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AC Milan Club Profile

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Massimiliano Allegri took over as coach from Brazilian Leonardo

Massimiliano Allegri took over as coach from Brazilian Leonardo

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Until the 2010-11 season, Milan had won the league only once since the turn of the century, with the club’s fans looking on enviously as neighbors Inter Milan dominated the domestic scene.

But Massimiliano Allegri took over and led them to the Scudetto in his first season in charge, despite inheriting an aging squad. Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta and Massimo Ambrosini all helped the club to their 2007 Champions League win but are now well into their 30s. The challenge for Milan over the next two seasons will be to gradually replace these past masters and infuse new blood into the squad.

After a period of austerity, the Rossoneri signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho prior to the 2010 summer transfer window closing and both players made a strong contribution to the 2011 Serie A title triumph.

Quick Facts:

  • Founded: 1899
  • Home Ground (Capacity): Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (80,065)
  • Nicknames: Rossoneri (Red and Blacks), il Diavolo (The Devil)
  • Home Colors: Red and Black
  • Top Goalscorer All-Time: Gunner Nordahl (210 goals from 1949-56)
  • First Division/Serie A Titles: (18) 1901, 1906, 1907, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2010-11
  • Italian Cup/Coppa Italia Titles: (5) 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77, 2002–03
  • European Cup/Champions League: (7) 1962–63, 1968–69, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 2002–03, 2006–07
  • UEFA Cup Winners Cup: (2) 1967–68, 1972–73
  • UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: none
  • Intercontinental Cup: (3) 1969, 1989, 1990
  • FIFA World Club Cup: (1) 2007
  • European Super Cup: (5) 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007

The Team:

  • Current Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
  • Top Goalscorer 2010-2011: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (21 in all competitions)
  • Captain: Massimo Ambrosini
  • 2010-2011 League Finish: 1st

AC Milan Roster:

1 Amelia ·2 De Sciglio ·4 Muntari ·5 Mexès ·7 Robinho ·8 Nocerino ·9 Pato ·10 Boateng ·11 Pazzini ·12 Traoré ·13 Acerbi ·14 Strasser ·15 Mesbah ·16 Flamini ·17 Zapata ·18 Montolivo ·19 Niang ·20 Abate ·21 Constant ·22 Bojan ·23 Ambrosini (c) ·25 Bonera ·28 Emanuelson ·32 Abbiati ·34 De Jong ·35 Dídac ·55 Carmona ·57 Valoti ·59 Gabriel ·76 Yepes ·77 Antonini ·92 El Shaarawy ·

A Little History:

From the maiden title won under the first president, a British expatriate Alfred Edwards, two years after the clubs founding, to the trophy-laden era of current incumbent Silvio Berlusconi, this is a club that that has enjoyed an illustrious history both domestically and in Europe.

After backing up their first title win with a couple more in 1906 and 1907, Milan had to wait until the 1950-51 season to win their fourth championship. Swedish striker Gunner Nordahl had arrived by this time, and he would finish the club’s top scorer in the 1949/50, 1952/53, 1953/54 and 1954/55 seasons. He also captained the Rossoneri to another title in his last season at the club.

While Real Madrid have won the European Cup a record nine times, Milan are the second most successful club, having enjoyed success in the competition seven times. The first of these was in 1963 as they defeated Benfica in the final. During this period, one of the club’s greatest ever players Gianni Rivera was in fine form, and the midfielder would go on to help the Milanese giants to three Serie A titles, two European Cups and several other trophies before retiring in 1979.

Sustained Success:

The late 1980s and most of the 1990s was a glorious time for Milan, with Berlusconi now established as president. Coach Arrigo Sacchi, a former shoe salesman, won the title in 1988, and the European Cup in 1989 and 1990. The success was built around the renowned back-four of Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Mauro Tassotti, while the likes of Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten produced the attacking inspiration.

Fabio Capello enjoyed even more success on the domestic scene, his team of "Invincibles" winning four Serie A titles in five years as Berlusconi’s millions helped the club dominate. A 4-0 win over Barcelona in 1994 will be remembered as one of the most one-sided European Cup finals in history.

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