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In July 2005 Vieri joined Milan A.C. Vieri and Inter came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract with the club. He was then signed by cross-town rivals Milan, but left the Rossoneri – where he was not a regular starter – after just six months, joining French side Monaco in order to play regularly and gain a place in Italy’s squad for the 2006 World Cup. However, he suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Monaco in 2006, which required extensive surgery and ruled out the possibility of playing in his third consecutive FIFA World Cup.

MILAN A.C.


2005-2006


Match Worn Shirt


Vieri Christian


MILAN A.C.


2006-2007


Milan vs Catania


Match Worn Shirt


Pirlo Andrea


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This shirt was worn by Andrea Pirlo during the first half of the Serie A’s game between A.C.Milan and Catania which took place in Milan, “Giuseppe Meazza” Stadium on December 20th 2006. Milan defeated Catania 3-0 and the shirt was swapped with a Catania’s player who we got it from. In the 2006-2007 season Pirlo led Milan in minutes played for with 2,782 across 52 appearances, as he went on to win his second UEFA Champions League title with Milan, also helping his team to a fourth-place finish in Serie A, and another Coppa Italia semi-final. In the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Manchester United, Pirlo set up Seedorf’s goal, as Milan progressed on to the final. In the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final in Athens, Pirlo assisted Inzaghi’s first goal from a free kick, helping Milan to defeat Liverpool 2–1, avenging their 2005 final defeat in Istanbul

MILAN A.C.


2006-2007


Champions League Final


Milan vs Liverpool


Winner Player’s Medal


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The 2007 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, Europe’s primary club football competition. The showpiece event was contested between Liverpool of England and A.C. Milan of Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, on 23 May 2007. Liverpool, who had won the competition five times, were appearing in their seventh final. Milan, who had won the competition six times, were appearing in their eleventh final. Both teams had to pass through five rounds before they reached the final. They both entered in the third qualifying round and won their respective groups before they reached the knockout stage, where matches were contested over two legs, with a match at each team’s home ground. Milan’s victories varied from close affairs to comfortable victories. They defeated Celtic by a single goal over two legs, while they beat Manchester United 5–3 on aggregate in the semi-final. Liverpool’s matches were mainly all close affairs; they beat defending champions Barcelona on the away goals rule in the first knockout round and beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout in the semi-finals, although they did record a 4–0 aggregate win over PSV in the quarter-finals. Before the match there were ticketing problems because many fans gained entry to the stadium without valid tickets. After the match, a UEFA spokesman accused Liverpool of having the worst fans in Europe, a claim later denied by UEFA president Michel Platini. Watched by a crowd of 63,000, Milan took the lead when Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick deflected off Filippo Inzaghi in the first half. Milan extended their lead in the second half when Inzaghi scored a second goal. Liverpool scored a late goal through Dirk Kuyt, but were unable to equalise before the end of the match. Milan won the match 2–1 to win their seventh Champions League.


MILAN A.C.


2007-2008


Match Worn Shirt


Ronaldo Nazario

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Since the second half of this season the team’s shirts started having the “IL CLUB PIU’ TITOLATO AL MONDO” (The Most Awarded Team in the World) embroidered on chest.

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On 18 January 2007, it was reported that Ronaldo agreed terms with A.C. Milan for a transfer of €8.05 million. Ronaldo was forced to pay for the remaining period on his contract which tied him to Real Madrid, only because the latter did not agree to release him, while Milan were not ready to pay such a sum. On 25 January, Ronaldo flew from Madrid to Milan to watch the team play in a cup tie against Roma. Statements on the club’s website said that Ronaldo was in Milan for a medical, and that a meeting had been arranged for Monday with Real Madrid officials to discuss and finalize his transfer to the Milanese club. On 26 January, Ronaldo successfully completed his medical tests at the Milanello training complex under the supervision of club doctors, and the transfer completed on 30 January and got the squad number 99. He made his debut as a substitute on 11 February 2007, during the 2–1 victory over Livorno. The next game at Siena, on 17 February, Ronaldo scored twice and assisted on a third goal in his first start for Milan, as they won 4–3. In his first season, Ronaldo scored seven goals in 14 appearances. After his move to Milan, Ronaldo joined the list of the few players to have played for both Inter Milan and A.C. Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, and is one of two players to have scored for both sides in the derby game (for Inter in the 1998–99 season and for Milan in the 2006–07 season), the other player being Zlatan Ibrahimović. Ronaldo is also one of the few players to have started for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, which also boasts a heated rivalry. Ronaldo, however, has never transferred directly between rival clubs. Ronaldo only played 300-plus minutes in his single season at Milan due to recurring injury problems and weight issues. Ronaldo’s only goals in the 2007–08 season, besides his goal against Lecce in pre-season, came in a 5–2 victory against Napoli at the San Siro, where he scored an emotional brace. It was also the first time Milan’s much hyped attacking trio of Kaká, Alexandre Pato and Ronaldo, known as Ka-Pa-Ro, played together. On 13 February 2008, Ronaldo suffered a severe season-ending knee injury while jumping for a cross in Milan 1–1 draw with Livorno, and was stretchered off and taken to a hospital. The club confirmed after the match that Ronaldo had ruptured the kneecap ligament in his left knee. It marked the third such occurrence of this injury, which he suffered twice to his right knee in 1999 and 2000. He was released by Milan at the end of the season, as his contract expired and was not renewed.

MILAN A.C.


2007


Uefa Super Cup  


Milan vs Sevilla


Winner Player’s Medal


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The 2007 UEFA Super Cup was the 32nd UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match between the winners of the previous season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions. The match was held at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on 31 August 2007 and contested by Milan, who won the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League, and Sevilla, winners of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup. Sevilla were looking to become only the second team to defend the trophy in its history, the first being their opponents Milan, who had previously won the trophy four times. This was Milan’s seventh appearance in the Super Cup, putting them one ahead of the previous season’s runners-up, Barcelona. Milan won the match 3-1, with goals from Filippo Inzaghi, Marek Jankulovski and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, Kaká. All three of Milan’s goals came in the second half after Renato had put Sevilla 1–0 up after only 14 minutes. This was Milan’s fifth Super Cup title, a new record.

MILAN A.C.


2007


Uefa Super Cup  


Milan vs Sevilla


Match Used Ball 


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Sevilla had an opportunity to open the scoring early on, when Renato pounced on Massimo Oddo’s fluffed clearance, but he sent his shot wide. Two minutes later, Milan had a chance to score after Filippo Inzaghi’s shot was deflected onto the post by Kaká. Sevilla went 1–0 up on 14 minutes when Renato headed in from Duda’s corner. The Sevilla players celebrated the goal by pointing towards the sky. Sevilla almost scored a second goal on 25 minutes, after Gennaro Gattuso’s attempt to intercept a Sevilla counter only resulted in him sliding the ball to Frédéric Kanouté, who rounded Dida but played his pass behind Renato. The Brazilian was able to get the ball under control and get a shot off, but saw his shot blocked by Alessandro Nesta. However, Inzaghi tied the score after the break after scoring a free header from Gennaro Gattuso’s cross from the right side. Marek Jankulovski found the winner soon afterwards through a lovely left-footed volley to hit a low diagonal shot to the keeper’s left. Kaká capped off the fine overall display when he headed home the rebound after his initial shot from a penalty was saved.

MILAN A.C.


Fifa Club World Cup


2007


Milan vs Boca Juniors


Winner Player’s Trophy


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The 2007 FIFA Club World Cup (officially the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007 presented by Toyota for sponsorship reasons) was a football tournament played in Japan from 7 to 16 December 2007. It was the fourth FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament organized by FIFA for the winners of each confederation’s top continental club tournament. Seven teams from the six confederations entered the tournament with Italian side A.C. Milan defeating Boca Juniors from Argentina 4-2 in the final to become the most successful team in the world in terms of international trophies won (18) and the first European team to win the Club World Cup. The qualified teams were decided during 2007 through the six major continental competitions. The winner of each regional club championship participated in the 2007 Club World Cup. In March 2007, the FIFA executive committee introduced a qualifying playoff between the 2007 OFC Champions League champion and the host nation’s 2007 J. League champion, as opposed to previous years, in which the Oceania champions were given direct entry into the tournament. In order to avoid the participation of two teams from the same country, the best-placed non-Japanese team in the AFC Champions League would take the “host” berth if a Japanese team won that competition, which indeed happened as Urawa Red Diamonds won the 2007 AFC Champions League. Also, the fifth-place match was eliminated for this edition.