Why AC Milan is the most decorated football club in the world

Chances are that you have heard about the Real Madrid galacticos and the Barcelona elves invasion, but what you might not have heard is that at the time when this article was written AC Milan is the most internationally decorated football club in the world, winning a record of 14 European trophies (7 UEFA Champions League, 5 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 2 UEFA Super Cup) and 4 World titles (3 Intercontinental Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup). Don’t take my word for it. Next time you watch AC Milan play in the UEFA Champions League look at the multiple-winner badge on the shirt indicating more than 5 UEFA European Cups won.

What are the reasons that have made AC Milan one of the most successful football club in the world? There are many but I will address two of them: coaching and management.

Coaching

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Calcio tactics through time: José Mourinho’s Inter Milan

Few men have caught the attention of the media, fans and other managers during their time in Italian football quite like José Mourinho. Despite winning three Serie A titles in a row, Roberto Mancini was sacked at the end of the 2007/08 season, due to him claiming he would leave at the end of the season but quickly reversed his decision the following day. It was too late, the trust between Mancini and then Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti had been broken. Besides, Moratti had his sights set on one of the hottest commodities in world football, José Mourinho.

By the time Mourinho had arrived in Italy, the self proclaimed Special One had already made himself a powerful and authoritative figure, but there was one key game in Mourinho’s first season, that would shape Mourinho’s, Inter Milan’s and Italy’s footballing history. Mourinho was outwitted by Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson in the last sixteen round of the Champions League.

Goals from future Nerazzurri player Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo pushed Jose Mourinho to defeat on the stage that had made him famous in 2004. Mourinho had promised Moratti the Holy Grail of European football, something Inter Milan hadn’t won since 1965, with Helenio Herrera’s famous Catenaccio side lifting the trophy. Inter Milan’s failure to lift Europe’s greatest prize had haunted Moratti since he took over the side in 1995, perhaps Moratti predicted this would be one of his last chances to make an impact in Europe. So in the summer of 2009, Inter Milan went big.

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Senior class has Johns Hopkins football team on brink of record

He’s the program’s all-time leading passer and winningest quarterback, but to most on the Johns Hopkins campus, Hewitt Tomlin is just another student with a name usually buried in the school’s weekly student newspaper.

Most fall Saturdays, the 6-foot-2 Tennessean is found on the football field, taking snaps from All-American center Ed Rodger. A small minority know them as two stars of the school’s football team, both four-year starters who are part of one of the best classes the Johns Hopkins football program has ever seen.

But few have any idea that the Blue Jays are 6-0, ranked No. 14 in the country with some of the best players in Division III football.

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Commercialization Of Sports

6271-football-in-the-middle-of-the-stadium-1920x1080-sport-wallpaperThe commercialization of sports is that aspect of the sports enterprise that involves the sale, display, or use of sport or some aspect of sport so as to produce income. Some experts prefer the term “commodification of sport” as a label for the same process. Interest in the commercialization of sport has existed for several decades,but only in recent years has the phenomenon has been taken seriously on a larger scale. The first attention came from a small group of critical, mostly leftist writers, who have now been joined by people from all political and social perspectives.

The commercialization of sport is not a cultural universal, but a product of unique technical, social, and economic circumstances. Sports in the colonial United States were usually unstructured, spontaneous activities that the participants initiated, coordinated, and managed. Only in the latter part of the 19th century did organized sport cross the ocean from Great Britain and arrive in America. At that time, urbanization forced a large number of people to live in new settings and to abandon traditional leisure activities, which included drinking, carousing, and gambling.The dominant class sought to replace them with activities such as baseball, horseracing, and boxing.

Professionalism
Professional sports, a big business that has grown rapidly over the last three decades, may be the epitome of commercialization, its influence pervasive throughout. Athletes, support personnel (managers, coaches, officials, media persons, lawyers, and agents), and sports team owners benefit handsomely from the willingness of sports fans to pay to watch their favorite sports and to purchase the commodities endorsed by sports personalities. Hundreds of professional athletes earn well over $1 million a year. Before 1977, $1 million contracts did not exist.By 1994 there were well over 200 professional athletes who earned salaries in excess of $1 million. In 1990, reported average 1989 salaries for athletes in four different professional sports stood at $577,200 in the National Basketball Association, $490,000 in the national baseball leagues, $212,000 in the National Football League, and $156,000 in the National Hockey League.Forbes’s 1994 list of the top-earning athletes included basketball stars Michael Jordan at $30 million and Shaquille O’Neal at $17 million, golfers Jack Nicklaus at $15 million and Arnold Palmer at $14 million, and boxers Micheal Moore and Evander Holyfield at $12 million each. In most cases, athletes’ endorsements make up over 90 percent of their earnings.

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