AC Milan Team Profile – Club History, Players, Managers & More

This is our guide to AC Milan – one of the biggest football clubs in Italy. Learn all about I Rossoneri, its players, managers, honours and more.

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AC MilanAC Milan Logo & History

Founded in late 1899 as Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club by English expat Herbert Kilpin, Associazione Calcio Milan or AC Milan for short, quickly became successful. In less than two years, the club won its first Italian football championship. After the triumph of 1901, they won consecutive titles in 1906 and 1907.

Including those three national championships, AC Milan has 19 Italian top flight titles in all. Of those, 16 came after the formation of Serie A in 1929 but not until the 1950s when they won the Scudetto four times during that decade. The club’s darkest days came in the early 1980s when they dropped into Serie B on a couple of occasions.

AC Milan soon bounced back, however, and by 1987-88 they were once again on top of domestic Italian football. The Rossoneri have never dominated Serie A over a long period apart from in the early 1990s when landing a hat-trick of titles between 1991-92 and 1993-94.

The AC Milan badge contains both its year of its foundation and the city’s coat of arms. This coincidentally looks like an inverted flag of England. The club’s current logo was adopted in 1998, coinciding with the start of the season in which they won their 16th Italian title. AC Milan also have five wins in the Coppa Italia and seven in the Supercoppa Italiana. Their pedigree in the UEFA Champions League is impressive too.

AC Milan Kit

The Rossoneri home kit is a jersey of red and black stripes with black shorts and socks. There are only slight variations of this in terms of the sleeves. In some seasons, the AC Milan kit has red ones and in others black. Their change or away strip varies more regularly, although white is a common colour contrasting with what players wear for home games.

Club Honours

  • Serie A / Italian Football Championship – 19 times: 1901, 1906, 1907, 1950-51, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1961-62, 1967-68, 1978-79, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2003-04, 2010-11, 2021-22
  • Serie Btwice: 1980-81, 1982-83
  • Coppa Italia5 times: 1966-67, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1976-77, 2002-03
  • Supercoppa Italiana – 7 times: 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2011, 2016
  • UEFA Champions League / European Cup – 7 times: 1962-63, 1968-69, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94, 2002-03, 2006-07
  • UEFA Super Cup / European Super Cup – 5 times: 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007
  • European Cup Winners’ Cup – twice: 1967-68, 1972-73
  • Intercontinental Cup – three times: 1969, 1989, 1990
  • FIFA Club World Cuponce: 2007

AC Milan can call themselves the most successful Italian team in continental and international club competition. This is due to all of the above honours, totalling 18 honours in UEFA and FIFA organised events. Those include seven AC Milan Champions League and European Cup wins. The Rossoneri also have 33 domestic league and cup titles to date including two wins in the second tier of Italian football.

Current AC Milan Odds & Betting

Here are the current AC Milan odds from the outright betting on competitions they are involved in this season:

Competition Best AC Milan Odds Bookmaker
Serie A 4/1 logo betway
Coppa Italia 9/2 vbet
Champions League 80/1 logo betway
 All prices correct as of 11:30 BST on Monday, 15 August.

AC Milan Squad

Today’s AC Milan team has to follow in the footsteps of some memorable line-ups. The Rossoneri sides from the early 2000s were particularly strong and the club has always attracted some of the best players to Lombardy. The current AC Milan captain is Davide Calabria. Here is a breakdown of the squad in more detail:

AC Milan Goalkeeper Options

There have been some long-serving goalies at AC Milan including Sebastiano Rossi, Christian Abbiati, Dida and Gianluigi Donnarumma. These are the current keepers trying to stop the opposition from scoring:

  • 1. Ciprian Tatarusanu (Romania)
  • 16. Mike Maignan (France)
  • 83. Antonio Mirante (Italy)

AC Milan Defenders

Some of the greatest AC Milan players have been legendary defenders transcending domestic Italian football. Icons like Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta and Mauro Tassotti have all lined up at the back in the Rossoneri red and black. Here are today’s defenders trying to fill those large boots:

  • 2. Davide Calabria (Italy)
  • 5. Fode Ballo-Toure (Senegal)
  • 19. Theo Hernandez (France)
  • 20. Pierre Kalulu (France)
  • 23. Fikayo Tomori (England)
  • 24. Simon Kjaer (Denmark)
  • 25. Alessandro Florenzi (Italy)
  • 46. Matteo Gabbia (Italy)

AC Milan Midfielders

Some of the best midfield players of all-time have represented the Rossoneri down the years. Demetrio Albertini, Roberto Donadoni, Gennaro Gattuso, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Rui Costa and Clarence Seedorf are just some of the greats. Here are those players vying to get into the engine room of the AC Milan team today:

  • 4. Ismael Bennacer (Algeria)
  • 7. Yacine Adli (France)
  • 8. Sandro Tonali (Italy)
  • 10. Brahim Diaz (Spain)*
  • 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko (France)*
  • 32. Tommaso Pobega (Italy)
  • 33. Rade Krunic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • 56. Alexis Saelemaekers (Belgium)

*Diaz is on loan from Real Madrid and Bakayoko from Chelsea

AC Milan Forwards

From post-war greats like Gunnar Nordahl to Gianni Rivera and more modern strikers like Marco van Basten, Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi, the Rossoneri have had some superb forwards down the decades. These are their current attacking options:

  • 9. Olivier Giroud (France)
  • 11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
  • 12. Ante Rebic (Croatia)
  • 17. Rafael Leao (Portugal)
  • 22. Marko Lazetic (Serbia)
  • 27. Divock Origi (Belgium)
  • 30. Junior Messias (Brazil)
  • 90. Charles De Ketelaere (Belgium)

AC Milan Players with Most Appearances

There is no bigger icon at AC Milan than Paolo Maldini, the silky but steely defender who enjoyed a 25-year career in the first team who heads their all-time appearances list. These are the Rossoneri’s top 10 players in terms of most games:

Rank Player Name Years Serie A Games Coppa Italia Matches European Games Other Matches Total
1 Paolo Maldini 1984-2009 647 72 168 15 902
2 Franco Baresi 1977-1997 532 97 75 15 719
3 Alessandro Costacurta 1986 & 1987-2007 458 78 116 11 663
4 Gianni Rivera 1960-1979 501 74 76 7 658
5 Mauro Tassotti 1980-1997 429 75 64 15 583
6 Massimo Ambrosini 1995-1997 & 1998-2013 344 37 101 7 489
7 Gennaro Gattuso 1999-2012 335 26 101 6 468
8 Clarence Seedorf 2002-2012 300 25 102 5 432
9 Angelo Anquilletti 1966-1977 278 71 62 7 418
10 Cesare Maldini 1954-1966 347 9 42 14 412

AC Milan Top Scorers

Sweden legend Gunnar Nordahl is AC Milan’s all-time leading marksman thanks to his exploits in Serie A during the first half of the 1950s. Gianni Rivera netted most goals for club in the Coppa Italia. In Europe, meanwhile, Filippo Inzaghi tops the charts. Here are the top 10 goalscorers in Rossoneri history:

Rank Player Name Years Serie A Goals Coppa Italia Goals European Goals Goals in Other Games Total
1 Gunnar Nordahl 1949-1956 210 0 4 7 221
2 Andriy Shevchenko 1999-2006 & 2008-2009 127 7 38 3 175
3 Gianni Rivera 1960-1979 122 28 13 1 164
4 Jose Altafini 1958-1965 120 9 20 12 161
5 Aldo Boffi 1936-1945 109 22 0 0 131
6 Filippo Inzaghi 2001-2012 73 10 41 2 126
7 Marco van Basten 1987-1995 90 13 20 2 125
8 Giuseppe Santagostino* 1921-1932 103* 2 0 1 106
9 Kaka 2003-2009 & 2013-2014 77 0 26 1 104
10 Pierino Prati 1966-1973 72 14 16 0 102
*Most of Santagostino’s career at AC Milan happened before Serie A was formed in 1929, so the majority of his league goals came in the Divisione Nazionale.

Biggest AC Milan Transfers & Signings

The Rossoneri are typically busy in the football transfer window every season as players come and go from Milan. This section is all about their biggest buys and the footballers sold for the most money.

10 Most Expensive AC Milan Signings

Believe it or not, the AC Milan record signing is a centre-back – Leonardo Bonucci. Prior to his arrival in 2017, you had to go back to 2001 for the last time that the Rossoneri broke their transfer record.

It was smashed twice in the space of 24 hours in July of that year as an incoming manager purchased diminutive striker Filippo Inzaghi and then attacking midfielder Rui Costa. These are the top 10 signings in terms of money spent on AC Milan transfers in the market:

Rank Player Name Year Signed Club Signed From Reported Fee
1 Leonardo Bonucci 2017 Juventus £37,800,000
2 Rui Costa 2001 Fiorentina £37,180,000
3 Lucas Paqueta 2018 Flamengo £34,560,000
4 Andre Silva 2017 FC Porto £34,200,000
5 Mattia Caldara 2018 Juventus £33,180,000
6 Filippo Inzaghi 2001 Juventus £32,540,000
7 Krzysztof Piatek 2019 Genoa £31,500,000
8 Carlos Bacca 2015 Sevilla £30,000,000
9 Franck Kessie 2019 Atalanta £28,800,000
10 Alessandro Nesta 2002 Lazio £28,000,000

Club’s 10 Most Expensive Sales

Even AC Milan players have their price. Brazil star Kaka leaving for La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2009 remains their record sale to this day. Prior to that, prolific goalscorer Andriy Shevchenko was their most expensive departure when he joined Chelsea in 2006.

The Rossoneri also sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic from their frontline and central defender Thiago Silva to wealthy French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-German in the same summer. These are the top 10 departures from Milan in terms of reported fee:

Rank Player Name Year Sold Club Sold To Reported Fee
1 Kaka 2009 Real Madrid £60,000,000
2 Thiago Silva 2012 Paris Saint-Germain £37,800,000
3 Leonardo Bonucci 2018 Juventus £31,500,000
4 Andriy Shevchenko 2006 Chelsea £30,800,000
5 Krzysztof Piatek 2020 Hertha Berlin £21,600,000
6 Francesco Coco 2002 Inter Milan £20,250,000
7= Zlatan Ibrahimovic 2012 Paris Saint-Germain £18,900,000
7= Suso 2020 Sevilla £18,900,000
9= Mario Balotelli 2014 Liverpool £18,000,000
9= Lucas Paqueta 2020 Lyon £18,000,000

The AC Milan Manager List – Past & Present Head Coaches

Current Rossoneri manager Stefano Pioli steered the club to the Scudetto in 2021-22, a first league crown for 11 years. These are all of the head coaches for AC Milan throughout their storied history:

  • Herbert Kilpin (1899-1906)
  • Daniele Angeloni (1906-1907)
  • Giannino Camperio (1907-1911)*
  • Guido Moda (1915-1916)*
  • Aldo Cevenini (1916-1918)*
  • Guido Moda (1919-1921)*
  • Cesare Lovati (1921-1922)
  • Franesco Soldera (1922)
  • Ferdi Oppenheim (1922-1924)
  • Vittorio Pozzo (1924-1926)
  • Guido Moda (1926)
  • Herbert Burgess (1926-1928)
  • Engelbert Konig (1928-1931)
  • Jozsef Banas (1931-1933)
  • Jozsef Viola (1933-1934)
  • Adolfo Baloncieri (1934-1937)
  • William Garbutt (1937)
  • Hermann Felsner (1937-1938)^
  • Jozsef Banas (1937-1938)^
  • Jozsef Viola (1938-1940)
  • Gudio Ara (1940-1941)
  • Antonio Busini (1940-1941)~
  • Mario Magnozzi (1941-1943)
  • Giuseppe Santagostino (1943-1945)
  • Adolfo Baloncieri (1945-1946)
  • Giuseppe Bigogno (1946-1949)
  • Lajos Czeizler (1949-1952)
  • Mario Sperone (1952-1953)
  • Gunnar Gren (1953)
  • Arrigo Morselli (1953)
  • Bela Guttmann (1953-1954)
  • Antonio Busini (1954)~
  • Hector Puricelli (1954-1956)
  • Giuseppe Viani (1957-1960)
  • Luigi Bonizzoni (1958-1960)
  • Paolo Todeschini (1960-1961)
  • Nereo Rocco (1961-1963)
  • Luis Carniglia (1963-1964)
  • Nils Liedholm (1963-1966)
  • Giovanni Cattozzo (1966)
  • Arturo Silvestri (1966-1967)
  • Nereo Rocco (1967-1972)
  • Cesare Maldini (1973-1974)
  • Giovanni Trapattoni (1974)
  • Gustavo Giagnoni (1974-1975)
  • Nereo Rocco (1975)
  • Paolo Barison (1975-1976)
  • Giovanni Trapattoni (1976)
  • Giuseppe Marchioro (1976-1977)
  • Nereo Rocco (1977)
  • Nils Liedholm (1977-1979)
  • Massimo Giacomini (1979-1981)
  • Italo Galbiati (1981) C
  • Luigi Radice (1981-1982)
  • Italo Galbiati (1982) C
  • Francesco Zagatti (1982)
  • Ilario Castagner (1982-1984)
  • Italo Galbiati (1984) C
  • Nils Liedholm (1984-1987)
  • Fabio Capello (1987)
  • Arrigo Sacchi (1987-1991)
  • Fabio Capello (1991-1996)
  • Oscar Tabarez (1996)
  • Giorgio Morini (1996) C
  • Arrigo Sacchi (1996-1997)
  • Fabio Capello (1997-1998)
  • Alberto Zaccheroni (1998-2001)
  • Cesare Maldini (2001) C
  • Mauro Tassotti (2001) C
  • Fatih Terim (2001)
  • Antonio Di Gennaro (2001) C
  • Carlo Ancelotti (2001-2009)
  • Leonardo (2009-2010)
  • Massimiliano Allegri (2010-2014)
  • Maruo Tassotti (2014) C
  • Clarence Seedorf (2014)
  • Filippo Inzaghi (2014-2015)
  • Sinisa Mihajlovic (2015-2016)
  • Cristian Brocchi (2016) C
  • Vincenzo Montella (2016-2017)
  • Gennaro Gattuso (2017-2019)
  • Marco Giampaolo (2019)
  • Stefano Pioli (2019-present)
*Between 1911 and 1915, and 1918 and 1919, AC Milan had a Technical Commission in charge of first team affairs.

^Felsner and Banas were joint-managers of the club.

~Busini was technical director on three occasions between 1940 and 1954, but managed first team affairs in 1940-1941 and for a brief spell in 1954.

C Denotes caretaker manager.

AC Milan Stadium – San Siro

AC Milan stadium, the San Siro

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, better known by its nickname the San Siro, is where AC Milan play their home games. They share this sporting arena with bitter local rivals Inter Milan and have done since the late 1940s. Neither of the Milan clubs will be playing at the San Siro much longer, though. Following the 2026 Winter Olympics, the plan is to move to a new ground.

Made iconic by its red girders on the roof, the San Siro opened in December 1926 and has undergone renovations in 1935, 1955, 1987-1990 and 2015-2016. Whatever new AC Milan stadium there is in future, it will have to go some to be as recognisable as the place they have called home for nearly a century.

AC Milan Rivalries

Sharing the San Siro with Inter since 1947 has done plenty to create an intense football rivalry within the city of Milan. The Rossoneri also have bad blood with Turin titans Juventus inside domestic Italian football. On the European stage, meanwhile, English Premier League side Liverpool have had some legendary matches against them. Let’s take a look at the AC Milan rivalries in more detail:

AC Milan vs Inter Milan – Derby di Milano

The Derby di Milano or Derby della Madonnia, the latter a reference to the statue of the Virgin Mary that adorns the top of Milan Cathedral, is one of Italy’s fiercest football rivalries. These are AC Milan results and head-to-heads against Inter:

Competition AC Milan Wins Draws Inter Milan Wins
League Games 64 59 75
Coppa Italia Matches 10 8 9
European Games 2 2 0
Other Matches 2 0 1
Total 78 69 85
Competitive games only and correct as of the start of the 2022-23 Serie A season.

While the Rossoneri have had the better of things in European encounters and domestic cup competitions, Inter lead the overall head-to-head by virtue of their superior record in league games.

AC Milan vs Juventus

As two of Italy’s biggest football clubs and Serie A teams, the rivalry between AC Milan and Juventus is based on who the better team is rather than proximity. They call the Turin titans the Old Lady and Rossoneri fans have had to endure her dominance of Serie A in recent times. This is also borne out by the league results between Milan and Juve:

Competition AC Milan Wins Draws Juventus Wins
League Games 61 65 80
Coppa Italia Matches 7 9 11
European Games 0 1 0
Other Matches 0 2 1
Total 68 77 92
Competitive games only and correct as of the start of the 2022-23 Serie A season.

Past AC Milan fixtures against Juventus don’t make good reading for San Siro supporters. While Juve lead the overall head-to-head, their one European encounter ended in a penalty shootout. Milan defeated the Old Lady in the 2003 UEFA Champions League final on spot kicks after a goalless 90 minutes and extra time.

Liverpool vs AC Milan

Try as they might, the Rossoneri only hold one victory over Liverpool FC in European competition. That came in the 2007 Champions League final. Their most memorable meeting came two years earlier in Istanbul, however.

AC Milan stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead, only to collapse to the Premier League side after the break. Liverpool miraculously forced extra time tying the score at 3-3 after 90 minutes. The 2005 Champions League final went to penalties and Rafa Benitez’s Reds beat the Rossoneri, coached by Carlo Ancelotti.

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