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Arsenal draw AC Milan in the Europa League last 16

Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16. Credit: PA

Arsenal have been drawn to face Italian side AC Milan in the Europa League last 16.

The Gunners suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersund in the second leg of their first knockout round match on Thursday night, but progressed 4-2 on aggregate.

They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree. The Rossoneri have won the European Cup and Champions League seven times but have struggled in recent years, and are currently seventh in Serie A. Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund will face Red Bull Salzburg and Aletico Madrid take on Lokomotiv Moscow.

Lazio meet Dynamo Kiev, RB Leipzig have been drawn against Celtic's conquerors Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow face Lyon - who will be hosting this year's final - while fellow Ligue 1 side Marseille tackle Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Lisbon play Viktoria Plzen.

All opening legs will take place on March 8, with the ties concluding on March 15.

Brazil legend Kaka hangs up his boots

Kaka is a World Cup winner. Credit: PA

Former Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has retired from football.

The 35-year-old was a free agent after leaving MLS outfit Orlando City in October and, despite reported interest from his former clubs Milan and Sao Paulo, he has decided to hang up his boots.

In a tweet posted on Sunday the Champions League winner wrote: "It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you! I'm now ready for the next journey."

Kaka was 21 when Serie A giants Milan brought him to Italy from Sao Paulo and in seven seasons with the Rossoneri he scored 95 goals across all competitions, conquering Europe in 2007.

He joined Real for 67 million euros in 2009 but a series of injuries badly affected his years at the Bernabeu and he returned to Milan on a free transfer ahead of the 2013-14 season.

A brief stint back with Sao Paulo preceded three MLS campaigns with Orlando, for whom he enjoyed individual success despite limited results for the Florida franchise.

Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups, forming part of the squad that lifted the trophy in 2002.


AC Milan sack Montella with Gattuso placed in temporary charge

AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella Credit: PA

AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella and placed former club favourite Gennaro Gattuso in charge of first-team affairs.

The Rossoneri are in seventh place in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli.

The decision comes after Milan were held to a goalless draw by Torino at the weekend.

A club statement released on their official Twitter account read: "#ACMilan announce to have parted ways with @VMontella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck."


AC Milan sold to Chinese-owned consortium

The deal ends Berlusconi's 31-year reign of the Rossoneri and means both Milan teams are Chinese-owned. Credit: PA

AC Milan have been sold to a consortium led by a Chinese businessman for £627 million.

The Serie A club's owner Silvio Berlusconi decided to sell the club on Thursday to the consortium, led by Yonghong Li, ending a saga going back to August.

Fininvest have today finalised the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux the entire stake, amounting to 99.93 per cent in AC Milan.

Today's finalisation gives full effect to the takeover agreement signed by the managing director of Fininvest, Danilo Pellegrino, and David Han Li, the representative of Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux on August 15, 2016 and renewed on March 24 of this year.

The details of the agreement are those announced and provide an overall valuation of AC Milan at 740m euros, consisting of a debt burden evauated on June 30, 2016, as per the agreements between the parties of around 220m euros.

That amount has been collected by Fininvest, along with 90m euros as reimbursement of capital contributions made by Fininvest in favour of Milan from July 1, 2016 to today.

The buyers have confirmed their commitment to make important recapitalisation investments to the balance sheet and the financial strengthening of AC Milan.

Tomorrow, the general shareholders' meeting of AC Milan shareholders will, among other things, vote on the appointment of the new corporate bodies of the company.

– AC Milan statement

AC Milan face backlash over Haka performance

AC Milan performed a publicity stunt version of the Haka ahead of their Serie A match against Carpi at the San Siro on Thursday night.

Milan dubbed their pre-match war dance the 'Tekitanka', with the name emblazoned on advertising boards along with social media hashtags.

The ruse was all designed as a marketing ploy for club sponsors Nivea and the actual performance was by some actors and not the players themselves.

While attempting to be light-hearted, the attention-seeking ploy could backfire on the club, given the cultural sanctity New Zealanders place in traditional war dances like the Haka.

New Zealand's All Blacks rugby union side perform the Haka before kick-off in their Test matches, with other Pacific Islands Test teams also performing their own traditional war dances.

A dim view is generally taken of mimicry however, even in flattery but most certainly if in jest.

Politicians in New Zealand reacted with anger to England World Cup-winner Matt Dawson's 'Hakarena' dance advert during the autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Maori Party co-leader Sir Pita Sharples branded Dawson's insulting and "shameful".

Serie A giants AC Milan dismiss Sinisa Mihajlovic

AC Milan have sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and appointed Cristian Brocchi until the end of the season.

Sinisa Mihajlovic leaves Milan 6th in Serie A. Credit: PA

The move comes after Sunday's 2-1 loss to Juventus left Milan seven points adrift of the European places in Serie A.

"Sinisa Mihajlovic has been relieved of his role as AC Milan coach," a club statement said.

"The club would like to thank Mihajlovic for the dedication and hard work carried out this season.

"Cristian Brocchi will now be in charge of the first team until the end of the season. AC Milan would like to welcome Mr Brocchi and wish him all the best."

Mihajlovic, who took charge last summer and had another season remaining on his contract, reportedly met with club president Silvio Berlusconi on Monday evening, and later wrote on Twitter: "Thank you for the love, it has been an honour."

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