Want to get an AC Milan retro shirt? Read on…
Team: Associazione Calcio Milan
Nickname: I Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks)
Team Colours: Red and Black
Year Founded: 1899
Stadium: San Siro
Location: Milan, Italy
If you want to emulate Maldini, Baresi, Van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard or Weah then are plenty of options if you are after an AC Milan retro shirt so you can copy your heroes:
AC Milan for me brings back memories of Football Italia on Channel 4, Championship Manager Italia and the great defensive lynchpins of Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta. For a while in the 90s they seemed unbeatable and I still remember when they paid £13million for Gianluigi Lentini and being astounded by that fee. Steve
Favourite player: Paolo Maldini – fantastic player, fantastic professional, good looking – has it all!
Favourite kit: 1979-80 home kit – classic timeless kit worn as Milan defended their tenth title. Available from TOFFS (see below for link)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have almost 500 AC Milan shirts and other pieces of kit from 1983 to the present day. They include the 1988-89 home shirt (above) worn when Milan retained their European Cup with a 1-0 with over Benfica.
Although they finished as runners up to a Diego Maradona inspired Napoli in Serie A this Milan team, coached by Arrigo Sacchi who was relatively unknown when he had arrived the previous year, can seriously claim to be one of the best teams ever.
Led by legendary defender Franco Baresi, inspired by the genius of Ruud Gullit and with Marco van Basten snapping up any chance that came his way the 1989-90 team the following season was voted the best club side of all time in a poll of global experts conducted by World Soccer Magazine.
You can also pick up the 1993-94 away shirt. This had seen the side go from strength to strength, being virtually unbeatable as they won three Scudetti in a row from 1992 to 1994 (in fact they did go unbeaten when winning the first in 1991-92).
They also reached three consecutive Champions League Finals, losing the first and last (in 1993 to Marseille and 1995 to Ajax).
However they triumphed in 1994 thrashing Barcelona 4-0 in the Final wearing this shirt – two goals from Daniele Massaro and one each from Dejan Savicevic and Marcel Desailly gave Milan the victory in what many pundits have called the greatest ever performance in a major European final.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer official shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
With just under 100 AC Milan shirts ranging from 1983 to the present day – there is a great selection to choose from including a very rare 1995-96 fourth shirt (above).
This shirt was worn on a couple of occasions as Milan lifted their 15th Italian championship in Fabio Capello’s last season in charge (he left to coach Real Madrid).
The season was a great improvement on the previous campaign that had seen Milan finish fourth after three successive titles. Stars such as Roberto Baggio, George Weah and Zvonimir Boban donned the shirt as they won the title by eight points from Juventus.
You can also get the 1999-00 centenary third shirt. Worn as Milan celebrated 100 years as a club, they disappointed in both the Champions League and Serie A.
They finished third, 11 points behind winners Lazio in the league and were knocked out in the group stages of the Champions League – finishing bottom of their group behind Chelsea, Hertha Berlin and Galatasaray.
AC Milan beat Barcelona 4-0 in the 1994 European Cup Final – possibly the greatest performance by a team in a major European Final ever.
Amazon have a selection of retro AC Milan shirts including a 1960s away shirt and a 1960s home shirt (above). The away shirt is a classy white kit and the home shirt the stylish red and black stripes long associated with the Rossoneri.
These shirts were worn during a decade that saw a relative lack of trophies by Milan’s standards. A lot of this was due to a particularly strong Inter Milan team. Milan did however win a title in 1961-62 and 67-68. They also won their first European title – the 1963 European Cup, winning it again in 1969.
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
You can pick up eight top notch retro AC Milan shirts here, as well as a few other AC Milan products. These include a beautiful 1930s-40s home shirt (above). This period was a relatively lean time for Milan, as they regularly finished mid-table in Serie A. In fact after winning the Scudetto in 1907 they had to wait until 1951 to win it again.
They could however boast the Serie A top scorer in 1938-39, 1939-40 and 1941-42 – Aldo Boffi who finished with 109 goals in 163 appearances for Milan.
You can also get a great 1979-80 home shirt. This sports a star to signify Milan’s ten league titles (they gained their tenth title in 1978-79). However this season was to be a horrific one for the Italian giants as they were relegated to Serie B, along with Lazio, for a betting scandal that centred around a betting syndicate paying players and officials to fix the outcome of matches.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic AC Milan shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!