For the first time since selling AC Milan after its new club, Monza was promoted to Serie B on Monday, Silvio Berlusconi is looking for a return to the top table of Italian football.
Monza was one of three clubs that moved up to second-tier along with Vicenza and Reggina following Monday ‘s decision by the Italian Football Federation to end the regular Series C season and promote the top team from each of the three groups in the division.
“Monza will create a squad ready to go to the top of Series B,” Berlusconi was quoted as saying by the local newspaper Il Cittadino.
Promotion (to Series A) may depend on several variables, some of which are unforeseen. We know some very well though, and we’re going to try to make the most of that.
For more than 30 years, Berlusconi had previously owned AC Milan, where the team won five European Cups and eight Series A titles.
In 2017 he was selling the club to a group headed by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong. The following year, after Li had defaulted on a loan to buy the club, American fund Elliott took over.
The 83-year-old media tycoon and former Italian prime minister then bought Monza for a mere three million euros ($3.4 million) comparatively pittance and invested heavily in the company. He has also brought Adriano Galliani, his historic right-hand man, to help guide the team to the top.
As a result, when the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic it was 16 points clear in their division. Berlusconi said that he never doubted the promotion of Monza, adding that he did not want his squad to be considered the third team of Milan.
The Lombardy club is a stone’s throw away from the historic residence of both Milan and Berlusconi in Arcore, the reported scene of wild parties that some guests have allegedly gone down into orgies.