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    (Wikipedia) - A.C. Milan Milan Full name Nickname(s) Founded Ground Ground Capacity Owner Honorary President Head coach League 2013–14 Website
    Associazione Calcio Milan S.p.A.
    i Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks) il Diavolo (The Devil) Casciavit (Lombard for: Screwdrivers)
    16 December 1899; 115 years ago (1899-12-16)
    San Siro, Milan
    80,018
    Silvio Berlusconi
    Silvio Berlusconi
    Filippo Inzaghi
    Serie A
    Serie A, 8th
    Club home page
    Home colours Away colours Third colours
    Current season

    Associazione Calcio Milan (Italian pronunciation:  ( listen)), 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. 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.

    With 18 officially recognised UEFA and FIFA titles, they are the second most successful club in the world in terms of number of international titles, together with Boca Juniors and Real Madrid C.F., and behind Al Ahly SC with twenty titles. Milan has won a record of three Intercontinental Cups and one of its successor, the FIFA Club World Cup. Milan have also won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions, second only to Real Madrid. They have also won the UEFA Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners'' Cup twice. Milan has won every major competition in which it has competed, with the exception of the Europa League (in this competition they have lost two semi-finals in 1972 and in 2002). Domestically, with 18 league titles Milan is the joint-second most successful club in Serie A behind Juventus (30 titles), along with local rivals Inter. They have also won the Coppa Italia five times, as well as a joint record six Supercoppa Italiana triumphs.

    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. 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. As of 2010, Milan is the third most supported team in Italy, and the seventh most supported team in Europe, ahead of any other Italian team.

    The owner of the club is former Italian Prime Minister and controlling shareholder of Mediaset Silvio Berlusconi, and the vice-president is Adriano Galliani. The club is one of the wealthiest and most valuable in Italian and world football. 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.

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    History Main article: History of A.C. Milan
    This article duplicates, in whole or part, the scope of other articles, specifically, History of A.C. Milan. Please discuss this issue on the talk page and conform with Wikipedia''s Manual of Style by replacing the section with a link and a summary of the repeated material, or by spinning off the repeated text into an article in its own right. (July 2013)
    Herbert Kilpin, the first captain of A.C. Milan

    A.C. Milan was founded as Milan Cricket and Foot-Ball Club on 16 December 1899 by English expatriates Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin, who came from the English city of Nottingham. In honour of its English 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.

    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, F.C. Internazionale Milano. Following these events, Milan did not manage to win a single domestic title until 1950–51. 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. This was one of the club''s most successful periods domestically, with the Scudetto going to Milan in 1951, 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1962. In 1963, Milan won its first continental title by beating S.L. Benfica in the final of the European Cup. This success was repeated in 1969, with a 4–1 win over A.C.Ajax in the final, which was followed by the Intercontinental Cup title the same year. During this period Milan also won its first Coppa Italia, with victory over Padova in the 1967 final, and three European Cup Winners'' Cups; in 1967–68, 1972–73 and 1973–74.

    Milan won a tenth league title in 1979, but after the retirement of Gianni Rivera in the same year, the team went into a period of decline. The club was involved in the 1980 Totonero scandal and as punishment was relegated to Serie B for the first time in its history. The scandal was centred around a betting syndicate paying players and officials to fix the outcome of matches. Milan achieved promotion back to Serie A at the first attempt, winning the 1980–81 Serie B title, but were again relegated a year later as the team ended its 1981–82 campaign in third last place. In 1983, Milan won the Serie B title for the second time in three seasons to return to Serie A, where they achieved a sixth place finish in 1983–84.

    On 20 February 1986, entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi acquired the club and saved it from bankruptcy investing vast amounts of money, 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. The Dutch trio added an attacking impetus to the team, and complimented the club''s Italian internationals Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Roberto Donadoni. Under Sacchi, Milan won its first Scudetto in nine years in the 1987–88 season. The following year the club won its first European Cup in two decades, beating Romanian club Steaua București 4–0 in the final. Milan retained their title with a 1–0 win over Benfica a year later and remain the last team to win back-to-back European Cups. The Milan team of 1989–90 has been voted the best club side of all time, in a global poll of experts conducted by World Soccer magazine.

    After Sacchi left Milan in 1991, he was replaced by the club''s former player Fabio Capello whose team won three consecutive Serie A titles between 1992 and 1994, a spell which included a 58 match unbeaten run in Serie A and back-to-back UEFA Champions League final appearances in 1993 and 1994. A year after losing 1–0 to Olympique de Marseille in the 1993 Champions League final, the team reached its peak in one of Milan''s most memorable matches of all time, the famous 4–0 win over Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final. Capello''s team went on to win the 1995–96 league title before he left to coach Real Madrid in 1996. In 1998–99, after a two-year period of decline, Milan lifted its 16th championship in the club''s centenary season.

    Carlo Ancelotti won the UEFA Champions League twice as Milan manager

    Milan''s next period of success came under another former player, Carlo Ancelotti. After his appointment in November 2001, Ancelotti took Milan to the 2003 Champions League final, where they defeated Juventus on penalties to win the club''s sixth European Cup. The team then won the Scudetto in 2003–04, before reaching the 2005 Champions League final, where they were beaten by Liverpool on penalties despite leading 3–0 at half time. Two years later, the two teams met again in the 2007 Champions League final with Milan winning 2–1 to lift the title for a seventh time. The team then won its first FIFA Club World Cup in December 2007. In 2009, after becoming Milan''s second longest serving coach, with 420 matches overseen, Ancelotti left the club to take over as head-coach at Chelsea.

    During this period, the club was involved in the Calciopoli scandal, where five teams were accused of fixing matches by selecting favourable referees. A police inquiry excluded any involvement of Milan managers, 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 was initially banned from the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League. An appeal saw that penalty reduced to eight points, which allowed the club to retain its Champions League participation.

    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 veterans of the club''s mid-decade European successes, Milan recaptured the Scudetto in the 2010–11 Serie A season, their first since the 2003–04 season, and 18th overall.

    Colours and badgeShirt worn by Milan in the 2007 Champions League Final

    Red and black are the colours which have 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 colours of the stripes on its jersey.

    Another nickname derived from the club''s colours 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. 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. The modern badge used today represents the club colours and the flag of the Comune di Milano, with the acronym ACM at the top and the foundation year (1899) at the bottom.

    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.

    Stadium Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Location Owner Operator Capacity Construction Broke ground Opened Renovated Construction cost Architect Tenants
    San Siro
    Via Piccolomini 5, 20151 Milan, Italy
    Municipality of Milan
    AC Milan and Internazionale
    80,018 seated
    1925
    19 September 1926
    1939, 1955, 1989
    £5,000,000 (1926), £5,100,000 (1939), $60,000,000 (1989)
    Ulisse Stacchini (1925), Giancarlo Ragazzi (1989), Enrico Hoffer (1989)
    AC Milan (1926–present), Internazionale (1947–present)
    AC Milan Emirates Stadium Location Owner Capacity Construction Architect
    Portello District, 20151 Milan, Italy
    A.C. Milan
    42,000
    Fabio Novembre
    For more details on this topic, see San Siro. Giuseppe Meazza Stadium

    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 is 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 19 September 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, 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.

    AC Milan Emirates Stadium

    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.

    On 11 December 2014, Barbara Berlusconi announced that AC Milan will build a property stadium of 42,000 seats in Portello, behind the new HQ of the Rossoneri, and the big square "Piazza Gino Valle". The new village with shopping malls and hotel is located near CityLife district and is served by the metro. The stadium will bear the name of Emirates.

    Supporters and rivalries

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

    According to a study from 2010, Milan is the most supported Italian team in Europe and seventh overall, with over 18.4 million fans. AC Milan had the ninth highest average attendance of European football clubs during the 2010–11 season, behind Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Schalke, Arsenal, and Hamburg.

    Genoa fans consider Milan a hated rival after Genoa fan, Vincenzo Spagnolo was stabbed to death by a Milan supporter in January 1995. However, Milan''s main rivalry is with neighbour 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.

    Players First team squadAs of 5 January 2015.

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

    No.Position Player
    1 GK Michael Agazzi
    2 DF Mattia De Sciglio
    4 MF Sulley Muntari
    5 DF Philippe Mexès
    7 FW Jérémy Ménez
    8 MF Suso
    10 FW Keisuke Honda
    11 FW Giampaolo Pazzini
    13 DF Adil Rami
    14 DF Michelangelo Albertazzi
    15 MF Michael Essien
    16 MF Andrea Poli
    17 DF Cristián Zapata
    18 MF Riccardo Montolivo (captain)
    No.Position Player
    20 DF Ignazio Abate
    21 MF Marco van Ginkel (on loan from Chelsea)
    22 FW Alessio Cerci (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
    23 GK Diego López
    25 DF Daniele Bonera
    27 DF Pablo Armero (on loan from Udinese)
    28 MF Giacomo Bonaventura
    32 GK Christian Abbiati (vice-captain)
    33 DF Alex
    34 MF Nigel de Jong
    81 DF Cristian Zaccardo
    92 FW Stephan El Shaarawy
    98 FW Hachim Mastour
    For recent transfers, see 2014–15 A.C. Milan season. Out on loan

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

    No.Position Player
    GK Gabriel (at Carpi until 30 June 2015)
    GK Edoardo Pazzagli (at Pistoiese until 30 June 2015)
    DF Cristian Daminuță (at Viitorul until 30 June 2015)
    DF Marcus Diniz (at Lecce until 30 June 2015)
    DF Johad Ferretti (at SPAL until 30 June 2015)
    DF Cristian Galliani (at Varese until 30 June 2015)
    DF Marco Pinato (at Lanciano until 30 June 2015)
    DF Stefan Šimić (at Varese until 30 June 2015)
    DF Krisztián Tamás (at Varese until 30 June 2015)
    DF Jherson Vergara (at Avellino until 30 June 2015)
    DF Dídac Vilà (at Eibar until 30 June 2015)
    MF Žan Benedičič (at Leeds until 30 June 2015)
    MF Valter Birsa (at Chievo until 30 June 2015)
    MF Attila Filkor (at Avellino until 30 June 2015)
    No.Position Player
    MF Marco Ezio Fossati (at Perugia until 30 June 2015)
    MF Ezekiel Henty (at Gorica until 30 June 2015)
    MF Edmund Hottor (at Venezia until 30 June 2015)
    MF Alessio Innocenti (at Gorica until 30 June 2015)
    MF Antonio Nocerino (at Torino until 30 June 2015)
    FW Giacomo Beretta (at Pro Vercelli until 30 June 2015)
    FW Matteo Chinellato (at Südtirol until 30 June 2016)
    FW Gianmario Comi (at Avellino until 30 June 2015)
    FW Alessandro Matri (at Genoa until 30 June 2015)
    FW Nnamdi Oduamadi (at U.S. Latina Calcio until 30 June 2015)
    FW Andrea Petagna (at Vicenza until 30 June 2015)
    FW Robinho (at Santos until 30 June 2015)
    FW Fernando Torres (at Atlético Madrid until 30 June 2016)
    FW Gianmarco Zigoni (at SPAL until 30 June 2015)
    MF Riccardo Saponara (at Empoli until 30 June 2015)
    FW M''Baye Niang (at Genoa until 30 June 2015)
    Co-ownershipsThe 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. Co-ownership are set to be banned in July 2015. For further information, see: Co-ownership (football).

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

    No.Position Player
    MF Simone Verdi (Torino, but currently on loan at Empoli)
    Youth team squad Main article: A.C. Milan Primavera Notable players 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 See also: Retired numbers in association football No. Player Nationality Position Milan debut Last match Ref
    3* Maldini, PaoloPaolo Maldini  Italy Centre back / Left back 01985-01-25-000025 January 1985 02009-05-31-000031 May 2009
    6 Baresi, FrancoFranco Baresi  Italy Sweeper 01978-04-23-000023 April 1978 01997-06-01-00001 June 1997

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

    Current coaching staffAs of 19 July 2014. Position Name
    Head coach Filippo Inzaghi
    Assistant coaches Mauro Tassotti
    Fulvio Fiorin
    Goalkeeping coach Alfredo Magni
    Technical assistants Andrea Maldera
    Nicola Matteucci
    Giovanni Vio
    Fitness coaches Daniele Tognaccini
    Bruno Dominici
    Presidents and managers Presidential history

    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.

      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
    Emilio Colombo 1936–1939
    Achille Invernizzi 1939–1940
      Name Years
    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
    Albino Buticchi 1972–1975
    Bruno Pardi 1975–1976
    Vittorio Duina 1976–1977
      Name Years
    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 history Main article: List of A.C. Milan managers

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

      Name Nationality Years
    Herbert Kilpin 1900–1908
    Daniele Angeloni 1906–1907
    Technical Commission 1907–1910
    Giovanni Camperio 1910–1911
    Technical Commission 1911–1914
    Guido Moda 1915–1922
    Ferdi Oppenheim 1922–1924
    Vittorio Pozzo 1924–1926
    Guido Moda 1926
    Herbert Burgess 1926–1928
    Engelbert König 1928–1931
    József Bánás 1931–1933
    József Viola 1933–1934
    Adolfo Baloncieri 1934–1937
    William Garbutt 1937
    Hermann Felsner József Bánás 1937–1938
    József Viola 1938–1940
    Guido Ara Antonio Busini 1940–1941
    Mario Magnozzi 1941–1943
    Giuseppe Santagostino 1943–1945
    Adolfo Baloncieri 1945–1946
    Giuseppe Bigogno 1946–1949
    Lajos Czeizler 1949–1952
    Gunnar Gren 1952
    Mario Sperone 1952–1953
    Béla Guttmann 1953–1954
    Antonio Busini 1954
    Hector Puricelli 1954–1956
    Giuseppe Viani 1957–1960
    Paolo Todeschini 1960–1961
    Nereo Rocco 1961–1963
    Luis Carniglia 1963–1964
    Nils Liedholm 1963–1966
    Giovanni Cattozzo 1966
    Arturo Silvestri 1966–1967
      Name Nationality Years
    Nereo Rocco 1967–1972
    Cesare Maldini 1973–1974
    Giovanni Trapattoni 1974
    Gustavo Giagnoni 1974–1975
    Nereo Rocco 1975
    Paolo Barison 1975–1976
    Giovanni Trapattoni 1976
    Giuseppe Marchioro 1976–1977
    Nereo Rocco 1977
    Nils Liedholm 1977–1979
    Massimo Giacomini 1979–1981
    Italo Galbiati 1981
    Luigi Radice 1981–1982
    Italo Galbiati 1982
    Francesco Zagatti 1982
    Ilario Castagner 1982–1984
    Italo Galbiati 1984
    Nils Liedholm 1984–1987
    Fabio Capello 1987
    Arrigo Sacchi 1987–1991
    Fabio Capello 1991–1996
    Óscar Tabárez 1996
    Giorgio Morini 1996–1997
    Arrigo Sacchi 1997
    Fabio Capello 1997–1998
    Alberto Zaccheroni 1998–2001
    Cesare Maldini Mauro Tassotti 2001
    Fatih Terim Antonio Di Gennaro 2001
    Carlo Ancelotti 2001–2009
    Leonardo 2009–2010
    Massimiliano Allegri 2010–2014
    Mauro Tassotti (caretaker) 2014
    Clarence Seedorf 2014
    Filippo Inzaghi 2014–present
    Honours

    Milan is one of the most successful clubs in Italy, having won a total of 29 major trophies, and was the most successful club in the world in terms of international trophies until February 2014, when Al Ahly SC claimed that title. It is now the second most successful club, together with Boca Juniors, with a record of fourteen 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.

    Domestic League A.C. Milan lifting the European Cup after winning the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League.Cups European Milan players celebrate winning the Champions League of season 2006–07. Worldwide Club statistics and records For more details on this topic, see List of A.C. Milan records and statistics.Paolo Maldini made a record 902 appearances for Milan, including 647 in Serie A

    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), the latter being an all time Serie A record.

    Swedish 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. 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 and 2006).

    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.

    Along with Boca Juniors, Milan won more FIFA recognised international club titles than any other club in the world.

    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. 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 company A.C. Milan (Group) (In Millions of Euros) Year Result Turnover
    2006 11.904 305.111
    2007 −31.7 275.442
    2008 −66.8 237.9
    2009 −9.8 327.6
    2010 −69.751 253.196
    2011 −67.334 266.811
    2012 −6.9 329.1

    Milan is a subsidiary of Fininvest Group since 1986. The office of club president has been vacant since 8 May 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. 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. However it fell to 8th in 2011–12 season. 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.

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

    Previously, the German car manufacturer Opel (owned by GM) 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. 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.

    AC Milan Group made an aggregate net loss in recent year, was one of the largest among the Italian clubs, which: 2005, net loss of €4.5 million (separate account); 2006, a net income of €11.904 million (contributed by the sales of Shevchenko); 2007, a net loss of €32 million; 2008, a net loss of €77 million; 2009, a net loss of €19 million (contributed by the sales of Kaká); 2010 a net loss of €65 million; 2011 a net loss of €67.334 million and most recently a net loss of €6.857 million (contributed by the sales of Thiago Silva and Ibrahimović).

    AC Milan had re-capitalization of €75 million in 2007 financial year; €93 million in 2008; €18 million in 2009 and €44 million in 2010 (€20.9 million of the capital increase was converted from shareholder loan); €87 million in 2011; €29 million in 2012. However, the group has had negative equity at the end of each fiscal year since 2006. The balance was €40.8 million in 2006, €47.5 million in 2007, €64.5 million in 2008, €72 million in 2009, €96.6 million in 2010, €77.091 million in 2011 and €54.948 million in 2012.

    Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors Years Kit manufacturer Sponsor Brand Company
    1981–82 Linea Milan Pooh Jeans Italiana Manifatture S.p.A.
    1982–83 NR Hitachi Hitachi Europe Srl
    1983–84 Cuore
    1984–85 Rolly Go Oscar Mondadori Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.
    1985–86 Gianni Rivera Fotorex U-Bix Olivetti S.p.A.
    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 The Emirates Group
    Superleague Formula Main article: A.C. Milan (Superleague Formula team)A.C. Milan Superleague Formula car

    Milan had a team in the 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. 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. The team folded in 2010 along with the series in 2011.

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