The Milan Cricket and Football Club was founded in 1899 by 2 Englishmen: Albert Edwards and Herbert Kilplin. The following year, he won his first title: The King's Medal, awarded by King Humberto I after defeating Juventus 2-0. In 1901, it won its first national championship, followed by another 2 in 1906 and 1907. In the 1940s the club received the name of Associazione Calcio Milano. The club's golden age came in the late 80s and early 90s, with Arrigo Sacchi and a squad led by the Dutch Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten.
Red and black have always been the colors of Milan. Herbert Kilplin, one of the club's founders, explained their meaning: Red represents the fire of the Milanese devils, and black, the fear of the opponents when facing them.