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19th-Oct-2007 05:39 pm - Ambrosini proud to lead
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Ambrosini proud to lead
Experienced midfielder Massimo Ambrosini will captain Milan against Empoli on Sunday and knows he is following in prestigious footsteps. More
28th-Sep-2007 03:51 pm - Seedorf targets big high five
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Being named Best Midfielder at the UEFA Club Football Awards in Monaco last month represented the icing on the cake for AC Milan's Clarence Seedorf, as his club's seemingly ill-starred 2006/07 season produced yet another high. The 31-year-old Dutchman told uefa.com: "We had a very, very hard year and with those difficulties we could have fallen apart but we pulled together." With the UEFA Champions League trophy in the bag, he is pondering the prospect of his fifth European Champion Clubs' Cup success. To watch the interview in full, click on the icon above
12th-Sep-2007 04:34 pm - Emerson: Give me a fortnight
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Milan new boy Emerson is asking for two weeks to get himself fully fit and set his sights on Champions League glory this term.

The man nicknamed Il Puma joined the Rossoneri after a disappointing spell at Real Madrid ended this summer, but he hasn’t been able to make his mark at the San Siro yet as he is not match fit.

 
22nd-Aug-2007 11:58 pm - Emerson: Milan are the greatest
Emerson has flown in to finally completing the move to Milan. “I wanted to leave Real Madrid and join the best club in the world.”

The Brazilian’s transfer had collapsed completely earlier this month, but the two sides came to an agreement for a permanent switch worth £3.4m.

“I am truly happy,” said the midfielder as he arrived at Linate Airport. “I wanted to leave Real Madrid and join the best club in the world. Now I really feel reborn.”

The deal was only completed after Emerson agreed to take a £1m per season pay-cut to pen the two-year contract.

Before he flew away from Madrid, the former Roma and Juventus star had harsh words for President Ramon Calderon.

“Calderon treated me badly. He never said a word or made a gesture towards me. Unfortunately, there is a wall between the team and a part of the club, as those who make the decisions have created a clear distance.

“In any case, at the end of the day I have to thank Real because they allowed me to join Milan.”

On Thursday Emerson will undergo his medical and pass through the many tests at MilanLab.

“I do not suffer from recurring groin problems, as some people would like you to believe. I am here to train well and reach my form as soon as possible.”

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22nd-Aug-2007 11:51 pm - Milan sign Emerson – official
The Emerson transfer saga is over after Milan announced his capture from Real Madrid this evening.

Reports in Italy gathered pace this afternoon that the Brazilian was on the verge of joining the European champions and that has proved to be reality.

“Milan communicate that they have signed Emerson from Real Madrid on a permanent basis,” read a short note on the Rossoneri’s website.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani flew out to Madrid earlier today to complete the deal after weeks of talks.

It’s understood that the veteran has signed a two-year deal at the San Siro after Real accepted a fee of around £3.7m.
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27th-Oct-2004 10:17 am - Serie A Preview: Milan-Atalanta
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Milan has gained in strength as the season has progressed, although they had a very inauspicious start to the campaign. The rossoneri began their domestic season with several poor results, only managing one victory from their three opening matches. In these, they lacked cohesion, something Milan has become notorious for. The team’s inability to move as one unit was very disappointing for a squad which virtually dominated their opponents in winning the scudetto last season. Then, like a great beast waking from a long slumber, Milan pulled off three successive wins, highlighted by the 2-1 defeat of Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in late September. The main reason for this explosion was what had been obviously missing: the brilliance of Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko. He scored only one goal from the first three matches, and that was just a penalty kick. At Lazio, he bagged a brace in one of the most fearsome venues in all of Europe. He followed that up with another double at home against Reggina. Milan must also feel somewhat confident after they were able to keep their city rivals Internazionale off of the score sheet in the Milan derby, even though they themselves could not score either.

Atalanta are bottom of the Serie A, and will continue to struggle all season to get out of the cellar. An opening day draw against currently third-placed Lecce was followed by two straight losses, at Juventus and against Inter. They then obtained two consecutive 1-1 draws, but had the lead in both matches on goals by Carmine Gautieri. Their next match was a loss at Bologna, then a home draw versus Cagliari this past Saturday. Only two points from moving out of the relegation zone, they will find it hard to move past the sides above them. 


TEAM NEWS 

Milan have access to a full squad, although several regular starters may be rested because of the congested schedule of the last week. Jaap Stam did not play at the weekend, but performed well in their Champions League match against Barcelona last Wednesday. Hernan Crespo is also back to fitness, and could see action in this fixture.

Atalanta has several players who were not expected to play in their game this past Saturday, but were able to get fit enough for the match, and they may also be available for this encounter. Riccardo Montolivo scored the second goal in a 2-2 draw against Cagliari, and went the full ninety minutes. Former Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini was also able to go the length of the match, even though reports said he would not be available for selection. 


PLAYERS TO WATCH 

Kaka (Milan)

He was the man of the match for Milan versus Inter, causing all four defenders to commit bookable offences. There has been no sophomore slump for this Brazilian ace.

Gianpaolo Pazzini (Atalanta)

With three goals so far this season, Atalanta hope he can continue his good form in a match where they will be short of goal scoring chances. 


POSSIBLE STARTING XI’s 

Milan (4-3-1-2)
Dida; Cafu, Nesta, Stam, Kaladze; Gattuso, Ambrosini, Seedorf; Kaka; Inzaghi, Shevchenko

Atalanta (4-4-2)
Taibi; Rivalta, Gonnella, Natali, Bellini; Mingazzini, Albertini, Marcolini, Montolivo; Pazzini, Gautieri 


PREDICTION 

Milan will surely not allow another slip-up versus a lesser side, as every match from here on out is very important to the cause of catching up to Serie A leaders Juventus. A valiant effort by Atalanta, but they will stay bottom of the table.

Milan 2-0 Atalanta

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