Nickname(s): The Red-Blacks, The Devils
All-Time Ranking: 3rd
2007/2008 Finish: 5th
2008/2009 Position (as of 04/07): 3rd
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Key Players: Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Gianluca Zambrotta
Along with Inter and Juventus, Milan is the final team comprising the “Big Three” of Italian soccer. Like its two biggest rivals, Milan has hoisted many trophies over the years. On the domestic front, the club has won 17 league titles (14 since Serie A was formed) and 5 Coppa Italia tourneys. But the squad’s greatest victories have come internationally.
Milan has won more international trophies (18) than any team in the world, including seven European Cup/Champion’s League titles. It has been so consistent too that it has only spent two years outside of the top flight in its 110 year existence. It almost went down again as a penalty during the 2006 match-fixing scandal, but managed to stay in the top division.
American Sports Doppleganger:
Milan plays its home games in the finest stadium in Italy (and maybe the world), the San Siro, and it has been the site of several of the squad’s greatest victories. Thus, they remind me of a NFL team that has historically been very successful, the Green Bay Packers, who play their games in one of America’s national treasures, Lambeau Field.