One of the most decorated clubs in World football, AC Milan has a rich history and a fan-base parallel to none. The Italian giants have won everything there is to win and have created a legacy that’s here to stay.
Legends such as Kaka, Paolo Maldini, Pirlo and Ronaldinho have represented the Rossoneri. In this edition, we take a look at 10 victories that the Milan outfit would be proud of.
10. Juventus 1 – 7 AC Milan, 1950 Italian Football Championship
On 8th February, 1950 AC Milan inflicted one of the most heaviest and decisive defeats on arch-rivals Juventus in Turin.
The Italian teams were still giants of the game but this victory pitched the two teams against each other as eternal rivals. Juve came back next season with a 2-1 victory but it this 1-7 bashing still hurts Juve fans whenever they face Milan.
9. Napoli 3 – 5 AC Milan, 1950-51 Italian Football Championship
Milan were making merry in Italy right after the second World War with three Swedes namely, Gunnar Gren, Nordahl and Niels Liedholm lighting up the league.
They clinched the league title in 1951 at the expense of Napoli, whom they defeated 3-5 at Sao Paolo. A dominating team with a dominating attitude.
8. AC Milan 2 – 1 Benfica, 1963 European Cup Final
AC Milan clinched their first European Cup at Wembley, London against Portuguese giants Benfica, thanks to the famous ‘catenaccio’ style of football introduced by Nereo Rocco.
Gianni Rivera and Jose Altafini starred for Milan as Cesase Maldini, father of Milan legend Paolo, lifted the Cup in England.
7. AC Milan 4 -1 Ajax, 1969 European Cup Final
AC Milan were dominated mostly in the 60s by fierce city rivals Inter. The Rossoneri however, ended the decade on a high by defeating Cruyff’s Ajax team at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
The Italians whisked away Cruyff’s Ajax 4-1 in a dominant display of counterattacking football.
6. AC Milan 4 – 1 SSC Napoli, 1987-88 Serie A
Milan suffered the full force of Maradona’s brilliance at Napoli as the Argentine magician weaved his magic in Italy.
However, with Arrigo Sacchi at the helm and the Dutch trio of Marco van Basten, Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit at the peak of their powers, Milan denied Napoli the Scudetto in 1988. The league was decided by a face-off between the title contenders at San Siro that Milan won 4-1.
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5. AC Milan 4 – 0 Steaua Bucharest, 1989 European Cup Final
Milan established themselves as the true champions of the 80s when they overcame Romanian side Steaua Bucharest at Camp Nou in Barcelona in the Final of the European Cup in 1989 thanks to twin goals from Dutch geniuses Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit.
4. AC Milan 4 – 0 FC Barcelona, 1994 European Cup
Fabio Capello oversaw one of the best periods of Milan’s history as they went on a 58 match unbeaten streak and then defeated mighty Barcelona in the Final of the European Cup at Wembley.
The Italian outfit were missing key names in the Final but led by Paolo Maldini’s charismatic presence on the field, Milan swept Barca aside with a 4-0 win.
3. Inter Milan 0 – 6 AC Milan, 2000-01 Serie A
At the turn of the century, Inter Milan were handed their biggest defeat in the Derby de Maddonia at San Siro as arch-rivals AC Milan dumped them to a shocking 6-0 defeat in front of their fans.
This scoreline had a ripple effect on Italian football, who clearly acknowledged Milan’s influence on Italian football.
2. AC Milan 2 – 1 Liverpool, 2007 UEFA Champions League Final
Liverpool won in 2005 in Istanbul on a night when Carlo Ancelotti’s Milan led 3-0 at the break.
Milan took two years but had revenge when they defeated the same opposition in Athens to win 2-1 and lift the Champions League.
Kaka was the star of the show throughout the campaign as Milan neared their Scudetto double next year.
1. AC Milan 3 – 0 Juventus, 2010-11 Serie A
The last Scudetto that went to any city in Italy apart from Turin, Milan took home the league championship with protagonist Ronaldinho pulling the strings from midfield.
They defeated Juventus in a dominating display at San Siro to pull way ahead in the title race.