AC Milan Announce Their Squad for the 2009-10 Champions League Campaign

Rocky GettersSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2009

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 08: Filippo Inzaghi of AC Milan celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Atalanta BC at the Stadio Meazza on March 08, 2009 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by New Press/Getty Images)

Italian giants AC Milan have officially announced their 24-men squad for the Champions League (CL) campaign this season.

Here is the complete list:

Marco Storari
Flavio Roma
Christian Abbiati

Kakha Kaladze
Oguchi Onyewu
Alessandro Nesta
Gianluca Zambrotta
Marek Jankulovski
Thiago Silva
Massimo Oddo
Luca Antonini

Gennaro Gattuso
Clarence Seedorf
Matthieu Flamini
Ignazio Abate
Andrea Pirlo
Massimo Ambrosini

Alexandre Pato
Marco Boriello
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Davide Di Gennaro
Fillipo Inzaghi

There were no surprises in the list.  All the expected veterans and new star signings made the roster.

Goalkeeper Abbiati is out injured and is expected to be back by the end of September.  He would then, most probably, still be the first choice keeper for Milan.  His experience and quality will be a vital asset in the European campaign.

33-year-old defender Nesta, who has made 57 CL appearances in the glorious red-and-black so far, will have bulk of the responsibilities in the Milan defense.  His defensive pairing with 24-year-old Silva will be very crucial.  Silva will be making his CL debut this season.

The reins of midfield will rest, once again, in the hands of the veterans Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf and Ambrosini.  Gattuso has reignited injury concerns in last Saturday's match, but should be fit soon.  Young Abate is expected to make his CL debut in this campaign as well.

Davide Di Gennaro is out for at least two months with a broken metatarsal.  But the coach has shown enough faith in his ability to include him in the squad.

While Milan fans cannot wait to see the Huntelaar-Pato partnership to start terrorizing defenses, there is one name which shall always warrant even more respect, when we talk of the Champions League: none other than Italian legend Fillipo Inzaghi.

"Super Pippo" has scored a stunning 37 goals in 64 European appearances for Milan.  Inzaghi has held and broken many scoring records, but perhaps the best moment for Pippo in the Milan jersey came in the 2007 Champions League final against Liverpool, when he scored both the goals for Milan.

The 36-year-old may have lost his pace, but his hunger and sharpness hasn't eroded even one tiny bit.  This year, in the disappointing preseason, he was the only Rossoneri player who radiated class.

AC Milan are placed in a tough Group C with Real Madrid, Marsielle and Zurich.

Milan will have to put everything they have into this campaign and more, to prove to the entire world, that they are still a force to be reckoned with.


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