In mid-century, it was the period between the 1950s and 1970s when the football establishment was beginning to catch up with what the players had known in the 1930s.
A new style of football was being developed by the clubs, which, by the 1960s, became known as the ‘New Wave’.
One of the first new-style clubs to be created in this period was AC Milan.
The club had just finished a long-running war with Milan, with the first-team regulars losing a battle with a determined and ruthless opponent.
AC Milan’s first season at the San Siro was not as memorable as its predecessor, as the club’s supporters had to endure some of the most horrific circumstances imaginable.
The team, which was in the middle of the best years of its illustrious history, was relegated to Serie B. But this was only the beginning.
In 1962, the club, with a record turnover of over $30m, bought a €2.5m, 12-year lease to build a new stadium in Milan.
It was a historic moment for the club: AC Milan, the oldest professional football club in the world, was about to become a new kind of European football powerhouse.
Its first season in the new stadium would be a total failure.
This was the era of the ‘mid-century buffet’, where the clubs would offer up a small selection of foods to the fans and their families.
The menu at the start of the 1960/61 season was a typical ‘mid century’ buffet: eggs, bacon, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions and onions, bread and sausage, salad, a fruit salad, an Italian wine, a beer, and a cheese plate.
By the end of the season, it had been replaced by a salad of tomatoes and spinach, a steak with a cheese platter, and an egg roll.
And then, in 1961, the season began.
A massive change had been introduced to the sport: an increase in the size of the field, which meant more teams had to play on a smaller pitch, and it meant that the players would be fed a smaller portion of the pie.
This would only continue into the ’60s and ’70s.
The new stadium and the new players were a major factor in the decline of the club.
The number of games dropped from 15, to 9, to 5, to 1, to 2.
But in the end, it’s not that the ‘old’ AC Milan was doomed.
The ‘new’ AC was not.
A few years later, it would become the first Italian club to reach the Champions League final.
The season that would follow, 1961/62, would be the first to witness a return to the old Milan and the ‘new AC’ that had become a force in European football.
This time, the old club would be replaced by the more experienced, less successful, and less famous Milan.
And the ‘nostalgia’ that came with it would only be a short-lived one.
The only thing that would come of the old AC would be one of its greatest champions, Mario Maldini, who would become an icon of Italian football.
Maldini and Milan won the title in 1962, beating AC Milan 2-0 in the semi-finals, and winning the league.
Maldi’s record was incredible: he had won four league titles, the Champions Leagues, and was a major player in the development of the modern Italian team.
But the team that came out on top, the one that would eventually become the best team in the history of European soccer, was the one who would eventually lose the title to AC Milan in 1964.
It would be an amazing achievement.
The defeat to Milan in the final meant that Maldini’s career as a footballer had been over.
But he had already been one of the greats in Italian football, having scored 3,000 goals for the Italian team in his prime.
After winning the Super Cup in 1966, Maldini went on to win the league and the Cup Winners Cup in 1977 and 1982.
And it was through the magic of the Milan teams ‘new breed’ of players that they won the Champions Cup in 1979 and 1980.
The trophy, and Maldini himself, would become a symbol of Milan and of the Italian club in general.
But Maldini did not just win the Super Bowl; he won the Supercoppa Italiana.
In 1986, it became the most prestigious trophy in Italian sports.
And, in 1993, he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
But it wasn’t just the great achievements that made him one of Italy’s greatest footballers.
He also won the Golden Boot in 1992, which came after he scored three goals in a Champions League match against Juventus.
That was just one of his incredible achievements, which were often overshadowed by the many greats who had come before him.
The Golden Boot was, in the eyes of many, the