They did it! Monza last night validated their ticket to Serie A after winning the second match in the away game against Pisa (victory 3-4 in the return, 2-1 in the first match). A big win for the Italian team bought four years ago by Silvio Berlusconi. Fininvest, Berlusconi’s holding company, actually invested part of the 740 million euros raised thanks to the sale of AC Milan to acquire all the capital in Monza 1912 on 28 September 2018. And to embark on this ambitious project, Italian businessman was accompanied of his faithful right arm, Adriano Galliani.
How else? For years, the Berlusconi-Galliani duo has advanced hand in hand with Rossoneri. It is still together that they started this new project in Monza, a city that is very high in the heart of Galliani as he is a resident of it. “It’s a romantic operation, an act of love. Let’s say I was rented out to AC Milan for 31 years, as Monza is in my DNA.he explained in 2019 before announcing the color: “our Monza was really born on July 1, 2019, the first day of our first full season, with the intention of landing in Serie A in 24 months”.
From Serie C to Serie A in two years
An insane effort. But not impossible to know the two copies. To help them achieve this goal, they have called on some big names who have gone through Milan, such as Kévin Prince-Boateng and Mario Balotelli, who have since traveled. They had also tried to pick up Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and even Franck Ribéry. But they had all declined the invitation. Either way, the club worked hard to climb the ladder. In Serie C in 2018, at the time of the takeover, Monza went up to the second division for the first time in 2020. The transalpine team was not far from doing so for the second time in a row in 2021.
But she had failed in the Series B playoffs. A year later and with his experience he succeeded. It did not take 24 but 36 months for the Berlusconi-Galliani duo for Monza to advance to Serie A. A great success and a first in the history of the club, founded in 1912, 110 years ago. This is the reward for the work of an entire club and an entire group trained by Giovanni Stroppa, 54. Formerly playing for Milan and Monza, he returned home in 2021, the one who had the advantage of having already experienced an increase in Serie A with Crotone in 2020.
A strategy for a transfer window that will change
A winning choice. “Beyond my past with Rossoneri, I think I was selected for my coaching past and I’m glad it paid off. It’s hard to be rational, we started in difficulty, but we have always believed in it. “There is also an important element of character. We put pressure on and that was the little secret. The relationship with the owners has developed, they have been important, but Antonelli (sports director) has also done a good job.”. In fact, Monza has changed their strategy by relying on elements accustomed to Serie B rather than big names.
But with the inclusion in the first division, it will necessarily be necessary to recruit players who are used to the elite. This was confirmed by Filippo Antonelli. “It’s going to be a wonderful summer in the transfer market and Monza will be looking for top players as the owner wants it. Something is brewing but I can not speak now, with this owner something magical can happen”. At the end of the contract in Turin, Andrea Belotti would be a priority. “He’s a great striker like so many others, I can not rule anything out”confessed Monza’s sports director.
Berlusconi will win Serie A and the Champions League
Stefano Sensi (Inter Milan, loaned to Sampdoria), Junior Messiah (Milan) and Mattia Caldara (Milan) are followed with particular interest. But Monza is dreaming bigger and will use the funds to recruit stars to achieve the goals set by Silvio Berlusconi.“The Scudetto in Milan and the promotion of Monza, it was a year that did good for the heart (…) It’s a great joy. Monza was founded in 1912 and had never been in Serie A. Today we are there , and Monza has the team it deserves to face the big ones in the Italian championship next year, and do you want to know? We will win the championship and go to the Champions League. Everyone is warned, Berlusconi and Monza are going to hit hard in Serie A and in Europe!