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What’s up with A.C. Milan
May 22, 2022: A.C. Milan captured the Serie A title on the final day of the season with a 3–0 victory over Sassuolo. It was Milan’s first league championship since 2014. Olivier Giroud scored twice in the match to finish with 14 goals, tying with Rafael Leao for the club lead.
March 19, 2022: AC Milan beat Cagliari 1–0. The club won all of its March matches by the same score.
October 26, 2021: AC Milan edged Torino in a penalty kick shootout for a 1–0 victory to extended their undefeated season to 10 matches with a 9–0–1 record.
January 3, 2021: In a 2–0 win over Benevento, Milan scored multiple goals for the 16th league game in a row. The last time an Italian team did that was in the 1940s.
June 20, 2020: Milan made it to the semifinals of the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) before losing to Juventus. The club’s leading scorers in 2019–20 were all foreign players: Ante Rebic of Croatia, Hakan Calhanoglu of Turkey, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden.
May 26, 2019: Milan finished the season with four wins in a row, but came up one victory short of winning the league title. Krzysztof Piątek was the club leader with 9 Serie A goals in just 16 games.
March 23, 2018: The club’s leading goal-scorer, Patrick Cutrone, played his first match as a member of Italy’s national team.
February 28, 2018: Milan qualified for the Italian Cup final in May by defeating Lazio. The game ended in a scoreless tie and Milan advanced 5–4 on penalty kicks.
May 24, 2017: Gennaro Gattuso, a defensive star for the club from 1999 to 2012, returned to Milan to manage the youth team. He’ll teach the young players his specialty—winning close balls and making life difficult for high-scoring stars.
Serie A & Coppa Italia
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Did You Know?
- Fans sometimes call Milan fans the “Rossoneri” which is Italian for Red-Black.
- The club is known as Milan instead of Milano, which is the city’s actual name. This is because the club’s founders were English. Milan is the city’s name in English.
- In 1949–50, Milan set a team record with 118 goals in 38 games. Gunnar Nordhal and Renzo Burini combined for 57 goals between them.
- In 1985, Paolo Maldini became the club’s youngest player ever. He played his first game at the age of 16.
- In 1991–92, Milan went through an entire season without losing a match. In all, the club went undefeated in 58 games between 1991 and 1993.