|Job||AC Milan vice president|
2013 12 31 Retrieve
[Galliani announces his intention to step down as AC Milan CEO after 27 years with the club without even attempting to hide the fact that his power struggle with Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of club owner Silvio, is the reason behind his shock decision] I’ve suffered grave damage to my person. This is not the way to deal with a generation change. It should be done with elegance
2014 09 06 Retrieve
[AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani on the challenges of coaxing midfielder Marco van Ginkel to the San Siro] Van Ginkel initially resisted our advances. At some point we gave him an ultimatum, but then I realised that we would not get him. So I quickly told him that I was joking […] Eventually he agreed
2014 12 20 Retrieve
[Adriano Galliani on how AC Milan got Carlo Ancelotti] I had spoken to Ancelotti a few days before about other things and he had told me he was going to sign for Parma. Then we lost to Torino and we decided to change our coach. I quickly called Carlo, who told me he was going to sign for the Gialloblu the next day, so I showed up at his house the next morning!
2015 09 26 Retrieve
[Adriano Galliani on the relationship between AC Milan’s coach and No 45] I’ll admit it: Mihajlovic and Balotelli met in a car with tinted windows, in a parking lot in Florence just before the transfer window shut. It was like a scene from spy story! A love blossomed between the two
2016 10 28 Retrieve
[If Baggio is Raffaello, who was Marco van Basten?] Leonardo da Vinci. He was everything. Engineer and artist
[Beyond the pitch, they were Galacticos before the term was invented] They were two great teams that played a crucial role in the evolution of the sport. But I coached the best team in history
[he looks back on those times with a wry smile] I was a young coach. And, as you know, Mr Nobody can’t have a past, he can only have a future. They asked me how can I be expected to coach footballers if I never played at a professional level. I used to say to them, ‘I didn’t know that if you wanted to be a jockey, you had to have been a horse in a previous life
[Berlusconi had worked hard on Sacchi, boasting to him of Van Basten and Gullit’s arrival] He was very passionate, he wanted football to be played in the right way. I liked him, I liked his energy, his enthusiasm. His big thing was always that he didn’t just want to win, he wanted to show everyone you could win by playing well, that you could be good at winning
[Galliani had felt the need to forewarn the assembled hacks that] Gullit is used to saying what he thinks. What will happen if Milan don’t qualify for Europe? That’s an absurd question, we’ll see what happens at the end of the season. If, if, if … hey, if my mother had a cock she’d be my father
[Talking now, Sacchi denies there was ever any problem getting his new charges to adapt to his tactics] There wasn’t resistance as such, it was more a little bit of scepticism. The players weren’t really sure where this was all leading. Paolo Maldini was 19 at the time of Sacchi’s arrival: It was intense. I used to get home at night feeling exhausted. It was a disaster. Everything was really difficult
[He would stay with Milan for another season, but by early 1991 there was a progressively chilly atmosphere at the club. Sacchi would claim that the hunger was no longer there] If someone’s hungry and they have something to eat, look what happens. And then look what happens if it’s the first time they’ve eaten anything in years
[Pressing high up the pitch: it all seems so obvious now. Looking back, Sacchi makes a telling point when asked about the Dutch trio and whether we have a tendency to place too much emphasis on them at the expense of the rest of that glorious group of players] It wasn’t just the Dutch, or the squad, though they were magnificent. It was the system of play. The system was ultimately the leader out on the pitch; it never got injured or tired. It wasn’t the players who won all those big games. It was the way we played
2017 07 13 Retrieve
[When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran into Adriano Galliani before last year’s Champions League final in Milan, the Rossoneri SEO told the Borussia Dortmund ace] I know that you cannot come back right now but if one day you choose to return, you will be welcomed back
[He made an instant impression, with Galliani admitting that the French-born forward was, alongside Matteo Darmian, the best young player at the club] We could see him becoming a complete striker. He scored seven goals in five games in the Youth Champions League. But that AC Milan senior squad was very strong and we had amazing strikers like Kaka, [Alexandre] Pato, [Filippo] Inzaghi and [Alberto] Gilardino.
2019 01 10 Retrieve
[Becks loved Milan so much he went their twice. Two years after leaving Real Madrid for LA Galaxy, the former England captain headed on loan to the San Siro and was a hit in the red and black of AC Milan] Football today is about full stadiums and sponsors, and superstars like Beckham fill them up. With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it will be a dream team
2019 08 18 Retrieve
[Former AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has claimed Mauro Icardi’s agent, Wanda Nara, is the victim of ‘machismo’ in football] The Icardi saga has been amplified by the machismo that governs the world of football. Whenever Wanda Nara opens her mouth, a hurricane is unleashed. Yet if great agents like Mino Raiola or Jorge Mendes behaved in the same way, no one would complain. Icardi, however, is a very good striker. If I could, I’d take him right away
[However, AC Milan and city rivals Intermilan have fallen far short of Juventus in recent times, something Galliani hopes will change soon] Intermilan won the Treble in 2010, and the following year AC Milan won the Scudetto. Since then, there have been eight years of Juventus domination. I hope the city of Milan can return to its golden era of the 1960s, when both teams won two European Cups. I hope that it also becomes the locomotive of Italy in football terms, as it has in terms of the economy
I’m emotionally attached to Vincenzo Montella, who is the last coach to lift a trophy with Milan. I still have the picture on my phone of when we lifted the Supercoppa in Doha in 2016. We’ll go out at the Franchi taking everything in our stride
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[CEO Adriano Galliani told reporters] Sheva departure is surely the most painful of my time at Milan
2019 12 15 Retrieve
[Ibrahimovic offered two-and-a-half year deal by Serie C side Monza] After Berlusconi gave me a mandate, I made the offer to [Ibrahimovic’s agent] Mino Raiola. He suggested I talk about it directly with Zlatan, who I speak with every night
Come to us, stay six months in Serie C. Then next year we go up to Serie B and in two seasons we are in Serie A
2019 12 28 Retrieve
[Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani says Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not want to leave the club when he was sold in 2012, conceding that the striker was moved on in order to balance the books] Ibra certainly did not want to leave Milan. He was sold to balance the books. He has always been the one to decide his destiny, except on that occasion. Together we won the Scudetto his first year, the last for Milan before Juventus started their record-breaking run, and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2011. In January 2012, it was all done for Alexandre Pato to join PSG and we’d bring Carlos Tevez in from Manchester City. What a dream pairing, Ibra-Tevez! The whole deal fell apart and who knows what could’ve happened? I think we would’ve continued winning, as at that time we were still in front of Juve. History changed, Milan finished second and in the summer of 2012, the old guard moved on
[Galliani admits that Ibrahimovic was not happy at being forced to leave] He wasn’t talking to me for a while. Once he got over the disappointment of having to leave Milan, he gave an interview in which he spoke highly of me and our relationship
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[Adriano Galliani believes Ibrahimovic won’t come to Monza because of coronavirus impact] Let’s put a gravestone on the Ibra dream. His failed arrival is among the side effects of coronavirus. In light of the global crisis and the uncertainty about the dates of the resumption of this championship and the start of the next one, the project fades
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Monza CEO Adriano Galliani has suggested to ‘do as in South America’ and complete the upcoming championship in the next calendar year] For two years, do as in South America, championships in the calendar year. The 2020-21 season could begin in February 2021, the same thing the following year.
After that, you can also go back to old habits, but I’m sure that in two years we will be convinced that this represents a good solution. In July and August, playing in the evening, it will be great to watch the games. I think we would even have a bigger audience.
FIFA moved the 2022 World Cup to the end of the year; we should do the same with the European Championship and the Copa America in 2021.
You can also leave Euro 2021 in the summer, interrupting the championship, but you must get back on the pitch.
2020 04 22 Retrieve
[Monza CEO and former Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani warns football must continue despite the coronavirus pandemic] Several clubs risk bankruptcy. Only the virus can decide the timing. It’s very difficult, because one day we must return to training with the football and that’ll take another four weeks before they are ready to play, so I don’t know when the league could resume
What I can say is that with the debts that some clubs have and the loss of revenue, it would be a dramatic situation. Several Italian clubs risk bankruptcy without new revenue. Nobody is able to sustain a long-term suspension of football
2020 06 11 Retrieve
[Adriano Galliani as Monza chairman] I was once asked how I could be passionate about Serie C when I experienced games in the whole of Europe. I said it’s natural, because Monza is my first and last passion, I was on loan at Milan for 31 years!
[his first press conference as Monza chairman] Today is a day of joy, emotion and commotion for me. I was missing football so much. I’m madly in love with football. For me, Champions League, Serie C and kids playing in the streets are the same thing. With the lads and the coach I carry on doing the same things I’ve done at AC Milan