The Serie A Femminile season has been over for nearly two weeks now. Now, the AC Milan Women are either getting a much-needed rest or participating in a few, friendly matches.
Here are some random tidbits about the latest ongoings involving our intrepid heroines.
A few AC Milan players have been summoned to their national teams for upcoming friendlies. Both Valentina Giacinti and Valentina Bergamaschi were initially summoned for Italy’s upcoming friendlies with The Netherlands. Bergamaschi, however, was sent home for unknown reasons.
As it stands, only Valentina Giacinti will the only player for Milan in the Italy squad. The forward played for 35 minutes in their friendly against The Netherlands on June 10th.
She also got a pretty cool souvenir after the match.
Italy’s next friendly will be against Austria on June 14th at 16:30 CET.
Christy Grimshaw also got her first call-up for Scotland. The midfielder’s performances at Milan caught the attention of Scotland coach Stuart McLaren, and she was called up for the team. Scotland played a friendly against Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Grimshaw made her debut then. Scotland’s next friendly will be against Wales on June 15th. Look for Grimshaw to potentially play for the team again.
Yui Hasegawa has also been summoned by Japan to participate in their upcoming friendlies. The team played Ukraine in a friendly match on Wednesday. The game ended in an 8-0 rout in favor of the Nadeshiko and Yui played for 72 minutes. The only downside to her performance is that she didn’t get in on the team’s goal-fest.
Their next match will be against Mexico on June 13th in a tournament known as the MS & AD Cup. The cup is a friendly tournament that will help the team prepare for the Olympics. Yui will also stay with the Nadeshiko throughout the summer as they prepare to participate in the Tokyo Olympics as the host nation.
Renewals and Departures
Although Laura Giuliani is almost most certain to join Milan, Korenčiová would like to stay on the team as well. The goalkeeper is said to be enjoying life in Italy and is not quite ready to leave yet.
If she stays and Giuliani joins, then Milan will officially have two of the best goalkeepers in the league.
Midfielder Julia Šimić, on the other hand, has left the team after she announced her retirement from football. Caroline Rask has also announced her departure from Milan. The Danish midfielder didn’t feature much for the team, with her most memorable moment came after she high-fived Miriam Longo during the first match of the season. The celebration acerbated an injury that Longo already had and led to her needing surgery to recover from it.
We wish both of them the best of luck in their future and hope that Rask doesn’t injure anyone else while celebrating with them.
Meanwhile, Milan are said to be interested in another Danish player...
Interest from abroad
The Rossonere are going to have a busy summer and they are currently working on fortifying the squad. The team said to be interested in Danish forward, Stine Larsen. The seasoned international is a versatile player who has played at the highest level and would boost the overall quality of the team, should they sign her.
More will be written on the player and what a great addition she’d be to the team, should the move materialize.
The previously mentioned Hasegawa is also said to be attracting interest from abroad. The Japanese international has apparently caught the attention of teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and PSG. All three would like to add Yui as a strong reinforcement for their teams.
In the past couple of days, Madrid seems to have stepped up their interest in her.
To date, she is one of few Milan players that has not yet signed a renewal with the team. If the team loses her, then they’ll have a huge gap to fill, as she was one of their best performers last season.
Yui was one of the team’s best players last season. Losing her to Madrid will also bring back echoes of losing Thaisa to the same team.
Losing high-caliber players like this won’t change until Serie A Femminile becomes a professional league that can offer professional contracts and all of the other benefits that professionalism can bring. The league will become professionalized in 2022 and there is talk of reducing the league to ten teams to make the move to professionalism more sustainable. This is a topic that, no doubt, needs to be monitored and will be written about in the upcoming days.
At the moment, the Rossonere are currently on a summer break. They’ll learn who their opponents for the UEFA Women’s Champions League will be on July 2nd. They’ll then reconvene for training on July 5th in preparation for their first knockout game of the tournament, which will take place on August 18th.
And if you’re wondering if there will be any content to fill the void and if a season review will be done — don’t worry, it’s coming.
In the meanwhile, stay tuned.