One of the most successful sides to have ever played in the Champions League, AC Milan will always provide fans with some exciting action when involved with the tournament. I Rossoneri are an extremely popular and passionately supported club, therefore it is no surprise that the 80,018 capacity San Siro, or Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, is a vibrant place and a stadium that needs to be attended when the midweek matches are scheduled.
Indeed, with players such as Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi, Kaka, Rui Costa and Paolo Maldini having all featured in previous sides that would have been considered one of the best, it is no surprise as to why they have been so successful. Players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Theo Hernandez and Hakan Calhanoglu have all tried in more recent memory to replicate that success.
As mentioned, AC Milan are one of the most successful sides to have ever emerged from Italy to compete in the Champions League throughout its existence. I Rossoneri have managed to lift the trophy on seven occasions, with their triumphs having come in 1962/63, 1968/69, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1993/94, 2002/03 and 2006/07.
The Red and Black outfit of Milan have reached the tournament’s finale on no fewer than 11 occasions, with a rather poor record in recent finals to have taken place. Defeats to Olympique Marseille, Ajax and Liverpool have all been suffered.
In truth, AC Milan have had a number of iconic moments in the tournament that have not always favoured the club. Deportivo La Coruna’s comeback against them in 2004, in which they overturned a quarter-final first leg deficit of four goals and knocked the Italians out in the process.
Another of the most memorable moments in the Champions League that features AC Milan was one of the most remembered amongst all football fans across the world. Their defeat to Liverpool in the 2004/05 Istanbul final was one of the biggest shocks ever to have happened in the competition.
The Serie A outfit went 3-0 up in the first-half, however three goals from the Reds meant that they would be tasked with trying to come up with a winner via the method of a penalty shoot-out. The ever-reliable Shevchenko stepped up to the spot, however he saw his penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek.
I Rossoneri did have some other memorable moments in the competition, though, as Kaka managed to put in a performance that saw him single-handedly destroy Manchester United in a contest in the 2006/07 season on their way to winning the competition.
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