Semi-final heartbreak for Giovanissimi Nazionali

SHANGHAI – Eliminated on penalties. After coming through a shootout at the quarter-final stage of the Manchester United Premier Cup 2012, the Inter Giovanissimi Nazionali team’s spot-kick luck ran out against Universidad Catolica in the semi-final.

Defeat means the Nerazzurri U-15s now face Santos in tomorrow’s third-place playoff, after the Brazilians were beaten 1-0 by Gamba Osaka.

The final will be held tomorrow evening at Shanghai Shenhua’s home ground before Shenhua’s friendly against Manchester United.

A big thank you to the Nerazzurri Giovanissimi Nazionali and Salvatore Cerrone on behalf of Inter and all Interisti: after being crowned Italian champions, reaching this stage of the MUPC is still a magnificent achievement. Well done, lads!

23-man squad named for Como v Inter friendly

APPIANO GENTILE – Andrea Stramaccioni has named 23 Nerazzurri players in his squad for this evening’s friendly against Como, scheduled for a 20:00 kick-off at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia.

Goalkeepers: Vid Belec, Luca Castellazzi, Matteo Cincilla;

Defenders: Matteo Bianchetti, Jonathan, Ibrahima Mbaye, Yuto Nagatomo, Andrea Ranocchia, Matias Silvestre, Javier Zanetti;

Midfielders: Marco Benassi, Esteban Cambiasso, Yago Del Piero, Fredy Guarin, Gaby Mudingayi, Simone Pasa, Wesley Sneijder,

Forwards: Philippe Coutinho, Francesco Forte, Luca Garritano, Marko Livaja, Samuele Longo, Rodrigo Palacio.

Appiano: last session, we're off to Como

APPIANO GENTILE – An intense warm-up, strength work and keep-ball drills for the Nerazzurri in their last training session before heading to Como this evening. Tonight’s friendly (kick-off 20:00) will be Inter’s fourth pre-season game, having played Trentino Team (6-0), FC Koper (2-0) and Juventus (1-0) and AC Milan (2-1) in the TIM Trophy.

Tonight’s friendly at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia will be broadcast live and exclusively on Inter Channel (Sky Sport Italia, channel 232) for Italian residents. Those based outside Italy can watch for free via YouTube.

Giovanissimi N.: Dinamo defeated, semi-final time

SHANGHAI – Inter’s Giovanissimi Nazionali (U-15s) continue their winning run in the Manchester United Premier Cup 2012.

Two crucial saves from Michele Di Gregorio saw the Nerazzurri through 4-3 on penalties against Dinamo Zagreb in the quarter-finals. Melkamu Taufer settled the shoot-out with a "Panenka." Inter are therefore through to the semi-finals later today, as they meet Chilean side Universidad Catolica.

Inter Academy reaches out to Kurdistan

MILAN – This afternoon F.C. Internazionale
signed a three-year deal with the Kurdish Football Association to take
Inter Academy to Kurdistan. Nerazzurri commercial director Mario De Vivo,
Inter Academy director Marco Monti, president of the Kurdish F.A.
Safeen Kanaby and Sarwan Loqman Barzani were all present at Inter headquarters in Milan for the
historic signature.

The agreement means Inter will soon be taking its football
schools into the Middle East and educating children thanks to the knowledge
and experience of Nerazzurri coaches. The president of the
Kurdish F.A. spoke to Inter Channel about what this new initiative will mean: "I would like to thank Inter. I am very proud because this is the first time a project like
this has been undertaken in Kurdish territory, and also because of everything Inter’s youth academy has achieved. It’s a collaboration of huge significance and I’m sure it will obtain great success throughout
the Kurdish territory. Our youngsters
are very passionate about football but passion in itself is not enough: this is where Inter’s cultural
knowledge can help us to develop."