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Italy: Silvio Berlusconi returns to Serie A with AC Monza | Sports | German football and major international sports news | DW

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Italy: Silvio Berlusconi returns to Serie A with AC Monza | Sports | German football and major international sports news | DW

5 decades immediately after Silvio Berlusconi offered his key football property, AC Milan, to Chinese buyers, the businessman and politician has returned to athletics limelight.

His believed €70m investment in the modest Lombardy aspect AC Monza has paid out off as the club gained marketing to Serie A, Italy’s major football division, by way of a engage in-off victory from Pisa.

“We fought for a calendar year and we reached a historic milestone: Monza had hardly ever been in Serie A. We obtained there these days. It can be a excellent factor for us and for all the citizens of Brianza,” Berlusconi told Sky Activity Italia soon after the victory.

Controversial previous Italian Primary Minister Berlusconi, now 85, bought Monza in 2018 for €2.9m ($3.4m), producing his brother Paolo club president and deliver onboard prolonged-term collaborator and pal Adriano Galliani as CEO.

Collectively with Galliani, Berlusconi had turned AC Milan into a European powerhouse in the final three many years where they gained eight Serie A titles and 5 Champions League trophies.

“I dream of a Milan-Monza derby by 2020,” Galliani mentioned at the time of order. It was a aspiration deferred but not to be denied.

Re-engineering Monza

AC Monza was launched in 1912, a compact club in a city far more famed for its Formulation 1 racing circuit than for its football. The club has altered possession several instances in its 110-year record, with different amounts of success but in no way gaining plenty of drive to achieve the zenith of the activity, oscillating between promotions to Serie B and relegations to Serie C1 and C2.

When Berlusconi offered his stake in AC Milan for €723m ($858m) in 2017, he turned his concentration to Monza a yr later on soon after currently being alerted to the availability of the club by Galliani. Galliani had performed there as a younger boy and held fond reminiscences. For Berlusconi, whose Arcore residence is less than 10 kilometers from the club’s stadium, it was a lot more passion than a enterprise final decision.

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By way of his keeping enterprise Fininvest, he has poured practically €70m into the club because his obtain. They topped Serie C in the 1st period later on and attained promotion to Serie B. 

Star recruits this kind of as Kevin-Prince Boateng and Mario Balotelli underlined Berlusconi’s motivation for glamor, but they unsuccessful to obtain marketing. That was still left to less glamorous operators like Christian Gytkjaer, Dany Mota and Jose Machin.

The Dane Gytkjaer scored a few goals in their enjoy-off double-header towards Pisa as they wanted more time to finally get promotion.

‘Bunga Bunga’ Berlusconi

Berlusconi, a Covid-19 survivorwho served as Primary Minister in four Italian governments, is no stranger to the limelight – if not constantly for the right factors.

A person of Italy’s richest men with an believed fortune of $5.9bn (according to Forbes in 2012), Berlusconi has regularly produced headlines in new decades thanks to his fiscal dealings, inapropriate opinions and infamous so-named “bunga bunga” parties allegedly involving underaged prostitutes.

In November 2010, he told a Milan trade fair audience to “not go through newspapers any additional since they deceive you” and that it was alright for men to lure at girls due to the fact “it really is superior to be fond of pretty women than to be gay.” 

On Holocaust Memorial Working day in January 2013, Berlusconi appeared to protect Benito Mussolini by saying that, aside from passing anti-Semitic rules, the fascist Italian dictator experienced performed “very good items” for the country, which include building a audio strategic conclusion to ally with Adolf Hitler.

In April 2016, leaked files identified as the Panama Papers bundled Berlusconi and business enterprise partner Galliani on a listing of wealthy folks who had hidden belongings.

Again in the limelight

In spite of the controversy and his age, Berlusconi has not missing his zest for winning and being on the significant phase. And with Monza, he returns to the limelight that he loved for a lot of many years with Milan.

His sale of Milan was essential at the time because of to the expenses involved as his household could not continue on to handle the club if they needed to contend at the top of the recreation. Milan lost their inventive edge and went trophyless till they received the Serie A this calendar year.

It is ironic that Monza have gained marketing into the prime flight in the similar 12 months that Milan have returned to the best of the domestic recreation. It can make their future Lombardy derby a probably appealing spectacle when the 2022-23 period starts.

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