Milan defeated Sassuolo 3-0 to win their first Serie A title in 11 years. The last triumph, in the 2010-11 season, was with the newly arrived Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the exceptional Thiago Silva. After that, it was a nightmare that Milan fans want to forget.
This series of bad luck are difficult for ordinary fans to predict, so they read special sites with soccer predictions and tips. This frees up time and allows them to keep up to date with their favourite game. Here is a chronicle of the pain that stopped earlier this month…
2011/12 – 2nd place
At the time, Milan were the reigning Serie A champions and were aiming for a second consecutive title. By March, the team were leading Juventus by four points, but in the last nine games they had only management five wins (with two draws and two losses) and lost the Scudetto.
2012/13 – 3rd place
This is the start of a new era for AC Milan: a number of veterans – Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta, Marc van Bommel and Clarence Seedorf – left in the summer. The stars – Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano – also left, while Alexandre Pato parted ways in the winter.
At that time Milan had already faced financial problems: the club’s losses amounted to about €15m. As a result, they were covered by a transfer of €22m from the Fininvest holding company controlled by Silvio Berlusconi’s family.
2013/14 – 8th place
It was the first season that Milan completely failed. By February, the team were down in 11th place in the league, but finished eighth. So for the first time in fifteen years AC Milan didn’t play in any European competition. That season, Juventus, Roma and Napoli made up the Italian top three.
2014/15 – 10th place
Milan began a new rebuild and sacked Clarence Seedorf, who didn’t have the worst record (19 games, 11 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses), but did not please the management. In his place Berlusconi hired Filippo Inzaghi – another Milan legend – to take over as coach, but with poor transfers and financial problems the team performed even worse under his coaching.
2015/16 – 7th place
The bet on Inzaghi didn’t work, so Sinisa Mihajlovic came to AC Milan. He had played for Inter as a player, so at first he was met with mixed feelings by the fans. But the management had no doubts about him and even allocated €100m on transfers.
They got Carlos Bacca from Sevilla and Romagnoli and Bertolacci from Roma. They also brought back Mario Balotelli from Liverpool, but nothing good came out of that loan.
2016/17 – 6th place
The saga of selling the club to Chinese owners had already begun, and Silvio Berlusconi no longer wanted to invest in transfers. The club changed coaches again: Vincenzo Montella came and took the team to the European competitions for the first time in three years. The bright performance of the still very young Gianluigi Donnarumma was particularly helpful.
2017/18 – 6th place
Before this campaign, Milan changed a lot. A new owner came in Yonghong Li and signed 11 new players in his first summer – a whole team! Particularly prominent among them was the experienced Leonardo Bonucci, who could not even bring Milan into the top four. A modest sixth position was all that was to show.
2018/19 – 5th place
A year later, the Chinese club owner Yonhong Li had problems with finances: he could not pay back an instalment of the loan he used to buy the club, so the club went to the American fund Elliott.
Then the team was already coached by the legendary Gennaro Gattuso and he led the team to 5th spot in a season in which he rarely changed the starting line-up.
2019/20 – 6th place
In the summer of 2019, both Gattuso and sporting director Leonardo left Milan. Marco Giampaolo was appointed coach, but he started the season quite badly, and Milan’s management decided to sack him quickly. After that Stefano Pioli came in – though in his debut season they only managed to get to sixth place.
2020/21 – 2nd place
Given all the past performances, the club were waiting for a real success here but were unable to keep pace with Antonio Conte’s Inter in the battle for the title.
Before the start of the season the media insisted that Ralf Rangnick was coming to the club but in the end Pioli renewed, and there was a 24-game unbeaten run as part of it which instilled a sense of belief.
Then, the long-awaited gold followed. It has been a painful 11-year path, but Pioli’s choices seem to have paid off.