1978–79 A.C. Milan season

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Milan Associazione Calcio
1978–79 season
OwnerFelice Colombo
PresidentFelice Colombo
ManagerNils Liedholm
StadiumSan Siro
Serie A1st
10th title Stella 10 Scudetti.svg
(in European Cup)
Coppa ItaliaFirst round
UEFA CupRound of 16
Top goalscorerLeague: Bigon (12)
All: Bigon (17)
Average home league attendance48,358[1]

In the season 1978/79 Milan Associazione Calcio competed in Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.

Summary[edit]

The team fails to advance in Coppa Italia, Milan finishes in Group 4 in second place with 5 points with games won against Lecce and Foggia in the first rounds, after a shocking defeat with SPAL the team did not reach the victory against Catanzaro.[2]

Although, Perugia were the first team during the round-robin era to go through the season undefeated, due to their number of drawn matches, they finished second in the league behind Milan.[3]

Domestic league gave better results, with side stable at top in mid season. Retour half never saw Milan lose two consecutives games,[4] for a trend that let him to recover points on Perugia. Following draws, in the final part of the season, insured Scudetto. It was the first domestic title since 1968, the tenth overall.

In a key strategic movement by manager Nils Liedholm, newly arrived Walter Novellino from Vicenza played as striker along with Stefano Chiodi and Gianni Rivera.[5] In the final round of this campaign, the club captain Gianni Rivera retired after 19 seasons, he played 658 games scoring 164 goals letting the band to Albertino Bigon. Also, manager Nils Liedholm left the club after a contract dispute with the chairman.[6]

Squad[edit]

[7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Italy ITA Enrico Albertosi
GK Italy ITA Antonio Rigamonti
DF Italy ITA Franco Baresi
DF Italy ITA Aldo Bet
DF Italy ITA Simone Boldini
DF Italy ITA Fulvio Collovati
DF Italy ITA Aldo Maldera
DF Italy ITA Alberto Minoia
MF Italy ITA Alberto Bigon (vice captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Italy ITA Ruben Buriani
MF Italy ITA Fabio Capello
MF Italy ITA Walter De Vecchi
MF Italy ITA Giorgio Morini
MF Italy ITA Walter Novellino
MF Italy ITA Gianni Rivera (captain)
FW Italy ITA Roberto Antonelli
FW Italy ITA Stefano Chiodi
FW Italy ITA Giovanni Sartori

Transfers[edit]

In
Pos. Name from
MF Walter De Vecchi Monza
MF Walter Novellino Perugia
FW Stefano Chiodi Bologna

Competitions[edit]

[8]

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Milan (C) 30 17 10 3 46 19 +27 44 Qualification to European Cup
2 Perugia 30 11 19 0 34 16 +18 41 Qualification to UEFA Cup
3 Juventus 30 12 13 5 40 23 +17 37 Qualification to Cup Winners' Cup
4 Internazionale 30 10 16 4 38 24 +14 36 Qualification to UEFA Cup
5 Torino 30 11 14 5 35 23 +12 36
Source: Panini
(C) Champion

Result by round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
GroundHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA
ResultWWDWWLWWDDWWWWWLWWDWDDDLDWWWDD
Position111112211111111111111111111111
Source: Competitive matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; P = Postponed;   = Leader, 1979–80 European Cup;   = 1979–80 UEFA Cup

Matches[edit]

1 October 1978 1 Milan 1-0 Avellino Milan
Buriani 79' Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 42,147
Referee: Mattei
8 October 1978 2 Roma 0-3 Milan Roma
Report 15' Maldera
38' (pen), 61' (pen) Chiodi
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 69,410
Referee: Agnolin
15 October 1978 3 Milan 0-0 Ascoli Milan
Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 45,149
Referee: D'Elia
22 October 1978 4 Atalanta 1-3 Milan Milan
Garritano 31' (pen) Report 3' Maldera
35' (pen), 60' (pen) Chiodi
Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 31,788
Referee: Reggiani
29 October 1978 5 Milan 4-1 Fiorentina Milan
Minoia 5'
Bigon 16', 39', 80'
Report 29' Amenta Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 46,136
Referee: Ciulli
5 November 1978 6 Juventus 1-0 Milan Torino
Bettega 2' Report Stadium: Stadio Comunale
Attendance: 66,377
Referee: D'Elia
12 November 1978 7 Milan 1-0 Inter Milan
Maldera 49' Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 65,965
Referee: Michelotti
19 November 1978 8 Lanerossi Vicenza 2-3 Milan Vicenza
Paolo Rossi 45'
Guidetti 89'
Report 8' Maldera
65' Bigon
80' Boldini
Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti
Attendance: 30,572
Referee: Menicucci
26 November 1978 9 S.S.C. Napoli 1-1 Milan Napoli
Savoldi 4' Report 57' De Vecchi Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
Attendance: 68,185
Referee: Ciulli
3 December 1978 10 Milan 1-1 Perugia Milan
Antonelli 62' Report 3' Vannini Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 44,825
Referee: Longhi
10 December 1978 11 Milan 1-0 Torino Milan
De Vecchi 3' Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 37,415
Referee: Menicucci
17 December 1978 12 Hellas Verona 1-3 Milan Verona
Spinozzi 62' Report 54' Novellino
63' Antonelli
73' De Vecchi
Stadium: Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi
Attendance: 30,917
Referee: Reggiani
7 January 1979 13 Milan 4-0 Catanzaro Milan
Chiodi 16'
Bigon 21'
Novellino 76'
Antonelli 81'
Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 35,309
Referee: Lo Bello
14 January 1979 14 Bologna 0-1 Milan Bologna
Report 61' Maldera Stadium: Comunale
Attendance: 47,709
Referee: Menegali
21 January 1979 15 Milan 2-0 Lazio Milan
Maldera 16'
Bigon 65'
Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 39,090
Referee: Pieri
28 January 1979 16 Avellino 1-0 Milan Avellino
Vincenzo Romano 14' Report Stadium: Stadio Partenio
Attendance: 47,286
Referee: Michelotti
4 February 1979 17 Milan 1-0 Roma Milan
Antonelli 80' (pen) Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 46,396
Referee: Milan
11 February 1979 18 Ascoli 0-1 Milan Ascoli Piceno
Report 30' Maldera Stadium: Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca
Attendance: 37,256
Referee: Ciulli
18 February 1979 19 Milan 1-1 Atalanta Milan
Bigon 24' Report 42' Tavola Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 44,532
Referee: Lattanzi
4 March 1979 20 Fiorentina 2-3 Milan Firenze
Lelj 44'
Baresi 65' (o.g.)
Report 5' Maldera
35', 53' Bigon
Stadium: Stadio Comunale
Attendance: 55,140
11 March 1979 2 Milan 0-0 Juventus Milan
Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 65,235
Referee: Michelotti
18 March 1979 22 Inter Milan 2-2 Milan Milan
Oriali 50'
Altobelli 78'
Report 80', 89' De Vecchi Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 64,868
Referee: Agnolin
25 March 1979 23 Milan 0-0 Lanerossi Vicenza Milan
Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 43,806
Referee: Longhi
1 April 1979 24 Milan 0-1 Napoli Milan
Report 40' Majo Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 51,311
Referee: Menicucci
8 April 1979 25 Perugia 1-1 Milan Perugia
Casarsa 17' (pen) Report 15' (pen) Chiodi Stadium: Stadio Renato Curi
Attendance: 28,717
Referee: Agnolin
14 April 1979 26 Torino 0-3 Milan Torino
Report 41', 53' Bigon
45' (pen) Chiodi
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
Attendance: 56,429
Referee: Lattanzi
22 April 1979 27 Milan 2-1 Hellas Verona Milan
Rivera 47'
Novellino 84'
Report 24' Calloni Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 51,247
Referee: Ciulli
29 April 1979 28 Catanzaro 1-3 Milan Catanzaro
Ranieri 52' Report 48' Maldera
58' Novellino
89' Antonelli
Stadium: Stadio Comunale
Attendance: 25,491
Referee: Longhi
6 May 1979 29 Milan 0-0 Bologna Milan
Report Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 65,044
Referee: Menicucci
13 May 1979 30 Lazio 1-1 Milan Roma
Bruno Giordano 32' Report 8' Bigon Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 53,550
Referee: Terpin

Coppa Italia[edit]

First round[edit]

Group 4

30 August 1978 1 Lecce 2-3 Milan Lecce
Biondi 36'
Magistrelli 69' (pen)
10' Rivera
14', 64' Bigon
Stadium: Comunale
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Vittorio Benedetti
3 September 1978 2 Milan 3-0 Foggia Milan
Maldera 37' (pen), 55'
Chiodi 48'
Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 22,146
Referee: Prati
10 September 1978 3 SPAL 3-1 Milan Ferrara
Pezzato 24', 88'
Gibellini 42'
85' Maldera Stadium: Comunale
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Menegali
17 September 1978 4 Milan 2-2 Catanzaro Milan
Chiodi 19' (pen)
Bet 65'
59' Ranieri
89' (pen) Palanca
Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 34,236
Referee: Agnolin

UEFA Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

13 September 1978 Milan 1-0 SlovakiaFC Lokomotíva Košice Milan
Novellino 34' Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 34,529
Referee: MaltaCharles Scerri

Round of 32[edit]

19 October 1978 BulgariaLevski Spartak 1-1 Milan Sofia
Milkov 12' 11' Chiodi Stadium: Georgi Asparuhov
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: AustriaLinemayr
1 November 1978 Milan 3-0 BulgariaLevski Spartak Milan
Maldera 12'
Bigon 40'
Chiodi 75'
Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 24,635
Referee: ScotlandGordon

Eightfinals[edit]

23 November 1978 Milan 2-2 EnglandManchester City Milan
Bigon 59', 82' 37' Kidd
57' Power
Stadium: Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 27,102
Referee: East GermanyEinbeck
6 December 1978 EnglandManchester City 3-0 [9] Milan Manchester
Booth 15'
Hartford 31'
Kidd 43'
Stadium: Maine Road
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: West GermanyAldinger

Statistics[edit]

Players statistics[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total 1978–79 Serie A
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Italy ITA Albertosi 30 -19 30 -19
DF Italy ITA Collovati 27 0 27 0
DF Italy ITA Baresi 30 0 30 0
DF Italy ITA Bet 17 0 16+1 0
DF Italy ITA Maldera 30 9 30 9
MF Italy ITA Novellino 30 4 30 4
MF Italy ITA Bigon 26 12 26 12
MF Italy ITA Buriani 29 1 29 1
MF Italy ITA De Vecchi 28 5 28 5
FW Italy ITA Chiodi 24 7 24 7
FW Italy ITA Antonelli 21 5 19+2 5
GK Italy ITA Rigamonti 1 0 1 0
MF Italy ITA Rivera 13 1 13 1
MF Italy ITA Morini 14 0 11+3 0
DF Italy ITA Boldini 14 1 7+7 1
MF Italy ITA Capello 8 0 3+5 0
FW Italy ITA Sartori 7 0 2+5 0
DF Italy ITA Minoia 2 1 2 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attendance Statistics of Serie A". stadiapostcards.com.
  2. ^ Almanacco illustrato del Milan, 2ª ed.,March 2005 (in Italian), Panini, p. 418-419.
  3. ^ "Classifica Parziale Stagione 1978-1979 - Giornata: 5" (in Italian). wikicalcioitalia.info. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Classifica Parziale Stagione 1978-1979 - Giornata: 24" (in Italian). wikicalcioitalia.info. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Milan Stagione 1978-1979" (in Italian). magliarossonera.it.
  6. ^ Gianni Rivera and Oreste Del Buono, Dalla Corea al Quirinale (in Italian), Rizzoli
  7. ^ "ACM Squad". footballsquads.co.uk.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Milan season 78-79" (PDF).
  9. ^ suspended on 5 December 1978 due to fog: Almanacco illustrato del Milan, 2ª ed.,March 2005 (in Italian), Panini, p. 419.

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