Maldini determined for AC Milan to rule world

Paolo Maldini says AC Milan are determined to be crowned world club champions next month in Japan.

"I am thinking back to the Finals I played. We went to the first not realising exactly how important this trophy was and only realised it after we had won," said the captain of the tournament that used to be called the Intercontinental Cup.

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His side thrashed Paraguayans Olimpia Asuncion 3-0 in 1990, but crumbled on three successive trips to Japan.

Milan lost 3-2 against Sao Paolo in 1993 and fell 2-0 to Argentines Velez Sarsfield a year later, but only capitulated to Boca Juniors in 2003 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

"The next three Finals still hurt to recall. We lost to Sao Paolo after a game played on level terms. In the other two we did not feel inferior to our opponents and the flight home was a bitter one, as we really wanted to win."

The Rossoneri have the opportunity to take their revenge on Boca Juniors as they are the two favourites to win the 2007 edition in December.

"We are very proud to be participating in the Club World Cup. It is the first time we have entered this new format and I think it will be more difficult than in previous years."

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