This week on the Totally Football Show we’ll be covering the 2002/03 Champions League, or: the one with the final so boring it made you curl up in a little ball and cry. So to celebrate Milan winning the tournament for the first time since the Capello glory years, here are some Golazzos on Milan, taking in some of their great players, great men and great wins…
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Paolo Maldini – a (Milan) man apart
James Richardson, James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti look back on the career of the peerless Paolo Maldini.
Gigi Lentini – the most expensive player in the world
Gigi Lentini took Torino to new heights, including the UEFA Cup Final, and ended up in a transfer tug of war between Milan and Juventus in the summer of 1992. Lentini took Silvio Berlusconi’s helicopter to the San Siro for a world record fee. £13 million was so astronomical that it managed to offend the Pope. But his life was changed forever as he sped to visit Toto Schillaci’s wife in 1993 and wrote off his Porsche. It was also the end of his career at elite level, thanks to a combination of a coma and Capello.
Pippo Mio – an intro to Inzaghi
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti present a long-awaited retrospective on the career of Pippo Inzaghi. He won the Champions League and the World Cup. Only three men have scored more goals in Europe than him. But was he actually any good? His former team-mate at Atalanta, Richard Hughes, gives us the answer. We look at the connection Inzaghi had with fans and pundits alike, if not always his strike partners.
Shoe salesman turned tactical icon – the Sacchi story
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti review one of the most influential managers of all time, the leader of the iconic Milan side of the late 80s – Arrigo Sacchi. His father owned a shoe factory but he was viewed as a visionary by Silvio Berlusconi. But by the time Sacchi became Italy manager, there were Italians who were hoping he would lose the World Cup Final. What made him so revered as a coach? And what made/makes him so unpopular as well?
Kaka’s white smoking jacket
Evangelical, elegant and exceptional with the ball at his feet. Golazzo pays tribute to a Serie A great – AC Milan legend Kaka. Described by Carlo Ancelotti as the best no name player in the world, Kaka is the last player from Serie A to win the Ballon D’Or. Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back at the Brazilian’s life, a life that has included near-paralysis, devout Christianity and very nearly a move to Manchester City.
Berlusconi – the man who made Milan (part 1)
Jimbo, James Horncastle & Gab Marcotti are back to single out Silvio Berlusconi, the club owner turned prime minister and one of the most important men in Italian football history. The first in a two-part special looks at how Berlusconi brought an elite level set-up on and off the pitch, making his three-time Champions League winners AC Milan the benchmark in European football.
Berlusconi – the Bunga Bunga years (part 2)
Jimbo, James Horncastle & Gab Marcotti bring you the second part of our Golazzo special on the inimitable Silvio Berlusconi. Having established Milan as a European superpower, Berlusconi made the move into politics, becoming Italian prime minister. And wherever he went, sex and scandal usually followed. Did he take his eye off the ball at the San Siro?
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti turn the clock back to February 1995 and the second leg of the European Super Cup, with Arsenal taking on Milan at San Siro. It’s a time of turmoil with Serie A having been suspended due to the death of a fan, while for Arsenal, they were just a few weeks away from waving goodbye to a beleaguered, long-serving manager
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