2002–03 A.C. Milan season

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Milan
2002–03 season
A.C. Milan lifting the European Cup after winning the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League - 20030528.jpg
A.C. Milan players celebrating winning the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final
PresidentSilvio Berlusconi
ManagerCarlo Ancelotti
StadiumSan Siro
Serie A3rd
Coppa ItaliaWinners
UEFA Champions LeagueWinners
Top goalscorerLeague:
Filippo Inzaghi (17)

All:
Filippo Inzaghi (30)
Highest home attendance78,843 (Serie A)
vs Internazionale
(23 November 2002)
Lowest home attendance2,551 (Coppa Italia)
vs Ancona
(18 December 2002)
Average home league attendance61,534[1]

In 2002–03, Associazione Calcio Milan enjoyed a triumphant season, winning both the UEFA Champions League and the Coppa Italia. In their 6th conquest of Europe's most prestigious competition, Milan defeated fierce rivals Juventus on penalties after a 0–0 draw in an all-Italian final, while in the Coppa Italia they overcame Roma. In the Serie A, Milan were top of the table in January, but would eventually finish 3rd behind Juventus and Inter, thus missing the chance to complete the treble.

This was Milan's first successful season since 1998–99. Important new arrivals included Italian international centre-back Alessandro Nesta (signed from Lazio for €31 million –Milan's most expensive transfer in the summer of 2002)[2] who strengthened a defence that was already among Europe's most formidable, versatile Dutch international midfielder Clarence Seedorf (signed from cross-city rivals Inter for €29 million)[3] and Danish international striker Jon Dahl Tomasson, who was mainly used to back up regular starters Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi. Brazilian superstar Rivaldo, the most high-profile of the new signings, had a peripheral role in the Serie A, but was influential in the Champions League, appearing in 13 out of 17 matches, although not in the final, where he was an unused substitute.[4]

This season also saw Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti beginning to utilise the unconventional 4–4–2 diamond (or 4–1–2–1–2) formation, which he would continue to employ on many occasions in later seasons.[5] This formation allowed Ancelotti to field both Andrea Pirlo and Rui Costa in the starting eleven, with Pirlo as a deep-lying playmaker or regista and Rui Costa as an attacking midfielder or trequartista; the 4–1–2–1–2 worked well for Milan in large part thanks to the effectiveness, hard work and stamina of central midfielders Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Squad at end of season[6]
Squad no. Name Nationality Position
Goalkeepers
12 Dida Brazil GK
18 Christian Abbiati Italy GK
1 Valerio Fiori Italy GK
Defenders
3 Paolo Maldini (Captain) Italy CB / LB
13 Alessandro Nesta Italy CB
4 Kakha Kaladze Georgia (country) LB / CB / DM / LM
19 Alessandro Costacurta Italy CB / SW / LB / RB
14 Dario Šimić Croatia CB / RB / SW
2 Thomas Helveg Denmark RB / RM
27 Serginho Brazil LB / LM / LW
16 José Chamot Argentina LB / RB / CB
24 Martin Laursen Denmark CB
25 Roque Júnior Brazil CB / RB
Midfielders
21 Andrea Pirlo Italy CM / AM / DM
8 Gennaro Gattuso Italy CM / DM / RM
10 Rui Costa Portugal AM
20 Clarence Seedorf Netherlands CM / AM / RM / LM
23 Massimo Ambrosini Italy CM / DM
5 Fernando Redondo Argentina DM / CM
31 Ibrahim Ba France RM / LM
28 Samuele Dalla Bona Italy CM / DM
32 Cristian Brocchi Italy CM / DM / RM
Forwards
7 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine CF
9 Filippo Inzaghi Italy CF
11 Rivaldo Brazil AM / SS / CF / LW
15 Jon Dahl Tomasson Denmark CF / SS

Reserve squad[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
17 DF Brazil BRA Claiton
34 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Matri
36 MF Italy ITA Stefano Pastrello
37 MF Italy ITA Roberto Bortolotto
38 FW Italy ITA Davide Favaro
39 FW Italy ITA Michele Piccolo
40 MF Italy ITA Mauro Calvi
No. Pos. Nation Player
41 MF Italy ITA Mattia Dal Bello
42 MF Italy ITA Mirco Stefani
43 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Venditti
44 MF Italy ITA Patrick Kalambay
45 DF Italy ITA Matteo Giordano
46 MF Italy ITA William Nava
83 MF Gabon GAB Catilina Aubameyang

Left club during 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
22 GK Italy ITA Alessandro Parravicini (released)
30 FW Italy ITA Marco Borriello (on loan to Empoli)
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 MF Brazil BRA Leonardo (retired)
35 GK Italy ITA Simone Brunelli (released)

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Overall[edit]

Serie A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Juventus (C) 34 21 9 4 64 29 +35 72 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Internazionale 34 19 8 7 64 38 +26 65
3 Milan[a] 34 18 7 9 55 30 +25 61
4 Lazio 34 15 15 4 57 32 +25 60 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
5 Parma 34 15 11 8 55 36 +19 56[b] Qualification to UEFA Cup first round
Source: 2002–03 Serie A, 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).[7]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Milan qualified for the Champions League group stage as defending champions.
  2. ^ Udinese finished ahead of Parma on head-to-head points: Udinese 1–1 Parma, Parma 3–2 Udinese.

Results by round[edit]

Matches[edit]

14 September 2002 2 Modena 0–3 Milan Modena
20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Inzaghi Goal 17'90'
Šimić Goal 54'
Stadium: Stadio Alberto Braglia
Attendance: 15,349
Referee: Massimo De Santis
21 September 2002 3 Milan 3–0 Perugia Milan
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Maldini Goal 40'
Inzaghi Goal 50'
Seedorf Goal 65'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 59,296
Referee: Massimiliano Saccani
28 September 2002 4 Lazio 1–1 Milan Rome
20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00) C. López Goal 51' Report Maldini Goal 7' Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 59,226
Referee: Roberto Rosetti
6 October 2002 5 Milan 6–0 Torino Milan
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Pirlo Goal 21' (pen.)
Inzaghi Goal 31'79'86'
Serginho Goal 41'
Fattori Goal 84' (o.g.)
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 60,945
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni
20 October 2002 6 Atalanta 1–4 Milan Bergamo
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Sala Goal 30' Report Rivaldo Goal 15'
Tomasson Goal 41'
Pirlo Goal 66' (pen.)81'
Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
Attendance: 23,628
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta
26 October 2002 7 Chievo 3–2 Milan Verona
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Marazzina Goal 22'
Bierhoff Goal 49'
Cossato Goal 83'
Report Shevchenko Goal 59'
Tomasson Goal 90+4'
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi
Attendance: 33,431
Referee: Salvatore Racalbuto
3 November 2002 8 Milan 2–0 Reggina Milan
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Inzaghi Goal 20'
Rivaldo Goal 64'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 63,892
Referee: Massimo De Santis
6 November 2002 1 Milan 1–0 Udinese Milan
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Rivaldo Goal 89' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 53,347
Referee: Paolo Bertini
Note: Rescheduled
10 November 2002 9 Juventus 2–1 Milan Turin
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Di Vaio Goal 8'
Thuram Goal 21'
Report Pirlo Goal 32' (pen.) Stadium: Stadio delle Alpi
Attendance: 57,762
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta
17 November 2002 10 Milan 2–1 Parma Milan
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Pirlo Goal 48' (pen.)70' (pen.) Report Filippini Goal 63' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 59,648
Referee: Paolo Bertini
23 November 2002 11 Milan 1–0 Internazionale Milan
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Serginho Goal 13' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 78,843
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta
1 December 2002 12 Empoli 1–1 Milan Empoli
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Rocchi Goal 42' Report Shevchenko Goal 52' Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani
Attendance: 17,652
Referee: Massimo De Santis
7 December 2002 13 Milan 1–0 Roma Milan
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Inzaghi Goal 73' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 67,786
Referee: Pierluigi Collina
15 December 2002 14 Como 1–2 Milan Como
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Pecchia Goal 22' Report Ambrosini Goal 20'
Shevchenko Goal 42'
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia
Attendance: 10,508
Referee: Stefano Farina
22 December 2002 15 Milan 0–0 Brescia Milan
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 61,724
Referee: Emidio Morganti
12 January 2003 16 Bologna 0–2 Milan Bologna
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Shevchenko Goal 51'
Serginho Goal 78'
Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Attendance: 34,915
Referee: Alfredo Trentalange
19 January 2003 17 Milan 2–1 Piacenza Milan
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Pirlo Goal 54' (pen.)
Rivaldo Goal 69'
Report Gurenko Goal 53' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 54,452
Referee: Massimo De Santis
26 January 2003 18 Udinese 1–0 Milan Udine
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Pizarro Goal 37' (pen.) Report Stadium: Stadio Friuli
Attendance: 22,853
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta
2 February 2003 19 Milan 2–1 Modena Milan
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Pirlo Goal 77' (pen.)
Inzaghi Goal 80'
Report Scoponi Goal 90+1' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 59,594
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni
9 February 2003 20 Perugia 1–0 Milan Perugia
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Miccoli Goal 36' Report Stadium: Stadio Renato Curi
Attendance: 18,853
Referee: Paolo Dondarini
16 February 2003 21 Milan 2–2 Lazio Milan
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Inzaghi Goal 62'
Rivaldo Goal 70'
Report Stanković Goal 21'
C. López Goal 30' (pen.)
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 61,605
Referee: Pierluigi Collina
22 February 2003 22 Torino 0–3
Abandoned1
Milan Turin
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Inzaghi Goal 2'
Seedorf Goal 43'45+3'
Stadium: Stadio delle Alpi
Attendance: 16,343
Referee: Luca Palanca
2 March 2003 23 Milan 3–3 Atalanta Milan
15:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Inzaghi Goal 34'79'
Tomasson Goal 70'
Report Maldini Goal 1' (o.g.)
Rossini Goal 29'31'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 60,095
Referee: Stefano Farina
9 March 2003 24 Milan 0–0 Chievo Milan
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 56,123
Referee: Massimo De Santis
15 March 2003 25 Reggina 0–0 Milan Reggio Calabria
18:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Stadium: Stadio Oreste Granillo
Attendance: 26,640
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni
22 March 2003 26 Milan 2–1 Juventus Milan
20:30 CET (UTC+01:00) Shevchenko Goal 4'
Inzaghi Goal 25'
Report Nedvěd Goal 10' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 78,671
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni
5 April 2003 27 Parma 1–0 Milan Parma
20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00) Adriano Goal 77' Report Stadium: Stadio Ennio Tardini
Attendance: 25,603
Referee: Stefano Farina
12 April 2003 28 Internazionale 0–1 Milan Milan
20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Inzaghi Goal 62' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 76,660
Referee: Roberto Rosetti
19 April 2003 29 Milan 0–1 Empoli Milan
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Di Natale Goal 12' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 57,784
Referee: Domenico Messina
26 April 2003 30 Roma 2–1 Milan Rome
20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00) Cassano Goal 60'
Tommasi Goal 76'
Report Tomasson Goal 81' Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 60,313
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta
3 May 2003 31 Milan 2–0 Como Milan
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Inzaghi Goal 11' (pen.)
Nesta Goal 59'
Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 54,503
Referee: Paolo Dondarini
8 May 2003 32 Brescia 1–0 Milan Brescia
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Appiah Goal 84' Report Stadium: Stadio Mario Rigamonti
Attendance: 19,155
Referee: Pierluigi Collina
17 May 2003 33 Milan 3–1 Bologna Milan
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Pirlo Goal 23' (pen.)
Seedorf Goal 51'
Inzaghi Goal 66'
Report Meghni Goal 68' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 57,766
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni
24 May 2003 34 Piacenza 4–2 Milan Piacenza
15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Hübner Goal 6'82'
Maresca Goal 17' (pen.)
Marchionni Goal 31'
Report Brocchi Goal 30' (pen.)90+2' Stadium: Stadio Leonardo Garilli
Attendance: 7,386
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli
Notes
  • Note 1: Torino v Milan was abandoned with 27 minutes to go, after the crowd started to riot.[8] The result was confirmed as 3–0 in favor of Milan by the FIGC. Torino was given a match suspension from playing at home until the end of season.

Top scorers[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

14 August 2002 First leg Milan Italy 1–0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec Milan, Italy
20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00) Gattuso Yellow card 45+3'
Serginho Yellow card 59'
Inzaghi Goal 68'
Report Pilný Yellow card 39' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 30,064
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)
28 August 2002 Second leg Slovan Liberec Czech Republic 2–1
(2–2a agg.)
Italy Milan Liberec, Czech Republic
21:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Slepička Goal 46'
Langer Goal 88'
Report Inzaghi Goal 20' Stadium: Stadion u Nisy
Attendance: 8,740
Referee: Arturo Dauden Ibañez (Spain)

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Italy Milan 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12 Advance to second group stage
2 Spain Deportivo La Coruña 6 4 0 2 11 12 −1 12
3 France Lens 6 2 2 2 11 11 0 8 Transfer to UEFA Cup
4 Germany Bayern Munich 6 0 2 4 9 13 −4 2
Source: RSSSF
18 September 2002 1 Milan Italy 2–1 France Lens Milan, Italy
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Maldini Yellow card 40'
Inzaghi Goal 58'61'
Report Diop Yellow card 53'
Moreira Goal 75'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 70,214
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
24 September 2002 2 Deportivo La Coruña Spain 0–4 Italy Milan A Coruña, Spain
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Silva Yellow card 26'
Naybet Yellow card 56'
Report Pirlo Yellow card 7'
Seedorf Goal 17'
Inzaghi Goal 32'54'61'
Stadium: Estadio Riazor
Attendance: 27,614
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
1 October 2002 3 Bayern Munich Germany 1–2 Italy Milan Munich, Germany
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Ballack Yellow card 33'
Pizarro Goal 54'
Linke Yellow card 80'
Report Inzaghi Goal 52'84'
Nesta Yellow card 82'
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
23 October 2002 4 Milan Italy 2–1 Germany Bayern Munich Milan, Italy
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Serginho Goal 11'
Ambrosini Yellow card 43'
Seedorf Yellow card 45+1'
Inzaghi Goal 64'
Report Kuffour Yellow card 19'
Tarnat Goal 23'
Pizarro Yellow card 32'
Santa Cruz Yellow card 84'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 75,611
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
29 October 2002 5 Lens France 2–1 Italy Milan Lens, France
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Moreira Goal 41'
Utaka Goal 49'
Coly Yellow card 77'
Report Shevchenko Goal 32'
Pirlo Yellow card 73'
Seedorf Yellow card 75'
Tomasson Yellow card 86'
Stadium: Stade Félix-Bollaert
Attendance: 39,474
Referee: Graham Barber (England)
13 November 2002 6 Milan Italy 1–2 Spain Deportivo La Coruña Milan, Italy
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Tomasson Goal 34' Report Tristán Goal 58'
Makaay Goal 70'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 56,000
Referee: Mike Riley (England)

Second group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Italy Milan 6 4 0 2 5 4 +1 12 Advance to knockout stage
2 Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
3 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 3 1 2 8 5 +3 10
4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 6 0 1 5 3 10 −7 1
Source: RSSSF
26 November 2002 1 Milan Italy 1–0 Spain Real Madrid Milan, Italy
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Shevchenko Goal 40'
Gattuso Yellow card 48'
Report Pavón Yellow card 70'
Helguera Yellow card 85'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 75,777
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
11 December 2002 2 Borussia Dortmund Germany 0–1 Italy Milan Dortmund, Germany
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Inzaghi Goal 49' Stadium: Westfalenstadion
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
19 February 2003 3 Milan Italy 1–0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow Milan, Italy
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Tomasson Goal 62' Report Obradović Yellow card 23'
Lekgetho Yellow card 72'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 72,028
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)
25 February 2003 4 Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 0–1 Italy Milan Moscow, Russia
18:00 CET (UTC+01:00) Evseev Yellow card 33'
Loskov Yellow card 43'
Nizhegorodov Yellow card 88'
Report Gattuso Yellow card 27'
Rivaldo Goal 34' (pen.)
Serginho Yellow card 60'
Stadium: Lokomotiv Stadium
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
12 March 2003 5 Real Madrid Spain 3–1 Italy Milan Madrid, Spain
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Raúl Goal 12'57'
Roberto Carlos Yellow card 37'
Guti Goal 86'
Report Dalla Bona Yellow card 12'
Shevchenko Yellow card 48'
Rivaldo Goal 81'
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu
Attendance: 77,824
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
18 March 2003 6 Milan Italy 0–1 Germany Borussia Dortmund Milan, Italy
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Gattuso Yellow card 15' Report Ewerthon Yellow card 34'
Frings Yellow card 59'
Koller Goal 80'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 70,577
Referee: Graham Barber (England)

Knockout phase[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]
8 April 2003 First leg Ajax Netherlands 0–0 Italy Milan Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Gattuso Yellow card 35'
Ambrosini Yellow card 67'
Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Attendance: 50,967
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)
23 April 2003 Second leg Milan Italy 3–2
(3–2 agg.)
Netherlands Ajax Milan, Italy
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Ambrosini Yellow card 18'
Inzaghi Goal 30'
Costacurta Yellow card 62'
Shevchenko Goal 65'
Tomasson Goal 90+1'
Report Litmanen Goal 63'
Pasanen Yellow card 76'
Pienaar Goal 78'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 76,079
Referee: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)
Semi-finals[edit]
7 May 2003 First leg Milan Italy 0–0 Italy Internazionale Milan, Italy
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 77,049
Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)
13 May 2003 Second leg Internazionale Italy 1–1
(1–1a agg.)
Italy Milan Milan, Italy
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Di Biagio Yellow card 39'
Martins Goal 84'
Report Inzaghi Yellow card 37'
Gattuso Yellow card 37'
Rui Costa Yellow card 40'
Shevchenko Goal 45+1'
Kaladze Yellow card 85'
Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 81,854
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)
Final[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Nesta al Milan, ora è ufficiale La Gazzetta dello Sport, 31 August 2002
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  4. ^ Champions League Tactical line-ups Uefa.com, 28 May 2003
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  6. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/italy/2002-2003/seriea/milan.htm
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