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Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to as AC Milan and as simply Milan in Italy, are an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy. The club was founded in 1899 and has since spent most of its history in the top flight of Italian football.

Milan have won 18 officially recognized international titles, tied with Boca Juniors as having the most in the world. The club have won what is today known as the UEFA Champions League on seven occasions; only Real Madrid have won it more times (9). As far as Italian competitions are concerned, Milan are the second most successful club with 17 league titles; only Juventus have won more (27). AC Milan have won four world titles, more than any other club in the world. They have won the Intercontinental Cup 3 times , and the FIFA Club World Cup once.

Other important titles won by Milan include the European Super Cup five times, and the Cup Winners’ Cup twice; however, they have never reached the UEFA Cup final (only two semi-finals). In Italy, they have won the Coppa Italia five times, as well as five Italian Super Cups. AC Milan is also one of the G-14’s founding members, a group that represented eighteen of the largest and most prestigious European football clubs before its disbandment.

Their home games are played at San Siro, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The ground, which is shared with rivals Internazionale, is the largest in Italian football, with total capacity of 80,018.

The 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 (though it was forced to do it during the fascist regime, like Genoa and Inter); it should be noted that the Italian pronunciation is actually MEE-lan, coming from the local dialect. AC Milan won their first Italian championship title in 1901, and then again 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, F.C. Internazionale Milano. Following these events, AC Milan did not manage to win a single domestic title until 1950-51. In 1963 they ensured their first continental title, winning European Cup beating S.L. Benfica in the final. This success was repeated in 1969, and followed by an Intercontinental Cup title the same year. Following retirement of Gianni Rivera, Milan started a declining period, during which they were involved in the 1980 Totonero scandal and were relegated to Serie B as punishment, for their first time in history. The scandal was centred on a betting syndicate paying players and officials to fix the outcome of matches. AC Milan quickly returned back to Serie A, but returned to Serie B only one year later as they ended in the relegation zone their 1981-82 Serie A campaign.

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 Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. This was the beginning of the most successful time in the club’s history, as AC Milan won seven domestic titles, five UEFA Champions League trophies, and three Intercontinental Cups.

More recently, Milan were involved in the 2006 Serie A scandal where five teams were accused of fixing matches by selecting favourable referees. Milan were initially punished with a 15 point deduction and consequently did not qualify for the Champions League. An appeal saw their penalty reduced to 8 points and allowed to retain their 2006-07 Champions League participation, where they won the competition.

AC Milan as a company

According to The Football Money League published by consultants Deloitte, in the season 2005–06, Milan was the fifth highest earning football club in the world with an estimated revenue of €233.7 million.[31] Currently the club are also ranked as the 6th richest football club in the world by Forbes magazine, making them the richest in Italian football.[32]

The Austrian on-line betting company bwin.com are currently Milan’s main shirt sponsors after signing a 4 year deal at the start of the 2006–07 season.[33] Previous to this deal, 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.[34] 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 the 14th of January, 2008, AC Milan and Adidas renewed the sponsorship contract until 30th of 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. [35]

AC Milan also sponsors the Scuderia Playteam 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, will drive for AC Milan. Doornbos won his first race for the team at Nürburgring, Germany.

12 Comments

  1. Es el mejor del mundo se merece ese premio

  2. I am support Acmilna and for my ever will support acmilan

  3. I will play in milan my name is Oualid aklia vs. kaka`

  4. forever i will be supporter of ac milan
    iam great fan of kaka

  5. tung ah me kakan ska

  6. hey whu are you

  7. enj ska me kakan ska kush qi e nal se esshte yll

  8. Yea am glad to know a brief history about AC Milan.
    Am a supporter n is a good think that i know a little of my team

    Calcio Milan

  9. JAS SUM MAKEDONKA A MN GO OBOZAVAM MILAN GO OBOZAVAM KAKA TOJ E NAJDOBRIOT SVESKI KLUB I EVRPOPSKI BEF KO BESE MILAN SAMPION VO FINALETO USPEAV DA SE SLIKAM SO MOJOT NAJGOLEM FAFORIT KAKA NEMA EN DA NE POMISLAM NA KAKA I NA MILAN I LOVE JOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I LOCE JOU MILAN

  11. MILAN E NJDOBRIOT KLUB NA SVETOT A KAKA NAJDOBRIOT FUDBALER USPEV DA SE SLIKAM SO MOJOT NAJGOLEM FAFORIT KAKO KO BEJA SMPIONI BEF

  12. ac milán es el mejor equipo del mundo y yo lo amo y estoy con ellos en sus triunfos y derrotas pork eso es lo k un verdadero fan ase apoyarlo con todo el corazón siempre y no importa cual sea la situaccion gooooo forza milán


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