A.C. Milan was founded in 1899. Also known as “I Rossoneri”, Milan play their home games in their red and black striped shirts at San Siro. They share the 80,018-capacity stadium with rivals Inter Milan. The derby is called “Derby della Madonnina” in reference to the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the Duomo Cathedral in the heart of Milan. Since their first meeting in 1908, “I Rossoneri” and “I Nerazzurri” have faced each other more than 200 times, often resulting in a tight and even game.
Milan is not only one of the most successful teams in Italy but also one of the most successful teams in European competitions. Most notably, Milan has won the Champions League (formerly known as the European Cup) seven times, and was beaten only by Real Madrid.
The 2005 Champions League final is something that the Milan fans would rather forget. After being 3-0 up at half-time against Liverpool, Milan collapsed in the second half and was later beaten on penalty points. The club got their revenge after two years, while playing against Liverpool in the final. Two goals by Filippo Inzaghi secured the win.
For many years, Milan has been owned by the former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. However, in the summer of 2016, he agreed to sell the club to a Chinese consortium, paving way for a new era in the club’s history. How the change in ownership will affect Milan remains to be seen, although hopefuls believe that new owners will sort out the club’s debts and eventually put more money into the team.
Ironically, during the same summer, Milan’s rival Inter also announced that the club would be taken over by Chinese investors, setting up a new kind of atmosphere around San Siro. Both Milan clubs will look forward to challenge Juventus for the league title in the coming seasons.