Milan Sack Chief Zvonimir Boban Following Media Outburst Against Club’s Hierarchy

There’s never a dull moment at AC Milan, is there? 

The Italian giants have confirmed the sacking of Chief Football Officer ?Zvonimir Boban, after the former Rossoneri star criticised the club’s hierarchy for making a series of poor decisions in a recent interview. 

Boban arrived at San Siro at the start of the season, but there has been serious tension between himself and CEO Ivan Gazidis, with rumours swirling that the businessman is laying the foundations for the potential summer arrival of Ralf Rangnick as their new coach. 

Pavel Nedved,Zvonimir Boban

Boban spoke out against Gazidis’ handling of the situation and openness in negotiating with Rangnick, but he paid the ultimate price on Saturday evening, as Milan confirmed his departure on the? club’s official website.

“?AC Milan confirms that it has informed Zvonimir Boban of the termination of his contract as Chief Football Officer of the Club with immediate effect. 

“The Club thanks Zvonimir for his service to the Club over the past nine months, and wishes him all the best for his future professional career.

“The Club will keep supporting Stefano Pioli and his first team in all areas and is optimistic looking ahead to the remaining games of the 2020 season. 

“The Club’s ambition remains to return to the top tier of European Football, while investing responsibly in the team in compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play.”

?Milan’s CEO Gazidis was the subject of Boban’s frustrations during his interview, but that will matter little to the South African, who now hopes to recruit ex-RB Leipzig man Rangnick to be the coach and/or sporting director of the club. No confusion there then… 

Paolo Maldini,Zvonimir Boban

“We thank Zvone for his efforts over the past nine months and wish him well in his future endeavours. We must now turn our attention to football and the important games to come,” said Gazidis. 

“Stefano Pioli and his staff are doing an exceptional job growing the performances of the team every week and will have our full support as they continue this work, in what is a difficult time for the country.” 

It’s likely that Pioli and chief Paolo Maldini will both be out of a job come the summer, as another revolution appears to be underway at San Siro. Buckle up everyone, this one might run and run. 

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Atletico Madrid Falter Once More as Diego Simeone’s Men Draw 2-2 With Sevilla

?Atletico Madrid were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in La Liga on Saturday, with all four goals coming in the first half. 

Atletico came into Saturday’s contest in fifth place, two points and two places behind Sevilla. Following an impressive 1-0 win over Liverpool, followed by another strong 3-1 win over Villarreal, the trip to Espanyol last time out was a chance to continue building momentum, but Diego Simeone’s men were held to a tame 1-1 draw. 

Luuk de Jong,Saul Niguez

The clash between Atleti and Sevilla started evenly, with both sides creating early opportunities. Joao Felix sent Alvaro Morata through, but the Spaniard’s shot was eventually blocked. At the other end, Suso fired in a fizzing effort, which forced Jan Oblak into a save.

However, with 19 minutes on the clock, the away side moved into the lead through Luuk de Jong. De Jong latched on to Joan Jordan’s pass in the centre of the Atleti box before ruthlessly firing into the bottom corner. A very good finish, but poor defending from Stefan Savic.

Atleti responded well, and soon drew level. Felipe nodded down a header for Joao Felix inside the Sevilla area, but the Portugal international went down under pressure. After a VAR review, the referee awarded a penalty for a handball in the build-up. Up stepped Alvaro Morata to bring his side level on 32 minutes. 

Alvaro Morata

And just four minutes later, the turnaround was complete as Joao Felix found the net after some good work by Koke. However, in a frantic few moments, the hosts were pegged back once again two minutes before half time. Kieran Trippier was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Ocampos, and the referee pointed to the spot. Ocampos was the man to take the spot-kick and he made no mistake. 

The second half wasn’t quite so frantic, but ?Atletico did have their opportunities to restore their lead. Substitute Yannick Carrasco twice came close, but he saw one effort well saved, while he wasted his second effort by firing over. Simeone’s men continued to push for a winner as the half wore on, but they weren’t able to find one. 


Sevilla will be pleased with the point, considering the pressure they were put under, but Atletico will feel frustrated. The result means that the Madrid-based side remain in fifth place, level on points with fourth-placed Getafe. 

Next up, Los Rojiblancos travel to Anfield for the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie with Liverpool. Simeone’s men currently hold a slender lead from the first leg. 

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Wolves Miss Chance to Go Fourth After Tame 0-0 Draw With Brighton

?Wolves missed the chance to go fourth, as they played out a tame 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at Molineux in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. 

Wolves came into Saturday’s game sat in sixth place, following their dramatic comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur last time out. As a result, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men knew that a win on Saturday against Brighton would (at least temporarily) see them move into fourth place ahead of both Manchester United and Chelsea, who both play on Sunday.

Brighton, meanwhile, sat 15th in the table, but Graham Potter’s men still have a lot of work to do to avoid relegation from the league. 

Raul Jimenez,Dan Burn

The game started slowly, with both sides struggling to find their rhythm. As a result, there were no notable opportunities for either side to open the scoring.

However, just before the half-hour mark, a long ball was launched forward, which ?Brighton‘s Adam Webster failed to clear. The usually lethal Raul Jimenez latched on to the pass and looked to fire in a strike from an audacious angle, but his effort flew just wide. 

The hosts began to increase the pressure as they searched for a goal before half time, this time Ruben Neves was the man to go close, but his effort drifted over. 

Nuno’s men were struggling to get in behind and really test the Brighton goalkeeper. As a result, the boss turned to his bench, bringing on Adama Traore. The Spaniard immediately looked to get at the Seagulls’ defence, breezing past his man before firing in a cross, which Jimenez met. However, his effort was comfortably kept out by Mat Ryan. 

If there was going to be a winner, it appeared as though it was going to be a Wolves one. The hosts continued to pile the pressure on and almost found a breakthrough late on as Leander Dendoncker fired over.

Ruben Neves,Adama Traore

In the end, neither side was able to show a cutting edge in order to find the net and the spoils were to be shared. 

It is a point that takes Brighton further away from the relegation zone, but as for Wolves, they missed a golden opportunity chance to gatecrash fourth.

Here are the key stats from the game, courtesy of Opta:

  • Wolves have drawn five games 0-0 in all competitions this season, the most of any team in the Premier League.
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  • Wolves have now played 47 games in all competitions, one more than in the entirety of last season.
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  • Brighton are the only side in England’s top four tiers yet to win a league match in 2020
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  • Wolves have kept four clean sheets in their last five Premier League games, as many shutouts as they had managed in their previous 25 games in the competition.
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  • Seven of the last nine league meetings between Wolves and Brighton at Molineux have ended as draws, with last season’s encounter at Molineux also finishing goalless.
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  • Despite coming on in the 64th minute, Adama Traoré completed more dribbles than any other player in the game (5). 

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Liverpool Smash Premier League Home Record With Victory Over Bournemouth

?Liverpool’s narrow 2-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday saw the Reds break the English top-flight record for consecutive home victories.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in (mostly) imperious form this season, as they steamroll their way towards their maiden Premier League crown.

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Defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the week had some beginning to question Klopp’s men as they suffered their third defeat in four games in all competitions. However, the Saturday lunchtime win over a struggling ?Bournemouth side means the Reds are within touching distance of their first English title in 30 years.

Victory over Eddie Howe’s men was not just significant in getting ?Liverpool back to winning ways, it also saw them notch their 22nd consecutive home league win, an English top-flight record, breaking the record previously set by themselves.

Since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool, Anfield has become something of a fortress in the ?Premier League, so much so that the Reds haven’t been beaten at home since April 2017. A Sam Allardyce managed Crystal Palace were the last side to take all three points away from Anfield in the Premier League, a run stretching back almost three years.

Liverpool’s unbeaten home Premier League run currently stretches to 55 games (45 wins, ten draws). Only ?Chelsea can boast a longer Premier League unbeaten home record, the Blues having gone 86 games unbeaten between 2004 and 2008.

With English title number 19 on the horizon, Liverpool know they are just three wins away from securing the Premier League trophy they have coveted so much. Next up for the Reds it’s the small matter of a trip to Merseyside rivals Everton, before hosting the last side to beat them at Anfield, Crystal Palace.

Should Klopp’s men secure maximum points from those two fixtures, Premier League glory could be secured at the home of current champions, ?Manchester City, as the pair face off on April 5.

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Everton’s 10 Greatest Premier League Seasons – Ranked

?From Neville Southall to Tim Cahill and Romelu Lukaku. Over the years, Everton have offered the Premier League some wonderful players and great entertainment.

Here though, 90min turns its attention to Everton’s performances across full, gruelling 38-game seasons.

Everton have been in the English top flight in every season since 1954, an incredible record. That record, therefore, spans the entire life of the Premier League, and all its 27 full seasons since its inception in 1992. 

The Toffees may never have won the rebrand first division but which seasons have been Everton’s best?


10. Season: 2010/11 

Position: 7th

Tim Cahill,Leighton Baines

The 2010/11 campaign actually started dreadfully for the Toffees under David Moyes, who hadn’t won in their first six games by the time October came around.

Suddenly, thanks to goals by Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta, they were beating rivals Liverpool and their season belatedly kick-started. They then did the double over Manchester City, Louis Saha scored four in a single afternoon against Blackpool and they beat Chelsea on the final day of the season.

Player of the Season was Leighton Baines. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.


9. Season: 2011/12 

Position: 7th

John Heitinga,Romelu Lukaku

How lovely. We’re following a chronological order.

Everton started the 2011/12 season by not starting at all – the opening day fixture against Tottenham Hotspur was postponed because of the London riots. When it did finally start, just like the previous season, it didn’t go very well at all. By 11 January, Everton had lost ten times.

They only fell to two further defeats all season though, finishing on a nine-game unbeaten run. The low point was conceding a hat-trick to Steven Gerrard in a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool, but it was an overall improved season on the one that preceded it. The high point was finishing above their Merseyside rivals in the league.

Player of the Season was John Heitinga. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Royston Drenthe.


8. Season: 2016/17 

Position: 7th

Romelu Lukaku

?Anyone watching Everton in 2016/17 was really just watching a team of moons orbiting around the planet that was Romelu Lukaku – who bagged 25 in the league, second only to Harry Kane.

With Ronald Koeman in charge for his only full season in charge of the Toffees, the team excelled, finishing 15 points above eighth-placed, Southampton. 

They beat Arsenal, defending champions Leicester City, and Lukaku scored four as they thrashed Bournemouth 6-3 in February. Just three matches earlier, they had battered Manchester City 4-0. Even Tom Davies had scored.

Player of the Season was Romelu Lukaku. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Arouna Koné.


7. Season: 2006/07 

Position: 6th

Cristiano Ronaldo,Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta and Joleon Lescott were irrepressible in their attempts to lug Everton up the table in 2006/07. It certainly worked, as Moyes’ side finished in sixth place, with a goal difference 13 better than Tottenham one place above them.

The club’s top scorer for the season Andy Johnson scored a brace as they embarrassed Liverpool 3-0, and his stoppage-time striker earned Everton a home victory over Arsenal later in the season as well. They also had the best defensive record outside the established ‘big four’. Well played.

Player of the Season was Arteta. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Nuno Valente.


6. Season: 1995/96 

Position: 6th

EVERTON V REYKJAVIK

Curiously sandwiched in between two seasons in which Everton finished down in 15th, 1995/96 was incredibly tight at the top – with every side all the way down to eighth place reaching the 60 points mark.

Under the management of Everton club legend Joe Royle, the Toffees were propelled by the form of rampant Russian winger Andrei Kanchelskis and Nigerian forward Daniel Amokachi. Between them they struck 21 league goals. Only Man Utd and Newcastle scored more goals in 1995/96 than Everton’s 64. 

Against Liverpool, Everton took an impressive four points.

Player of the Season was Kanchelskis. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Tony Grant.


5. Season: 2012/13 

Position: 6th

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Though not actually a Premier League game, the best moment of Everton’s impressive 2012/13 campaign was Tony Hibbert’s testimonial. Forever a cult hero in the blue half of the city, Hibbert had spent 16 years and 329 games not scoring for Everton. Then, against AEK Athens in his testimonial, he scored a golden free-kick, prompting a pitch invasion. Things. You. Love. To. See.

Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini was in inspired form for Moyes’ team, and finished the season as top scorer with 11. Although helped a tad by a steady flow of Leighton Baines penalties throughout the campaign, only Manchesters City and United lost fewer games all season. What a record.

They finished above Liverpool again.

Player of the Season was Baines. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Bryan Oviedo.


4. Season: 2008/09 

Position: 5th

Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fe


Although a little way off Arsenal in fourth, this was a brilliant season for Everton. Knocking out Manchester United and Liverpool (first and second in the league) helped Everton to an FA Cup final, although they lost it narrowly to Chelsea, 2-1.

No-one hit double figures for goals in the league, but Fellaini, Cahill and Saha came close, showing their class at regular intervals. However, the club’s real strong point was its defence.

In the end, Everton’s defence was so solid that it kept 17 league clean sheets. SEVENTEEN. On that stat alone, a fifth-placed finish was to be expected.

Player of the Season was Phil Jagielka. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is James Vaughan.


3. Season: 2007/08

Position: 5th

Joleon Lescott

Here we are — the business end. It’s the top three.

This, actually, was a season of ‘what might have been’. An unbelievable run across 19 games in the middle of the campaign helped Everton take up the fourth-place position with ten games remaining. But defeats to Fulham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal pushed the club back down to fifth. Let’s face it, most clubs would still take that…

Joleon Lescott scored eight league goals from the back, while 2007/08 also offered peak Steven Pienaar and peak Leon Osman.

From October to December, Everton went on a seven-game unbeaten run, and later beat that in March, going nine without defeat in a run stretching all the back to New Year’s Day.

Player of the Season was Lescott. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Andy van der Meyde.


2. Season: 2004/05 

Position: 4th

Lee Carsley,Kevin Kilbane

Tipped for relegation, having scraped 17th place the season before, Everton also had to contend with the loss of possibly their greatest ever academy product – Wayne Rooney. All things considered, they coped very well. Very well indeed.

David Moyes’ team lost 4-1 to Arsenal on the opening day, and lost to them 7-0 late on in the season as well, but what came in between was infinitely better. Lee Carsley’s goal sunk bitter rivals Liverpool in December, for example.

This was the season that earned Thomas Gravesen his move to Real Madrid, and it was easy to see why with his tough tackling and four league goals to boot in the half-season before he departed in January. This was another season with a high clean-sheets total – 13 in the league alone – thanks in no small part to David Weir and Alan Stubbs, safe as houses at the back.

Player of the Season was Kevin Kilbane. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Gary Naysmith.


1. Season: 2013/14 

Position: 5th

Seamus Coleman

Just look at that points total of 72. 

21 league wins from a possible 38 – what a season for Everton. The Toffees avoided defeat to Arsenal and Manchester United as they qualified for the Europa League under new manager Roberto Martínez. Where had David Moyes gone? He’d gone to Manchester United, who finished two places and eight points lower than Everton in the table. 

With Phil Neville, Victor Anichebe, Nikica Jelavi?, Heitinga and Fellaini all having left the club in the summer, the new manager did a brilliant job to guide the club to a better season than the one prior. Lukaku shone in his first season, as did Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu.

Victory in Hull on the final day of the season confirmed Everton had reached 72 points – a club-record total. Amazing. Not fourth place, but frankly the club’s best season all things considered.

Player of the Season was Séamus Coleman. 

90min‘s trivial player of the season is Antolin Alcaraz.

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