Inter Milan has had one of the best histories of any football club throughout Europe, and especially in Italy. Inter has trophies from all of the major tournaments, but which moments stand out as the best in club history for fans? Here are our picks for the top five moments.
The First Supercoppa
The Supercoppa Italia was introduced in 1988 with the winner of Serie A taking on the Coppa Italia winner to determine the true top Italian football team. In the first contest, Milan got to take on Sampdoria, winning the title 3-1. The following year, Inter would get its shot against Sampdoria, doing so in San Siro. While attendance was low for the competition, it was still a moment of triumph for Inter.
Enrico Cucchi scored the lone goal of the first half while Aldo Serena netted one of his own in the 86th minute. The match ended with that 2-0 mark, giving the club its first of many Supercoppa Italiana titles.
The 30th Win
Inter has had a lot of successful seasons in Serie A, but none as successful as the 2006-07 campaign. The season opened up with a 3-2 win over Fiorentina, and was then met with a mixture of draws and wins over the following six matches. Then, Inter went on a winning streak that lasted from October 25, 2006, to February 28, 2007. Even then, the club went 31 weeks without a loss to begin the season.
The only loss of the season came on the 32nd matchday against Roma. Inter went on to win its next five matches before drawing 1-1 with Atalanta in the penultimate week. It was a bit frustrating as Inter was looking to become the first Serie A team with 30 wins in a season, but there was one more shot. On the final matchday, Inter defeated Torino 3-0 to give the club its record 30th win against just seven draws and one loss. They finished 22 points ahead of second-place Roma in the standings, too.
Securing the Back-to-Back
Prior to the 2010 Champions League final (more on that in just a moment), Inter Milan had to go several decades without winning one of football’s biggest trophies. The two previous times that Inter won the Champions League, it was known as the European Cup, and they won it in back-to-back years. The first came in 1964 with Inter defeating Real Madrid 3-1 inside Prater Stadium in Vienna.
The second one was even sweeter, though. The 1965 final took place in San Siro, with 89,000 on hand to support Inter against Portuguese club Benfica. Just before halftime, Jair scored a goal that made it 1-0 Inter, and it was a score that would hold up for the rest of the match. In front of their fans, Inter hoisted the European Cup to mark a brief period of dominance that wouldn’t return for nearly a half-century.
Treble in 2010
Inter had a fantastic season in 2009-10, despite the fact things got started off with a draw against Bari. Throughout the year, Inter would go on long undefeated streaks, which included more than three months throughout the La Liga season. Inter lost on March 27, 2010, against Roma 2-1, but finished with six wins and a draw to close out the season. The club needed at least one point in the final week of the season to clinch the title, and did so with a 1-0 victory against Siena.
The good times didn’t end there as Inter also had a solid run through the Coppa Italia. After getting through Livorno, Juventus, and Fiorentina, Inter took on Roma in the Coppa Italia final. Diego Milito scored in the 39th minute for Inter, and that would be the only goal that the club needed, giving Inter the second part of the treble. As for the third part…
Return to Champions League Glory
The third piece of the puzzle was the UEFA Champions League, which is something that Inter hadn’t won since 1965 when it was known as the European Cup. Despite the club’s success in the 2009-10 season, not many were sure if they had what it took to win the Champions League, especially after a tough draw in the group stage.
After finishing in second place behind Barcelona and only having two wins, Inter turned things on in the knockout round. The club got past Chelsea, CSKA Moscow, and Barcelona to reach the final. There, they took on Bayern Munich and capped off the amazing run and season. Diego Milito scored in the 35th minute to give Inter the 1-0 lead, then added his second goal in the 70th minute. That was all that Inter needed, giving them their first Champions League title in 45 years.