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AC Milan: Official History, Facts And Rivals

The Milan Football and Cricket Club on 16 December 1899 was founded by Erbert Kilpin. The club, AC Milan would become one of the most prestigious in the world within a few decades.

A young squad named Penvhyn Neville, Formenti, Cignaghi, Torretta, Kurt Lies, Valerio, Edward Dobbie, David Alison, Guerriero Colombo, Catullo Gadda, Hans Suter, Ettore Negretti, Hoberlin Hoode, Samuel Davies, Luis Wagner, David Allison manager Herbert Kilpin led the team to their first Italian league title in 1901. It was a mixture of Italian, Brits, Welsh, French, and Swiss players.

It became ‘Associazione Calcio Milan’ (AC Milan) in 1938 after its name was shortened to ‘Milan Football Club’ in 1919. Its red-and-black stripes remained unchanged during all of the club’s incarnations. Robert Kilpin also chose the colors, explaining at the time: “Let us be like the devil and make everyone afraid.”.

However, after enjoying a flurry of success in its early years (three titles in seven years), the club endured 44 years of barrenness. As Milan’s chairman at the time, Pierro Pirelli, funded the construction of the San Siro, a new stadium that took thirteen months to build, the club acquired a stunning new home in 1926.

AC Milan sold the stadium to the local council in 1960. Upon the death of Giuseppe Meazza, AC Milan renamed it the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in honor of their great rival and ground-sharer Internazionale. When AC Milan played there, it became known as the San Siro, and when Inter played at home, it became the Giuseppe Meazza. The total capacity of the stadium is currently 75,923. In addition to their long-standing rivalry with Internazionale, they also contest the Derby Della Madonnina, one of the most popular matches in soccer.

A handful of exceptional foreign players contributed to AC Milan’s success in the 1950s. Many notable players in this group, including the Swedish trio of Gren, Nordahl, Liedholm, Carlo José Altafini of Brazil, and Juan Schiaffino of Uruguay, famous for tormenting the Brazilians in the World Cup final in 1950.

In the 1960s, the dugout was ruled by legendary Nereo Rocco and the field by Cesare Maldini (father of Paolo), Giovanni Trapattoni, and Gianni Rivera. Unfortunately, due to a severe betting scandal or ‘totonero,’ the golden era was followed by a lengthy period of doldrums.

In the decades since Silvio Berlusconi, a businessman and future Italian president, purchased 90% of AC Milan’s shares on 10 February 1986. AC Milan has risen from the ashes. In Italy, AC Milan turned standard transfer market practice upside down a long time before Chelsea did the same in England. Within ten years, the new chairman had won every significant honor in soccer. “I don’t sell. I only buy,” he said on taking over. From 1969 to 2003, the Rossoneri qualified seven times for the Intercontinental Cup.

In 2007, the Rossoneri won their seventh European Cup and became the first European team to win the FIFA Club World Cup in December of the same year. The Italians came from a semi-final loss to Urawa Red Diamonds to win the Boca Juniors final, avenging their defeat in the Intercontinental Cup in 2003. In addition to Kaka, many believed the title resulted from Carlo Ancelotti’s team’s remarkable experience, with Paolo Maldini marking out a team with an average age of 30.7.

AC Milan Jersey

AC Milan is famous for its iconic red and black stripes jersey. AC Milan’s primary colors have been red and black ever since their inception in 1899. Even their renowned nickname ‘Rossoneri’ means “the red & blacks” in the Italian language.

The Italian club was founded as Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club in 1899 by English men Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin. Following the club’s foundation, Kilpin famously said: “We will be a team of devils. Our colors will be red like fire and black like the fear we will invoke in our opponents.”

Usually, the red and black home jersey is accompanied by white shorts and black socks in the home kit. For the away kit, AC Milan has always worn completely white jerseys. The away jersey also has special significance for the club as it’s considered lucky for the team, especially in Europe. AC Milan is seven-time European champions, and they have worn their away kits in six of those triumphs in the European finals. Rossoneri has worn their away kits in eight Champions League finals, winning on six occasions. The club has worn its home kit in three European finals and has won only on one occasion.

AC Milan’s kit manufacturer has been Puma since 2018, while Emirates has been their main shirt sponsor since 2010. Before Puma, Adidas manufactured AC Milan’s kits for 20 years. German automobile manufacturer Opel famously sponsored their kits from 1994 to 2006. Some of the iconic AC Milan kits from the 90s belong to this era.

Juventus vs. AC Milan Rivalry

The rivalry between Juventus and AC Milan constitutes one of the most popular derbies in Italian soccer. Both Juventus and AC Milan are massive clubs in Italian soccer, and they have a long-standing rivalry. This fixture has been played since 1901, making it the oldest contest in Italian soccer.

It’s a crosstown derby as Milan and Turin are situated 90 miles apart. However, both cities are part of the industrial triangle, the region in North Italy with the most sporting success, and this rivalry also has socioeconomic and political significance.

Furthermore, both clubs consistently compete for top honors in Italian soccer, which adds extra spice to the rivalry.

Juventus are the most successful club domestically in Italy. The Turin club has won 36 Serie A titles so far. Meanwhile, AC Milan is in the third spot with 18 titles. Juventus also leads AC Milan in domestic cup competitions with 14 Coppa Italia successes compared to Rossoneri’s five.

However, AC Milan holds a clear edge when considering the most prestigious trophy in European soccer – the Champions League. AC Milan is the most successful Italian club in Europe, but their record of seven titles is only eclipsed by Spanish giants Real Madrid. In comparison, Juventus have tasted Champions League success on two occasions.

In the head-to-head record, Juventus comfortably lead their opponents. Until now, both sides have faced each other in 236 official meetings. AC Milan has won 68 of these meetings, while Juventus have been successful on 92 occasions. Eighty-nine meetings have ended in draws.

Some of these meetings hold significant significance in the histories of both clubs. AC Milan famously faced Juventus in the final of the 2002-03 Champions League final. The match at Old Trafford was historic as it was the first occasion of two Italian sides facing each other in the European Cup final. This feat hasn’t been repeated so far. Milan was managed by Carlo Ancelotti, while Juventus were under the guidance of Marcello Lippi. The game finished goalless after extra time. In the penalty shootout, Milan registered a 3-2 win. Rossoneri legend Andriy Shevchenko scored the decisive penalty to win Milan’s sixth Champions League title.

Milan’s 3-0 win over their opponents in the 2009-10 Serie A season is another memorable meeting between these two sides in recent history. Milan fans fondly remember this game due to Ronaldinho’s magical display. Milan completely dominated their opponents, Stadio Olimpico, and Ronaldinho was the prime architect with a brace.

The Serie A meeting between these two 2004-05 proved to be yet another classic. However, this time, Milan was at the receiving end. Ahead of the tie at San Siro, both sides found themselves neck-to-neck in the title race with 76 points each, after 34 games. With only four games left in the season, this fixture was seen as the title decider. The Old Lady registered a 1-0 win thanks to the first-half strike from David Trezeguet. Juventus went on to win the Serie A title.

Inter Milan vs. AC Milan Rivalry

The derby between the two Milan clubs is known as Derby Della Madonnina or Derby di Milano. This rivalry even exceeds the rivalry between AC Milan and Juventus, and it is arguably the most famous derby in Italian soccer.

Both clubs have shared a few things throughout their history. Inter Milan was established on 9 March 1908 following a split from AC Milan due to issues over the signing of non-Italian players. Both sides have also shared San Siro stadium for most of their existence. In the past, the rivalry between these two clubs held greater significance than a typical rivalry between two neighboring clubs in a city. For a long time, Inter Milan was considered the club of the Milan bourgeoisie class. Meanwhile, AC Milan was supposedly a team for the blue-collar working class of the city. Regardless, both clubs have enjoyed tremendous success throughout their respective histories and are among the biggest clubs in Italian soccer.

Inter is currently the second-most successful club in Italy, behind Juventus, with 19 league titles. Their most recent success came in 2020-21. Meanwhile, AC Milan has 18 league titles, with their latest triumph coming in 2020-21. As we have stated, AC Milan’s success in Europe is unmatched among Italian clubs. Rossoneri has won seven Champions League titles so far. Inter is the second-most successful Italian club in Europe with three titles.

Milan was one of the most excellent sides in Europe during the 1990s,’ and they won five of their league titles during that decade. They also won three of their seven European titles during the five years from 1989 to 1994.

Meanwhile, Inter was quite successful in the second half of the first decade of the new century. They won four consecutive Serie A titles from 2006 to 2010. Moreover, Jose Mourinho famously led them to their third Champions League title in 2010.

If we go a bit further back in history, then the decade of the 1960s was quite successful for both sides. The decade was symbolic of Italian domination in European soccer, and both sides shared an intense rivalry at both the domestic and continental levels. AC Milan won their first European Cup title in 1963 and followed it with another title in 1969. These two titles sandwiched Inter’s back-to-back titles in 1964 and 1965. Inter claimed three league titles during the decade on the domestic front, and AC Milan did two.

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Both sides have also produced some iconic matches in Italian football. Inter’s 6-5 win over their neighbors during the 1949-50 Serie A is one fixture.

AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Inter during the 1984-85 season was another memorable fixture. The start of the ’80s was a dreadful time for Rossoneri. The club suffered relegation in 1980-81 due to a match-fixing scandal. They didn’t take long to return to Serie A but suffered another relegation in 1982-83. Before this win, AC Milan hadn’t beaten their rivals for six years. Hence, this result is considered a landmark in the club’s history.

Both clubs also faced each other in the quarterfinals of the 2004-05 Champions League. The legendary Milan side, managed by Carlo Ancelotti, won the first leg 2-0. In the second leg, Milan extended their lead to 3-0 through Andriy Shevchenko’s goal. And when Esteban Cambiasso’s goal for disallowed, all hell broke loose at San Siro. Inter fans started throwing flares onto the pitch, and one of them even hit Milan keeper Dida. However, the game was eventually abandoned, and Rossoneri was awarded a 3-0 win.

Until now, both sides have faced each other in 229 official matches. Inter holds a slight edge with 84 wins, compared to AC Milan’s 77. Sixty-eight derbies have ended in draws.

Associazione Calcio Milan

City: Milan

Founded: 16 December 1899


  • 18 Italian Championships
  • 5 Italian Cups
  • 7 Champions League titles
  • 3 Intercontinental Cups
  • 2 European Cup Winners’ Cups
  • 5 European Super Cups
  • 2 Latin Cups
  • 1 FIFA Club World Cup

Club Records:

  • Paolo Maldini – 902 matches
  • Gunnar Nordahl – 221 goals (268 matches)
  • Nereo Rocco – Manager for nine seasons
  • Silvio Berlusconi – Owner for 23 seasons

Legendary players:

Enrico Albertosi, Demetrio Albertini, Jose Altafini, Roberto Baggio, Franco Baresi, Zvonimir Boban, Fabio Capello, Marcel Desailly, Walter De Vecchi, Roberto Donadoni, Jimmy Greaves, Gunnar Gren, Ruud Gullit, Kurt Hamrin, Gianluigi Lentini, Nils Liedholm, Cesare Maldini, Paolo Maldini, Gunnar Nordahl, Jean-Pierre Papin, Gianni Rivera, Frank Rijkaard, Sandro Salvadore, Dejan Savicevic, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Karl Heinz Schnellinger, Andriy Shevchenko, Angelo Sormani, Giovanni Trapattoni, Marco van Basten, George Weah,

Official website: www.acmilan.com

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