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AC Milan owners reveal plan for 70,000-capacity new stadium

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AC Milan’s owners said on Thursday they will build a 70,000-capacity new stadium for the seven-time European champions that will serve as a multi-purpose venue.

Milan and local rivals Inter, who both play at the historic San Siro, which is owned by the local authority, have been exploring options to build their own separate stadiums on the outskirts of the city.

Last week the Milan city authorities said they still wanted to work with both clubs on a possible revamp of the San Siro.

Gerry Cardinale, the founder and managing partner of RedBird Capital, which took control of Milan in 2022 in a 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion) deal, said Italy’s economic capital was the perfect location for a music and entertainment venue as well as a world class stadium.

“We’re going to try to bring an American stadium and live event campus to Milan,” Cardinale told the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit in London.

“Of all the cities in Europe, a merger between sports and music and live events for the fans, you would think Milan would be the perfect place for that and that’s what we will endeavour to do.

“That should be great not only for Milan that should be good for Italy and Serie A.”

Cardinale added he hoped to create a company capable of building many more new stadiums for Italian clubs.

Serie A has become popular with American investors in recent years and many are keen to move away from publicly-owned stadiums to boost the revenue streams of clubs.

Former Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now working as an operating partner for Cardinale’s RedBird, said it was time for a “new beginning” for the club.

“Milan is not the owner of San Siro. You want to have your own stadium and run things your way,” said Ibrahimovic.

“Great memories but there is always a new beginning and for me the new stadium will be massive especially for the fans and the players when it will be done.”

 

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Belgium: Onyedika scores again as Club Brugge thrash Antwerp

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Belgium: Onyedika scores again as Club Brugge thrash Antwerp

Nigeria midfielder Raphael Onyedika was on target for the second consecutive game as Club Brugge defeated Royal Antwerp 3-0 on Sunday.

Onyedika opened the scoring for Club Brugge one minute before the break.

The 22-year-old has now scored three goals in his last two games for the former Belgian Pro League champions.

Onyedika was in action for 90 minutes in the game.

The former FC Midtjylland star will however miss Club Brugge’s next game against Union St Gilloise after picking his third yellow card of the play-offs.

His compatriots, Alhassan Yusuf and Chidera Ejuke were in action for Royal Antwerp in the game.

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EPL: Iwobi grabs assist in Fulham’s win at West Ham

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EPL: Iwobi grabs assist in Fulham’s win at West Ham

Alex Iwobi registered an assist as Fulham defeated West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Iwobi set up Andreas Pereira for the Whites second goal of the game in the 72nd minute.

It was the Nigeria international’s third assist in the Premier League this season.

The midfielder has also scored five goals.

Iwobi was replaced by Harry Wilson in the 74th minute.

His compatriot Calvin Bassey also put up a solid display for Fulham.

Bassey was in action for 90 minutes in the game.

 

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Serie A: Osimhen on target but not enough as Napoli slip at Frosinone

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Serie A: Osimhen on target but not enough as Napoli slip at Frosinone

Napoli’s slim chances of Champions League football were dealt another blow on Sunday after a 2-2 home draw in their Serie A match with struggling Frosinone.

Walid Cheddira’s first brace in Italy’s top flight earned a point for Frosinone in Naples.

It left ailing Italian champions Napoli in eighth, six points behind fifth-placed Roma, who can extend their advantage when they face Udinese later on Sunday.

Italian clubs’ strong performances in European football mean a top-five finish in Serie A is almost certain to gain a spot in the Champions League.

Napoli are increasingly unlikely to be among that group, and were booed off the pitch at a sparsely-populated Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Francesco Calzona’s side looked set for sixth place when Victor Osimhen diverted home Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s mishit shot in the 63rd minute.

Instead Cheddira, who had previously levelled Matteo Politano’s stunning early opener after the away side were gifted possession by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, headed home his second 10 minutes after Osimhen’s strike.

Frosinone stay just inside the bottom three and level on 27 points with 17th-placed Verona, who are outside the relegation zone on goal difference and face Atalanta on Monday.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s team deserved the draw from an eventful game in which Meret initially looked to be the hero after he saved Matias Soule’s penalty on the half-hour mark.

Frosinone have only won one league match since late November but successive draws with Genoa, fourth-placed Bologna and now Napoli have boosted their hopes of staying up.

Later Inter Milan host Cagliari at the San Siro, where a win will guarantee an opportunity to seal their 20th league title in the Milan derby on Monday week.

Inter are a whopping 14 points ahead of closest challengers AC Milan, who are at Sassuolo on Sunday.

Beating Cagliari will ensure the derby will be a chance for Inter to claim the Scudetto regardless of how Milan do in their match.

 

 

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