It was a season to remember for AC Milan fans all over the world.
After six seasons finishing behind first Juventus and then their city rivals Inter Milan five times in a row and after three and a half years without lifting a trophy, the Rossoneri triumphed and claimed the Italian Serie A for the first time since 2004. The team effort was one of domination, particularly on defense where the Rossoneri gave up only 24 goals and finished six points above Inter.
After another trophy-less season in 2009-10, Milan and first-year manager Leonardo parted ways. In came Massimiliano Allegri, a young manager who had only spent two years managing in the top flight of Italian football before joining Milan. He did, however, earn the Golden Bench trophy for his performance with Cagliari in 2008-09.
He is likely to snatch that award this year.
Many were skeptic of Allegri's hiring. He was virtually an unknown and many worried how he would handle the pressure of managing a world renowned club like AC Milan. The summer continued looking bleak as the only signings for a long time appeared to be Sokratis Papastathopoulus, Marco Amelia, Mario Yepes, and Kevin-Prince Boateng (who many critics and fans were skeptic of). With one week left in the transfer window, however, Milan went big and landed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on loan from Barcelona and Robinho on a permanent deal from Manchester City.
Allegri quickly learned how to best utilize this new found star-power, a power which only increased when first place Milan signed Antonio Cassano and Mark Van Bommel in the winter. A club that was reluctant to spend for a couple years finally caught up and made up their wrongdoings to the fans and followed through on the aim of a championship.
It was a breakout year for Milan and a breakout year for many Rossoneri. Here are my season awards for the champions.