Return of the Rossoneri: all the latest AC Milan news
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Milan is one of the most visited and famous cities in all of Italy. It is widely regarded as one of the four fashion capitals of the world, with hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to the city for the Milan Fashion Week each year. It has many museums, and the art galleries contain some of the most recognisable paintings known to man, such as several works by Leonardo da Vinci.
While Rome is the capital, Milan is much more than a second city, which can be seen by the huge number of tourists who turn up each year; in 2018 alone, 10 million people headed there, mainly from the United States, China and other European countries. For the culture and architecture alone, it is well worth spending a few days there.
If you are keen on sport, then you have even more of a reason to visit. Olimpia Milano, one of Europe’s top basketball teams are based there, and over the years have wowed fans by lifting 28 Italian Championships, 3 Euro Leagues, and an Intercontinental Cup. Not only that, the city is to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, where the world’s top athletes will compete for the gold medals in Bobsleigh, Curling and Ice Skating.
While the basketball and Winter Olympics are impressive, if you are into sports then there is one that stands above all others in Milan. Soccer. Milan has two of Italy’s most famous and well-supported clubs, FC Internazionale (more commonly known as Inter) and A.C. Milan (usually just referred to as simply Milan. The two sides both play at the San Siro, with Inter clad in Blue and White stripes, with AC in Red and Black. Between them, they have won 37 Serie A titles, with Inter just ahead on 19 after winning the most recent campaign.
Milan have struggled in the past decade to make any real impact on Italian or European football. The great teams from the 90s and the 00s were not sufficiently built upon, and slowly they have faded away, as other Italian sides such as Juventus began to dominate things. But, as football moves in cycles, the last few seasons have been much more positive for the Rossoneri, with things looking positive for Stefano Pioli and his squad for the first time in a while.
Milan are incredibly popular with fans of online betting, and any time they have a fixture their supporters will google ‘best bets for today’ to find all the latest odds on their team. With the season having just begun, let’s analyse the position they currently find themselves in.
The main man in the Milan squad is undoubtedly Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker might be 39 goals, and in his second spell with the club, but he is still a real threat in front of goal. He missed the recent Champions League fixture with Liverpool, but the fans are hoping that was just a precaution, and that he’ll be back in the squad for the upcoming fixtures.
The club has had a lot of dealing with Chelsea recently. They have signed Oliver Giroud from the London side on a permanent deal, while they’ve also loaned Fikayo Tomori and Tiemoue Bakayoko from the Blues too. All three are shrewd signings, and will hopefully help push Milan further up the table this season.
They also have Daniel Maldini making the first-team squad on a regular basis. He is the son of Paolo Maldini, who is a legend at the club, having made 902 appearances for them. The Rossoneri will be praying he has the same impact as his father did, and can bring back the success Paolo achieved in his career.
Strong start to the season
Milan fell away towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign, going from title challengers to holding on to second place on goal difference, just above Atalanta and Juventus. It appears they’ve put last season behind them, and have a perfect record in the league so far, winning all three games.
An opening day win against Sampdoria was followed up with a 4-1 smashing of Cagliari. Then came the first real challenge of the season, with Lazio visiting the San Siro. Milan were on top for the whole game, with Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao scoring to secure a 2-0 victory at full time.
In the Champions League, they faced Liverpool in their first game. At first, it looked like Milan would be torn apart, but they rallied to lead 2-1 at halftime. However, they couldn’t keep it up, and eventually lost 3-2.
The next league fixture is a huge game against Juventus, which even at this early stage looks like a must-win for Milan. Following that, the league is a bit kinder to them, with games against Venezia and Spezia following the game in Turin..
In the Champions League, Atlético Madrid are up next. Atlético are the Spanish champions, so will be a tough opposition to break down. However, Milan certainly have the firepower, so they will be hoping to get their Champions League campaign up and running with a victory in that game.
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