The Maradona of Sant’Angelo Lodigiano- Understanding Matri’s Revival

It was only last year that fans of Italian football the world over ridiculed Milan’s newest forward Alessandro Matri. The €12 million signing joined the Rossoneri in the summer of 2013 and scored an awe-inspiring one goal in 15 appearances before being sent off to Fiorentina on loan in the winter. Despite a slight upturn of form with the Viola, Matri’s name became synonymous with wasted money and missed chances within the span of one season. Upon the completion of his loan first loan, Matri was promptly shipped out on a temporary basis to Genoa in the beginning of the summer mercato. Nothing much was expected of the former Juventus forward’s temporary relocation 150 km south, but Matri has surprised the entire country with his stellar performances with the overachieving Grifoni. Sitting on a tidy six-goal haul from just eight starts, the 30-year-old has made it clear that his career is not yet finished. Continue reading The Maradona of Sant’Angelo Lodigiano- Understanding Matri’s Revival

Nigel De Jong Still The Best Milan Has To Offer

Amongst the many disasters of Milan’s 2013/14 campaign, a hero emerged for the Rossoneri. Nigel de Jong marshaled the midfield with defensive ability and passion not seen since Gennaro Gattuso graced the pitches of Italy in a red and black shirt. The Dutchman was a rock in Milan’s frighteningly poor defensive group of players, and saved the club from humiliation countless times. His intimidating presence and enormous strength made him seem like he was in fact three players working as one to stop play after attacking play. Continue reading Nigel De Jong Still The Best Milan Has To Offer