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Gamble backfires for Milan

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Slovakia's quiet star Juraj Kucka set to surprise many at AC Milan

Juraj Kucka made the move to Milan to continue his career this summer.

When Liverpool considered signing Genoa midfielder Juraj Kucka in the summer 2013, the Slovakian sounded quite excited. "That is good news. I can imagine what it would mean to wear the Liverpool shirt," he said. The move eventually didn't work out, but maybe that was for the better: Kucka is a self-confessed Manchester United fan whose biggest idol has always been Paul Scholes.

Kucka named Scholes as his role model on his own website and never missed an opportunity to hail the Old Trafford legend....

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Bacca becomes AC Milan's main man but San Siro still has deadwood

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reckons Carlos Bacca will be a big hit with AC Milan.

With the transfer window now closed, it's time to look at AC Milan's deals and whether Sinisa Mihajlovic can be pleased with his summer business.


Carlos Bacca (Sevilla, £21 million); Alessio Romagnoli (Roma, £17.5m); Andrea Bertolacci (Roma, £14m); Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk, £5.6m); Juraj Kucka (Genoa, £2.1m); Mario Balotelli (Liverpool, loan); Jose Mauri (Parma, free); Rodrigo Ely (Avellino, free).


Riccardo Saponara (Empoli, £2.8 million); Adil Rami...

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AC Milan's midfield problems highlighted in narrow Empoli win

Goals from Carlos Bacca, second from left, and Luiz Adriano, far right, helped AC Milan sneak past Empoli on Saturday.

AC Milan picked up their first points of the season on Saturday night as they narrowly defeated Empoli 2-1 at the San Siro. While Sinisa Mihajlovic will be relieved to get his first points on the board, it was a far from convincing display from the Rossoneri.

The Serbian tactician made some surprise selection choices with the inclusion of Antonio Nocerino and Suso in the starting lineup. Ultimately, however, the move ended up backfiring on him.

Both midfielders were eventually withdrawn -- with...

 By Chris Wright

Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli is confident but fragile, autograph says

Mario Balotelli's nightmare spell at Liverpool was cut short this week when he joined AC Milan on loan.

As a marker of just how much scrutiny Mario Balotelli's return to Milan is being put under, Italian website Sportmediaset have employed the services of a professional calligrapher to examine the striker's autograph.

Indeed, Sportmediaset have posted a video of Candida Livatino's expert analysis and apparently, Balotelli's squiggle reveals he is a "confident but fragile" young man.

Who'd have thought?

"The signature of Mario Balotelli is very interesting and it says a lot about him," Livatino claims.


Balotelli's Milan contract: No clubbing, no smoking, no crazy haircuts

No more haircuts like this for Mario Balotelli.

If the good folks at Gazzetta della Sport are to be believed, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is going to have his work cut out trying to stick to the rules of his new loan contract at AC Milan.

Balotelli, who has a lengthy rap sheet of misdemeanors -- including smoking regularly, having fireworks in his bathroom, posting material found to be 'racist and anti-Semitic' on social media, partying before games, as well as multiple training ground issues -- will be forced to adhere to a...

Mario Balotelli's Milan return creates another problem for Mihajlovic to solve

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the news that Mario Balotelli has passed a medical for a loan move to AC Milan.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno shares his thoughts on the number of opportunities and playing time Mario Balotelli was afforded at Liverpool.

"I won't talk about players I don't coach," Sinisa Mihajlovic said, bristling. "It's useless you asking me these questions."

So it wasn't true, then, that a covert meeting had taken place with Mario Balotelli behind the tinted windows of a black van in a Florence, Italy, car park 20 minutes from Milan's hotel the night before Milan's Serie A curtain raiser against Fiorentina? "No," Mihajlovic replied. In today's game, a football manager must be both a diplomat and a spy.

Milan's chief executive Adriano...