Former AC Milan player Cesare Maldini has died at the age of 84. The football world, in general, has paid tribute to one of football greats on Tuesday morning. There were many former team-mates as well as club representatives that were present at the ceremony. Cesare Maldini has made more than 400 appearances for AC Milan and scored three goals during the period 1954 to 1963 and has won 4 League titles during that time.
He also won the European Cup in 1963. He was considered as being one of the best defenders of his generation. He also had a managerial career after his retirement as a player where he managed several clubs such as AC Milan, Foggia, Ternana, and Parma. His best accomplishment as a manager will be to win a Copa Italia and Cup Winners Cup double with AC Milan. He will also help Parma get their promotion to the Serie B.
On the international level, Cesare Maldini will manage the Italy senior team during the period 1996-1998. He will help the team qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. Despite having a host of talented players at his disposal, he will only make it to the quarter-finals where Italy will be eliminated by the host and future winners France. The former AC Milan defender will be criticized in Italy for his defensive tactics that led to the elimination. Continue reading Former AC Milan player Cesare Maldini has died at the age of 84
The summer transfer window reached its conclusion on September 1st and in that day there was a transfer that almost took place but fell short at the last minute and this failed transfer still continues to have an effect in the world of football. Just as everything appeared to be clear and ready for David de Gea to make his move to Real Madrid, reports emerged claiming that the deal could not be completed in time due to some documents not being delivered in time to the proper authorities.
David de Gea was the man that Real Madrid has been attempting to sign for some time now and failed to sign him in the summer transfer window which recently shut down. If this deal had indeed been completed then David de Gea would have joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of around €30 million. Keylor Navas was also involved in this transfer as the Costa Rican shot-stopper was going to be transferred to Manchester United as part of the transaction. €30 million and Keylor Navas was the price that Real Madrid was willing to pay in order to sign David de Gea. The 28 year old Costa Rican player was being used as bait to lure in another player.
The transfer never got completed and now Keylor Navas will continue his career with Real Madrid and even though he was an expendable player for Real Madrid, Florentino Perez stated that Navas is highly regarded and praised in the team. When Perez was questioned about the current situation involving Keylor Navas, the president of Real Madrid replied by saying: ‘I have no doubt that he will be very good for us, this season too. The fans love him very much; he’s highly regarded by the club and the coach. He’s in a condition to play“. Continue reading Florentino Perez says that Keylor Navas is highly regarded in Real Madrid but it doesn’t look like it
Paris St Germain have finally confirmed their interest in star winger Angel di Maria. The Manchester United man has been widely linked with an exit at just 12 months after his arrival at Old Trafford. Di Maria is the club record signing at United. Despite starting his life at Old Trafford in the best possible circumstances, his form began suffering in the second half of the campaign.
Towards the end of the season,Di Maria was relegated to being a bit part player in the team. The situation does not seem to have improved even into the pre-season. Manager Louis van Gaal has failed to quell the speculation around Di Maria. In fact, he has stated that the future of the winger still remains uncertain, but he is hoping that he remains at Old Trafford. PSG have been credited as the only club interested in the Argentine. They were interested in signing him even before he moved to Manchester.
Now, though, the French champions are keen on taking advantage of the uncertainty by offering United a substantial transfer fee. Even though it would represent a loss on the £ 60 million that they paid to Real Madrid, United would rather sell him than keep an unhappy player. Continue reading Paris St Germain confirms interest in Angel di Maria
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has tried to win back fans by saying that he is once again ready to invest in big-name players and managers. The club has limited its investment over the last couple of years and has consequently slip down the table. After two poor campaigns under their former players – Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi, Milan find themselves outside the European elite after a long time. One of the most successful clubs with seven European cups to their name, Milan will even be without the second-tier Europa League for the upcoming season.
In order to revive the club’s ailing fortunes, Berlusconi says that he is ready to bring back former manager Carlo Ancelotti. A move for getting former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also underway according to the former Italian president. Ancelotti left Milan in 2009 and has since managed clubs like Chelsea, Paris St Germain, and Real Madrid. He is on the verge of being sacked at Madrid and this would leave him free to discuss terms with a new club.
Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, is the mainstay at PSG despite being almost 35. His age could allow PSG to let him leave and return for Milan for a nominal figure. Continue reading Silvio Berlusconi has tried to win back fans
Every top player in the world wants to be able to compete in some of the biggest competitions in the world and Ac.Milan is not the same Italian powerhouses that they were some time ago. A number of managers have stepped up and taken charge of the club but the team still continues to struggles and this has started a string of rumors that have linked Silvio Berlusconi with the possibility of selling a big part of his stake in the Italian club.
There also are rumors emerging concerning the future of certain players as they were linked with a move away from the Italian club and one of these players is Stephan El Shaarawy who has been going through a tough time trying to surgery, he was ruled out of action for a further 10 weeks. However, even with all of these injuries that has affected the 22 year old player he has still managed to display what he has to offer and he is being considered to be as one of the most promising and talented young Italian players.
Shaarawy has attracted the attention of: Arsenal, Inter Milan and Liverpool as they are all interested in signing the youngster but according to the agent of the player, Manuel has announced that Shaarawy will not be leaving in the approaching summer transfer window. Continue reading Ac.Milan is not the same Italian powerhouses
Filippo Inzaghi probably deserves the flak that he is being dished out to at the moment. Well, it can’t be said that he is behind all AC Milan’s woes, but, he could certainly have done better as manager at San Siro. The former striker has tried to experiment a bit too much. While, he was within his rights to try out a few combinations and see what his best XI was, he must have given regular games to the players at the same positions to make them settle down.
However, you can’t brutally criticize him as he has had to make forced changes at times because of the injuries. Whatever games are left there in the season for Milan now, Inzaghi should make sure that he puts the best available line up on the park. As far as the defence is concerned, Inzaghi has plenty of options there, but, it’s the midfield where he is struggling to find a reliable player. Continue reading Filippo Inzaghi deserves to be Dished out at the moment