The Dream Team Football Club, AC Milan FC

The Dream Team Football Club, AC Milan FC - Associazione Calcio Milan Italy (called AC Milan or Milan only) is an Italian football club based in Milan. They played with a red-striped uniform pants black and white (sometimes black), so dubbed rossoneri ("red-blacks"). Milan is the third most successful team in the history of Italian soccer, won the Serie A 18 times and the Coppa Italia five times.

The club was founded in 1899 under the name Cricket and Football Club Milan (Milan Cricket and Football Club) by Alfred Edwards, a British expatriate. As a tribute to its origins, Milan still use the English spelling of the name of his city (Milan) instead of using the spelling of Italian Milano.


The club was founded by two British expatriates, namely Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin named Cricket and Football Club in Milan on December 16, 1899. At that time, Edwards became the first club president Kilpin Milan and Milan became the first team captain. 1901 season, Milan won his first title as a champion of Italian football, after beating Genoa CFC 3-0 in the final of the Italian Football Championship. In 1908, some players from Italy and the players from Switzerland who do not like the Italians and British dominance in the core of Milan's squad, broke away from Milan and Internazionale form.
the GreNoLi

In the decade of the 50s, Milan was feared in world football field because it has GreNoLi trio, consisting of Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm. All three are players from Sweden. Gren and Nordahl sector operating in the front as a striker, while Liedholm support the attack as a shadow striker (playmaker). The team in the future is also inhabited by a group of quality players in their time, such as Lorenzo Buffon, Cesare Maldini, and Carlo Annovazzi. AC Milan's most successful victory by Juventus created February 5, 1950, with the score 7-1, and Gunnar Nordahl scored a hat-trick

Nereo Rocco era

Milan won the 1961/1962 season. His coach at the time was Nereo Rocco, an innovative football coach, known as the inventor of catenaccio tactics (defense latch / layered). In the team includes Gianni Rivera and José Altafini which are both still young. The next season, with goals Altafini, Milan won their first European Cup (later known as the UEFA Champions League) by beating Benfica 2-1. This is also the first time an Italian team won the European Cup.

Nevertheless, during the 1960's trophy Milan began to shrink, mainly because of heavy resistance from the Inter-trained Helenio Herrera. Next Scudetto arrived only in 1967/1968, thanks to goals Pierino Prati, the Serie A top scorer in the season, the Cup Winners Cup been won when they beat Hamburger SV, and also thanks to two goals from Kurt Hamrin. AC Milan next season, won a second European Cup (4-1 to AFC Ajax), and in 1969 won the first Intercontinental Cup, after defeating Estudiantes de La Plata from Argentina in a dramatic two-leg (3-0, 1-2).

Scudetto into ten B series

In 1970, Milan won three Coppa Italia and the Cup Winners' Cup second, however, Milan's main goal is the tenth Scudetto, which means getting "stars" for the team (in Italy, every team that won 10 league titles embeddable got a star on his shirt ). In 1972 they won the UEFA Cup semifinals, losing to the real winners, Tottenham Hotspur. 1972/1973 season, they almost won the scudetto kesepulh, but failed because of the painful defeat of Hellas Verona FC in the final game of the season. AC Milan waited until the 1978/1979 season to win their tenth scudetto, led by Gianni Rivera, who retired from football after leading his team the victory.
However, the worst comes to the "Rossoneri": after winning the 1979/1980 season, Milan was relegated to Serie B by FIGC, with SS Lazio, because the gambling scandal Totonero 1980. In 1980/1981, Milan easily won the Serie B, and returned to Serie A, where the disease recurred in the 1981/1982 season, Milan degraded again.

The dream team

After a spate of problems hit Milan, and make the club lost to success, AC Milan was bought by Italian entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi's Milan is a ray of hope at the time. He arrived in 1986. Berlusconi brought a new coach for Milan, Arrigo Sacchi, and three Dutch players, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit, to return the team to glory. He also bought other players, like Roberto Donadoni, Carlo Ancelotti, and Giovanni Galli.

Sacchi era

Sacchi won the Serie A season 1987-1988. In 1988-1989, Milan won the Champions League third, defeating Steaua Bucureşti 4-0 in the final, and his second Intercontinental Cup defeat National de Medellin (1-0, goals are created in the extra period). The team began to repeat their triumph in the season-next season, beating SL Benfica, and Olimpia Asunción in 1990. Europe win their squad is:
Goalkeepers: Giovanni Galli
Defenders: Mauro Tassotti - Alessandro Costacurta - Franco Baresi - Paolo Maldini
Midfielders: Angelo Colombo - Frank Rijkaard - Carlo Ancelotti - Roberto Donadoni
Striker: Ruud Gullit - Marco van Basten.
Capello era

When Sacchi left Milan for the Italian coach, Fabio Capello made the next coach of Milan, and Milan won the golden age as the Gli Invicibli (The Invicibles) and Dream Team. With 58 games without a defeat Invicibli make the dream team in all sectors like Baresi, Costacurta and Maldini led the best defense, Marcel Desailly, Donadoni, and Ancelotti in the midfield, and Dejan Savićević, Zvonimir Boban, Daniele Massaro and playing in front of the sector. At the trained Capello, Milan had to stop in Indonesia in order to tour is seasonal and local club against Arsenal in Bandung. The game that started at the Bung Karno Main Stadium on June 4, 1994 it won a landslide victory with the score 8-0 Milan. Milan's winning goal scored by Dejan Savićević ('17) ('18), Gianluigi Lentini ('26), Paolo Baldieri ('27) ('48) ('58), Christian Antigori ('68), and Stefano Desideri (' 78).

Hard times

After the departure of Fabio Capello in 1996, Oscar Washington Tabarez Milan recruit but hard struggle under his control was less successful, and they always lose in a few games early. In an attempt to regain past glory, they call back Arrigo Sacchi to replace Tabarez. Milan get a hard slap their worst defeat in Serie A, humiliated by Juventus FC in their own homes the San Siro with a score of 1-4. Milan bought a number of new players such as Ibrahim Ba, Christophe Dugarry and Edgar Davids. Milan struggled and ended the 1996-1997 season ranked eleventh in Serie A.

Sacchi was replaced by Capello next season. Capello, who signed a new contract with Milan recruit a lot of potential players such as Christian Ziege, Patrick Kluivert, Jesper Blomqvist, and Leonardo, but the results are equally bad in previous seasons. Ended their 1997-1998 season ranked tenth. These results are still unacceptable officials of Milan, and like Sacchi, Capello was sacked.

In their search for a new manager, Alberto Zaccheroni attract the attention of Milan. Udinese Zaccheroni is the manager who ended the 1997-1998 season ranked high in all three. Milan signed Zaccheroni with two players from Udinese, Oliver Bierhoff and Thomas Helveg. Milan also signed Roberto Ayala, Luigi Sala and Andres Guglielminpietro and with Zaccheroni favorite 3-4-3 formation, Zaccheroni led the club to win the scudetto-16 back to Milan. Starting XI is: Christian Abbiati; Luigi Sala, Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini; Thomas Helveg, Demetrio Albertini, Massimo Ambrosini, Andres Guglielminpietro; Zvonimir Boban, George Weah, Oliver Bierhoff.
Although successful in previous seasons, failed to transform Milan Zaccheroni such as The Dream Team first. In the next season, despite the emergence of Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, Milan's disappointing their fans both in the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League or Serie A. Milan out of Champions League early, winning just one of six matches (three draws and two lost) and ended the 1999-2000 season in 3rd place. Milan is not a challenge for the scudetto two competitors at the time, SS Lazio and Juventus.
In the next season, Milan qualified for the 2000-2001 UEFA Champions League after beating Dinamo Zagreb 9-1 aggregate. Milan started the Champions League with high spirits, beating Besiktas JK of Turkey and the Spanish giants FC Barcelona, ​​which at that time consisted of world-class international superstars, Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert. But Milan's performance began to decline seriously, the series against a team (which is seen as a small / weak technically to Milan), especially the 2-1 defeat by Juventus in Serie A and 1-0 to Leeds United. In the second round of the Champions League, Milan only won once and drawn four times. They failed to beat Deportivo de La Coruña of Spain in the last game and Zaccheroni fired. Cesare Maldini, father of team captain Paolo, has been appointed and it soon became better. Coaching debut at Milan's Maldini officially begins with 6-0 win over AS Bari, who still has young guns, Antonio Cassano. It was also under the leadership of Maldini that Milan beat derby rivals Internazionale with a remarkable score 6-0, score which was never repeated and where Serginho starred in the game. However, after this peak shape, Milan began to lose again, including a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Vicenza Calcio, with the only goal in the match scored by a Luca Toni. Apart from this result, the board of directors insisted that Milan reach fourth place in the league at the end of the season, but Maldini failed and the team ended up in sixth place.
Milan started the 2000-2001 season with more signing star players including Cosmin Contra and Javi Moreno who took Deportivo Alaves UEFA Cup finals. They also signed Kakha Kaladze (from Dynamo Kyiv), Rui Costa (AC Fiorentina), Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus), Martin Laursen (from Hellas Verona), Jon Dahl Tomasson (from Feyenoord), Umit Davala (Galatasaray) and Andrea Pirlo (Inter Milan). Fatih Terim was appointed as manager, replacing Cesare Maldini, and quite successful. However, after five months at the club, Milan is not in the top five leagues, and Terim was fired for failing to meet the expectations of directors.

Terim replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, despite rumors that Franco Baresi will become the new manager. Regardless of the injury problems the defender Paolo Maldini, Ancelotti managed to end the 2001-02 season and the fourth, the last place for the Champions League. The starting XI at the time was Christian Abbiati; Cosmin Contra, Alessandro Costacurta, Martin Laursen, Kakha Kaladze, Gennaro Gattuso, Demetrio Albertini, Serginho; Manuel Rui Costa; Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi. Ancelotti led Milan to the Champions League title in 2002/2003 season when they beat Juventus by a shootout in Manchester, England. Milan last won the title with a win prestisus League champions Italy in the 2003/2004 season striker Andriy Shevchenko as well put as top scorer in the Italian League, then the rossoneri-even more feared.
In the season 2006/2007 Italian league Serie A, Milan associated with Calciopoli scandal that resulted in the club must start the competition with a reduction of 8 points. Even so, the Italian public still proud because in the midst of the destruction caused by the image of Italian football Calciopoli, Milan won the soccer competition of the most prestigious in the world, the Champions League. Results were obtained after Milan beat Liverpool 2-1 through two goals from Filippo Inzaghi. Complete the revenge even this degree of Milan lost on penalties to Liverpool two years ago. In mid-season, Milan's best players the world bring in the former, Ronaldo from Real Madrid to strengthen their fleet of attackers after the young striker Marco Borriello been convicted of doping. 2007/2008 season, Milan had to play in the UEFA Cup after only successfully ranked fifth under Fiorentina by a margin of 2 points. In the last Serie A, Milan's 4-1 win over Udinese, but at the same time, Fiorentina also won 1-0 over Torino to score the end position of the two teams no change. To improve performance in the following season (2008/2009), Milan buy some new players, including Mathieu Flamini from Arsenal, as well as Gianluca Zambrotta and Ronaldinho, who both come from Barcelona. Transfer half of the 2008/2009 season at Milan to bring David Beckham on loan from the United States soccer club LA Galaxy.

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