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April 3, 2012
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 04/03/2012

Let me first get the most important sentiment off my chest: Barcelona did not steal this game in the sense that they didn't deserve it, rather had an inept referee gift them an opportunity that they clearly did not need. They are the best team in the world, had many more chances than Milan, and generally are about as unstoppable as an asteroid the size of one of Bobo Vieri's boobs shooting towards the earth at a high rate of speed.

The last thing I want to debate is who deserved what, which penalties should or shouldn't have been awarded, and most importantly - does the controversial call against Nesta cancel out the penalty Barcelona should've had in the first game. I couldn't care less about that garbage now as it's banal talk. Milan are going back home to focus on winning the Scudetto, and may Barcelona meet Real Madrid in the final so casual bandwagon fans all over the world can rejoice with their collective erections for Clasico Fever.

February 16, 2012
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 02/16/2012

Sometimes you take a step back and wonder why you've wasted so many countless hours. Countless time engaged in incessant arguing, fighting, nagging, bragging, and shouting all in the honor of the team you've chosen to align yourself with from an early age.. However, you don't really mean anything to the squad itself. You're merely one of the numbers, feeding the millionaire players/owners simply by purchasing one piece of memorabilia. You wonder why something taking place (in some cases) on the other side of the world, could have such a profound effect on your well being.

You ponder why you'd skip school, or call in sick to work, to watch a game that in the end, is nothing more than a pixelated image on a screen, or often time an atrocious stream with a foreign language as commentary. Most of you have never been to the San Siro, or even Milan - but yet you bleed the colors of a team you've (mostly) never even seen in real life. Then it hits you. All these minutes spent following them, all the money spent supporting them - it all pays dividends on days like this. Days when a collective sports orgasm is reached. A simple pass or shot on goal gives you a burst of pure euphoria that really, is unmatched by any other event (except perhaps on a night out trying new substances with Moris Carrozzieri and Mark Iuliano). Now it all makes sense. Why we spend countless hours discussing, probing, arguing. Now, we feel a sense of sheer jubilance unlike anything else. What else could possibly make you jump out of your seat so violently as if Poseidon struck you in the heart with an electrical trident? No other feeling compares to this, except seeing Luca Antonini being subbed off.

February 13, 2012
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 02/13/2012

Perhaps a Mitsubishi Eclipse isn't so bad after all. If Milan win the scudetto, and I repeat, "if", you can look at this Milan-Udinese match as the most important turning point of the season.

• We'll go with the Eclipse

Up until the entrance of the now immortal balon d'or candidate Maxi Lopez in the second half, everything was going astray for the rossonero outfit. A slow, lumbering midfield lacking ideas, a seemingly incoherent attack, whose lack of chemistry was alarming. And finally, the venerable coach Allegri, once again with that befuddled look on the sidelines that drives us to make these following assumptions/questions: Is he even breathing? Is he in a coma? Why hasn't he blinked in 15 minutes. Does he know the game ends in five minutes and we need a new striker on?

January 18, 2012
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 01/18/2012

The derby della madonnina. A name synonymous with hyperventilation, uncontrollable anxiety, and palpitations furious enough to disintegrate an elderly heart.

These are just some of the feelings associated with the annual match between the two Milan sides. And I use the term 'Milan sides' loosely, considering one of the teams is based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bragging rights are given to the victor for the next few months, where the person will ridicule/mock/physically assault the fan of the other team upon every encounter. It has caused friendships to split, marriages to end, and Cristiano Doni to place his wager.

Moving on..

October 24, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 10/24/2011

"BOA BOA BOA TENG TENG TENG"

This is the phrase we heard approximately 213,493 times from the legendary Tiziano Crudeli after Kevin Prince Boateng netted an improbable hattrick in 15 minutes versus Lecce. Not only was the Prince's performance one of the greatest we've seen in recent times, but it paved the way for Milan to climb back atop the upper half of the Serie A table.

October 5, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 10/05/2011

New Milan Insider Podcast!

I've decided to write this column from 30,000 feet in the air for much needed inspiration. There's nothing quite like staring out of an airplane window and seeing clouds resembling Cassano's gut.


Ibra: score some goals instead of fixing your ponytail. ©AP
September 15, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 09/15/2011

There's only so much a team can do to stop Barcelona's rabid attack of elves. Milan knew that they'd lose in a battle of tic tac midfield passing, as half their midfield has two stone bricks instead of feet. Rather, Allegri tired out Barcelona by playing a very deep line, and letting the world class defensive pairing of Sandro Nesta and Thiago Silva neutralize the thunderous blaugrana attack.

As a wise man named Tiziano Crudeli once said, 'Il Miracolo al Camp Nou'. (The Miracle at the Camp Nou)

August 6, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 08/06/2011

UPDATED: Milan Insider Podcast

The new season commenced with a mouthwatering derby held in Beijing's famous Birds Nest. A stadium filled to the brim, with 80,000 frenzied Chinese fans eager to support their favorite Milan side.

The week leading up to the match showcased the immense passion that the Asian country felt for both Milan sides. In fact, a video was released of a Chinese fan donning a Rossonero shirt who was beat to a pulp by a hoard of Interisti who violently ripped off his brand new kit.


Milan win their sixth Supercoppa ©AP
April 4, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 04/04/2011

A recognizable haze surrounded the San Siro as the most anticipated game in recent times awaited Milan. Years have passed since a derby of this magnitude took place. Only two points separated Milan from the second place Argentinian side. Moratti's yellow toothed grin cackled in delight at the prospect of going +1 with a handful of games remaining in the season.

Inter, spearheaded by the one who shall not be named, was completely undressed by the forces of Allegri. Simply put, Leonardo is not a coach who fires up his players in the most crucial games. We saw it last year when Milan was embarrassed by Inter twice, and by Manchester United in the Champions League.

March 14, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 03/14/2011

It has been a depressing week for Milanisti across the globe. A heartbreaking loss at White Hart Lane to the Spurs, which knocked us out of the Champions League prematurely, and a gut wrenching tie against the Serie B all stars of Bari.

Watching the Milan vs. Bari match was comparable to watching a marathon starring Luca Toni, Erjon Bogdani, and Bernardo Corradi. It was painfully frustrating, with a seemingly never ending array of chances squandered for Milan. Someone needs to keep a new statistic for me: the amount of times Robinho shanks an easy shot on goal. I think his number for the season stands between 800-900. (Rough estimate)

February 17, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 02/17/2011

Where to begin. A true Italian drama. If I hear another Gattuso story I'll vomit. This entire Gattuso-gate situation took the steam off a few other pressing issues that people aren't discussing nearly enough.

1. Flamini is a contract killer/spy posing as a French midfielder for Milan.
2. Milan were humiliated at the San Siro by a team they were favoured against.
3. Allegri had the deer in the headlights look for 90 minutes.
4. The referee was not suited for this type of match, and lost control of the game. Leading to the unsavoury events that transpired before our eyes.

November 15, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 11/15/2010

This past weekend marked the day every Milanista circled on their calendars months ago. The heated Derby Della Madonnina has gone Intergentina's way for the past years. We all bitterly remember the Adriano handball, Gattuso's sending off in the 4-0 loss last year. It has been an overall traumatic affair for Milanisti, seeing their city rivals win a historic treble, and Moratti's yellow toothed grin casting an ominous aura over the San Siro.

This summer - everything changed. Mourinho's magical tactics were handed over to Rafa Benitez, who fizzled them and created an inferior team compared to last years. Berlusconi had a Florentino Perez-esque epiphany one morning and decided to stop buying mediocre Dutch strikers and finally splurge. In come Robinho and Ibra. Meanwhile across town, Inter lose their dynamic youngster Balotelli, who always scared the daylights out of me when he suited up in the black & blue stripes.

October 31, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 10/31/2010

So, Milan fans haven't been this excited in years for the summer transfer window that went from being morbidly depressing, to an Italian revolution I claimed to be the Milacticos era. Unfortunately, I let my emotions cloud my judgment. Deep down inside my subconscious, all the doubts I had about our defence were temporarily forgone, as Ibrahimovic and Robinho made headlines.

What if one of our stellar, but frail central defenders went down with an injury? What if every single fullback we have is mediocre, or worse? What if it comes down to Daniele Bonera or Sokratis Papapfsdgfioegne having to defend Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League? All these what ifs have materialized, and now we're suffering the price for having an unbalanced team.

September 15, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 09/15/2010

The past month has been a roller coaster ride for Milan fans - to say the least. When we all thought Milan's transfer campaign would quietly close with the signing of Boateng, Berlusconi threw us a curveball by acquiring two world class players in Robinho & Ibrahimovic. Some call them the new Zlatman and Robin, I like to call them..... the Milacticos.

Think of it as the Galacticos light. Berlusconi changed the face of the team without spending a quarter billion € for anybody with a name, or cool hair (Ronaldo). Milan paid half price for players who were valued at astronomically high figures only a few years ago.

April 18, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 04/18/2010

Put a fork in the Scudetto race, it's done for Milan. A 2-1 loss to Sampdoria essentially put an end to this constant drama surrounding the club. With the way Milan have performed lately, I'd be more worried of conceding the third spot to Sampdoria.

Did we ever truly think we could oust Inter for the race with the team currently at Leonardo's disposal? Injuries have ravaged the club. A laundry-list of stars are out, proving that Milan are only an above average team that cannot seriously compete for any silverware if any of the key components are injured.

April 4, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 04/04/2010

Milan-Cagliari. Final Score: 3-2. When two attack minded teams clash, it often produces a thrilling contest that never runs dry of goals. Milan encountered yet another must win situation against a tricky Cagliari side that plays a very energetic style of football.

Borriello scored in the opener minutes after a nice interchange with Slowdorf, which was subsequently countered by a Cagliari equalizer. Only two minutes after that, the Cobra Huntelaar smelled blood and unleashed a vuurpijl (Dutch word for rocket) from about 35 meters out that caught Federico Marchetti by surprise and plowed into the back of the net.

March 10, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 03/10/2010

The most important game of the year produced the most disheartening result. A 4-0 loss to Manchester United highlighted our main weakness. While we came away unlucky in the first leg, today's game was a cruel reminder of the Rossoneri's lack of depth. While Inter seems to have 2-3 quality players at every position, Milan take a significant nosedive in quality when one of the usual starters goes down with injury.

Being realistic. Did we ever truly think Milan were going to win the Champions League? It's nice to dream, but this vision will remain in fantasy land for at least another season. Simply put: too many holes in this squad, not enough depth, and too many aging players on their last foot. A team too reliant on a handful of players, that opted to pick up Real Madrid's waste instead of investing the money from Kaka on a world class talent. By saving around $5 million, they went from Luis Fabiano to Huntelaar. That's the equivalent of spending $5 less for a big whopper instead of opting for the filet mignon.

January 7, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 01/07/2010

What a great way to start off a promising new year of soccer. Milan retain their second spot in the standings but still need to play the Fiorentina game which was rescheduled due to snowstorms. The return of David Beckham and a 5-2 thrashing of a talented Genoa side at the San Siro. Could things have gone any better for us today? Despite surrendering an early goal, Milan bounced back immediately thanks to some porous Genoa defending. A total of three penalty kicks were awarded, two of which went in.

Ronaldinho's cheeky first attempt was saved, but he redeemed himself on the second effort by firing a rocket into the bottom left corner. Overall, Leonardo tried a few new tactics, some which I deem to be failures, and others a touch of his managerial wisdom.

November 29, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 11/29/2009

The past week has given us Milanistas three noteworthy games. The thriller at the San Siro, where Milan toppled an impressive Cagliari side 4-3, a lucky 1-1 tie in the Champions League against Marseille, and Sunday's game at Catania resulted in one of the most unexpected finishes I have ever witnessed.

Us soccer fanatics have a short term memory. It's unbelievable how quickly we're able to forgive and forget. A player can win himself inside the hearts of fans with one goal. An icon can be whistled mercilessly after one crucial mistake. Just when I thought I had seen it all, our very own Klaas-Jan Huntelaar left me speechless when he transformed his Bidone d'Oro into a Ballon d'Or in stoppage time.

October 28, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 10/28/2009

If you missed the first, and last five minutes of Napoli-Milan, then you missed every single goal.

Ahh Alessandro Nesta, how much we missed you today. After being subbed off in the first half for the other Kakha, our defense slowly unraveled, allowing two Napoli goals in the final five minutes.

At this time last year I doubted if Nesta would ever don a soccer jersey again, and now all I've been hearing is the argument that Nesta is playing as good or even better than he ever has in his long, prolific career. After taking a year off to bask in the scorching sun of Miami Beach, a rejuvenated Nesta came back healthy, tan, and most importantly: determined.

October 22, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 10/22/2009

This just in: Real Madrid to offer £250 Million for Pato after his performance at the Bernabeu.

The title on the front page of ESPN Soccernet: Milan Stun Madrid. Sadly, this is how far we've fallen off the radar in recent times, when a Milan victory against an elite team is seen as stunning.

My mind is still clouded with the emotional rollercoaster I just had to endure mentally for the past few hours, but I will attempt to write a cohesive article nonetheless. For those of you who didn't watch the game, or somehow ventured on my page without reading Soccernet first: Madrid succumbed to an inspired Milan side 3-2, despite Nelson Dida's best efforts to sabotage the result...

September 24, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 09/24/2009

After consecutive wins stemming from inspired efforts, Milan succumbed to defeat at the Stadio Friuli against a tricky Udinese side.

Last week, Milan traveled to Marseille to take on the French giants in the first match of the group stage. As I imagined, Leonardo unleashed Super Pippo to go scavenging in his natural hunting ground: the Champions League. Inzaghi repaid the coaches trust in him by scoring a brace and earning the team three valuable points.

September 13, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 09/13/2009

There is a popular saying in Milan about coaches who under perform with their respective clubs. Panettone is a typical treat enjoyed around Christmas time, popular in the Lombardy region. So as the saying goes: will Leonardo be kept around long enough that he too can indulge in this Milanese delicacy?

With back to back horrendous performances that had me reeling in agony, the pressure is mounting on management. If the string of uninspired play continues, some changes need to take place. But sacking Leonardo would basically suggest that Milan is raising the white flag and admitting defeat. Only time will tell.

August 31, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 08/31/2009

One city. Two teams. One victor. The day I mark on my calendar months in advance. Tense anticipation crept up on me a few hours before the starting whistle. I tried desperately to find anything to console my nerves. Thinking of Inter's first seasonal outing versus newly promoted Bari surely helped.

The Nerazzuri, a team brimming with world class stars that failed to outclass a squad that has been bouncing back and forth between Italy's top two leagues for the past several seasons.

Then there was Milan, who the previous week played an impressive game against mid-table ranked Siena. It seemed obvious, we were on form and Inter were still gelling as a unit. I brainwashed myself to believe we were the favourites. And for the first 20 minutes of the game, it sure seemed that way... But then...

About
Matteo Bonetti Born and raised just a few kilometers away from The San Siro, Matteo Bonetti has been watching the Rossoneri ever since childhood. The passion was instilled by a family whose fanaticism for the team dates back to the early 1900's. Instead of bursting with an obscenity laden tirade, or turning any object around him into a projectile weapon after a disappointing Milan outing, Matteo can now channel his emotions into a more effective, and most importantly: safe, manner - writing on a global platform. He is a young journalist whose grandfather was the Vice President of Milan nearly four decades ago. E-mail him: themilanguy@gmail.com, and follow him on twitter: @TheMilanGuy

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