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Milan Legends Corner: The Birth of AC Milan – 16th of December 1899

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It was precisely nine days before the Christmas of 1899, the Milan Cricket and Football Club was born. From a group of impassioned Italian and British football (Soccer to Americans) fans, came together to meet at the Hotel du Nord as they were summoned by Herbert Kilpin. Kilpin, a British Nottingham-born gentleman on a business trip in Italy, was on his way to introducing football to the rest of the country. Football had already been a much established sport in the UK.

In 1891 Kilpin arrived in Torino but thereafter transferred to Milano where he found the right setting and environment for his project: to found a football team. Not yet knowing if it would be a winning team, his thoughts and ideas on what the team uniform would look like was very clear: they would be red and black. The reason for this, explained Kilpin was simple, it would be a team of devils and the color red would represent fire and black would represent fear that would be instilled in their opponents.

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