AC Milan Football Club Notebook
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AC Milan Football Club History & Profile
Italian Name: AC Milan
Club History & Facts:
AC [Associazone CALCIO] Milan were founded by two Englishmen in 1899. They werefounded as a cricket club by an Englishman from Nottingham, Alfred Edwards. They share the San Siro stadium with bitter rivals Inter Milan in Lombardy, Milan. Their home strip is red and black stripes, and their nickname is Il Diavolo which is Italian for the devil. The owner is Mr. Silvio Berlusconi and their head coach is ex player Carlo Ancellotti. AC have won 17 league titles second only to Juventus who have an astonishing 27. Their first championship was two years after their inception in 1901, and their most recent was the 2004 title under Ancelotti. The 1991-92 season was record breaking for Milan under Fabio Capello as they went the enitre serie A season unbeaten, a run that concluded after 58 games with defeat against Parma in March 1993.
Arguably Milans greatest side was of the between the late 1980′s and 90′s. A side which included legendary dutch trio Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rjikard. Their last serie A title was thanks to the likes of Ukranian striker Andriy Shevchenko and 4 time European champion Clarence Seedorf, they have weakened their grip in Italy though with just 2 scudettos in 10 years now and none for 5 years. Milan’s tally of Coppa Italias reaches 5,not quite as impressive as some of their Italian counterparts.
AC Milan European Performance
Real Madrid are the only side to have won more European cups than Ac Milan, Milan have won an astounding seven trophies. In 1963 AC won their first European title and 44 years later they defeated Liverpool in a revenge match from the 2005 champions league final. Folk hero Pipo Inzaghi netted twice in a 2-0 win in Athens. Perhaps their finest European victory was the 4-0 defeat of Barcelona in the 1994 final. 4o year old club captain Paolo Maldini holds the appearance record for Milan, his first Serie A game came in 1985 and 23 years later he’s still going strong. The all time record goal scorer is the Swede Gunnar Nordahl whose incredible record stands at 221 goals in 268 games. Ac suffered the embarrassment of failing to reach the Champions League tournament after a disappointing fifth place finish in the 2007/2008 season. This could be attributed to their ageing squad featuring many big names in their mid-30′s , names such as Andrea Pirlo, Ambrossini and company may have had their best days. Brazilian play maker Kaka is probably the team’s biggest star and was the FIFA world player of the year for 2007.
Big changes took place in the summer of 2009 with the departure of star player Kaka and manager Carlo Ancelotti. Brazilian legend Leonardo was brought in as boss, but with the loss of such key components in their european glories, AC may well have taken a backwards step. Leonardo was sacked following another trophy less season and a finish of 3rd in Serie A and and replaced by former Cagliari boss Massimilaino Allegri in June 2010. Milan got back in the Champions League this year and were still among one of the favourites due to their outstanding recent record in the competition, however Manchester United comfortably defeated them over two legs in the second round including a 4-0 thrashing at Old Trafford.
AC Milan Stadium Location & Travel Information
Getting To The AC Milan Stadium By Public Transport From The Airport
From LINATE AIRPORT: Take the Line 73 bus up to San Babila MM1.From there take the subway Line MM1 towards Rho Fiera, to the Lotto stop.
From MALPENSA AIRPORT: Take the train tp Malpensa Express to Cadorna FN. From there take the subway Line MM1 towards Rho Fiera to the Lotto stop.
From ORIO AL SERIO AIRPORT: Take a the bus to Milano Centrale, then continue on Line 2 of the subway owards Abbiategrasso, and change at the Cadorna FN stop. From there e take Line 1 (Red Line) towards Rho Fiera to the Lotto stop.
Getting To The AC Milan Stadium By Public Transport From Central Milan
Metro / Subway: line MM1 Subway: line MM1 (red) to stations LOTTERY or LAMPUGNANO where a shuttle bus service from station to the stadiun operates from two hour before kick off
and LOTTERY line MM1 (the parking of interscambio exists).
Bus: line 49 from Piazza Tirana (station FS San Cristoforo) to the Lotto square, Piazza Axum stop;
Autobus: line 78 from Via Govone to Via Lorenteggio, Via Tesio stop.
Tram: line 16 from Piazza Fontana (Duomo) to San Siro, stop at the Via Dessiè terminal.
Usually, on the days of the Milan games, a shuttle serviceruns from Piazzale Lotto (MM1 stop – red) starting from two hours before the kick-off.
Getting To The AC Milan Stadium By Car
From A1 (Autostrada del Sole): after the Melegnano barrier take the Tangenziale Ovest towards Malpensa and exit in Milan Via Novara. Then follow the signs for San Siro.
From A4 (Milano-Torino): at the Milano Nord barrier take the Tangenziale Ovest towards Linate and exit in Milan Via Novara. then follow the signs for San Siro.
From A4 (Milano-Venezia): at the Milano Nord barrier continue towards Milan and take the Milano Certosa exit. Then follow the signns for San Siro.
From A8 (Milano-Laghi): at the Milano Nord barrier take the Tangenziale Ovest towards Linate and exit in Milan Via Novara. Then follow the signs for San Siro
Getting To The AC Milan Stadium By Train From Milan
From the Porta Genova Station: take Line 2 of the subway (Green Line) towards Cologno/Gessate, at Cardorna FN change onto Line 2 (Red Line) towards Rho Fiera at the Lotto stop.
From the Cardorna station: take Line 1 (Red Line) towards Rho-Fiera to the Lotto stop