FC Internazionale Milano has had a tumultuous history, with many highs and lows along the way. Join us as we take a look at their journey so far.
Following the secession from AC Milan, the club was created in 1908. The dispute was over AC Milan’s decision to focus solely on Italian players, and exclude non-Italians.
The new club was named Internazionale in honor of its founders, suggesting that it was open to players of all nationalities.
It didn’t take long for the club to begin its ascent to greatness, as the first Scudetto was won only two years after its inception.
If you were to look at the football league betting, you wouldn’t have bet against them repeating that feat, but Inter’s place in Italian football was firmly cemented in history when they won six more titles in the next 50 years.
In 1938, they won their first Coppa Italia trophy, thanks to Giuseppe Meazza’s inspired performances. Meazza became Inter’s all-time leading goalscorer of all time with 288 goals, and the club’s stadium was eventually named in his honour.
But it wasn’t all a fairy tale. The Milan club had to conform to political orders once the National Fascist Party took power in 1922. These circumstances necessitated a merger with another club, Unione Sportiva Milanese, and the renaming of the club Società Sportiva Ambrosiana. When fascism in Italy came to an end in 1943, the club was able to revert to its previous name.
Fast forward to the present day. Internazionale were crowned champions for the first time in 11 years on May 2, 2021, following Atalanta’s draw with Sassuolo.
This ended Juventus’ nine-year winning streak. Conte (Inter’s manager) left the club by mutual consent on May 26, 2021, despite winning Serie A.
Conte’s departure was reportedly caused by differences between him and the board of directors regarding player transactions.
Many world-class players have worn the black and blue stripes. Here are some of the men who have represented Milan’s blue side.
Javier Zanetti – The ageless Zanetti is one of the finest players in world soccer history, always understated. Zanetti has 819 appearances for Inter in all competitions, making him the most capped player in club history.
He joined Inter from Argentinian side Banfield in 1995 (as the club’s first purchase under new owner Massimo Moratti). Four years later, he was named captain.
Inter won a total of 16 trophies during his captaincy: the 1998 UEFA Cup (in which he scored the winning goal), five consecutive scudetti from 2005/06 to 2009/10, four Coppa Italia titles, four Supercoppa Italiana titles, the 2010 Champions League title, and the 2010 Club World Cup.
He was neither flashy nor loud on the field but led by example as one of the most consistent players. He was also incredibly adaptable, beginning his Inter career as a right-back, but after the arrival of Maicon in 2006, quickly transitioning to a defensive midfield role.
Giuseppe Meazza – When a team’s home stadium is named after one of their players, you know the player made a significant impact on the squad during his time there.
Meazza was scheduled to play for AC Milan but was turned down because he was underweight. That was perhaps one of AC Milan’s most egregious errors in their history, and it will not be easily forgotten.
Meazza began his Inter career as a defender, but the coach swiftly pushed him to the front, and Meazza quickly established himself as one of Italy’s top strikers.
He scored 31 goals in his first season and 288 goals in his career, making him one of the most prolific scorers in the national team and Inter’s history.
Inter 6-5 AC Milan
This is one of the most famous derbies between the two teams, and it is still the highest-scoring Derby Della Madonnina match to this day.
The Nerazzurri found themselves vulnerable in the game as Milan racked up a 4-1 lead, any form of a comeback seemed implausible.
However, what the Nerazzurri accomplished was truly remarkable. Inter came back from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-5, thanks to a hat trick from Amedeo Amadei.
Inter 2-1 Napoli
With only five rounds remaining in the 1988/1989 Serie A season, only one team could challenge Inter for the title: Diego Maradona’s Napoli.
Careca put the hosts ahead with a thundering 30-yard strike. Still, their pleasure was short-lived after the break when Nicola Berti’s shot took a cruel deflection off Luca Fusi and nestled into the net, bringing the game level.
That year, Giovanni Trapattoni’s team was unbeatable. They couldn’t stop winning, which is why that season is known as Inter dei record (Inter of records).
This was to be their day, and Lothar Matthäus would score the game-winning free kick in the 83rd minute. In one of San Siro’s most memorable encounters. It was that goal that gave the home side their 13th league title.
Inter 4-0 AC Milan
The Nerazzurri have had numerous great teams over the years, but Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning group from the 2009/10 season is undoubtedly the best.
In every competition they entered, they were an unstoppable force, as the season’s first derby demonstrated.
Milan could not match their opponents’ pace and intelligence on the day, losing 4-0, with Thiago Motta, Diego Milito, Maicon, and Dejan Stankovic doing the damage.
Inter won the league with relative ease, the Coppa Italia, and finished the season with a 2-0 triumph over Bayern in the Champions League final. What a team!