This day in football history
On 9 March 1908, a group of players from the Milan Cricket and Football Club (now known as AC Milan), unhappy with the club’s restrictions on foreign players, formed their own club which they named Football Club Internazionale Milano. Inter has since become one of Italy’s most decorated clubs, with 26 national trophies, including 18 Serie A titles.
Known as the Nerazzurri for their black and blue striped home shirts, Inter won their first Scudetto in 1910, followed by a second in 1920. By 1922, Inter’s fortunes had turned and they finished last in Serie A with a meager 11 points on the season. They avoided relegation, however, by winning a playoff against the next-to-last team, thus preserving their current status as the only team in Italy to remain in Serie A for their entire existence.
Mussolini’s Fascist government disapproved of Inter’s policy of recruiting foreign players and, in 1928, forced the club to play under the name “Ambrosiana.” Nevertheless, Inter did well during the Fascist years, winning their first Coppa Italia (1939) and a fifth league title (1940).
Inter’s greatest period came in the 1960s under manager Helenio Herrera. Nicknamed “La Grande Inter” for their successes, the club won three league titles (1963, 1965, 1966) and two European Cups (1964, 1965). They made it back to the European Cup Final in 1967, where they famously lost to Celtic’s “Lisbon Lions.”
After going through the entire 1990s without winning the league, Inter recovered their domestic form in the next decade, winning five consecutive Scudettos from 2006 to 2010 (though the first, in 2005–06, was awarded to Inter after initial title-winner Juventus was found guilty of match-fixing). They also won the 2010 Champions League, beating Bayern Munich 2–0 in the final.