|Derby of Italy|
|City or region||Italy|
|Teams involved||F.C. Internazionale
|First contested||14 November 1909|
|Most wins||Juventus (95)|
The Derby d'Italia (Italian for "Derby of Italy") is biannual football fixture in Italian football between Internazionale of Milan and Juventus of Turin. The term was coined back in 1967 by the famous Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera.
The matchup between Juventus and Inter is perhaps the most intense match in Italy between two teams from different cities. The two teams are also ranked first and second in wins and goals in Serie A history.
From a non-sporting perspective, it is also a regional rivalry, the teams being from the two biggest cities in Northwest Italy and two of the most industralised in the country. Incidents from this fixture have occasionally made its way into political debates as Turin and Milan and their respective regions have mostly been ruled by opposing parties.
After a pitch invasion during a derby fixture in the 1960-61 season, Lega Calcio awarded the match to Inter but later overturned the decision and ordered a replay, much to the fury of Inter president Angelo Moratti and club supporters. Moratti accused the FIGC of favouritism due to the Agnelli family's influence. In protest, Inter fielded their youth players for the replay and were unsurprisingly thrashed 9-1. Juve striker Omar Sívori infamously scored six goals in the match and went on to win the Ballon d'Or that year.
During the 1997-98 fixture at the Stadio delle Alpi, there was controversy over referee Piero Ceccarini's decision not to award a penalty for Mark Iuliano's foul on Inter forward Ronaldo. Juventus, up 1-0 at the time of the incident, were later awarded a penalty which was missed by Alessandro Del Piero; Juventus won the game 1-0 and they went on to win the Scudetto that season. The incident caused heated arguments in the Italian parliament during a publicly broadcast "question time" session in April 1998. Domenico Gramazio of the National Alliance reportedly shouted "They are all thieves!" at fellow politician and former Juventus player Massimo Mauro of the ruling Democratic Party, prompting Chamber of Deputies member Walter Veltroni to comment, "We are not at a stadium. This is a spectacle that is unworthy, embarrassing and grotesque...". The session had to be suspended and several politicians were later penalised as a result.
During the days leading up to the derby on 5 December 2009 in Turin, there were fears about the Juventus ultras abusing Inter's Italian striker Mario Balotelli (who was of Ghanaian descent) due to a history of racial abuse from fans who disliked the teenager because of his African background. Juventus chairman Jean-Claude Blanc and Mirella Scirea, widow of Juventus legend Gaetano Scirea, wrote to the ultra groups and publicly urged fans to refrain from using racist chants. When Inter's players arrived in Turin, the team bus was pelted with eggs by some Juventus fans. The match itself was marred by seven bookings, a red card and a number of heated on-pitch altercations, in particular between Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Inter midfielder Thiago Motta. Inter manager José Mourinho was dismissed in the first half for arguing with the referee. A second-half winner from Claudio Marchisio re-opened the Scudetto race as Inter's lead was cut to 5 points.
Most goals in a match
* More than 7 goals in single match
- 10 goals on 10 June 1961 Juventus 9-1 Inter
- 9 goals on 14 December 1913 Juventus 7-2 Inter
- 8 goals on 17 January 1932 Juventus 6-2 Ambrosiana Inter
- 8 goals on 19 June 1975 Inter 2–6 Juventus in Coppa Italia
- 7 goals on 26 November 1911 Inter 6-1 Juventus
F.C. Internazionale Milano biggest wins
* Four or more goals difference, OR Inter scored five or above
- Inter 6-1 Juventus on 26 November 1911
- Inter 6-1 Juventus on 4 January 1913
- Ambrosiana Inter 6-0 Juventus on 17 November 1935
- Ambrosiana Inter 4-0 Juventus on 17 September 1939
- Inter 4-0 Juventus on 11 November 1979
- Inter 6-0 Juventus on 11 November 1984
Juventus F.C. biggest wins
* Four or more goals difference, OR Juventus scored five or above
- Juventus 4-2 Inter on September 7 1910
- Juventus 7-2 Inter on 14 December 1913
- Juventus 6-2 Ambrosiana Inter on 17 January 1932
- Juventus 4-0 Ambrosiana Inter on 17 May 1942
- Juventus 9-1 Inter on 10 June 1961
- Inter 2–6 Juventus on 19 June 1975 in Coppa Italia
- Statistics as of 3 October 2010.
G: Total number of games | W: Total number of wins | D: Total number of draws | L: Total number of losses | F: Goals scored | A: Goals against | +/-: Goal difference
|Campionato di Guerra|
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