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May 10, 2012
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 05/10/2012

A Sandro Nesta is born once in a blue moon (or once in an Inter Champions League victory if you need a secondary comparison). A class defender who embodied the Milan franchise to perfection, and was an integral figure in the teams laundry list of trophies acquired in the past decade.

The 36 year old Nesta leaves Milan having played well over 300 matches for the club. A Laziale by birth, Sandro moved to the rossonero outfit a decade ago, and became a key clog in the center of defense.

February 29, 2012
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 02/29/2012

I had to wait a few days to write this article. Simply put, it was the most agonizing ninety minutes of my life. If there was a video crew on hand to tape my sheer range of emotions I would've probably won an Oscar.

Now, as I wrote in my last article, our passion for football is what drives us to behave like uncontrollable idiots - pumping fists and gleeing in delight. However, a quick look towards the darker end of the spectrum and results vary. One moment can turn a passionate fan into a violent, raging lunatic, yelling obscenities and turning any simple household item in the room into a high speed projectile.

December 10, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 12/10/2011

If I told you two years ago that our starting strike force in 2012 would consist of: Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Cassano, and Tevez, you would've: a) mocked me mercilessly for weeks, b) recommended me to the finest psychiatrist in the area to be checked for a potentially debilitating mental illness, or c) punched me in the face for being a sensationalist idiot.

Then again, all of those three choices would seem fitting considering our main strikers fielded two years ago in a pivotal Champions League matchup vs. Manchester United were Marco Borriello, and (an atrociously out-of-place) Huntelaar, who was bizarrely deployed as a winger, even though he had no discernable pace, or crossing ability. Moving on..

Milan Insider Podcast

August 27, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 08/27/2011

"He is 1.83, has blue eyes, and thick hair"

This was a quote from Massimiliano Allegri back in June when asked about what the mysterious X player looked like. Now there are three options:

1. Alberto Aquilani really does have blue eyes and has worn dark brown contacts his entire life because he's embarrassed to look like Philippe Mexes.
2. Massimiliano Allegri loves teasing us.
3. I'm colour-blind, in which case please let me know so I go see an optometrist.

May 20, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 05/20/2011

An Andrea Pirlo is born once in a blue moon (or once in an Inter Champions League win - roughly every half century). After a ten year spell with the Rossoneri, Pirlo has parted ways with Milan, leaving behind a legacy and slew of trophies that will be nearly impossible to replicate.

The laundry list of trophies Pirlo has been a pivotal part of will be listed below. It is indeed a staggering list. In a few decades from now, you will be telling your children, or grandchildren: I was lucky enough to watch Andrea Pirlo for a decade.

March 3, 2011
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 03/03/2011

Perhaps one of the greatest emotions about following a sport so closely is that you get to witness players grow up right in front of your eyes. What was once just a scrawny little pimply faced Brazilian with a bad haircut, developed into an athletic phenom, minus the pimples, but still with the atrocious haircut.

Alexander Pato turned into a man against Napoli.

August 28, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 08/28/2010

Completely disregard my last article as it is now ancient history. The past few months I've been engulfed in a dark, ominous hole known as the Milan transfer campaign. A campaign so depressing our 'premier' acquisition was Sokratis Papastatopujdnjgnakjn & the mercurial Prince Boateng.

Galliani & co. just redeemed themselves by acquiring one of the world's premier strikers in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. How did this happen, Mr. Galliani? Only a month ago in an 'exclusive' video interview you said Milan would only buy a 'big' if they sold a 'big'. Selling Huntelaar to buy Ibrahimovic is like selling a pickle to purchase a filet mignon. The funds don't add up, but whose counting anyways? Milan now have one of the world's most feared attacking tridents.

February 28, 2010
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 02/28/2010

I'll cut the introduction and go straight to the point. There is not one player who is as influential to his team as Ronaldinho is to Milan. Now, I do not want to get into the whole "who is the best player" alive debate because it has already been settled by Giuseppe Favalli.

Ronaldinho is one of those legends that your grandchildren will be asking about, and you can smile at them and say you had the privilege of watching them grace the pitch every week for several years.

October 26, 2009
Posted by Matteo Bonetti on 10/26/2009

The Bidone D'Oro translates into "The Golden Trash Bin", it is a mock award given every year in Italy to the player who is deemed to represent the complete opposite of the Ballon D'Or. Requisites for winning this prestigious trophy require a team to have spent an inordinate sum of money for a player who didn't live up to expectations. Last year, Ricardo Quaresma of Inter won the famed award. This year, it has to be none other than our very own Klaas-Jan Junkelaar.

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:, and follow him on twitter: @TheMilanGuy

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