1998–99 A.C. Milan season


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
1998–99 season
PresidentSilvio Berlusconi
ManagerAlberto Zaccheroni
StadiumSan Siro
Serie A1st
Coppa ItaliaRound of 16
Top goalscorerLeague:
Oliver Bierhoff (20)

All:
Oliver Bierhoff (20)

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


Squad information

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

Left club during the season

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  GER Jens Lehmann
15 DF  BRA André Cruz
21 DF  ITA Giuseppe Cardone
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.

Serie A


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
4 Parma 34 15 10 9 55 36 +19 55
5 Roma 34 15 9 10 69 49 +20 54[lower-alpha 1] 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).[1]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ROM 7pts. JUV 5pts. UDI 4pts.

Matches

1 Milan 3–0 Bologna
Cappioli  45' (o.g.)
Bierhoff  51' (pen.)
Leonardo  82'
3 Milan 1–3 Fiorentina
Bierhoff  69' (pen.) Batistuta  6, 46, 52'
4 Venezia 0–2 Milan
Bierhoff  3'
Leonardo  69'
5 Cagliari 1–0 Milan
De Patre  19'
6 Milan 3–2 Roma
Leonardo  45'
Ziege  58'
Weah  72'
Delvecchio  8, 69'
7 Piacenza 1–1 Milan
S. Inzaghi  44' Ganz  90 + 2'
8 Milan 2–2 Inter
Weah  13'
Albertini  90' (pen.)
Ronaldo  7'
Moriero  48'
9 Bari 0–0 Milan
10 Milan 1–0 Lazio
Leonardo  90'
11 Parma 4–0 Milan
Chiesa  25'
Crespo  36, 60'
Boghossian  90'
12 Milan 3–0 Udinese
Weah  22'
Leonardo  41'
Bierhoff  60'
13 Milan 1–0 Vicenza
Weah  84'
14 Sampdoria 2–2 Milan
Palmieri  58'
Ortega  86'
Leonardo  39'
Bierhoff  73'
15 Milan 1–1 Juventus
Albertini  27' (pen.) Fonseca  85'
16 Empoli 1–1 Milan
Di Napoli  59' Ziege  84'
17 Milan 2–1 Perugia
Guly  37'
Bierhoff  40'
Nakata  90' (pen.)
18 Bologna 2–3 Milan
Signori  15, 44' Guly  21'
Magoni  52' (o.g.)
Ngotty  90'
19 Milan 3–2 Salernitana
Bierhoff  3, 60'
Weah  25'
Giampaolo  7'
Del Grosso  14'
21 Milan 2–1 Venezia
Guly  39'
Ganz  53'
Tuta  70'
22 Milan 1–0 Cagliari
M. Villa  49' (o.g.)
23 Roma 1–0 Milan
Paulo Sérgio  64'
25 Inter 2–2 Milan
Ngotty  7' (o.g.)
J. Zanetti  77'
Leonardo  14, 52'
26 Milan 2–2 Bari
Bierhoff  42'
Ganz  90'
Osmanovski  6, 80'
27 Lazio 0–0 Milan
28 Milan 2–1 Parma
Maldini  59'
Ganz  72'
Balbo  39'
29 Udinese 1–5 Milan
Amoroso  58' Boban  15, 37'
Bierhoff  45, 60'
Weah  63'
30 Vicenza 0–2 Milan
Bierhoff  40'
Leonardo  72'
31 Milan 3–2 Sampdoria
Ambrosini  17'
Leonardo  79'
Castellini  90' (o.g.)
Montella  60'
Franceschetti  86'
32 Juventus 0–2 Milan
Weah  46, 62'
33 Milan 4–0 Empoli
Bierhoff  32, 55, 60'
Leonardo  88'
34 Perugia 1–2 Milan
Nakata  79' (pen.) Guly  11'
Bierhoff  31'

Topscorers

References


  1. 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.