Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to as A.C. Milan or simply Milan is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy. It was founded in 1899 by English lace-maker Herbert Kilpin and businessman Alfred Edwards among others. The club has spent most of its history in Serie A, the top-flight of Italian football, having played only two seasons in Serie B in the early 1980s.
Milan has won 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA international titles and remains tied with Boca Juniors as having won the most in the world. Milan has won four world titles, more than any other club in the world, having won the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup once. Milan has won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions; only Real Madrid has exceeded this total.[8] The club has also won the UEFA Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners’ Cup twice.

Domestically, Milan has won 17 league titles, making the club the third most successful in Serie A behind local rivals Internazionale (18 titles) and record-holder Juventus (27 titles). The club has also won the Coppa Italia five times, in addition to five Supercoppa Italiana triumphs. The Europa League remains the only major competition for which the team are eligible to compete that they have never won: in this competition they have lost two semifinals, in 1972 and in 2002. Milan was a founding member of the G-14 group and the European Club Association that was formed following the first organization’s dissolution.

Milan’s home games are played at San Siro, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The stadium, which is shared with Inter, is the largest in Italian football, with a total capacity of 80,074. The owner of the club is Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi while the vice-president is Adriano Galliani. Milan is one of the wealthiest clubs in Italian and world football.

HISTORY

he club was founded as a cricket club in 1899 by British expatriates Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin, who came from the British city of Nottingham. In honor of its origins, the club has retained the English spelling of its city’s name, instead of changing it to the Italian Milano, although it was forced to do so during the fascist regime. Milan won its first Italian championship in 1901 and a further two in succession in 1906 and 1907.

In 1908, the club experienced a split caused by internal disagreements over the signing of foreign players, which led to the forming of another Milan-based team, Internazionale. Following these events, Milan did not manage to win a single domestic title until 1950–51. In 1963, the club ensured its first continental title by beating Benfica in the final of the European Cup. This success was repeated in 1969, and followed by an Intercontinental Cup title the same year. After the retirement of Gianni Rivera, Milan went into a period of decline, during which the club was involved in the 1980 Totonero scandal and relegated to Serie B as punishment, for the first time in its history. The scandal was centered around a betting syndicate paying players and officials to fix the outcome of matches. Milan quickly returned to Serie A but was relegated to Serie B one year later as the team ended its 1981–82 campaign in third last place.

In 1986, entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi acquired the club and immediately invested a lot of money in the team, appointing rising coach Arrigo Sacchi at the helm of the Rossoneri and signing a Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard. This was the beginning of the most successful time in the club’s history, as Milan won seven domestic titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five Champions League trophies, five UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Fifa Club World Cup.

More recently, the club was involved in the 2006 Serie A scandal where five teams were accused of fixing matches by selecting favorable referees. A police inquiry excluded any involvement of Milan managers,[citation needed] but FIGC unilaterally decided that it had sufficient evidence to charge Milan vice-president, Adriano Galliani. As a result, Milan was initially punished with a 15 point deduction and consequently did not qualify for the Champions League. An appeal saw that penalty reduced to eight points, which allowed the club to retain its 2006–07 Champions League participation. Milan subsequently won the competition, lifting the European Cup for the seventh time.

PLAYERS

No. Position Player
1 GK Marco Amelia (on loan from Genoa)
4 MF Mark van Bommel
7 FW Alexandre Pato
8 MF Gennaro Gattuso (vice-captain)
9 FW Filippo Inzaghi
10 MF Clarence Seedorf
11 FW Zlatan Ibrahimović (on loan from Barcelona)
13 DF Alessandro Nesta
14 MF Rodney Strasser
15 DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos
16 MF Mathieu Flamini
17 DF Massimo Oddo
18 DF Marek Jankulovski
19 DF Gianluca Zambrotta
20 MF Ignazio Abate
21 MF Andrea Pirlo
No. Position Player
23 MF Massimo Ambrosini (captain)
25 DF Daniele Bonera
27 MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
28 MF Urby Emanuelson
30 GK Flavio Roma
32 GK Christian Abbiati
33 DF Thiago Silva
35 DF Dídac Vilà
52 MF Alexander Merkel
66 DF Nicola Legrottaglie
70 FW Robinho
76 DF Mario Yepes
77 DF Luca Antonini
90 FW Nnamdi Oduamadi
99 FW Antonio Cassano

OUT ON LOAN

No. Position Player
GK Ferdinando Coppola (at Siena until 30 June 2011)
GK Antonio Donnarumma (at Piacenza until 30 June 2011)
GK Mattia Maggioni (at Monza until 30 June 2011)
GK Michał Miśkiewicz (at Crociati Noceto until 30 June 2011)
GK Filippo Perucchini (at Fano until 30 June 2011)
DF Matteo Barbini (at Sacilese until 30 June 2011)
DF Cristian Daminuţă (at L’Aquila until 30 June 2011)
DF Digão (at Penafiel until 30 June 2011)
DF Marcus Diniz (at Eupen until 30 June 2011)
DF Luca Meregalli (at Pavia until 30 June 2011)
DF Bruno Montelongo (at Bologna until 30 June 2011)
No. Position Player
DF Oguchi Onyewu (at Twente until 30 June 2011)
DF Simone Romagnoli (at Foggia until 30 June 2011)
MF Gianmarco Conti (at Fano until 30 June 2011)
MF Attila Filkor (at Triestina until 30 June 2011)
MF Harmony Ikande (at Extremadura until 30 June 2011)
MF Giovanni Scampini (at Poggibonsi until 30 June 2011)
FW Dominic Adiyiah (at Partizan until 30 June 2011)
FW Pierre Aubameyang (at Monaco until 30 June 2011)
FW Marco Borriello (at Roma until 30 June 2011)
FW Davide Di Gennaro (at Padova until 30 June 2011)
FW Andrea Schenetti (at Prato until 30 June 2011)

RETIRED NUMBERS

No. Player Nationality Position Milan debut Last match Ref

3* Paolo Maldini Italy Centre back / Left back 25 January 1985 31 May 2009
6 Franco Baresi Italy Sweeper 23 April 1978 1 June 1997

CURRENT COACHING STAFF

Position Name
Head coach Massimiliano Allegri
Assistant coach Mauro Tassotti
Goalkeeping coach Marco Landucci
Valerio Fiori
Technical assistant Andrea Maldera
Fitness coaches Daniele Tognaccini
Simone Folletti
Fabio Allevi
Bruno Dominici
Sergio Mascheroni
Andrea Primitivi
Medical director Gianluca Melegati
Club doctors Maurizio Gevi
Armando Gozzini
Chiropractor Alessandro Trabattoni
Physioterapists Roberto Boerci
Marco Chaulan
Dario Lorenzo Fort
Giorgio Gasparini
Stefano Grani
Roberto Morosi
Marco Paesanti
Masseur Endo Tomoroni

CLUB STATISTICS AND RECORDS

Paolo Maldini presently holds both records for number of total and Serie A appearances for Milan with 1000 games played in total and 600 in Serie A (as of 14 May 2007, not including playoff matches), the latter being an all time Serie A record.

Milan’s all time top goalscorer is a Swede, Gunnar Nordahl, who scored 221 goals for the club in 268 games. Andriy Shevchenko is in second place with 173 goals in 298 games for the club followed by Filippo Inzaghi, who has scored 101 goals in 220 games.

The club holds the unique record of having gone a whole season without losing a game, during the 1991–92 season. In total, that unbeaten streak lasted 58 games, starting with a 0–0 draw with Parma on 26 May 1991 and ironically ending with a 1–0 loss at home to Parma on 21 March 1993. This unbeaten streak is a Serie A record and is the third longest unbeaten run in top flight European football. It comes in behind Steaua Bucureşti’s record of 104 unbeaten games and Celtic’s 68 game unbeaten run.

Milan, along with Boca Juniors, has won the most FIFA recognized international club titles in the world. Milan is also ranked as the fifth best team in Europe in line with the UEFA Co-Efficient ranking system. This allows Milan to be in the number one spot for all European draws, meaning the team avoids other highly rated European teams in UEFA competitions.

COLORS AND BADGE

Throughout the entire history of the club, it has been represented by the colors red and black. The colors were chosen to represent the players’ fiery ardor (red) and the opponents’ fear to challenge the team (black). Due to Milan’s striped red and black shirts, the club has gained the nickname rossoneri. White shorts and black socks are worn as part of the home strip.

Milan’s away strip has always been completely white. It is considered by both the fans and the club to be a lucky strip in Champions League finals, due to the fact that Milan has won six finals out of eight in an all white strip (losing only to Ajax in 1995 and Liverpool in 2005), while winning only one out of three in the home strip. The third strip changes yearly and is black with red trim for the current season, but it is rarely used.

For many years, Milan’s badge was simply the Flag of Milan, which was originally the flag of Saint Ambrose. Another nickname derived from the club’s colors is the Devil. An image of a red devil was used as Milan’s logo at one point with a Golden Star for Sport Excellence located next to it. The star was awarded to the club when it won 10 league titles. Currently, the badge represents the club colors and the flag of the Comune di Milano, with the acronym ACM at the top and the foundation year (1899) at the bottom.

STADIUM

The team’s current stadium is the 80,018 seat San Siro, officially known as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza after the former player who represented both Milan and Internazionale. The name San Siro is taken from the district where it’s located. San Siro has been the home of Milan since 1926, when it was privately built by the club. The stadium has been shared with Internazionale since 1946, when the other major Milanese club was accepted as joint tenant. The stadium is renowned for its fantastic atmosphere due to the closeness of the stands to the pitch. The frequent use of flares by supporters contributes to the atmosphere but the practice has occasionally caused problems.

On 19 December 2005, Milan vice-president and executive director Adriano Galliani announced that the club is seriously working towards a relocation. He said that Milan’s new stadium will be largely based on the Veltins-Arena and will follow the standards of football stadiums in the United States, Germany and Spain. It will likely be a stadium for football purposes only (with no athletics track). The new stadium is supposed to be named after a sponsor.[56] It remains to be seen if this plan will proceed or if this is just a ploy to force the owners (Comune di Milano) to sell the stadium to Milan for a nominal fee so as to proceed with extensive renovations. The possibility of Internazionale vacating San Siro may affect proceedings.