Inter Milan have been Italy’s most successful club since the turn of the century. Under Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho, the Nerazzurri rattled off five straight Serie A titles, with the latter winning a unique treble of league, Champions League and Coppa Italia in 2010.
There is no doubt that the club benefited from the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal that rocked Italian soccer in 2006. Relegation, points penalties and player sales severely weakened some of Inter’s biggest rivals, with Juventus the most penalized of any club. But Inter picked up the baton from some of these fallen greats and started winning the trophies that millionaire owner Massimo Moratti so craved.
The success of Inter since 2005 has been built around world stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Wesley Sneijder and Javier Zanetti as the club continues to attract some of the biggest names, but with the trophies to match after so many years of underachievement.
Rafael Benitez took over from Mourinho as coach in 2010 but his stay was short-lived, despite a FIFA Club World Cup triumph in December of that year. He was fired after poor domestic and European results, surprisingly replaced by former AC Milan coach and player Leonardo, who helped the club to the Coppa Italia.
But the Brazilian left Inter at the end of the season, and after ill-fated spells with Gian Piero Gasperini, Claudio Ranieri and Andrea Stramaccioni, Walter Mazzarri took over in June 2013.
- Founded: 1908
- Home Ground (Capacity): Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (80,065)
- Nicknames: Nerazzurri, La Beneamata (The Cherished One), Il Biscione (The Big Grass Snake), Il Serpente (The Serpent)
- Home Colors: Blue and Black
- Top Goalscorer All-Time: Guiseppe Meazza
- First Division/Serie A Titles: (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, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
- Italian Cup/Coppa Italia Titles: (7) 1938–39, 1977–78, 1981–82, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010-11
- European Cup/Champions League: (3) 1963–64, 1964–65, 2009–10
- UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League): (3) 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98
- Intercontinental Cup: (3) 1964, 1965, 2010
- European Super Cup: None
- Current Coach: Walter Mazzarri
- Top Goalscorer 2012-2013: Rodrigo Palacio (22 in all competitions)
- Captain: Javier Zanetti
- 2012-2013 League Finish: 9th
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A Little History:
After being formed in 1908 by a group of rebels in opposition to "Milan Cricket and Football Club" (now AC Milan), it did not take long for the club to win its first league title in 1910. The founders of Internazionale wished to accept foreign players into the club, and Inter’s first captain was a Swiss player by the name of Hernst Manktl.
Giuseppe Meazza enjoyed great success with Inter after being rejected by rivals Milan as a boy. He holds the record for most goals scored in a debut season when he netted 31 times in 1929-30. Those goals were instrumental in the club winning the Italian title that season and he also helped the Nerazzurri to titles in 1938 and 1940, with a Coppa Italia sandwiched inbetween.
Il Balilla played 408 times for Inter, scoring a record 287 goals. In 1980, the club’s stadium was named after him.
Inter won back-to-back scudetti in 1953 and 1954, with Benito Lorenzi, Swede Lennart Skoglund and Hungarian István Nyers instrumental in these successes.
The "Great Inter" era began in 1963, with the disciplinarian Argentine coach Helenio Herrera in charge. Under Herrera, Inter won two European Cups and three Serie A titles in the 1960s. The likes of Giacinto Facchetti, Sandro Mazzola and Luis Suarez were key players in these serial triumphs and are among the best players ever to put on the famous blue and black shirt.
Between that glorious period of the 60s and the scudetto laden start to the new millennium, Inter won the title just three times. However, the Nerazzurri did claim three UEFA Cups in 1991, 94 and 98. Brazil striker Ronaldo was one of the scorers in the 98 final against Lazio after being signed for a world record fee from Barcelona. His debut season was one to remember with 25 league goals, but several serious knee injuries blighted his Nerazzurri career and he eventually moved on to Real Madrid.
Ronaldo was one of many expensive signings under oil tycoon Moratti, but it is only over the last few years that the team has delivered consistently on the field.