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5 things to know about Kappa: Mighty Milan, Cruyff class, Zizou magic and much more

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5 things to know about Kappa: Mighty Milan, Cruyff class, Zizou magic and much more

Kappa have an impressive history in football.

Here we delve into their story with ‘5 things’.

1] Mighty Milan

Kappa enjoyed enormous success from 1987-1990 with the all-conquering AC Milan, as the Italian giants won one Serie A and two European Cups.

AC Milan, at that point seen as the largest club in the world, enjoyed their European Cup successes back-to-back wearing Kappa.

In 1988/89, they beat Steaua Bucharest 4-0 in the final in Barcelona, Spain and the following campaign, they defeated Benfica 1-0 in Vienna, Austria. 

Kappa5ThingsSocial3Dutch trio Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard were the key stars of that team, along with Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi and Carlo Ancelotti. 

Gullit (2) and van Basten (2) scored the decisive goals in 1988/89 while Rijkaard hit the solitary goal to win the showpiece in 1989/90.

RonaldoKappa2] Up for the Cups

Barcelona were on top form during their partnership with Kappa.

In a successful spell together, between 1992-97, they won three La Liga, two Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and two Super Cups.

Stars in that era included Hristo Stoichkov, Michael Laudrup, Pep Guardiola, Andoni Zubizarreta, Romario, Gheorge Hagi, Figo, Ronaldo, Claude Puyol, Xavi and Rivaldo.

RavanelliKappa3] Debut delight

Juventus is the team most closely associated with Kappa after becoming the first football club to partner with the sports brand.

Sponsoring Juventus from 1979 to 2000, the partnership propelled the brand to an international scale.  

In that era, Juventus won seven Serie A, three Coppa Italia, two Italian Super Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup, two UEFA Cups, two European Super Cups and two European Cups.

The last of these came in 1995/96 as they beat Ajax 4-2 on penalties.

The team was managed by Marcello Lippi and included legends like Didier Deschamps, Gianluca Vialli, Alessandro del Piero and Fabrizio Ravanelli. 

ZindaneJuve5Things4] Kappa icons

As well as the names already mentioned, there have been a host of world-class stars to have worn Kappa shirts.

How about Zinedine Zidane, the elite playmaker who was renowned for his vision, technique and elegance on the ball who starred in Kappa with Juventus.

Outside of football, there have been a host of famous names to wear Kappa.

How about athletics?

1983 marked the beginning of a 10-year sponsorship of the US Track and Field Team and at the Olympics in Los Angeles and Seoul, the likes of Ed Moses climbed one podium after another, wearing Kappa.

SirBobby5] Managerial greats

As well as on the football pitch, there have been some magnificent managers leading Kappa sides off the field too.

AC Milan, partnered with Kappa between 1987 and 1990, is widely regarded as one of the greatest club sides to ever play football – and their boss Arrigo Sacchi is widely accepted as one of the greatest managers in the history of the beautiful game. 

Despite having a host of star names, it was Sacchi's methods that made Milan the best European club team since Ajax and Bayern of the 1970s.

He employed a high defensive line in a 4-4-2 and opponents were hunted in packs deep into their own half.

JCruyffKappaBarcelona, in their spell with Kappa, employed a holy trinity of managers -  Johan Cruyff, Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal. 

To top it off, Jose Mourinho – who would go on to establish himself as one of the greatest ever bosses – was No.2 to Robson in his era in charge.

Juventus, meanwhile, were also not short of top names during their spell with Kappa – including Dino Zoff, Marcello Lippi and Giovanni Trapattoni. 

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 20th May 2019