F.C. Internazionale Milano commonly referred to as Inter Milan or simply Inter, is one of the most successful teams in the Italian Serie A league and Europe in general. The team has played in the league for over a century without ever being relegated to the lower division. During this triumphant stint, they have collected thirty domestic trophies including the Serie A championship (Scudetto) eighteen times. They have won the Coppa Italia trophy seven times and the supercoppa Italiana five times. Inter has also won the European Champions League three times, most recently in 2010, when they completed an unprecedented treble; winning the Coppa Italia, the scudetto and the FIFA Club World Cup simultaneously.
FC Internazionale Milano was formed in 1908 from AC Milan, due to the latter team’s rejection of international players. Inter founders wanted a more diverse squad to represent the team. The team has shared the same stadium with bitter rivals AC Milan since 1926. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly referred to as San Siro, is the biggest in Italy with a maximum capacity of 82,000 fans.
Inters most successful period, referred to as La Grande Inter, was between 1960 and 1968. Under the stewardship of Argentinean coach Helenio Herrera, the team managed to scoop two back to back European Trophies in 1964 and 1965, and the Italian championship in 1963, 1965 and 1966. They remained unbeaten at home from 1964 to 1967.
Inter In The Nineties
The nineties were dark times for Inter in the Serie A. Their rivals AC and Juventus were experiencing success in the league and in Europe, but inter were struggling. Despite of their seventeen year scudetto drought, inter managed to win the UEFA Europa Cup in 1991, 1994 and 1998. In 1994, Inter finished a point below relegation, prompting a change in guard at the top level. Massimo Morrati took over and invested millions of pounds in the club, signing big players like Ronaldo and Christian Vieri to the team.
However, the team still struggled in the domestic league especially against bitter rivals AC, who thrashed them six nil in the 2000-2001 season. The first half of the new millennium was mainly characterized with close calls and near misses at a scudetto win for the team.
Inters Resurrection And Present Form
FC Internazionale began their ascent to success with the appointment of Roberto Mancini from Lazio in 2004. They took the Italian Super Cup in 2005 and 2006 and the scudetto in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. 2010 was the most successful year for the team when they managed to clinch the Serie A, the Coppa Italia, club world cup and European Champions league in a single season under Jose Mourinho.