AC Milan of 50 Years Ago…
The Rossoneri are Campioni of Europe for the First Time

Milan1964-VctorBentezGilbertoNolettiJosAltafiniGianniRiveraCesareMaldiniDarioBarluzziGiovanniTrapattoniAmarildoBrunoMoraAmbrogioPelagalliGiotop: Víctor Benítez, Gilberto Noletti, José Altafini, Gianni Rivera, Cesare Maldini, Dario Barluzzi; bottom: Giovanni Trapattoni, Amarildo, Bruno Mora, Ambrogio Pelagalli, Giovanni Lodetti.

Here is a fantastic photo of the AC Milan team from 50 years ago. At the time they were European Champions having beaten Benfica 2-1 at Wembley in 1963. It was Benfica’s third successive final and they quickly took the lead through the brilliant Eusebio, but José Altafini scored twice in the second half to give the Rossoneri the first of their seven European Cups.

Milan had made it to Wembley by defeating Ipswich Town in the earlier rounds before coming up against the might of Dundee, managed by Bill Shankly’s brother Bob, in the semi finals. A 5-1 triumph in the San Siro proved too much to overhaul for the Scottish Champions but they did win the second leg 1-0 through an Alan Gilzean goal in front of over 35,000 packed into Dens Park.

The Milan side featured two future Azzurri managers in Giovanni Trapattoni and Cesare Maldini, father of another Milan legend Paulo Maldini.


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