Italian “Milan” – definitely one of the most popular football clubs on the planet. The history of the “Rosso-Neri” started in December 1899, and holds 18 titles in their native land, 5 triumphs in the Cup and 7 in the Italian super Cup and 7 wins in the Champions League and its predecessor European Cup.
In Ukraine, the fans of “Milan” is also very, very much, what at the time seriously contributed to moving this club the best in the history of independent Ukraine, the Russian football player Andrey Shevchenko. On “San Siro” Sheva was just two or three seasons to get around in the list of scorers in Milan’s legendary Gunnar nordale having seeming almost eternal record in 221 goal for “Rosso-Neri” (Shevchenko – 175 goals scored, and second place).
However, in recent years, “Milan”, as they say, is not the same. The team from season to season is unable to compete with Juventus and his pursuers in the “Golden race” of Serie A. the last time Milan won the Italian championship already very far in 2010/11, and therefore, continuing the series of articles “Where are they now?” Sport.ua offers to remember all the key players in “Rosso-Neri” of the time.
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From the number who played the highest number of matches in the season the players of the AC Milan we have chosen the first eleven, which was the symbolic team of the world’s last championship.
Goalkeeper Christian ABBIATI
The figures in the season: the match – 35
In Milan the goalkeeper came in 1998 and was held for the “Rosso-Neri” virtually my entire career. In the last championship season Abbiati quite easily and confidently won the competition with Flavio Roma and Marco Amelia, who for two spent in the field draw on just 441 minute. His career Abbiati completed in the summer of 2016, and a year later received in the position of a Manager coordinator, but stayed on her for a moment. In July 2018 Christian away from AC Milan, and remains out of football.
Right-back – Ignazio ABATE
Performance in the season: games 29, assists – 1
A graduate of the Academy of AC Milan Ignazio abate is not immediately able to become a first team player. At the dawn of his career he has changed many teams before in 2009, returned to the ranks of the “Rosso-Neri” to for the following ten years to be one of the most important players of the team. Last summer abate left AC Milan and now at 33 is in the status of a free agent. In September 2019, the rumors about the interest to the person abate by the “al-Garafa”, but Ignazio rejected the proposal, expressing a desire to play at a higher level.
Centre-back – Thiago SILVA
Performance in the season: games 33, goals – 1, assists – 1
In January 2009 Milan issued the transfer of Thiago Silva from Fluminense, paying 10 million euros. Soon enough the Brazilian was able to prove the validity of claims for a place in the starting lineup, “Rosso-Neri”, played on the first team roles for the next three seasons, including being a solid player in the last championship for Milan, the draw of the Serie A. in the Summer of 2012 incredible at the time EUR 42 million Thiago Silva moved to the “Paris Saint-Germain”, where he performs to this day, having become already 7-fold champion of France. Contract 35-year-old Brazilian with PSG expires at the end of June, and, according to the latest information, “Paris Saint-Germain” will not attempt its extension.
Central defender Alessandro NESTA
The figures in the season: matches -26, assists – 2
One of the best Italian defenders of all time, Alessandro Nesta played for AC Milan from 2002 to 2012. In 2011, he was already 35 years, but he continued to play an important role in the defense of the “Rosso-Neri”, after 26 matches in the Serie A raffle, all in the starting lineup. In the summer of 2012 Nesta left AC Milan to a year and a half to spend overseas in the ranks of the “Montreal Impact”, and then seemingly ended his career, but in the fall of 2014 he returned to active performance, after spending a couple months in the ambitious at the time Indian club “Canyin”. After his playing career, Alessandro Nesta left in football. He works as the head coach, and already has the experience of managing such teams like “Miami” and “Perugia”, and since the summer of last year coached “Frosinone”, which this season actively fighting for a place in the Series A.
Left-back Luca ANTONINI
The figures in the season: matches -22, assists – 2
Another pupil of Milan, whose path to the first team were very thorny and complicated. In 2008, Antonini returned to his native club, where he spent five years and managed to become Italian champion in 2010/11. After the drawing has been fundamental in the team for another year, and then lost the competition, prompting Luka in the summer of 2013 to go to Genoa. The last team in his career Antonini was “Prato”, which he left in November 2016, immediately on announcing his retirement. Luca Antonini is now 37 years old, and he remained in football, trying himself in the profession of the agent.
Central midfielder – Gennaro GATTUSO
Performance in the season: games 31, goals – 2, assists – 2
13 held in Milan years Gennaro Gattuso has become one of the symbols of this team, and be part of the top 10 players by number of games played for the “Rosso-Neri” fights. In this ranking Gattuso takes 6-th place, having assets 461 matches for “Milan”. The 2010-11 season was the penultimate for Gennaro in the camp of the “Rosso-Neri”. Already in the summer of 2012 he went to play in Switzerland, signing a short-term agreement with the local Sion. In the summer of 2013 ended his playing career, he immediately accepted the position at the same Sion. Since then works as a coach, but maintaining charisma, yet has no close of such achievements that he was able to win as a player. Since December of last year 42-year-old Gattuso is headed “Napoli”, which is only sixth in the current standings of the Serie A…
Central midfielder – Clarence SEEDORF
The figures in the season: matches – 30 goals – 4, assists – 6
In “Milan” Seedorf spent ten glorious years, having during this time twice to become the champion of Italy, and twice to celebrate with the team victory in the Champions League. The 2010-11 season was for Clarence, as for Gattuso, the Milan. Then he went to play in Botafogo, where he completed his active football career in the beginning of 2014, after an offer to return to Milan, but already in the status of the head coach. However, nothing good comes out of this idea did not work, and a few months later Seedorf was unemployed. Subsequently worked in China with the “Shenzhen” and in Spain against Deportivo, but there success is not earned. Last to the present time the place of work of Clarence was the national team of Cameroon, where he was fired last summer because of poor performances at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Attacking midfielder Kevin-Prince BOATENG
The figures in the season: matches – 26, goals – 3, assists – 3
The 2010-11 season Kevin-Prince Boateng held in Milan on loan from Genoa, and proved his usefulness to the team. After winning the title of “Rosso-Neri” bought the Ganz contract for 7.5 million euros, but two years later, Boateng was not needed for Milan and was sold to Schalke for 10 million. Later briefly returned to the camp of the “Rosso-Neri” in 2016, and is currently 33-year-old Kevin-Prince plays in Turkey for Besiktas, with whom he has a rental contract from Fiorentina until June 30.
Striker – Alexandre PATO
The figures in the season: matches – 25, goals – 14, assists – 4
Milan bought Alexandre Pato from Internacional for € 24 million when the player was 17 years old. The first season went from the Brazilian to adapt, and the next three he played at a very good level, certainly scoring 10 or more goals in the championship. So it was the last championship for AC Milan 2010/11, after which due to frequent injuries, Pato’s career at the top level began to decline. In early 2013, AC Milan for 15 million euros sold Alexandre “Korintiansu”, the now 30-year-old playing at home for “são Paulo”, where he returned in the spring of last year, after two years ‘ travel in Chinese “Tianjin Coinstar”.
Striker – Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC
Performance in the season: games 29, goals – 14, assists – 14
In 2010/11 Zlatan ibrahimović played for Milan on loan from Barcelona. Fantastic performance and use on the field has led to the fact that a year of “Rosso-Neri” bought out the contract of the Swede for 24 million, but after the season was released in the “Paris St Germain” in exchange for 21 million euros. Now Ibrahimovic for 38 years, and in 2017 he suffered a complex knee injury in the ranks of “Manchester United”, but managed to get back on the field and continue to demonstrate excellent performance. In January Zlatan back to Milan, signing a contract until the end of the season, but has managed to spend only 8 matches and 3 goals differ. His future in the camp of the “Rosso-Neri” is open to question, particularly due to strained relations with the club management.
Striker – ROBINHO
The figures in the season: matches – 34, goals – 14, assists – 4
The entire career of this player is between Europe and Brazil – it stands there, there. In the summer of 2010 AC Milan just signed Robinho from Manchester city for 18 million Euro, and the Brazilian helped the new team win the championship, catching the eye 18 successful actions in 34 games. Alas, stability was not a strong party in the career of Robinho in AC Milan, because in the next three seasons he scored only 11 goals in 74 games… Summer 2014 Milan send Robinho to rent in Santos, on his return from which the player on a free transfer six months looked at China, but there the “Guangzhou Evergrande” went back to Brazil (in the “atlético Mineiro”) in February 2016. Since the beginning of 2018 playing in Turkey – a first in “Sivasspor” and then in “Basaksehir”. Now Robinho is already 36 years old, and his contract with the Turkish club expires on June 30, because in the near future, probably in the career of the Brazilian will once again change.
Coach – Massimiliano ALLEGRI
Headed “Milan” in the last to the current time championship season Massimiliano Allegri, who was able to take the title in the Premier championship with a new team. For Milan coach he worked until 2014, after which they were dismissed, and several months later took Juventus. With the Turin club, Allegri in five years has won five titles of champion of Italy, twice bringing the team to the Champions League finals, but never being able to get them any victory. Last summer, Massimiliano left Juventus and since then remains without work.
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