Over this past weekend, the Rossoneri were able to snatch up Scudetto #18 following a 0-0 draw against Roma. While the party after the final whistle showcased some of the finest moments in the history of unintentional comedy, the squad proved to have the necessary firepower to dominate Serie A this season.
If we're referring to trophies as silverware, then Berlusconi just won a spoon. The Coppa Italia could be viewed as a napkin while the Champions League is the entire plate. The Milan Owner has made it very clear that Milan will replicate their domestic form in Europe next year. Some pieces are needed if this dream would come to fruition.
While a chance for an orgasmic Milan-Inter final in the Coppa Italia was squandered against Palermo, Milanisti all over the world can take pride in knowing that Scudetto #18 is in the books. The next few games of the Serie A season will most likely feature the entrance of ball-boys & team masseuses into the starting line-up, such as Oduamadi & Sokratis. Ideally, I'd love to see Didac Vila given some time to show if he's ready or not. It perplexes me how a player who was a starter for Espanyol in La Liga cannot even get one minute of action so far with Milan. It's not like we bought a mystery player from the second division in Burkina Faso.
The brilliant golden Scudetto emblem will be pried from the gnarled hands of Moratti & Inter, and be placed in its natural habitat - a Milan jersey. While Milan have just tied Inter at 18 (if you count the two Inter were given as a result of Calciopoly) there's still plenty of trophies to be won if they want to match the 27 that Juventus have accumulated over the years.
The Milan Squad Celebrates Scudetto #18
Winning the Scudetto produced numerous moments of comic brilliance by the Rossoneri players. Let's take a closer look at the three moments that have been replayed countless times since the weekend
Comedy Bit #1: Antonio Cassano gets kicked in the head by Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a post-match interview. Kicking Cassano in the head must have produced a hollow sound, since it's 99% empty unless you count a droplet of nutella residing somewhere around the lower cerebellum.
Comedy Bit #2: A drunk Massimo Oddo runs a lap around the Olimpico with shaving cream on his head. This video could go down as one of the highlights of my entire life, as Massimo Oddo just shattered the unintentional comedy scale. Galliani bet Oddo that if he ran the track in less than a minute, he'd get a contract extension. Inexplicably, Massimo ran it in a blistering 48 seconds. Needless to say, Massimo was a few seconds shy of breaking Usain Bolt's landspeed record.. Instead of celebrating by doing Bolt's famous lightning strike, Oddo booted one of his signature crosses into the top deck of the Olimpico, and managed to decapitate an Ultra.
Comedy Bit #3: Gattuso chants with the Milan Ultras: "Leonardo Uomo Di Merda." Rough translation: Leonardo is a sh*t of a human." When he's not headbutting assistant coaches or eating tree bark for breakfast, Rino becomes the dream of Ultras by inciting them to continue their anti-Leo chants. Do I condone this type of behaviour from Rino? Absolutely not. Did I chuckle when I first saw it? Absolutely. Gattuso has come out himself to say that if he could go back in time he wouldn't have done it, and urges everyone to realize he was joking.
- With the Scudetto won and the Coppa Italia/Champions out of reach, we can now focus our attention to the summer transfer market - a period where sensationalist posts will link Milan to everyone from Andrea Gasbarroni to Barack Obama. What we do know so far is the following:
Fact 1. Phillippe Mexes has been acquired from Roma on a free, and will provide a suitable replacement for Silva or Nesta if they go down to injury or suspension.
Fact 2. Taye Taiwo has been acquired from Marseille and will most likely be the starting left back next year.
Fact 3. Antonio Cassano is consuming a nutella crêpe as I write this.
Everything else is just speculation. Including Ganso, and every other superstar linked to Milan.
It has been an emotional year of highs and lows for us Milanisti. A heart wrenching exit against Tottenham, watching Pato hook up with Berlusconi's daughter, and seeing Allegri being thrown into the air after winning the Scudetto. This has been one of the most exciting seasons in recent times, and has become the foundation for a new generation of players and a new era of Milan being thrust back into the upper echelons of the footballing world. Berlusconi has sworn to fans that he will purchase one or two superstars this season. Next year Milan will come out as one of the favourites to win a Champions League title. On this note, it has been fantastic to cover a second season of Milan for ESPN Soccernet year and I plan to be back next year for a third; so yes - you will all have to put up with my jokes for another year.. I will be updating this site regarding transfers throughout the summer so keep checking back as always. Thanks for all the comments this season and also for helping me get to 5,000 followers on Twitter and supporting the launch of my new website. Ricordiamoci questo - Milano Siamo noi!
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