Happy 112th Anniversary A.C. Milan!

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With 112 years of history, the best is yet to come for Milan. 

On the 112th anniversary of Milan, I tried to think back to the day I really knew I was a Milan fan. I was 10 years old. I grew up in America. As such, there was no local team to support. My friends who played football in school (as did I) were beginning to pick clubs in Europe that they would follow and support.

“I’m picking Chelsea,” one of my friends told me, “they’re basically the Red Sox of the EPL, they haven’t won in 50 years.” Was this a game about choosing a team at random that they thought was going to be successful? The whole ritual seemed strange to me, I knew which club I was supporting, because it was the same club that my grandparents talked to me about when I was a young boy. It was the same club I chose every time I played a FIFA video game dating back to FIFA 94 on the computer. I wasn’t going to choose my club at random. I knew my choice because I had a history behind my pick.

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So it was fitting that my club is Milan, the club of history. The second most European Championships (which sounds more impressive if you phrase it as: the club which has won the most Champions League competitions). Tied for the most international trophies in the world. The second most Italian championships. The original club of Milan. Milan is a club that has history behind it, both through the club itself, and the players that have been apart of it.  Donadoni, Ancelotti, Trapattoni, Baresi,  Meazza, Altafini, Maldini, Van Basten, Weah, Nesta, Shevchenko, Kaka, Rui Costa, Boban,Seedorf, Savićević, Tassoti,  Costacurta, …the list goes on. Milan builds legends. This is also the club that boasts the widely considered greatest team of all time, Sacchi’s Milan of the late 80’s.

What excited me about Milan was the style of play combined with the results it has garnered. Italian football has long been criticized for being about the result more than the performance. With Milan, the win is important, but it is just as important to play with class, and to convince with the performance on the field. From watching my first Champion’s League final of 95 (in 2001 when I discovered the Internet had old matches), to watching Milan clinch their latest Supercoppa (minus a few spots here and there) Milan are always a team that plays interesting football. Perhaps it’s because it’s the team I grew up with, but for me, some of the best football that I’ve seen besides the current Barcelona squad was played by Ancelotti’s early 2000’s squad. The midfield of Gattuso, Rui Costa, Pirlo and Kaka performed at a level that kept me following Milan despite being half the world away. Since I’ve been alive, Milan has won 5 Champion’s League trophies. More than any other team.

What got me excited about Milan then remains now. Milan play exciting football, and frequently score absolutely stunning goals, sometimes three at a time. The impressive part, however, is that this football is played by world-class players without being a financial liability. This is what keeps me enthusiastic and upbeat about our future prospects as a club. Milan after emerging from the lows of the late-Ancelotti-Leonardo run of form, has rebuilt at multiple levels. Milan’s youth program has seen a massive overhaul over the last half-decade, and has become one of the premier youth programs not only in Italy, but increasingly among Europe. The Primavera has even won the Copa Italia TIM cup in 2009-10. They have also produced future starting talent on the squad: Merkel, and players sure to challenge in coming years: Strasser, De Sciglio, Carmona, Kingsley Boateng and more.

Over in the first squad, the midfield additions of Kevin Prince-Boateng and Antonio Nocerino are two keys to the future of Milan. Also, the additions of squad players such as Alberto Aquilani and Urby Emmanualson have helped revolutionize a midfield that has been considered static in recent years. The attack has gone from an out-of-confidence Klass Jan Huntelaar and Marco Boriello to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Alexandre Pato, and Antonio Cassano, with the possible addition of Carlos Tevez. The defense continues to take shape, but with the backbone of Abate and Silva, the other places should fill out shortly.

So on this 112th anniversary of the founding of Associazione Calcio Milan, I believe Milanisti across the globe have a lot to look forward to. The club is in excellent position for the implementation of Financial Fair Play rules. There is little debt especially when compared with other squads such as Barcelona, Manchester United, and comically (and unsurprisingly), Inter. Additionally, many high wage players are on short contracts, and thus, Galliani and co. are able to adjust the wage bill on a year-by-year basis, especially based on the form of players over 30, who sign one-year extensions based on performance. The youth program continues to churn out players who will be ready to compete at the first team level, and we currently have one of the most exciting squads in Europe.

Congratulations to AC Milan on their 112th anniversary!

Forza Milan!

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bleeding d red and black
bleeding d red and black
9 years ago

We are doomed!! nt d a resurgence arsenal side…am gonna cry out very loud arsene wenger will kill us o!

bleeding d red and black
bleeding d red and black
9 years ago

Nw barcaroma got an easy opponent in bayer leverkusen and mourinho boys wu i was dreaming 2 b drawnd up wit gets 2 hav a russian adventure!

alok
alok
9 years ago

aresnal..okay i wouldnt worry much as we can take them come on guys we took barca..also only real madrid is team to beat along with barca so i guess the draw is fine also the one to check is napoli vs chelsea

lady gaga
9 years ago

Now is the time to re-write our wrongs we made 4years ago,we started awful against fc arsenal and we must end it against them…….
am so happy for this drawn,really happy cos its definitely gona be a great match…
Bang! bang!! bang!!! Prince boateng….really want u to have alot of sex against arsenal fc goal keeper (schweeney)
Lmfao!!!
Forza milan y’all

bleeding d red and black
bleeding d red and black
9 years ago

And our junior brothers got d same team dat taiwo left dis summer olympique marseile….no need 2 say more all serie a teams wil b kickd out of d round of 16…God i hate uefa!!! 4ck dem and fifa!

Gambit
Gambit
9 years ago

Payback!!! we will destroy them!!! Lo Sono Milanista, Per sempre Milanista!!!

andres
andres
9 years ago

AC Milan vs Arsenal Napoli vs Chelsea
hope all four of the Premier
League’s representatives bow out of
the Champions League before the
quarter-finals..

Milan francis
9 years ago

I hate pessimistic people.We were drawn against Arsernal so what?Who would we have prefered?Madrid or Bayern?
I cant people here are reacting as if Milan is a club from Cyprus or any of those funny little countries.
Arsernal are a tough side but it dosent mean they cant be runover.Moreover its time to seperate the boys from the men.
There is no short cut to success,if we are to play in the finals,then we have no choice than to beat Arsenal.

godfrey bengreen geffi

happy birthday milan my joyous proud alway on ur side for everything.

Jamotech
9 years ago

Happy buff day milan………I started supporting milan since 2005 and i will never regret of supporting them.Forza milan,from nigeria

rossonerious
rossonerious
9 years ago

sohel, im from bangladesh too! I also startd supporting milan bcoz of maldini! Hey man, we are so far from italy, never been close to san siro.but still we all love milan sooo much! my dream is to journey to italy and watch a milan home match..

Azis Abrom
Azis Abrom
9 years ago

112th AC MILAN .. happy birthday, .. increasingly feared. destroy opponents in every match.
FORZA MILAN!

malik
malik
9 years ago

GOD BLESS MILAN WE HAVE BEEN WINNING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME AND WE HAVE DEFEATED EVERY MAJOR PLAYER IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL AND WE WILL KEEP DOING IT FOREVER FOR AS LONG FOOTBALL EXISTS WE ARE A REPUTABLE BRAND LIKE COCACOLA OR PEPSI UNDER QUALITY MANAGEMENT WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR …….. THE ROAD IS WIDE AND SMOOTH FOR US TO THREAD ………..FORZA MILAN

musa labaran
musa labaran
8 years ago

Hello my pals wish you more years strong as long as we live Forza milan