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Gamble backfires for Milan

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Sumeet Paul blog profile  By Sumeet Paul

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Both midfielders were eventually withdrawn -- with...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.

"The...

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...

Sumeet Paul blog profile  By Sumeet Paul

Milan give Mario Balotelli a last chance at success

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 Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes discuss whether Mario Balotelli can find his goal-scoring touch with AC Milan, as reports suggest he is set to return to the San Siro on a season-long loan.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno shares his thoughts on the number of opportunities and playing time Mario Balotelli was afforded at Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli's move to Liverpool was always going to end in disappointment. For all his quality, something just didn't feel right about the Italian ace's fit with the club and there was an air of inevitability that he would be criticised by supporters and the media alike.

While he would have certainly contributed to the problem, the £16m move to Merseyside can essentially be described as a failure. Fast forward 12 months and Balotelli's return to Milan is imminent; he's going back to a...

Sumeet Paul blog profile  By Sumeet Paul

Mihajlovic's gamble backfires as Milan fall to defeat

ESPN FC's Craig Burley shares his thoughts on Mario Balotelli's reported one-year loan to former club AC Milan.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's tenure at Milan started with defeat in Florence on Sunday night, as the Rossoneri fell to a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina. While it is far too early to overreact, it wasn't the most reassuring of starts for the Serbian tactician.

Mihajlovic opted to keep faith in young defensive pair Alessio Romagnoli and Rodrigo Ely after they had impressed in the Coppa Italia on Monday night. However, the latter had a nightmare. After looking shaky in the opening stages, he was then sent off in...