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Internazionale
Inter Milan.svg
Full name Football Club Internazionale Milano S.p.A.[1]
Nickname(s)
  • I Nerazzurri (The Black and Blues)
  • La Beneamata (The Cherished One)
  • Il Biscione (The Big Grass Snake)
Founded 9 March 1908; 110 years ago (1908-03-09)
Ground Giuseppe Meazza
Capacity 80,018
Owner
Chairman Erick Thohir[nb 1][8]
Head coach Luciano Spalletti
League Serie A
2017–18 Serie A, 4th
Website Club website
Current season

Football Club Internazionale Milano S.p.A., commonly referred to as Internazionale (pronounced [ˌinternattsjoˈnaːle]) or simply Inter and colloquially known as Inter Milan outside Italy,[9][10] is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Italy. Inter is the only Italian club to have never been relegated from the top flight.

Inter has won 30 domestic trophies on par with its local rivals A.C. Milan, including 18 league titles, 7 Coppa Italia and 5 Supercoppa Italiana. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record at that time.[11] They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010. Their latest win completed an unprecedented Italian seasonal treble, with Inter winning the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto the same year.[12] The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

Inter's home games are played at the San Siro stadium, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Shared with rival A.C. Milan, the stadium is the largest in Italian football with a capacity of 80,018.[13] The local team A.C. Milan are considered among their biggest rivals, and matches between the two teams, known as the Derby della Madonnina, are one of the most followed derbies in football.[14] As of 2010, Inter is the second-most supported team in Italy,[15] and the sixth most-supported team in Europe.[nb 2] The club is one of the most valuable in Italian and world football.[18] It was a founding member of the now-defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs.

History

Foundation and early years

Inter in 1910

"Questa notte splendida darà i colori al nostro stemma: il nero e l'azzurro sullo sfondo d'oro delle stelle. Si chiamerà Internazionale, perchè noi siamo fratelli del mondo."

— 9 March 1908, Milan[19]

"This wonderful night bestows us with the colours of our crest: black and azure against a gilded backdrop of stars. It shall be called International, because we are brothers of the world."

— 9 March 1908, Milan

The club was founded on 9 March 1908 as Football Club Internazionale, following the schism with the Milan Cricket and Football Club (now A.C. Milan). The name of the club derives from the wish of its founding members to accept foreign players as well as Italians.

The club won its very first championship in 1910 and its second in 1920. The captain and coach of the first championship winning team was Virgilio Fossati, who was later killed in battle while serving in the Italian army during World War I.

In 1922, Inter remained in the top league after winning two play-offs. Six years later, during the Fascist era, the club was forced to merge with the Unione Sportiva Milanese and was renamed Società Sportiva Ambrosiana.[20] The team wore white jerseys during this time with a red cross emblazoned on it. The jersey's design was inspired by the flag and coat of arms of the city of Milan. In 1929, club chairman Oreste Simonotti changed the club's name to Associazione Sportiva Ambrosiana, however supporters continued to call the team Inter, and in 1931 new chairman Pozzani caved in to shareholder pressure and changed the name to Associazione Sportiva Ambrosiana-Inter.

Giuseppe Meazza still holds the record for the most goals scored in a debut season in Serie A, with 31 goals in his first season (1929–30)

Their first Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) was won in 1938–39, led by the iconic Giuseppe Meazza, after whom the San Siro stadium is officially named. A fifth championship followed in 1940, despite Meazza incurring an injury. After the end of World War II the club regained its original name, winning its sixth championship in 1953 and its seventh in 1954.

Grande Inter

Sandro Mazzola played for the highly successful Inter team remembered by the name of "La Grande Inter", during the 60s

In 1960, manager Helenio Herrera joined Inter from Barcelona, bringing with him his midfield general Luis Suárez, who won the European Footballer of the Year in the same year for his role in Barcelona's La Liga/Fairs Cup double. He would transform Inter into one of the greatest teams in Europe. He modified a 5–3–2 tactic known as the "Verrou" ("door bolt") which created greater flexibility for counterattacks. The catenaccio system was invented by an Austrian coach, Karl Rappan. Rappan's original system was implemented with four fixed defenders, playing a strict man-to-man marking system, plus a playmaker in the middle of the field who plays the ball together with two midfield wings. Herrera would modify it by adding a fifth defender, the sweeper or libero behind the two centre backs. The sweeper or libero who acted as the free man would deal with any attackers who went through the two centre backs. Inter finished third in the Serie A in his first season, second the next year and first in his third season. Then followed a back-to-back European Cup victory in 1964 and 1965, earning him the title "il Mago" ("the Wizard"). The core of Herrera's team were the attacking fullbacks Tarcisio Burgnich and Giacinto Facchetti, Armando Picchi the sweeper, Suárez the playmaker, Jair the winger, Mario Corso the left midfielder, and Sandro Mazzola, who played on the inside-right.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

In 1964, Inter reached the European Cup Final by beating Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final and Partizan in the quarter-final. In the final, they met Real Madrid, a team that had reached seven out of the nine finals to date. Mazzola scored two goals in a 3–1 victory, and then the team won the Intercontinental Cup against Independiente. A year later, Inter repeated the feat by beating two-time winner Benfica in the final held at home, from a Jair goal, and then again beat Independiente in the Intercontinental Cup.

In 1967, with Jair gone and Suárez injured, Inter lost the European Cup Final 2–1 to Celtic. During that year the club changed its name to Football Club Internazionale Milano.

After Helenio Herrera era

Following the golden era of the 1960s, Inter managed to win their eleventh league title in 1971 and their twelfth in 1980. Inter were defeated for the second time in five years in the final of the European Cup, going down 0–2 to Johan Cruyff's Ajax in 1972. During the 1970s and the 1980s, Inter also added two to its Coppa Italia tally, in 1977–78 and 1981–82.

Led by the German duo of Andreas Brehme and Lothar Matthäus, and Argentine Ramón Díaz, Inter captured the 1989 Serie A championship. Inter were unable to defend their title despite adding fellow German Jürgen Klinsmann to the squad and winning their first Supercoppa Italiana at the start of the season.

Mixed fortunes

Inter celebrating their 1993–94 UEFA Cup win against Austria Salzburg

The 1990s was a period of disappointment. While their great rivals Milan and Juventus were achieving success both domestically and in Europe, Inter were left behind, with repeated mediocre results in the domestic league standings, their worst coming in 1993–94 when they finished just one point out of the relegation zone. Nevertheless, they achieved some European success with three UEFA Cup victories in 1991, 1994 and 1998.

With Massimo Moratti's takeover from Ernesto Pellegrini in 1995, Inter twice broke the world record transfer fee in this period (£19.5 million for Ronaldo from Barcelona in 1997 and £31 million for Christian Vieri from Lazio two years later).[27] However, the 1990s remained the only decade in Inter's history in which they did not win a single Serie A championship. For Inter fans, it was difficult to find who in particular was to blame for the troubled times and this led to some icy relations between them and the chairman, the managers and even some individual players.

Jerseys of Ronaldo (number 10), Zamorano (one plus eight) and Figo (seven) in the San Siro museum

Moratti later became a target of the fans, especially when he sacked the much-loved coach Luigi Simoni after only a few games into the 1998–99 season, having just received the Italian manager of the year award for 1998 the day before being dismissed. That season, Inter failed to qualify for any European competition for the first time in almost ten years, finishing in eighth place.

The following season, Moratti appointed former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi, and signed players such as Angelo Peruzzi and Laurent Blanc together with other former Juventus players Vieri and Vladimir Jugović. The team came close to their first domestic success since 1989 when they reached the Coppa Italia final only to be defeated by Lazio.

Inter's misfortunes continued the following season, losing the 2000 Supercoppa Italiana match against Lazio 4–3 after initially taking the lead through new signing Robbie Keane. They were also eliminated in the preliminary round of the Champions League by Swedish club Helsingborgs IF, with Álvaro Recoba missing a crucial late penalty. Lippi was sacked after only a single game of the new season following Inter's first ever Serie A defeat to Reggina. Marco Tardelli, chosen to replace Lippi, failed to improve results, and is remembered by Inter fans as the manager that lost 6–0 in the city derby against Milan. Other members of the Inter "family" during this period that suffered were the likes of Vieri and Fabio Cannavaro, both of whom had their restaurants in Milan vandalised after defeats to the Rossoneri.

In 2002, not only did Inter manage to make it to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, but were also only 45 minutes away from capturing the Scudetto when they needed to maintain their one-goal advantage away to Lazio. Inter were 2–1 up after only 24 minutes. Lazio equalised during first half injury time and then scored two more goals in the second half to clinch victory that eventually saw Juventus win the championship. The next season, Inter finished as league runners-up and also managed to make it to the 2002–03 Champions League semi-finals against Milan, losing on the away goals rule.

Comeback and unprecedented treble

Inter won the 2004-05 Coppa Italia, beating A.S. Roma

On 8 July 2004, Inter appointed former Lazio coach Roberto Mancini as its new head coach. In his first season, the team collected 72 points from 18 wins, 18 draws and only two losses, as well as winning the Coppa Italia and later the Supercoppa Italiana. On 11 May 2006, Inter retained their Coppa Italia title once again after defeating Roma with a 4–1 aggregate victory (a 1–1 scoreline in Rome and a 3–1 win at the San Siro).

Inter were awarded the 2005–06 Serie A championship retrospectively after points were stripped from Juventus and Milan due to the match fixing scandal that year. During the following season, Inter went on a record-breaking run of 17 consecutive victories in Serie A, starting on 25 September 2006 with a 4–1 home victory over Livorno, and ending on 28 February 2007, after a 1–1 draw at home to Udinese. On 22 April 2007, Inter won their second consecutive Scudetto—and first on the field since 1989—when they defeated Siena 2–1 at Stadio Artemio Franchi. Italian World Cup-winning defender Marco Materazzi scored both goals.[28]

Inter started the 2007–08 season with the goal of winning both Serie A and Champions League. The team started well in the league, topping the table from the first round of matches, and also managed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage. However, a late collapse, leading to a 2–0 defeat with ten men away to Liverpool on 19 February in the Champions League, threw into question manager Roberto Mancini's future at Inter while domestic form took a sharp turn of fortune with the team failing to win in the three following Serie A games. After being eliminated by Liverpool in the Champions League, Mancini announced his intention to leave his job immediately only to change his mind the following day. On the final day of the 2007–08 Serie A season, Inter played Parma away, and two goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović sealed their third consecutive championship. Mancini, however, was sacked soon after due to his previous announcement to leave the club.[29]

Inter supporters during the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League final at Santiago Bernabéu

On 2 June 2008, Inter appointed former Porto and Chelsea boss José Mourinho as new head coach.[30] In his first season, the Nerazzurri won a Suppercoppa Italiana and a fourth consecutive title, though falling in the Champions League in the first knockout round for a third-straight year, losing to eventual finalist Manchester United. In winning the league title Inter became the first club in the last 60 years to win the title for the fourth consecutive time and joined Torino and Juventus as the only clubs to accomplish this feat, as well as being the first club based outside Turin.

Inter enjoyed more success in the 2009–10 Champions League, defeating reigning champions Barcelona in the semi-final, and then beating Bayern Munich 2–0 in the final with two goals from Diego Milito.[31] Inter also won the 2009–10 Serie A title by two points over Roma, and the 2010 Coppa Italia by defeating the same side 1–0 in the final.[32] This made Inter the first Italian team to win Treble. At the end of the season, Mourinho left the club to manage Real Madrid;[33] he was replaced by Rafael Benítez.

On 21 August 2010, Inter defeated Roma 3–1 and won the 2010 Supercoppa Italiana, their fourth trophy of the year. In December 2010, they claimed the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time after a 3–0 win against TP Mazembe in the final.[34] However, after this win, on 23 December 2010, due to their declining performance in Serie A, the team fired Benítez.[35] He was replaced by Leonardo the following day.[36]

Leonardo started with 30 points from 12 games, with an average of 2.5 points per game, better than his predecessors Benítez and Mourinho. On 6 March 2011, Leonardo set a new Italian Serie A record by collecting 33 points in 13 games; the previous record was 32 points in 13 games made by Fabio Capello in the 2004–05 season. Leonardo led the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League before losing to Schalke 04, and lead them to Coppa Italia title. At the end of the season, however, he resigned and was followed by not-so-successful new managers Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri and Andrea Stramaccioni.

Decline and changes in ownership

On 1 August 2012, the club announced that Moratti was to sell a minority interest of the club to a Chinese consortium led by Kenneth Huang.[37] On the same day, Inter announced an agreement was formed with China Railway Construction Corporation Limited for a new stadium project, however, the deal with the Chinese eventually collapsed.[38] The 2012–13 season was the worst in recent club history with Inter finishing ninth in Serie A and failing to qualify for any European competitions. Walter Mazzarri was appointed to replace Stramaccioni on 24 May 2013.

Inter lining up before a Europa League match against FC Dnipro on 18 September 2014

On 15 October 2013, an Indonesian consortium (International Sports Capital HK Ltd.) led by Erick Thohir, Handy Soetedjo and Rosan Roeslani, signed an agreement to acquire 70% of Inter shares from Internazionale Holding S.r.l.[39][40][41] Immediately after the deal, Moratti's Internazionale Holding S.r.l. still retained 29.5% of the shares of F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A.[42] After the deal, the shares of Inter was owned by a chain of holding companies, namely International Sports Capital S.p.A. of Italy (for 70% stake), International Sports Capital HK Limited and Asian Sports Ventures HK Limited of Hong Kong. Asian Sports Ventures HK Limited, itself another intermediate holding company, was owned by Nusantara Sports Ventures HK Limited (60% stake, a company owned by Thohir), Alke Sports Investment HK Limited (20% stake) and Aksis Sports Capital HK Limited (20% stake).

Thohir, whom also co-owned Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United and Indonesia Super League (ISL) club Persib Bandung, announced on 2 December 2013 that Inter and D.C. United had formed strategic partnership.[43]

During the Thohir era the club began to modify its financial structure from one reliant on continual owner investment to a more self sustain business model although the club still breached UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations in 2015. The club was fined and received squad reduction in UEFA competitions, with additional penalties suspended in the probation period. During this time, Roberto Mancini returned as coach on 14 November 2014.

On 6 June 2016, Suning Holdings Group (via a Luxembourg-based subsidiary Great Horizon S.á r.l.) a company owned by Zhang Jindong, co-founder and chairman of Suning Commerce Group, acquired a majority stake of Inter Milan from Thohir's consortium International Sports Capital S.p.A. and from Moratti family's remaining shares in Internazionale Holding S.r.l.[44] According to various filings, the total investment from Suning was around €270 million.[45] The deal was approved by an extraordinary general meeting on 28 June 2016, from which Suning Holdings Group had acquired a 68.55% stake in the club.[46]

The first season of new ownership, however, started with poor performance in pre-season friendlies. On 8 August 2016, Inter parted company with head coach Roberto Mancini by mutual consent over disagreements regarding the club's direction.[47] He was replaced by Frank de Boer who was sacked on 1 November 2016 after leading Inter to a 4W–2D–5L record in 11 Serie A games as head coach.[48] The successor, Stefano Pioli, didn't save the team from getting the worst group result in UEFA competitions in the club's history.[49] Despite an eight-game winning streak, he and the club parted away when it became clear they would finish outside the league's top three for the sixth consecutive season. Primavera coach Stefano Vecchi took over for the last three rounds of the season.[50] On 9 June 2017, former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti was appointed as Inter manager, signing a two-year contract[51] and eleven months later Inter clinched a UEFA Champions League group stage spot after going six years without Champions League participation thanks to a 3–2 victory against Lazio in the season finale of 2017–18 Serie A.

Colours and badge

S.S. Ambrosiana kit

One of the founders of Inter, a painter named Giorgio Muggiani, was responsible for the design of the first Inter logo in 1908. The first design incorporated the letters "FCIM" in the centre of a series of circles that formed the badge of the club. The basic elements of the design have remained constant even as finer details have been modified over the years. Starting at the 1999–2000 season, the original club crest was reduced in size, to give place for the addition of the club's name and foundation year at the upper and lower part of the logo respectively.

In 2007, the logo was returned to the pre-1999–2000 era. It was given a more modern look with a smaller Scudetto star and lighter color scheme. This version was used until July 2014, when the club decided to undertake a rebranding.[52] The most significant difference between the current and the previous logo is the omission of the star from other media except match kits.[53]

Since its founding in 1908, Inter have worn black and blue stripes. It is rumoured that black was chosen to represent night and blue was chosen to represent the sky.[54] Aside from a short period during World War II, Inter continued to wear the black and blue stripes, earning them the nickname Nerazzurri.[55] For a period of time, however, Inter were forced to abandon their black and blue uniforms. In 1928, Inter's name and philosophy made the ruling Fascist Party uneasy. As a result, during the same year the 20-year-old club was merged with Unione Sportiva Milanese. The new club was named Società Sportiva Ambrosiana after the patron saint of Milan.[56] The flag of Milan (the red cross on white background) replaced the traditional black and blue.[57] After World War II, when the Fascists had fallen from power, the club reverted to their original name and colours. In 2008, Inter celebrated their centenary with a red cross on their away shirt. The cross is reminiscent of the flag of their city, and they continue to use the pattern on their third kit. In 2014, the club adopted a predominantly black home kit with thin blue pinstripes before returning to a more traditional design the following season.[58]

Animals are often used to represent football clubs in Italy – the grass snake, called Biscione or Serpente, represents Inter. The snake is an important symbol for the city of Milan, appearing often in Milanese heraldry as a coiled viper with a man in its jaws. The symbol is famous for its presence on the coat of arms of the House of Sforza (which ruled over Italy from Milan during the Renaissance period), the city of Milan, the historical Duchy of Milan (a 400-year state of the Holy Roman Empire) and Insubria (a historical region the city of Milan falls within). For the 2010–11 season, Inter's away kit featured the serpent.

Stadium

San Siro during an Inter match

The team's stadium is the 80,018 seat San Siro, officially known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza after the former player who represented both Milan and Inter. The more commonly used name, San Siro, is the name of the district where it is located. San Siro has been the home of Milan since 1926, when it was privately built by funding from Milan's chairman at the time, Piero Pirelli. Construction was performed by 120 workers, and took 13 and a half months to complete. The stadium was owned by the club until it was sold to the city council in 1935, and since 1947 it has been shared with Inter, when they were accepted as joint tenant.

The first game played at the stadium was on 19 September 1926, when Inter beat Milan 6–3 in a friendly match. Milan played its first league game in San Siro on 19 September 1926, losing 1–2 to Sampierdarenese. From an initial capacity of 35,000 spectators, the stadium has undergone several major renovations, most recently in preparation for the 1990 FIFA World Cup when its capacity was set to 85,700, all covered with a polycarbonate roof. In the summer of 2008, its capacity was reduced to 80,018 to meet the new standards set by UEFA.

Based on the English model for stadiums, San Siro is specifically designed for football matches, as opposed to many multi-purpose stadiums used in Serie A. It is therefore renowned in Italy for its fantastic atmosphere during matches owing to the closeness of the stands to the pitch. The frequent use of flares by supporters contributes to the atmosphere, but the practice has occasionally also caused problems.

Supporters and rivalries

Brothers Giuseppe (left) and Franco (right) Baresi face each other in the 1979–80 Milan derby

Inter is one of the most supported clubs in Italy, according to an August 2007 research by Italian newspaper La Repubblica.[59] Historically, the largest section of Inter fans from the city of Milan were the middle-class bourgeoisie Milanese, while Milan fans were typically working-class.[55]

The traditional ultras group of Inter is Boys San; they hold a significant place in the history of the ultras scene in general due to the fact that they are one of the oldest, being founded in 1969. Politically, the ultras of Inter are usually considered right-wing and they have good relationships with the Lazio ultras. As well as the main group of Boys San, there are four more significant groups: Viking, Irriducibili, Ultras, and Brianza Alcoolica.

Inter's most vocal fans are known to gather in the Curva Nord, or north curve of the San Siro. This longstanding tradition has led to the Curva Nord being synonymous with the club's most die-hard supporters, who unfurl banners and wave flags in support of their team.

Scene of a Derby della Madonnina in 1915

Inter have several rivalries, two of which are highly significant in Italian football; firstly, they participate in the intra city Derby della Madonnina with Milan; the rivalry has existed ever since Inter splintered off from Milan in 1908.[55] The name of the derby refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose statue atop the Milan Cathedral is one of the city's main attractions. The match usually creates a lively atmosphere, with numerous (often humorous or offensive) banners unfolded before the match. Flares are commonly present, but they also led to the abandonment of the second leg of the 2004–05 Champions League quarter-final matchup between Milan and Inter on 12 April after a flare thrown from the crowd by an Inter supporter struck Milan keeper Dida on the shoulder.[60]

The other most significant rivalry is with Juventus; the two participate in the Derby d'Italia. Up until the 2006 Italian football scandal, which saw Juventus relegated, the two were the only Italian clubs to have never played below Serie A. In recent years, post-Calciopoli, Inter have developed a rivalry with Roma, having finished runners-up to Inter in all but one of Inter's five Scudetto-winning seasons between 2005 and 2010. The two sides have also contested in five Coppa Italia finals and four Supercoppa Italiana finals since 2006. Other clubs, like Atalanta and Napoli, are also considered amongst their rivals.[61] Their supporters collectively go by Interisti, or Nerazzurri.[62]

Honours

The Inter team which won the Intercontinental Cup in 1965

Inter have won 30 domestic trophies, including the league 18 times, the Coppa Italia seven and the Supercoppa Italiana five. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record before 2017, when Juventus won the sixth successive league title.[11] They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010; the last completed an unprecedented Italian treble with the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto.[12] The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

Inter honours
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Serie A 18 1909–10, 1919–20, 1929–30, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71, 1979–80, 1988–89, 2005–06,[nb 3] 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Coppa Italia 7 1938–39, 1977–78, 1981–82, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
Supercoppa Italiana 5 1989, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
Continent European Cup / UEFA Champions League 3 1963–64, 1964–65, 2009–10
UEFA Cup 3 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98
Worldwide Intercontinental Cup 2 1964, 1965
FIFA Club World Cup 1 2010

Club statistics and records

Javier Zanetti made a record 858 appearances for Internazionale, including 618 in Serie A

Javier Zanetti holds the records for both total appearances and Serie A appearances for Inter, with 858 official games played in total and 618 in Serie A.

Giuseppe Meazza is Inter's all-time top goalscorer, with 284 goals in 408 games.[63] Behind him, in second place, is Alessandro Altobelli with 209 goals in 466 games, and Roberto Boninsegna in third place, with 171 goals over 281 games.

Helenio Herrera had the longest reign as Inter coach, with nine years (eight consecutive) in charge, and is the most successful coach in Inter history with three Scudetti, two European Cups, and two Intercontinental Cup wins. José Mourinho, who was appointed on 2 June 2008, and completed his first season in Italy by winning the Serie A league title and the Supercoppa Italiana, in the second season he won the first "treble" in Italian history, the Serie A league title, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League in the season 2009–2010.

Players

First team squad

As of 31 August 2018[64]

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Samir Handanović
2 Croatia DF Šime Vrsaljko (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
5 Italy MF Roberto Gagliardini
6 Netherlands DF Stefan de Vrij
8 Uruguay MF Matías Vecino
9 Argentina FW Mauro Icardi (captain)
10 Argentina FW Lautaro Martínez
11 Senegal FW Keita Baldé (on loan from Monaco)
13 Italy DF Andrea Ranocchia (vice-captain)
14 Belgium MF Radja Nainggolan
15 Portugal MF João Mário
16 Italy FW Matteo Politano (on loan from Sassuolo)
No. Position Player
18 Ghana DF Kwadwo Asamoah
20 Spain MF Borja Valero
23 Brazil DF Miranda
27 Italy GK Daniele Padelli
29 Brazil DF Dalbert
33 Italy DF Danilo D'Ambrosio
37 Slovakia DF Milan Škriniar
44 Croatia MF Ivan Perišić
46 Italy GK Tommaso Berni
77 Croatia MF Marcelo Brozović
87 Italy MF Antonio Candreva
93 Italy GK Raffaele Di Gennaro [65]

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Italy GK Michele Di Gregorio (at Novara until 30 June 2019)
Italy GK Marco Pissardo (at Monopoli until 30 June 2019)
Romania GK Andrei Radu (at Genoa until 30 June 2019, with obligation to buy)
Argentina DF Cristian Ansaldi (at Torino until 30 June 2019, with obligation to buy)
Italy DF Andrea Bandini (at Rimini until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Alessandro Bastoni (at Parma until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Andrea Cagnano (at Pistoiese until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Federico Dimarco (at Parma until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Manuel Lombardoni (at Pro Patria until 30 June 2019)
Italy DF Alessandro Mattioli (at Cuneo until 30 June 2019)
Colombia DF Jeison Murillo (at Spain Valencia until 30 June 2019, with obligation to buy)
Italy DF Marco Sala (at Arezzo until 30 June 2020)
Belgium DF Zinho Vanheusden (at Belgium Standard Liège until 30 June 2019)
France MF Axel Mohamed Bakayoko (at Switzerland St. Gallen until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Tommaso Brignoli (at Monza until 30 June 2019)
Belgium MF Xian Emmers (at Cremonese until 30 June 2019)
Italy MF Andrea Palazzi (at Pescara until 30 June 2019)
Honduras MF Rigoberto Rivas (at Ternana until 30 June 2019)
Italy MF Andrea Romanò (at Cuneo until 30 June 2019)
Italy MF Matteo Rover (at Vicenza Virtus until 30 June 2019)
Italy MF Lorenzo Tassi (at Arezzo until 30 June 2020)
Brazil FW Gabriel (at Brazil Santos until 31 December 2018)
France FW Yann Karamoh (at France Bordeaux until 30 June 2019)
Italy FW Samuele Longo (at Spain SD Huesca until 30 June 2019, with obligation to buy)
Albania FW Rey Manaj (at Spain Albacete until 30 June 2019, with obligation to buy)
Italy FW Andrea Pinamonti (at Frosinone until 30 June 2019)
Guinea FW Moussa Souare (at Malta Mosta until 30 June 2019)
Italy FW Vincenzo Tommasone (at Rieti until 30 June 2019)

Youth teams

Notable players

Retired numbers

3 – Italy Giacinto Facchetti, left back, 1960–1978 (posthumous honour). The number was retired on 8 September 2006. The last player to wear the shirt was Argentinian center back Nicolás Burdisso, who took on the number 16 shirt for the rest of the season.[66]
4 – Argentina Javier Zanetti, defensive midfielder, played 858 games for Inter between 1995 and his retirement in the summer of 2014. Club chairman Erick Thohir confirmed that Zanetti's number 4 was to be retired out of respect.[67][68]

Technical staff

Luciano Spalletti, the current manager of the club
As of 3 November 2017[69]
Position Name
Head coach Luciano Spalletti
Vice coach Marco Domenichini
Technical assistant Daniele Baldini
Technical assistant Alessandro Pane
Technical assistant Giovanni Martusciello
Fitness coach Marcello Iaia
Fitness coach Franco Ferrini
Fitness coach Alberto Andolini
Fitness coach Giuseppe Bellistri
Goalkeeper coach Adriano Bonaiuti
Football analysis manager Michele Salzarulo
Head of medical staff Piero Volpi
Squad doctor Alessandro Corsini
Squad doctor Alessandro Quaglia
Head of physiotherapists Gian Nicola Bisciotti
Physiotherapists coordinator Massimo Dellacasa
Physiotherapist Andrea Galli
Physiotherapist Ramòn Cavallin
Physiotherapist Matteo Viganò
Functional rehab Andrea Belli

Chairmen and managers

Chairmen history

Below is a list of Inter chairmen from 1908 until the present day.[70]

 
Name Years
Giovanni Paramithiotti 1908–1909
Ettore Strauss 1909–1910
Carlo de Medici 1910–1912
Emilio Hirzel 1912–1913
Luigi Ansbacher 1913–1914
Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone 1914–1919
Giorgio Hulss 1919–1920
 
Name Years
Francesco Mauro 1920–1923
Enrico Olivetti 1923–1926
Senatore Borletti 1926–1929
Ernesto Torrusio 1929–1930
Oreste Simonotti 1930–1932
Ferdinando Pozzani 1932–1942
Carlo Masseroni 1942–1955
 
Name Years
Angelo Moratti 1955–1968
Ivanoe Fraizzoli 1968–1984
Ernesto Pellegrini 1984–1995
Massimo Moratti 1995–2004
Giacinto Facchetti 2004–2006
Massimo Moratti 2006–2013
Erick Thohir 2013–

Managerial history

José Mourinho, winner of the first treble in Italian history in the 2009–2010 season

Below is a list of Inter coaches from 1909 until the present day.[71]

 
Name Nationality Years
Virgilio Fossati Italy 1909–1915
Nino Resegotti
Francesco Mauro
Italy 1919–1920
Bob Spottiswood England 1922–1924
Paolo Schiedler Italy 1924–1926
Árpád Weisz Hungary 1926–1928
József Viola Hungary 1928–1929
Árpád Weisz Hungary 1929–1931
István Tóth Hungary 1931–1932
Árpád Weisz Hungary 1932–1934
Gyula Feldmann Hungary 1934–1936
Albino Carraro Italy 1936
Armando Castellazzi Italy 1936–1938
Tony Cargnelli Austria 1938–1940
Giuseppe Peruchetti
|Italo Zamberletti
Italy 1940–1941
Ivo Fiorentini Italy 1941–1942
Giovanni Ferrari Italy 1942–1943
Carlo Carcano Italy 1945–1946
Nino Nutrizio Italy 1946
Giuseppe Meazza Italy 1947–1948
Carlo Carcano Italy 1948
Dai Astley Wales 1948
Giulio Cappelli Italy 1949–1950
Aldo Olivieri Italy 1950–1952
Alfredo Foni Italy 1952–1955
Aldo Campatelli Italy 1955
Giuseppe Meazza Italy 1955–1956
Annibale Frossi Italy 1956
Luigi Ferrero Italy 1957
Giuseppe Meazza Italy 1957
Jesse Carver England 1957–1958
Giuseppe Bigogno Italy 1958
Aldo Campatelli Italy 1959–1960
Camillo Achilli Italy 1960
Giulio Cappelli Italy 1960
Helenio Herrera Argentina 1960–1968
Alfredo Foni Italy 1968–1969
Heriberto Herrera Paraguay 1969–1971
Giovanni Invernizzi Italy 1971–1973
Enea Masiero Italy 1973
Helenio Herrera Argentina 1973
Enea Masiero Italy 1974
 
Name Nationality Years
Luis Suárez Spain 1974–1975
Giuseppe Chiappella Italy 1976–1977
Eugenio Bersellini Italy 1977–1982
Rino Marchesi Italy 1982–1983
Luigi Radice Italy 1983–1984
Ilario Castagner Italy 1984–1986
Mario Corso Italy 1986
Giovanni Trapattoni Italy 1986–1991
Corrado Orrico Italy 1991
Luis Suárez Spain 1992
Osvaldo Bagnoli Italy 1992–1994
Giampiero Marini Italy 1994
Ottavio Bianchi Italy 1994–1995
Luis Suárez Spain 1995
Roy Hodgson England 1995–1997
Luciano Castellini Italy 1997
Luigi Simoni Italy 1997–1998
Mircea Lucescu Romania 1998–1999
Luciano Castellini Italy 1999
Roy Hodgson England 1999
Marcello Lippi Italy 1999–2000
Marco Tardelli Italy 2000–2001
Héctor Cúper Argentina 2001–2003
Corrado Verdelli Italy 2003
Alberto Zaccheroni Italy 2003–2004
Roberto Mancini Italy 2004–2008
José Mourinho Portugal 2008–2010
Rafael Benítez Spain 2010
Leonardo Brazil 2010–2011
Gian Piero Gasperini Italy 2011
Claudio Ranieri Italy 2011–2012
Andrea Stramaccioni Italy 2012–2013
Walter Mazzarri Italy 2013–2014
Roberto Mancini Italy 2014–2016
Frank de Boer Netherlands 2016
Stefano Vecchi Italy 2016
Stefano Pioli Italy 2016–2017
Stefano Vecchi Italy 2017
Luciano Spalletti Italy 2017–

Corporate

F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. was described as one of the financial "black-holes" among the Italian clubs, which was heavily dependent on the financial contribution from the owner Massimo Moratti.[72][73][74][75] In June 2006, the shirt sponsor and the minority shareholder of the club, Pirelli, sold 15.26% shares of the club to Moratti family, for €13.5 million. The tyre manufacturer retained 4.2%.[76] However, due to several capital increases of Inter, such as a reversed merger with an intermediate holding company, Inter Capital S.r.l. in 2006, which held 89% shares of Inter and €70 million capitals at that time, or issues new shares for €70.8 million in June 2007,[77] €99.9 million in December 2007,[78] €86.6 million in 2008,[79] €70 million in 2009,[80][81] €40 million in 2010 and 2011,[82][83][84][85] €35 million in 2012[38][86] or allowing Thoir subscribed €75 million new shares of Inter in 2013, Pirelli became the third largest shareholders of just 0.5%, as of 31 December 2015.[5] In the prospectus of Pirelli's second IPO in 2017, the company also revealed that the value of the remaining shares the company owned, was write-off to zero in 2016 financial year. Inter also received direct capital contribution from the shareholders to cover loss which was excluded from issuing shares. (Italian: versamenti a copertura perdite)

Right before the takeover of Thohir, the consolidated balance sheets of "Internazionale Holding S.r.l." showed the whole companies group had a bank debt of €157 million, including the bank debt of a subsidiary "Inter Brand Srl", as well as the club itself, to Istituto per il Credito Sportivo (ICS), for €15.674 million on the balance sheet at end of 2012–13 financial year.[87] In 2006 Inter sold its brand to the new subsidiary, "Inter Brand S.r.l.", a special purpose entity with a shares capital of €40 million, for €158 million (the deal made Internazionale make a net loss of just €31 million in a separate financial statement[88][89]). At the same time the subsidiary secured a €120 million loan from Banca Antonveneta,[90] which would be repaid in installments until 30 June 2016;[91] La Repubblica described the deal as "doping".[92] In September 2011 Inter secured a loan from ICS by factoring the sponsorship of Pirelli of 2012–13 and 2013–14 season, for €24.8 million, in an interest rate of 3 months Euribor + 1.95% spread.[84] In June 2014 new Inter Group secured €230 million loan[93][94][95] from Goldman Sachs and UniCredit at a new interest rate of 3 months Euribor + 5.5% spread, as well as setting up a new subsidiary to be the debt carrier: "Inter Media and Communication S.r.l.". €200 million of which would be utilized in debt refinancing of the group. The €230million loan, €1 million (plus interests) would be due on 30 June 2015, €45 million (plus interests) would be repaid in 15 installments from 30 September 2015 to 31 March 2019, as well as €184 million (plus interests) would be due on 30 June 2019.[42] In ownership side, the Hong Kong-based International Sports Capital HK Limited, had pledged the shares of Italy-based International Sports Capital S.p.A. (the direct holding company of Inter) to CPPIB Credit Investments for €170 million in 2015, at an interest rate of 8% p.a (due March 2018) to 15% p.a. (due March 2020).[96] ISC repaid the notes on 1 July 2016 after they sold part of the shares of Inter Milan to Suning Holdings Group. However, in the late 2016 the shares of ISC S.p.A. was pledged again by ISC HK to private equity funds of OCP Asia for US$80 million.[97] In December 2017, the club also refinanced its debt of €300 million, by issuing corporate bond to the market, via Goldman Sachs as the bookkeeper, for an interest rate of 4.875% p.a.[98][99][100]

Considering revenue alone, Inter surpassed city rivals in Deloitte Football Money League for the first time, in the 2008–09 season, to rank in 9th place, one place behind Juventus in 8th place. (Milan in 10th place.)[101] In the 2009–10 season, Inter remained in 9th place, surpassing Juventus (10th) but Milan re-took the leading role as the 7th. Inter became the 8th in 2010–11, but was still one place behind Milan. Since 2011, Inter fell to 11th in 2011–12, 15th in 2012–13 and 17th in 2013–14 season. In 2008–09 season, Revenue percentages were divided up between matchday (14%, €28.2 million), broadcasting (59%, €115.7 million, +7%, +€8 million) and commercial (27%, €52.6 million, +43%). Kit sponsors Nike and Pirelli contributed €18.1 million and €9.3 million respectively to commercial revenues, while broadcasting revenues were boosted €1.6 million (6%) by Champions League distribution.[citation needed] in 2009–10 season the revenue was boosted by the sales of Ibrahimović, the treble and the release clause of coach José Mourinho.[102] For the 2010–11 season, Serie A clubs started negotiating club TV rights collectively rather than individually. This was predicted to result in lower broadcasting revenues for Inter, with smaller clubs gaining from the loss. Eventually the result included an extraordinary income of €13 million from RAI. Deloitte expressed the idea that issues in Italian football, particularly matchday revenue issues were holding Inter back compared to other European giants, and developing their own stadia would result in Serie A clubs being more competitive on the world stage.[103]

However, combining revenue and cost, in the 2006–07 season they had a net loss of €206 million[78][104] (€112 million extraordinary basis, due to the abolition of non-standard accounting practice of the special amortization fund), followed by €148 million in the 2007–08 season,[79] €154 million in 2008–09 season,[80][81] €69 million in the 2009–10 season,[83][102] €87 million in the 2010–11 season,[82][85] €77 million in the 2011–12 season.[84]

In 2015 Inter and Roma were the only two Italian clubs that were sanctioned by the UEFA due to their breaking of UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations,[105] which was followed by Milan which was barred from returning to European competition in 2018. As a probation to avoid further sanction, Inter agreed to have a three-year aggregate break-even from 2015 to 2018, with the 2015–16 season being allowed to have a net loss of a maximum of €30 million, followed by break-even in the 2016–17 season. Inter was also fined €6 million plus an additional €14 million in probation. Inter also made a financial trick in the transfer market in summer 2015, in which Stevan Jovetić and Miranda were signed by Inter on temporary deals plus an obligation to sign outright in 2017, making their cost less in the loan period.[4] Moreover, despite heavily investing in new signings, namely Geoffrey Kondogbia and Ivan Perišić that potentially increased the cost in amortization, Inter also sold Mateo Kovačić for €29 million, making a windfall profit.[4] On 21 April 2017, Inter announced that their net loss (FFP adjusted) of 2015–16 season was within the settlement agreement allowed limited of €30 million.[106] However, UEFA also announced that the reduction of squad size of Inter in European competitions would not be lifted yet.[107]

F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. separate financial statements (in €) Internazionale Holding S.r.l. consolidated financial statements (in €)
Year Turnover Result Total assets Net assets Re-capitalization Turnover Result Total assets Net assets
2006–07[104][108] Increase 221.2 million Decrease (206.8 million)* Decrease 389.1 million Decrease (70.2 million) Decrease 036.6 million**
2007–08[79][109] Decrease 203.4 million Increase (148.3 million) Increase 419.0 million Increase (12.8 million) Increase 205.6 million
2008–09[80] Increase 232.6 million Decrease (154.4 million) Increase 434.2 million Decrease (28.3 million) Decrease 136.6 million***
2009–10[102] Increase 323.5 million Increase (69.0 million) Increase 483.5 million Increase (07.4 million) Decrease 090.0 million 331.3 million (73.3 million) 579.1 million 98.4 million
2010–11[82][110] Decrease 268.8 million Decrease (86.8 million) Decrease 455.7 million Decrease (24.2 million) Decrease 070.0 million Decrease 278.3 million Decrease (90.1 million) Decrease 574.1 million Increase 101.8 million
2011–12[84][111] Decrease 235.7 million Increase (77.1 million) Increase 478.2 million Increase (21.3 million) Increase 080.0 million Decrease 250.3 million Increase (88.6 million) Increase 591.4 million Decrease 96.8 million
2012–13[38][87] Decrease 201.2 million Decrease (79.9 million) Decrease 447.5 million Increase (06.6 million) Increase 094.6 million Decrease 207.6 million Decrease (159.8 million)* Decrease 493.9 million Decrease 32.0 million
F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. separate financial statements (in €) International Sports Capital HK Ltd. / Nusantara Sports Ventures HK Ltd.
2013–14[42] Decrease 167.8 million Increase 033.2 million**** Increase 552.6 million Increase 132.6 million Increase 106.0 million Not published
F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. separate financial statements (in €) F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A. consolidated financial statements (in €)
2014–15[4][112] Decrease 146.8 million Decrease (74.0 million)***** Decrease 402.4 million Decrease 058.6 million Decrease 0 198.6 million (140.4 million) 450.3 million (137.2 million)
2015–16[113][114] (restated)[115] Increase 180.6 million Increase (69.6 million) Increase 419.2 million Increase 128.7 million Increase 142.0 million Increase 241.4 million Increase (59.8 million) Increase 474.4 million Increase (54.8 million)
2016–17[115] Increase 196.2 million Decrease (82.6 million) Increase 510.9 million Decrease 046.1 million Decrease 0
*write-down of €112 million special amortization fund was included
**€72.596 million increase due to the reversed merger with Inter Capital S.r.l.[116] was excluded
***€2.335 million Increase due to adjustment in fair value of Angelo Moratti Sports Centre was excluded
****extraordinarily income of €139,294 million was included
*****Dividends from "Inter Brand S.r.l." of €78,759,761 was included
* write-down of €69.4 million of the goodwill of the shares of Inter Milan was included

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1979–1981 Puma
1981/1982 Inno-Hit
1982–1986 Mecsport Misura
1986–1988 Le Coq Sportif
1988–1991 Uhlsport
1991/1992 Umbro FitGar
1992–1995 Fiorucci
1995–1998 Pirelli
1998–2016 Nike
2016–

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The original Italian wording of the position was presidente, which the word shared the same meaning of president or chairman of an organization; since the position in the club, was the head of the board of directors, thus it was the chairman of the club in the terminology of company and football. The club did not have a separate president position under the chairman, and used President as translation; both president and chairman[7] were used by the English media.
  2. ^ Ranking of European teams supporters: Barcelona first with 57.8 million, followed by Real Madrid (31.3 million), Manchester United (30.6 million), Chelsea (21.4 million), Bayern Munich (20.7 million) and Inter Milan (18.4 million).[16][17]
  3. ^ This title was awarded through the courts following the Calciopoli scandal.

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