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2009 Serie A Season Review: Milan

Team Overview: Milan is not only one of the best teams in Serie A history, they are one of the best sides in world history. The Rossoneri have won Serie A 17 times (2nd only to Juve) and they have many Coppa Italia and Champions League trophies. Unfortunately, 2009 was a down year for the team and 2010 looks to be even worse.

Top Performers: Milan’s 3rd place finish was largely due to Kaka. The Brazilian playmaker had 16 goals and 9 assists, but he is now moving to Madrid. Pato (who may also be leaving) also had a good season with 15 goals and 5 assists. Finally, Christian Abbiati was very solid for AC Milan in goal. He only ceded a mere 0.96 goals per game.

Highest Highs: Milan had a weak schedule late in the season, and they took advantage of it. They won all 4 of their matches in April and outscored their opponents 11-1. They had the second best home record, but ultimately 2009 would be a disappointment as big wins against Udinese (5-1) couldn’t help them best rivals like Inter.

Lowest Lows: Milan’s most disappointing and embarassing moment this year had to be their early exit from the Coppa Italia. In the Round of 16, they faces Lazio – a team they should have beaten – yet they lost, and Lazio went on to win the tourney. Milan also dug an early hole by losing their first two league titles. They need to do better.

Future Outlook: Milan fans are reeling this offseason as they watch their team be dismantled. Due to steep financial debt, Milan is selling off its best players, including Ballon d’Or winner Kaka and possibly Pato and Andrea Pirlo as well. If Pato goes, so will Milan’s hopes of competing with Inter in 2010. Well, assuming those hopes aren’t dead already.

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