Derby della Madonnina

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Derby della Madonnina
Other names Milan Derby, Derby di Milano
Locale Milan, Italy
First meeting Milan 3–2 Internazionale
Italian Football Championship
(10 January 1909)
Latest meeting Internazionale 2–2 Milan
Serie A
(15 April 2017)
Stadiums San Siro
Meetings total Official matches: 218
Unofficial matches: 71
Total matches: 289
Most wins Official matches: Internazionale (77)
Unofficial matches: Milan (36)
Total matches: Milan (111)
Top scorer Andriy Shevchenko (14)
Largest victory Internazionale 0–6 Milan
Serie A
(11 May 2001)

The Derby della Madonnina, also known as the Derby di Milano (or the Milan Derby, as it is known in the English-speaking world), is a derby football match between the two prominent Milanese clubs Internazionale and Milan. It is called Derby della Madonnina in honour of one of the main sights in the city of Milan, the statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of the Duomo, which is often referred to as the Madonnina ("Little Madonna" in Italian).

In the past, Inter was seen as the club of the Milan bourgeoisie (nicknamed bauscia, a milanese term meaning "braggart"), whereas Milan (nicknamed casciavit, meaning in the milanese dialect "screwdriver", with reference to the blue-collar worker) was supported mainly by working class.[1] Because of their more prosperous ancestry, Inter fans had the "luxury" to go to the San Siro stadium by motorcycle (muturèta, another nickname given to the Nerazzurri). On the other hand, the Rossoneri were also known as tramvèe (i.e. able to be transferred to the stadium only by public transport). Today, this difference has largely been mitigated.

Taking place at least twice during the year via the league fixtures, this cross-town rivalry has extended to the Coppa Italia, Champions League, and Supercoppa Italiana, as well as minor tournaments and friendlies. It is one of the only major crosstown derbies in association football that are always played in the same stadium, in this case the San Siro, as both Milan and Internazionale call San Siro "home".


On 13 December 1899, Alfred Edwards and others founded the Milan Cricket and Football Club. Edwards, a former British vice-consul in Milan and a well-known personality of the Milanese high society, was the club's first elected president. Initially, the team included a cricket section, managed by Edward Berra, and a football section managed by David Allison. The Milan team soon gained relevant notability under Herbert Kilpin's guide. The first trophy to be won was the Medaglia del Re ("King's Medal") in January 1900, and the team later won three national leagues, in 1901, 1906 and 1907. The triumph of 1901 was particularly relevant because it ended the consecutive series of wins of Genoa, which had been the only team to have won the title prior to 1901. On 9 March 1908, issues over the signing of foreign players led to a split and the foundation of Football Club Internazionale.

The first derby match between the two Milanese rivals was held in the final of the Chiasso Cup of 1908, a football tournament played in Canton Ticino, Switzerland, on 18 October of that year; the Rossoneri won 2–1.

A vintage derby 1950–51.

In the 1960s, the Milan derby saw two big stars of Italian football come face-to-face. One of the most representative players of Inter was Sandro Mazzola, the son of former Torino player Valentino Mazzola who, along with most of his Torino teammates, died in the 1949 Superga air disaster after dominating Serie A for four seasons. His Milan counterpart was Gianni Rivera, nicknamed "Golden Boy" for his talent. This era saw brilliant derby matches and an increasing rivalry: while Milan won the European Cup in 1962–63, Inter followed with back-to-back success in the following years. Milan again won the title in 1968–69. During this successful period for both teams, Milan were coached by Nereo Rocco and Inter by Helenio Herrera, both coaching many notable players. The rivalry continued on the Italian national team, where two players from their respective clubs would often not play together, with one usually being substituted by the other at half-time. Rivera ended up losing the starting line-up to Mazzola in the 1970 final against Brazil, in which Italy was defeated 1–4 by the South Americans. He would later enter in the 84th minute after Italy were already far behind.

Brothers Giuseppe and Franco Baresi in the 1979–80 derby.

Arguably Milan's greatest-ever era took place during the late 1980s and had extended through to the mid-1990s. Often hailed as the greatest-ever Milan side, the team stemming from the 1989 European champions managed by Arrigo Sacchi, contained legendary Milan players, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard, amongst others. Milan's dominance, both domestically and internationally, had seen them capture four league titles and three European Cups (finishing runners-up two additional times) between 1989 and 1996. During this time, Inter had gone on to finish runners-up in the 1992–93 season (behind Milan) and won two UEFA Cups.

Inter's long wait for a league title that began after 1989 finally arrived in 2006, when the Calciopoli scandal stripped Juventus of the 2005–06 title (as well as deducting points from Milan's final overall total) and handed it to the Inter, who were placed third behind both Juventus and Milan. This was seen as a controversial decision by many, as even though the title won the previous season by Juventus was also stripped, it was left un-awarded, which many felt should have also been the case with the 2005–06 title. Inter went on to win the 2006–07 Serie A title as well in a season that saw Juventus relegated from the top division, and Milan, as punishment, starting the season with negative points. Inter's triumphant campaign included a record-breaking run of 17 consecutive victories and victories in both fixtures against Milan. During the same season, however, Milan had captured their seventh European Cup/ UEFA Champions League, defeating Liverpool in the Final in Athens. As the Italian league recovered from the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal, Inter continued to dominate, winning each league up until the 2009–10 season in which they secured the title on the last day of the season. That season had also seen Inter become the first Italian side to win a treble. In addition to their league title, Inter had secured the Coppa Italia and their first Champions League title since 1965. The following season, however, Milan, with the acquisition of several players that included former Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, recaptured the Scudetto, their 18th overall, leading the league standings from as early as November until the end of the season. That season also saw Milan win both derby matches, keeping clean sheets in both fixtures.

Since 2011, both Milan teams have lagged behind Juventus in Serie A, with a disappointing ninth-place finish for Inter in 2012–13 and a difficult campaign for Milan in 2014–15, finishing tenth. Despite this, Inter have been the better of the two in derby matches, with four wins, one loss and three draw.

Official match results[edit]

Dates are in dd/mm/yyyy form.

  • SF = Semi-final
  • QF = Quarter-final
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • R32 = Round of 32
  • GS = Group stage
  • R1 = Round 1
  • R2 = Round 2

  Milan win   Draw   Inter win

1 2002–03 UEFA Champions League semi-final won by Milan on away goals rule.
2 2004–05 UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final match abandoned after 72 minutes and UEFA awarding 0–3 win for Milan following Inter fans throwing flares onto the pitch.


Most goals in a match[edit]

  • 11 goals on 6 November 1949 Inter 6–5 Milan
  • 9 goals on 6 November 1932 Inter 5–4 Milan

Inter biggest wins[edit]

* Four or more goals difference, OR Inter scored five or above

  • Milan 0–5 Inter on 6 February 1910
  • Inter 5–1 Milan on 27 February 1910
  • Inter 5–2 Milan on 22 February 1914
  • Inter 5–4 Milan on 6 November 1932
  • Inter 6–5 Milan on 6 November 1949
  • Inter 5–2 Milan on 28 March 1965
  • Inter 4–0 Milan on 2 April 1967
  • Milan 1–5 Inter on 24 March 1974
  • Milan 0–4 Inter on 29 August 2009

Milan biggest wins[edit]

* Four or more goals difference, OR Milan scored five or above

  • Milan 6–3 Inter on 30 April 1911
  • Milan 5–3 Inter on 27 March 1960
  • Milan 5–0 Inter on 8 January 1998 in Coppa Italia
  • Inter 0–6 Milan on 11 May 2001


Statistics as of 15 April 2017.

Matches Inter wins Draws Milan wins Inter goals Milan goals
First championships (1898–1929, 1945–1946) 22 8 3 11 40 36
Serie A (1929–) 166 61 54 51 229 215
Championship 188 69 57 62 269 251
Campionato Alta Italia 2 1 0 1 3 3
Coppa Italia 23 7 7 9 22 32
Supercoppa Italiana 1 0 0 1 1 2
UEFA Champions League 4 0 2 2 1 6
Official matches 218 77 66 75 296 294

Top goalscorers[edit]

Below is the list of players who have scored at least six goals in official meetings.

The Rossonero Andriy Shevchenko, the top scorer of the Milan derby (14), and Giuseppe Meazza, the highest scorer of the Nerazzurri (12)
Position Name Team Goals
1 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Milan 14
2 Italy Giuseppe Meazza Internazionale (12) Milan (1) 13
3 Sweden Gunnar Nordahl Milan 11
Hungary István Nyers Internazionale
5 Italy Enrico Candiani Internazionale (7) Milan (3) 10
6 Brazil Italy José Altafini Milan 7
Italy Alessandro Altobelli Internazionale
Italy Roberto Boninsegna Internazionale
Italy Benito Lorenzi Internazionale
Belgium Louis Van Hege Milan
11 Italy Aldo Boffi Milan 6
Italy Aldo Cevenini Milan (4) Internazionale (2)
Argentina Italy Attilio Demaría Internazionale
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Internazionale (2) Milan (4)
Italy Sandro Mazzola Internazionale
Argentina Diego Milito Internazionale
Italy Pietro Serantoni Internazionale



Domestic competitions organized by FIGC
IFC Serie A, former Italian Football Championship
CI Coppa Italia
SI Supercoppa Italiana
European competitions organized by UEFA
UCL UEFA Champions League, former European Champion Clubs' Cup
UCWC UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (Defunct)
UEL UEFA Europa League, former UEFA Cup
USC UEFA Super Cup
IC UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup (Defunct) (Predecessor to FCWC)
Intercontinental competition organized by FIFA
FCWC FIFA Club World Cup
Team Major Domestic International Grand Total
Milan 18 5 7 30 7 2 - 5 4 18 48
Inter 18 7 5 30 3 - 3 - 3 9 39


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