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A.C. Milan
AC Milan badge
Full name Associazione Calcio Milan S.p.A.[1]
Nickname(s) i Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks)
il Diavolo (The Devil)
Casciavit (Lombard for: Screwdrivers)
Founded December 16, 1899; 117 years ago (1899-12-16)[2]
Ground San Siro, Milan
(capacity: 80,018)
Owner Silvio Berlusconi
President Silvio Berlusconi
Head coach Massimiliano Allegri
League Serie A
2011–12 Serie A, 2nd
Website Club home page
33px Current season

Associazione Calcio Milan (Italian pronunciation: [assotʃatˈtsjoːne ˈkaltʃo ˈmiːlan]), commonly referred to as A.C. Milan or simply Milan, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, that plays in Serie A. Milan was founded in 1899 by English lace-maker Herbert Kilpin and businessman Alfred Edwards among others.[2][3] The club has spent its entire history, with the exception of the 1980–81 and 1982–83 seasons, in the top flight of Italian football, known as Serie A since 1929–30.[2]

They are the most successful club in world football in terms of international trophies along with Boca Juniors, with 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles.[4] Milan has won four world titles,[4] more than any other club in the world, having won the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup once.[4] Milan also won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions,[4] second only to Real Madrid.[5] They also won the UEFA Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners' Cup twice.[4] Milan won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the Europa League (in this competition they have lost two semifinals in 1972 and in 2002). Domestically, with 18 league titles Milan is the joint-second most successful club in Serie A behind Juventus (28 titles), along with local rivals Inter.[6] They have also won the Coppa Italia five times, as well as a record six Supercoppa Italiana triumphs.[4]

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 80,018.[7] Inter are considered their biggest rivals, and matches between the two teams are called Derby della Madonnina, which is one of the most followed derbies in football.[8] As of 2010, Milan is the third most supported team in Italy,[9] and the seventh most supported team in Europe, ahead of any other Italian team.[10]

The owner of the club is former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the vice-president is Adriano Galliani. The club is one of the wealthiest and most valuable in Italian and world football.[11] It was a founding member of the now-defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association.[12]

HistoryEdit

File:Herbert Kilpin.jpg

The club was founded as a football and cricket club on December 16, 1899 by British expatriates Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin,[3] who came from the British city of Nottingham. In honor of its British origins, the club has retained the English spelling of the city's name, as opposed to the Italian spelling Milano which it was forced to bear under the fascist regime. Milan won its first Italian championship in 1901 and a further two in succession in 1906 and 1907.[2]

In 1908, Milan experienced a split caused by internal disagreements over the signing of foreign players, which led to the forming of another Milan-based team, Internazionale.[13] Following these events, Milan did not manage to win a single domestic title until 1950–51.[4] The 1950s saw the club return to the top of Italian football, headed by the famous Gre-No-Li Swedish trio Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm. In 1963, Milan won its first continental title by beating Benfica in the final of the European Cup.[14] This success was repeated in 1969, and followed by an Intercontinental Cup title the same year.[4] After the retirement of Gianni Rivera in 1979, Milan went into a period of decline, during which it was involved in the 1980 Totonero scandal and relegated to Serie B as punishment,[15] 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.[15] Milan quickly returned to Serie A, but was again relegated to Serie B one year later as the team ended its 1981–82 campaign in third last place.

On February 20, 1986 entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi acquired the club and saved it from bankruptcy investing vast amounts of money,[2] appointing rising manager Arrigo Sacchi at the helm of the Rossoneri and signing the Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard.[2] This was the beginning of arguably the most successful era in Milan's history, as they won eight 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.[4] That successful team has been voted the best club side of all time, in a global poll of experts conducted by World Soccer magazine.[16] It had reached its peak in one Milan's most memorable matches of all time, the famous 4-0 win over F.C. Barcelona in the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final. In the 1998-99 season, after a two-year period of decline, Milan lifted its 16th championship in the club's centenary celebrations.

More recently, the club was involved in the 2006 Serie A scandal, nicknamed Calciopoli, where five teams were accused of fixing matches by selecting favorable referees.[17] A police inquiry excluded any involvement of Milan managers,[18] 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,[19] 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.[20]

Following the aftermath of Calciopoli, local rivals Internazionale dominated Serie A, winning four Scudetti. However, with the help a strong squad boasting players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Robinho and Alexandre Pato joining many of the old-guard, Milan recaptured the Scudetto in the 2010-11 Serie A season, their first since the 2003-04 season, and 18th overall.[21][22]

Colors and badgeEdit

Shirt worn by Milan in 2006–07 Champions League Final

Red and black are the colors which represented the club throughout its entire history. They were chosen to represent the players' fiery ardor (red) and the opponents' fear to challenge the team (black). Rossoneri, the team's widely-used nickname, literally means "the red & blacks" in Italian, in reference to the colors of the stripes on its jersey.[23]

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.[24] As is customary in Italian football, the star above the logo was awarded to the club after winning 10 league titles, in 1979. For many years, Milan's badge was simply the Flag of Milan, which was originally the flag of Saint Ambrose.[24] The modern badge used today 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.[24]

White shorts and black socks are usually 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), and only won one out of three in the home strip. The third strip, which is rarely used, changes yearly, being mostly black with red trimmings in recent seasons.

StadiumEdit

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
San Siro
An external view of the San Siro stadium
Location Via Piccolomini 5,
20151 Milan, Italy
Broke ground 1925
Opened 19 September 1926
Renovated 1939, 1955, 1989
Owner Municipality of Milan
Operator AC Milan and Internazionale
Construction cost ₤5,000,000 (1926), ₤5,100,000 (1939), $60,000,000 (1989)
Architect Ulisse Stacchini (1925), Giancarlo Ragazzi (1989), Enrico Hoffer (1989)
Capacity 80,018 seated
Tenants
AC Milan (1926–present), Internazionale (1947-present)

The team's 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 more commonly used name, San Siro, is the name of the district where it's located. San Siro has been the home of Milan since 1926, when it was privately built by funding from Milan's president at the time, Piero Pirelli. Construction was performed by 120 workers, and took 13 and a half months to complete. The stadium was owned by the club until it was sold to the city council in 1935, and since 1947 has been shared with Internazionale, when the other major Milanese club was accepted as joint tenant.

The first game played at the stadium was on 19 September 1926, when Milan lost 6-3 in a friendly match against Internazionale. Milan played its first league game in San Siro on September 19, 1926, losing 1-2 to Sampierdarenese. From an initial capacity of 35,000 spectators, the stadium has undergone several major renovations, most recently in preparation for the 1990 FIFA World Cup when its capacity was set to 85,700, all covered with a polycarbonate roof. In the summer of 2008 its capacity has been reduced to 80,018, in order to meet the new standards set by UEFA.

Based on the English model for stadiums, San Siro is specifically designed for football matches, as opposed to many multi-purpose stadiums used in Serie A. It is therefore renowned in Italy for its fantastic atmosphere during matches, thanks 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. As opposed to many other stadiums in Italy, Milan's new stadium will likely be used for football only, having no athletics track. The new stadium's naming rights will be probably sold to a sponsor, similarly to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.[25] 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.

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

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Milan is one of the best supported football clubs in Italy, according to research conducted by Italian newspaper La Repubblica.[26] Historically, Milan was supported by the city's working-class and trade unionists.[27] On the other hand, crosstown rivals Internazionale were mainly supported by the more prosperous and typically Milanese middle-class.[27] One of the oldest ultras groups in all of Italian football, Fossa dei Leoni, originated in Milan.[28] Currently, the main ultras group within the support base is Brigate Rossonere.[28] Politically, Milan ultras have never had any particular preference,[28] but the media traditionally associated them with the left-wing,[29] until recently, when Berlusconi's presidency somewhat altered that view.[30]

According to a study from 2010, Milan is the most supported Italian team in Europe and seventh overall, with over 18.4 million fans.[10] AC Milan has the ninth highest average attendance of European football clubs behind Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Schalke, Arsenal, and Hamburg.[31][32][33][34][35]

Genoa fans consider Milan a hated rival after Genoa fan, Vincenzo Spagnolo was stabbed to death by a Milan supporter in January 1995.[36] However, Milan's main rivalry is with neighbor club, Internazionale; both clubs meet in the widely anticipated Derby della Madonnina twice every Serie A season. The name of the derby refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose statue atop the Milan Cathedral is one of the city's main attractions. The match usually creates a lively atmosphere, with numerous (often humorous or offensive) banners unfolded before the start of the game. Flares are commonly present and contribute to the spectacle but they have occasionally led to problems, including the abandonment of the second leg of the 2004–05 Champions League quarterfinal match between Milan and Inter on 12 April 2005, after a flare thrown from the crowd by an Inter supporter struck Milan keeper Dida on the shoulder.[37]

Players Edit

First team squad Edit

As of 15 December 2012.[38]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 22x20px GK Marco Amelia
2 22x20px DF Mattia De Sciglio
4 22x20px MF Sulley Muntari
5 22x20px DF Philippe Mexès
7 22x20px FW Robinho
8 22x20px MF Antonio Nocerino
9 22x20px FW Alexandre Pato
10 22x20px MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
11 22x20px FW Giampaolo Pazzini
12 22x20px MF Bakaye Traoré
13 22x20px DF Francesco Acerbi
14 22x20px MF Rodney Strasser
15 22x20px DF Djamel Mesbah
16 22x20px MF Mathieu Flamini
17 22x20px DF Cristián Zapata (on loan from Villarreal)[39]
18 22x20px MF Riccardo Montolivo
19 22x20px FW M'Baye Niang
No. Position Player
20 22x20px DF Ignazio Abate
21 22x20px MF Kévin Constant (on loan from Genoa)[40]
22 22x20px FW Bojan Krkić (on loan from Roma)[41]
23 22x20px MF Massimo Ambrosini (captain)[42]
25 22x20px DF Daniele Bonera
28 22x20px MF Urby Emanuelson
32 22x20px GK Christian Abbiati (vice-captain)[42]
34 22x20px MF Nigel de Jong
35 22x20px DF Dídac Vilà
51 22x20px GK Ferdinando Coppola
55 22x20px MF Adrià Carmona Pérez
57 22x20px MF Mattia Valoti
59 22x20px GK Gabriel
76 22x20px DF Mario Yepes
77 22x20px DF Luca Antonini
92 22x20px FW Stephan El Shaarawy
For recent transfers, see 2012–13 A.C. Milan season.

Out on loan Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22x20px GK Edoardo Pazzagli (at Monza until 30 June 2013)[43]
22x20px GK Filippo Perucchini (at Como until 30 June 2013)[44]
22x20px GK Riccardo Piscitelli (at Carrarese until 30 June 2013)[45]
22x20px GK Valerio Vimercati (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2013)[46]
22x20px DF Michelangelo Albertazzi (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2013)[47]
22x20px DF Mattia Desole (at Monza until 30 June 2013)[48]
22x20px DF Marcus Diniz (at Lecce until 30 June 2013)[49]
22x20px DF Rodrigo Ely (at Reggina until 30 June 2013)[50]
22x20px DF Ricardo Ferreira (at Empoli until 30 June 2013)[51]
22x20px DF Taye Taiwo (at Dynamo Kyiv until 30 June 2013)[52]
22x20px MF Luca Bertoni (at Südtirol until 30 June 2013)[53]
22x20px MF Simone Calvano (at Hellas Verona until 30 June 2013)[54]
22x20px MF Attila Filkor (at Bari until 30 June 2013)[55]
22x20px MF Marco Ezio Fossati (at Ascoli until 30 June 2013)[56]
No. Position Player
22x20px MF Edmund Hottor (at Virtus Lanciano until 30 June 2013)[57]
22x20px MF Alessio Innocenti (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2013)[58]
22x20px MF Mitja Novinič (at Teramo until 30 June 2013)[59]
22x20px MF Pelé (at Arsenal Kyiv until 30 June 2013)[60]
22x20px MF Luca Santonocito (at Renate until 30 June 2013)[61]
22x20px FW Matteo Chinellato (at Tritium until 30 June 2013)[62]
22x20px FW Pietro Cogliati (at Tritium until 30 June 2013)[63]
22x20px FW Gianmario Comi (at Reggina until 30 June 2013)[64]
22x20px FW Marco Gaeta (at Renate until 30 June 2013)[65]
22x20px FW Nnamdi Oduamadi (at Varese until 30 June 2013)[66]
22x20px FW Uroš Palibrk (at Lierse until 30 June 2013)[67]
22x20px FW Alberto Paloschi (at Chievo until 30 June 2013)[68]
22x20px FW Alex Pontons Paz (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2013)[46]
22x20px FW Gianmarco Zigoni (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2013)[69]

Co-ownerships Edit

The following are players who have been transferred to another team with Milan retaining the right of participation (i.e. 50% of the patrimonial rights) to their contracts. For further information, see: Co-ownership (football).

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22x20px DF Marco Baldan (Nocerina)[70]
22x20px DF Andrea De Vito (Cittadella)[71]
22x20px DF Luca Ghiringhelli (Novara)[72]
22x20px DF Marco Guzzo (Hellas Verona)[73]
22x20px DF Simone Romagnoli (Pescara)[71]
No. Position Player
22x20px MF Carlo Alberto Calvetti (Hellas Verona)[73]
22x20px MF Wilfred Osuji (Padova)[71]
22x20px FW Giacomo Beretta (Genoa)[71]
22x20px FW David Speziale (Lecce)[71]
22x20px FW Simone Verdi (Torino)[71]

Youth team squad Edit

Main article: A.C. Milan Primavera

Notable players Edit

For a list of every Milan player with 100 or more appearances, see List of A.C. Milan players.
For a list of every Milan player who has been called-up by Italy, see A.C. Milan and the Italian national football team.

Retired numbers Edit

No. Player Nationality Position Milan debut Last match Ref
3* Maldini, PaoloPaolo Maldini 22x20px Italy Centre back / Left back 01985-01-2525 January 1985 02009-05-3131 May 2009 [74]
6 Baresi, FrancoFranco Baresi 22x20px Italy Sweeper 01978-04-2323 April 1978 01997-06-011 June 1997 [74]

* Might be restored for one of his two sons, should either of them play professionally for the club.

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 9 July 2012.[75]
Position Name
Head coach Massimiliano Allegri
Assistant coach Mauro Tassotti
Goalkeeping coaches Marco Landucci
Valerio Fiori
Technical assistant Andrea Maldera
Medical director Rodolfo Tavana
Club doctors Armando Gozzini
Stefano Mazzoni
Fitness coaches Simone Folletti
Fabio Allevi
Bruno Dominici
Sergio Mascheroni
Andrea Primitivi
Chiropractor Stefano Arata
Physiotherapists Marco Cattaneo
Marcelo Costa Pereira
Dario Lorenzo Fort
Stefano Grani
Roberto Morosi
Marco Paesanti
Masseur Endo Tomoroni

Presidents and managersEdit

Presidential historyEdit

Milan has had numerous presidents over the course of its history, some of whom have been owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of them.[76]

 
Name Years
Alfred Edwards 1899–1909
Giannino Camperio 1909
Piero Pirelli 1909–1928
Luigi Ravasco 1928–1930
Mario Bernazzoli 1930–1933
Luigi Ravasco 1933–1935
Pietro Annoni 1935
Pietro Annoni
G. Lorenzini
Rino Valdameri
1935–1936
 
Name Years
Emilio Colombo 1936–1939
Achille Invernizzi 1939–1940
Umberto Trabattoni 1940–1944
Antonio Busini 1944–1945
Umberto Trabattoni 1945–1954
Andrea Rizzoli 1954–1963
Felice Riva 1963–1965
Federico Sordillo 1965–1966
Franco Carraro 1967–1971
Federico Sordillo 1971–1972
 
Name Years
Albino Buticchi 1972–1975
Bruno Pardi 1975–1976
Vittorio Duina 1976–1977
Felice Colombo 1977–1980
Gaetano Morazzoni 1980–1982
Giuseppe Farina 1982–1986
Rosario Lo Verde 1986
Silvio Berlusconi 1986–2004
Presidential Commission 2004–2006
Silvio Berlusconi 2006–2008
Presidential Commission 2008–2012
Silvio Berlusconi 2012–

Managerial historyEdit

Main article: List of A.C. Milan managers

Below is a list of Milan coaches from 1900 until the present day.[77]

 
Name Nationality Years
Herbert Kilpin 22x20px 1900–1908
Daniele Angeloni 22x20px 1906–1907
Technical Commission 22x20px 1907–1910
Giovanni Camperio 22x20px 1910–1911
Technical Commission 22x20px 1911–1914
Guido Moda 22x20px 1915–1922
Ferdi Oppenheim 22x20px 1922–1924
Vittorio Pozzo 22x20px 1924–1926
Guido Moda 22x20px 1926
Herbert Burgess 22x20px 1926–1928
Engelbert König 22x20px 1928–1931
József Bánás 22x20px 1931–1933
József Viola 22x20px 1933–1934
Adolfo Baloncieri 22x20px 1934–1937
William Garbutt 22x20px 1937
Hermann Felsner
József Bánás
22x20px
22x20px
1937–1938
József Viola 22x20px 1938–1940
Guido Ara
Antonio Busini
22x20px
22x20px
1940–1941
Mario Magnozzi 22x20px 1941–1943
Giuseppe Santagostino 22x20px 1943–1945
Adolfo Baloncieri 22x20px 1945–1946
Giuseppe Bigogno 22x20px 1946–1949
Lajos Czeizler 22x20px 1949–1952
Gunnar Gren 22x20px 1952
Mario Sperone 22x20px 1952–1953
Béla Guttmann 22x20px 1953–1954
Antonio Busini 22x20px 1954
Hector Puricelli 22x20px 1954–1956
Giuseppe Viani 22x20px 1957–1960
Paolo Todeschini 22x20px 1960–1961
Nereo Rocco 22x20px 1961–1963
Luis Carniglia 22x20px 1963–1964
Nils Liedholm 22x20px 1963–1966
 
Name Nationality Years
Giovanni Cattozzo 22x20px 1966
Arturo Silvestri 22x20px 1966–1967
Nereo Rocco 22x20px 1966–1972
Cesare Maldini 22x20px 1973–1974
Giovanni Trapattoni 22x20px 1974
Gustavo Giagnoni 22x20px 1974–1975
Nereo Rocco 22x20px 1975
Paolo Barison 22x20px 1975–1976
Giovanni Trapattoni 22x20px 1976
Giuseppe Marchioro 22x20px 1976–1977
Nereo Rocco 22x20px 1977
Nils Liedholm 22x20px 1977–1979
Massimo Giacomini 22x20px 1979–1981
Italo Galbiati 22x20px 1981
Luigi Radice 22x20px 1981–1982
Italo Galbiati 22x20px 1982
Francesco Zagatti 22x20px 1982
Ilario Castagner 22x20px 1982–1984
Italo Galbiati 22x20px 1984
Nils Liedholm 22x20px 1984–1987
Fabio Capello 22x20px 1987
Arrigo Sacchi 22x20px 1987–1991
Fabio Capello 22x20px 1991–1996
Oscar Tabárez 22x20px 1996
Giorgio Morini 22x20px 1996–1997
Arrigo Sacchi 22x20px 1997
Fabio Capello 22x20px 1997–1998
Alberto Zaccheroni 22x20px 1998–2001
Cesare Maldini
Mauro Tassotti
22x20px 2001
Fatih Terim 22x20px 2001
Carlo Ancelotti 22x20px 2001–2009
Leonardo 22x20px 2009–2010
Massimiliano Allegri 22x20px 2010–

HonorsEdit

Milan is one of the most successful clubs in Italy, having won a total of 29 major trophies. Together with Boca Juniors,[78] Milan is the most successful club in the world in terms of international competitions won, with a record of 14 European trophies and four World titles. Milan has earned the right to place a star on its jersey in recognition of the fact that it has won at least ten scudetti. In addition, the club is permanently allowed to display a multiple-winner badge on its shirt as it has won more than five European Championship Cups.[79]

Domestic Edit

League Edit

Cups Edit

European Edit

Worldwide Edit

Club statistics and recordsEdit

Paolo Maldini holds the records for both total appearances and Serie A appearances for Milan, with 902 official games played in total and 647 in Serie A (as of 31 May 2009, not including playoff matches),[80] the latter being an all time Serie A record.[81]

Swede forward Gunnar Nordahl scored 38 goals in the 1950–51 season, 35 of which were in Serie A, setting an Italian football and club record. He went on to become Milan's all time top goalscorer, scoring 221 goals for the club in 268 games.[82] He is followed in second place by Andriy Shevchenko with 175 goals in 322 games, and Gianni Rivera in third place, who has scored 164 goals in 658 games. Rivera is also Milan's youngest ever goalscorer, scoring in a league match against Juventus at just 17 years.

Legendary tactician Nereo Rocco, the first proponent of catenaccio in the country, was Milan's longest serving head coach, sitting on the bench for over 9 years (in two spells) in the 1960s and early 1970s, winning the club's first European Cup triumphs. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who purchased the club in 1986, is Milan's longest serving president (23 years, due to a two-year vacancy between 2004-2006), as well as the most successful president of any football team in the world.[citation needed]

The first official match in which Milan participated was in the Third Federal Football Championship, the predecessor of Serie A, losing 3–0 to Torinese. Milan's biggest ever victory was 13–0 versus Audax Modena, in a league match at the 1914–15 season. Its heaviest defeat was recorded in the league at the 1922–23 season, beaten 0–8 by Bologna.

During the 1991–92 season, the club achieved the feature of being the first team to win the Serie A title without losing a single game. Previously, only Perugia had managed to go unbeaten over an entire Serie A season (1978–79), but finished second in the table. In total, Milan's unbeaten streak lasted 58 games, starting with a 0–0 draw against Parma on 26 May 1991 and coincidentally ending with a 1–0 home loss to Parma on 21 March 1993. This is a Serie A record as well as the third longest unbeaten run in top flight European football, coming in behind Steaua Bucureşti's record of 104 unbeaten games and Celtic's 68 game unbeaten run.[83][84]

Along with Boca Juniors, Milan won more FIFA recognized international club titles than any other club in the world.[85]

The sale of Kaká to Real Madrid in 2009, broke the 8-year-old world football transfer record held by Zinedine Zidane, costing the Spanish club £56 million.[86] However, that record lasted for less than a month, broken by Cristiano Ronaldo's £80 million transfer. This record, however, is in terms of nominal British pound rates, not adjusted to inflation or the real value in Euro, the currency used in Italy and Spain.

A.C. Milan as a companyEdit

A.C. Milan (Group)
{In Millions of Euros)
Year Result Turnover
2006[87] +2,5 11px 293,1 11px
2007[88] -31,7 11px 275,4 11px
2008[89] -66,8 11px 237,9 11px
2009[90] -9,8 11px 327,6 11px
2010[91] -69,8 11px 253,2 11px
2011[92] -67,3 11px 266,8 11px

Milan is a subsidiary of Fininvest Group since 1986. The office of club president has been vacant since May 8, 2008, following a new Italian law that forbids the country's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to have other managing roles in private companies or clubs.[93] The vice president and CEO of the company is Adriano Galliani.

According to The Football Money League published by consultants Deloitte, in the 2005–06 season, Milan was the fifth highest earning football club in the world with an estimated revenue of €233.7 million.[94] The club is also ranked as the sixth wealthiest football club in the world by Forbes magazine as of 2011, making it the wealthiest in Italian football.[11]

Fly Emirates is the current main sponsor for Milan's shirt starting for the 2010–11 season and lasting 5 years,[95] after 4 years with Austrian online betting company bwin.com as the sponsor.

Previously, the German car manufacturer Opel had sponsored Milan for 12 seasons. For most of them, Opel was displayed on the front of the shirt, but in the 2003–04 and the 2005–06 seasons respectively, Meriva and Zafira (two cars from their range) were displayed.

The current shirts are supplied by German sportswear manufacturer Adidas, whose deal runs to the end of the 2017–18 season.[96] The deal makes Adidas the official manufacturer of all kits, training equipment and replica outfits. Prior to Adidas, the Italian sports company Lotto produced Milan's sportswear.

On 14 January 2008, Milan and Adidas renewed the sponsorship contract until 30 June 2018. According to the new contract, Adidas will be responsible for 3 separate areas of sponsorship; the sponsorship on the shirt, the merchandising and the distribution of all non-football related Milan products.[97]

AC Milan Spa. made an aggregate net loss in recent year, was one of the largest among the Italian clubs, which: 2005, net loss of €4,582,000;[98] 2006, a net income of €2,477,791 (contributed by the sales of Shevchenko);[98] 2007, a net loss of €31,978,699;[99] 2008, a net loss of €76,990,913;[100] 2009, a net loss of €18,948,018 (contributed by the sales of Kaká)[101] and most recently a net loss of €64,803,893.[102]

AC Milan had re-capitalization of €75,138,037 million in 2007 financial year;[103] €93,159,337 million in 2008; €18,508,425 in 2009[104] and €44,628,424.8 in 2010[105] (€20.894 million of the capital increase was converted from shareholder loan). However, the group has had negative equity at the end of each fiscal year since 2006. The balance was €40.768 million in 2006, €47.483 million in 2007, €64.482 million in 2008, €71.978 million in 2009 and €96.693 million in 2010.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1981–82 Linea Milan Pooh Jeans
1982–83 NR Hitachi
1983–84 Cuore
1984–85 Rolly Go Oscar Mondadori
1985–86 Gianni Rivera Fotorex U-Bix
1986–87 Kappa
1987–90 Mediolanum
1990–92 Adidas
1992–93 Motta
1993–94 Lotto
1994–98 Opel
1998–06 Adidas
2006–10 Bwin
2010–15 Fly Emirates

Superleague FormulaEdit

Main article: A.C. Milan (Superleague Formula team)

Milan has a team in the new Superleague Formula race car series where teams are sponsored by football clubs. Robert Doornbos, formerly driving for Minardi and Red Bull Racing in the Formula One World Championship, drove for Milan in 2008.[106] Doornbos won his first race for the team at Nürburgring, Germany. Giorgio Pantano is driving for Milan in the 2009 season and he has also won races for the team.[107]

See alsoEdit

Club related topicsEdit

Historical informationEdit

ListsEdit

Records and recognitionsEdit

Economic rankingsEdit

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