He was the best Scandinavian ever to have worn the Rossoneri colours, a champion of Italy in 1956/57, when he was part of a blistering attack. Earning the nickname "Ray of Sunlight" during his time with the Rossoneri, Per Bredesen, played as an inside forward, and he made up for what he lacked in height (1.73m, just under 5'6") with his immense strength, weighing in at 70 kg. What's more he had plenty of pace and technical ability, and was one of the team's most tactically astute players.
Bredesen was born in Horten, in southern Norway, located on the banks of the Oslofjord, but the side who will be facing AC Milan on Thursday 24 September will be Bodø, from Glimt, in northern Norway. The 89-year-old ex-Rossoneri man will no doubt be very excited that he will be watching the Norwegian side FK Bodø/Glimt face the Rossoneri in person at San Siro.
AC Milan's next opponents have only played in Milan once in their history, in October 1978, when they lost 5-0 to Inter, with Alessandro Altobelli scoring a hat-trick in the first leg of the 1978 Cup Winners' Cup. Many years have passed since then, and it would be difficult to make any meaningful comparisons between then and now. AC Milan have only faced a Norwegian side once in their history, in the group stages of the 1996/97 Champions League. They were also from northern Norway, Rosenborg, a team from Trondheim.
In their first match against the Norwegians, thanks the heroics of Weah, Savićević and Simone, Óscar Tabárez's side put in one of their most magnificent performances, winning 4-1. However, in their second meeting, the Rossoneri were beaten at San Siro, meaning they were eliminated from the tournament. On Thursday, it will be a different kind of match altogether, and this time, it will be a straight knockout, and AC Milan will need to keep their guard up against a quick, determined side. Come on, boys!
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