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Derby della Madonnina : 'The Rivalry That Divides Milan' ac milan vs inter

Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome to the biggest derby in the world – the Derby Milano. The seed of this bitter rivalry was sown more than a century ago, and over the years, it has produced some of the most exciting and enthralling feats from world-class performers from both Milan and Internazionale. Whereas the players on the pitch make this a memorable affair, the fans on the ground and all over the world makes this an unforgettable event. From displaying huge banners to orchestrating anthems, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza becomes the focal point of the sporting world twice a year.

AC Milan

AC Milan started off as Milan Cricket and Football Club in the year 1899. The football section was managed by none other than David Allison, who was a charter member of the club and also was the first goal-scorer for the club. Milan, as a club, has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception and currently is recognized as the most successful Italian club having as many as 7 UEFA Champions League titles and 17 Scudettos.

Biggest wins

* Milan 6-3 Inter on 30 April 1911 in Campionato
* Inter 0–4 Milan on 1 April 1917 in Coppa Regionale Lombarda
* Milan 8-1 Inter on 3 March 1918 in Coppa Mauro (the most emphatic scoreline in derby history)
* Inter 0–4 Milan on 13 October 1918 in Coppa Giurati
* Inter 2–5 Milan on 16 February 1919 in Coppa Mauro
* Milan 5-3 Inter on 27 March 1960 in Campionato
* Milan 4-0 Inter on 27 June 1963 in Torneo Città di Milano
* Milan 6-4 Inter on 26 June 1969 in Torneo Città di New York
* Milan 5-0 Inter on 8 January 1998 in Coppa Italia
* Inter 0–6 Milan on 11 May 2001 in Campionato


FC Internazionale Milano was formed as a result of a rift between the founding members in 1908. Unhappy with the domination of Italian players in AC Milan, Giorgio Muggiani led a group of Italians and Swiss members to the creation of Internazionale. Internazionale are currently the reigning champions of Serie A, having won all three major championships last year, including the Champions League under the guidance of the prodigal Jose Mourinho.

Biggest wins

* Milan 0–5 Inter on 6 February 1910 in Campionato
* Inter 5-1 Milan on 17 February 1910 in Campionato
* Inter 5-2 Milan on 22 February 1914 in Campionato
* Inter 5-4 Milan on 6 November 1932 in Campionato
* Inter 6-5 Milan on 6 November 1949 in Campionato
* Inter 5-2 Milan on 28 March 1965 in Campionato
* Inter 4-0 Milan on 2 April 1967 in Campionato
* Milan 1–5 Inter on 24 March 1974 in Campionato
* Milan 0–4 Inter on 29 August 2009 in Campionato

The origin

The rivalry dates back to the formation of Internazionale. The Milan derby is also called the Derby della Madonnina. Such a nomenclature is derived from the statue of Virgin Mary placed on top of the Duomo, which is usually called the Madonnina. Both of the clubs nowadays sign Italian as well as foreign players, even though that was the reason behind the original split.

Milan began as the more successful club by breaking the record of consecutive series of wins set by Genoa, when they won the Kings’ Medal in 1901. They also won 3 Scudettos before Internazionale won their first in 1910. Inter came into their own during the 1960’s with their triumph at the European level. The 1960’s also saw the clash of two Italian superstars – Sandro Mazzola of Inter and Gianni Rivera of Milan. Both Inter and Milan took each other by the horns during that period, with Mazzola and Rivera leading the respective sides in some of the most exciting derby matches ever played. The coaches during that period were also legends in their own right, with Nereo Rocco managing Milan and his counterpart being none other than the high priest of Catenaccio, Helenio Herrera.

This rivalry between Mazzola and Rivera even continued when they were playing for the national team – both of them rarely played together and it usually happened that one of them was substituted by the other at half-time. A school of thought often blames the 1970 World Cup final defeat to Pele-led Brazil to this.

The rivalry took on a national flavor when Holland met Germany in the 1990 World Cup. The match became a pseudo-derby and ironically it took place at the San Siro, home of both Milan and Internazionale. The back-to-back Champions League winning squad of Milan had the famous Dutch trio of Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit, whereas Andreas Brehme, Jürgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthäus flaunted the Inter colors. The match ended in a moral victory for Inter as Germany went on to win 2-1, with two Inter players – Klinsmann and Brehme – being on the score sheet.

Milan went on to dominate the 80’s and 90’s, winning as many as 6 Scudettos and 3 Champions League medals, whereas Inter took a backseat. Inter came back strongly after 2006, winning the Scudetto on 5 consecutive occasions, thereby setting a league record for the most number of consecutive Scudettos won, beating the likes of the legendary “il Grande Torino”, regarded as the best club team to have ever played in this league.

The stage

The stage is Milan’s contribution to the football fraternity worldwide, the space-age cathedral of football – Nuovo Stadio Calcistico San Siro or San Siro, as it is more popularly known. The first ever match played here was the Milan derby, when Inter triumphed 6-3. San Siro’s first ever brush with national teams came during the 1934 FIFA World Cup when Italy played Austria on a rain-soaked pitch. Their eventual victory led them to Rome; where the Azzurri went on to win their first ever Jules Rimet trophy.

San Siro was renamed as Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the year 1980, after the death of legendary striker Meazza, who played for both Internazionale and Milan. In over a century of rivalry, it was Meazza himself who came closest to bridging the chasm between the rivals. Even though the better part of his career was spent at Inter, Meazza also became a Rossonero for two seasons. It was also reported that he cried when he scored for Milan during such a derby. (thehardtackle)

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