MILAN - Gianpaolo Calvarese will referee Milan-Verona on Saturday 24 August at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona. Calvarese was born on 20 February 1976 and made his Serie A debut on 24 May 2009 with Cagliari 2-1 Inter. He has 23 games' experience in the Italian top flight but has refereed Milan only once when the Rossoneri beat Siena 2-1 at the San Siro on 6 January 2013. He has refereed Verona three times in Serie B with a record of two wins and a single loss.
MILAN - A reminder for the fans traveling to Verona by road on Saturday that the highway exit is "Verona Nord", while those traveling by train will have to use the buses provided by the city council to get from the train station to the stadium.
MILAN - The Rossoneri train this afternoon at 17.30 and tomorrow will hold their final training session ahead of their league opener against Verona on Saturday at 18.00 at the Bentegodi stadium in the city.
PSV meanwhile, who face Milan in the Champions League preliminary stages next Wednesday, will play their fourth league match on Saturday at 19.45 against Heracles Almelo.
MILAN - Verona-Milan kicks off at 18.00 on Saturday evening at the Bentegodi stadium. The last time these two teams faced off for the first match of the season was back in 1996 in a match that ended Milan 4-1 Verona.
MILAN - Mario Balotelli will start the season in Serie A this weekend for the first time since the 2009-2010 season four years ago. Forza Mario!
MILAN – The Rossoneri start their Serie A season against newly promoted Verona on Saturday at 18.00. Here are the precedents for an opening match against a promoted side:
2012-13 Milan-Sampdoria 0-1
2010-11 Milan-Lecce 4-0
2008-09 Milan-Bologna 1-2
2007-08 Genoa-Milan 0-3
2005-06 Ascoli-Milan 1-1
2004-05 Milan-Livorno 2-2
2003-04 Ancona-Milan 0-2
2000-01 Milan-Vicenza 2-0