Completely restructured and renovated upon Silvio Berlusconi’s wish, Milanello is nowadays one of the most prestigious and innovative European sport centres. Located on a hill at 300-m height, at a distance of only 50 kilometres from Milan and close to Varese, Milanello can be easily reached through the highway directed to the Lakes.
The centre, built in 1963, is placed in a green oasis of 160 thousand square metres, also comprising a pinewood and a little lake and it is located between the towns of Carnago, Cassano Magnago and Cairate. The hypothetical boundary line between these towns passes through the middle of Milanello dressing rooms.
Milanello currently represents an important asset not only for the Milan Club, but for the whole Italian football system. This was indeed the objective pursued by Andrea Rizzoli who decided to build it. The continuity has then been ensured by Silvio Berlusconi with his firm willingness to provide to coaches, trainers and players a comprehensive centre designed to satisfy their needs. The ever most advanced facilities of Milanello have often been used also by the Italian Football Association (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio) for the preparation of the National Team’s important competitions, such as the European Championships in 1988, 1996 and 2000.
At Milanello there are six regular pitches, 1 in synthetic grass (35 m x 30), 1 covered pitch with synthetic ground (42 m x 24) and a small-sized outdoor pitch in grass named "cage" because the playing field is surrounded by a 2,30 m high wall and topped by 2,5 m high fencing. Inside the cage, the play never stops, with the ball always in motion in order to enhance the speed of execution. A path running through the woods ca. 1,200 m long at various altitudes is used during the season for the players’ physical training (running and biking) and for the recovery of injured players. The main building of the centre is a two-floor building (plus the basement) hosting the offices, the players’ rooms, the chimney room, a TV-room, a pool-room; a bar, a kitchen, two dining-rooms, the press room, the meeting room, the laundry, the ironing-room and the medical centre. Next to the main building the "guest-quarters" are located, where also a few players from the Youth Department live. These youngsters, coming from various parts of Italy and from abroad too, go to school as all other teen-agers and in the afternoons attend their training sessions on the field made available to them.
The Dressing Room
A separate building apart from the main body hosts two dressing-rooms (one for the first team, the other for the youth) and a very modern gym endowed with the most advanced Technogym equipment, one of Milan’s prides.
The gym is indeed the area most frequently renovated: in the 2000-2001 season, the indoor training space has been doubled. A highly technologically advanced gym that offers the possibility to work out and evaluate the training schedule of each single player. It is an innovative centre where the players and the staff can use the most recent and sophisticated equipment available worldwide. The renovated Milanello gym equipment comprise machines for training the strength of all muscles and cardiovascular exercises, machines for joints rehabilitation and for evaluation (REV 9000), Technogym Systems (TGS), the "keys" for the setting of individual training programs and rehabilitation protocols.
Milanello is presently considered by all international operators as the Number One Sport Centre in the world. The Italian national team often designates it as location for its retreats in view of important commitments, such as the World Cup or the European Championships.
The most advanced technical-accommodation facilities and services offer the ideal conditions for the best management of sport activity at top quality levels. The last changes implemented at the centre concern the communication sector: recently 3000-m cabling has indeed been executed in order to place in strategic points the cameras of Milan Channel - the Club’s thematic channel - for the coverage of everything going on at the Sport Centre for Milan’s fans.
HOW TO REACH MILANELLO
From Malpensa Airport: motorway to Varese (A8). Exit at Solbiate Arno then follow the signposts to Carnago and then to Milanello.
From Linate Airport: east or west highway until you reach the motorway to Varese (A8) – Como – Chiasso. Continue to Varese. Exit at Solbiate Arno then follow the signposts to Carnago and then to Milanello.
By Car from all over Italy: Motorway Milano – Laghi, direction Varese A(8). Exit at Solbiate Arno then follow the signposts to Carnago and then to Milanello.
There is no public transport available to reach the centre.