The lost Berlusconi and Galliani ideology (by Ayodaygee)

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Fans of Milan after the Coppa Italia match between Milan and Juventus showing signs that read ‘Unworthy’ and ‘Shame’, at Stadio Olimpico on May 21, 2016 . (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
Fans of Milan after the Coppa Italia match between Milan and Juventus showing signs that read ‘Unworthy’ and ‘Shame’, at Stadio Olimpico on May 21, 2016 . (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Fan article by Ayodaygee.

During the 1986/87 season, Silvio Berlusconi watched Parma defeat his newly acquired Milan side by a 1-0 margin twice in the Coppa Italia (group stage and knock-out round). This Parma team was coached by the now popular Arrigo Sacchi.

A man with no prior playing experience but doing the best he could with a team like Parma. Berlusconi went ahead and hired him for the 1987/88 season as Milan’s coach. It was a choice that was tough as Milan’s start to the 1987/88 season was as shaky as ever.

Milan lost to Espanyol in the UEFA cup and were kicked out of the Coppa Italia. Four years on and many trophies later, Berlusconi’s choice to appoint Arrigo Sacchi and stick by him was genius. Today, we have watched many great sides play football; Rinus Michels’ great side of Total Football, Johan Cryuff’s popular Barcelona side, Guardiola’s side that built their successes on possession and so on. However, one man’s team lives on and that team is Arrigo Sacchi’s great Milan side.

As usual, he fell out with Berlusconi. He was replaced by a rookie, Fabio Capello. He was appointed with no real prior coaching experience besides a great record with the youth side. Capello was taking the job for only the second time. He previously guided Milan in the season prior to Sacchi’s arrival for the last five games. The media was out to crucify Berlusconi and Galliani again.

FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

Everyone expected Sacchi’s successor to be a coach with some pedigree. Capello had no special records when he temporarily assumed the post many years back, so why would he be Berlusconi’s choice? But he kept faith with his instincts and stuck with Capello. A tremendous five years with numerous trophies proved that Berlusconi’s choice was a master-class again. Capello was not only successful but he ruled the world. By sticking to improving on the works of Sacchi, he was able to build a side that reached the CL final on 3 occasions in the early 90s. Milan were simply spectacular.

All great relationships come to an end and sometimes both parties might wish to re-live such fantasies. Milan chose the latter. They re-appointed Sacchi and Capello to revive a team that had slumped. Both Coaches tried but their efforts were futile. Both parties had to part ways. Yes, there were victories by subsequent Coaches. Zaccheroni, also a surprising choice, won the Scudetto in his first season. But not until Milan gave Carlo Ancelotti a chance, did they become a force in Europe again. Now I am confused. Sacchi and Capello had failed attempts at success just a few years after they had conquered the world. Had they suddenly lost it? What really happened?

Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The answer lies in the genius that is Berlusconi or may be Galliani. Milan’s most successful coaches in the Berlusconi era have all been relatively unknown. They have always had the passion and the talent. But they have also had one major component, a great team.

This, Berlusconi and Galliani always made available. Every single unpopular coaching choice always had popular players has ingredients to work with. Sacchi had his from 87-91, Capello from 91-95 and Ancelotti had a great squad assembled for him in 2001. We all know the great players each of these Coaches worked with while at Milan. Unfortunately, Sacchi and Capello’s come back seasons, Milan had a very weak squad. Fast forward 10 – 12 years, Berlusconi and Galliani seem to have forgotten this important aspect, ‘get the coaches the right components to work with.’

Yes! They have gotten this aspect wrong so many times. Management is not an easy task. I strongly believe the passion is still there. I know Berlusconi and Galliani bleed Milan. I don’t think any of us have a right to insult these great men. We all forget how often they got it right.

They are only human and so are you. Are you in anyway better at your daily work? Berlusconi and Galliani should only have one thing in their upper most mind, ‘assemble the right component and make sure they are the best money can buy.’ Yes, Milan is broke. Set us up on a five year plan. Get us a Stadium and I believe step by step we will get back to being the best.

Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and Barbara Berlusconi, at the Italian Tim Cup final match Juventus-Milan on May 21, 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and Barbara Berlusconi, at the Italian Tim Cup final match Juventus-Milan on May 21, 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t worry, we will wait patiently only if we see us moving step by step towards the Milan we all know rather than plummeting down like we are now.

Someone please stop us!

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Complete nonsense… New plan? How many times have we heard about season 0? Milan is broke? Whos fault is it? And so on and so on… Plus all that crap about past… Sell the club, thats the only way for Milan to go back where he belongs

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ABULEFON FEMI

DON’T YOU REMEMBER THE GOOD THESE HAD DONE TO THIS TEAM IN THE PAST. MY BELIEVE IS THAT BERLUSCONI WILL MAKE MILAN GREAT AGAIN VERY SOON AND YOU WILL SEE A COMPETITIVE MILAN, THEN YOU COMMEND BERLSUCONI AND GALLIANI FOR THE GREAT WORK, MIND THE FORTHCOMING SEASON IS AC MILAN SEASON, JUVENTUS SHOULD BE WARY AS WELL AS ALL OTHER TEAM IN ITALY AND DIASPORA, ITALY ARE LOOKING UP TO AC MILAN TO REGAIN THE POWER HOUSE OF ITALIAN AND EUROPEAN FOOTBALL, CAN YOU SEE THAT WITHOUT AC MILAN THERE IS NO OTHER TEAM THAT CAN CHALLENGE JUVENTUS

Milan10
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Milan10

….and then u wake up

dodoz
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dodoz

Something is really wrong with your analysis…

Milan10
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Milan10

To me, the problem is more about lack of money than ideology. Milan have ideology which are to have core of great italian players mixed with foreign champions and to play attractive attacking football, at least compared to other italian teams. Milan isnt teams with strong tactical characters like ajax or brazil nor highly politically charged teams like barca, athletic bilbao or boca juniors.
The ideology of milan is still there but milan dont have enough quality players to execute it

Darko
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Darko

nope, it’s about lost of soul, lost identity rather than lack of money. There are number of clubs in Europe who do well on a budget. Money help, but in the case of Milan there are problems elswhere

Mattia
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Mattia

Indeed. Milan played without character since Ibrahimovic left.

Milan10
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Milan10

We all know berlu and galli are the main problems but if new owner still refuses to invest heavily but smartly, like inter for example, milan wouldnt be much different than they are now

naphtali
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naphtali

I agree with this , quality is needed on the pitch , barcelona don’t hire the best of coaches , cause they have quality on the pitch that can interpret any coach formation on the field of play …. We can hire the best coach it won’t solve sh*t if the quality of players is low

nick
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nick

The article raised some good points that Sacchi, Capella, and Anchelotti had great players that contributed to their success. Even Allegri did well in his first season and he is doing well at Juventus because of the squad. But to imply that Milan fans should not criticize B & G is ridiculous. Even worse saying Milan fans should be patient is Ludacris. Look at Leicester City, Althletico Madrid, Sevilla, Burrusia Dortmund, Villarreal, Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli squad and tell me where did the 80milion that Milan spent go? Our squad can’t even compete with these clubs yet we spent just as… Read more »

Kulay
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Kulay

@Milan10, That is what this article is saying.
Milan’s problem really is not Berlusconi or Galliani but their neglect for their fundamental principle that brought them success, that is, buying only the best players.

We need great players to be great again!

Milan10
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Milan10

Which is why milan need investors with big pocket right?
But to be successful team u need all 3; mgmt, coach, players to be of top quality and to have certain chemistry. If u remember, 2nd spell of both sacchi and capello werent successful despite milan still having great squad on paper and berlu still willing to spend. Right now none of that trinity perform properly

Mattia
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Mattia

I actually prefer the way old Milan works. Galliani was once known as transfer Guru who signed quality and right players. Not only already well-established players but also talented and promising players. Those players combined with home-grown players made Milan played with character for about 20 years. Something that will be remembered for many years to come and makes me proud as milanista. Now Galliani has lost his ability and made Milan played without character. One thing I’m affraid if there are investors with a hell lotta money who want to invest is that they don’t understand football and risk… Read more »

Milan10
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Milan10

Yes i know that mate, Ive been following milan for 20+ years now so i know how galli works. If we’re being honest here, aside from van basten, rijkaard, pirlo, seedorf, kaka, ibra and few other transfers, all galli did was to outbid any competitors thus phrase “berlusconismo”. Remember lentini or those ajax youngsters? Or own golden boy bertolacci? Milan did have great transfer/scout masters combo in leonardo and a braida but they let those 2 go. If milan had character it was a sense of belonging/family under berlu lead but now its gone seeing how milan treated their former… Read more »

Gman
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Gman

Nice article. It seems like we have to many gold digger fans here on this site.

Mojdanis
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Mojdanis

Gold digger, are you serious? We have nothing materialistic from being Milan fans no matter whos the owne so you might wanna rephrase that.

Milan10
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Milan10

I think he meant “bandwagoners” or “gloryhunters”. Still very bold statement to make regardless

Gman
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Gman

Being a fan is easy. You support your team thru thick and thin. You do not whine like a little children saying sell sell sell the club to who ever pays. We don’t even know who the Chinese are. If they were serious they would give us at least a name, not just say we are backed by the government. How many Chinese teams do you guys know of in Europe?. Chinese owners will make Milan more Chinese, we might have to use Chinese players. In Portugal second division the Chinese have made a sponsorship deal with a Portuguese football… Read more »

Milan10
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Milan10

As opposed to still having berlu as owner? I think i can speak for milanisti that we’d take our chances with the chinese. And of course the chinese want some benefits for their own country too, like any other foreign owners. Inter now have several indonesian players training or even having try outs at inter’s primavera. Thats a given but if theyre not good enough no sane coaches would take them into squad. Do you actually think those arabs, americans owners actually know much about technical aspects of football? Most definitely not but all they have to do are building… Read more »

Gman
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Gman

You can only speak for yourself. All Milan fans are not sheeps with the same opinions. We shouldn’t give tryouts to Chinese only because they are Chinese! Do you see Russians at Chelsea, Qatarians at PSG or City?. Americans at United or Liverpool?. People from Uzbekistan in Arsenal?. No you don’t, and trust me, the Arabs at PSG & City knows football. They have improved in every aspect of the game in and out side the pitch. They have brought some of the best men in football to help them outside the pitch. Selling Milan for Berlu is like giving… Read more »

Milan10
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Milan10

What is ur point exactly? Of course theres no guarantee the chinese will instantly make milan better. In a way, even liverpool and arsenal havent tasted success yet footballing wise with their foreign owners. what anyone following milan can guarantee is if berlu stays milan will keep spiralling downward. And do you see indonesian playing for inter? No. its just try outs for gods sake. Quality of chinese football is way below serie a, No way they would make it into milan squad. U said it urself, arabs at psg and man city cant work with footballing aspects themselves so… Read more »

midokoftic
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midokoftic

Comment :To me galliani is milan number 1 problem silvio berlusconi should taminate the contract between him & galliani and sell the club for 70%.

midokoftic
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midokoftic

Comment: To me Galliani is milan number problem and I think there is something secret between G & B that is reason why is letting galliani too control the club ahead him. My advice for big bros berlusconi sell 70% of the club or sack Galliani and wasting our time and money.

Gman
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Gman

You can only speak for yourself. All Milan fans are not sheeps with the same opinions. We shouldn’t give tryouts to Chinese only because they are Chinese! Do you see Russians at Chelsea, Qatarians at PSG or City?. Americans at United or Liverpool?. People from Uzbekistan in Arsenal?. No you don’t, and trust me, the Arabs at PSG & City knows football. They have improved in every aspect of the game in and out side the pitch. They have brought some of the best men in football to help them outside the pitch. Selling Milan for Berlu is like giving… Read more »

Milan10
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Milan10

“And theres no guarantee Chinese will give roles in managements to qualified people rather than friends.” u mean like berlu and galli love story?

angry birds
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angry birds

Lol who is gman? galliani, are you there?? most of Milan fans wanna change this shit management. Do you know berlusconi want gallian, broci, and him stay in Milan management. Chinese want unay Emery, and maldini in. Management. See the difference?

angry birds
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angry birds

Who is gman?lol
Galliani-man? Galliani, are you there? Hahaha..
99% Milan fans want this negotiation happen, except berlusconi and galliani and brochi haha.
Or maybe you are inter fans who hoping this situation never gonna stop?
Gman, please stop it.

Milan10
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Milan10

*gasp
Gman –> galliani man? But of course. How could i overlooked this. Illuminati confirmed

Misund
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Misund

I too want the negotiations to go well, but for god sake that whit good guarantees like he said. dont want to end in a worse boat than we are already in. and as of now we know nothing. No one know who the chinese are. so how do you realy trust the umary and maldini romours? And yes, Berlusconi wont sell the club if the investor dont have money to build a taem. And thats good because thats what we all want, if he dont sell its not because he wants to fuck up more then he already have.… Read more »

dodoz
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dodoz

Why would he sack him. Na who he hepp?

Raven
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Raven

stopped reading at ” I don’t think any of us have a right to insultos these great men”
Umm inzaghi seedorf maldini treatment? maldini was treated like family when player yet he claims never to be called from berlusconi since retirement. You don’t know what are you talking about, B&G gives the illusion of family that Milan isn’t a money making factory nor a tool for political advantage,but that’s all an ilusion

Shams Arafat
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Shams Arafat

Dude, clearly you have forgotten that maldini was confronted by our own supporters, many shades was thrown at him at his last match. Seedorf regularly was mocked by the fans as SLOWDORF. Most fan here has short term memory. Also you must remember, just because maldini was one of the greatest doesn’t automatically means he’ll be great director. We have too many example of failures. He doesn’t have experience. I’m sure you have zero idea how real world works

Raven
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Raven

stopped reading at “I know Berlusconi and Galliani bleed Milan I don’t think any of us have a right to insult these great men”
Umm inzaghi seedorf maldini treatment? maldini was treated like family when player yet he claims never to be called from berlusconi since retirement. You don’t know what are you talking about, B&G gives the illusion of family that Milan isn’t justv a money making factory nor a tool for political advantage,but that’s all an ilusion

Frankilan
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Frankilan

The simple truth is that both the management and the coaches(both the present n pasts) knows exactly what’s wrong in Milan but they are trying to neglect and ignore that exact thing believing that a miracle may happen but in this modern football you don’t receive success rather you take it. That exact thing this men have vowed to neglect and ignore is that the players wearing our famous Jersey should be playing for Atlanta, Verona, torino n so on and there is no way they can take milan anywhere even if you give them 10years and for us to… Read more »

rajashik basu
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rajashik basu

Those people who dont even feel the need of a man like maldini in this crisis period arent doing anything good for the club.Apart from5-6 players..no one in this squad is fit and worthy to wear a milan jersey.no coach can do anything.you cannt cook biriyani with the ingrediants of simple curry..no matter how good and best cook u r…thats the point..u have to bulid a gr8 team of inform rising gr8 talented players to achieve success..thats the main point..

Ganesh
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Ganesh

Stupid article….the writer probably lives in a different parallel universe….

Shams Arafat
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Shams Arafat

Spend 1 billion dollar, then talk

Milan-Lagos
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Milan-Lagos

Berlusconi must sell to someone who has love for football and great managerial know-how..if truly he wants to sell I think that’s what’s taking this long to ascertain..truth be told even if we have a new owner with a heavy transfer chest it wud be silly or almost impossible to get the big names.hence we would need to sign quality youngsters and combine them with 3-4 that we already have and promote some from primavera and take back mastour also we need to build a stadium and not with our funds but from a sponsor like Emirates or some Chinese… Read more »