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Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has announced his retirement from football with the ambition to pursue a career in politics.
 
The 35 year old Ukrainian International captain, and record goalscorer for his country with 48 goals, lead the ‘yellow-blues’ to a quarter final place at the 2006 World Cup, attaining his 111th cap for his country a month ago at the European Championships co-hosted in his native Ukraine and Poland with man of the match performances in the tournaments group stages, made the decision yesterday. His first and …

Lampard and Drogba may have made their final curtain call in Blues last weekend while elsewhere, three veterans decided to leave a club they have played 761 times in their combined 34 years of service.
Among the three, Gennaro Gattuso is the lowest profile one. The ever-fierce-looking midfielder always announces his presence on the field with his unfathomable tank of energy. With minimal interest in play-making, his intelligence weighs heavily towards breaking opponents’ play. Gattuso’s never-say-die attitude impacted AC Milan’s formation significantly for the next decade, allowing the soft Andrea Pirlo …

Three short observations on the Barcelona vs AC Milan game last night.
3 Man Defence
Guardiola has used a three man defence on occasion at home this season particularly against weaker opposition but this was the first time they have used it against a strong opponent. It allowed an additional man to play in the midfield area which is important against a narrow Milan side who strength lies in the central midfield area and gave Alves the freedom to start very high up on the right.
The three man defence still provided Barca …

It was the fourth game within two weeks for both sides, but none of the players would be too unhappy about more congested fixtures after this night.
Barcelona would have held an advantage over the aging visitors AC Milan, but Guardiola was not overwhelmed by their home advantage. A 4-4-2 formation was still employed. Fabregas was restored to the lineup while Keita was benched. Youngster Cuenca got a surprising start over Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.
The veterans Nesta and Seedorf returned to offer the Italian side stability after their disappointing draw at …

This is a match-up a little bit more than extraordinary. With the two teams combined eighteen appearances in UEFA Champions League final and crowning eleven of those, Milan won the edge by owning seven. However, European football has surrendered to Barcelona’s convincing style in recent years.
This is a matchup with no doubt the fans who are traveling to Allianz Arena in May would have dreamt of, possibly not in March though. The two teams share some similarities despite the obvious dissimilarity.
Barcelona endured a struggling season in local competition as they …

Date: Wednesday 15th February 2012. Location: San Siro, Milan. Incident One, the Serie A Champions AC Milan brush aside Arsenal 4-0 in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie. Incident Two, the British broadcast media hurl another possibly unscrupulous attack at the talents of AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
As you would’ve gathered we are going to be concentrating on the latter. Infact, there will be an overall look at the attitude of the British media in general. We should be used to this continual trend of criticism ‘Ibra’ …

All eyes will be on the San Siro this Wednesday, as the European Champs Barcelona take on Scudetto winnners AC Milan. The Spaniards look favorites in this intriguing showdown, but don’t write off the Rossoneri, who have the bonus of being at home and having several players back who were injured for the first leg, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The Blaugrana will extend their Group H lead to five points if they grab the three points, while Milan can go top if they win. And with both teams …

The title tells it all. The Prince has now become king, King of Milan. An absolutely stunning second half hattrick changed the match entirely. He just can’t be stopped at the moment.
Anyway, the match began in the worst possible way for the Rossoneri, with Lecce scoring through a Giacomazzi header in only the fourth minute. Seven minutes later, Abbiati was forced into a good save off Obodo’s strike which was heading for the top corner. Corvia volleyed over the bar from close range just a minute later, but he was …

The Rossoneri have finally found their form, as evident in their 3-0 win over Palermo. Every single player put in a good performance, even Bonera wasn’t bad. The real reason we won is that there was movement and energy, which was lacking in the previous games. The younger midfielders Aquilani and Nocerino proved that Seedorf, Gattuso, Ambrosini and others can’t play forever. It’s about time Milan put in a total team performance like this.
The match started out well, with Milan looking energetic right from the whistle. There were a couple …

Was his rise to the top with Milan last year just good luck? After Milan-Juve I have begun to question his judgement.
Many consider Max Allegri one of the best managers in Italy after he won the Scudetto with Milan in his first season with the rossoneri. He did an exceptional job in re-organizing Leonardo’s disoriented Milan, and turning them into championship winners. But how much did the former Cagliari tactician have to do with Milan’s return to the top? Any half-decent manager could coach a team consisting of the likes …