1998–99 A.C. Milan season

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Milan
1998–99 season
PresidentSilvio Berlusconi
ManagerAlberto Zaccheroni
StadiumSan Siro
Serie AWinners
(in 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League)
Coppa ItaliaRound of 16
Top goalscorerLeague:
Oliver Bierhoff (20)

All:
Oliver Bierhoff (20)

In the 1998–99 season, Associazione Calcio Milan returned to their previous winning ways under the guidance of new manager Alberto Zaccheroni. Hired from Udinese, Zaccheroni brought striker Oliver Bierhoff and right-wingback Thomas Helveg with him from his former club. He introduced Milan to his unorthodox 3–4–3 formation (in the latter half of the season modified to 3–4–1–2, to allow space for a creative attacking midfielder) in which Bierhoff was a perfect centre forward, scoring 20 goals in the league.

Milan had a marvelous second half of the season, in which they competed for the Serie A title with Lazio and Fiorentina. After seven straight wins in the last seven matches, Milan clinched the scudetto, becoming champions of Italy for the 16th time in their history.

Squad[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Squad no. Name Nationality Position
Goalkeepers
12 Christian Abbiati Italy GK
1 Sebastiano Rossi Italy GK
31 Giorgio Frezzolini Italy GK
Defenders
3 Paolo Maldini (Captain) Italy CB / LB
5 Alessandro Costacurta Italy CB / SW / LB / RB
14 Roberto Ayala Argentina CB
25 Bruno Ngotty France CB
17 Christian Ziege Germany LB / LM
2 Thomas Helveg Denmark RB / RM
27 Francesco Coco Italy LB / LM
26 Luigi Sala Italy CB
19 Samir Beloufa Algeria CB
Midfielders
4 Demetrio Albertini Italy CM / DM
18 Leonardo Brazil AM / LW
10 Zvonimir Boban Croatia AM / CM / LW / RW
24 Guly Argentina LM / RM / AM
23 Massimo Ambrosini Italy CM / DM
7 Ibrahim Ba France RM / LM
21 Federico Giunti Italy CM / AM / DM
30 Domenico Morfeo Italy AM / LM / RM
8 Roberto Donadoni Italy RM / LM / CM
Forwards
20 Oliver Bierhoff Germany CF
9 George Weah Liberia CF
11 Maurizio Ganz Italy CF
16 Mohammed Aliyu Datti Nigeria CF / SS
13 Alessandro Iannuzzi Italy CF

Left club during the season[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK Germany GER Jens Lehmann
15 DF Brazil BRA André Cruz
21 DF Italy ITA Giuseppe Cardone

Transfers[edit]

Starting line-up since Zaccheroni adopted, at the end of the first half of the season, a formation with a trequartista. Earlier, he had used a 3-4-3.

Competitions[edit]

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Milan (C) 34 20 10 4 59 34 +25 70 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Lazio 34 20 9 5 65 31 +34 69
3 Fiorentina 34 16 8 10 55 41 +14 56 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round[1]
4 Parma 34 15 10 9 55 36 +19 55
5 Roma 34 15 9 10 69 49 +20 54[a] Qualification to UEFA Cup first round
Source: Serie A, RSSSF.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw. (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played).[2]
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. ^ ROM 7pts. JUV 5pts. UDI 4pts.

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHA
ResultWWLWLWDDDWLWWDDDWWWDWWLWDDDWWWWWWW
Position1153533352442334433332432332222211

Matches[edit]

12 September 1998 1 Milan 3–0 Bologna Milan
20:30 CEST Cappioli 45' (o.g.)
Bierhoff 51' (pen.)
Leonardo 82'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 50 732
Referee: Bazzoli
20 September 1998 2 Salernitana 1–2 Milan Salerno
15:00 CEST Breda 88' Report Bierhoff 68'
Leonardo 87'
Stadium: Arechi
Attendance: 34 412
Referee: Racalbuto
26 September 1998 3 Milan 1–3 Fiorentina Milan
16:00 CEST Bierhoff 69' (pen.) Report Batistuta 6, 46, 52' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 67 970
Referee: Braschi
4 October 1998 4 Venezia 0–2 Milan Venezia
15:00 CEST Report Bierhoff 3'
Leonardo 69'
Stadium: Pierluigi Penzo
Attendance: 12 628
Referee: Ceccarini
18 October 1998 5 Cagliari 1–0 Milan Cagliari
15:00 CEST De Patre 19' Report Stadium: Sant'Elia
Attendance: 24045
Referee: Treossi
25 October 1998 6 Milan 3–2 Roma Milan
15:00 CET Leonardo 45'
Ziege 58'
Weah 72'
Report Delvecchio 8, 69' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 57 331
Referee: Collina
1 November 1998 7 Piacenza 1–1 Milan Piacenza
15:00 CET S. Inzaghi 44' Report Ganz 90 + 2' Stadium: Leonardo Garilli
Attendance: 14 602
Referee: Pellegrino
8 November 1998 8 Milan 2–2 Inter Milan
20:30 CET Weah 13'
Albertini 90' (pen.)
Report Ronaldo 7'
Moriero 48'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 80 814
Referee: Tombolini
15 November 1998 9 Bari 0–0 Milan Bari
20:30 CET Report Stadium: San Nicola
Attendance: 39 114
Referee: Ceccarini
22 November 1998 10 Milan 1–0 Lazio Milan
20:30 CET Leonardo 90' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 45 935
Referee: Farina
29 November 1998 11 Parma 4–0 Milan Parma
15:00 CET Chiesa 25'
Crespo 36, 60'
Boghossian 90'
Report Stadium: Il Tardini
Attendance: 27 641
Referee: De Santis
6 December 1998 12 Milan 3–0 Udinese Milan
15:00 CET Weah 22'
Leonardo 41'
Bierhoff 60'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 49 656
Referee: Collina
13 December 1998 13 Milan 1–0 Vicenza Milan
15:00 CET Weah 84' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 46258
Referee: Tombolini
20 December 1998 14 Sampdoria 2–2 Milan Genova
15:00 CET Palmieri 58'
Ortega 86'
Report Leonardo 39'
Bierhoff 73'
Stadium: Luigi Ferraris
Attendance: 22 763
Referee: Bettin
6 January 1999 15 Milan 1–1 Juventus Milan
20:30 CET Albertini 27' (pen.) Report Fonseca 85' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 81 925
Referee: Bettin
10 January 1999 16 Empoli 1–1 Milan Empoli
15:00 CET Di Napoli 59' Report Ziege 84' Stadium: Carlo Castellani
Attendance: 13 360
Referee: Collina
17 January 1999 17 Milan 2–1 Perugia Milan
15:00 CET Guly 37'
Bierhoff 40'
Report Nakata 90' (pen.) Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 46 417
Referee: Bettin
24 January 1999 18 Bologna 2–3 Milan Bologna
15:00 CET Signori 15, 44' Report Guly 21'
Magoni 52' (o.g.)
Ngotty 90'
Stadium: Renato Dall'Ara
Attendance: 34 938
Referee: Borriello
31 January 1999 19 Milan 3–2 Salernitana Milan
15:00 CET Bierhoff 3, 60'
Weah 25'
Report Giampaolo 7'
Del Grosso 14'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 47 756
Referee: Pellegrino
7 February 1999 20 Fiorentina 0–0 Milan Firenze
15:00 CET Report Stadium: Artemio Franchi
Attendance: 42 067
Referee: Trentalange
14 February 1999 21 Milan 2–1 Venezia Milan
15:00 CET Guly 39'
Ganz 53'
Report Tuta 70' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 47 579
Referee: Rosetti
21 February 1999 22 Milan 1–0 Cagliari Milan
15:00 CET M. Villa 49' (o.g.) Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 52 811
Referee: Messina
27 February 1999 23 Roma 1–0 Milan Roma
15:00 CET Paulo Sérgio 64' Report Stadium: Olimpico
Attendance: 63 944
Referee: Bettin
7 March 1999 24 Milan 1–0 Piacenza Milan
15:00 CET Bierhoff 43' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 46 629
Referee: Cesari
13 March 1999 25 Inter 2–2 Milan Milan
20:30 CET Ngotty 7' (o.g.)
J. Zanetti 77'
Report Leonardo 14, 52' Stadium: Giuseppe Meazza
Attendance: 79 450
Referee: Collina
21 March 1999 26 Milan 2–2 Bari Milan
15:00 CET Bierhoff 42'
Ganz 90'
Report Osmanovski 6, 80' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 50 553
Referee: Pellegrino
3 April 1999 27 Lazio 0–0 Milan Roma
15:00 CEST Report Stadium: Olimpico
Attendance: 63 875
Referee: Cesari
11 April 1999 28 Milan 2–1 Parma Milan
15:00 CEST Maldini 59'
Ganz 72'
Report Balbo 39' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 66 279
Referee: De Santis
18 April 1999 29 Udinese 1–5 Milan Udine
15:00 CEST Amoroso 58' Report Boban 15, 37'
Bierhoff 45, 60'
Weah 63'
Stadium: Friuli
Attendance: 38 663
Referee: Boggi
25 April 1999 30 Vicenza 0–2 Milan Vicenza
15:00 CEST Report Bierhoff 40'
Leonardo 72'
Stadium: Romeo Menti
Attendance: 19 715
Referee: Tombolini
2 May 1999 31 Milan 3–2 Sampdoria Milan
15:00 CEST Ambrosini 17'
Leonardo 79'
Castellini 90' (o.g.)
Report Montella 60'
Franceschetti 86'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 68 653
Referee: Treossi
9 May 1999 32 Juventus 0–2 Milan Torino
15:00 CEST Report Weah 46'
Weah 62'
Stadium: Delle Alpi
Attendance: 59 125
Referee: Cesari
15 May 1999 33 Milan 4–0 Empoli Milan
16:30 CEST Bierhoff 32, 55, 60'
Leonardo 88'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 74 758
Referee: Pellegrino
23 May 1999 34 Perugia 1–2 Milan Perugia
15:00 CEST Nakata 79' (pen.) Report Guly 11'
Bierhoff 31'
Stadium: Renato Curi
Attendance: 28 143
Referee: Braschi

Coppa Italia[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

8 September 1998 1 Torino F.C. 2-0 Milan Torino
Ferrante 12', 37' (pen) Report Stadium: Delle Alpi
Attendance: 18,136
Referee: Collina
23 September 1998 2 Milan 3-0 Torino F.C. Milan
Helveg 54'
Weah 57'
Bierhoff 87'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 32,194
Referee: Braschi

Eightfinals[edit]

29 October 1998 1 S.S. Lazio 3-1 Milan Roma
Mihajlović 28'
Mancini 71', 90'
Report 7' Bierhoff Stadium: Olimpico
Attendance: 22,520
Referee: Trentalange
11 November 1998 2 Milan 1-1 S.S. Lazio Milan
Ganz 55' Report 41' Salas Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 22,702
Referee: Braschi

Topscorers[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Players statistics[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Serie A Coppa Italia
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
12 GK Italy ITA Abbiati 18 -15 17+1 -15 0 0
5 DF Italy ITA Costacurta 32 0 29 0 3 0
26 DF Italy ITA Sala 25 0 24 0 1 0
3 DF Italy ITA Maldini 33 1 31 1 2 0
2 MF Denmark DEN Helveg 31 1 26+1 0 4 1
4 MF Italy ITA Albertini 32 2 29 2 3 0
23 MF Italy ITA Ambrosini 29 1 23+3 1 3 0
24 MF Argentina ARG Guly 23 4 20+1 4 2 0
10 AM Croatia CRO Boban 31 2 21+6 2 4 0
20 FW Germany GER Bierhoff 37 21 34 19 3 2
9 FW Liberia LBR Weah 30 9 26 8 4 1
1 GK Italy ITA Rossi 16 -19 12+1 -14 3 -5
18 MF Brazil BRA Leonardo 29 12 16+11 12 2 0
25 MF France FRA N'Gotty 29 1 15+10 1 4 0
17 DF Germany GER Ziege 20 2 14+3 2 3 0
11 FW Italy ITA Ganz 24 5 11+9 4 4 1
7 MF France FRA Ba 18 0 6+9 0 3 0
14 DF Argentina ARG Ayala 13 0 6+5 0 2 0
30 MF Italy ITA Morfeo 13 0 6+5 0 2 0
16 GK Germany GER Lehmann 6 -6 5 -5 1 -1
32 MF Italy ITA Giunti 6 0 2+4 0 0 0
15 DF Brazil BRA André Cruz 3 0 1+1 0 1 0
8 MF Italy ITA Donadoni 10 0 0+9 0 1 0
27 DF Italy ITA Coco 6 0 0+6 0 0 0
13 MF Italy ITA Maini 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
21 FW Nigeria NGA Aliyu Datti 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
19 DF France FRA Beloufa 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 DF Italy ITA Cardone 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK Italy ITA Frezzolini 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 FW Italy ITA Ianuzzi 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parma was consequently demoted to UEFA Cup first round
  2. ^ Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio – La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 "Norme organizzative interne della F.I.G.C. – Art. 51.6" (PDF) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.