The Milan derby is most likely among the majority of famous and heated football competitions worldwide. Here, we look at the history of football in Milan, how Inter and AC split, and all the legends that have actually called San Siro their home.
Football, as we understand it, is a game defined by competitions and histories in between clubs that contest it. What takes place when your greatest competitors play their house video games at the very same arena as you?
This is the story of probably 2 of the most significant names in Italian football. The identity, community, city and the stadium is all the same for these 2 clubs.
You may have become aware of AC Milan as the team that boasted a roster featuring the likes of the iconic Italian legends- Paolo Maldini, Inzaghi, Gattusso, Pirlo and the Inter side boasting the likes of Diego Milito, Samuel Eto’o, Zanetti and Snejider, all of them having won European Titles in the 21 st century itself.
Let’s dive in and look at the Milan derby in more detail.
Origin of the Competition
An internal dispute occurred 110 years ago in between the members that remained in the A/C Milan board.
AC Milan was developed in 1899 by a group of English expats, forming one of the very first football clubs in Italy (it was really named as AC Milan Cricket and Football Club). The club ended Genoa’s successive league accomplishments and won the league three times in 1901, 1906 and 1907 prior to Inter’s league victory in 1910.
Nevertheless, 9 years on, there was an argument among its members relating to the finalizing of foreign gamers which resulted in a split, and, consequently, Internazionale was formed in 1908 and hence, brought to life one of the greatest competitions known to the football fraternity.
There are no appropriate records of the first time the two sides met however, some state it remained in Switzerland in the Chiasso Cup final allegedly won by Milan by a 2-1 margin. The first tape-recorded match between the two was in January 1909 in the Prima Categoria, the name Italian Football Championship had back then. The match led to a 3-2 victory for Milan.
Earlier Internazionale was seen as the club which represented the bourgeoisie of Milan and hence had the “luxury” of taking a trip to the San Siro on their vehicles and motorcycles (hence, the label Motoretta or Nerazzurri) and, Air Conditioning Milan were viewed as the club which stood up for the worths of the blue-collar workers.
In the 1960 s, the Milan derby saw 2 big stars of Italian football come face-to-face. One of the most representative players of Inter was Sandro Mazzola, the kid of former Torino player Valentino Mazzola who, in addition to most of his Torino teammates, died in the 1949 Superga air disaster after controling Serie A for four seasons. His Milan equivalent was Gianni Rivera, nicknamed “Golden Kid” for his talent.
This era saw fantastic derby matches and an increasing competition: 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 Throughout this successful duration for both teams, Milan were coached by Nereo Rocco and Inter by Helenio Herrera, both coaching many significant players.
The competition continued on the Italian nationwide team, where two players from their particular clubs would typically not play together, with one normally being replaced by the other at half-time.
They share the very same arena!
No, we are not kidding! These two massive clubs eventually utilize one ground to play all their home matches. They also play ‘house’ and ‘away’ to each other in the very same arena. So whose arena precisely is it?
The San Siro arena did not exist till the year 1926 when the Italian Business person Piero Pirelli paid for the building and construction of the ground. AC Milan held sole ownership till 1935 when they offered the arena to the local council.
San Siro is actually the name of the district where the stadium is located and therefore, it is called Stadio Giuseppe Meazza considering that 1980, named after the Renowned Italian and Inter player Guiseppe Meazza. Presently, both AC Milan and Internazionale pay around a turn of 15 million Euros to the local council to rent San Siro. Just recently, this distinct arena hosted the Bergamo based Atalanta BC who played all their Uefa Champions League home video games there.
Inter Milan v A/C Milan– Head to Head Records
These 2 competitors have actually played 225 main matches in between them where Inter have for the most part been on the winning side on 82 celebrations. Milan however, lead the overall in number of derby wins at 112 if one factors in the informal (71) encounters.
They have had comparable stories if you compare their histories, with 30 domestic prizes apiece. They both have actually won 18 league titles, with their last ones coming in 2010 and 2011 respectively, whilst they have a comparable success rate in the Coppa Italia, with Inter edging their competitors’ total 7 to five. This is reversed in the Suppercoppa Italiana, with Milan winning seven and Inter winning five. However, when it concerns continental splendor it is the red half of Milan that has had unequaled success with 7 European Cups to Inter’s 3. Nevertheless, the latter has won 3 Uefa Cups in its history whereas, Milan do not have any.
The A/C Milan saw their peak era from the 1980 s till the very first few years of the 2000 s with their last continental success in 2007 when they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the final in Athens whereas, Inter have actually seen their success in a sprawled manner with the iconic treble in 2010 under Jose Mourinho
Given That, that really year, these two clubs have actually rarely challenged for the title and there’s hardly ever anything being riding on the derbies apart from bragging rights. The last season saw one of them (Inter) increasing up to the event in Europe and, rising up to the fight in their quest to challenge Juventus for the league title but, it all eventually fell apart.
A/C Milan have had a couple of excellent years of proper administration and they are amassing some dazzling skills to put amongst their ranks with Inter also building a robust team with Conte at the helm.
It’s almost time that these two renowned names in Italian football nay, world football reverse the old days and when they do, it will not simply be the 2 Italian giants coming up against each other, it’ll be the two European elites showing up.