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A. C. Milan A.C. Milan originate from the creation of
Milan Foot Ball and Cricket Club in 1899 by Nottingham’s Herbert Kilpin. Football became
the main sport of the club who went on to win their first Italian championship, or Scudetto,
just two years later, ending Genoa’s dominance. After winning two more scudetti some of the
players broke away from the club in a dispute over foreign players, forming Internazionale
in 1908. This was followed by four barren decades, and five different stadiums. The
newly named Milan Football Club finally settled in the district of San Siro, sharing the ground
with Inter, in 1926. In the 1930s, and under the rise of fascism,
Milan F.C. needed to sound more Italian, adopting the name Milan Associazione Sportiva and three
years later Associazione Calcio Milano, “Calcio” meaning “kick”, the Italian for football.
The club have since maintained the name, but with the English spelling of Milan. A.C. Milan eventually took an international
approach by signing three Swedes and finally won the scudetto in 1951. ‘Il Grande Milan’
followed this with titles at home and in Europe. In 1980 San Siro was renamed Giuseppe Meazza
in tribute to the twice World Cup winning Milanese legend, who had played mostly for
Inter. In the same year, the Totonero match-fixing
scandal resulted in the punishment of 7 Italian clubs, including Milan’s demotion to Serie
B. The club recovered and the presidency of media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi led to Milan’s
dominance in Italy and in Europe. This was quite something for fans who were
known as “Casciavìt”, or “Screwdrivers”, for their blue-collar origins. The club are
known as the “Rossoneri” for wearing red and black but also as “Il Diavolo”, “The
Devil”. Do you think Milan will return to their former
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