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Rossoneri Advent Calendar Day 24: Stefano Eranio and the Wing Play

31 Days Remembering Players From Milan’s Past, Each Date Will Feature A Player Who Donned The Jersey Number.

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Stefano Eranio played for AC Milan for five years between 1992 and 1997. The Italy international joined the club from Genoa and went on to win 3 Scudetti with the Rossoneri and a European Cup before exiting the club amid conflict with his managers. Eranio featured as a right winger and notably partnered well with Jean Pierre Papin, Marco Simone and George Weah over his tenure with the club.

Alessandro del Piero of Juventus and Stefano Eranio of AC Milan

Eranio was originally brought to Milan to replace the ageing Mauro Tassoti at right back but Fabio Capello felt that he did not posses the skills to occupy the position due to his defensive laxity and fielded him higher up the pitch as an attacking winger on the right side to supplement the attackers by driving the ball forward. Eranio struggled to establish himself fully at Milan due to recurring injuries that sidelined him for large swathes of time. He was a key squad player as he managed to average about 20 or more games per season. He was particularly prevalent in the 1995-96 Scudetto winning season where he supported Baggio and Weah whilst competing with the likes of Donadoni, Boban and Savicevic. Eranio did manage to lift 8 trophies and 5 years before transfering away to Derby County due to disagreements with Arrigo Sacchi.

Achievements with Milan

  • Serie A: 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
  • UEFA Champions League: 1993–94
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 1992, 1993, 1994
  • UEFA Supercup: 1994

Top Highlight

Eranio was never a prolific goalscorer for Milan but he did manage to score a few critical goals in his time with the club. The 1995-96 season was one where Milan won the Serie A title despite having some ups and downs with establishing a key man in front of goal. Weah emerged as the top scorer with 11 followed by Simone's 8 and Baggio's 7 but a lot of squad players contributed goals. Eranio's contribution was an early goal against Vincenza to save a point in a season where Milan won the Scudetto by limiting their losses and picking up draws against provincial sides. Watch the highlight of the goal here or below.