2003–04 Inter Milan season

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2003–04 season
President Massimo Moratti
Giacinto Facchetti
Head coach Héctor Cúper
(until October 2003)
Alberto Zaccheroni
(from October 2003)
Stadium San Siro
Serie A 4th
Coppa Italia Semi-finals
UEFA Champions League Group stage (3rd)
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Christian Vieri (13)

Christian Vieri (17)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours


2003–04 season started with a lot of issues: despite the expensive and request signings, Inter got bad results in domestic league (two wins, three draws and a loss in derby) and Héctor Cúper was sacked. In order to replace him, Alberto Zaccheroni was appointed coach: eventually, Inter came to a bare goal of fourth place. His campaign in Champions League, however, resulted in a failure: it didn't manage to pass his group, after an historical win over Arsenal (0-3 in Highbury).

In January 2004, Massimo Moratti decided to leave his position of chairman: former footballer Giacinto Facchetti substituted him, retaining the charge until his death (occurred on 4 September 2006).

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Francesco Toldo
2 Colombia DF Iván Córdoba
3 Sierra Leone FW Mohamed Kallon
4 Argentina DF Javier Zanetti (captain)
5 Turkey MF Emre Belözoglu
6 Italy MF Cristiano Zanetti
7 Netherlands MF Andy van der Meyde
8 France MF Sabri Lamouchi
9 Argentina FW Julio Cruz
10 Brazil FW Adriano
11 Serbia and Montenegro MF Dejan Stanković
12 Italy GK Alberto Fontana
13 Denmark DF Thomas Helveg
14 Spain MF Javier Farinós
15 Italy DF Daniele Adani
No. Position Player
17 Italy DF Fabio Cannavaro
18 Argentina MF Kily González
20 Uruguay FW Álvaro Recoba
21 Greece MF Giorgos Karagounis
22 Turkey MF Okan Buruk
23 Italy DF Marco Materazzi
24 Paraguay DF Carlos Gamarra
25 Argentina MF Matías Almeyda
26 Italy DF Giovanni Pasquale
30 Nigeria FW Obafemi Martins
31 France DF Jérémie Bréchet
32 Italy FW Christian Vieri
71 Italy GK Alex Cordaz
77 Italy DF Francesco Coco

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
9 Argentina MF Hernán Crespo (to Chelsea)
11 Brazil MF Luciano (on loan from Chievo)
16 Uruguay DF Gonzalo Sorondo (on loan to Standard Liège)
18 France MF Stéphane Dalmat (on loan to Tottenham Hotspur)
21 Italy MF Nicola Beati (on loan to Triestina)
No. Position Player
27 France GK Mathieu Moreau (on loan to Spezia)
27 Italy DF Alessandro Potenza (on loan to Parma)
28 Italy MF Mario Rebecchi (on loan to Genoa)
33 Nigeria FW Isah Eliakwu (on loan to Parma)
78 Italy FW Nicola Ventola (on loan to Siena)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
34 Italy DF Devis Nossa
51 Italy GK Giacomo Bindi
84 Italy GK Simone Villanova (on loan from Cittadella)
No. Position Player
Senegal MF Khalilou Fadiga
Australia GK Nathan Coe




Loans in[edit]

Loans out[edit]


Serie A[edit]

Top Scorers[edit]


RSSSF - Italy 2003/04


  1. ^ Inter did not disclose the exact amount until they submitted an attached "Player identification table" into the 2008–09 statutory financial filing in CCIAA, which showed Adriano's value as €32.2 million and Dejan Stanković's as €6.165 million. According to old accounting standards, the €32.2 million consisted of €8.8 million the value of retained half, plus the bought back value actually paid to Parma, and other cost that could be capitalized (if any). Adriano plus Stanković matched the amount in Relazione sulla Gestione (Sports Report) of 2003–04 filing: €38,517,898, and the amount reported by La Repubblica for Adriano only (about €23 million).[4]


  1. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/italy/2003-2004/seriea/inter.htm
  2. ^ "Meyde for success". UEFA.com. 29 August 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "JULIO CRUZ JOINS INTER". inter.it. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "E alla fine è ufficiale Adriano torna all'Inter.". La Repubblica (in Italian). January 21, 2004. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Adriano returns to Inter". inter.it. January 21, 2004. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 22, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Kily Gonzalez: "Sono felice e orgoglioso: Grazie alla gente dell'Inter"" [Kily Gonzalez: "I am happy and proud: Thanks to the people at Inter"] (in Italian). Inter's official website. 26 August 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  7. ^ FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2004, PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A. (Italian)
  8. ^ "Chelsea sign Crespo". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 26 August 2003. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "LUCIANO SIGNS FOR INTER". inter.it. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  10. ^ "LUCIANO RETURNS TO CHIEVO". inter.it. 12 January 2004. Retrieved 2010-03-11.