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AC Milan Take An Important Step Forward In Their Bid To Own Their Own Stadium

Written By Onyeka Daniel

After showing early promises, it looks like the move by Milan Mayor, Beppe Sala to keep the two Milanese clubs at the current ground of Giuseppe Meazza stadium won’t be working as the two clubs continue on their separate part towards actualizing their dreams of owning their own stadium in the nearest future.

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Recently, Inter Milan corporate CEO, Alessandro Antonello complained about how long it is taking to resolve the stadium issue, and they reportedly plan to sign an agreement to give them option for first refusal towards the piece of land where they intend to build a modern stadium.

For their city rivals, AC Milan, they took it a step further after officially beginning the proceedings to build a new stadium in the San Donato Milanese area, but there is still a very long way to go. The club purchased the land at a cost of circa €40m and is working with the local authorities to get the go-ahead for the new purpose-built arena.


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It is on the outskirts of Milan to the south of the city and therefore requires an extraordinary amount of work with multiple agencies to ensure public transport is available for those wanting to attend matches. This is why the San Donato Milanese council has today announced the documents were sent to begin working out a plan of action.

It will involve the Regione Lombardia, Metropolitan group, several different railway entities and urban planning sectors. Only after all of those have replied to the invitation, they will begin trying to figure out what is required to get a stadium built and run in that area. “The stadium project represents a unique opportunity to develop and make this town more attractive, not just for us, but for all the area south of Milan,” said Mayor Francesco Squeri.

“This is why we feel the need to evaluate this with the utmost focus to bring forward the interests of the collective, opening up for discussion with the citizens and other mayors in the territory. ”It Is far from a popular idea, as many in San Donato do not want a stadium with thousands of people flocking to their district twice a week for matches.

Along with this process, Milan and Inter are also keeping their options open with a study from WeBuild to see if they can bring San Siro up to a modern standard while suiting the needs of the clubs, but they are clearly keeping their options open, which is why they have also taken a step forward in the other direction.

Meanwhile…

While it is now guaranteed Italy will have five Champions League teams next season, it could go up to six, for a maximum of 10 teams in European competition. The passage to the semi-finals of Atalanta, Roma and Fiorentina helped secure the mathematical certainty of a top two place in the UEFA rankings, which means Italy will get an extra place in the new and expanded Champions League in 2024-25.

However, that is not the end of the good news. It is possible to see six Serie A sides in the Champions League, because whoever wins the Europa League also gains automatic access to the tournament. So if Atalanta or Roma win the Europa League and also finish out of the top five, they will enter the Champions League too.

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The even better news is that even if these sides finish fifth in Serie A, they still get the bonus spot in the Champions League, with the sixth-placed team getting bumped up. However, if Roma or Atalanta win the Europa League and finish fourth, there will only be the five Italian teams in the Champions League.

As things stand, the top five go into the Champions League, sixth and seventh the Europa League, plus eighth into the Conference League. However, there is a scenario where Italy could get up to 10 teams in UEFA tournaments next season. If Fiorentina win the Conference League, they are automatically entered into the Europa League next term.

So if they finish out of the top eight and lift the trophy, then it will get an extra slot. If Roma or Atalanta win the Europa League and finish out of the top eight – which admittedly would be remote – plus Fiorentina win the Conference League, it would therefore add two extra slots and take the number of qualified teams up to 10. Considering Serie A has only 20 clubs, that would be half of the top flight.

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