INTER MILAN

Guiseppe Bergomi lived up to the expectations he garnered having successfully marked Rumminegge out of the 1982 World Cup final. Two decades with Internazionale made him synonymous to the club. Despite serving for Inter during one of their most unsuccessful years in terms of silverware, he was able to eventually lift several trophies including the 1989 Scudetto.

Efficient and hardworking – his playing style was of the ‘old school’ Italian defenders, driven by pragmatism and physicality. He strenuously marshaled his team mates as the leader on the pitch and went on to captain the Nerrazurri for many years.

For a while he held the records for both the most appearances in European competition by an Italian player and the most Milan derbies played, both later broken by Paolo Maldini.
Bergomi retired in 1999 at the age of almost 36, holding the record of most appearances for Inter (519) until 2011 when he was overtaken by Javier Zanetti.
With 96 appearances, he currently holds the record for most appearances in the UEFA Cup.

Nicknamed Spillo - 'Needle' - for his slender build, Alessandro Altobelli was one of the most effective Italian strikers of the late 1970s and 1980s. Following spells at Latina and Brescia, he was signed by Internazionale in 1977, for whom he played 466 times, scoring 209 goals in an eleven year spell.

He was instrumental in the club's 1980 Scudetto and two Coppa Italia's in that golden era for the Nerazzurri.
Altobelli spent the 1988/89 season with Juventus before ending his career in Serie B again with Brescia the following season.

German footballer of the year in 1988 with Stuttgart, Jurgen Klinsmann signed a three-year contract with Inter the following season. In spite of the heavily defensive orientated tactics of head coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Klinsmann scored 13 goals as the Nerazzurri finished third in Serie A. He became one of the most popular foreign players in Italy, mostly because he had learnt the language.
Klinsmann would win a Uefa cup with the Italians in 1991 and repeated his previous performance in the league with 14 goals but moved on to AS Monaco in 1992.

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is rightly regarded by experts and fans to be one of the greatest football players of all time. He is one of only three men to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times or more, along with Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi.

Popularly dubbed "the phenomenon", he is considered by many the most complete striker in the past thirty years. In 2007 he was named a member of the best starting eleven of all-time by France Football magazine.

Ronaldo adapted to the Italian style of the game in his first season, finishing second on the league's scoring charts. He started to develop into a complete forward, began racking up assists, became first-choice penalty taker, taking and scoring freekicks, and captaining the team at the end of the season. 

Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp attracted the attention of several top European clubs as a result of his standout performances for Ajax. Johan Cruyff advised him to join Barcelona, but Bergkamp was insistent on playing in Italy. He considered Serie A "the biggest league at the time" and agreed a £7.1 million move to Inter in 1993. 

One runs out of superlatives in describing Bergkamp as a player: his perfect touch, passing of incredible vision, sublime finishing, out of this world skills, not to mention selflessness.
Bergkamps first season had many highlights. The Dutchman scored a spectacular volley against Rapid Bucharest and with 8 goals out of 11 games he helped Inter to win 1993-94 Uefa Cup.

However his time with the Nerazurri was marred by injuries, a managerial merry go round, the demanding Italian press and a defensive setup of the team that Bergkamp didn't feel played to his strengths. It seemed Cruyffs theory, that Italian football was not suited to Bergkamp, was correct.
Having opted to leave, Bergkamp's decision to join Arsenal was made quickly.

Since its founding in 1908, Inter have worn black and blue stripes - black being chosen to represent night, blue the sky.
Aside from a short period during World War II, Inter continued to wear the black and blue stripes, earning them the nickname Nerazzurri.
Occasionally the away shirt had diagonal stripes.

After six seasons in the Spanish league with first Sevilla and then Real Madrid, Ivan Zamorano played five seasons in Serie A with Internazionale, from 1996 to 2000, where he was teamed with the talents of Djorkaeff, Simeone, Zanetti, and Ronaldo, among others. He was initially the club's premier striker, holding the coveted number nine shirt.

However, upon Roberto Baggio's arrival at the club, Ronaldo was forced to give up number ten, and wear number nine, therefore Zamorano had to give up his number which led to the somewhat bizarre spectacle of his wearing a shirt bearing the number '1+8', making him therefore still technically a number 9 striker.
In May 1998, Inter won the UEFA Cup after beating Lazio in the final 3–0, with Zamorano scoring the opening goal.

Animals are often used to represent football clubs in Italy, with the grass snake, called Il Biscione or Serpente, representing Inter. The snake is an important symbol for the city of Milan, appearing often in Milanese heraldry as a coiled viper with a man in its jaws.

One of the founders of Inter, a painter named Muggiani, was responsible for the design of the first Inter logo in 1908. The first design incorporated the letters 'FCIM' in the centre of a series of circles. The basic elements of the design have remained constant to this day.

The 2009-10 season proved to be the most successful in Internazionale Milano's illustrious history. By winning the Scudetto, a fifth on the bounce, the Coppa Italia and the prestigious Champions League in a single season, Inter completed the Treble, becoming the first ever Italian team to achieve the feat.

With a formidable backbone of Lucio, Sneijder and Milito, under the masterful stewardship of Jose Mourinho, they powered their way to glory.
In December 2010, they claimed the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time after a 3–0 win against TP Mazembe in the final, becoming only the fourth team ever to win a Quintuple.

In 1908 a group of Italians and Swiss, unhappy about the domination of Italians in the AC Milan team, broke away from them, which led to the creation of Internazionale. From the beginning, the club was open to foreign players and thus lived up to its founding name.
Inter have won 29 domestic trophies, including the league eighteen times. They have never been relegated from the Italian top flight in their entire history, and is the only club in the country which can claim this honour.

Led by the German duo of Andreas Brehme and Lothar Matthäus, Inter captured the 1989 Serie A championship under coach Giovanni Trapattoni. Fellow German Jürgen Klinsmann and the Italian Supercup were added the following season.

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