|1969 European Cup|
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AC Milan All-Time Team Under Silvio Berlusconi
This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club. The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.
Nicknamed "I Rossoneri", AC Milan is the second most successful club after Real Madrid in Europe. At the time of writing, they have won the Euorpean Cup/Champions' league 7 times. They have a strong team in the 1960's, winning the 1963 and 1969. After many years of failure in the 1970's and early 1980's, Silvio Berlusconi bought the club in 1986. He turned the club into a dynasty. The Dutch trio of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard combined with the backbone of the Italian national team to form one of the greatest club sides in history.
|Champions' league 2003|
GK: Lorenzo Buffon (Italy)
Buffon was one of the best keepers in the 1950's and early 1960's. He helped AC Milan to reach the Final of the 1958 European Cup Final. He also played for Genoa C.F.C. (1959–60), F.C. Internazionale Milano (1960–63), and ACF Fiorentina (1963–64). His cousin is Gianluigi Buffon's Grandfather. He had 15 caps and went to the 1962 World Cup Finals.
GK: Sebastiano Rossi (Italy)
During a 21-year professional career, Rossi appeared in 346 Serie A games, most notably representing A.C. Milan (12 seasons) with which he won 12 major titles, including the 1994 Champions League. Rossi held the record for the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A history. In an 11-match span, he kept a clean sheet for 929 consecutive minutes. He was never capped by Italy.
GK: Fabio Cudicini (Italy)
He played Udinese, Roma, AC Milan and Brescia. He was remembered for his two stints with AC Milan. Between 1967 and 1972, he played for AC Milan. He helped Milan to win the 1969 European Cup. Before Milan, he won the Inter-Cities Fair Cup with Roma. His son is Carlo Cudicini. He was uncapped because he was playing the same generation with Dino Zoff, Lozenzo Buffon and Enrico Albertosi
RB: Mauro Tassotti (Italy)
After making his Serie A debut with Lazio, he went on to play with Milan for 17 years. He won 17 major titles with Milan, including five Serie A championships and three UEFA Champions League tournaments, reaching five finals in total. He was a part of both Arrigo Sacchi's and Fabio Capello's AC Milan. He also went to the WC in 1994, where Italy came second.
RB: Cafu (Brazil)
Cafu is the all-time cap record holder for Brazil with 142 caps. He is the only man to play in three WC finals, winning it in 1994 and 2002. He was the captain of the 2002 team. With Sao Paulo, he won two Copa Libertadores: 1992, 1993. In Europe, he won a Cup Winners Cup with Real Zaragoza, and he also won a singe Champions League with AC Milan in 2006. He was South American Player of the Year in 1994.
RB/SW: Cesare Maldini (Italy)
Cesare Maldini spent 12 seasons with AC Milan. He was the captain of the 1963 European Cup winning team. He also played for Torino. He picked up 14 caps for Italy. He went to the 1962 World Cup Finals. After retirement, he became a successful coach. His son is Paolo Maldini.
CB: Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
Nesta is considered one of the best defender of his generation. He was the Serie A defender of the Year for 4 times. He started his career with Lazio. Later, he played with AC Milan where he won two Champions' league. He also played in MLS. He earned 78 caps. He played on the 2006 WC winning team, but injured in the third game of the tournament. He also went to 1998 and 2002 World Cup Finals as well as the European Championship in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
He was Baresi's partner at central defense for both club and country. He was a part of 5 Champions' League winning team for AC Milan. However, he only played 59 times for Italy because largely of injuries. He went to two World Cup Finals (in 1994 and 1998), as well as a European Championship in 1996. With Italy, he managed to reach the 1994 World Cup Final, which was lost against Brazil on penalties.
SW: Franco Baresi (Italy)
Baresi was considered Italy's greatest libero. He was capped 82 times. He led the Azzurri to the semifinal of the WC in 1990 and then, the Final in 1994. However, he missed most of the tournament in 1994. He was a part of the 1982 World Cup winning team, but he did not play a single match. He was the captain of AC Milan for 15 years, where he won three European Cups and 6 Serie A titles.
He was considered the greatest leftback of all-time. He won 26 trophies in his 25 year career with AC Milan, including 5 Champions' league trophies. With the Azzurri, Maldini took part in three European Championships, and four World Cups. Although he did not win a tournament with Italy, he reached the finals of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000, and the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988, and was elected into the all-star teams for each of these tournaments, in addition to the Euro 96 all-star team. He was capped 126 times for Italy.
CB/LB: Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (West Germany)
In his prime, he was considered one of the best leftbacks in the world. He participated in 4 World Cup Finals, unfortunaitely sandwiched between West Germany's two WC winning tournaments. He was remembered one of the first German to star in Italy. He had a remarkable stint with AC Milan and As Roma. He won the European Cup in 1969.
CM: Frank Rijkaard (Holland)
Frank Rijkaard was one of Holland's most important player. Capped 73 times. He won the 1988 European Championship in West Germany. He notably played for Ajax and AC Milan. He spent 5 seasons with AC Milan when Milan was considered the greatest club team in the world, winning two European Cup. In 1995, he led a young Ajax team to their famous Champions' League victory. That team is also considered one of the greatest club sides ever.
CB/DM: Marcel Desailly (France)
Marcel Desailly was considered to be one of the greatest defensive players during the 1990's. He played 116 times for France, winning the WC in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. He was the first player to win the European Cup in consecutive seasons with different clubs, when he won it with Marseille in 1993 and AC Milan the following year.
CM: Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
Pirlo started as an attack midfielder with Inter Milan without success before becoming a regista. He redefined the regista role in the modern game. He had 116 caps. He won the World Cup in 2006 and took Italy to the Final of Euro 2012. For his club career, he was known for his career with AC Milan. He played over 280 matches for them, winning two Champions' League titles. He switched to Juventus late in his career.
LW: Roberto Donadoni (Italy)
Donadoni was one of Italy's greatest wingers. He was a vital part of AC Milan's squad under both Sacchi and Capello, winning six Serie A titles, three European Cups, four Italian Supercups, three European Super Cups, and two Intercontinental Cups during his time at Milan. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1990 and 1994.
AM: Dejan Savicevic (Montenegro)
Dejan Savicevic was a part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the 1990–91 European Cup before joining A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles and the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League. His international career was limited due to sanction placed on his country. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 World Cups.
Kaka started his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil before moving to AC Milan in 2003. He was the star player who helped Milan to win the Champions' League in 2007 and he himself won he Ballon d'or the same year. In 2009, he left Milan for Real Madrid. For Brazil, he was capped 92 times. He was a young and seldom used player at the WC in 2002. He was a key player after the WC Finals in 2002.
Gianni Rivera was Italy's "Golden Boy"of the 1960's and perhaps their best player in his generation. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1969. He led AC Milan to win two European Cups in 1963 and 1969. He was capped 63 times, scoring 15 goals, at four World Cup Finals (1962, 1966, 1970, and 1974). Rivera is remembered for scoring the decisive goal in Italy's extra-time win over West Germany in the semi-final of Mexico 1970.
|Rivera the Golden Boy|
Nicknamed Il Barone (The Baron), Nils Liedholm is probably one of Sweden's greatest players. He played for AC Milan between 1949 and 1961. He also won the Latin Cup in 1951 and 1956 and was captain of Milan in the 1958 European Cup Final that lost against Real Madrid. He was a part of the famous "Gre-No-Li" line for both club and country. He won a Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics and helped Sweden to finish second at the World Cup Finals in 1958.
SS: Juan Schiaffino (Uruguay)
At international level, he won the 1950 FIFA World Cup with the Uruguayan national team, and also took part at the 1954 FIFA World Cup; he later also represented the Italy national football team. He was considered one of the greatest Uruguayan players in history. For club level, he played in Uruguay for Penarol and in Italy with Milan and Roma.
AM: Ruud Gullit (Holland)
He was the iconic captain of Holland 1988. In 1987, he moved from PSV Eindhoven to A.C. Milan for a world record transfer fee. He was an important player for AC Milan during the 1980's where they won two straight European Cups. He was the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. He spent one season with Sampdoria winning the Italian Cup in 1994.
In Brazil, he was known as Mazzola because of his resemblance with Italian attacking midfielder Valentino Mazzola. He started to use his real name Jose Altafini after he joined AC Milan in 1958. He is the current 4th top-scorer in Italy's Serie A history. For the national team, he was the original starter on the 1958 World Cup team, but was replaced in the semifinal and the final.
ST: Gunnar Nordahl (Sweden)
He is probably one of both Sweden and AC Milan's greatest players. He is played with Gunnar Gren and Nils Liedholm to form the renowned Gre-No-Li line at AC Milan. He was Serie A top scorer for 5 times. He is the all-time leading scorer at Milan. He won the Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics, but was not selected for the WC in 1950. He played two years with Roma before retiring. His brother Bertil and Knut also played for Sweden.
ST: Andrei Shevchenko (Ukraine)
He is considered one of the greatest Ukrainian player in history. He won the Ballon D'Or in 2004 and came 3rd on the World Player of the Year. He started his career with Dynamo Kyiv. He was best remembered for his stint with AC Milan, winning the Champions' League in 2003. He won 111 caps and scored 48 goals for the Ukraine. He led Ukraine to qualify for the World Cup Finals in 2006.
ST: Marco Van Basten (Holland)
He was probably the second best Dutch player and among the best striker in football's history. He won the Ballon d'Or three times. He led Oranje to the victory at Euro 1988 scoring 5 goals at the tournament. His goal in the Final is considered one of the best in history of the tournament. He started his career with Ajax. He also won two European Cups with AC Milan, a club team that was considered the best ever.
|Marco Van Basten|
Clarence Seedorf, Albertosi Enrico, Christian Abbiati, Romeo Benetti, Giovanni Trapattoni, Demetrio Albertini, Zvonimir Boban, Gennaro Gattuso, Carlo Ancelotti, Gunnar Gren, Filippo Inzaghi, Dida, Giovanni Galli, George Weah, Renzo De Vecchi, Clarence Seedorf, Roberto Rosato, Kakhaber Kaladze, Massimo Ambrosini, Angelo Anquilletti, Aldo Boffi, Giuseppe Santagostino, Pierino Prati, Rui Costa.
|Rijkaard, Van Basten and Gullit|
-- Albertosi Enrico was old when he joined Milan. His best years were behind him. Dida actually deserved to be on the team. He had won a Champions League with the club. He also played over 300 games for the club. In the end, I went with three old-timers: Lorenzo Buffon and Fabio Cudicini. And Sebastiano Rossi won a Champions' League and a long-time servant to the club.
-- I selected Cesare Maldini because he was the the captain who brought home the first European Cup.
-- The team is dominated by players playing Silvio Berlusconi, who turned the club into the second most successful clubs in European history.
-- Mauro Tassotti had a long service to the club. Besides, he was a key part of two great Milan teams.
-- Demetrio Albertini, Zvonimir Boban, Gennaro Gattuso and Carlo Ancelotti were overlooked because of too many great central midfielders. Rijkaard and Desailly were just too good. They were among the greatest ever in their position.
-- Gunnar Gren was dropped because Milan has too many great attackers. He is the third member of the Gre-No-Li.
-- While George Weah was great at Milan, he did not win the European Cup/Champions League. I tended to reward players with winning the bigger trophies.
-- Roberto Baggio's career with Milan was not as good as some of the players listed. His best years were not with the club.
-- Dejan Savicevic was underrated. He was unable to participate in a major international tournament in his prime. He often got overlooked as one of the all-time greats. He destroyed Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in the Final of 1994 Champions' League Final.
-- I added Donadoni because I need a winger. Besides, he was a major contributor to AC Milan's best years.
-- In his prime, Jose Altafini held many Serie A scoring records.
I opted for a formation sisimilar to the Christrmas tree formation used by Carlos Ancelotti. I started Van Basten with Nordalh. Shevchenko was the alternative. I have to choose between Gullit and Savicevic for one of the attacking midfielder position. I chose Tassotti over Cafu because Tassotti was more "Milan" than Cafu.