Looking back at the most memorable moments from Milan’s 18th scudetto celebrations… from Oddo’s drunken run around the Olimpico to Kevin Prince’s moonwalk in front of 80.000 fans, we relive the moments.
We begin where Milan first sealed the scudetto with a 0-0 tie against Roma on May 7th, and where the first celebrations kicked off away from home at the Stadio Olimpico. Here is a video of the most memorable moments and celebrations scenes that took place right after Milan sealed the title:
The biggest partiers of the night were Antonio Cassano who celebrated his first scudetto in style and Massimo Oddo who celebrated by running around the Stadio Olimpico’s 400m track in under a minute to allegedly have his contract extended after title win.
The usually serious Max Allegri was soaked in champagne by the players and received praise from Adriano Galliani after winning the title in his first year at Milan. He also spent some moments personally celebrating with some fans that made the trip to Rome:
Before the game against Cagliari, the team paraded around the Piazza Duomo saluting and celebrating with thousands of fans that gathered. A lengthy video of the celebrations can be found here. The party was moved to the San Siro where the Scudetto trophy was officially presented to the team along with the festivities organized by Adriano Galliani.
The San Siro was sold out in anticipation for the scudetto celebration. The game had a sort of summer friendly feel to it, with a brace from Robinho, who joins Ibrahimovic and Pato as Milan’s top scorer with 14 goals each this season. A header from outside the box from Rino Gattuso and a goal from Clarence Seedorf who continues his great season-ending form completed Milan’s poker 4-1 win.
The final whistle blew and the long-awaited celebrations took place in front of the home crowd. The team came out one by one dawning the new jerseys with the scudetto patch. They then took a lap of honor around the stadium followed by more festivities highlighted by Kevin Prince Boateng’s long-awaited moonwalk and a beautiful fireworks display. Scenes that will be remembered not only by those who were present in the stadium, but by Milan fans around the world.
Milan’s top 5 players of the season (as chosen by the R&B forums):
1. Thiago Silva
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
3. Christian Abbiati
4. Kevin Prince Boateng
5. Alexandre Pato
Finally, let’s take a look at the most memorable goals, celebrations and scenes from the season:
FORZA MILAN! CAMPIONI D’ITALIA 2011!
A clinical Bari took the lead at the end of the first half capitalizing on a defensive error from a setpiece. Milan created many opportunities in the second half, but frustration got the best of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was sent off for intentionally punching Bari defender Marco Rossi. Substitute Antonio Cassano was the hero of the night, scoring a goal late in the second half and salvaging a point for Milan, who failed to widen the gap from Inter and Napoli.
Photo gallery: AC Milan (1) vs. Bari (1) – 13/03/2011
A vital three points conquered by Milan at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino, after a 1-0 win through a Rino Gattuso goal in the 68th minute. Milan controlled the game and didn’t allow Juventus a single shot on goal. Surely a deserved win and a huge step closer to the Scudetto.
Photo gallery: Juventus (0) vs. AC Milan (1) – 05/03/2011
Date: March 5th, 2011
Time: 20:45 GMT
Location: Stadio Olimpico di Torino
Current Positions: Milan (1st place) – 58 pts. & Juventus (7th place) – 41 pts.
Although Juventus is coming into the game after poor results against Lecce and Bologna, they always give it their all against the big clubs, and will be looking to win this match in front of their home fans. Juventus will also want to win in order to keep any hope in obtaining a Champions League spot alive. Coach Del Neri’s future is also in the balance and he will do whatever he can to motivate his team to get a win against the league leaders. On the other hand Milan should have momentum on their side, fresh from thrilling wins against Chievo and Napoli. They will also be looking to keep (or possibly build on) their 5-point gap from Inter, who play Genoa this weekend. Milan will also be keeping one eye on their Champions League clash against Tottenham later in the week.
Allegri’s Press Conference:
“It is normal now that we are eleven games from the end that every game becomes the most important. Tomorrow’s game will be vital to the Scudetto for us, and for them it is important to qualify for the Champions League. Juventus are strong physically, they have character and are dangerous on set-pieces. When a team is wounded like they are now I am sure they will play a great game. However, we are in good conditions and we have the objective to go there and achieve a good result.
If we were to take it easy tomorrow we’d be crazy; with 11 games left we should go into each game with the objective to get a result. Last time we played Juventus they played a good game, taking advantage of our errors. We also played an excellent game, we were more dangerous, and I was very disappointed for not having gotten a result. Against Inter they also played well and won; at Lecce they were left with 10 men after 10 minutes and on Sunday (against Bologna) they were unlucky in the first half, then granted Bologna two occasions that they were able to exploit. To get a result in Turin we will have to be great. The championship is long and we must think of the individual games as they come. Tomorrow will be not be easy, according to the numbers Juventus have done well against the top five this season.
I have not yet decided on the formation but there is good probability that Pato will start. However independently from who starts the match, who comes from the bench will need to play an important role, like we’ve already seen many times this year. From this moment on in the season, the bench can become even more determining than ever before. Boateng has good probability to start as well. For the remainder we should think about tomorrow only, and not about Wednesday, because we have recuperated a lot of players and I believe that we have necessary forces to play more games.”
Alexandre Pato: Amazing performances against Chievo and Napoli have cemented his place back into the starting eleven after having started several games from the bench, he will be eager to exploit the Juventus defence.
Quote: “It is not a problem if Juventus are angry and motivated and that they won the first match. We believe we can do it.”
Alessandro Matri: Juventus’ winter signing has integrated well with his new team since arriving, scoring a brace against former team Cagliari and scoring the winner against Inter three weeks ago in their 1-0 triumph. He will have something to prove to his former club, having spent 11 years at Milan before leaving for Cagliari in 2007.
Quote: “I used to love playing this game when I was at Cagliari, the will to play against Milan is always there even though we are going through a rough patch.”
Milan’s Last 5 Matches
02/28/2011 AC Milan 3 – 0 Napoli
02/20/2011 Chievo 1 – 2 AC Milan
02/15/2011 AC Milan 0 – 1 Tottenham (UCL)
02/12/2011 AC Milan 4 – 0 Parma
02/06/2011 Genoa 1 – 1 AC Milan
Juventus’ Last 5 Matches
02/26/2011 Juventus 0 – 2 Bologna
02/20/2011 Lecce 2 – 0 Juventus
02/13/2011 Juventus 1 -0 Inter Milan
02/05/2011 Cagliari 1 – 3 Juventus
02/02/2011 Palermo 2 – 1 Juventus
Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate, Thiago Silva, Nesta, Jankulovski; Gattuso, Van Bommel, Boateng; Robinho; Ibrahimovic, Pato.
Bench: Amelia, Yepes, Oddo, Emanuelson, Flamini, Seedorf, Cassano.
Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Sorensen, Barzagli, Chiellini, Traore; Krasic, Felipe Melo, Marchisio, Martinez; Matri, Toni.
Bench: Storari, Bonucci, Grygera, Aquilani, Del Piero, Iaquinta, Buchel.
After a scoreless first half, Milan came out determined after the break to earn a 3-0 win via a penalty converted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and goals in quick succession from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alexandre Pato. A dominating and convincing performance in front of their home fans at the San Siro, Milan are now 5 points clear of rivals Inter who have moved into 2nd place.
Photo gallery: AC Milan (3) vs. Napoli (0) – 28/02/2011