Silvio Berlusconi is back in the showrooms. And it announces an attack on the Champions League!

Few clubs in Italy have as long a history as AC Monza and have never played in the elite Serie A. If Monza, located on the outskirts of Milan, it was famous for something sporty, it used to be a race trackwhich will celebrate its 100th birthday on September 3. Formula 1 races are also most often held here – the first took place in 1922 and since 1949 the Italian Grand Prix has barely left Monza (only in 1980 it moved to Imola). This year’s edition will take place in September – the weekend of 9-11. Then the calcio fans will not only follow the fastest drivers in the world, but will also have the opportunity in August to regularly watch the best players. AC Monza was promoted to Serie A for the first time – under astonishing circumstances

Monza owner Silvio Berlusconi announced two years ago that he would build a team with the aim of quickly progressing to Serie A. In 2020 Monza, a newcomer to Serie B, wanted Zlatan Ibrahimovic, asked for Antonio Cassano and even Mauro Icardi. There was a transfer of … Christian Gytkjær, who has just become top scorer for Ekstraklasa in Lech Pozna’s colors, and his contract has expired. Berlusconi, or rather his right-hand man at the time of Milan, namely Adriano Galliani, spent some money on recognized players, including José Machín, Mirko Maricia, Dany Mota, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andrea Palazzi. Not all of them turned out to be successful, some were shot after a while and the situation had to rescue Mario Balotelli, who was brought in in December† And that didn’t help – Monza finished third in Serie B, then unexpectedly lost the first round of the playoffs to Cittadella. Gytkjær’s position was also uncertain – the Dane didn’t play much, this winter two Polish clubs asked about him† He did stay in Monza and was an absolute hero at the end of the season.

Berlusconi’s club again took third place, but this time there was no reason to be happy – Monza lost an immediate promotion in the last round, after losing to Perugia she dropped from second to third† However, she did not disappoint in the play-offs – she defeated Brescia 2-1 against Filip Jagiełło twice (two goals and an assist from a Dane), and in the final she faced Pisa. A week ago it was 2-1 for Monza in the Brianteo Stadium, Gytkjær came in the crosshairs and scored a goal after fifteen minutes. On Sunday he also came on as a substitute – he only came on the field in the 72nd minute with a score of 1-2, but led to a draw after seven minutes. Pisa was able to provide extra time, but Monza was already in it and the former Lechita made it 4-3 in the 101st minute. So he scored five of the team’s ten goals in the most important part of the season

Monza’s promotion, while historic, would likely have gone unnoticed were it not for the club’s owner Silvio Berlsuconi. Eccentric 85 year old, the hero of many scandals, including the famous “bung bung”, decided that Monza would be “another club”, characterized by elegance and style. Before that, he had the famous AC Milan under him for 31 years – he once made it the biggest club in the world, with which millions of people identified themselves. However, in 2017 he sold shares to the Chinese for hundreds of millions of euros, and a year later he decided that is going to invest in a small third division club from Monza near Milan† Immediately announcing that his goal was to advance to Serie A as soon as possible, Monza-born Monza made his close associate Adriano Galliani the CEO. Now promotion to the top elite is a fact and Berlusconi is again a media star.

From the slightly outdated Brianteo stadium in Monza to the local famous autodrome, it’s only four miles to the great San Siro, located on the other, southwestern side of Milan – just 25. AC Monza is naturally overshadowed by the greats – the champion of the country of Milan and runner-up of Inter, but dreams of the same. A match in the Champions League. Berlusconi has already announced it:- I’m used to winning, I want a scudetto and then the Champions League – Sky Sport Italia revealed to journalists after the promotion. “It’s great that a club like Monza has been promoted after 110 years.” For the people of Monza and Brianza, for those 70,000. entrepreneurs, it’s an amazing thing – he said. He also mentioned “his” AC Milan, with which he won a total of 29 trophies. “It was a great season with great results for clubs close to my heart: Monza won promotion, Milan became champions,” said Berlusconi. in honor of whom Monza fans are already singing songs

And Galliani, who was in charge of Milan under Berlusconi, did not hide his emotions: “I am from Monza, it is something great for me.” When I was a child, my mother led me to the games. That’s why I’m even happier that I contributed to this promotion – he said in Sky Sport. And he added: “It’s great to think that in Serie A it will be a Milan-Monza game. The kids asked me to beat Inter, but this is something else.

The next Serie A season is scheduled to start in mid-August.

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