bonano from River Plate – at the start of the season and has now signed a new five-year deal with Milan.

The 24-year-old was dropped briefly at the end of last season, which saw a return of veteran keeper Sebastiano Rossi between the posts, leading to speculation that he would leave the club he joined from Monza.

However, he is the undisputed no 1 under Fatih Terim and he said on Thursday: "When Cesare Maldini replaced [Alberto] Zaccheroni as manager I ended up on the bench.

"I wasn't pleased but then I understood his decision. All players will have difficult periods in their careers.

The club, meanwhile, were adamant to keep the young player and the fans agree – a recent poll showed that 98 per cent of the Milan faithful see him as one of the key players in the team.

Abbiati suffered a minor finger injury in the 4-2 derby win over Internazionale on Sunday – but says he should be fit for the weekend.

He said: "I don't even know when it happened. It could have been in a collision with my team-mate Paolo Maldini. But I am sure I will play against Bologna. It will be a difficult game, you saw what Bologna did to Juventus."

Abbiati came from nowhere to win a first-team place at the club, after he was signed from lowly Monza with a view to becoming the Rossoneri's third goalkeeper behind German Jens Lehmann and veteran Sebastiano Rossi.

But the unknown shot-stopper worked his way up the pecking order to claim the number one jersey halfway through the season after Lehmann failed to impress and Rossi was hit by a long suspension.

Until Alberto Zaccheroni was sacked in the spring of 2001 he was a first-team regular and the word around the San Siro was that the job could be his for the next 15 years. President Silvio Berlusconi said of him: "Abbiati is a talent, he is the future of AC Milan.

But in March 2001 Abbiati had a public falling out with Zac's successor, coach Cesare Maldini, whom he accused of failing to explain his reasons for dropping him from the first-team squad - an accusation that Maldini vehemently denied.

Milan sign Genoa's Badra?
25.10 || webmaster

Tunisian paper 'Al-Chourouq" reveals that central defender Khaled Badra has joined AC Milan. AC Milan had dinner with Genova's Franco Scoglio last week to discuss the transfer.

Albertini: "We need to play well against every squad"
24.10 || webmaster

Albertini replies when asked what changed in the derby second half: 'The morale. But we need to behave like that against every squad, not just the leaders.

'The 3-4-3? We used the wings, and it worked. I am fit, but we'll see in the future'.

Billy hails new Milan
24.10 || webmaster

Alessandro Costacurta believes that Milan's season is back on track following the 4-2 win over Inter on Sunday. "It was a fundamental game for us to win," he said.

The Rossoneri, having gone in at half-time 1-0 down, came back out and scored three goals in the space of six minutes to pretty much sew up the points.

"I wasn’t that worried at half-time," said Costacurta. "I knew that we were still in with a shout and that we would prove that in the second half. The win on Sunday was fundamental because a loss would have affected us mentally."

The former Italian international added: "This Milan is a side that any boss would want to be in charge of. We beat Inter who are a good team. Now we must just try to play like that for as long as possible from now on. Even if we know that it is difficult to maintain consistency in this championship."

But the player nicknamed 'Billy' is aware that he and his teammates can still improve significantly.

"I don’t think that the side seen in the second half is still the ideal one. Nevertheless I'm not really in any position to judge. That’s for the Coach to decide."

He concluded: "But what I want to say is that it's not a problem of who is picked but what the mentality of the side is. The team selected against Venezia was pretty much the same one that played against Inter yet the performances were dramatically different."

Milan will look to gather another three points this weekend when they play host to Bologna.

Milan wants Venezia's Viali
24.10 || webmaster

Galliani's plan: tomorrow Beckham, today Viali. The vice-chairman working on the 'champion+spice girl' plan. Terim wants a central defender and Viali looks to be the one.

Milan and Parma on Baseggio
24.10 || webmaster

Anderlecht midfielder, Walter Baseggio, seems ready to join Italian championship: "Last summer I received several offers, but it was too early to me. I'm not ready yet to be transferred abroad, but at the end of the season I'll be it". On 23 years old Belgian International fixed regular with Anderlecht by now since 6 seasons, AC Milan and Parma.

Berlusconi save Terim
23.10 || Kenneth

Galliani wanted to sack him after Venezia, but Berlusconi decided to wait. Meanwhile, rumours confirm Beckham negotiations.

Inter Milan and AC Milan in Portugal for Alcantara
23.10 || Kenneth

Many European scouts followed Vitoria Setubal-Uniao Leira, including AC Milan, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain and Leeds. They were all monitoring Hugo Alcantara, 21.

The former Mixto Curitiba defender impressed many European clubs after moving to Portugal.

Milan triumph brings Terim back from the brink
23.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan coach Fatih Terim admits Sunday's dramatic derby victory over Internazionale could have saved his job. "Football is strange and a manager faces times when his position is under discussion," the Turkish boss pointed out.

Terim has been under pressure following Milan's uninspiring start to the season – and he admitted the emphatic victory over Internazionale was crucial for his future.

"Club president Silvio Berlusconi called me at the end of the game, and he had good words for all of us," said the former Galatasaray coach, after seeing his side hit four in a majestic second-half display.

"We had to win for the standings and for our mental well-being."

The victory left Milan level on points with Inter in Serie A and just two behind surprise leaders Chievo.

With his side 1-0 down at half-time, it seemed Terim's head was on the block. But his decision to replace Demetrio Albertini with Cosmin Contra at half-time paid huge dividends as the Romanian scored one and set up another.

"Albertini was not at his best," explained Terim. "I wanted to have more strength and pace down the wings. We played a great second half and didn't give Inter any space."

Andriy Shevchenko continued his fine form against Inter, adding his seventh and eighth goals in seven games against the Nerazzuri, who have now conceded ten to Milan in their last two meetings.

"We played very well in the second half," said the Ukrainian.

"We came back onto the pitch more determined and with more conviction," he added.

"We have a strong squad, and we can turn round the most difficult situations, as we did after the first half."

Napoli chase Milan duo
22.10 || webmaster

Napoli chief Giorgio Corbelli is set to ask Milan for the loan signings of Andrea Pirlo and Vitali Kutuzov. Both players arrived at the Rossoneri this summer but have been given little or no time amongst the first team.

Napoli, currently in mid-table in Serie B, are in need of a new midfielder and a striker and the San Siro pair could be just what Coach Luigi De Canio is in need of.

Belarus youngster Kutuzov is likely to be allowed to leave on loan for the rest of the season to gain experience, but Pirlo (pictured) may be kept after the Rossoneri turned down numerous offers in recent months for the loan of the Under-21 star.

Corbelli is hoping that this latest attempt to land a Milan star is more successful than his last bid. The Azzurri chief wanted to buy Oliver Bierhoff before the German left Italy and Serie A for Monaco.

Cuper: "15 munutes of craziness"
22.10 || webmaster

Inter were comfortably winning the Milan derby, but in the space of fifteen minutes the Nerazzurri conceded four goals and left the fans thinking back to last season’s 6-0 humiliation. Hector Cuper wasn’t at the San Siro that day, but for some his analysis was all too familiar. “In fifteen minutes of craziness we lost the match. We lost our heads completely and it proved fatal.”


The new Coach does not search for alibi’s and admits his side’s faults. “We did not use even the slightest attention on their first goal and conceded that equaliser through an incredible lapse of concentration. If you watch that strike,” he continued, “you’ll see Manuel Rui Costa’s cross come from practically the centre circle. On the second goal Milan took a quick free kick and we all had our backs to the ball. Another incredible mistake, and that’s when the game turned around.”


Has this defeat changed Inter’s position, not only in the table now but also looking forward to the race for the Scudetto? “I don’t think so,” assured Cuper. “I continue to have great faith in this squad. I think it was just a blip and we were in control for the entire first half, pressing on every ball and meeting Milan blow for blow. Our goals came from well-worked moves.”


On Saturday Inter travel to Turin in another derby, the Derby d’Italia with Juventus. “It’s going to be difficult, but that will be a whole other game. During the week we will try to correct our mistakes.”


President Massimo Moratti met with the press and was again forced to explain another derby defeat. “I saw a good Inter in the first half but there were many players who didn’t know what a Milan derby was,” he noted. “They were young and inexperienced with this sort of match and changed their attitude. First they were very aggressive and wide awake, but then it all fell apart after the break.”


“However,” assured the club owner, “I still have a great deal of faith. This is an excellent Inter side and this kind of defeat could prove to be a valuable lesson. It could shake us up. Cuper is a very intelligent man and will be able to take the right direction from this point onwards.”


Chievo are top of the table and today President Luigi Campedelli claimed “I can’t buy new players to reinforce the squad further. I don’t even promise them rewards for winning games, I’m completely skint.” Picking up that comment, big-spender Moratti joked, “I envy that man.”


The representative for the players after the match was Clarence Seedorf. “We started well and knew that Milan suffered in the space between midfield and defence. We had the right determination, but after the break we pulled back a little and that’s just not on. We allowed Milan to come forward more and conceded some incredible goals.”

When asked if the absence of players such as Christian Vieri and Ronaldo could have affected the team, Seedorf showed great honesty. “I know what you’re trying to say, but we mustn’t talk about the absentees. Besides, we scored the goals and Inter is just that, a team. We win and lose all together and will talk with the Coach during the week to see what we did wrong and how we can not make the same mistakes again.”

Emperor Terim has the last laugh
22.10 || webmaster

The Italian press had already written Fatih Terim’s obituary and at half-time were preparing to put it into print for tomorrow’s papers. Then four goals in seventeen minutes and another derby victory has once again made the Turk the man of the hour. Milan surpass Inter in second place through goal difference and leap back into the title race.


He was expected to make massive changes to the squad, abandon his ideals of attacking football at all costs in favour of a more balanced, safe formation. It was all a bluff as the decisive move proved not just fielding Filippo Inzaghi, Andriy Shevchenko, Manuel Rui Costa and Serginho at the same time, but putting on another attacking winger at half-time, Cosmin Contra.


“I never thought of leaving out Inzaghi. The newspapers may have written that, but I have no control over what they write. I didn’t change the tactics at half-time,” commented a clearly satisfied Terim, “the players knew the importance of the derby and a victory counts for a lot. We got the most out of the wings, but what we said to each other during the break must remain a secret.”


When asked if he was now calm Terim smiled, “Of course. Being a manager means being under the spotlight and discussed at all times. The press wrote nasty things 48 hours before the derby, but this is part of the job. When you win everything is perfect, but if you lose then everyone knows better than the Coach.”


“If we draw at Bologna next week then I know that it will all start up again. I know,” he laughed, “that in Italy every match is a new exam, but winning all the time is an attractive and impossible ideal. What can I do about it? I’ll just laugh it off.”


The press made a particular point of questioning Terim’s training techniques, claiming that the number of days off for the players left them sluggish and unfit. After such a fantastic match, will he give them Monday off? “After today I may give them Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off,” he joked.


As for the players themselves, Shevchenko notched up his eighth goal in seven derbies against Inter and was voted joint Man of the Match with Contra. “I think everyone should get an award tonight,” commented the Ukrainian international. “We were all great. There was a different mentality in the second half. We have a great group that is very united and that’s how we were able to turn the game around. I hope the Inter fans don’t hate me too much, I just love scoring goals.”


Contra showed a T-shirt to the cameras with a phrase written in Romanian and he had a special dedication to make. “I wanted to remember a Romanian teammate of mine who died a year ago. The anniversary of his death is in two weeks and I thought this would be a good tribute.”

Terim: "Contra has changed everything"
21.10 || webmaster

Fatih Terim commented on the victory of the derby: "It was important to win the derby and the guys trusted it. After an hard first half, we improved a lot during the second half. Contra changed the balance". On his future: "I'm calm, even if all the coaches know to be judged."

Inter 2 - 4 AC Milan - match report
21.10 || webmaster

Scorers: Ventola 12, Shevchenko 60, 77, Contra 62, Inzaghi 67, Kallon 91

This was the most important derby of the last decade and Fatih Terim knew that a defeat could cost him his job. Despite all indications before the match, Terim opted to use the all-attack formation with Serginho and the trident upfront. As we have already discovered with Juventus-Torino, anything can happen in a derby. The last clash ended 6-0 and Milan have once again knocked Inter off their pedestal.
Milan had the first chance of the match five minutes in when Andriy Shevchenko's free kick shaved the far post. Moments later Francesco Toldo clearly handled the ball outside the box, but the referee waived on. Milan dominated the early play but it was Inter who broke the deadlock on the counter-attack. Mohamed Kallon kept the ball in play and Nicola Ventola dived onto the cross. Kallon sprinted towards the goal soon after but Martin Laursen made a desperate tackle.

In the second half Milan threw on another attack-minded player, Cosmin Contra, but this left gaps at the back and Paolo Maldini's last-gasp intervention prevented Luigi Di Biagio from tapping in a free kick.

However, the Rossoneri drew level when Andriy Shevchenko nodded in an inch-perfect Manuel Rui Costa cross. Mere moments later substitute Contra fired an unstoppable rocket (timed at 101km/h) in from the edge of the box to turn the game around completely. Inzaghi was preparing to come off as a substitute and nodded in Contra's cross to leave his mark on an extraordinary game. Just as Inter were trying to fight back, Serginho broke on the counter-attack and served a golden ball for Shevchenko's second of the match. Inter were clearly shell-shocked and could only grab one back wwhen Kallon took advantage of defensive errors in stoppage time.

The match was delayed by nine minutes due to faulty floodlights in the San Siro.

Inter: Toldo; Vivas, Cordoba, Materazzi, Georgatos (Okan 76); J Zanetti, Di Biagio (C Zanetti 72), Seedorf, Guly; Ventola (Adriano 67), Kallon

Milan: Abbiati; Laursen, Kaladze, Costacurta, Maldini; Gattuso, Albertini (Contra 46), Serginho; Rui Costa (Brocchi 79); Inzaghi (Donati 67), Shevchenko

Ref: Collina

Sheva: "We should make the most out of Juve's draw"
21.10 || webmaster

Ukrainian star Schevchenko talked on yesterday's Juventus' goalless draw with Bologna: "We should make the most of their result. It is time to do our best. I miss to compete for the leadership. I would like to win Scudetto and perform well at next World Cup finals."

Thomasson's agent denies Milan move
21.10 || webmaster

Jon Dahl Tomasson's agent denied his client is in talks with AC Milan for his transfer to the team on June: "I know AC Milan are interested, as other teams. I can swear the player is not meant to the red&blacks. Whaterver negotiation is postponed at January", in fact only on that month the player will be free to chose another team.

Inter vs. AC Milan - match preview
20.10 || webmaster

Surely the match of the season so far, the San Siro will play host to the Milan derby on Sunday evening. Leaders Inter are not yet out of reach of their title rivals and any result here will have a groundbreaking effect on the Scudetto chase.

While the Nerazzurri can perhaps afford to take this tie with the knowledge they are on top of the table, Milan must attack at all costs as it’s claimed the club has warned Fatih Terim that if he doesn’t win this derby, he will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.

The Derby della Madonnina has a curious habit of surprising the casual viewer. The tendency is for the team doing best at that time to lose, as Rossoneri fans will recall in last seasons’ record-breaking 6-0 victory. With Inter playing hosts they have not won this tie since 1996-97 (3-1) and will want revenge for that tennis-type scoreline from last year.

This is also an interesting encounter for some of its stars. Former Fiorentina teammates Manuel Rui Costa and Francesco Toldo come face to face for the first time in an official match.

With Christian Vieri still nowhere near recovery from an Achilles problem, youngsters Mohamed Kallon, Nicola Ventola and perhaps Adriano are again spearheading the strike force against prolific duo Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi.

Inter: Toldo; Vivas, Cordoba, Materazzi, Georgatos; J Zanetti, C Zanetti, Seedorf, Guly; Ventola, Kallon.

Milan: Abbiati; Contra, Roque Junior, Costacurta, Maldini; Gattuso, Albertini, Umit; Rui Costa; Inzaghi, Shevchenko.

Inzaghi still in doubt
20.10 || webmaster

Filippo Inzaghi has revealed that he doesn't yet know whether he will be in the side for tomorrow's derby against great rivals, Internazionale.

Inzaghi told the press that coach Fatih Terim is yet to decide on the matter, but he wouldn't be troubled if he was left out.

"We are still waiting to learn Terim's decision, but in any case it wouldn't be a problem for me if I would not be a first choice this time. I am sure there will be plenty of chances to play this season.

"After all, there are some choices that have to be made in order to benefit the team and these are much more important that personal expectations."

"The most important thing right now is for the team to play a great game."

These statements mark a definite change in Inzaghi's attitude.

As a matter of fact, when SuperPippo used to play for Juventus, he barely tolerated being replaced by David Trezguet or Darko Kovacevic, even though this did not happen very often.

Riquelme has already signed an agreement with Milan
20.10 || webmaster

Argentine magazine 'Clarin', talks about the Riquelme issue and reveals that the Boca star won't join Barcelona or Juventus.

'Clarin' reports that the player signed an agreement with AC Milan. Marcos Franchi, one of the player's agents, met Adriano Galliani some time ago and reached an agreement. The player will play for Boca until 2003 and then, he'll join AC Milan for free, as Coloccini did.

'Clarin' adds that the player signed a five-year contract(2003-2008) and will earn $24m.

Laursen looking forward to derby
19.10 || webmaster

Martin Laursen believes that Sunday's derby with neighbours Inter could well be an indication of who will be top dogs at the end of the season.

The Danish star believes that it will be a tough game and told the press: "They're a strong team, with creativity all over the park.

"They're also very direct and in great shape.

"Mohammed Kallon has been playing very well lately and the two goals he scored in the UEFA Cup prove this point, but Nicola Ventola is also doing fine, just as the rest of the team.

"However I don't believe that we are inferior to them. I have a feeling that this will be a great derby."

Nevertheless Laursen says that in order to win, his side will have to show a great deal of determination:

"We'll have to stay focused on the match right from the start, as we did in the UEFA Cup last night.

"It will also be essential to have a great ploy and if possible try to score first."

OUTSTANDING: Van Basten could return!
19.10 || webmaster

Legendary Holland striker Marco van Basten is considering a sensational return to football after admitting that he is still drawn to the game. "I have the feeling that I'm floating back to football," the former former AC Milan hero explained.

"It's interesting, after distancing myself from the sport for so many years," Van Basten told the Dutch press agency ANP. "However, I don't know what this will lead to. I don't have any concrete offers."

The former Ajax and Milan star spoke out on the Old Course at St Andrews, where the accomplished amateur golf player performed in the Dunhill Links Championship together with, amongst others, Gary Lineker and Bobby Charlton.

"I was quite nervous before the first hole. However, to say that it was worse than before a European Cup final would be a bit exaggerated," Van Basten added.

The former World Player of the Year started playing golf during his days in Italy. He perfected his game after he was forced into early retirement from football eight years ago, because of persistent ankle problems.

"Golf is a great game, nothing more and nothing less. It also teaches you lessons of life. For example you can't let off steam with aggression. It's a great leisure activity. I'm always trying to improve my game, but it is and remains a hobby to me."

"I have a great life with a lot of free time. However, I have to admit that I'm rather looking forward to doing something else," the former Holland international said.

Van Basten made a brief comeback to football last year, when he joined the amateurs of Noordwijk for practice, because he missed the excitement of the game. But he had to quit the training sessions after he experienced a recurrence of his ankle problems.

The striker, who was voted European player of the year three times, reached stardom as a member of the legendary Milan side of the late 1980s and the early 1990s.

He was also outstanding for Holland during the golden European Championship of 1988, when he struck five goals, including his magnificent volley in the final against the Soviet Union, to help Holland win the tournament.

Van Basten would not be the first of his generation to make a comeback in football in a different capacity.

Of the Euro 88 squad Ronald Koeman, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit, Jan Wouters, Erwin Koeman, John van't Schip have all turned to coaching, while Gerald Vanenburg was appointed assistant coach at 1860 Munich on Thursday.

GILLET THE BEST MILAN CAN GET
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MILAN have secured the services of Belgian goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet from Serie B side Bari, although he will not join the Serie A giants until the start of next season.
The clubs have a greed a £6 million fee that will take Gillet to the Guiseppe Meazza as understudy to Christian Abbiati for the 2002-03 Serie A season.

Gillet had been earning rave reviews for his performances for Monza and then Bari before he was then banned after testing positive for nandrolone last season, but he is now back to his best after his enforced lay-off.

The Belgian Under-21 international had been a target of Milan during his time at Standard Liege, and they have now got their man.

Coch Fatih Terim is determined to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Serie A title as well as European glory as well, and that means having top-class cover in all positions.

Let Me Join Sheva At Milan, Pleads Unhappy Rebrov
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Ukraine and Tottenham striker Rebrov is worried that if he continues to sit on the Spurs bench he might lose his starting role with his national side, and for this precise reason he has announced his desire to join friend and Ukraine team-mate Shevchenko at mighty AC Milan.

“ Andriy told me Milan are interested in signing me. It would be great to play with my friends Shevchenko and Kakha Kaladze. I have a five year contract with Tottenham, so I am unable to give my club an ultimatum. However if somebody really wanted to sign me, all they would have to do is talk to the Spurs management. I want to play, I am risking to lose my place on the national side,” said Rebrov.

Rebrov played with both Sheva and Kaladze during the Dinamo Kiev golden years during the late nineteen nineties.

Albertini: "We are aware of the difficulties of the second leg"
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Demetrio Albertini: "Tonight's result is important, but we are not sure about the qualification yet. We are aware of the difficulties of the second leg."

Inter Milan furious: Turkish players have dinner with Terim!
19.10 || Kenneth

Inter Milan didn't like AC Milan's coach invitation ahead of the derby.

AC Milan 2 - 0 CSKA - match report
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Milan gave under-pressure manager Fatih Terim a timely boost with a deserved first-leg Uefa Cup victory over Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia.

The home side set their stall out from the off and Andriy Shevchenko hit the bar on 10 minutes, with Rui Costa opening the scoring ten minutes later with a fine shot from range.

The Bulgarians had more of the game after the break but were effectively killed off by a Shevchenko header on 50 minutes following a cross from Serginho.

Shevchenko should have added to his side's tally late on but was thwarted by CSKA keeper Nenad Lukic.

Afterwards Terim said: "I am very happy with the performance, it is important to go to Sofia with a good lead.

"Serginho was excellent. I substituted him in the second-half because I wanted to save his legs for the derby.

"Alessandro Costacurta also had an important game. I was pleased for him, it showed us how important he is to us, even if he is 35 years old."

Rebrov to team up with Shevchenko?
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Sergei Rebrov has told a Ukrainian newspaper that Milan are interested in signing him. The Spurs striker is currently struggling at White Hart Lane and Lazio too are reportedly chasing the international.

"I am starting to get used to not playing. Moreover, rumours concerning my departure are slowly becoming a reality. Andriy Shevchenko has told me that Milan are interested in signing me," he said. "It would be great to team up with him and my good friend Kakha Kaladze."

Rebrov is struggling for first team opportunities at Spurs and he seems almost certain to leave the London club.

The former Dynamo Kiev player added: "I’ve got a five-year contract so obviously I can’t give the club an ultimatum. I want to stay in London and I want to play for Spurs but, judging by the club's attitude, I don't think they will keep me here.

"But if a side were interested in me then all they would have to do was table a bid. At this rate I’m putting my international place at risk. All I want to do is play football."

Milan vs. CSKA - match preview
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The visit of CSKA Sofia in the second round of the Uefa Cup represents a potentially hazardous prelude to this weekend's Milan derby for AC Milan coach Fatih Terim, who is already coming under fire despite guiding his side to within three points of the Serie A summit.

Defeat away to Perugia followed by a draw at home to the previously pointless Venezia last Sunday, has led to questions being raised over Terim's tactics and team selection.

A poor performance against CSKA followed by defeat against Internazionale, it has been suggested, could cost Terim his job with Carlo Ancelotti waiting in the wings.

But captain Paulo Maldini, rallied around his coach on Wednesday, insisting: "The team accepts Terim's ideas and we believe in this project. It would be better to judge results at the end of the season."

Vice-president Adriano Galliani also attempted to ease the pressure on his coach.

"We are confident in Terim's work," he said. "We have never given him orders. Our coach is free to organise the team as he sees fit."

At least Terim has no injury worries ahead of the second-round clash at the San Siro. The experienced Alessandro Costacurta is expected to start at the back in the place of Brazilian Roque Junior to bolster a rearguard that has already conceded nine goals in six Serie A games.

CSKA Sofia, meanwhile, are confident that they can match if not better Venezia's performance of last Sunday.

"I am sure that AC Milan will not underestimate us," midfielder
Todor Yanchev said. "They will be serious and we can be sure that they will have one eye on Sunday's Milan derby and go for the win to boost themselves for the match against their arch rivals.

"We respect Milan, but we are not afraid of them. They are the favourites, but in football everything is possible. AC Milan dominated in their last league game against Venezia but still failed to win."

CSKA will be without influential midfielder Metodi Deyanov who picked up a knock in last Tuesday's league game against Cherno More. Defender Mico Vranies is also doubtful, but will undergo a late fitness test.

Malta international Stefan Gilio is also out after picking up an injury in the Sofia derby against Levski two weeks ago that could keep him out for up to four months.

Veteran Yordan Lechkov is still fighting for full fitness so CSKA coach Asparuh Nikodimov will start him on the bench and opt for another veteran, Lubo Penev, to play in midfield behind the front two – a tactic that worked to perfection in the 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of the first round.

CSKA have met Italian clubs six times in European competition and from 13 games have won three and drawn four.

Nikodimov was coach of CSKA when they defeated Parma ten years ago, a game in which Letchkov played, and seven years ago they beat Juventus 3-2 at home. That result, however, was later overturned as Petar Mihtarski was not eligible for the game.

AC Milan (probable): Abbiati, Contra, Costacurta, Laursen, Maldini, Gattuso, Albertini, Donati, Rui Costa, Inzaghi, Shevchenko

CSKA Sofia (probable): Lukic, Gal Ivanov, Tomash, Antonov, Gay, Vranies, Yanchev, Petrov, Penev, Manchev, Moke

Gillet for Milan
18.10 || webmaster

Agreement reached with Bari for next year: the Belgian keeper costs $8m. He will replace Sebastiano Rossi for next season.

MALDINI SUPPORTS TERIM
17.10 || Kenneth

Once again there is the ghost of the crisis at AC Milan after the last two disappointing results got against Perugia and Venezia. The play Turkish coach Fatih Terim was expected to give to the team is still missing and the criticisms are always more.

But inside the dressing room the trust in the Turkish 'Emperor' seems to not be in danger, as captain Paolo Maldini confirms "I think there isn't any tactic problem at the base of our recent poor results. I think the most depended from our athletic condition, not so excellent

"Especially in the second halves our form drop down and this is evident from the fact our opponents reach the ball before us" Maldini said.

But these words feed another doubt about the training way of Terim: there are rumours about the presumed few charges of work the Turkish manager adopt in his squads "Well, I don't think so, since I don't think we worked too light in these months. At the contrary, our weekly training is hard, the fact is great part of it is not viewable to the most, so the most don't know it. To think the problems we have born from our training is just fool"

Then Maldini continued "No one in the past arrived here thinking to change our play and he immediately made that. It takes time and anyway we already showed something positive in some games. Now we need to find the continuity, in the meantime our situation is not so desperate I think"

"Other teams are facing the same difficulties we have and we are also testing some different solution. What it's important is to be at the top at the end of the season, not now. We must remember this team has been built with the target to score more than the opponent, not to have the best defence"

About the rumours about the possible arrive of Carlo Ancelotti if situation should not improve, Maldini finally concluded "This is an old matter, since these talks there were already before Terim arrived here. It's quite normal in today soccer as soon as the results are negative, the manager is immediately under fire. But this doesn't affect the team"

We Have Full Confidence In Terim, Says Milan GM Galliani
17.10 || Kenneth

Following the voices that wanted ‘The Emperor’ Fatih Terim very close to a divorce with AC Milan, the Rossoneri general manager Adriano Galliani intervened today on the club’s official website to deny these rumors.

“ Milan have full confidence in Terim. We didn’t have to repeat this, but in light of some newspaper headlines these words became necessary. I didn’t participate in yesterday’s reunion, because I had other things to attend to. I must make it clear that reunions like yesterday’s are normal routine for us, and in no way is management trying to impose decisions on Terim. Terim is free to make his own choices,” said Galliani.

Despite this denial the situation between the club and the former Galatasaray and Fiorentina coach is a very delicate one. In fact reports coming from the Italian press indicate that if Milan lose the derby to Inter on Sunday a dismissal of Terim will be the most probable outcome.

Juve and Milan on Gatti trail
17.10 || Kenneth

Juventus and Milan are leading the pack in the chase to sign Fabio Gatti. The 19-year-old is quickly making a name for himself after taking over from Fabio Liverani in the Perugia midfield following his move to Lazio.

The combative central midfielder has shown well so far this term and impressed in his Under-21 debut last month in the 2-0 defeat against Hungary.

Reports in Italy recently suggested that Juventus would soon have an option on him even if he’s denied such claims.

"I still need to grow up," he said. "And at the moment I’m not worth the £6m that I’ve been reading."

The Rossoneri are hoping to try to tempt the player with the fact that Gatti has grown up as a Milan fan.

Any move would only take place from next summer however.

Terim: "Sooner the real Rui Costa"
17.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan coach Fatih Terim spoke about their opponents in Uefa Cup: "CSKA impressed me much, because they excluded Ukrainian Shakthar Donetz, and because we watched great things in their videotapes. We hope in a good result that allow us to pass the turn. Rui Costa? Manuel is a great player. We have to remind he comes from a serious injury and physically he is not very well, but sooner we wil see the real Rui Costa".

AC Milan. Gatti could become the new Albertini
17.10 || Kenneth

Perugia's young talent linked with Juventus and AS Roma as well. Galliani following Baronio as well. Serginho out of tomorrow's UEFA Cup match.

AC Milan linked with Izmailov
17.10 || Kenneth

Lokomotiv Moscow's 19-year old wanted by AC Milan. For the backline, Terim's squad on Pierini who is recovering from injury.

Furious Coloccini to leave: he said the club treated him like a third division player.

Maldini on Terim: 'He needs more time'
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The captain: 'Results are not that bad. Thi AC Milan was not built to conceded less goals, but to score more'. 'Inter Milan are not stronger'.

Juventus, AC Milan: auction for Gatti and Gaucci
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Gatti: 'They call me 'Heidi', I want to become the new Albertini and later on, coach'. 'I want to coach like Fabio Capello, the best'.

AC Milan: Galliani: 'Terim will stay'
17.10 || Kenneth

The coach: 'I don't want to lose because of someone ...'. AC Milan: coach and players meeting yesterday, as Galliani confirms the coach.

Kaladze rebuffs Inter, Lazio and Juve
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Georgia star Kakhaber Kaladze has told onefootball.com that he does not want to quit AC Milan, despite interest from Internazionale, Lazio and Juventus.

"I know those teams want me, but playing for Milan is a childhood dream come true and I am not even contemplating leaving," said the midfielder.

Serie A interest was aroused when quotes appeared in Italian newspapers suggesting Kaladze was unhappy and wanted to leave the San Siro. But the player now insists he was misquoted.

He said: "I have never stated that I want to leave Milan. I think this information comes from a misinterpretation from one of my last interviews.

"I was asked how I would feel if I was playing for the reserves and I said that I was young, but I would find it quite surprising. They then decided that I wanted to leave Milan."

Kaladze was nevertheless hurt following the recent defeat to Perugia when he was singled out for criticism

He said: "I scored twice against Perugia, although the referee ruled one out. We all played badly and that was the reason we lost. But I don't think I was the worst player on the pitch.

"I want to emphasise, though, that I am very happy in the Milan shirt. I respect the leaders of the club and the fans, who have been fantastic since my arrival from Dynamo Kyiv.

"I admit that I might not be at my best at the moment, but it is very difficult for me considering the kidnapping of my brother Levan."

Levan Kaladze was taken on May 23 and has yet to be found. The kidnappers, unknown to the Georgian police, have asked for a £300,000 ransom.

Kakha joined Milan in January 2001 for £10 million after impressing the Rossoneri with his performances for Dynamo in the Champions' League.

Milan put pressure on Terim
17.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan general manager Ariedo Braida has told coach Fatih Terim that he has two games – against CSKA Sofia on Thursday and Internazionale on Sunday – to improve the team's results before facing the sack.

Terim has come under immense pressure lately – despite being only three points behind Internazionale at the top of Serie A. However, a 1-1 draw at the San Siro against winless Venezia at the weekend has put Terim's position in doubt.

The board is unhappy with the way the team are playing and has now told Terim that it is expecting things to improve in the near future.

General manager Ariedo Braida met with Terim on Monday – a meeting denied by the club – and Braida told the Turkish coach that he needs to turn things around – or face the sack.

Terim, meanwhile, promised Braida that he will improve the team's performances.

The club are desperately trying to dampen speculation that Terim will be sacked. A spokesperson said that it was 'business as usual' while vice-president Adriano Galliani said: "It has to be made clear that we have full trust in Terim."

The Milan players are becoming increasingly frustrated with the way Terim is running the team. Several of the players have complained after being substituted midway through games for no apparent reason.

The coach has also been criticised for playing with Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and Rui Costa in a three-pronged attack, not giving the midfield enough defensive cover.

And speculation is now rife that Milan will turn to former player Carlo Ancelotti if Terim fails to improve results.

Milan talked to Ancelotti in January, when he was Juventus coach, but in the end opted for Terim.

The charismatic Turk replaced Cesare Maldini in charge of Milan at the start of the 2001-02 season.

He previously led Turkey to Euro 1996, then Galatasaray to four successive titles and the Uefa Cup in 2000 after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Arsenal. Terim then spent five fraught months in 2000-01 at Fiorentina, where he was adored by the fans but despised by his board.

Despite leading the Viola to some encouraging results, including a 4-0 thrashing of AC Milan, Terim quit the club in February 2001 following a long-running public feud with club president Vittorio Cecchi Gorri.

Terim said on his arrival at the San Siro: "I want a great team on the field - a team that can win at home and on the road. I want us to play good attacking football and to create plenty of chances."

Milan back on Pierini
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The player is recovering from injury and this could be the moment to sign him. Terim knows him as his agent says: 'His fee is $7m'. Bonera linked as well, but Parma booked the Brescia player.

Milan target Gatti
16.10 || webmaster

AC Milan would be targeting Perugia's young star Fabio Gatti. The top Italian club are searching for veteran midfielder Demetrio Albertini's replacement and would have already started negotiations with Perugia president Gaucci.

Coloccini furious
16.10 || webmaster

Argentinean Fabricio Coloccini, 20, is furious with AC Milan after he was loaned out to Deportivo Alaves. He told Arancha Rodriguez of Libredirecto, 'AC Milan helped me initially, but then they treated me like a third division player'.

In fact, the player was first loaned out to San Lorenzo, with which he won the championship, then to Alaves and now - as Calciomercato.com predicted - the club want to sell him to sign Belarus' Kutuzov and use him to buy Benfica's striker, Mantorras.

Rumours from Spain reveal that Coloccini has had an offer from Real Madrid.

Galliani plays down Terim rumors
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Vice-president Adriano Galliani has played down rumours that Fatih Terim could be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti if Milan continue their bad form.

After the rossoneri's defeat against Perugia and a draw with lowly Venezia, speculation has mounted about a possible return for Ancelotti to the team he won a Scudetto with as a player in 1987.

However Galliani says that there is no problem whatsoever with the former Galatasaray coach, with whom he had a long meeting yesterday.

He told his team's tv station: "AC Milan's management has total and complete faith in their coach. There was no reason to even repeat this."

The businessman has also denied that he or anyone else in the management has ever given Terim any advice on the team line-up.

He added: "Terim is totally free to make his choices. Nobody inside this team's management has ever dared giving him orders on strictly technical matters. That's his job not ours."

Rui Costa blasts Milan critics
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Manuel Rui Costa has dismissed reports that Milan’s poor form is related to their training schedule. Claims in the Italian media suggested that the side are given an easy time in the run-up to games which has seen them collect just one point from their last two matches.

"I really don’t know how people can say such things," said the Portuguese international. "Our training sessions are completed behind closed doors therefore not even the media can see what we get up to."

The Rossoneri were held at home yesterday by bottom of the table Venezia - who had lost all of their previous five League games. But Rui Costa has put down the failings to form.

"We know that criticism will arrive when we don’t win, but without wanting to defend anyone, it is nothing to do with our training routine. We work hard throughout the week.

"At the moment our problem is the way we are playing. I know and understand Terim well and we’re not interpreting the game as we should be. We’re just not pressing our opponents as he wishes. It’s not a question of individuals, it is more of a mental problem."

Milan return to UEFA Cup action this week before next weekend’s big match as they take on city rivals Inter in the derby.

Terim under spotlight
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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani was far from pleased with the draw at Venezia yesterday, which put more pressure on coach Fatih Terim.

Following the defeat against Perugia two weeks ago, Milan's failure to wrap up the three points at home to lowly Venezia relegated them to fourth position in Serie A behind rivals Inter and surprise packages Chievo and Bologna.

And once again the topic of coach Terim's possible replacement has been brought up by the Italian media.

The fact is that in this constant rush for the top, investments made during the summer must pay off immediately, with little room for error.

And AC Milan's management, which together with Juve and Inter spent the most over the summer months in order to challenge at home and in Europe, cannot allow another season without silverware.

That is why after only six games Terim's position has become somewhat precarious.

Galliani has summoned the former Galatasaray coach for talks today, and even though neither party disclosed the subject it was not difficult to predict what the main topic of discussion was.

The feeling is that Galliani has given Terim only a limited time to turn things around, with several sections of the Italian media believing that former Juve coach Carlo Ancelotti will be asked to take over should the Turk fail to change Milan's fortunes.

A few weeks ago, Ancelotti had confirmed that he was confident of a swift return to management, although he had refused to disclose the name of his possible future team.

His name has also been linked with the Real Madrid hot-seat, where Vicente Del Bosque's position is also in doubt.

However, if AC Milan officials really want to replace Terim with Ancelotti they would surely have priority over any other side, given the excellent personal relations between Galliani and Ancelotti, who was also a member of the rossoneri's side that won the title back in 1987.

Ventola hopes to see Inter's value vs. Milan
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Nicola Ventola spoke about Inter important matches of the following weeks (AC Milan and Juventus): "Impoprtant matches. We'll understand our value, even if we already know that we are strong. We are a good team and remeber we have lot of injured players". AC Milan and Juventus seem to have problems: "I don't trust it. In theory they are very strong, with the Roman teams are the most powerful". Before the championship there is Uefa Cup match in Trieste. Ventola already knows Wisla Cracovia: "I watched the match between them and Barcelona. The Spanish team won 1-0. They have two very good forwards and a strong defence. Now we are already concentrated on this match".

Juventus-AC Milan, face to face for Beckham
15.10 || Kenneth

A part of Manchester United directors want to sell the player. AC Milan are ready - the 'Sunday Mirror' reveals - to spend $70m, while Juventus are ready to offer players in exchange.

AC (Milan) Ancelotti is ready
15.10 || Kenneth

Meeting for AC Milan: UEFA Cup and derby crucial for coach Terim.

AC Milan. Sheva is not enough: Terim in danger
15.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan disappoint against Venezia: Galliani furious, Paolo Berlusconi disappointed. The coach announces changes for the derby.

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14.10 || webmaster

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Milan 1 - 1 Venezia - post-match comments
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Fatih Terim: “We played well in the first half but couldn’t find enough space because they were putting ten men behind the ball. After the goal we conceded the equaliser through one of our mistakes and we didn’t play as we could because the players became frightened of losing points. We must always play in order to win, but this time all we were missing was the goal. They had one shot and scored with it. I wasn’t expecting this result, but this is football.”


Sergio Buso: “We finally got off the mark. Now we realise we aren’t as derelict and useless as some people made us out to be, all we need is hard work to get back in the running. As for the controversy on our roles, I assure you that I am the Coach whereas Beppe Iachini looks after the psychological aspect of the players. Until a few years ago he was still a player here and can still walk among them like a friend.”

MILAN EYE LUCIO
14.10 || Kenneth

SERIE A giants Milan are chasing Bayer Leverkusen star Lucio.
The Brazilian defender has been in scintillating form this year in the Bundesliga, and Milan have switched their attention to him after losing out to Parma in the chase to sign Daniele Bonera.

Lucio tops Milan's list but a £14 million asking price has meant that the Rossoneri are also looking to Fiorentina youngster Emiliano Moretti as an option

Milan 1 - 1 Venezia - match report
14.10 || Kenneth

Scorers: Shevchenko 44, Maniero 57

Venezia's new Coaching duo Sergio Buso and Beppe Iachini could not have received a more difficult debut as they travelled to the San Siro, but their players showed great determination to take their first point of the season. The Lagunari stayed in defence and Under-21 international goalkeeper Generoso Rossi was forced into a fine reaction save on Filippo Inzaghi's header. Nonetheless the visitors also had an excellent chance to break the deadlock and Christian Abbiati dived onto Mauro Bressan's chip. Moments later Andriy Shevchenko blasted an unstoppable drive in from the edge of the box.
However, Milan's defensive problems continue as Pippo Maniero's free header drew the two sides level. Cesare Prandelli was fired because the club maintained he had lost all hope of avoiding relegation, but the Venezia players here showed incredible faith to fight Milan ball for ball. Maniero and Magallanes continued to push forward while the Rossoneri also shot from all possible angles.


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Milan: Abbiati; Contra (Helveg 76), Roque Junior, Laursen, Maldini; Gattuso, Albertini, Serginho; Rui Costa (Kaladze 86); Shevchenko, Inzaghi (Javi Moreno 75)


Venezia: Rossi; Conteh, Bilica, Bjorklund, Bettarini; Valtolina (De Franceschi 60), Andersson, Marasco, Bressan (Rukavina 72); Maniero, Magallanes (Di Napoli 49)

Ref: Cesari


AC Milan: Umit Karan and Hasan Sas
14.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan interested - like Parma - in Maccarone. And if AC Milan want to sign Turkish players, Inter Milan are about to sell one: Hakan Sukur, who again turned down a move to Blackburn Rovers. His agent, Hakan Azman, revealed that his client wants Liverpool.

Sheva: "Boban won't change his mind"
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Shevchenko on Boban's retreat: "Really it's a sin. He decided and I think he won't change his mind. At his age he had to show his value, he had to fight for a place and everything was meaningless. I'll have a great memory of a player who gave Football and AC Milan a lot. It's a sin because Football lost somebody very important."

Emre and Lucio linked
13.10 || webmaster

Both Milan and Atalanta are chasing Inter’s Belozoglu Emre with a view to purchasing the Turkish international when the transfer market reopens in January. The 21-year-old, who is valued at around £5m, joined the Nerazzurri from Galatasaray in the summer but has failed to impress new Coach Hector Cuper and has been forced to spend most of the season watching from the bench.

The Rossoneri will be favourites to sign the midfielder who won the UEFA Cup with Galatasaray while playing under current Milan Coach and fellow Turk Fatih Terim.

Meanwhile, Milan are also looking to bolster their defence in January by signing Bayer Leverkusen defender Lucio. The club are looking for an international-class replacement to Alessandro Costacurta who is coming to the end of an illustrious career in the red and black shirt.

The tall defender has caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs while playing in Germany and is rated at around £12m. Although Milan consider this figure rather high, they may be prepared to pay that for a player to accompany Martin Laursen and Kakha Kaladze in the back line.

Milan vs. Venezia - match preview
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This was always set to be a mismatched encounter, but mere days after the sacking of Coach Cesare Prandelli the odds are definitely against Venezia.

Former Bologna manager Sergio Buso has been put in charge of the Lagunari with Piacenza Coach Walter Novellino’s assistant Beppe Iachini also brought in as team manager and technical consultant. Iachini does not yet possess the mandatory credentials to Coach a Serie A side, but it’s claimed he will be making most of the decisions. Having lost all five games so far by scoring just twice, both by Pippo Maniero, things can only get better for Venezia.

Milan’s shock defeat at Perugia in the last round knocked them off the top spot so a win will be essential here to prevent Fatih Terim’s Scudetto campaign from waning.

Pippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko have already scored nine times between them but the defence remains a problem. There are suggestions that Kakha Kaladze could be pulled back into central defence, re-routing Paolo Maldini to left-back, a position the captain held early in his career.

Milan: Abbiati; Contra, Costacurta, Kaladze, Maldini; Gattuso, Albertini, Serginho; Rui Costa; Inzaghi, Shevchenko

Venezia: Rossi; Conteh, Bilica, Viali, Bettarini; Bressan, Andersson, Marasco, Valtolina; Maniero, Di Napoli

SHOCKING: Boban retires!
13.10 || webmaster

Croatian veteran Zvonimir Boban is to quit the game after revealing that he is unhappy about his treatment at the hands of Celta Vigo coach Victor Fernandez. "I will lose a lot of money doing this, but my pride means more to me," he said.

The 33-year-old former AC Milan midfielder joined the Spanish side at the start of this season on a one-year loan deal, but now intends to walk away from a lucrative contract.

"Things have not worked out since I came from Milan. I don't want this to become a nightmare. Over the last ten days I have begun to realise that I should retire," he said.

Ironically, Boban had decided to call it a day before Celta persuaded him to have one last season.

He said: "They really wanted me and I wanted to play one more great season at the end of my career. The coach wanted me and said he could count on me, but he didn't act that way.

"In my first month here he told me I was not in shape to play, but two months have passed and nothing has changed.

"I don't want occasional games, I don't need that at 33. I am not sure what the problem is. The coach has his ideas and I respect that, but I don't have to put up with it."

"I played against Valencia and I played well, the journalists voted me player of the game. Four days later we played Malaga and I was on the bench. I don't need this."

Boban's decision to retire, if he goes through with it, brings to an end a memorable career which has not been without controversy.

He was one of the brightest young prospects to come out of the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1980s, and seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of Dejan Savicevic and Dragan Stojkovic, but as a 21-year-old his career could have gone permanently off the rails when he received a one-year ban for attacking a policeman following a Cup final.

Nobody questioned his skill and vision, but his fiery temperament led to fears that he would never be able to perform consistently at the top level. Milan, however, had faith, plucking him from Dinamo Zagreb in 1991 and sending him on loan to Bari.

The next season he returned to Milan and, while his playing time was initially limited by the three-foreigner rule and the glut of talented players ahead of him, he quietly developed from an all-out attacking midfielder to a quality box-to-box player, capable of patrolling either flank as well.

This transformation helped him secure a spot in the side and Boban was instrumental as Milan won the title in 1998-99. The following season, his absence through injury was blamed for Milan's faltering form.

He retired from the Croatia national team in 1999 and soon after was tipped to take over the side as coach. He also revealed in 2001 that he may go into politics following talks with Milan president and Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi.

Milan to sign Viduka?
13.10 || webmaster

The Aussie back on the transfer list, with Parma interested as well. Kaladze linked with Bayern. Negotiations for Fiorentina's Moretti.

Turkish players linked with Milan
13.10 || webmaster

AC Milan interested - like Parma - in Maccarone. And if AC Milan want to sign Turkish players, Inter Milan are about to sell one: Hakan Sukur, who again turned down a move to Blackburn Rovers. His agent, Hakan Azman, revealed that his client wants Liverpool.

Galliani wants an entertaining Milan
13.10 || webmaster

AC Milan sole director Adriano Galliani declared ahead next match against struggling side Venezia: "I want to see a team able to entertain soccer's lovers. AC Milan ended sixth placed last season because did not achieve enough points against 'less' important teams. It is a matter of concentration."

Helveg: 'There is no rivarly with Contra'
12.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan defender Thomas Helveg talks about the squad's mistakes: 'We have to make less individual mistakes. For what I know, there is no rivarly with Contra'.

Milan Diary - An Unsettled Camp
12.10 || Kenneth

After a much-needed break from the hectic commitments of Serie A, the Rossoneri return to action with four straight home fixtures awaiting them in the space of two weeks. The last match saw the team collapse at the hands of a very determined Perugia and end their five game run of victories. They will now be thanking their stars that they have avoided a dicey trip to Bergamo and are hosting winless Venezia instead (as a result of the WTC tragedy). A win would definitely put them back on track and with a little luck, even regain that top spot.


However, the international break has been much more than just that for this Milan squad. Transfer rumors and locker room bickering seem to have been the talk of the town. Whether true or not, these rumors have greatly disturbed the Milanese community. Andriy Shevchenko was wrongly quoted as saying, “I admit I have some problems in Milan” and promptly linked to the spendthrift Real. Veteran Billy Costacurta was next on the hit list. His alleged trip to the States to meet up with his girlfriend was splashed all over the tabloids as a scouting trip to the MLS. But, the most shocking story that brewed up during this past week was that of Kakha Kaladze. The versatile Georgian defender was quoted as saying “if they don’t need me, then I’m better off leaving.” It is still unconfirmed whether he actually made the statement. Purchased less than a year ago from Dynamo Kiev, the Georgian has already made a mark in Serie A. He has demonstrated superb technique and commitment, be it in midfield or defence. However, it now appears that the tragic kidnapping of the 23 year old’s younger brother is weighing heavily on the player’s mind. Thankfully, Adriano Galliani seems to have stepped in at the right moment and declared the player “not for sale.”


What may be interesting to see (especially for neutral fans) would be the squad’s reaction to such awkward circumstances. Milan are hot favorites to pick up all three points come Sunday. But, their opponents have zero points from five games so far and they are certainly not going to sit back and defend. Whether AC Milan can get back to top gear and execute their game plan in the same way as they did against Fiorentina and Lazio remains to be seen.

Milan boost for unsettled Costacurta
12.10 || Kenneth

Alessandro Costacurta has pledged his commitment to AC Milan after it emerged that the veteran defender could be in line for a shock recall.

The centre-back – who had been linked with a move to the United States – may be drafted in as a replacement for the out-of-form Kakha Kaladze.

"I am ready to fight for my place," declared the former Azzurrri great, who has spent 14 years at the club.

The 35-year-old was understood to have fallen out with new Rossoneri boss Fatih Terim after he was left out of the squad for the Serie A trip to Perugia.

But Milan went down to their first defeat of the season - and Kaladze was singled out for criticism. The Georgian reacted angrily to reports he would be dropped for this weekend's clash with Venezia, which could now give Costacurta a chance to re-stake his claim.

Costacurta's change of heart is such that he is now aiming to win a new one-year deal at the San Siro, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

"I am working for my future," revealed the defender, who was a key member of the Milan squad that dominated Europe in the early 1990s. "I want to live for football as long it's possible."

The Milan stalwart was linked with a move to New England Revolution, although the Major League Soccer club's manager Fernando Clavijo told onefootball.com the speculation had no founding.

CSKA vs. Milan - Kick-Off Time Changes
11.10 || webmaster

The second leg of this second round tie in the Uefa cup, scheduled to be played on the 1st of November at the Bulgarian Army stadium in Sofia against CSKA Sofia, will now kick off at 18.45 local time (17.45 Italian time), instead of at 21.00 (20.00 Italian time).

SERGINHO DOESN'T CARE CRITICISMS
11.10 || Kenneth

The good and the bad of AC Milan: it seems Brazilian left side Serginho is the player most praised when Terim's side win, but he is the first to be pointed out as guilty when the team lose, as it happened at Perugia.

The offensive characteristics of the player in fact could be decisive for the play of the Turkish manager, but at the same time those same characteristics could cause some problems to the defence.

About all these matters, Serginho says "It's always the same story, I am good in attack, not in defence. Well, this is my way to play, I push a lot. But I am also working to improve my defensive skills, to close the spaces as Terim is asking me to do"

"And I well know to play in AC Milan is something which raise up the honours but also responsibilities for a player"

An advantage for the Brazilian comes also from the four-defenders line Turkish coach use "Last season with three defender I couldn't push as I wanted. In this season at the contrary I have always a team mate behind me and this let me have more freedom".

"Then my condition is excellent and I feel the trust of the ambient and of the team, so I'm not worried about what papers write" Serginho concluded.

KALADZE HANDED VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
11.10 || Kenneth

MILAN vice-president Adriano Galliani has given a vote of confidence to Kakha Kaladze after the player hinted he may leave the Giuseppe Meazza.
Kaladze has found it difficult to come to terms with the trauma of his brother Levan being kidnapped in Georgia back in May and was criticised for his part in last week's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Perugia.

The 23-year-old asked for a bit of understanding and Galliani was quick to offer some support to the Georgian defender.

"Last winter we had a hard job to buy Kaladze. We all believe in him and we are not going to sell our defender in any case," said the Milan supremo.

"Yesterday (Tuesday) we had a serious talk to him. Kaladze suffered one of the most difficult moments in his career but I think now everything will be over. I still can't say for sure if he is going to take part in the next match because it's up to the coach to decide this. I think Kakha has to continue working as he always did."

Galliani also crushed claims that Roque Junior was set to leave Milan with Bayern Munich defender Sammy Kuffour reportedly on the wish list.

"We are not interested in Kuffour at all and we are very happy with Junior. Above all we are not going to sell or buy anyone," stated the vice-president.


Albertini: 'Serginho and Rui Costa won't create balance problems'
11.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini talks about Sunday's match: 'Venezia have just changed coach and therefore, they want to impress. Terim is doing well, because we have many good players. He's also making changes during matches and against Lazio, we have shown that players like Serginho and Rui Costa are not creating balance problems'.

Milan chief unmoved by Kaladze walk-out threat
11.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan have rubbished Kakha Kaladze's threat to quit the club and vowed to keep the defender, whose brother is still being held hostage in Georgia. "Kaladze is absolutely not for sale. We are emotionally very close to him," said vice-president Adriano Galliani on Thursday.

Kaladze threatened to quit Milan after he came in for some heavy criticism following the team's defeat to Perugia last month. He said: "It could be better if I leave if someone doesn't believe in me."

However, Adriano Galliani dismissed suggestions that Kaladze would be leaving and said that the defender would be given time to deal with the kidnapping of his brother Levan.

Galliani said: "Kaladze is absolutely not for sale. Only last winter we managed to pip many European clubs in securing his signing, and so we still have great belief in him.

"I have phoned him and we had a long conversation. Amongst other things, we understand the terrible time he is going through due to his brother's kidnapping, and so emotionally we are very close to him.

"I tried to calm him and reassure him, confirming that Milan intend to build on him. I'm not in a position to say if he will play in the next match, because that is the coach's job, but he must continue to work hard, just as he's always done.

"Being chosen only as a substitute happens to everyone at some point. It even happened to Van Basten," Galliani added.

Kaladze has admitted that the plight of his brother, Levan, is constantly on his mind. Police have been looking for the 22-year-old student since he was kidnapped in May, but with little success. The Kaladze family had received a call telling them to collect a letter from a Tbilisi address, which stated the kidnappers' demands.

Close relatives of the Kaladze family told onefootball.com that Levan was taken from near the Tbilisi Railway Hospital by people dressed as policemen. This was confirmed by a taxi driver who had taken Levan to the hospital, where he was to have an operation. The kidnappers have demanded £300,000 for his safe return.

Kaladze did insist that concerns about Levan's future have not affected his performances. "I still don't know if my brother is dead or alive and I am worried," Kaladze explained.

Galliani, meanwhile, also ruled out a move for Bayern Munich defender Samuel Kuffour after Italian media linked the Ghanian defender with a move to the San Siro with Roque Junior going in the opposite reaction.

Galliani said: "Milan haven't shown any type of interest in the Bayern Munich defender and have complete trust in Roque Junior. Our spending spree is now completely finished."

Serginho thinks he has improved his game
11.10 || webmaster

Brazilian midfielder Serginho believes that his stay in Italy has improved him as a player. "Even though I’m quite attacking there is no doubt that in my time in Italy my defensive qualities have improved significantly," he revealed.

The left-sided player has had a good start to the season and is a firm favourite of Rossoneri boss Fatih Terim. So much so that Francesco Coco was forced to join Barcelona just a month ago.

Serginho says: "The fact that I play for a club like Milan does have its responsibilities and the fact that I am considered as a regular first team member for Terim increases that. But I know I must keep on improving."

The international, along with many of his colleagues, was surprised with the manner of the 3-1 defeat at Perugia but he’s keen to get back on track this weekend.

"On Sunday it will be crucial to get the three points. I don’t think we need to change anything tactically. That defeat was just one of those things. Personally it doesn’t affect me whether Maldini or Kaladze play directly behind me. They are both great players."

AC Milan leading the chase for Moretti
11.10 || webmaster

AC Milan are interested in Fiorentina's young defender Emiliano Moretti. Fiorentina are still in need of selling players as they face financial problems and the best offers arrived for Nuno Gomes, Adani and Moretti indeed.

Nuno Gomez is the only regular striker of the squad and after Enrico Chiesa's injury, he'll surely stay. Adani is crucial for the backline, and therefore, 20-year old Emiliano Moretti is the only player who could leave. AC Milan coach Terim wants him, since the player is capable of playing both in the center and on the flank.

The player's value is $10m, and AS Roma are interested as well.

Mantorras to join. Coloccini sold to Benfica
11.10 || webmaster

Barcelona interested as well but AC Milan are ready to offer Coloccini, Kutuzov and cash, to convince Benfica. Meanwhile, Galliani says Kaladze is not for sale.

Milan denies Kuffour rumors
10.10 || webmaster

MILAN, October 10 (DS) - AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani refuted all the rumours concerning Brazilian Roque Junior's possible transfer to Bayern Munich and Ghanaian Samuel Kuffour's possible acquisition.
"We are not interested in Kuffour at all and we are very satisfied with Junior. Above all, now we are not going to sell or buy anyone," said Galliani.
He also said some words about Georgian international Kakha Kaladze who has recently told the club board that if they don't need him he can leave.
"Last winter we did a hard job to buy Kaladze. We all believe in him and we are not going to sell our defender in any case. Yesterday we had a serious talk to him. Kaladze suffers one of the most difficult moments in his career but I think now everything will be over. I still can't say for sure if he is going to take part in the next match because it's up to the coach to decide this. I think Kakha has to continue working as he always did," AC Milan vice-president said.
At the moment Galliani is very satisfied with his team's work and hopes that they will continue the same way.

Inzaghi sees bright Milan future
10.10 || Kenneth

Milan striker Pippo Inzaghi is confident that success will one day find its way back to the San Siro. "We may not be able to start winning things immediately but this side has a real future," he says.

Inzaghi signed for the Rossoneri this summer for £23m from Juventus and while they may not be hot favourites to win the Scudetto, Inzaghi is confident he made the right move.

"There is something reassuring about this side. We have players that want to win and we have a good team spirit. Then there is the enthusiasm of the fans that is fundamental for all great clubs."

Milan got off to a good start in the championship until their Week 5 visit to Perugia which ended in defeat. "At Perugia, after we equalised through Kaladze, other teams would have been content with a point. However, that is not the way we play. Our mentality is to go for victory in every game," said Inzaghi.

"Milan must continue to play how we were doing before we played at the Renato Curi. That 3-1 defeat was just one of those things. It was just a negative day, one which I don’t know the reasons behind our black out."

A major plus point for Fatih Terim’s side is the successful partnership which Inzaghi has struck with Andriy Shevchenko. In seven games they’ve played together, the pair have netted nine goals in total.

SuperPippo concluded: "Up until now we have linked up well together. We both hope that our understanding continues because in a championship as balanced as the Italian one it is fundamental for us to keep scoring."

Serginho: 'We don't need changes, it's the same if I play alongside Maldini or Kaladze'
10.10 || Kenneth

In today's press conference, Brazilian midfielder Serginho said: 'Even if I'm an offensive player, I improved very much in Italy as far as defending is concerned. Playing with AC Milan means responsabilities, and knowing that for Terim I'm a regular, well, that means more responsabilities'.

'I know I have to improve but I don't think we need tactical changes. For me, playing alongside Maldini or Kaladze is the same: they are two great champions. We need three points badly against Venezia'.

Niculae blocked, Rabito re-signed
10.10 || webmaster

AC Milan have to watch out from Inter Milan for Sporting Lisbon's striker. Young striker - Rabito - back from Modena.

Milan on Kuffour
10.10 || webmaster

Bayern Munich's defender was followed by AS Roma this summer. Roque Junior would end in Germany. AC Milan to pay $13,7m.

Milan might lose Diesler
10.10 || webmaster

Leeds United and Bayern Munich are both interested in Sebastian Deisler of Hertha Berlin. Deisler could leave Hertha at the end of the season for an estimated fee of $8m. Recently, Leeds coach David O'Leary, followed the player in Cologne.

Deisler declared: 'I want to take everything slowly as I have done so far in my career. I know there is great interest in my next move and I expect to come to a decision over my future early next year'.

Milan to offer Coloccini and Kutuzov for Mantorras
10.10 || webmaster

AC Milan are close to sign Benfica's striker Pedro Mantorras. Rumours from Portugal reveal that AC Milan offered defender Fabricio Coloccini - at the moment loaned out to Alaves - and Belarus striker Kutuzov, signed this month from Bate Borisov.

Mantorras cannot join before January, since transfers are closed in Italy.

Galliani: "Kaladze is not for sale!"
10.10 || webmaster

On AC Milan's official web site, Adriano Galliani talks about Kakhaber Kaladze(who declared: 'If there isn't faith in me and I am not going to play then I would prefer to leave): 'Kaladze is not for sale. The club worked hard to sign him and we believe in him. I called him yesterday and we had a long talk. We understand the terrible moment he's in and we're close to him. I told him that he's part of AC Milan and that everyone can go on the bench, as it happened to Van Basten'.

Galliani: "The squad is working with serenity"
10.10 || webmaster

AC Milan have four home matches coming up(including the UEFA Cup). Director Adriano Galliani, explains: 'Our philosophy is that we have to play home matches and away matches with the same mentality. Afterall, there are no easy matches nowadays. The squad is aware of the potentional and is working with serenity'.

VERSATILE KALADZE WAITS FOR TERIM'S DECISIONS
9.10 || Kenneth

Despite the goal against Perugia, just the match versus Serse Cosmi's team highlighted some difficulties for Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze, difficulties showed also in some previous games, probably for a position he doesn't feel his own one.

But the fact to play as left side in the Terim's four-defenders line is not a problem at the eyes of the player "Well, I used to play in different roles when I was at Dynamo Kiev. Today soccer force any footballer to be able to act in more than one zone of the pitch in my opinion, and it's just what I'm trying to do"

"However I am ready to leave my actual position to come back to that of central defender, it depends from what the coach thinks. And I underlined it won't be a problem to stay out against Venezia next Sunday, I'll accept any decision Terim will take"

Just the fact to face the club at the bottom of the standing offer AC Milan a good chance to immediately forget the defeat versus Perugia. But the Georgian player underlines there is not opponent which can be reputed 'weak' in the Serie A championship

"They didn't win any game yet, at the contrary they just collected defeats. But this should not deceive us, we need to go down on the pitch with great concentration because we cannot make other false step to not lose touch with the other clubs" Kaladze concluded.

Milan duo cautious of Venezia
9.10 || Kenneth

Milan players Kakha Kaladze and Massimo Donati have warned their teammates not to underestimate Venezia despite the fact they’ve lost all five Serie A games so far this season.

"We have the possibility to archive our performance at Perugia by beating Venezia," said Donati. "However, it is never easy playing against a side that has no points in Serie A. They will be desperate to turn the corner.

"We underestimated Perugia, a mistake that we mustn’t make again on Sunday."

Defender Kakha Kaladze, a Milan scorer in that 3-1 defeat, mirrored the views of his younger colleague. "We are well aware of the errors that we made against Perugia but the important thing is to just concentrate now on the Venezia clash.

"The fact that they have yet to win a game or score a point shouldn’t cloud our judgement. We need to play with the maximum determination to return to winning ways in order to get back on track."

Milan and Torino target Chinese ace
9.10 || Kenneth

Both Milan and Torino have today been linked with Chinese international defender Sun Jihai. The player’s current club Dalian Shide have confirmed that the two Serie A sides are interested in the 24-year-old.

"I can confirm that a few scouts have been taking a look at Sun and Milan and Torino have been in touch," said Lin Lefend, Vice-president of Dalian Shide. "However, Everton and Crystal Palace are also expressing an interest."

Nevertheless, Jihai would not be allowed to leave his homeland until after October 19 when China’s World Cup qualifying campaign is over - even though the side have already booked their place for the 2002 tournament.

Kaladze stuns San Siro with quit threat
9.10 || Kenneth

Kakhaber Kaladze has threatened to quit AC Milan if he loses his place for the weekend clash with Venezia. "It could be better if I leave if someone doesn't believe in me," declared the Georgia defender.

The Georgian came in for some heavy criticism following Milan's defeat to Perugia last month – and the Italian media have suggested he will be axed for Sunday's game.

Now Kaladze – whose brother is still missing after being kidnapped six months ago – has admitted he is unhappy at his treatment at the hands of Fatih Terim.

"In Perugia all the team played badly, not only me," Kaladze declared. "Everyone can make a mistake and I don't want to pay for everyone."

The defender accepts he could be moved to the centre of the defence against Venezia to allow Paolo Maldini to cover for Serginho.

But on the prospect of being dropped, he declared: "I would be really surprised if I don't play."

Kaladze went on to admit that the plight of his brother, Levan, is on his mind. Police have been looking for the 22-year-old student who was kidnapped in May, but with little success. The Kaladze family had received a call telling them to collect a letter from a Tbilisi address, which stated the kidnappers' demands.

Close relatives of the Kaladze family told onefootball.com that Levan was taken from near the Tbilisi Railway Hospital by people dressed as policemen. This was confirmed by a taxi driver who had taken Levan to the hospital, where he was to have an operation. The kidnappers have demanded £300,000 for his safe return.

Kaladze did insist that concerns about Levan's future have not affected his performances. "I still don't know if my brother is dead or alive and I am worried," Kaladze explained.

"But when I play I don't think of Levan. I try not to inflict my problems on AC Milan and my team-mates.

"But if I become a problem I prefer to leave the team to play in another place, where someone believes in me."

There have been reports in Italy that Fatih Terim could be ready to swap Kaladze for Internazionale midfielder Emre Belozoglu, who the Milan coach knows from his days at the Galatasaray.

Inzaghi: "The future is bright"
9.10 || webmaster

Pippo Inzaghi in today's press conference: 'I don't know if we'll immediately win this season, but for sure, the future is bright for this squad. After five wins, losing to Perugia can be understood'.

Kaladze - Emre exchange
9.10 || webmaster

Terim wants Emre: he's ready to offer Kaladze. Milan derby for Romanian Niculae. Recoba soon back: he'll play in November.

Milan linked with Jihai again
9.10 || webmaster

Both Milan and Torino have today been linked with Chinese international defender Sun Jihai. The player’s current club Dalian Shide have confirmed that the two Serie A sides are interested in the 24-year-old.

"I can confirm that a few scouts have been taking a look at Sun and Milan and Torino have been in touch," said Lin Lefend, Vice-president of Dalian Shide. "However, Everton and Crystal Palace are also expressing an interest."

Nevertheless, Jihai would not be allowed to leave his homeland until after October 19 when China’s World Cup qualifying campaign is over - even though the side have already booked their place for the 2002 tournament.

Shocking: Kaladze to leave?
9.10 || webmaster

Kaladze: 'AC Milan, if you want, I can leave'. The player added: 'If I'm not respected, I leave'. Lazio and Inter Milan interested.

Gattuso: "We have to be humbler"
9.10 || webmaster

Gennaro Gattuso declared: "It is easier to win with AC Milan than with Italy." He added: "We have to be humbler, we can't be conceited thinking to be always a great team."

AC Milan Online awarded
8.10 || webmaster

AC Milan Online has been awarded by sports-central.org as being 'Site of The Week' for the 08.10 - 13.10 week.

Here's what they had to say about us:

"Let me tell you, creating a quality site is tough work. I have
experienced this first-hand from running Sports Central. On behalf of
the Sports Central staff, I want to congratulate you on a very well done sports web site."

Shevchenko happy to face Germany
8.10 || webmaster

Andriy Shevchenko has admitted his relief that Ukraine must face Germany in their World Cup play-off and not a resurgent England side. "Both those countries belong at the World Cup, but Germany are going through a crisis just now," said the AC Milan forward.

Shevchenko, who scored his ninth goal of World Cup qualifying against Poland on Saturday, added that Ukraine would still be outsiders to make it through to the 2002 finals. "I think Germany have to be slight favourites," he said.

Ukraine needed a controversial late goal from their star striker at the weekend to reach the play-offs after Wales did them a favour by beating group rivals Belarus.

And Shevchenko confessed: "Our match in Poland was difficult and nervous, but it got easier when we learned that Wales were leading against Belarus. The bench told me the score every time I ran past.

"It also seemed a more comfortable match when Sergiy Shyshchenko arrived on the pitch after the break. I could commit myself forward more and finally scored the equaliser."

Donati about the next match
8.10 || webmaster

Massimo Donati talks about AC Milan's next match: 'We will meet a 0-point squad, but it won't be easy. We maybe underestimated Perugia, so we shouldn't do the same with Venezia'.

Inter: Rosicky. AC Milan: Vorobei
8.10 || webmaster

Inter Milan want Borussia's Czech, while Shevchenko asked AC Milan to sign his fellow compatriot.

Rosicky, $35m. Inter Milan contacted Borussia Dortmund for the player.

Sheva on Vorobei: 'He's a young striker, fast, and ready for Italian football'.

Beckham for Milan? Possible!
8.10 || webmaster

AC Milan close to England's captain. David is yet to extend with Manchester, Barthez ready to follow him. His wife: He'll play in Italy - Juventus or AC Milan.

Kaladze: "Not easy for me to play"
8.10 || webmaster

This ain't an easy moment for Kahka Kaladze. He's in fact still waiting for news on his kidnapped brother: 'I played both in the center and on the left, with Dinamo. I don't know if Terim will use me in the center. For sure, it's not easy to play, when you don't know if your brother is alive or dead. When I play though, I try to forget personal problems. Criticisms? Normal, when we don't win'.

Posh Spice diplomatic about Beckham's Italian job
7.10 || webmaster

ROME, Oct 7 (AFP) - Victoria Beckham, the pop star wife of England midfielder David Beckham, on Sunday played down suggestions that her husband could move to Italy in the near future.

Spice Girl Victoria, appearing on RAI TV's hugely popular Sunday afternoon show Dom and Nika, was uncharacteristically diplomatic when asked if her husband would like to play in the Italian league.

She has previously annoyed Alex Ferguson, the manager of Beckham's club Manchester United, by expressing her admiration for all things Italian.

After performing her new single "Posh Spice" was shown film of Beckham's spectacular equalising goal against Greece that sealed England's qualification for the World Cup Finals on Saturday.

"It was a great goal, wasn't it?" said Beckham to host Carlo Conti. "I am proud of him."

Anticipating his next question she said: "You're going to ask about him playing in Italy, aren't you?

"I think at the moment he's very happy where he is," said Beckham. Pressed by Conti, a Fiorentina fan, about a move to the Florence outfit - unlikely given the club's financial problems - she said: "I always get into trouble every time I say anything... But Italy is a wonderful country."

Beckham has for years been linked with a move to Italy but has until now always remained loyal to United, the club he supported as a boy and joined as a youth trainee.

Both Beckham and his wife are interested in fashion with many speculating that Milan clubs AC or Inter would be his ideal destination although most recently Juventus of Turin have been linked with the England captain.

Simone glad to be back
7.10 || webmaster

Marco Simone has declared he will 'give everything' to Milan after re-joining them on loan from French side Monaco.

The veteran Italian striker admitted he was very pleased to be coming home and beginning his second spell with the San Siro giants - with whom he made a lasting impression during his previous stay.

Simone said: "I feel fine and I am ready. I'm here at AC Milan to give everything I have without looking at the watch to see how much I get to play.

"I am thrilled for having the chance to start all over again. I don't believe the plot is really relevant. The most important thing is to have a winning mental attitude. Once we have that we can play with any game plan."

Trap: "Totti reminds me of Milan legend Rivera"
7.10 || webmaster

Italy boss Giovanni Trapattoni praised said AS Roma star Francesco Totti: "Totti, like (Zinedine) Zidane is one of those players who can give a team charactar. He is class and he is the right age to take this Italy by hand in the World Cup. Totti has grown by small steps with the national team. With my predecessors in different roles and with me in that position behind the front two he has reached maturity," he said. The coach added: "Great players like (Michel) Platini, Rivera or (Sandro) Mazzola have not made their imprints on the team until they were 24. At 25 they had taken over that role. And Totti is there, ready to lead us by the hand. Against Hungary he did things I remember Rivera doing. I played with Gianni and watching Francesco reminded me of him."

Looking for Profile writers
7.10 || webmaster

We need some interested people that are willing to write biographies [or profiles, however you want to call them] for any of the AC Milan players and even for a part of the staff. A person that could write profiles should know English very well aswell as having some writing skills. The profiles must also be original, not copied from third parties.

For those interested, please mail me over at webmaster@acmilan-online.com with the profile[s] you've written.

Thank you very much,
David.

More photos
7.10 || webmaster

I have added five new photos. Two of them are with Laursen, another two with Shevchenko and one with Rui Costa.

You can find them, along with many others, over at the Photo Gallery located at
http://www.acmilan-online.com/gallery/index.php

Costacurta angered by transfer talk
6.10 || webmaster

Alessandro Costacurta has denied that his recent trip to America was used to establish contact with reported future club New York Metrostars.

AC Milan's veteran defender 'Billy' insists his trip to the US was purely for personal reasons and even though he admitted he met a former Metrostars official, he says this has nothing to do with his future - which he hopes will be with the rossoneri.

"I went to the US to see my girlfriend. Now, that she was away on business, that's an entirely different matter," he said.

"It is true that I have met Charly Stillitano (former Metrostars official) and that is why many had thought I was there to look for a new club."

Costacurta added that he did not take the gossip about his future too well, saying: "I didn't like the image the media gave of me. A relaxed played who goes to look for a new club only because his coach left him out once.

"This is not how things went. Not to mention that Stillitano is currently working for the Yankees, not the Metrostars, so the most he could offer me was a job as pitcher!

"My deal with AC expires in July 2002 but I would love to stay for another year and from what I've heard the management has no wish to let me go either.

"So I don 't believe I'll say goodbye to the rossoneri so soon after all."

With regards to his future Billy added: "Of course in the next few months I'll have to see how it is like not to be a first choice anymore, since I'm certainly unaccustomed to be a bench warmer.

"I can't deny that I wouldn't mind playing for Metrostars but that's not exactly the same thing as saying I already have a deal with them and I'm leaving AC Milan."

New section launched
5.10 || webmaster

I have just finished uploading AC Milan Online's new section. The section is called 'AC Milan Patches for FIFA' and it is the place where you can find and download the latest AC Milan patches for the popular FIFA series. So far we have only one AC Milan patch, the best one, the AC Milan Super Patch for FIFA 2001.

For more information head on to
http://www.acmilan-online.com/fifa.php

Shevchenko: "Everybody knows that I want to remain an AC Milan player"
4.10 || Kenneth

Andrei Shevchenko has explained to Milan Channel from Ukraine's headquarter: "I have never said something like that. Every time I go back to Ukraine there are this kind of problems but now I am really pissed off, that's why I have spoken directly to the Ukrainian Federation president. Everybody knows that I want to remain an AC Milan player. I was never expecting the media making up a polemic I never did, and mostly on the verge of a really important match as the one against Poland." Earlier this week Sheva talked about some problems at AC Milan and a link with a Real Madrid was immediately rumoured.

Maldini in Azzurri quit hint
4.10 || Kenneth

Paolo Maldini has announced that he will consider retiring from international football after the 2002 World Cup Finals. "It won’t be an easy decision to make after 15 years of wearing this shirt," he said. "I just hope I have the strength to resist coming back once I do call it a day."

The Italian captain has been an integral part of the side for over a decade since coming on as a 53rd minute substitute against Yugoslavia in Split back in 1988. Since then he’s played in three World Cup Finals and three European Championship Finals, collecting a record 120 caps.

At club level Maldini has won just about all there is with Milan. After coming up through their youth ranks, Paolo has netted six League titles, three European Cups, three European Super Cups and Two Intercontinental crowns.

Speaking about Saturday’s crucial qualifier against Hungary, Maldini said: "The game will be a very delicate affair. The draw against Lithuania last month did complicate matters somewhat but we have the ability to make the game ours."

The Azzurri need just a point from the Parma clash to mathematically secure their place in Korea and Japan.

Del Neri recommended as Milan boss
4.10 || Kenneth

Arrigo Sacchi is believed to have recommended Luigi Del Neri as a possible future Coach for Milan. Sacchi, who led the Rossoneri to world domination, was extremely impressed with Del Neri’s Chievo who beat Udinese on Sunday.

Chievo have been a revelation in Serie A since their promotion in the summer and many in the Italian media believe that they are the team who have been playing the best football in the Division.

Chievo are second in Serie A, just a point behind Inter, after four wins from their opening five games. Their only negative result came in the 3-2 Delle Alpi defeat against Juventus – a game that they went 2-0 up in.

Del Neri may have to wait a while for a shot at the Milan post. Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be next in line once Fatih Terim’s spell comes to an end.

Costacurta talk baffles New England boss
4.10 || Kenneth

New England Revolution manager Fernando Clavijo has dismissed persistent reports in Italy linking the Major League Soccer club with a move for AC Milan veteran Alessandro Costacurta.

Speculation remains rife that the Italy defender is set to walk out on the Rossoneri to play in the MLS after falling out with manager Fatih Terim.

But Clavijo told onefootball.com: "This is the first I have even heard about it. There is absolutely no truth in it.

"This is the way it works, though. They show some interest and throw it out there and see if we bite. But no, there has been absolutely no communication between the Revs and Costacurta or anyone representing him."

Talk of a spat between Costacurta and Terim emerged after the Milan stalwart was left out of the squad for the recent Serie A trip to Perugia.

It is understood that the pair subsequently met for clear-the-air talks, with Terim claiming he did not want to insult Costacurta by taking him to Perugia and not playing him.

Costacurta, who was a key member of the Milan squad that dominated Europe in the early 1990s, will be out of contract at the end of the season and his agent, Oscar Damiani, is believed to be sounding out a number of MLS clubs.

Winning is not so important, claims Terim
4.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan coach Fatih Terim has cast doubt on his side's Scudetto challenge by claiming results are not as important as looking good. "I firstly want my team to play attacking, positive football. At the moment, winning is only secondary," he explained.

Terim enjoyed great success with Galatasaray promoting his progressive philosophy and was starting to enjoy better fortune last season at Fiorentina before he quit.

"My top priority is to entertain and in the defeat by Perugia last weekend we at least did that in the second half ," he added.

"Unfortunately we got off to a bad start. But in the second half we played well, so I cannot be too disappointed."

The former Fiorentina boss accepted that results were bound to suffer as the team grew accustomed to his style. "When I started at Milan, I said that if you want the team to play badly and win, I am the wrong man for the job - and I meant it," said Terim.

He also dismissed reports that he was looking to sign Hasan Sas from Galatasaray and Emre Belozoglu from Internazionale, insisting that he would not bring any more Turkish players to the San Siro for the foreseeable future.

Milan captain Paolo Maldini insists the team are behind Terim.

"Terim's project has been fully accepted by the players and we certainly haven't changed our mind after the defeat in Perugia," said the Italy defender, who has announced he wwill retire from international football following the next World cup.

Maldini added: "I don't have any suggestion for my coach.

"If I did I would speak to him privately. Our team looks to attack, but we did the same with Alberto Zaccheroni and we won a Scudetto.

"This time I have a feeling that we are even stronger."

Shevchenko blasts Milan rumor mill
4.10 || webmaster

MILAN, Oct 4 (AFP) - AC Milan's Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko on Thursday angrily denied reports that he was unhappy at the Italian first division club.

Shevchenko, in remarks made by telephone from his retreat with his national team reported on Milan Channel, denied he had said he was unhappy at the San Siro since the summer arrivals of Filippo Inzaghi from Juventus and Javi Moreno from Spanish outfit Alaves.

"I never even dreamed of saying such things," insisted 'Sheva'. "Every time I return to the Ukraine these things happen and they put words in my mouth that have been invented from nowhere.

"I want to reiterate to everyone that I want to stay at Milan."

Training for Brocchi, Rossi & Simone
4.10 || webmaster

Despite the pause for the duty of the National team, AC Milan players Brocchi, Rossi and Simone regularly trained at Milanello.
The three players did an intensive session with Gigi Balestra and the fitness coach Pincolini.
Tomorrow the team will resume the training with a double session.

Maldini about Milan and Italy
4.10 || webmaster

AC Milan: 'Terim: the same spirit of Sacchi'. Italian Championship: 'Inter Milan are laughing, but I fear Juventus'. National side: 'Strong like the 1994 one'. 'This AC Milan is similar to Sacchi's and Capello's. Perugia? It was just a mistake'.

Inzaghi hat-trick in Italy warm-up
3.10 || Kenneth

Filippo Inzaghi is geared up for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier and assured the fans, “I’ll score against Hungary.” The Milan striker scored a hat-trick in today’s 8-1 friendly against the Under-18 amateur side, one of which was set up by his former Juventus teammate Alessandro Del Piero, who netted twice himself. Super Pippo also turned in a loose ball spilled by the ‘keeper and a Francesco Coco cross. The Barcelona winger seemed on top form, just the man Italy have been looking for on the left wing.


The team that started this match is the one that will walk out at the Stadio Tardini this Saturday evening, although Giovanni Trapattoni explained that Marco Materazzi would start in central defence as he was rested for today’s test. “Materazzi is not 100% fit so I thought it best as a precautionary measure to let him continue physiotherapy,” commented Trap. “He has shown in these months with Perugia and now Inter that he is worthy of the Azzurri shirt. With Alessandro Nesta out injured, I can say from now that Materazzi will start.”


The midfield partnership of Demetrio Albertini and Francesco Totti worked well just as it had six months ago against Romania, giving that creativity that the Azzurri have lacked in recent outings. “I received good signals from all the players,” admitted the manager, “and also from those that had fitness problems but are now recovering well.”


Italy 8-1 Under-18’s


Scorers: Inzaghi 5, 12, 23, Del Piero 13, 19, Zambrotta 10, Delvecchio 54, Marzullo (U-18) 64, Montella pen 82


Italy first half: Buffon; Cannavaro, Adani, Maldini; Zambrotta, Tommasi, Albertini, Coco; Totti; Inzaghi, Del Piero


Italy second half: Toldo; Bertotto, Adani, Iuliano; Di Livio, Gattuso, Di Biagio, Pessotto; Fiore; Delvecchio, Montella


Ref: Dondarini

Shevchenko: "I must confess to have some problems at AC Milan"
3.10 || Kenneth

AC Milan Ukrainian striker Adriy Shevchenko has declared from Ukraine's headquarter where is getting ready for playing Poland: "I must confess to have some problems at AC Milan, but I forget everything when I am here. At the moment I am just focus on the National team. Sergiy Rebrov's absent is really important but we have to win after losing the first half."

Shevchenko's pain and Raul's prophecies, Real Madrid are involved
3.10 || Kenneth

Shevchenko's attitude is strange. When he is in Italy the Ac Milan forward is always happy while every times he goes back to Ukraine he complains about his Italian life. In the past he did something really similar and coming back to Italy he asked for more money talking about a link with Real Madrid. The Spanish club president Florentino Perez, indeed, really appreciates the Ukrainian striker while Raul recently declared that he would love to play with him when one year ago he informed about his wish to play alongside Zidan. It's sheer chance?

Maldini confirms Italy retirement
3.10 || Kenneth

Italy captain Paolo Maldini has announced that he is to retire from international football after the next World Cup. "It is not an easy decision after 15 years wearing the Azzurro shirt," he said. "I hope that I can resist it once I leave."

The 33 year old made his debut as a substitute against Yugoslavia in 1988, and has gone on to play in an Italy record 120 internationals.

Widely recognised as the greatest left-back still playing, and one of the best of all time, Maldini has remained loyal to AC Milan from the off. A product of Milan's youth system, he made his debut when he was just 16 years old.

A year later he won his first cap for Italy. He has played in three World Cups, won six Italian titles, three European Cups, three European Super Cups and two World Club Championships.

Naturally two-footed, he has a good shot and is an excellent crosser of the ball. His co-ordination and elegance are breath-taking and he possesses that rare gift of making everything he does look easy.

Italy face Hungary in Parma on Saturday, knowing that a draw will clinch World Cup qualification – assuming Romania do not beat Georgia by nine goals – and hand Maldini the chance to play in his fourth World Cup.

"It seemed that everything was done but the draw against Lithuania last month complicated everything," Maldini said. "Now we have to be calm. If we are calm, Saturday will be easy."

Maldini became only the second Italian – the first was former Italy coach Dino Zoff – to win 100 international caps when he played against Croatia in a goalless friendly in April 2000, and he sailed way past Zoff's total of 112 international appearances after a qualifier against Saturday's opposition Hungary last September.

The son of former national coach Cesare Maldini, who captained AC Milan to victory in the 1963 European Cup final, he made his first team debut for Milan at the age of 16 against Udinese in January 1985, and has played his entire career with them since.

He made his international debut in a friendly against Yugoslavia on March 31, 1988 and was the youngest Italian at both the 1988 European Championship and 1990 World Cups.

Rui Costa backs Portugal World Cup tilt
3.10 || webmaster

Rui Costa has claimed that Portugal are capable of winning the World Cup ahead of his country's decisive qualifier against Estonia on Saturday. "On a good day we can beat anyone in the world – I really believe that," he declared.

Portugal will consign years of under-achievement to the past should they seal qualification against Estonia - but the AC Milan star believes his side have the talent to go further and emerge victorious in Japan and South Korea next year

The playmaker firmly placed Portugal among the team's that could win the tournament. "Holland are probably as good as us but are out. There are a lot of factors along the way and we will try to get as far as we can.

"We have to accept the way things are and in reality if we go to the World Cup full of hope of winning it, the French, Argentinians and Brazilians can do the same."

The playmaker has not tasted meaningful international success since he was part of the Portugal Under-20 side - along with Figo and Joao Pinto - that won the World Youth Cup in 1991. The senior team have failed to qualify for the past two World Cups.

But the former Fiorentina man, who has made a speedier-than-expected recovery from the elbow and hand injuries he sustained against Brescia last month, stressed that Portugal have come a long way in recent years. "At long last we're about to justify the title of 'golden generation'," he said.

"I hope that qualifying for the World Cup will give all of Portugal cause to celebrate," he declared.

"It will confirm that our fifth position in Fifa's world rankings is not just a mere statistic but a true evaluation of our strength compared with other countries. There was a time when I was especially worried, especially after we failed to qualify for France 98."

Rui Costa pointed out that it would be the first time in Portuguese football history that the same group of players have competed in two European Championships and a World Cup in the space of six years.

"We haven't achieved any great victories yet but Portugal has never before been present at so many competitions among football's elite in so short a period of time."

"Looking at what we did at Euro 96 and last year at Euro 2000, I believe we'll really be a golden generation if we go to the 2002 World Cup," he said.

"We can secure a place in the history of Portuguese football even if we do have the regrettable black mark of failing to qualify for the France 98."

Inzaghi: "Juve are the favorites"
3.10 || webmaster

AC Milan forward Filippo Inzaghi, currently busy with the National team, spoke about the opponents for the title: "Inter despite don't play a stylish football, are doing good results. Cuper is working very well despite Vieri's and Ronaldo's injury, but Juventus are the natural favourite for the title. There will be a fight till the last match".

Coco resists Lazio overtures
3.10 || webmaster

Barcelona defender Francesco Coco has ruled out a return to Serie A before the end of the season despite a bid from Lazio to sign him last month. "There was contact with Lazio some weeks ago," he said. "But I feel good at Barcelona."

Coco broke into the Milan side under coach Alberto Zaccheroni who, now at Lazio, led the chase for the Italy international in September.

"It was Zaccheroni who came looking for me and I would go anywhere for him on foot because he changed my life," said Coco. "I will be grateful for ever."

But the 24-year-old ruled out a move in the short term as he begins to find his feet at the Nou Camp following his summer move. "I wouldn't like to move again this season," he said. "I'll end the year with the Azulgrana club, who don't want to sell me.

"At the end of the season I will reconsider my future. I could choose to stay in Spain, or return to Italy, or leave for some other country. But we'll speak about that next year."

Lazio moved in for the Barca left-back after a string of injuries saw Zaccheroni's squad seriously depleted only weeks into the new season.

Defenders Alessandro Nesta and Giuseppe Favalli both limped off in the defeat at AC Milan, while new signing Jaap Stam has picked up a foot injury and missed the Champions' League defeat against PSV Eindhoven - a game that saw midfielder Diego Simeone stretchered off with knee-ligament damage.

Coco was devastated to learn that Milan coach Fatih Terim considered him second choice to Serginho at left-back before the start of the season and left the San Siro against his wishes.

He signed a one-year loan deal with Barca, but only four Liga matches after arriving was already being linked with a move back. Coach Charly Rexach dismissed Lazio's overtures, saying: "Coco is a player we can count on. If we signed him it shows we have confidence in him.

"If we let him go back to Italy, it would mean we were saying to the public that we don't know what we're doing when we sign players."

Winning is not so important, claims Terim
3.10 || webmaster

AC Milan coach Fatih Terim has cast doubt on his side's Scudetto challenge by claiming results are not as important as looking good. "I firstly want my team to play attacking, positive football. At the moment, winning is only secondary," he explained.

Terim enjoyed great success with Galatasaray promoting his progressive philosophy and was starting to enjoy better fortune last season at Fiorentina before he quit.

"My top priority is to entertain and in the defeat by Perugia last weekend we at least did that in the second half ," he added.

"Unfortunately we got off to a bad start. But in the second half we played well, so I cannot be too disappointed."

The former Fiorentina boss accepted that results were bound to suffer as the team grew accustomed to his style. "When I started at Milan, I said that if you want the team to play badly and win, I am the wrong man for the job - and I meant it," said Terim.

He also dismissed reports that he was looking to sign Hasan Sas from Galatasaray and Emre Belozoglu from Internazionale, insisting that he would not bring any more Turkish players to the San Siro for the foreseeable future.

Albertini ranks Italy as favourites
3.10 || Kenneth

Demetrio Albertini has revealed that he believes Italy will be favourites to win the World Cup next summer along with France and Argentina. The Milan midfielder, who returns to international duty after absence through injury, is confident over the future of the side.

"This is the most competitive national side that I’ve ever played in," said Albertini. "It’s been tough to have been missing from the international team for so long. Everyone has been waiting for me to return but the side is strong without me too. I believe that along with Argentina and France, we have a great chance of winning."

Albertini has been an integral member of the Azzurri side for the last decade in which he’s collected over 70 caps as well as playing in a World Cup and European Championship Final.

He was much missed in Italy’s last qualifier against Lithuania where the midfield struggled to get to grips with their opponents.

The former Padova player added: "I think that Milan and Italy have a great deal in common at the moment. The will to reach ambitious objectives."

Albertini is expected to be fielded alongside Roma’s Damiano Tommasi in the heart of the midfield for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary. The side need one point from the Parma clash to mathematically be sure of a place in Japan and Korea.

Three new wallpapers
2.10 || webmaster

Today acmilan-online.com has launched three more wallpapers.

We are glad to state that we've made the first Rui Costa wallpaper in our database and the first Martin Laursen wallpaper in our database. The other wallpaper is a wallpaper with Milan's captain, Paolo Maldini.

More new sections are coming soon on acmilan-online.com
Give us your feedback on the new wallpapers in our forum over at http://forum.acmilan-online.com .

Here's the link from where you will be ale to download the desired wallpapers:
http://www.acmilan-online.com/wp_03.php

Costacurta to MLS
2.10 || webmaster

AC Milan veteran central defender Billy Costacurta may join Major League Soccer in April. The ex-international player is currently in the States together with his agent Oscar Damiani's assistant Fabio Parisi, in order to meet Mls top managers. Damiani targets the American markets and played for New York Cosmos in 1984.

Serginho optimistic despite defeat
2.10 || webmaster

AC Milan defender Serginho remains confident his side will put up a good showing in Serie A this season despite suffering a setback at Perugia over the weekend.

“Remember that we played some good matches before and it can happen to miss a match, especially at the beginning of a long competition,” said the Brazilian. “We have time to recover.”

Serginho preferred to lavish praise on Sunday's opponents rather than address the shortcomings of his own side, following a 3-1 defeat thanks to two late goals after Milan had levelled through Kakha Kaladze.

“Good moves, great pressing and perfect closing of spaces on the pitch, these were the cards Perugia played to defeat us,” said Serginho.

“[Perugia coach Serse] Cosmi's team have been really good playing a 3-5-2 formation that made it difficult for us to run on both sides of the pitch. We didn't manage to be dangerous equally on right and left side.

“It was difficult for us playing at our usual level. Perugia deserved to win, but don't worry: we are only at the start of the league.”

Critics suggested after the game that Serginho and Manuel Rui Costa are unable to play in the same team, with both preferring the attacking side of the game to the detriment of defending.

Serginho countered: “Rui and me are two completely different players: we have showed before that we can perfectly coexist and we'll show it again with many good matches.”

Despite the defeat, Milan lie in fourth position in Serie A, just three points off the top of the table.

Milan derby kick-off moved
1.10 || Kenneth

The calendar for the upcoming Serie A and B ties has been revealed. The Milan derby will be the Sunday evening kick-off on Sunday October 21, a Week 8 tie that is sure to be the centre of attention with the Nerazzurri and Rossoneri battling for the top spot.


Rui Costa: "The ko against Perugia will be useful not to make other mistakes"
1.10 || Kenneth

Manuel Rui Costa, AC Milan attacking midfielder, at Football Oscars 2000-1 spoke about the match against Perugia: "It's not easy to get over and to forget the match against Perugia. It will be useful not to make mistakes anymore. It started bad and ended worst".

Serginho: "Let's hope in a good reaction"
1.10 || webmaster

AC Milan defender Serginho talks about yesterday's defeat against Perugia: 'I think this will do us no good, but I hope in a good reaction. Maybe we lacked in concentration and we know we have to work hard'.

Gattuso: "With Rui and Serginho not in form, we struggle"
1.10 || webmaster

AC Milan's Gattuso talks about yesterday's defeat against Perugia: 'We are an offensive side, so it's normal that we struggle when Rui Costa and Serginho don't play well. I don't mean that they should be blamed for the defeat, but as I said, we rely on them'.

Rebrov agent revelations
1.10 || webmaster

Tottenham Ukrainian forward Sergei Rebrov's agent Varga has revealed: "There are no official bids but Rebrov has informally talked to AC Milan and Lazio. The player has got a 5-year contract and would love to stay but he will leave if keeps on sitting on the bench." At the moment Lazio need a forward better than Milan.

Rui Costa left stunned by Perugia defeat
1.10 || Kenneth

Milan playmaker Manuel Rui Costa has admitted that he was not expecting his side to be beaten 3-1 by Perugia yesterday. The defeat was the first for the Rossoneri this season and saw them lose top spot to city rivals Inter.

"It was a bad loss," said the Portuguese star. "It was a result that we were definitely not expecting. I congratulate Perugia who played better than us in a game that we just couldn’t get to grips with."

Perugia took the lead through new signing Fabio Bazzani before Kakha Kaladze crept in for the Milan equaliser. The game was tied up when Giovanni Tedesco headed home and Greek star Zisis Vryzas finished off the scoring for Serse Cosmi’s side.

Milan boss Fatih Terim claimed that poor defensive errors cost his side the game.





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