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If their is a match that represents a turning point in Milan's successful pursuit towards success in these wonderful last 17 years :cool: The 3rd of January 1988 :star: is the date all us Milanisti must revear with great admiration and proudness too :proud: :cool: :proud: Operation "In pursuit of Napoli" is underway :cool: Maradona's Napoli is leading the League and this is Milan's last chance to close the gap towards the team trained by Ottavio Bianchi. The game starts uphill for the Devil as Careca scores the opening goal, but Colombo, Virdis, Gullit and Donadoni :star: bang in 4 :star: Later on in the seson the gap will be closed with our famous win in Naples (3-2) allowing Milan to win the Scudetto :star: What a team, what a memourable date :devil: :proud: :devil:

 

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Brilliant flashback Presidente :thmbup:

It was the 1st game after the winter break and Milan were 5 points behind Napoli going to the game. And in those days where 2 points were awarded for a win, a 5 point deficit is equivalent to 7 today.

Milan blew Napoli (then defending champions) away after going behind with some of the best attacking football in Serie A that season :proud: and it was done without the injured van Basten :stuckup:

In the return fixture on 1 May 1988, Milan travelled to Naples trailing by 1 point to the leaders Napoli. 2 goals by Virdis and a 3rd by a newly recuperated van Basten not only secured Milan a precious 3-2 victory, but also the leadership status in Serie A with 2 games left. It was a lead which we held on on route to our #11 :proud: and eventually we wrapped up :star: #11 :star: 3 points clear of Napoli :stuckup:
 

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peive_17 said:
When did Raneri coach Napoli?

Great win by Milan BTW :proud:
1987: Becomes manager of Campania

1989: Takes over at Cagliari and wins two promotions

1991: Takes over as manager of Napoli

1993: Moves to Serie B club Fiorentina; guides them to promotion to Serie A

1996: Wins the Copa Italia and Supercopa with the Florence club

1999: Lured to Atletico Madrid and signs Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for £12m

Mar 2000: Quits as manager before the Madrid club are relegated from the Primera Liga

Sep 2000: Takes over at Stamford Bridge

2004 Valencia
 

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After Milan won 3-2 in Naples in week 28 to claim the leadership in Serie A, Napoli pressed the self-destruct button and lost their final 2 games (2-3 away to Fiorentina and 1-2 at home to Sampdoria). So THAT win was the most important in the quest of #11 :stuckup:
 

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Incedible performance :shades:
The day before the match, Il Grande Diego :shades: said that he didn't want to see one single Red&Black flag in the Stadium ;)
 

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From the Annecdotes Thread. Page 2
http://www.xtratime.org/forum/showthread.php?t=70573&page=2&pp=15 :stuckup::devil: :proud::star:

The games of Legend.

From time to time, i will translate articles from Carlo Pellegati, that appear on Forza Milan!, on some of the Historic matches of Milan that will forever be remembered in the glorious and rich Milan History, as the games of Legend.

The first game of that long serie is where the domination of the Berlusconi era all began. So let's us recapture the moment, the thrills, the emotion and the olé of the moment. Let's set up the setting: Stadio San Siro, Sunday 03 January 1988, at 14.30. The game is between Milan and Napoli. The mighty Napoli of Diego Maradona, the defending Serie A champions. A game in which, the defending Serie A champions were given a memorable football lesson and swpet away like amateurs and in which we assisted in a way, to a kind of where the current kings, Maradona and Napoli, were dethroned by the new kings, namely Milan and Gullit.

This is THE game, the beginning of the Legend. No one could forget this Milan-Napoli, one of the most beautiful, spectacular, thrilling matches ever seen at the San Siro. A real fireworks, directed by the "one-who-turned-utopia-into-reality": Mr. Arrigo Sacchi with an immense, fantastic protagonist: Ruud Gullit, who was given, by the San Siro tiffosi, one of the most unforgettable standing ovation of the story of the San Siro.

It was the beginning of January of 1988. Milan was 5 points behind Napoli. (At that time, a win was 2 points and not 3 points). Maradona arrived only one day before the game, after having spent his New Year's holidays in Argentina. The Milan players prepared with lots of attention this crucial game. The 77, 000 tiffosi saluted warmly Marco Van Basten, who was still recovering from an injury, promised his fans to be back soon, with a microphone from the centre of the football field. Everything was ready and we were set for an unforgettable afternoon of football. After 10 minutes, Napoli took the lead with a great goal by Careca which completely froze the San Siro.

That was just what the boys needed in order to get them even more pumped up. From then on, Milan took total control of the game, monopolising the ball in a very harmonic, fluent and sublime way. The defence, with a quartet more famous now than the Beatles with Tassotti and Maldini with the guitars, Filippo Galli at the Basse and Baresi as the lead person, to dictate the pace at the Battery, singing "A Taste of Honey", as the afternoon becomes warmer when Colombo beat Garella, the Napoli keeper and equalized at the 20th minute of the first half. Everyone knows that the Milan coach wants the intensity and the fierce determination to always accompany the will to marvel and to entertain. The boys insisted their incessant pressure and the veteran Virdis took the lead. But the final minutes of the first half saw a spectacularly dominant Milan that the Napoletani players coudn't resist, except their keeper Garella who single-handedly kept them in the game in more than one occasion.

In the second half, the Gullit show began. He set the San Siro into fire with his sparkles of genius due to his sheer class. The Tulipano, Nero, is outrageously unstoppable; his dreadlocks have now entered in the history, or rather myth, enlightening the pitch with his out of this world talent and warming the hearts of all the 77, 000 tiffosi at the San Siro, but also of all the football fans, on that cold winter day. After 20 minutes of play in the 2nd half, Ruud receives a great through ball and goes straight towards Garella, goes past him and deposits the ball in the empty net. Gullit's joy and excitement on the celebration of that goal is contagious and the whole San Siro explodes with loud roar of joy. Vladimir Caminiti, of Tuttosport wrote:" The Dutch Superman totally eclipsed and overshadowed the Divine Argentine". Before the end of this recital of football, Donadoni put the icing on the cake by scoring the final goal of a memorable match won 4-1 by the rossoneri.

Sacchi, as a perfect maestro, just before the end of the game, substituted Gullit 8 minutes from time. Everyone of the 77, 000 tiffosi present at the San Siro stood up as after a concerto directed by the great Riccardo Muti at the Scala of Milano. Two minutes of non-stop clapping towards the new idol of the Milan of Berlusconi, who later went on to say:" There was no need to play that game to demonstrate that Gullit is the best player in Europe." In this day, i repeat, was born the Milan of the Legend, the Milan that in 10 years won everything; rather the appropriate word in that case would be conquer, as winning is very limitative as a verb. That team conquered the most incredible records, the most magnificient and convincing triumphs, and making history as one of the best teams ever, if not the best team ever to embrace a football pitch. Everything started at the San Siro, in this afternoon, in this unforgettable sunday of January.

FORZA MAGICO MILAN!:star::heart: :devil:
 
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