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F.C. Internazionale Milano,1 commonly referred to as Internazionale
(pronounced internatt͡sjoˈnaːle) or simply Inter, and colloquially known as
Inter Milan outside of Italy,2 is a professional Italian football club based in
Milan, Lombardy. They are the only club to have spent their entire history in
the top flight of Italian football, known as Serie A, which started in
Internazionale have won 30 domestic trophies, including the league 18 times, the Coppa Italia seven times and the Supercoppa Italiana five times. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record.3 They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010, the last completed an unprecedented (for an Italian team) continental treble with the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto.4 The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Inter's home games are played at San Siro, also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The stadium, which is shared with rivals Milan, is the largest in Italian football, with a total capacity of 80,018.5 Milan are considered one of their biggest rivals, and matches between the two teams are called Derby della Madonnina, which is one of the most followed derbies in football.6 As of 2010, Inter is the second-most supported team in Italy,7 and the eighth most supported team in Europe.nb 1 The club is one of the most valuable in Italian and world football.10 It was a founding member of the now-defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs.
On 2 June, 2008, Inter announced on their official website that they had appointed former Porto and Chelsea boss Jos谷 Mourinho as new head coach, with Giuseppe Baresi as his assistant. This made Mourinho the only foreign coach in Italy in the 2008每09 season kick-off.13 Mourinho made only three additions to the squad during the summer transfer window of 2008 in the form of Mancini,14 Sulley Muntari,15 and Ricardo Quaresma.16 Under Mourinho's first season as Inter head coach, the Nerazzurri won an Italian Super Cup and a fourth consecutive title, being, however, also eliminated from the Champions League in the first knockout round for a third consecutive time, losing to Manchester United. In winning the league title for the fourth consecutive time, Inter joined Torino and Juventus as the only teams to do this and the first to accomplish this feat in the last 60 years.
Inter enjoyed more luck in the 2009每10 Champions League, managing to progress to the quarter-finals by eliminating Mourinho's former team, Chelsea, in a 3每1 aggregate win; this was the first time in three years that the Nerazzurri had passed the first knockout round. Inter then progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament by beating CSKA Moscow 2每0 on aggregate, winning both legs. Inter managed to achieve a 3每1 win over incumbent champions Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-final. In the second leg, a resolute Inter lost 1每0 but progressed 3每2 on aggregate to their fifth European Cup/Champions League Final, with Bayern Munich as opponents. They won the match 2每0 thanks to two goals from Diego Milito, and were crowned champions of Europe.17
Inter also won the 2009每10 Serie A title by two points over Roma, and the 2010 Coppa Italia by defeating the same side 1每0 in the final.
Since its founding in 1908, Inter have worn black and blue stripes. It is rumored that black was chosen to represent night and blue was chosen to represent the sky.25 Aside from a short period during World War II, Inter continued to wear the black and blue stripes, earning them the nickname Nerazzurri.26 For a period of time, however, Inter was forced to abandon their black and blue uniforms. In 1928, Inter's name and philosophy made the ruling Fascist Party uneasy. As a result, during the same year the 20-year-old club was merged with Unione Sportiva Milanese. The new club was named Societ角 Sportiva Ambrosiana after the patron saint of Milan.27 The flag of Milan (the red cross on white background) replaced the traditional black and blue.28 After World War II when the Fascists had fallen from power the club reverted to their original name and colors. In 2008, Inter celebrated their centenary with a red cross on their away shirt. The cross is reminiscent of the flag of their city, and they continue to use the pattern on their third kit. Download