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FC Internazionale Milano

Published: Thursday 10 June 2010, 15.00CET
A historic rivalry was born when the Italian and Swiss members of Milan CFC – later AC Milan – broke away to form Internazionale FC in 1908.
FC Internazionale Milano
Inter were crowned European champions for the first time in 45 years in 2010 ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 10 June 2010, 15.00CET

FC Internazionale Milano

A historic rivalry was born when the Italian and Swiss members of Milan CFC – later AC Milan – broke away to form Internazionale FC in 1908.

Formed: 1908
Nicknames: Nerazzurri (Black and Blues), La Beneamata (The Beloved)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1964, 1965, (1967), (1972), 2010
• UEFA Cup: 1991, 1994, 1998; (1997)
• UEFA Super Cup: (2010)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 18 (2010)
• Italian Cup: 7 (2011)

• Inter were founded when members of Milan CFC – the forerunner for AC Milan – set up their own club. The name is a reference to their stated ambition of being open to players of all nationalities, and in 1909/10 Inter claimed their first Scudetto.

• Their name changed – briefly to AS Ambrosiana, then AS Ambrosiania-Inter – as did the club colours – to white from 1928 to 1946 – but the success continued with more or less a title a decade. An Inter side built around Giuseppe Meazza claimed their first Coppa Italia in 1938/39, and the club won back-to back titles in 1952/53 and 1953/54.

• The arrival of Angelo Moratti as president in 1955 ushered in the club's golden era: 'La Grande Inter'. Under Moratti, coach Helenio Herrera embraced Catenaccio and his disciplined unit won the Scudetto in 1963, 1965 and 1966 and the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1964 and 1965, also losing the 1967 final. Between 1961/62 and the title-winning 1970/71 season an Inter side including Giacinto Facchetti did not finish outside the top two in Serie A.

• Catenaccio was a dying art by Inter's next title in 1980, and they began looking to Germany for inspiration. Following in the footsteps of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthäus and Jürgen Klinsmann arrived and under Giovanni Trapattoni the Nerazzurri clinched its 13th Scudetto in 1989. They broke two records on the way: winning 58 out of 68 available points and 26 of 34 games, earning the moniker 'Inter dei Record'.

• In 1991 Inter beat AS Roma 2-1 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup final, etching their name in the trophy again in 1994 and 1998, but Serie A success eluded them until a match-fixing scandal handed them the 2005/06 crown, even though they finished third.

• That was to be the first of five straight titles, with the most recent coinciding with José Mourinho making them European champions for the first time in 45 years, overseeing a 2-0 final win against FC Bayern München in Madrid in his final game in charge. Although Mourinho left that summer, Inter's run of success continued with a 3-0 defeat of TP Mazembe Englebert in the FIFA Club World Cup final in December 2010. President Massimo Moratti appointed Gian Piero Gasperini to lead Inter's 2011/12 campaign as they seek to reclaim the Serie A title from AC Milan.

Club records
Most appearances: Giuseppe Bergomi (758)
Most goals: Giuseppe Meazza (288)
Record victory: Inter 16-0 Vicenza Calcio (First Division, 10 January 1915)
Record defeat: Juventus 9-1 Inter (Serie A, 10 June 1961)

* Last updated 1 June 2011

Last updated: 27/08/12 13.58CET

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