Early Doors

Are you England in disguise? Milan unveil new kit

Early Doors

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A quick glance at the above crest – the St George's cross with one star above it (1966 and all that) – and you might think you were looking at an England kit.

But instead it is actually the new home shirt of AC Milan – let's have a more complete look shall we.

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The legendary Italian side have had a dismal season, lying eighth in Serie A, so trying to emulate England was hardly going to help their cause but there is a more logical reason why they've gone for the crest.

The St George’s cross has been used as the flag of Milan from as early as the 10th century – well before it was even adopted by the English.

The flag was also woven on AC Milan’s jerseys since the foundation of the club in 1899 until the 1940s and then again for the club's centenary.

On the inside of the new kit, tone on tone, you will find the current AC Milan logo.

The star is reflective of how many Italian championships the club has won. In Italian football you get to put a star above your crest when you have won 10 titles – Milan have won 18.

Juventus won their 30th Serie A title this season so from next season, they will be entitled to play with three stars above their crest.

However, the club have already stated that they do not intend to put the third star on their shirt in protest of having two titles taken away from them due to the Calciopoli scandal in the mid 2000s.

For the first time ever, Milan's red and black stripes show different widths and colour tones.

The central black stripe is wider compared to the other four while the red stripes feature two different shades of red.

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On Sunday the club will also wear a new yellow third kit for the first time which is inspired by the traditional Brazilian colours to pay tribute to the country before they host the World Cup.

A number of great Brazilians have played for Milan from Jose Altafini in the 50s and 60s all the way up to Kaka and Robinho in the current squad.

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