Last Friday, December 13, marked the 120th anniversary of AC Milan’s foundation and Sunday’s home game against Sassuolo was used to mark the occasion.
For the game – a scoreless draw – Milan wore a special anniversary kit, albeit one that wasn’t greatly different from the regular home kit this season (left).
We’ve already examined Milan’s pleasing set of kits for the current campaign and the simplicity of the home meant that the anniversary kit (right) was almost rendered pointless. The striping was the same but the markings (including the altered Emirates logo) were in gold – a questionable choice, given the lack of legibility. Black cuffs were also added.
As far as we know, the anniversary kit will be a one-off, in contrast to the 1999-2000 season, when another special strip was worn.
On that occasion, there was a clear difference between the regular shirt (left) and the centenary jersey (right).
The former had been used throughout the 1998-99 title-winning season but for the first half of 1999-2000 the two tops shared duties – we can’t find a pattern, such as one only being used at home – but once the millennium arrived, the centenary shirt was retired.
This was in contrast to Barcelona, who also celebrated their 100th anniversary in 1999 and introduced a special kit to mark the occasion. However, the Catalans’ centenary shirt became the home shirt for the second half of 1998-99 and would be worn until the end of 1999-2000.