Completely restructured and renovated thanks to the backing of Silvio Berlusconi, Milanello is today one of the most important, prestigious and state-of-the-art sporting complexes in Europe.
Situated on a hill at an attitude of 300 metres near Varese and only 50 km from Milan, the centre is easily reached from the motorway that runs around the lakes. Originally opened in 1963, it is surrounded by a 160,000 m² green oasis that includes a large pine forest and a lake located between Carnago, Cassano Magnano and Cairate.
The exact dividing line between these local areas cuts right through the middle of the dressing room.
Milanello today represents an important asset not only for the Rossoneri, but for the entire Italian football movement.
This was the objective of Andrea Rizzoli, who decided to build the complex.
The continuity was thus then assured by Silvio Berlusconi, who had always wanted to make available a complex designed according to the needs of coaches and players.
The Milanello structure has always been at the forefront in terms of training facilities and has been used on a number occasions by the Italian Football Federation ahead of important international tournaments including the European Championships in 1988, 1996 and 2000.
Milanello has six regulation-size natural grass pitches, a synthetic pitch (35m. x 30), and another covered synthetic pitch (42m. x 24), there is also an outdoor grass pitch known as “the cage” due to the fact that the playing field is surrounded by a 2.30 m. wall where there is a 2,50 m. high fence.
Inside “the cage” play continues without stopping, the ball is always moving in order to increase the speed of the game.
In the wood there is a 1,200 m. long path set out at different gradients and during the season it is used for physical training (jogging and cycling) and for the rehabilitation of injured players.
The main structure of the center is made up of a building with two floors (and the basement) where there are offices, the players’ rooms, the main hall, the TV room, the billiard room; the bar, the kitchen, two dining rooms, the press room, the meeting room, the laundry room and the medical center.
Next to the main building there is a "guest house", where some of the youth players who have arrived from other parts of Italy or from abroad live. They attend school in the morning and train in the afternoon.
The Dressing Room
A separate building from the main area houses two dressing rooms (one for the First Team, the other for Youth side) and a modern gym with the latest Technogym equipment; the real centre-piece of the facility.
The completely, newly renovated gym offers the players the high-tech Technogym brand solutions. The gym was refurbished a few years ago, adding the latest Technogym equipment, aesthetically upgraded by Technogym’s Interior Design team.
The latest cardiovascular machines are equipped with the new interactive VISIOweb display to connect to the internet, TV and iPod during training and the Pruestrength line of equipment has been specially designed for the needs of athletes to allow muscle-building capacity for Massimiliano Allegri’s players.
Today, all international observers consider Milanello to be the number one sports centre in the world.
The national side have used it often ahead of World Cup and European Championships matches.
The facilities and state-of-the-art services promote sport that meets the criteria of the highest quality.
FACILITIES FOR PRESS AND MEDIA
The latest changes to the structure relate to the field of communication: 3,000 metre-cables have been installed in order to place Milan Channel – the thematic club channel that broadcasts all the news about the club to fans - cameras at strategic points. The Sports Centre also has two press rooms equipped to host press conferences and interviews with journalists.
HOW TO REACH THE SPORTS CENTRE
From Malpensa: take the motorway towards Varese (A8). Exit Solbiate Arno: follow the signs for Carnago and then for Milanello.
From Linate: take the east or west ring-road towards Como – Varese – Chiasso – Malpensa, follow the signs for Varese (A8). Exit Solbiate Arno: follow the signs for Carnago and then for Milanello.
Car from other parts of Italy: take the motorway towards the Lakes, follow the signs for Varese (A8). Follow the signs for Varese (A8). Exit Solbiate Arno: follow the signs for Carnago and then for Milanello.
There is no public transport available to the Sports Centre.