Rivalries: Milan VS Inter

Rivalries: Milan VS Inter

One of the most striking and principled confrontations, not only in Italy but also in the world – the battle between Inter and Milan – began at the beginning of the last century. The reason that two clubs appeared in Milan, which were judged to become world giants, was the decision of the Italian Football Federation in 1908 to prohibit clubs with foreign players in their teams. As a result of the split in the leadership of Milan, Inter appeared. In this case, both teams share a common “house” – the legendary San Siro, officially named after Giuseppe Meazza.

All teams met 220 times in official matches and with a slight margin here lead Inter. Black and blue scored 78 wins, against 76 in the red-blacks, and another 66 matches ended in a draw. Yes and the players scored “Inter” by 2 goals more, 299 against 297. In certain circumstances, both teams overcame the mark of 300 goals in the derby. The top scorer in the history of DellaMadonina is “the devil from the East” Andrei Shevchenko, who scored 14 goals, the legendary Giuseppe Meazza behind him by one goal. The biggest victory of Milan is dated May 1, 2001, and then the Rossoneri won the Nerazzurri with a score of 6-0.

The first duel between the countrymen took place in October 1908 in Switzerland in the Chiasso Cup and wore comradely status (the Rossoneri won 2: 1). Since then, Milan and Inter have played 221 official matches between themselves, in which a slight advantage on the Nerazzurri side: 78 wins against 76 with 67 draws, the difference between goals scored and missed goals is 299-297.

In the Italian championships, the teams played 190 matches (70 Inter wins, 58 draws and 62 Milan wins), 24 matches in the Italian Cup (7 Nerazzurri victories, 10 Rossoneri, 7 draws), 1 match in the Italian Super Cup (the Devils victory “), 4 meetings in the Cup / Champions League (2 wins Milan and 2 draws). The teams also exchanged victories in tournaments that were held in Italy during the Second World War and are not recognized by the official football federation. The most productive Derby della Madonnina was a duel on November 6, 1949, in which 11 goals were scored, and Inter beat Milan with a score of 6: 5. The second performance match also ended in victory for the “kites” – 5-4.

The history of AC Milan VS Inter Milan: Milan derby

It all started back in 1899 – it was then that the British Alfred Edwards founded the football club Milan (Milan in the English manner). The first captain of the club was also an Englishman – as well as the first coach. They also invented painting the form in red and black stripes and drinking whiskey before, during and after the match. The red color on the emblem of the club symbolizes the devil, which is considered the patron saint of the team. Apparently, according to the founding fathers, one devil was not enough to instill horror into the enemy, so black was identified as a symbol of danger. Fans of “Milan” call themselves rossoneri (red-black) or diavolo (devils).

Despite the fact that Milan was founded by visitors, they were hostile to the legionnaires in the club, relying solely on Italian football players, which not everyone liked. The apogee of in-house confrontation was the year 1908, when the Italian Football Federation banned participation in the domestic championship to teams in whose ranks legionnaires appear. On May 9 of the same year, 1908, about forty members of the Milan club, led by the artist Giorgio Mugari (the author of the emblem), founded the Internationale football club in protest. In 1909, the football federation overturned a controversial decision – officially the Della Madonnina confrontation began.

Fans of Inter chose black and blue colors: black symbolizes the night, blue – the sky. Through this action they wanted immediately hinting to the public that they were on the side of God. The club colors have also identified the fans’ nickname – Nerazzurri (black and blue) or “Snake” (the snake is an important object in the heraldry of Milan). In fact, this breakaway part was none other than the golden bohemian Milanese youth. Since then, the main pillar of the confrontation of clubs has become the class division: nominally for the “Internazionale” mainly the indigenous population is ill: wealthy citizens, Bohemians and representatives of the creative intelligentsia. For Milan – visitors and representatives of the working class.

The inhabitants of Milan are divided into two main camps: “Milanists” and “Interists”. Official statistics say that the second more. The theme of God runs through the history of this confrontation. Thus, in 1999, the former president of Inter, Peppino, visited the enemy dressing room during the derby, to which Silvio Berlusconi invited him, soon retreated, saying “I must run, I must run.” Answering Berlusconi’s question about the direction of movement, Prisco remarked: “I have been visiting devils and now I am in a hurry to confess. I think many will agree that the most titled president in the history of club football – Silvio Berlusconi – can hardly be called an angel”.

Defectors players

The legendary player Giuseppe Meazza, in his youth, was eager to play for Milan, to which he was not recruited because he was too thin. But they took to Inter, far from prejudice, where he grew up as one of the main icons of Italian football, which, by the way, did not prevent him from running back two seasons for Milan later. Today, the bad child of Italian football, Mario Balotelli, claims to be Meazza. “Super Mario” opened up in Inter, but at the same time it has been a fan of Milan all its life, although it now plays in England.

But Pirlo was really revealed in Milan, playing for rossoneri. Pirlo received a call in the national team and grew up in one of the best playmakers in the world. 6. Today, the 35-year-old flying Dutchman Clarence Seedorf has become a true symbol of Milan, but he still won back two seasons for Inter. In general, the topic of mutual transitions between clubs is not news. But it should be noted that Clarence Seedorf, Ronaldo, Andrea Pirlo, Roberto Badgio, Dario Simic and others have never been offended after moving to the rossoneri camp in the black and blue part of the city.


Since 1955, the teams have shared one stadium for two – in order to save, irreconcilable opponents compromised and gathered at the updated 82,000 San Siro. Milanists call it so, by the name of the suburb, where it is located. Name is “Giuseppe Meazza” – on behalf of one of the greatest players in the history of the team and the Italian national team.

The fans

Fans of “Inter” scornfully call fans of “Milan” casciavìt (which means “screwdriver” in the Milan dialect, in the people – “awkward”, “rustic”). In turn, the fans of “Milan” meet the nickname bauscia (“boaster”). However, the main curse that can be heard from the fan of “Inter” in relation to the fans of “Milan” – a team of taxi drivers. According to legend, all taxi drivers in Milan are rooting for rossoneri. Everyone can be convinced of this personally, having been in Italy.

Even despite the offensive nicknames, anyone who is at least somehow familiar with the most fundamental oppositions on the ground of football should note the uniqueness of the Milan derby. It is rather a dispute between two old men from neighboring houses who were friends in their youth, rather than feuds of the blood. Large fan clashes in Milan is a rarity. Italians are in principle not great fighters and prefer other forms of struggle. Milan derby, as a rule, does not have a fight – sometimes, trivially, a petard will sometimes fall into the head of an opponent’s goalkeeper or will fight in line for six in four.

Perhaps the main fight between opponents (as legend has it) happened in a Milan bar shortly after the founding of Inter. Fists waved directly to the first persons of the organizations. Victory, both physical and moral, was gained by dark forces. Since then, rumors have spread around the city that the blue in the colors of “Inter” symbolizes the bloody stains on the faces of the club’s founders. Speaking of fan hostility, it is probably correct to note that the main events here take place in the stands and the football field, and not in the courtyards, unlike Poland or Russia, where, in the absence of a decent football spectacle, fights are almost the only fan joy. .

Striking and statistics of confrontation

Inter and Milan together have won the Italian championship 18 times each. And in the last match of the “Giuseppe Meazzi”, the celebrated winners became equal to “Milan” in the total number of victories in the derby – 72 – and lost two scored goals. It remains to wait for the spectacle that will happen on May 6 at the “San Siro”. It is not excluded that in this game the fate of the championship will be decided.