NAME : Associazione Calcio Milan s.p.a
Nick Name : i Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks)
il Diavolo (The Devil)
YEAR OF FOUNDATION : 1899
ADDRESS : Via Filippo Turati 3, 20121 Milano.
TELEPHONE : +39 0262281
FAX : +39 026598876
STADIUM : San Siro
Top Goalscorer All-Time : Gunner Nordahl (210 goals from 1949-56)
Top Goalscorer 2009-2010: Marco Boriello (15 in all competitions)
Captain : Massimo Ambrosini
The club was founded in 1899 under the name of Milan Cricket and Football club, and the first official headquarters was the Fiaschetteria Toscana of Via Breschet. The first President was Mr. Edwards, who was partnered by Herbert Kilpin who chose the official club colours. On the 4th of April 1900 the first official match was played, a 3-0 defeat against the Torinese.
The following year the first Scudetto was won, followed by two others in 1906 and 1907, years in which the Cricket part was removed from the name of the team. In the 1940s the team took the definite name of AC Milan, but it was in the 1950s that the team returned to winning ways thanks to the purchases of players such as Liedhol, Gren and Nordahl. In the following decade two more affirmations arrived, which brought other important signatures like those of Schiaffino, Altafini, Rivera and leader Nereo Rocco. Also at international level great successes arrived, such as on the 22nd of May 1963, when Milan won the Champions Cup in London. These were also the years of Rivera, who became the undisputable leader and flag of the team.
The results of the 1970s were less brilliant, but the worst moment in the rossoneri’s history arrived in 1980, when the club was involved in the ‘totonero’ scandal and relegated to Serie B. President Colombo was banned for life, leaving his position to Morazzoni, who immediately took the team back to Serie A. The return was not a happy one, and a 14th place finish relegated the rossoneri once again. The club fell in the hands of another owner, Farina, who took Milan back to Serie A and helped them to stay in the top positions of the league, but the definite change arrived in 1986, when the club was bought by Silvio Berlusconi, who in the next twenty years built one of the most successful teams in the history of football.
There was the Sacchi cycle, the arrival of Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten, the domestic and international victories, and then the arrival of Capello who continued from where his predecessor had left off, taking Milan to the top of the world. Zaccheroni, who won the tricolore in his first season, and then Ancelotti, able to win two Champions League, and a Scudetto, gave continuity to the team.
National Title : 1901, 1906, 1907
League Titles: 1950-51, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1961-62, 1967-68, 1978-89, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2003-2004 Italian Cup 1966-67, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1976-77, 2002-2003
Italian League Supercup : 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2004
European/South American Cup : 1969, 1989, 1990
FIFA Club World Cup : 2007
European Supercup : 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
UEFA Champions League : 1962-63, 1968-69, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94, 2002-03, 2006-07
European Cup Winners Cup : 1967-68, 1972-73
Italian Cup : 1966, 1971, 1972, 1976, 2002
Marco Amelia (1)
Flavio Roma (30)
Christian Abbiati (32)
Oguchi Onyewu (5)
Alessandro Nesta (13)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (15)
Marek Jankulovski (18)
Gianluca Zambrotta (19)
Bruno Montelongo (22)
Daniele Bonera (25)
Thiago Silva (33)
Mario Yepes (76)
Luca Antonini (77)
Gennaro Ivan Gattuso (8)
Clarence Seedorf (10)
Rodney Strasser (14)
Mathieu Flamini (16)
Ignazio Abate (20)
Andrea Pirlo (21)
Massimo Ambrosini (23) (C)
Kevin Prince Boateng (27)
Filippo Inzaghi (9)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11)
Nnamdi Oduamadi (90)
Technical Staff Season 2010/11
Coach : Massimiliano Allegri
Assistant Coach : Mauro Tassotti
Goalkeepers' Trainers : Marco Landucci
Hall of Fame
Demetrio Albertini, class 1971, is a product of the rossonero youth sector. Trait d’union between the Sacchi’s A.C. Milan and the Capello ones. Demetrio debuted at the age of 17 during the season 1988/89 and gained a lead role with Mr. Capello in 1991/92, season in which he won the League Title. Director and mainstay of the midfield, Albertini has had a great insight into the game: his feet dictated always the times and ways of the line of attack, this is the reason why everyone call him the “Metronome”. Other than shines for his technical qualities he is famous for his fair-play on the pitch. With the rossoneri he have won five League Titles, two UEFA Champions League, two UEFA Supercus, a European(South American Cups and three League Supercups.
The Brazilian Mazzola
In Brazil he was called Mazzola for his great resemblance with Valentino Mazzola of the great Tourin. José Altafini arrives at the A.C. Milan when he was only twenty years old but with an important title already won with his own national team: World Cup of the 1958 in Sweden. A forward with an extraordinary potential, Altafini win a League Title, with the A.C. Milan jersey, in the season 1958/59, he scored 28 goals during 32 matches. He’ll win a second one, in the 1961/62, thanks to that the rossoneri will be able to play and win (the first Italian team) the UEFA Champions League in the 1963. During the historical final of Wembley, against the Benfica of Mr. Eusebio, José was the protagonist with his two goals that allow A.C. Milan to win 2-1. He left the rossonera jersey in the 1965 in order to wear the Naple’s colours.
The Divin Codino
Considered as one of the greatest Italian players ever, Roberto Baggio grow up in the youths of Caldogno, his hometown team. His professional career starts early thanks to his great skills that will bring him to wear, at the age of fifteen, the Vicenza jersey. After two great seasons, where he shows his talent, Baggio is bought by Fiorentina FC in the 1985. His first year with the violet jersey is not easy due to a serious injury who will bring him to postpone, on September 21th 1986, his debut in Serie A during the match Fiorentina – Sampdoria 2-0. Since that day Baggio has been enchanting everyone with his imagination, his technical skills and his talent, becoming a landmark for the Fiorentina FC. In the 1990 he became a Juventus FC player . With the bianconeri he won a League Title, an Italian Cup and a UEFA Cup, but most of all the Golden Ball in the 1993. During summer 1995 Roberto Baggio is bought by A.C. Milan with another champion of international fame, George Weah. Under the guidance of Mr. Fabio Capello, Baggio won a League Title collecting 28 appearances and scoring 7 goals. The second season in rossonero is not positive like the first one. The A.C. Milan doesn’t shine at the San Siro stadium. Baggio leaves the rossoneri but the love and the respect towards him are the same of the past two years with the rossonera jersey.
In the history of the Italian football a few players can be considered a real standard bearer for their teams but Franco Baresi is surely one of that for A.C. Milan. His debut with the rossoneri was during the season 1977/78; a year later, at the age of eighteen, he won his first League Title, the unforgettable one due to the star. He stays with the A.C. Milan in spite of the problems of the Club, during the earlier 80’s. In the Berlusconi’s era with the arrival of Mr. Arrigo Sacchi, Baresi will become the strongest sweeper in the world, the leader and the captain of the team called “The Invincible”, that doesn’t know opponents, between the end of the 80’s and the early 90’s. Baresi leads an insuperable defence with Paolo Maldini, Billy Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti. He won five other League Titles and most of all three UEFA Champions League and two European/South American Cups. Sweeper with offensive tendencies, Baresi has played 719 official matches with the rossonera jersey. He left the football on October 1997; A.C. Milan took off in his honour the jersey number 6, the one he wore and that saw so many successes.
Arrived in Italy in the 1991 after five seasons played in the German League and one in the Austrian League, Bierhoff debuts in Serie A with the Ascoli FC jersey on September 1st 1991. After a start not so exciting, the German forward shows his talent in the next championships and became a player in the Serie A again, this time with the Udinese FC jersey. In Friuli Bierhoff became one of the most prolific forwards in Europe gaining the national convocation with the German team. In the summer 1998 there’s the passage at the A.C. Milan after an extraordinary season with the Udinese FC jersey in which he scored 27 goals gaining the title of top-goalscorer and reaching the third place in the table with the friulana lineup. He is a well-endowed player and he has a great talent with the headers, the German forward, after his first rossonera season, is one of the protagonists in the Lazio chasing that brought the victory of the 16° Title League in the A.C. Milan history. After two seasons with the rossoneri he became a Monaco FC player, on January 2002, before his last season in Serie A with the Chievo Verona FC where he left the football at the age of 35.
The sign of Zorro
The Croatian Zvonimir Boban arrived at the A.C. Milan in the season 1992/93 and he became a protagonist of the rossonere victories during the 90’s. His great technical skills, his good insight into the game and his great tactical malleability bring him to cover different roles in the midfield, from the wing to behind the forwards depending on the different game plans choosing by the various coaches which he played with. Among the victories he got in his career, there’s the League Title won in the season 1998/99 with Zaccheroni as a coach of A.C. Milan; Boban played a principal role guiding the great rossoneri chasing of Lazio FC. He won four League Titles, three Italian Supercups, a UEFA Champions League and a European Supercup.
Grown up in the AS Portuense, an amateurish team of his hometown, Ruben Buriani joined the Spal youths, where Paolo Mazza made him a professional player. After three seasons with Monza FC, in the 1977 he became an A.C. Milan player and with the rossonera jersey he won a League Title in the 1979. Buriani stays with A.C. Milan even during the difficult years of the relegation in Serie B. In the meantime he found a place in the national team where he debuted on February 16th 1980 on the occasion of the match against the Romania, playing for ten minutes with the azzurra jersey. He had up for the European in the 1980, even if he won’t collect other appearances with the azzurra jersey again. After the second relegation of A.C. Milan in the 1982, he became a player of A.C. Cesena. In the 1984 he played a season with the AS Roma with which he collected 24 appearances. Buriani’s last season in Serie A was with the Napoli’s jersey in the 1985. A bad injury occurred and made him to leave football at high levels.
Marcos Cafu joined the rossoneri in the 2003/2004 season and he has been staying for five seasons. Called: “The Pendolino” for his speed on the wing, Cafu is considered one of the greatest right backs in the world. When he arrived at the A.C. Milan he was an expert player already manu trophies gained (among which a World Cup as the Seleção captain in the 2002) and he was an experienced player of the Italian football, thanks to his career in the AS Roma which with he won a League Title. Cafu, who debuts in Serie A with A.C. Milan on September 1st 2003 during the match Ancona-Milan 0-2, became a landmark for the rossonera defence thanks to that he played 28 times during the championship. During his first season with A.C. Milan he won a UEFA Supercup and a League Title. The following years are full of success for the Brazilian defender: UEFA Champions League (the only trophy he hadn’t yet in his palmarès), another UEFA Supercup, the FIFA Club World Cup and an Italian Supercup. 166 total appearances with the rossonera jersey and 4 goals scored by “The Pendolino”.
Fabio the leader
The football career of Fabio Capello starts in the 1964 when, at the age of 18, he debuts with the SPAL. In the 1967 he was bought by AS Roma, where he won his first title, the Italian Cup. After his move to Juventus FC he wins three League Titles and he becomes a regular presence in the National team in the ’70s. In the 1976 he left Juventus FC to join A.C. Milan where he will finish his career as a player winning an Italian Cup and a League Title in 1980. Capello starts his new career as a coach training the rossonero youth department. He debuted on the bench of the A.C. Milan first team during the season 1986/87, when he is called to replace Liedholm in his last days. Capello returned the trust of the new president Silvio Berlusconi bringing the rossoneri in the UEFA Cup thanks to the successful playoff against the Sampdoria. During the season 1991/92 he was the A.C. Milan coach again, he tries to inherit at his best Arrigo Sacchi. Fabio Capello obtains a series of successful results overcoming, at least in Italy, his precursor. He wins three consecutive League Titles and his A.C. Milan is called “The unbeatable ones”, playing 58 matches in a row, more than a tournament and a half, without a loss. In the 1994 he wins a UEFA Champions League, beating, 4-0 in the Final, the Barcelona of Crujiff, and during the season 1995/96 he wins his fourth League Title. As it happened to Arrigo Sacchi he also comes back to training the A.C. Milan for only a season in the 1997/98.
Billy, the Professor
Alessandro Costacurta, also known as Billy was born in 1966 and arrives at the A.C. Milan during the season 1986/87. Costacurta with Mauro Tassotti, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini has been part of one of the strongest defence in the football history. A defender with a great tactical intelligence, an excellent technique and a good agonistic temper, he formed with Baresi an unbeatable pair. Going through the Berlusconi era he won everything as a football player. He finished his great career in the season 2006/2007 and he started another one as a coach, always with the rossoneri colours on the background.
The Black Spider
His unmistakable outfit wore during the matches made his nickname “the black spider”. That’s why Fabio Cudicini, between the goal posts, seemed to be eight-legged like a spider. He had a constant performances which allowed him to win a lot. Cudicini grow up in the Udinese youths and he debuted with the same team in the Serie B, 1955/56: with the bianconera jersey he gained a place in the Serie A. During his first season in the Serie A he reached 13 appearances. After two great placings with the bianconeri (fourth and ninth place), Cudicini, in the 1958, wore the AS Roma jersey and he became for two years the second goalkeeper. Since 1960 and for sixth seasons he becomes the regular goalkeeper of the team, he wears the giallorossa jersey N.1 and he won the “Coppa delle Fiere”. During his time in Rome he’s called to play with the National team on May 8th1963. In the 1966/67 he plays, even if not constantly, with Brescia FC. Even if his career seemed to be at the end, when he was 32 years older, he was called by A.C. Milan in the 1967 and with the rossonera jersey he won everything. With him A.C. Milan won a League Title, the UEFA Champions League and in the 1969 its first European/South American Cup.
The style and the power
Marcel Desailly was born in 1968 and he was one of the mainstay of the Fabio Capello’s A.C. Milan. He arrived in Italy during the season 1993/94, he wins soon the championship with the rossonera jersey. The next year he wins again the League Title, becoming an important player in the milanista midfield thanks to his pressing. At first as a midfielder he plays even as a central defender. Even in this role he is great, supported by his resounding technical abilities. Unforgettable his goal of the 4-0 win over Barcelona during the Final of UEFA Champions League in Athens. He left the A.C. Milan after he won two League Titles, a UEFA Champions League, two League Supercups and an European Supercup.
Lights on San Siro
Roberto Donadoni is one of the first players bought in the Berlusconi era. He starts his career as a professional footballer in the Atalanta until the season 1986/87 when he became part of the A.C. Milan team following the rossonero success first with Mr. Sacchi and then with Mr. Capello. Donadoni has been one of the most experienced Italian midfielders in those years: feign, burst of speed, dribbling, cross and kick, his repertory doesn’t know gaps. His better performances are on the right area but he can even play well in the left area with great results. Just like his teammates, “The Invincibles”, in his career he won everything he could have hope with a Club. He spent two seasons in the USA where he played in the New York Metrostars, but in the 1997 was called back by Fabio Capello. He stayed other two years wearing the rossonera jersey before to go in the Saudi Arabia where he played in the Al-Ittihad winning a league title. After the end of his career as a football player he started a new one as a coach and he obtained the honour of training the Italian National Team.
Chicco, surveyor of the midfield
Alberigo Evani grow up in the A.C. Milan youth sector and he debuted with the first team at the age of 18. He wore the rossonera jersey for 13 seasons. He was well-appreciated by Sacchi for his tactical discipline and his movement in the midfield. Evani was one of the protagonists of a great A.C. Milan that dominated in Italy, in Europe and in the world during the end of the ‘80s and in the early ‘90s. Evani had a great left foot, he was a material point for the midfield, he was a protagonist on the left wing thanks to his perfect cross. Chicco was famous for his free kicks: in the 1989 he gave the UEFA Supercup to tha AC Milan, beating the Barcelona with a great free kick; after ten days he repeated his performance and at the 119’ of the European/South American Cup final he took by surprise the goalkeeper of the Atlético Nacional with a freak kick giving the victory to the rossoneri. These are only two of the several and famous thophies winning as a protagonist. At the end of his career as a footballer Evani was still in contact with Via Turati, at first he started to train the Allievi Nazionali, with which he won a League Title during the season 2006/2007, and now he’s training the Primavera.
In defence of The Invincibles
The AC Milan historical defence of “The Invincibles” had five great footballer: other than Tassotti, Costacurta, Baresi and Maldini there was Filippo Galli, he was bought during the season 1981/82 and, after a short experience at Pescara, he started to play with the first AC Milan team in the 1983. Together with Nils Liedholm he became the ideal teammates of Franco Baresi and in the League Title season of Arrigo Sacchi he collected 30 appearances. In the 1994 historical final of the UEFA Champions League against the Barcelona, Filippo Galli, as Baresi and Costacurta were squalified, was protagonist of a excellent performance. Just like his other teammates “The Invincibles” he won a lot of national and intranational trophies.
Gren, the Professor
He was considered one of the strongest Sweden players ever, Gunnar Gren has been a midfielder with a great tactical skill. Gren always made the right passages for his teammates, making the fortune of the forwards that played with him. His skills gave him the chance to regain the National team at the age of 38 in order to play the World Cup with the Sweden that reached the second place after the unbeatable Brazil. Gren’s legend his connected with the A.C. Milan and his compatriots: his name became part of the famous threesome “Gre-No-Li”, along with Gunnar Nordhal and Nils Liedholm. With the rossoneri he won a League Title. At the end of his career as a player he became a coach of many Clubs among which the Juventus, with this team he won even a League Title.
The Black Tulip
During the season 1987/88 another incredible Dutch became part of the rossonero team along with Van Basten: Ruud Gullit. Born in 1962 in Amsterdam, Gullit was a PSV Eindhoven player where he played at the beginning as a sweeper and the as a forward. He surely was the unpredictable one between the Sacchi’s players, he was capable of incredible actions, supported by his physical structure. He was great with the headers and the dribbling, during his first year as a rossonero, Gullit won a League Title. Despite of his meniscus and knees injuries he won other two League Titles and a lot of cups, among with two UEFA Champions League and two European/South American Cups. Gullit won the Golden Ball in the 1987 and he dedicated his victory to Nelson Mandela, as a prove of his anti-racist commitment. At end of his career as a player he started a new one as a coach.
Arrived in 2003 from São Paulo FC, Ricardo Kakà entered immediately into the hearts of all the rossoneri fans and football addicted just for his extraordinary technical skills and also for being such as a boy next door. Ricky made his debut in Serie A on September 1st 2003 in Ancona-Milan 0-2, while his debut on the international stage was on September 16 2003 at the San Siro against Ajax, Champions League. In his first year at Milan, Kakà has proved the added value of the rossoneri, scoring 10 goals in championship and 4 in Champions League, thus contributing to the victory of the 17th scudetto rossonero. Ricky in a short time has become one of the most pure talents in the world but it’s been the 2006/07 season which consecrates him at the top of world football. The double scores over Manchester United in the semifinal round of the Champions League and also scoring in the home match at the San Siro is the pass of rossoneri for the final in Athens, where the Brazilian champion conquers his first Champions League. The rossoneri also won the UEFA Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup, competitions where Ricky was always the protagonist and that allowed him to win the Golden Ball in 2007 and numerous other individual awards. There are 270 total appereances with the rossonera shirt for a total of 95 goals scored. The excellent football skills combined with professionalism and human qualities unique in its kind made Kakà one of the most beloved champions of all time and left an indelible mark in the rossonera history.
Leonardo is one of the best-loved players by the rossoneri fans for his intelligence and his liking, both outside and on the field. Football’s globetrotter, during the five seasons who played in the Serie A with the A.C. Milan jersey he showed all his great tactical and agonistic skills. He played as a right wing with the Brazilian National team and he became Champion of the World in the 1994. With A.C. Milan he played as a midfielder and then as a striker in the Zaccheroni lining up. During the season 1998/99, when there was Zaccheroni as a coach, Leonardo won the League Title after an exciting match against Lazio; a victory reached thanks to his goals and . At the end of his career as a football player in Japan, Leonardo came back to Via Turati in order to become a member of the board and to support the activities fo Fondazione Milan.
Nils Liedholm was born in 1922 he linked his name with A.C. Milan for many years, at first as a player and then as a coach. He was a classy and elegant midfielder, he came in Milan in 1949 and he joined his compatriots Nordhal and Gren, in order to form the famous Gre-No-Li. He’s famous thanks to the precision of his crosses. After he won four League Titles and two Latin Cups he left his career as a football player in the 1961, but he came back as the A.C. Milan coach two years later. Liedholm trained A.C. Milan for three season but the luckiest was the second one: in the 1978/79 he won the League Title (the 10th for the Club).
The Captain of the Cup
The Maldini family linked their name to the A.C. Milan history since the season 1954/55, when Cesare became part of the rossonera defence after he played for Triestina. First he was a right back but soon he became a stopper and a sweeper of the great A.C. Milan, he won his first UEFA Champions League as a captain in the 1963. He had a good technique and he was a better defender compared to his teammates, he has a particular way to play for a defender of those years. He won a UEFA Champions League, four League Titles and a Latin Cup. After his career as a footballer he became the rossonero coach.
Maldini cam play on the left wing or as a central defender. The debut in the Italian Serie A took place on the 20th of January 1985 for AC Milan in a match against Udinese. He took advantage of the fact that most of the players who were starting in the first eleven were injured. The great player of the 50's for AC Milan, who also formed the GRENOLI trio, the Swedish Nils Liedholm, introduced the young Maldini on the pitch in the second half of the match at only 16 years. Since then and until now, he is a regular in Milan's first eleven.
Paolo Maldini had the opportunity to lift Milan's sixth Champions League title in May 2003 in Manchester, after we've defeated Juventus on penalties. Unfortunately for him, Milan lost next year's Champions League trophy against Liverpool in Istanbul, despite Paolo's goal from the first minute. The team more than made up for that slip by winning the 17th title in Italy.
Beep Beep: goals granted
Daniele Massaro played as a half-back and he arrived from Fiorentina to A.C. Milan during the season 1986/87. He played with A.C. Milan for eight seasons of great level after a short time with Roma. He became a left winger with Mr. Sacchi and then he played as a forward with Mr. Capello. His brighter season is the 1993/94 when he won the League Title with A.C. Milan scoring eleven goals and becoming “Saint Massaro” for his ability to score the decisive points. During the UEFA Champions League he scored two great goals in the final match against Barcelona in the 1994. With A.C. Milan he won four League Titles, two UEFA Champions League, three UEFA Supercups, two European/South American Cups and three Italian Supercups.
Such as his compatriots Gren and Liedholm Nordhal’s launch pad was the Olympic gold won with the Sweden National team in 1948 in London. With the Swedish jersey Nordhal played about ninety matches: the five goals scored on September 19 1948 during the derby against Norway were memorable. The terrific “fireman” (name-calling this way due to the fact he was a fireman in his country) became an A.C. Milan player on January 14 1949, on January 22 he arrived at the Milan station and on January 27 he made his debut during the match against Pro Patria. Nordhal played until the 1956 with the rossonero team and he won five times the title of best Serie A scorer: 35 goals in the ‘49/’50, 34 in the ‘50/’51, 26 in the ‘52/’53, 23 in the ‘53/’54 and 27 in the ‘54/’55. During the season 1956/1957 he joined AS Roma, he played for this team two years before ending his career as a football player. Gunnar Nordhal was one of the strongest forward ever and he became a symbol. With his 92 Kg of muscle power and his great kick he was able to beat every defender.
Pierino the pest
Pierino Prati was one of the strongest and complete forward of the Italian football Postwar. He was agile, technical and powerful at the same time, he was great with the head-game and he was . With A.C. Milan he won a League Title, a European/South American Cup, three Italian Cups, two European Cups but most of all the UEFA Champions League won in the 1969 after the final match against Ajax (trained by the young Crujiff) where he scored three goals.
The Gigi's mark
Rough and tough, Luigi Radice is the image of the pure scorer of the fifties and the sixties. Radice was the classic left defender, when he was on the field it was impossible for the goalkeeper to be worried. He grew up in the A.C. Milan young sector, his first years with the rossoneri jersey weren’t the luckiest: eight appearances during the season 1955/1956, just on in the 1956/1957, nine in the next year and two in the 1958/1959. After two championships with Trieste and Padova where he got great results, Radice came back to A.C. Milan in order to be one of the protagonist of the League Title won in the 1961/1962 and the Champions League in the 1962/1963. A serious injury at the knee signed the end of his career as a football player. Radice became a trainer.
Frank Rijkaard wore the A.C. Milan jersey a year after the arrive of two others Dutches: Gullit and Van Basten. The wonderful team that played at the end of the Eighties and the first years of the Nineties was made. He was a powerful midfielder with an incredible tactical sense, he gave the impression of doing the right thing at the right moment. He was good even as a scorer, he signed for A.C. Milan important goals such as the one during the final match against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League in the 1990 and double goal at the European/South American Cup during the match against Olympia of Asuncion. Just like the others Dutches he has a great palmares and he became one of “The Invincibles”.
The Golden Boy
Gianni Rivera is one of the most representative football player of the rossonera history. He debuted in Serie A with Alessandria at the age of 15 and right from the start he was followed with particular interest by the A.C. Milan of Mr. Viani until the season 1960/61, when Rivera became a rossonero player. At the age of 19 he won his first League Title along with famous players such as: Trapattoni, Sani, Altafini and with Mr. Rocco on the bench. During the season 1962/63 he won the Champions League. The “Golden Boy” was one of the protagonist of the rossonera history for twenty years, until the season 1978/79. On the field he showed his intelligence and his class: great “goleador” (he became the best scorer of the Championship) he was a real assist man. He left A.C. Milan winning another League Title during the season 1978/79, the tenth won by the Club. His palmares counts: three League Titles, four Italian Cups, two UEFA Champions League and one European/South American Cup. In 1969 he was the first Italian football player to win the Golden Ball.
A trainer of other times
Nereo Rocco was born in 1912 in Trieste. After he brought Padova to a competitive level in order to win the League Title, he became the A.C. Milan trainer along with Viani (manager) forming an unusual and a successful pair. His career with the rossoneri is legendary: he won the League Title in 1961/62 and the next year he won the Champions League, bringing for the first time an Italian football team to get this trophy. He was the Torino trainer for four seasons and then he came back to A.C. Milan: he won a League Title and a Winners’ Cup in the 1967/68, the next season he won the UEFA Champions League and then the European/South American Cup. Just before leaving A.C. Milan he won another Cup Winners’ Cup and two Italian Cups in the 1977. He was considered the father of “catenaccio” based on a strong defence and a deadly break-back, a way of play that got many followers in Italy.
Roberto Rosato grew up in the Torino youths and he made his debut with the granata shirt in Serie A, on April 2 1961. He was called “Angel Face” due to his facial traits contrasting with his determination on the field, Rosato is a central defender steady and reliable. Nereo Rocco noticed him and he wanted Rosato in order to reinforce the defence. With the rossoneri he won three Italian Cups, a League Title, two Cup Winners’ Cups, a Champions League and a European/South American Cup. After the rossonera experience he wore the Genoa t-shirt and he finished his career as a player with it. He was a landmark for the Italian National Team giving one of his best performance during his debut, West Germany – Italy 1-1, when he was called “Martello di Amburgo” for the determination showed on the field. With the Italian National Team he won the title of European Champion in 1968. Just a curiosity: Rosato is born the same day of another rossonero champion, Gianni Rivera, who was his teammates in the A.C. Milan.
Seba, the human lift
Keep safe the goal with “The Invincibles” was a privilege for a few goalkeepers but the ability to detain the title of unbeatable for 929 minutes was a result for a few goalkeepers too. Sebastiano Rossi obtained this title during the season 1993/94, beating the previous record detained by Dino Zoff. He was an exceptional goalkeeper with a great talent, in 1990/91 he became a rossonero after he played for Cesena, he was a protagonist in all the rossonere victories of the Nineties in Italy, in Europe and in the world.
Manuel Rui Costa
The North Star
Great dribbling, good technique and an excellent insight into the game: Manuel Rui Costa can be described with these three features. It can be added his great ability with the assists that made him one of the best midfielders ever. He was discovered by Eusebio at the age of nine, he grew up in the Benfica young sector where he soon showed his talent on national and international scale. In the 1991 he won the Under 20 World Cup with the Portuguese National team. In the 1994 he played for Fiorentina becoming real soon an idol for the viola fans, thanks to the victories of the Italian Cup (1996) and the Italian Supercup (2001). In 2001 he became a rossonero player: he played with A.C. Milan three seasons, scoring a few goals but collecting a great number of assists. He won with the rossonera jersey: the UEFA Champions League, the Italian Cup, the UEFA Supercup (2003), the League Title (2003) and the Italian Supercup (2004). The 25 May 2006 he left A.C. Milan to end his career at Benfica.
The Fusignano Wizard
Under the new direction of Silvio Berlusconi, Arrigo Sacchi arrived at A.C. Milan in the season 1987/88, he was one of the coaches who changed the most the Club history. His relevance was beyond the merits and the success gained with A.C. Milan: he changed the way to watch football. He won the League Title during his first season with A.C. Milan, after beating Napoli. The next year he won the UEFA Champions League, with a team that didn’t know rivals. In 1989/90 he won the European/South American Cup, the UEFA Supercup and another UEFA Champions League. In 1990/91 he won another European/South American Cup. After a break as national team manager, where he lost the final World Cup against the Brazil in 1994, he came back to the A.C. Milan for another season (1996/97) in order to improve the team performance without any success
Dino Sani, intelligence and heart
Sani made his debut in Serie A on November 12 1961, he played with A.C. Milan for three seasons winning the League Title in the 1961/62 and the UEFA Champions League in the 1962/63. He was a player with a great intelligence and an excellent insight into the game, he was able to serve always the right player. The fans saw in him the new Gunnar Gren. After a few games, this Brazilian showed his ability with ball control, his touch and sense of position. Everyone loved the game of the Brazilian footballer, he was always present for his teammates because he wasn’t an individualist player. He became a benchmark for Nereo Rocco, he was able to complete and be the balance of all the tactical schemes. At the end of season 1963/64 he decided to leave Italy for Brazil due to his persistent muscular problems caused by the weather, he played even if he was 32 years older always showing his talent.
The Genius from Montenegro
The Montenegrin Dejan Savicevic was one of the most loved foreigners by the rossoneri supporters. The search of the best tactical solution, inspiration, great play have made Savicevic one of the most talented number 10 in the rossonera history. He came to A.C. Milan during the season 1992/93 under the guide of Mr. Fabio Capello and he became soon a regular player. One of his greatest performances was in the Champions Leagues final against Barcelona in 1994. First he gave the assist for the Massaro lead goal, then he scored the 3-0 with a lob kicked outside of the penalty area: an authentic masterpiece. With the rossoneri he won three League Titles, three Italian Supercups, a UEFA Champions League and a European Supercup.
Juan Alberto Schiaffino
“El Pepe” from Uruguay
Grown up in C.A. Peñarol, where he won three National titles, Schiaffino was one of the protagonists of the Uruguayan victory during the Brazilian World Cup in 1950. In the final, the “Celeste” overcame the Brazilian team for 2-1 with two goals, the first one scored by Schiaffino and the second one by Ghiggia. He came to A.C. Milan in 1954, “El Pepe” made his debut against Triestina scoring two goals. With the rossonera jersey he played six championships and he won three of them. He almost won the Champions League on May 29 1959 in Bruxelles when the rossoneri lost the game 3-2 against Real Madrid after the additional times. At the end of the season 1959/1960 he became an A.S. Roma footballer where he played for two seasons as a sweeper, after that he decided to train the Peñarol youth sector. Schiaffino was able to make the right cross thanks to his insight into the game, a quality that made him one of the best players in football history.
Karl Heinz Schnellinger
The German Karl Henz Schnellinger is remembered in everybody’s mind for the goal that he scored at the end of the game during the famous semifinal between Mexico and Italy in the 70’s. The German was already well known in the Italian championship, he played a season with A.C. Mantova, another one with A.S. Roma and then he played for A.C. Milan where he stayed for nine seasons from 1965. With AC Milan he won: a League Title, three Italian Cups, a UEFA Champions League, a European/South American Cup and two UEFA Cups Winners' Cup. Even in the 60’s Schnellinger was considered a universal player: he was able to play as a centre half, a fullback, a stopper or a sweeper. He made 334 appearances and three goals with A.C. Milan.
Serginho started his career with A.C. Milan during the summer of 1999, he was one of the players along with Gattuso and Shevchenko bought by A.C. Milan after the victory of the League Title. The Brazilian’s debut in Serie A was on September 12th 1999 during the match Milan – Perugia, 3-1. From the first matches Serginho showed his talent: great speed and crossing ability as well as his offensive propensity that made him a good left back and a relevant element for the team. He is remembered by the rossoneri supporters for his great performance during the derby against Inter F.C. in 2001, where A.C. Milan won 6-0 and the Brazilian scored the last goal at the 81’ and he was the assist-man for the first, the second and the fourth goals. Another special moment was the penalty scored by Serginho during the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2003, Milan – Juventus, at Old Trafford in Manchester. The Brazilian made 281 appearances with the rossonera shirt and scored 24 goals. After his retirement at the end of the 2007/2008 season he started a new career as an observer for A.C. Milan in Brazil.
Wind of Passion
A.C. Milan hadn’t had a foreign forward as good as Andriy Shevchenko in its squad since the Marco Van Basten years’. Sheva joined the rossoneri in the 1999/2000 season after five championships played with Dinamo Kiev, he soon became part of the rossoneri. During his first season in Serie A with A.C. Milan he obtained the top scorer title with 24 goals, not an easy target to reach for most of the foreign players who had just arrived in Italy. He was very fast and difficult to catch when he ran, incredible in his reach when heading the ball, ambidextrous and fantastic with free kicks: the forward had a talent to go through the opponent defences. In 2003 he won the UEFA Champions League during an unforgettable Italian final against Juventus: the rossoneri supporters will always remember his last winning penalty that gave the victory to A.C. Milan. The following year he was one of the protagonists winning the Scudetto: even this time he scored the winning goal during the match against A.S. Roma on May 2nd. Thanks to this success he won the Golden Ball in 2004. After a break when he played for Chelsea, Andriy came back as a rossonero player in the 2008/09 season where he found the love of his teammates and supporters again. The forward will always be remembered as the second rossonero goleador of all time, just after Nordhal.
Marco Simone debuted in Serie A with Como when he was only eighteen years old. After the first appearances he went to Serie C1, he played for the Virescit Bergamo where he scored 15 goals. When he came back to Como, Sacchi wanted him to play for AC Milan. This was the start of his rossonera career for eight consecutive seasons. Due to the fact that there wasn’t a real centre forward Simone became a great good scorer (17 goals during the 1994/95 season). He became the second forward when George Weah started to play with AC Milan, he was fundamental in winning the championship 95/96. Marco Simone also known as Peter Pan won with AC Milan: 4 League Titles, 2 UEFA Champions League, 2 European/South American Cups, 3 UEFA Supercups and 3 Italian Supercups. In 1997 he started his French career as a player at Paris Saint-Germain, he played two good seasons winning a French Cup and a League Cup. After the 2001/2002 season started he came back to AC Milan, he also played in France, Monaco and Nizza. He retired in the 2004 at the age of 35.
Angelo Benedicto Sormani
The white Pelé
Twentynine goals in two seasons when he played with AC Mantova, 6 goals with AS Roma and two goals with the blucerchiata shirt, 45 goals in five years with AC Milan and ten with SSC Napoli: Angelo Sormani has always been a good goalscorer. He played for AC Milan after a period spent with UC Sampdoria and AS Roma, along with Cudicini and Schnellinger he built a stellar AC Milan, they were able to win everything. During the UEFA Champions League final against AFC Ajax, 4-1, he scored a goal. He was a technical forward, fast and an opportunist on the field, he became very attached to AC Milan and Italy, at the end of his career he decided to stay in the “Bel Paese”.
Mauro Tassotti debuted with the rossonera shirt during the 1980/1981 season, after playing two years with SS Lazio. Tassotti was a great tenacious player. He shortly became a modern wing player, he was an important element for the attack and along with Baresi, Maldini and Costacurta he played a pivotal role in the AC Milan defence that was considered one of the best in the world. He got the nickname "Dijalma Santos" and “the professor” that accompanied him throughout his career, even when he was called to play with the national team at the age of thirty-two and the following title of Vice Champion of the World after the American FIFA World Cup in the 1994. When he retired he continued to work for AC Milan and he became the assistant coach of Mr. Ancelotti with whom he shared happiness and success both on the field and on the bench.
Marco Van Basten
In 1987 he was transferred to AC Milan, where he was awarded European Footballer of the Year in the 1988/89 season. His first season with Milan was not as sucessful as his time at Ajax. He only played 9 games owing to the ankle injury which would return to end his career. The 1990/91 season also saw poor performances from the Dutch national team in the World Cup and Milan were banned from European Competitions for one year, after refusing to play the semi-final of the 1991 cup due to floodlight problems.
1992 saw a return to form for both Marco and Milan, with the former being awarded the Capocannoniere title (for scoring 31 goals in 25 matches) for the second time and Milan winning the Italian league. This success was sadly not reflected in his national team performances, as his missed penalty sent his side crashing out of the European Championship semi-final. However, this did not deter van Basten, who scored with such regularity and style during the tournament which would later be known as the Champions League, that he was awarded the Golden Ball Award for the third time and was named Player of the Year by FIFA.
Sadly, Marco's injury returned and after a fourth operation in 1993, he played his final league game for AC Milan. It was clear that he was no longer the same player he had been before the injury and Milan lost the Champions League final to Marseille 1-0. He struggled on until he was forced to retire on the 18th of August 1995.
Milanello Sports Centre
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.
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.
The San Siro (named after the saint who had a chapel dedicated to him in this suburb) stadium was a gift from the Milan president Piero Pirelli (in charge from 1909 for twenty years) to 'his Milan'. The stadium was built in just 13 and a half months, thanks to the work of 120 construction workers. The total cost of the operation came to five million lire which in today's terms would translate to three and a half million euro. The stadium was designed by Ulisse Stacchini, the architect whose other major work in the city was the Milan Central Station, and renowned engineer Alberto Cugini.
The San Siro was designed on the English model for stadiums, solely for football with four stands holding a capacity of 35,000 spectators. It opened on 19 September 1926, when a packed stadium watched Inter defeat Milan 6-3. The first league game was played on September 19, 1926 when Milan lost 2-1 to Sampierdarenese while the first international took place on February 20, 1927 and Italy drew 2-2 with Czechoslovakia. Until the end of 1945, the San Siro remained the exclusive property of Milan while Inter played their home games at the Arena in the centre of the city. The 'Theatre of Football' has gone under numerous renovations since then to create the imposing monument to the game it is today.
Milan sold the stadium to the city council in 1935 and three years later the decision was taken to develop the stands. Football had become more and more of a mass phenomenon so the San Siro had to be expanded to meet the demand. Architect Rocca and engineer Calzolari were given the task and they took advantage of the pre-existing structure that supported the interior to build an external ramp to enable access into the stadium. In 1952, the capacity was originally set at 150,000 but after discussions with the city council that figure was rejected. After spending 5.1 million lire on the modernisation of the stadium, the inauguration took place on May 13, 1939 when Italy drew 2-2 with England. Gate receipts for that game came to 1.2 million lire.
Work on the second expansion of the stadium started in 1954 and 12 months later, on October 26, 1955, it was opened with a capacity of 85,000. The first set of floodlights were installed in 1957 and the electronic scoreboard followed in 1967. The floodlights were modernised in 1979 when the second tier was developed. The stadium was officially renamed in honour of Giuseppe Meazza, the famous Inter and Milan player of the 1930s and 1940s, on March 3, 1980. In 1986, the first tier became an all-seated numbered and coloured section. The main central stand became red, the stands around and facing that, orange, the north stand behind the goal, green and the south stand where the Milan fans gather, blue.
For the event of the Football World Cup 1990, the Municipality of Milan decided to proceed with the refurbishment of the “Meazza” stadium after they turned down the idea of building a new stadium due to reasons of high costs and limited time available. The first idea is to design a futuristic and stunning project: the construction of the third ring and the roof to cover all the spectators. The project, design by Architect Giancarlo Ragazzi, Architect Enrico Hoffer and Engineer Leo Finzi, consists of the construction of a third ring of stands, resting on indipendent supports designed around the existing stadium.
The structure of the new third ring rests on eleven cylindrical towers in reinforced concrete. These towers also provide access to the stands and various services and are indipendent from the existing construction. Four of these towers also support the reticular beams of the roof. To give maximum comfort all the new seats placed are ergonomic, numbered and colored in four different colors to identify the four main sectors of the stadium. The 85.700 spectators are all covered with a roof made of curved shelters of polycarbonate. Furthermore was installed a new drainage and heating system and a new flood lighting system. In june the 8th 1990 the stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup with the match Argentina vs Camerun. Since then the “Scala del Calcio” host the passions of millions of fans. During the summer 2008, due to the construction works to meet the new Uefa standards, the stadium capacity has become 80.018 spectators.
To complete the construction, 10,000 quintals of cement, 3,500 cubic metres of sand and 1,500 quintals of iron were needed. In order to mark out the pitch, 80kg of chalk is needed to cover a dimension of 105 metres long and 68 metres wide. The perimeter beams are 204 by 296 metres and weigh 1,100 and 2,000 tonnes, respectively. The roof is covered with 256 floodlights, emitting 3,500 watts. In order to carry out the main construction, two 64-metre high cranes were purposely installed. Inside the stadium, there are emergency exits and a service elevator with a weight capacity of 1,000 kg. The San Siro stadium is situated across from the city race course and is six kilometres from the centre of Milan.
The San Siro stadium is a symbol of Milan (such as the Scala and the Duomo) and it’s famous not only for football but for other great events that made is history. For example the boxing match between Duilio Loi and Carlo Ortis (September 1st, 1960), a return match for the world title of welter junior. There were 53.043 people, 8 thousand near the boxing ring for the occasion. That match was won by the Italian and it yielded 130 millions. The stadium has hosted some musical concerts too. Bob Marley (June 27th, 1980) presented his show under the North Curve. There were 90 thousands people to greet the Jamaican musician. The same hail was shown for Bruce Springsteen (1985). The Red Stand has hosted even an open-air disco. Now, under the South Curve, there is a museum that follows all the A.C. Milan and Inter F.C. history through the memorabilia of the people who made that history. The stadium is visited by 50 thousand of people when there’s no matches. Since July 1st, 2000 San Siro is managed jointly by A.C. Milan and Inter F.C..
Milan Channel is the official club channel dedicated to A.C. Milan: with programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week dedicated to the Milan universe
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Milan Channel broadcasts Milan has you have never seen it before live to your home to feed the Rossoneri passion 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Milan Channel broadcasts all the breaking news, past and present matches, press conferences, training sessions from Milanello, exclusive interviews with the Rossoneri stars, live links with the stadium before and after Serie A and Cup matches along with delayed coverage of all matches in full.
Milan Channel provides entertaining programmes for subscribers, with talk shows inviting contributions from Milan experts as well as involving viewers in phone-in competitions.
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Edit : I added Marco Van Basten on the list, so sorry that I forgot to add him. *Facepalm at self*