|AC米兰：Dynasty of the Century|
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On 16th December 1899, in Milan, a group of fans gathered in a room of the Hotel du Nord, and thus formally2 established the sports club which had actually long been active: the Milan Football && Cricket3 Club.
That was the start of the glorious4 history of AC Milan, which has written memorable5 pages of football history thus becoming one of the strongest and most popular clubs in the world.
The first two decades in AC Milan's history were very good. They won the first title in 1901 against Genoa6, one of the leading teams of the championship at that time. Two consecutive7 titles came in 1906 and 1907, the victims being Juve8 in 1906 and Torino9 in 1907. An important negative event took place in 1908, when a part of malcontents10 from the club formed a club named Internazionale Milano. The first match against Inter has been played on the 18th of October 1908, Milan winning 2-1. Then, the championship was interrupted during the First World War, when a Federal Cup11 was played, Milan winning it.
The next period in the club history involves three Swedish players (Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm), forming the Gre-No-Li trio12. The Italian clubs were allowed in that period to sign maximum five foreign players. Nordahl became the best scorer who played for AC Milan ever, scoring outstanding13 210 goals in 257 matches, an average of 0.81 goals per match. The other two were playing as midfielders14. With this trio, AC Milan won their next four Scudettos.
One of the greatest periods in Milan's history began in the early 60's with the purchase of Gianni Rivera. In the 1963 Champions Cup15 played against Benfica Lisabona, Milan won 2-1 with two goals of the Brazilian Jose Altafini. In 1968 AC Milan won the Scudetto and the Cup Winners Cup16. The next year AC Milan won their second Champions Cup in history, simply smashing17 the Dutch18 side of Ajax Amsterdam19, with a great 4-1 win. This is also the year when Gianni Rivera won the European Footballer of the Year20 award. Until the mid 70's AC Milan became the most successful Italian team, winning a Cup Winners Cup, being finalists in another Cup Winners Cup and winning three Italian Cups. The bad thing was that Rivera's career came to the end. This was the beginning of the darkest period in the club's history.
This is the best part of the worst part. In the latest part of the 1980 season a scandal21 about betting rose to the surface22. Two players from Milan and the president were involved. Due to their involvement, the club has been relegated23 to Serie B. Also one of the best parts of this period was the discovery of Franco Baresi. This dark period was over when the media billionaire24, Silvio Berlusconi, bought the team.
The new president brought some new people in the club. Among them were Roberto Donadoni, the young Paolo Maldini and the three Dutchmen (Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit). The new coach was the great midfielder of the 50's, Nils Liedholm. Liedholm's coaching career was not going so good and it was replaced by Ariggo Sacchi. With him at the helm25 Milan had won the title in 1987. A new era started.
But the coach had a conflict with the Dutch superstar Marco van Basten and in 1992 there came a new coach in AC Milan, Fabio Capello. He won four Serie A titles in five years with a fantastic 1992 season when Milan hadn't lost any of the matches played in the league.
In the 2000 season, Milan finished 3rd, after Lazio26 and Juventus. AC Milan Ukrainian27 striker28 Andriy Shevchenko finished as Serie A top scorer29 with 26 goals.
In the summer of 2001 AC Milan made an outstanding transfers30 campaign, bringing Contra, Javi Moreno, Pirlo, Rui Costa, Pippo Inzaghi, Donati, Brocchi and Laursen to the San Siro.
With a new coach and great players Milan is hoping for the glory31 days to return.
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