AC Milan wins the Serie A title after 11 long years

AC Milan announced a comeback into the limelight Sunday, winning the league’s first Serie A title in more than a decade to leave years of decline firmly behind them. AC Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday, beating Sassuolo 3-0 and taking the crown away from local rivals Inter. Milan won their first Italian Serie A title in 11 years after earning a final-day victory at Sassuolo by 3-0 on Sunday, as Olivier Giroud’s brace and Franco Kessie sealed the league title in style. Rafael Leao, what a game. The Portuguese had such a great time on the left wing that he completed a hat-trick of assists. The youngster often left his opponents for dead as he displayed his exceptional quickness and dribbling ability.

AC Milan won the Serie A title on the last day of the season in a comprehensive victory over Sassuolo. It was the first time AC Milan had won the championship since Massimiliano Allegri guided AC Milan to the trophy in 2010-11. The league title is also Ibrahimovic’s first for AC Milan since 2011. Ibrahimovic left AC Milan the year following this success. The following year, Associazione Calcio Milan won their first European Cup for two decades, beating Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti in the final, 4-0. Since 1907, alongside Boca Juniors, Associazione Calcio Milan has won more FIFA-recognized international club titles than any club in the world, with 18. Seven-time European Champions, AC Milan is one of the biggest clubs on the continent, but they have spent much of the past ten years languishing as the changing landscape of football has left them far behind a new elite. Five of Milan’s European crowns came during the pompous former owner Silvio Berlusconi’s reign. Still, the club were forced to tighten its belts in the years following its most recent title, the 2011 edition, while in that time, a raft of star names was sold off or sidelined.

With help from a stronger squad, featuring players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Alexandre Pato, along with a number of veterans from Associazione Calcio Milans European successes of the middle decades, Milan recaptured the league title in the 2010-11 Serie A campaign, their first since 2003-04, and their 18th overall. However, under the wise stewardship of manager Stefano Pioli, this younger AC Milan squad has performed well enough in the UEFA Champions League, with Milan now a step closer to winning the long-coveted Scudetto, a fate most football experts had not predicted prior to this seasons start. The results meant that Milan finished two points clear of reigning champions and cross-town rivals Inter, who won the league title with a 3-0 victory over rivals Sampdoria at home.