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Uwe Rösler: Lost In A Foreign Land

A story of the former East German international Uwe Rösler as he takes the reigns of Italy's fallen giants - A.C. Milan
Started on 22 May 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 9 August 2015 by Jack

Six More Head Out of the San Siro

Things over in Milan have got even more lively in terms of departures out of the San Siro.

The first departure was the Colombian centre-back Cristian Zapata who relocated himself in Spain as he joined Sevilla for a fee of £2.2 million.

The centre-back joined Milan in 2012 initially on a season-long loan from Villareal as The Yellow Submarine tried to recover from the financial turmoil they dug themselves into.

He later made his move to Milan permanent in the January window as he stayed at the San Siro for a fee of £4.9 million. He made 55 appearances for Milan before his move to Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

The next transfer was Michael Agazzi's move to Catania for a fee of £1.5 million.

Agazzi replaced Marco Amelia as Christian Abbiati's understudy in 2014 as he joined Milan on a free transfer from Chievo Verona.

Michael Agazzi never made a full appearance for A.C. Milan.

His sale was a strange one considering Abbiati's retirement that you would expect him to stay on, but with Rösler favouring youth in his side, the German boss opted for the under-18's goalkeeper Sandro Bonfiglio to become Diego López's number two.

The third departure confirmed was 35-time Czech Republic international Daniel Kolar as Milan finalised his move to Germany.

The midfielder was brought in under the Gerardo Martino regime as the Argentinian planned to restore the club to it's previous fortunes.

Daniel Kolar never settled in Italy after his arrival last season.

The 30-year-old was signed from Czech side Viktoria Plzen who compete in the Champions League. But for a fee of £1.6 million, you would expect a lot more than four appearances and one goal.

Rösler found the attacking-midfielder surplus to requirements at the San Siro and shipped the Prague-born man to Germany to join Wolfsburg for a fee of £2,000,000.

Following a two-year South American exile for the former Real Madrid midfielder, A.C. Milan brought Fernando Gago back into European football after spells at Vélez and Boca Juniors in Argentina.

Fernando Gago is to play his first season in the Premier League with Rösler's old team - Leeds.

The 30-year-old signed for a European team for the first time since his £3 million move to Valencia. Filippo Inzaghi signed up the Argentinian for £1.3 million in the summer of 2014.

However, after 2 seasons and 33 appearances for the Rossoneri, Gago finds himself at Rösler's former club Leeds United in the Premier League, with the Diego Simeone-led side signing the midfielder for £4,800,000.

After four years of co-ownership to Torino and loans to Empoli, Juve Stabia and Chievo Verona, Simone Verdi has finally found his way out of Italy.

Simone Verdi in action for Italy Under-21's last season.

The left-winger grew up from Milan's youth system up until 2011 when a co-ownership deal made him a Torino player. He returned to the San Siro last season but still failed to make a first-team appearance for the Rossoneri.

This led to a departure to France as he moved to Olympique Marseille for a good fee of £3,500,000.

Finally, after just two appearances across three playing seasons for Milan, Pelé has been sold offshore.

Following an exchange deal including Milan's Mario Sampirisi, Milan received Genoa's 19-year-old midfielder.

Pelé is another player which never managed to settle in Italy, making only two appearances for Milan.

Pelé's A.C. Milan career mostly included loaning out to several clubs. He first joined Arsenal Kyiv in Ukraine on loan, then to Portuguese club Olhanense before his last loan deal before leaving permanently, to Serie C side Foggia.

Pelé now finds himself back in Portugal permanently, as Braga pay £1,000,000 for the 24-year-old.

Rösler Snaps Up Ligue 1 Trio

After weeks of waiting for an arrival at the San Siro, three arrive in one week!

A.C. Milan manager Uwe Rösler has certainly been scouting around France in recent weeks as he has finalised three new signings from the French top-flight - Ligue 1.

The first to join was the 6'8" giant Lacina Traoré who joins A.C. Milan for a fee of just £550,000 from AS Monaco.

The 25-year-old spent the early years of his professional career in Eastern Europe, playing for FC Cluj in Romania for three seasons, tallying 43 appearances for the Romanian high-flyers, scoring just 14 goals between 2008 and 2011, before moving to Russia.

Traoré rose to prominence in the 2011/12 season following a £5 million move to Kuban Krasnodar in Russia. He played every single league game for Kuban, scoring 18 goals in 38 games.

This form earned the bustling frontman a transfer to rich kids Anji Makhachkala, under ownership of Suleyman Kerimov for £8,000,000. The Ivorian spent two seasons at Anji, playing alongside fellow African and highest paid player in the world Samuel Eto'o.

Traoré scored 13 goals in 29 appearances across the two seasons at the club, before Monaco snapped him up for £7.5 million as he was immediately loaned out to Everton and then Marseille the next season.

He was transfer listed near the end of last season and was snapped up by Uwe Rösler who hopes to reignite his electric form.

Rösler then went searching through the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain and found Granit Xhaka transfer listed by Le PSG.

The midfielder is 23 years old and has already been capped 50 times by his country, Switzerland, scoring 5 goals.

The Swiss playmaker was signed by the Ligue 1 giants last season for a grand fee of £17.75 million from Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

Granit Xhaka playing for his former side Gladbach two seasons ago.

He went onto make 15 league appearances, only making one start, scoring one goal and creating one as well.

Because of his lack of starts for the Champions League side, Xhaka requested a move away from the capital. This was when Rösler came knocking, signing up the 23-year-old for a cheap shot of £4.5 million, with PSG making a £13 million loss on the youngster.

Rösler wasn't done shopping in the French capital, though. He snapped up a Geoffrey Kondogbia on his visit to France.

Kondogbia, like Xhaka, is a 23-year-old midfielder, but is only capped 16 times by his country, France.

At the age of just 23, Kondogbia has already racked up a combined transfer fee of £50,000,000. He started his career at Lens, signing a professional deal in 2009. He spent three seasons there, making 35 appearances for his boyhood club.

Liga BBVA's Sevilla noticed his talent and signed the midfielder up for a fee of £3.2 million in 2012. He made 31 appearances that season before oil-rich AS Monaco came knocking asking for a valuation for their 6'2" midfielder.

Kondogbia in action for his native France.

Kondogbia left Sevilla for a fee of £15,500,000 in 2014 and spent three seasons at Monaco, appearing 56 times in the league for Les Monégasques. But then Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain blew Monaco out of the water, paying £23,500,000 for their midfielder.

Kondogbia only managed six starts at Parc des Princes last season, leading to a transfer request - an invitation for Uwe Rösler to sign the youngster up for a discounted fee of £7.5 million to bring him to the San Siro.
Some amazing signings there! :)

Another Five Sold by Rösler

The mass exodus of playing staff at the San Siro just keeps on coming as Milan approach their first competitive fixture in three days.

As the Italian Super Cup Final against Juventus gets closer and closer, A.C. Milan manager Uwe Rösler continues to let his players leave the club.

Milan's opponents, Juventus, have only let three players go for transfer fees permanently this window. Domenico Berardi to Bayern Munich, Alberto Brignoli to Cagliari and Fernando Llorente to Manchester City. However, they have signed up five first-team players.

Massimiliano Allegri has signed two goalkeepers in Samir Ujkani and Luigi Sepe as the aging Gianluigi Buffon nears retirement. Other signings include Empoli left-back Elseid Hysaj, Porto's Vincent Aboubakar, Atletico Nacional's Jhon Wilmar Arango and Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne.

But Rösler's Milan have had a much more eventful transfer period - signing three players and letting 17 first-team players leave.

The first to leave was Spanish striker Fernando Torres. After 60 league appearances, scoring 24 goals, the 32-year-old returned to his roots.

Torres in action for A.C. Milan last season.

The former £50-million man started his professional career at Atlético Madrid in 2000 and his remarkable performances in the Spanish Liga BBVA earned him a big-money move to Liverpool aged just 21 years old.

Torres kept up his amazing striking performances in the Premier League, making Chelsea splash £50,000,000 for the striker in January 2011. Torres flopped at Chelsea, though, scoring just 20 goals in 110 league games for The Blues.

This poor form led to a loan move to A.C. Milan, later made permanent. But now Fernando Torres leaves the San Siro after two seasons, to move back to his boyhood team Atlético Madrid for a fee of £2.1 million.

Alessandro Longhi was hardly an inspiring signing made by the former Argentina manager Gerardo Martino last season, making just 10 appearances in his stay at the San Siro.

Milan fans were shocked when Martino spent £1,600,000 on a Chievo Verona left-back, claiming the money should have been spent on other departments in the starting eleven.

Alessandro Longhi in action for former side Sassuolo in 2011.

This was the case with many of recent Milan signings. As Rösler left Longhi out of the starting eleven for numerous fixtures, the 27-year-old handed in his transfer request.

The former Sassuolo man left for fellow Serie A side Catania for a fee of just £625,000 - Milan making a £1,000,000 loss on the full-back.

Giacomo Beretta became a forgotten man at the San Siro almost as soon as he joined from AlbinoLeffe in 2009.

The 24-year-old was signed from the Serie B side in 2009 for a fee of £625,000 but made only one league appearance for the Rossoneri despite being under contract with them for six years.

His contract with Milan was flooded with loans out across Italy's three top tiers. His first loan move was to Serie B's Ascoli, then to fellow Serie B side Juve Stabia the same season. The next season, though he joined Genoa in Serie A for the first part of the season, before downgrading to Serie C1/A to join Pavia.

Giacomo Beretta didn't make much impact at the San Siro.

He returned to the San Siro only to be loaned out three more times. He joined Lecce in Serie C1/B for the 2013/14 season, then went up one league to Serie B side and current club Frosinone. His final loan move was last season as Reggina signed the striker up for another season in Serie B.

So after seven loans in six years at Milan, Beretta finally permanently leaves for Frosinone in Serie B.

Keisuke Honda was a key player for Milan since his free transfer from CSKA Moscow in the the 2014 January transfer window.

The 59-time Japanese international made 71 appearances across his three-year stay at the San Siro, scoring three goals.

But at the age of 30 years old and Rösler opting for a youthful outlook in his first-team squad, Honda didn't fit into that idea.

Honda leaves the San Siro for Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax for a fee of £4,000,000.

Finally, after four years at the San Siro, Riccardo Montolivo has departed A.C. Milan.

Montolivo was signed for the Rossoneri by now-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri for a free transfer from Fiorentina on a four-year contract.

But just like Keisuke Honda, the midfielder is a 31-year-old and doesn't fall into the category that Uwe Rösler desires in his first-team squad.

With the arrivals of Geoffrey Kondogbia and Granit Xhaka, it was always going to be difficult for Montolivo to nail down a place in Rösler's side.

Because of this, Montolivo was shipped out to Serie A rivals AS Roma for a fee of just £600,000.
Totally agree with all the players you've sold there mate, next season looks to be a bright one at Milan for sure!

Milan Rake in £42M from Four Deals

A.C. Milan have began to really higher the transfer fees as they sell their big-name players.

With Mattia De Sciglio still the highest transfer fee paid for a Milan player this summer, the combined total of four key players has reached just under £5 million more than that.

Following the news of five departures a few days ago, the exodus continues as four leave the San Siro, leaving the remains of last seasons first-team down to the bare bones.

Nigel de Jong was the first to quit the San Siro out of these four, making the move to Western Europe to sign for Bert van Marwijk's Tottenham Hotspur.

The 31-year-old signed for Milan four years ago for £2.8 million from Premier League champions Manchester City. He was well known for his aggressive pressing and tackles - including his half-assault, half-tackle on Spain's Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup Final.

De Jong signed for Milan following Fernandinho's arrival at the Etihad Stadium.

The Dutch international made 104 league appearances across his three-and-a-half seasons at the San Siro - scoring 5 goals.

He gained hero status on the red side of Milan, scoring the winning goal in the Derby della Maddonina against Internazionale.

He leaves for his second spell in the Premier League with Tottenham for a fee of £10 million.

After Fábio Coentrao's excellent 2010 World Cup performances, he earned a move away from SL Benfica to join the Spanish titans in Real Madrid in 2011.

The move from the Estádio de Luz to the Santiago Bernabeu costed the Galacticos a mammoth £26,000,000 for the left-back.

Fábio Coentrao costed Real Madrid £26,000,000 in 2011 when signed from Benfica.

He made 20 appearances in his first season in Spain, but he was soon out of the side as Brazilian left-back rival Marcelo made his way back into the Madrid starting eleven on a regular basis.

But now Coentrao has finalised a return to Portugal, moving back to SL Benfica for a fee of £9,250,000.

Fábio Coentrao isn't the only player returning to a former employer, though. Andrea Poli has agreed his move back to last seasons Serie A runners-up Sampdoria.

The 26-year-old amazed Sampdoria supporters with his impeccable work rate, and a loan move to Internazionale demonstrated the level the midfielder could reach.

Andrea Poli has played for both Inter and A.C. Milan in his career.

A co-ownership deal with A.C. Milan meant that the San Siro side had to pay out £7,500,000 for their long-term target. Poli spent three full seasons at the San Siro for A.C. Milan, making 72 appearances for the Rossoneri.

Poli now returns to Sampdoria for a fee of £8.5 million - £1 million more than what he left Luigi Ferraris for.

The biggest fee out of the four players is the move including striker Andrej Kramaric.

The Croatian international signed from Leicester City last season for a fee of £6,000,000 - despite signing for The Foxes for £3.25 million more than that fee.

Kramaric is a 15-time Croatian international.

He scored eight goals last season at the San Siro from 27 league appearances under both Gerardo Martino and Uwe Rösler.

Fans were saddened to see Kramaric leave for Bayer Leverkusen, as he swaps the San Siro for BayArena for a fee of £14,500,000.
2015-07-19 14:51#216545 IWelshWizard : Totally agree with all the players you've sold there mate, next season looks to be a bright one at Milan for sure!
Thanks for the comments mate :D Need to make sure the players settle in quickly!

Milan Recruit Latin Pair

After over a month of news reports of players departing the San Siro, two Latin American players have signed up for Rösler's Milan.

With just one day before Milan's clash with Juventus in the Italian Super Cup, the Rossoneri lack in experienced first-team options.

But now Rösler has recruited two new players, one from Brazil and the other arriving from Mexico.

Ramiro has arrived from Brazil's Gremio to join A.C. Milan. The Brazilian is only 23-years-old and looks like the final piece in the midfield jigsaw for Milan, having already brought in Geoffrey Kondogbia and Granit Xhaka from Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the window.

Ramiro was fundamental in the four seasons he spent at Gremio since joining from his first club Juventude in the Brazilian Fourth Division.

The defensive-midfielder made 124 league appearances for Imortal Tricolor, scoring six goals and creating 17 since arriving at the age of 19 years old in 2013.

Ramiro was an important player for Gremio.

The youngster signs for Milan for a fee of £6,000,000.

The next incoming player is Chivas' Carlos Fierro.

The 22-year-old has spent all of his career at Chivas and has played on the wing and most recently as a striker for them.

The 25-time Mexican international has made 147 appearances for Chivas and scored 37 goals for them since 2008.

Fierro in action for his boyhood side - Chivas.

Last season Fierro scored 15 goals in 29 games for El Rebano Sagrado. This raised his transfer value up to the £8,000,000 that Rösler paid for the Los Mochis-born finisher.

Fierro will take up his favoured number 9 shirt at the San Siro, and will battle for the single striker spot with Lacina Traoré.
Great signings there, Fierro is an FM hero and someone I'm very familiar with! :P

Milan Finalise £63M Departures

It's gone from bad to worse in terms of departures at A.C. Milan as two of the Rossoneri's key men leave the club

According to Rösler, they are 'the final two exits' from the club, but they are by far the transfers which will hit the club harder than Mattia De Sciglio's flee from the San Siro.

It is Andriy Yarmolenko and Sofiane Feghouli who have left the club, for a combined transfer fee of £63,000,000.

On the morning of Milan's clash with Juventus it is no morale booster for the players.

Yarmolenko, the Ukrainian winger signed for Milan for a fee of £7.25 million from Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukraine Premier League.

He made 41 appearances across all competitions last season, contributing heavily with 17 goals and 13 assists for a club that finished 8th in the Serie A.

The left-winger leaves for Spanish giants Real Madrid for a colossal fee of £35,000,000 on five-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 'final' departure of the transfer window is the right-winger Sofiane Feghouli.

The Algerian international complemented his opposite winger Yarmolenko amazingly well as if they were telepathically connected to each other.

Feghouli didn't contribute anywhere near the amount of goals or assists like Yarmolenko, but his presence of pace and agility attributed to Milan's great wing play.

Feghouli will play his first season in the Premier League this season as he joins Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool for a fee of £28,000,000.
I hope that you'll be doing the right thing.. Too many departures .-.
IWelshWizard: Isn't everyone familiar with him! :))

Pauker: Trust me I know much it could go wrong, but I'm willing to take the risk :D

It's been a up-and-down kind of preseason this season, with losses to two German sides, but a second trophy for me as I won the Italian Super Cup. The new signings seem to be settling in well with what remains of the club I tore down to the bare bones. Only five of the first-team players remain from last season, López, Rami, Lozano, Suso and Alex. I have added five more from transfers and the rest are from the youth or development sides.

M'Baye Niang is making a return to our first-team this season after spending the last three seasons out on loan to Montpellier, Espanyol and Stade Rennais. And on top of that, I have signed up one more member to the first-team. I signed Daniele Rugani from Juventus for a fee of £675,000.


FC Bayern Munich vs A.C. Milan

Friendly Fixture

Goalscorers: None
Booked: Adil Rami
Attendance: 72,134

Santa Clara vs A.C. Milan

Estádio de Sao Miguel
Friendly Fixture

Goalscorers: Attilio Bartolini, Fulvio Zorloni (2), Ramiro
Booked: None
Attendance: 6,657

Wolfsburg vs A.C. Milan

Volkswagen Arena
Friendly Fixture

Goalscorers: None
Booked: None
Attendance: 23,880

Juventus vs A.C. Milan

Stadio Olimpico
Italian Super Cup Final

Goalscorers: Lacina Traoré, Nicolas Nkoulou (own goal)
Booked: None
Sent off: Adil Rami
Attendance: 70,634

A.C. Milan vs Juventus

San Siro
Friendly Fixture

Goalscorers: Suso
Booked: None
Attendance: 42,141

Next Month: August/September

Our first league fixture is against Latina, and after our double over Juventus in the Super Cup and the friendly then no doubt our spirits will be high. But straight after Latina will be Lazio which is a slightly more sizeable challenge. After that we start our Europa League campaign against Hungarian Premier League side Videoton, in a group alongside FK Austria Wien (who we also play in September) and Olympiakos.

An Unwelcome Visitor

'It's a lovely evening to sit out outside tonight...' I thought to myself. I had to take training in the morning until 1 o'clock. I was absolutely exhausted. I grabbed a glass from the cupboard and poured myself a glass of red wine. The finest wine you could ask for, made from local sources as well. It was 9 o'clock in the evening and the sun was about to set. Just look at that fanta- BANG-BANG-BANG. Who the hell knocks that loudly? Who can knock so loudly more to the point! I race over to my front door - it must be urgent if they're knocking that loud, Jesus Christ.

"Hello, Mr. Rösler." I couldn't see the mans face due to his sunglasses and the shadow casting over his body - but I did recognise that voice. That gruff, thick accent. It sent shivers down my back.

"He-he-hello friend." I stutter in response.

"May I come in?" He ordered, in a questioning voice.

"Yes... Yes... Of course..." I reply, cowering back into my house.

"So... Do you remember me?" He asked.

"Yes. Of course I do. Why are you here now?" I enquired, wishing to know the purpose of his visit to Milan.

"Did you really think running off to Italy could save you from us? Save your career?" He interrogated, getting closer to my stationary body.

"No... No... It was just a new challenge, a change from England or Germany..." I smiled weakly at him, knowing that I moved here because of what he just said, not what I just said.

"A new challenge, huh? Were we not a good enough challenge? We were actually beginning to like you, you know, Mr Rösler." The figure was now standing over me.

"Yes, just that I've never done anything in Italy and I wanted to try it..." He let the air go silent for a few seconds, awkwardly.

"Hmm, it doesn't mean that we are going to leave you alone. You must be punished for leaving us. I'll be back soon. Don't worry." He threatened in the calmest voice imaginable.

"O-o-okay... I'll keep that in mind... Thank you... Thank you Mr. Moretti..." I stammered.

"I will be seeing you later, Mr. Rösler" He glared at me while leaving through my front door.

Once the door is shut, I sit down. 'What did I ever do wrong?' I ask myself, no answers could answer that question. I just had to deal with it, whether I liked it or not.

Milan Sign 'The New Ronaldo'

Uwe Rösler has signed 'the new Ronaldo' as he signs Francismar Bern from Cruzeiro for £300,000.

The German manager confirmed the 18-year-old as A.C. Milan's seventh signing of the summer, following the arrival of Juventus' Daniele Rugani earlier this month.

But this signing is significant because of the reports from Brazilian and South American journalists and followers.

Just last season, at the age of 17, Francismar Bern scored 7 goals in 12 appearances for Cruzeiro's first-team, making 4 assists in the process. It's really a record that any striker in the world would be proud of.

Serginho, the former A.C. Milan and Cruzeiro left-back, now a scout at the San Siro was the one who reportedly spotted the youngster and Rösler snapped him up straight away.

The striker shows striking similarities between himself and the Brazilian legend Ronaldo according to South America football expert Fernando.

Bern replicates Ronaldo's style of play in many ways.

The expert said: "Bern started off his career at Cruzeiro, just like our Ronaldo and he was an instant hit over here in Brazil - everyone knew he was going to be a star.

"Bern has shown us that he has this burst of pace, similar to Ronaldo. For his young age he is extremely powerful and can easily shrug off any potential threats stopping him from scoring.

"He is a very composed finisher, just like Ronaldo. Ronaldo was known as one of the best dribblers in the game in all-time. Bern emulates that and has amazed fans of Cruzeiro by his immense dribbling qualities.

"Both players are very competent on one-on-one situations, due to their ball control, acceleration, agility, balance, quick feet and technical skills."

Ronaldo played for A.C. Milan between 2007 and 2008. He made 20 appearances, scoring 9 goals for the Rossoneri. In February 2008, though, Ronaldo ruptured the kneecap ligament in his left knee. It marked the third such occurrence of this injury, which he suffered twice to his right knee in 1999 and 2000.

He was released by Milan at the end of the season, leaving him in football wilderness. His career was basically over when he left Milan with this injury. He had a two-year spell at Brazilian side Corinthians, where he played alongside fellow 2002 World Cup teammate Roberto Carlos. Ronaldo retired in 2011.

But Bern has been moved to Milan's Under-18 side at the moment, scoring five goals in two substitute appearances with his manager Riccardo Monguzzi singing his praises to Rösler.

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