Milan is second only to Real Madrid in Champions League titles. It was especially noted for the Swedish trio of Gre-No-Li of Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl, and Nils Liedholm who sparked the team in the 1950s. Three decades later the Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, and Frank Rijkaard helped put the team in the upper reaches of European soccer.

  • Publisher: Creative Education
  • Series: Soccer Champions
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Age Level: 8-13
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Focusing on different soccer teams, these books all open with the same overview of the sport, followed by an outline of historic events, such as the Spanish Civil War and World War II, that have shaped the team’s history. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid’s intense rivalry has its origins in 1714, when those loyal to King Philip V conquered Barcelona. The prose is balanced by well-labeled photos, time lines, and short biographies of outstanding players. VERDICT: North American soccer fans will welcome these serviceable additions. (School Library Journal)