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The 2006–07 season has had its ups and downs for Milan. Having started the season with an 8-point penalty due to the Calciopoli, a bad run of results where Milan failed to win for 9 matches in a row left them in a lowly 15th place on only 11 points. After two consecutive losses against Atalanta and Roma, Milan had a streak of seven consecutive matches without defeat. Two wins against Catania and Udinese left Milan only 6 points behind fourth place and qualification for the Champions League. Milan eventually finished fourth in the league, behind Lazio. After showing a bad physical condition throughout most of the autumn, the team took a January retreat in Malta, to regain condition and try to achieve a fourth-place finish in Serie A and further progression in the Champions League.

Milan
2006–07 season
ChairmanSilvio Berlusconi
ManagerCarlo Ancelotti
StadiumSan Siro
Serie A4th
Coppa ItaliaSemi-finals
UEFA Champions LeagueWinners
Top goalscorerLeague:
Alberto Gilardino (12)

All:
Kaká (18)
Average home league attendance47,117[1]

Milan's performances in the Champions League were a different story. Drawn in a group described as easy by some pundits, with AEK Athens, Lille and Anderlecht, Milan comfortably won the group. Milan eventually won the Champions League, overcoming Celtic in the round of 16, Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, Manchester United in the semi-finals and Liverpool in the final. Kaká was in strong form for Milan in the Champions League, scoring 10 goals in 12 matches and winning that year's Champions League Golden Boot.

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Squad statisticsEdit

4–3–2–1 formation, also known as the "Christmas Tree", featured Andrea Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker supported by ball winners Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini on their respective sides of the pitch, while Kaká was given an absolute creative freedom, playing as an attacking midfielder in a free role. Lacking traditional wingers among the attacking players, the team relied on Marek Jankulovski and Massimo Oddo, who played as attacking full-backs.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Serie A Champions League Coppa Italia
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Dida 41 0 25 0 13 0 3 0
2 DF   Cafu 35 0 21+3 0 4+4 0 3 0
3 DF   Paolo Maldini 27 1 16+2 1 9 0 0 0
4 DF   Kakha Kaladze 26 1 14+4 1 5+2 0 1 0
5 DF   Alessandro Costacurta 11 1 3 1 3 0 5 0
7 FW   Ricardo Oliveira 37 5 16+10 3 4+2 0 5 2
8 MF   Gennaro Gattuso 47 1 24+6 1 12+1 0 4 0
9 FW   Filippo Inzaghi 37 11 11+9 2 10+2 6 5 3
10 MF   Clarence Seedorf 51 10 26+6 7 12+2 3 5 0
11 FW   Alberto Gilardino 45 16 25+5 12 7+4 2 4 2
13 DF   Alessandro Nesta 22 0 12+2 0 8 0 0 0
15 FW   Marco Borriello 14 3 4+5 1 1+2 0 2 2
16 GK   Zeljko Kalac 16 0 10 0 2+1 0 3 0
17 DF   Dario Šimić 34 0 17+5 0 5+1 0 6 0
18 DF   Marek Jankulovski 50 3 26+7 3 11+2 0 4 0
19 DF   Giuseppe Favalli 22 2 12+3 2 1+3 0 3 0
20 MF   Yoann Gourcuff 34 2 9+12 1 5+4 1 4 0
21 MF   Andrea Pirlo 52 3 31+3 2 13+1 1 4 0
22 MF   Kaká 48 18 30+1 8 14+1 10 2 0
23 MF   Massimo Ambrosini 34 3 19 3 12 0 3 0
24 DF   Leandro Grimi 4 0 1+2 0 0 0 1 0
25 DF   Daniele Bonera 36 0 23+2 0 4+2 0 5 0
26 GK   Marco Storari 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
27 DF   Serginho 9 0 4+2 0 2+1 0 0 0
28 MF   Alex Guerci 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
29 GK   Valerio Fiori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF   Luca Antonelli 3 0 0+1 0 0 0 2 0
32 MF   Cristian Brocchi 42 2 25+4 1 4+4 0 5 1
33 FW   Davide Di Gennaro 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF   Gastone Bottini 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
36 DF   Matteo Darmian 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 1 0
38 MF   Matteo Lunati 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
44 DF   Massimo Oddo 18 1 8+2 1 7 0 1 0
99 FW   Ronaldo 14 7 12+2 7 0 0 0 0

CompetitionsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Serie AEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Internazionale (C) 38 30 7 1 80 34 +46 97 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage[a]
2 Roma 38 22 9 7 74 34 +40 75
3 Lazio 38 18 11 9 59 33 +26 62[b] 2007–08 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
4 Milan 38 19 12 7 57 36 +21 61[b] 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage[a]
5 Palermo 38 16 10 12 58 51 +7 58 2007–08 UEFA Cup first round
6 Fiorentina 38 21 10 7 62 31 +31 58[b]
7 Empoli 38 14 12 12 42 43 −1 54
8 Atalanta 38 12 14 12 56 54 +2 50
9 Sampdoria 38 13 10 15 44 48 −4 49 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round
10 Udinese 38 12 10 16 49 55 −6 46
11 Livorno 38 10 13 15 41 54 −13 43
12 Parma 38 10 12 16 41 56 −15 42
13 Catania 38 10 11 17 46 68 −22 41
14 Reggina 38 12 15 11 52 50 +2 40[b]
15 Siena 38 9 14 15 35 45 −10 40[c]
16 Torino 38 10 10 18 27 47 −20 40
17 Cagliari 38 9 13 16 35 46 −11 40
18 Chievo (R) 38 9 12 17 38 48 −10 39 Relegation to 2007–08 Serie B
19 Ascoli (R) 38 5 12 21 36 67 −31 27
20 Messina (R) 38 5 11 22 37 69 −32 26
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Milan qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage instead of third qualifying round as the title holders.
  2. ^ a b c d Fiorentina were docked 15 points, Reggina 11 points, Milan 8 points and Lazio 3 points, all for involvement in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
  3. ^ Siena were given a one-point deduction for a delay in payment of social security contributions.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 19 12 7 57 36  +21 69 12 3 4 30 17  +13 7 9 3 27 19  +8

Last updated: 27 May 2007.
Source: Competitive matches

MatchesEdit

Coppa ItaliaEdit

Round of 16Edit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

Group H
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Milan 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 10
  Lille 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3 9
  AEK Athens 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8
  Anderlecht 6 0 4 2 7 11 −4 4

Knockout phaseEdit

Round of 16Edit
Quarter-finalsEdit
Semi-finalsEdit
FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Attendance Statistics of Serie A 2006–2007". StadiaPostcards.com.
  2. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Celtic 0-0 AC Milan
  3. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | AC Milan 1-0 Celtic (agg 1-0)
  4. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | AC Milan 2-2 Bayern Munich
  5. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | B Munich 0-2 AC Milan (agg 2-4)
  6. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Man Utd 3-2 AC Milan
  7. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | AC Milan 3-0 Man Utd (Agg: 5-3)