90min’s Definitive A to Z of Inter

The rich history of Football Club Internazionale Milano began after a division in the Milan Cricket and Football Club in 1908, which saw Inter form separately from Milan. Since then, the Nerazzurri have won 30 domestic trophies – not too bad at all really. 

Let’s not forget about those iconic black and blue stripes, which the club has worn since its formation and donned in every single Serie A season throughout history.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s crack on with 90min’s definitive A to Z of Inter.

A is for Adriano

Inter Milan's Brazilian forward Adriano

Shot power: 99. Chances of getting your body broken if you block it: 99%. Amount of fans who ducked behind their seat when they saw the Brazilian line up a shot: 99. 

Inconsistency troubled his career, but ‘The Emperor’ will forever be remembered for having the most powerful left foot in human history. 

B is for Giuseppe Bergomi

The beautiful kit that was mentioned earlier? No man has donned the ?Inter shirt more than Bergomi – 758 appearances and only played for Inter. What a man. Oh, he also won the World Cup aged 18. 

C is for Antonio Conte

The man with the plan. Juventus have won every Serie A since 2011/12 and the former Chelsea manager will be keen to scupper their plans this season, or he might leave Lazio to do it. 

D is for Derby della Madonnina 

Marco Materazzi,Rui Costa

One of the biggest derbies in world football. Inter vs ?Milan. Nothing more needs to be said. What a picture. 

E is for Samuel Eto’o

The forward from Cameroon has one of the cheekiest grins on the planet as well as being one of the most feared attackers on the planet for Inter. Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time. 

F is for Luis Figo

His best work may have come in Spain, but he was too good of a player to miss off the list especially as Inter was his final club. A Ballon D’Or winner with an unbelievable ability to leave defenders eating his dust. 

G is for Giuseppe Meazza

Inter’s greatest ever player. An impressive 245 goals in 348 appearances and three Serie A titles to his name. Additionally, the leading figure behind Italy’s 1934 and 1938 World Cup wins. Their famous stadium is also named after him – it doesn’t get more legendary than that. 

H is for Helonio Herrera 

A brilliant manager who masterminded Inter to great success in the 1960s including three Serie A titles and two European cups. His team from that decade even became known as Grande Inter, which is a cool nickname. 

I is for Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

Make way for the only animal on the list – ‘lions do not compare themselves to humans’. Zlatan was excellent for the Nerazzurri, scoring goals regularly and in his final season with the club he was the Serie A’s top goalscorer. Bow to the King. 

J is for Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann,Lothar Mattheus

He may hold legendary status at Tottenham, but the German used to play in Italy and was actually quite popular – mostly because he learned Italian though. Can’t fault the effort. 

 K is for Kit

Mamma mia. There is simply nothing like the black and blue stripes of Internazionale. They’ve worn it since their formation, and it’s rumoured the colours were chosen to represent day and night.

L is for Romelu Lukaku

The big Belgian had to be included after his strong debut season for Inter after arriving from ?Manchester United. A total of 23 goals for the club so far is an impressive haul for a guy who has been rumoured to have the first touch of a donkey…

M is for Jose Mourinho

Inter Milan's Portuguese  coach Jose Mou

Not quite ‘The Special One’ anymore, the fascinating Portuguese manager is entertainment at its finest. The year of 2010 was a very special year for Inter as they won the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League. Genius. 

N is for Nerazzurri 

An iconic nickname for an iconic club. The name translates to “The Black and Blues” – which makes a lot of sense…

O is for On Another Level

This is in reference to the Brazilian Ronaldo who was ruthless at Inter, scoring 25 goals in his first season – a record for a debut season player in the Serie A. Dubbed ‘O Fenomeno’ (The Phenomenon), he is widely considered as one of the greatest strikers of all time, if not the greatest. 

P is for Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho,Afriyie Acquah

Possibly the most surprising name on the list – the former ?Liverpool playmaker featured in the Inter side for a few years before securing a permanent move to the Reds.  

Q is for Ricardo Quaresma 

Yes. Yes. Yes. The outside of the boot specialist did play for Inter and it wasn’t simply the case of trying to find a footballer who began with a Q. The winger played for Inter for a couple of years but didn’t succeed. Probably because he was attempting too many trivelas.

R is for Relegation 

Inter are the only Italian club to have never been relegated from the top flight. *Adds to Italian pub quiz notes*

S is for San Siro

AC Milan v Genoa CFC - Serie A

Home to both Milan and Inter. Stadium capacity of almost 80,000. One of the most majestic stadiums in Europe – ’nuff said. 

T is for Trophies 

Lots and lots of these. In total, 30 domestic trophies – including 18 league titles, seven Coppa Italias and three Champions Leagues. Pretty good stuff indeed. 

U is for UEFA Champions League

?Bayern Munich vs Inter in the 2010 Champions League final. Two goals from Argentine striker Diego Milito gave the Nerazzurri victory under Jose Mourinho.

V is for Chrisitan Vieri 

Gennaro Gattuso,Christian Vieri

Once regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe, Vieri bagged 103 times in 143 Serie A matches for Inter, which is really quite impressive. What isn’t impressive is his nickname ‘Bobo’ – which is in reference to his dad’s name or the funnier point that he may be a bit dim. 

W is for Walter Zenga

In order to keep some balance, a goalkeeper had to be included on the list and who better than Zenga, who was Inter’s goalie in the 1980s and early 90s.

X is for EXtremely Good Five Years 

From 2006 to 2010, Inter were winning trophies as if they were nothing – arguably, the greatest five years in their history. It will definitely take some beating either way. 

Y is for Ashley Young

Ashley Young,Romelu Lukaku

This guy continues to surprise everyone. Firstly, he goes from a left-wing to a defender that can play as either a left or a right-back. Then, he becomes captain of Manchester United to only reject a contract new contract to move to Italy. Madness. 

Z is for Javier Zanetti

Like a fine wine, this man just got better with age. The Argentine featured over 700 times for Inter and could play in midfield or defence. He even somehow managed to play 137 consecutive Serie A matches – wow, just wow. 


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