Milan is an Italian professional football club. (Associazione Calcio Milan is commonly abbreviated as A.C. Milan or simply Milan), popularly known as Rossoneri (Italian for "Red and Blacks"), is a professional football team based in Milan, Italy.
“ We will be a team of devils. Our colors will be red like fire and black to invoke fear in our opponents!” These were Herbert Kilpin's words when he formed AC Milan on December 16, 1899. After defeating Genoa 3-0 at Ponte Carrega a year and a half later, the Rossoneri were crowned Italian champions for the first time.
Millions of people throughout the world are aware that AC Milan, one of the most well-known Italian icons, was founded by two English expats, Herbert Kilpin and Alfred Edwards, as Milan FOOT-BALL and Cricket Club. The club states 16 December as its founding date, but historical evidence suggests the group was created a few days earlier, most likely on 13 December. However, the precise date is still up for question.
The club began as a football and cricket club (at the time, the club was known as Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club), but football soon became the dominant sport, and the club changed its name to Milan FC in 1919
Before moving to the San Siro in 1926, AC Milan played in a variety of stadiums. That stadium, which was completely rebuilt for the 1990 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, now has a capacity of over 80,000 spectators. Since 1946, AC Milan and Inter have shared the same stadium. In 1980, the stadium was renamed the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in honor of the renowned Italian forward who spent the majority of his career at Inter.
In the years 1962-63, AC Milan won their first major international prize, the European Cup/UEFA Champions League. Six additional European Cup championships (1968-69, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94, 2002-3,). The most recent was in 2007, when Milan defeated Liverpool FC 2–1 in the final thanks to two goals from Filippo Inzaghi.
Five European Super Cups (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007), two European Cup Winners' Cups (1968, 1973), and three Intercontinental Cups have also been won by AC Milan (1969, 1989, 1990). It won the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in 2007, when it was founded.
With 18 major championships under its belt, AC Milan became the most successful European club in the history of international play.
Milan FC is going through a difficult period. Milan had to face punishment and relegation to the second division following the Totonero match-fixing scandal in 1980, in which players and officials bet on games (the president Felice Colombo was banned from the game for life). Even though they were promoted to Serie A the following season, they were demoted again in 1882. They clawed their way back to the top flight, but the club quickly became insolvent until being purchased by Silvio Berlusconi in 1986.
With Berlusconi's appointment, Milan was able to reclaim its former glory. AC Milan swiftly became the best version of themselves, encouraged by youthful coach Arrigo Sacchi, winning their eleventh Scudetto in 1988 and two European Cups in two years. The performance in the 1988-89 season was particularly impressive, with 5-0 victories over Real Madrid in the semi-finals and 4-0 victories over Steaua Bucuresti in the final. The magnificent Milan team, led by the Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, and Marco Van Basten, has been rated the best team in football history.
Paolo Maldini is an Italian professional footballer who has played in 902 official games for Milan. He owns the all-time appearance and Serie A appearance records. He made 647 appearances for Serie A, which is an all-time Serie A record.
Gunnar Nordahi, a Swedish attacker, set an Italian football and club record with 38 goals in the 1950-51 season, 35 of which came in Serie A. He went on to become Milan's all-time leading goalscorer, with 221 goals in 268 games for the club.
Kaká's transfer to Real Madrid in 2009 shattered Zinedine Zidane's eight-year-old world football transfer record, costing the Spanish club €67 million.
(about £56 million) However, Cristiano Ronaldo's £80 million transfer smashed that record in less than a month. However, this record is in nominal British pound rates, not adjusted for inflation or the euro's real worth. In 2001, Madrid paid €77.5 million for Zidane, which was almost £46 million at the time.